Mozilla Launches Geode for Location Management in Firefox

By Paul Glazowski
|  Thursday, Jan 7, 2010  |  Updated 3:31 PM PDT
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Mozilla Launches Geode for Location Management in Firefox

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Want your Firefox 3 browser to be location-savvy? Mozilla is making that possible with the release of Geode, an “experimental Firefox add-on” intended as something of a holdover until Firefox 3.1 arrives with support for the W3C Geolocation Specification.

The purpose of Geode is to give current Firefox installations the option to specify location, determined through Skyhook’s Loki Wi-Fi mapping service, with varying levels of exactness, to be manually chosen by the user. If you need or want to share exact location, neighborhood or city-level information quickly, Geode makes it happen in much the same way that your standard Firefox installation would request you to save login data to a website.

If you want Geode to automatically submit broad or precise information, or, alternatively, to refuse input of such data, you can check the corresponding box adjacent to the four primary options available. Mozilla states that Skyhook Loki enables Geode users to pinpoint their locations between 10 and 20 meters.

Users not fond of the Wi-Fi-based system that Geode is built to tap will have to wait for Firefox 3.1 to present itself in order to quickly manage Web-based location services through GPS devices. But those in settings home to Wi-Fi signals aplenty will be off to a solid start with the Geode plugin.

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