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Location links to Google Maps - awesome!

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by James, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. James

    James Well-Known Member

    I just noticed that your location field hyperlinks to Google Maps. I found this to be pretty awesome :)
     
  2. TNCclubman

    TNCclubman Well-Known Member

    dude, try entering a detailed address... so cool if your community uses it like a 'check in' feature to keep tabs of each other.
     
  3. TNCclubman

    TNCclubman Well-Known Member

    Now imagine a 'friends map' where all your friends locations are pinned...

    *drool*
     
  4. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    HTML5 geolocation would triple the coolness factor. :D
     
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  5. TNCclubman

    TNCclubman Well-Known Member

    Ive heard someone mention that... what is it?
     
  6. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    Basically it use a variety of data sources (whatever is available on the device) to approximate your location as close as possible. For desktops/laptops this usually means connecting to Google Location Services and using the SSID of the wireless network you're on to find your location (if you're not on a wireless network, it will usually just use the IP address to get a location that's at least accurate to a city). For cell phones like the iPhone, the device will use the GPS (if it has one) to provide a location that's usually accurate to within 15 feet.

    You can demo it here:
    http://html5demos.com/geo

    If you browse to this page on an iPhone and allow it access, it should show your exact GPS position. :)
     
  7. TNCclubman

    TNCclubman Well-Known Member

    ok this is spooky, I went on this page with my home computer and it listed my exact address (said I live between 250 and 260 adeleaide st w in toronto and pinned my location on the map. My desktop doesnt have GPS.

    http://maxheapsize.com/static/html5geolocationdemo.html

    how the heck did it do that?
     
  8. Floris

    Floris Guest

    quite spooky, feels like magic technology :)

    I've turned off in Safari that sites can just collect geolocation data. Or at least, it will ask for Allow when they try to.
     
  9. TNCclubman

    TNCclubman Well-Known Member

    but how do they know your address? I thought only your isp knows this info?? How is my computer leaking this info out?
     
  10. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    Are you browsing through a wireless router? When Google went around to collect all the street view images, they also sucked down wireless network SSID's and matched them up with the actual location as recorded by a GPS in the car. So they know if you are connected to X wireless network, there is a very good probability you are physically at Y location.

    Third party companies like Skyhook Wireless collect this data as well. Your browser taps into this database through the 'net to find your true location (or at least make a very good guess). :)
     
  11. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    Yeah, at least the nice thing is that at the very least any decent browser/device will explicitly ask your permission before providing this data. :)
     
  12. TNCclubman

    TNCclubman Well-Known Member

    Those sneaky *******s! lol That has to be it.

    So if I change my hotspot name im invisible again?
     
  13. Floris

    Floris Guest

    No, because you are already known.
     
  14. TNCclubman

    TNCclubman Well-Known Member

    SSID cant be changed? what is it, a distinct number on my router?
     
  15. Floris

    Floris Guest

    No, I mean, if your ISP, that range, is known .. It can be used for your neighbor as well as you again.
     
  16. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    Or just deny all geolocation requests. Honestly, it probably uses some unique identifier other than the name (SSID) to identify the router (like the router MAC address or something). I'm not sure changing the name would do anything at this point. But it's worth a shot.

    Not sure what you're trying to say here, can you explain?
     
  17. TNCclubman

    TNCclubman Well-Known Member

    I think its amazing really. Id definitely use this for a 'Friend Map' feature with big letters "Allow our map to pinpoint your current location' click yes to the popup. or something like that to let people know.
     
  18. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Erik, go to dnsstuff.com enter in the right input box to look up IP, your own IP.
    It will disclose who owns the IP range, where it is registered for.
    This is already a step closer to finding what country someone is from, which state, and usually pretty close to a street.
    ISP usually are sloppy and cover a bigger range.
    But known data from other people can help you narrow it down.

    Even if you do not disclose your geolocation details, even a timestamp can determine where in the world at least you are, helping companies narrow down which advertisements are more to your interest. Think .. summer in Australia not being the same months as in Europe.

    http://dev.w3.org/geo/api/spec-source.html

    http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/geolocation/
     
  19. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah, just simple IP-based geolocation. I've known about this for a while. :) The funny thing is, I'm at a secondary residence right now, and at my house it works great - gets it correct down to the city (I've done it before). Here, though, it says I'm in California when I'm actually in Minnesota. Might need to update their location information database. :p
     
  20. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Yeah, my IP says I am from Arnhem, while I am closer to Amsterdam, but actually in Purmerend.
    I've got my cable modem set to a Mac address from China. Just to see what it will say in a year from now :p
     

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