Skyhook Wireless

  • Kayak Teams Up With Skyhook To Bring Reliable Location Services To Its Kindle Fire App

    Kayak Teams Up With Skyhook To Bring Reliable Location Services To Its Kindle Fire App

    Amazon’s Kindle Fire is one of the most popular Android-powered tablets, but it doesn’t feature a GPS chip. Given how important location-based services have become, that’s a bit of a drawback for many developers and quite a few apps that want to access location features on Amazon’s tablet actually crash. To avoid these issues, Kayak teamed up with Skyhook to provide… Read More

  • By Way Of Lawsuit, The Location FUD Creeps Up On Android As Well

    By Way Of Lawsuit, The Location FUD Creeps Up On Android As Well

    About a week and a half ago, I wrote a post defending Apple against the location FUD being spread. Due to some real, but minor issues (which have already been resolved) Apple was at the center of this. Then the focus immediately seemed to shift towards Google. If Apple is “watching you” with the iPhone, Google must be as well with Android devices, right? Sure — if you’re… Read More

  • In April, Apple Ditched Google And Skyhook In Favor Of Its Own Location Databases

    In April, Apple Ditched Google And Skyhook In Favor Of Its Own Location Databases

    As you’re undoubtedly aware, location is one of the hottest fields out there right now. Startups, services, devices, and advertisers are all hovering around it. As you’re also likely well aware, Apple likes to be in control of their own devices. So it should come as no surprise to hear that Apple is moving to be in complete control of their own location database. Back in June… Read More

  • Run A Marathon… In Your Web Browser… No Moving Required

    Running a marathon is hard. I should know, I’ve never even considered running one. But a lot of people do. And a lot of people like the idea of going to watch others run marathons. I have no idea why, but they do — I’ve seen it on TV. Anyway, if you have any interest in tracking a marathon, Skyhook Wireless has a pretty cool way of doing it. The San Francisco Marathon is… Read More

  • Location Data Gets An Important New Layer: The Alcohol Layer

    Location Data Gets An Important New Layer: The Alcohol Layer

    I’m not gonna lie — most of the venues I check-in to on apps like Foursquare, Gowalla, and Loopt are bars. Most of the time I’m not there to have dinner either. Instead, I’m there to enjoy an adult beverage. Or three. So why not cut out the middlemen, and instead use a location-based app that flips the equation and focuses on the drinks themselves? That’s exactly… Read More

  • SpotRank Is Skyhook's Intelligent Location Firehose. SimpleGeo Is The First To Wield.

    In terms of location data, few get more than Skyhook Wireless. The positioning technology is in use in tens of millions of devices around the globe, including, notably, on every iPhone. And now the company has a simple way for third-parties to tap into that data in a useful way. SpotRank gives developers access to hundreds of million of anonymous location entry points put into the Skyhook system. Read More

  • LoJack For Your Laptop

    It was only a matter of time before a location tracking app found its way into laptop security software. Laptop Cop, which lets you remotely control your computer and delete files if it is stolen, now has a geo-location feature based on WiFi-hotspot triangulation technology from Skyhook Wireless. It is the same technology that is used in the iPhone (along with GPS and cell-tower triangulation)… Read More

  • Broadcom and Skyhook Wireless Partner To Bring Wi-Fi Positioning To More Mobile Phones

    Some of the most compelling apps on the iPhone and upcoming Android phones take advantage of the GPS chips inside those devices to create services that filter information based on your location. While GPS chips are particularly good at pinpointing your location, other techniques are also used. For instance, the iPhone uses cell-tower triangulation and Wi-Fi positioning. No single… Read More

  • MyLoki Lets You Tell the World That You Are Here

    If you look at my Facebook page you might think that I’m still in Miami, although I returned from that trip two weeks ago. I simply forgot to change my location status back to New York City. The problem with most location updates on Facebook or elsewhere is that they require you to manually change your status every time you get on a plane. Finally, though, there is an easier way… Read More