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Display location information in Safari 5 Web Browsers
Whenever I go to a website that asks for my location I wonder what exactly I am giving out. I found a neat Safari 5 extension from Upper Atmosphere called FindMe. FindMe displays your location in a tool bar. Your location is just a button press away. You can also click on the result to display it on a map.

Interestingly, Mac OS X Location Services are only available if you have a wireless connection enabled. I would've expected Apple to default to your external IP if it couldn't determine your location based on your wireless connection, but it doesn't.

Most people probably already know where they are but this tool is surprisingly useful.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. It asks for permission to find your location just like an iOS app would.]
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Display location information in Safari 5
Authored by: b00le on Sep 01, '10 08:05:21AM

I'm curious: if it doesn't use the external IP, how does the Mac use wireless to determine its location?



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Display location information in Safari 5
Authored by: nathanator11 on Sep 01, '10 08:32:34AM
WiFi MAC addresses, I think. iStumbler does the same.

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Authored by: palahala on Sep 01, '10 08:46:51AM
See Apple's letter about privacy and location-based services, listing Cell Tower, Wi-Fi and GPS information.

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Authored by: nathanator11 on Sep 01, '10 08:51:56AM

However, since a Mac computer doesn't have a GPS or cell radio, I think it must rely on the WiFi information.



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Display location information in Safari 5
Authored by: nathanator11 on Sep 01, '10 08:48:08AM

I sense an ad:
A glowing review of a piece of software, posted by an account created a few days ago with no other hints or comments.

I personally don't mind this kind of thing, but it is nice when the poster at least admits that they are the developer of the application, rather than "I found a neat...".

Can anyone confirm?

Edited on Sep 01, '10 09:14:39AM by nathanator11



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Display location information in Safari 5
Authored by: cubuff on Sep 01, '10 11:30:39AM

Not an ad. I found the extension from this Apple discussion thread:

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=12148498

I guess I need to complain about the software a bit. Why does the extension always say that the current web page is requesting my location rather than the extension itself?



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Authored by: sjha on Sep 02, '10 07:35:42AM

My Macbook is connected to the internet via mobile broadband. The FindMe extension fails to find my location. Is that a general finding with a mobile broadband connection?

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Display location information in Safari 5
Authored by: crarko on Sep 02, '10 07:57:31AM
That seems to match what Apple says about Location Services in Safari 5:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4239

It looks like it really is WiFi dependent.
Edited on Sep 02, '10 08:00:57AM by crarko


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