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  • Longitude Keeps You Connected to Google Latitude: RealTime GPS Tracking


    What is Google Latitude?
    Google Latitude is a location-aware mobile app currently available as a WebApp only. A Mobile Phone user can use Google Latitude to allow specific people access to their current location via Google Maps. Privacy controls are available for the users to select whether contacts can see their exact location, enter an address manually, or turn it off all together. In order to use this service, a user must load the webapp every time they want to update their location via Safari or another mobile based browser.

    What Does Longitude Do and Why Should I Use It?
    Longitude is an App developed by Technivations, designed to work along side Google Latitude, that provides a more logical way of using Google Latitude. Longitude provides the ability to automatically update Google Latitude with your iPhone's location on a set interval. Your Google information is sent securely, and will NOT be sent to any third party servers. The program runs in the background, so as usual, this app is only available to Jailbroken users.

    This feature is only available with Longitude. Currently in order for Google Latitude to update your location, you need to remember to open Safari, pop in the address, wait for it to connect and update, etc. This tweak offers a solution provided nowhere else. Just make sure you don't invite anyone to view your location that you don't really want to know where you are!

    Features include:
    - Auto Update your location via GPS to Google Lattitude
    - Share your location with friends via Lattitude
    - Find your iPhone if it gets lost!
    - Login securely using Google Account info
    The app is available for $1.99 on the RockApp Store

    UPDATE: Will be released on Cydia sometime next week.

    Official Website: Longitude by Technivations

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Longitude Keeps You Connected to Google Latitude: RealTime GPS Tracking started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 94 Comments
    1. Optical Serenity's Avatar
      Optical Serenity -
      Quote Originally Posted by TooSlo View Post
      Currently i've been asked by friends to help maintain devices such as iphones and such.
      It scares me that your friends are asking you to work on their devices. For one, you use an HTC Hero and two, you don't have a clear understanding how to end a tag on a forum.

      You can add me to the list of highly satisfied Rock users. In fact, every single iPhone and iPod that I've installed Rock on has been just fine. That is, until people try to mix it with Cydia, since Cydia does strange things that conflict with Rock and things go crazy.

      Most "Mac" users I know definitely prefer the design of Rock. Cydia is amazingly ugly, all else aside.
    1. fergusean's Avatar
      fergusean -
      I don't want to keep this war of Rock vs. Cydia going, especially considering this post is about my company's app, not which package manager is better, but I do have one thing to say on the matter:

      For those of you who claim to have had issues with Rock, I can tell you this from personal experience: don't judge Rock until you've run it WITHOUT Cydia. Jailbreaking screws with the phone enough... when you start combining package managers with MobileSubstrate hooks with even more applications that cause the phone to do things it was never designed to do, things can get... interesting, to say the least.

      That said, I used blackra1n to jailbreak my iPhone, and thus I was given a choice as to what package manager I wished to use. I chose Rock out of curiosity, and my experience proved to be great - far better than my experiences had been with Cydia, mostly in terms of speed. I have not once had an issue with Rock, nor have the many many other iPhones I've jailbroken and installed Rock on as well. Point being: your problems are due to a combination of factors combined together, NOT Rock itself. Next time you restore your phone, use blackra1n to jailbreak and install Rock. You won't regret it.
    1. dhamien's Avatar
      dhamien -
      So many problems with a lot of the posters in this thread.

      1. The writers on this forum are so Pro-Rock it's silly.

      2. The maker of this app must have interest in people using Rock, otherwise why only release it there? If it was an independent, wouldn't it be wiser to have it available to as many users as possible?

      3. When criticizing Rock, you're apparently told to shut it. Nevermind the fact that this place is a forum for discussion and that that means having people of different opinions.

      4. Trolls. Specifically Adepssimius and Optical Serenity. They have no post count so obviously don't spend a lot of time here but they're quick to jump into the discussion when it comes to Cydia vs. Rock and they 'Thank' the RockSupport poster. One could suspect them of being the same guy, I mean, funny how they come from out of nowhere and then all pad each other on their backs. (This even includes the original poster/MMi writer edit: you can add fergusean to the list of someone just showing up and praising Rock)

      @Optical Serenity
      Funny how you say that Rock works just fine but when mixed with Cydia, it causes problems. Why is it not the other way around? Cydia working fine unless mixed with Rock? I'll tell you why, because you're biased.

