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Mozilla Toying With Geode "Geo-Targeting" Addon for Firefox

Mozilla has introduced an experimental browser add on for its Firefox web browser that essentially allows it to identify your location.

The new geo location service called Geode allows websites to request for your physical location and provides the same in case you agree.

Expressing his enthusiasm over the development Mike Beltzner from Firefox said "You can add that location aspect to search, weather reports, and so many other things. Location is going to change the way people interact with the web."

Geode implements a W3C Geolocation API specification that essentially defines a JavaScript interface with geolocation functions and can be embedded seamlessly into the browser.

However, some have pointed out that Geode, which at present uses Skyhook wireless service, has limited functionality and can trace only Wi-fi equipped devices; however the API has the capacity to use GPS and Cell tower triangulation for location.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.