Wireless Technologies in Our Daily Lives

In this contemporary digital era, it is almost impossible to imagine a world without wireless technologies and applications. From remote controls for our TV sets and Hi-Fi compounds to mobile telephones and other smartphones, wireless services are now part of our daily lives, not only for communication but also for entertainment, education, cooking, shopping, and much more.

Users all around the world choose to go wireless, using mobile networks or a Wi-Fi connections.

With implementation of wireless applications services rising at a scorching speed, it has become imperative to keep pace with the latest industry innovations.

When you go to Apple iTunes store or Google Play for Android, there are millions of applications presented for download.

You can download these applications and run on your mobile device. This growth has not only allowed companies to improve their profitability, but also benefited customers by offering them rich and fascinating wireless services such as location-based services which include services to identify a location of a person or object.

Wireless services are fast taking the centre stage in our daily lives, and the growing number customer of users  is only adding up. The best part is that this growth is going to stay for long as a study by mobile vendor advises that the total worldwide mobile applications market will reach $25 billion in revenue by 2015, which is very promising.

The evolution of wireless and mobile services has opened the new doorways for international enterprises, to not only expand their market share and improve their productivity but also establish them as a leader in this mushrooming domain.

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Benefits and Risks of Location-Based Services

Location-based services or LBS are a general class of computer program-level services used to include specific controls for location and time data as control features in computer programs. LBS are mostly used in Social Networking as an entertainment service, which is accessible with mobile devices through the mobile network and which uses information on the geographical position of the mobile device.

LBS allow users to share their positions with other people by disclosing their own location, and very popular in social media networks such as Facebook, Foursquare and Google Latitude. Currently there are two primary mobile location tracking apps for devices – Google Latitude and Apple’s Find My Friends. Both allow  “friends” to track one’s position in real time. Each application in the same way at a high level, but with differing functions and features.

There are a number of benefits from using  location-based services . Some examples are:

Real estate marketing – alerts homebuyers about properties in area that meet their specifications.

Discounts and coupons – sends alerts to consumers who have opted in within a geographic radius

Keeping track of children and teens – parents can be alerted when kids leave or arrive at specified location, such as school , home or when teens are out partying with friends

However the privacy implications are significant in that other people might be able to track your position.

Location-based services have done a lot to improve our lives but people need to treat these applications with care. It’s important to understand what criminals can collect from where you are or not.