      Someone posted about Cydia constantly crashing. Just wanted to state, I've never had Cydia crash on me.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I use HeyWay - but that, of course needs the other person to have an iPhone or CoPilot for tracking.
      I can see why people would want this app when it comes out on Cydia but not sure that I'd use it as opposed to the alternatives I already use.
    1. fergusean's Avatar
      fergusean -
      Quote Originally Posted by dhamien View Post
      So many problems with a lot of the posters in this thread.

      1. The writers on this forum are so Pro-Rock it's silly.
      Actually, many of the posters have claimed their hatred for Rock. I take issue with it only because I'm the one who made the call to release it on Rock and they're claiming 'fail' without substantiation.

      2. The maker of this app must have interest in people using Rock, otherwise why only release it there? If it was an independent, wouldn't it be wiser to have it available to as many users as possible?
      Quite frankly, I contacted saurik about listing it in Cydia long before ever getting in touch with the Rock team, and I never received a reply. Conversely, the Rock team was always responsive and very helpful. They got the app up the same day I sent it to them, and have communicated wonderfully.

      3. When criticizing Rock, you're apparently told to shut it. Nevermind the fact that this place is a forum for discussion and that that means having people of different opinions.
      The couple individuals telling you to "shut it" are merely expressing their opinion. Something you seem to be all for. That said, keep expressing it, and they shall as well.

      4. Trolls. Specifically Adepssimius and Optical Serenity. They have no post count so obviously don't spend a lot of time here but they're quick to jump into the discussion when it comes to Cydia vs. Rock and they 'Thank' the RockSupport poster. One could suspect them of being the same guy, I mean, funny how they come from out of nowhere and then all pad each other on their backs. (This even includes the original poster/MMi writer edit: you can add fergusean to the list of someone just showing up and praising Rock)
      I'm not someone just randomly showing up and praising Rock. Had you read my posts, it would be clear to you that I'm the guy who wrote this application and released it under my company.

      Someone posted about Cydia constantly crashing. Just wanted to state, I've never had Cydia crash on me.
      Thanks for sharing your experiences. I must admit, I don't think I ever ran Cydia on my 3GS. I ran it on my 3G, on which apps were constantly crashing. Cydia happens to be resource intensive, and that iPhone was severely lacking in resources, so Cydia was forced to quit. It may work just fine on the 3GS, but my experiences, along with many others, show that Rock is simply faster - not to say that everyone's experiences will be the same.
    1. Optical Serenity's Avatar
      Optical Serenity -
      Quote Originally Posted by dhamien View Post
      4. Trolls. Specifically Adepssimius and Optical Serenity. They have no post count so obviously don't spend a lot of time here but they're quick to jump into the discussion when it comes to Cydia vs. Rock and they 'Thank' the RockSupport poster. One could suspect them of being the same guy, I mean, funny how they come from out of nowhere and then all pad each other on their backs. (This even includes the original poster/MMi writer edit: you can add fergusean to the list of someone just showing up and praising Rock)
      If you have a problem with this thread / forum, what are you doing here? And yes, while my post count may be low, it's high on other boards. Also, note when my join date is...I didn't just join yesterday. I'm definitely not the same as other posters, unlike a lot of fanboy geeks online, I happen to have a life outside these forums and see my iPhone as a tool.

      @Optical Serenity
      Funny how you say that Rock works just fine but when mixed with Cydia, it causes problems. Why is it not the other way around? Cydia working fine unless mixed with Rock? I'll tell you why, because you're biased.
      My point was, when you mix the two, things can go wrong. I don't care what others use, but I personally prefer Rock. Does Cydia do a backup of all installed packages to the server? Riiight, didn't think so. Makes it hard to restore or move to other devices.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I run Cydia on my 3G with no problems. The reports of problems with Rock are well documented and numerous. I certainly will not be trying Rock any time soon.
    1. fergusean's Avatar
      fergusean -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      I run Cydia on my 3G with no problems. The reports of problems with Rock are well documented and numerous. I certainly will not be trying Rock any time soon.
      I would like to compile a list of said problems. Though I haven't gone looking, I've seen numerous complaints but no details other than "I installed it and it broke my phone". I'm not saying documented problems don't exist - I'd just like to compile a list of them in one place. Perhaps I'll start a new thread on that issue... I still stand by my "it's a terrible idea to run them side-by-side" comment.

