LBS Tidbits

Girl Scout Cookie Locator app!

If you want to find out where the cookies are being sold, the app can show you.
The free app, which is available for iPhones and iPod Touch, uses GPS or manually entered ZIP Codes, cities or states to find the sales in your neighborhood. It will map the locations and add the sale information to the iPhone or iPod calendar.

I hoped to read that actual Scouts built the app, but no, apparently they did not. You can also find sales sites on the Web, but that’s not as cool. Sales start Feb 11.

- blog

Google announces check in for Latitude including automatic check ins, alerts to remind you to check in and the ability to check out.

- Google Mobile Blog
- Intro video

SubwayArrival uses subway commuters’ locations and generates the relative location of the train they’ve just rode on. “In short, the mobile phone looks for changes in base station ID, periods of no service, and large distances travelled. When all three of these criteria have been met the server know the user has emerged from a subway trip. This information is sent to a central server which compiles the information and displays to all users the current location of subways.”

Alex Bell, a graduate electrical engineering student at Columbia University wrote it and like other VGI-based apps, it only works when its used.

- Huffington Post

Published Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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