More interesting times in the cloud...
Many technology pundits say that Web and mobile applications that are tailored to where you are — often called “location-based services” — will be the next big thing. Or at least, one of the next big things.
Before those applications take off, however, some problems must be solved. For example, there are already several services that track a user’s location, but many applications that want to access that information have no easy way to get it. For their part, users want to decide which applications can have access to their location information and which cannot — and they want to do it once, if possible.
On Tuesday, Yahoo unveiled a new service called Fire Eagle that simplifies all that. It is free and available to any application and any user who wants to try it.