The location detection technology in the Geode extension is built on top of Skyhook's Loki platform, which attempts to determine the user’s location by comparing nearby Wi-Fi access points against a global reference database. Mozilla says that the new feature will be built directly into Firefox 3.1 when it's released.
Although this technology doesn't seem particularly interesting on the desktop, it could prove useful for mobile users as location aware web applications become more commonplace. You can download Geode from Mozilla, and test it with a demo web application called Food Finder.
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