Having the phone tell Google where you're at shouldn't be too much of a concern... unless it also sends personally identifiable information about who you are. Is that the case?
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
I'd stay away from craiglist ads, otherwise it would quickly become a popular tool for strangers to get a quickie. You may as replace Call of Duty in that pic with Call of Booty.
Still though, very interesting technology. Plus, there are already tons of apps that can locate you to your friends: Breadcrumbs, GeoNumbers, Here I Am, Over Here, Ya Mapped to name a few.
As long as they make the disable button a little easier to find, I think this is a great innovation from Google.
As the article states interesting, and in some cases scary to a point. I especially agree with you 3vi1 as long as there is no personally identity info sent. Of course as gibbersome points out laughingly on the call of booty comment depending on what and where your looking for "things" that could be a concern as well. I am not using anything for that so it would not be a big deal. I also find his generalization on craigslist specifically to be a miscall as craigslist has been in the media specifically for that type of thing. I think that is a little unfair to the site though really, as for that specific there have been prior to it getting spotlighted for it websites specifically targeted to that, which have never received any publicity at all, and there far more nefarious than craigslist. Either way this app to me looks useful which is the main concern here, and it seems to be useful for sure to me.
I am not a fan of privacy and have no problem with what googles doing.
I think Google's had this for quite a while: if you have a Gmail account and open up the basic Google search page it will do the same thing, since to register for Gmail you give it your address. Certainly it does a "X# stores nearby" thing in Product Search based on zip code, at least.
Is this out yet? i can't find the shopping tab on my iphone Google...
Edit: Found it :) it was under more xD
"I'd stay away from craiglist ads, otherwise it would quickly become a popular tool for strangers to get a quickie. You may as replace Call of Duty in that pic with Call of Booty."
Then you can be directed to the nearest med center with a healthy stock of penicillin
I would like to suggest another 'search engine' as an alternative to Google Product Search: InStockNearby.com. It has been especially useful to help me find where to buy Christmas gifts, when I had no idea which brick-and-mortar to go to.
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