Just some few months back, the Firefox folks released a record breaking web browser, Firefox 3, that is not only user friendly but also offers more functionalities than the other web browsers with a Wi-Fi based positioning capability to the browser, and promises more positioning options in upcoming releases, including GPS. The talk of the moment is its Geode developed by Mozilla Labs, the open-source project's development arm.
Geode is an experimental plug-in based on the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) emerging geolocation specification for the Web. It uses Skyhook Wireless technology, which determines location based on Wi-Fi signals. Skyhook has been in the news lately with the debut of its hybrid GPS/Wi-Fi positioning technology.
As stated by the company, "Geode provides an early implementation of the W3C Geolocation specification so that developers can begin experimenting with enabling location-aware experiences using Firefox 3 today, and users can tell us what they think of the experience it provides. It includes a single experimental geolocation service provider so that any computer with Wi-Fi can get accurate positioning data."