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Google Latitude Hits the iPhone

Put Yourself on the Map!

Love the thought or loathe the thought, Google Latitude is now available for the iPhone in US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and I'm sure that those folks worried about privacy will be in the latter group.

Good news is that it is an opt in service and levels of privacy can be regulated...From the Google Latitude privacy menu, you can choose to:

  1. Detect and share your location automatically*
  2. Set your location manually
  3. Hide your location from all friends

* You can also share only a city-level location with certain friends

Google LatitudeGoogle latitude runs in the iPhone's Safari Browser and can be saved as a Bookmark onto the iPhone's desktop. So updates to your location, via the iPhone, will only happen when that webpage is opened on the device (as there are no user background tasks in the iPhoneOS). Updating schemes are different for other supported devices such as Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Android etc.

For more information, check out more Google's Mobile blog on Google Latitide here

To try Google Latitude, type google.com/latitude into your iPhone's browser

More Stories By Ian Thain

As one of the Sybase Technical Evangelists, Ian regularly addresses technical audiences all over the world and his sessions are always very well attended. He also writes education classes, whitepapers, demos and articles for various Sybase products and publishes regularly in Journals such as SYS-CON's PBDJ and International Developer Magazine. He is also the Sybase Unwired Platform & PocketBuilder Evangelist and works closely with the team in Dublin, CA and Concord, MA on new features and demonstrations for the products. In his customer-facing Evangelist role, Ian is very involved with the design, production and testing of Enterprise class Unwired Solutions, that have been implemented using Sybase's Unwired tools for Sybase customers around the globe. In addition, Ian is a dedicated technical expert continually working with Sybase's key partners and clients to enhance the capabilities of the Unwired solutions that Sybase can offer to its customers. Ian can also be found on Twitter @ithain

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