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Software Turns Laptops Into Navigators

Monty Solomon (
Fri, 24 Mar 2006 22:58:28 -0500

Software turns laptops into navigators;
Loki system melds global positioning, WiFi to find services

By Hiawatha Bray, Globe Staff | March 23, 2006

A Boston company is giving away software that can turn nearly any
laptop computer into a global positioning system, enabling users to
find the nearest restaurant, hospital, or gas station at the touch of
a button.

Skyhook Wireless Inc.'s new Loki service uses the popular WiFi
wireless data networking system in a radical new way. The company has
created WiFi maps of the nation's 100 largest cities, with precise
locations for five million wireless data signals. Loki uses these
wireless signals to tell users with WiFi laptops where they are -- and
where they can obtain a variety of products and services. Anybody with
a WiFi-equipped portable computer that runs Microsoft Corp.'s Windows
operating system can use Loki, which is available for download at

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