Posted on February 4, 2008 by Lina Maini
The ubiquitous cell phone now allows for a new Google feature (available in Windows and Mac platforms) that bodes the obsolescence of a current “must-have” device – the GPS unit – at least in its ordinary sense of getting us from x to y in our daily lives. (GPS will still be the location determination standard in law enforcement, military and other complex-needs organizations). But, in yet another example of the growing capabilities of our mobile lifeline, our cell phone can now tell us where we are or how to get to where we need (and sometimes, want) to go.
Unlike GPS (global positioning system), which relies on Earth orbiting-satellites to transmit microwave signals to determine location, speed, direction and time, Google’s “My Location” function operates by triangulating these factors using your cell phone’s tower transmissions.
With My Location, you can:
view real time traffic
obtain detailed directions (whether you are walking or driving…)
integrate local information (businesses and contacts in the area) and
view aerial images of the desired location(s)
BNI Operatives: Street smart: Web savvy.
As always – stay safe,
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