Kindle Fire app gains location services (without a GPS)

Kindle Fire owners wanting to include locations in their tweets can do so with the updated version of TweetCaster. Nearby tweets are available too, even though Amazon’s tablet doesn’t include a GPS radio. Instead the slate uses a Wi-Fi location solution from Boston-based Skyhook Wireless.

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Skyhook Wireless said today it will provide its Wi-Fi-based location awareness technology for users of Locr software who want to automatically add geographic information to their photos. Although fun, like many location-based services that have been long promised and poorly delivered, it’s certainly not the type of killer application destined to drive the market forward.

However, Skyhook’s technology, which consists of software already embedded on the device (such as the iPhone) adds a missing component to the location conundrum. Skyhook maps the location of Wi-Fi hotspots and uses them to triangulate a cell phone’s location. It works well indoors and in urban areas where Wi-Fi hotspots are dense. But it’s not going to help much if you’re in the middle of a field somewhere.

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