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Google Launches New Latitude API

Google announced just minutes ago that they have released the Latitude API which will allow developers to create apps that can use your Latitude location in new and innovative ways.  They even went as far as listing out some pretty interesting ideas…

  • Thermostats that turn on and off automatically when you’re driving towards or away from home.
  • Traffic that send alerts if there’s heavy traffic ahead of you or on a route you usually take based on your location history
  • Your credit card accounts to alert you of potential fraud when a purchase is made far from where you actually are.
  • Photo albums so your vacation photos appear on a map at all the places you visited based on your location history.

Location-based apps are taking over the world and it’s a joy to see.  With Foursquare and Latitude currently running our lives, this new API is surely going to allow for more location app obsession.

Source: Google Mobile

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