      and holy crap! 4,886 posts? that's a lot! haha

      Quote Originally Posted by Mitchel View Post
      I have to wonder how much the above app affects battery life. I do like th concept.
      The drain on battery life is very minimal - so much so that I haven't noticed a difference in my usage in the past week that I've been running it. You can set the interval to one of many intervals between 5 and 120 minutes, and the phone will grab your coordinates and send them to Google at that time. The GPS is only run long enough to get the location, and it's never run for more than 60 seconds (so long as you're connected to a network, the iPhone can get your location instantly from the cell ID and then the rest of the time is used to improve the accuracy to within 50 meters).
    1. Blowfish64's Avatar
      Blowfish64 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Q8hawk View Post
      nice app but bad choice for installer program! Why would I want to install RockApp?! I once installed it to enable tethering and I ended up restoring my iPhone 3GS! I will buy the app when its available on Cydia Store!
      Blah blah blah RockApp sucks blah blah. Try it again, it works beautifully.

      Quote Originally Posted by xxfr0stbytexx View Post
      Rockapp... Fail.. I'll wait till it's available in cydia
      See above.

      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      and....what if you dont know the current address to update location data? what then?...i see this usefull for when your kidnapped [again address] or lets say your a kid who sneaks out at night and you want your parents to know where your at [*sarcasm*]. better yet...lets just say your trying to meet up with a friend and you want them to see your exact gps local. but wait...again with the address [you have to know the address] if you know the address then just tell your friend and theyll enter into their own gps device and find you. i couldnt find a more useless way to spend $1.99 unless its on a skidrow hooker.
      Another useless and uninformed post by rhekt.
    1. bpl07's Avatar
      bpl07 -
      Could you integrate a viewer for the latitude webpage, similar to free apple appstore apps like greaderapp or igmail? I like being able to open standalone apps that don't redirect to safari, and there currently is no stand alone latitude. something like navizon would be perfect.
    1. Blowfish64's Avatar
      Blowfish64 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rescuer View Post
      same thing happened to me once! i'll never install RockApp again.
      Once? You've given up on it completely and through all the major updates because it screwed up your phone once? That's like saying you'll never eat food again because you got sick once. Why don't you give it another chance? It's a lot more stable than in the beginning.
    1. ikymfn99's Avatar
      ikymfn99 -
      nice
    1. Blowfish64's Avatar
      Blowfish64 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bpl07 View Post
      Could you integrate a viewer for the latitude webpage, similar to free apple appstore apps like greaderapp or igmail? I like being able to open standalone apps that don't redirect to safari, and there currently is no stand alone latitude. something like navizon would be perfect.
      Second that request. It would make for a very nice and professional stand-alone app.
    1. Zamphire's Avatar
      Zamphire -
      Quote Originally Posted by gotjpeg View Post
      would this be useful say you lost your phone and you can now track it and see where it is?
      If you're looking for something to help locate a lost phone, try iLocalis. Great app. Has a web interface that you can log in from any computer and GPS track your phone, send it command to make silent calls and texts, back up data, and even remote whipe your phone.

      It also includes a feature like Latitude, you can share your location with other people, even if they don't have iLocalis.
    1. nagyg's Avatar
      nagyg -
      I too use iLocalis iLocalis . I think it is great!!
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      I used Rockapp once and it messed up my 3G until I did a total restore too, and this was before I did a backup so I lost a considerable amount of data!...I'm never touching Rockapp again with a barge pole!!

      Let me know when it's available in Cydia, I might just try it.
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Drop the whole "I hate Rock, I love rock....blah blah blah Cydia Cydia" argument....if your going to post in this thread, STAY ON TOPIC....it has nothing to do with Rock or Cydia. They are both excellent applications.

      If the same negative posts follow....so will infractions.
    1. Adepssimius's Avatar
      Adepssimius -
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    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Adepssimius View Post
      ..
      You didnt decide anything....read my last post.
    1. Cardiac's Avatar
      Cardiac -
      Had this on my Blackberries and it rocked, trying to tell someone how to get to where you are became easier. iPhone just catching on, Nice