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December 16th, 2009


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04:24 pm - Interesting and useful gadget puzzlement
So, today the three of us had a wonderful lunch with bonobo23. I used google maps on my ipod touch for direction to the restaurant, and as expected google maps continued to show the same map and the indicated map when I was out of wifi range of my house. What I did not expect was the continual presence of a little blue pin giving my current location. The ipod touch does not have actual GPS and it was not connected to a wifi signal any of the times that I checked. All I can figure is that it can triangulate from wifi signals that it can actually connect to, which is a very neat trick indeed. Except in specialized circumstances, this is likely to be used well more often than the actual GPS on my phone. In any case, if anyone knows if my idea is the correct explanation for this phenomena or if there is some other reason, I'd be quite interested to hear further data.

In any case, now I definitely want an iphone, the only downside is that I don't like AT&T & also compared to how much I actually use a phone, the cheapest required plan is ludicrously expensive - perhaps in a year or two when the AT&T monopoly on iphones ends.
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From:hasufin
Date:December 17th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
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My iPod Touch hasn't shown anything like that ability. When I went WarDriving with Bryce, my Touch's was never aware of any location save the one network to which it actually connected.

Personally, I've concluded that I want an iPod Touch with a cellular data plan, and a separate phone which is just a phone.
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From:heron61
Date:December 17th, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
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Very odd. Do you have a 3rd generation iPod touch, or an older
model?
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From:hasufin
Date:December 17th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
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2nd generation; 3rd wasn't out a year ago.

I'm nto sure how it could do what you describe, but then I don't know how it does any geo-locating using only wi-fi.
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From:heron61
Date:December 17th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
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After playing around with it a bit, I've noticed it does a far more precise job of locating itself outdoors. I'm beginning to wonder if it has an unannounced GPS chip inside.
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From:hasufin
Date:December 17th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
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That would be about par for the course. And it would explain why they released a 3rd gen device - the current advertising on the 3rd gen isn't noticeably different from my 2nd gen, but they have a history of including more hardware capability than the software allows. Though usually it's rather tightly disabled...
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From:heron61
Date:December 17th, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
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I'm nto sure how it could do what you describe, but then I don't know how it does any geo-locating using only wi-fi.

It sounds like it works like this.

I still have no idea why mine would work everywhere in Portland that I tried & yours only at home.

Edited at 2009-12-17 06:50 am (UTC)
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