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Free software turns laptops into GPS navigators. Loki system melds global positioning, WiFi to find services

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March 23, 2006View for printing

A Boston company is giving away software that can turn nearly any laptop computer into a global positioning system, enabling users to find the nearest restaurant, hospital, or gas station at the touch of a button.

Skyhook Wireless Inc.'s new Loki service uses the popular WiFi wireless data networking system in a radical new way. The company has created WiFi maps of the nation's 100 largest cities, with precise locations for five million wireless data signals. Loki uses these wireless signals to tell users with WiFi laptops where they are -- and where they can obtain a variety of products and services. Anybody with a WiFi-equipped portable computer that runs Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system can use Loki, which is available for download at

By Hiawatha Bray, Globe Staff

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I am looking for gps software that is free or nearly as I am a senior on pension and my wife and I would like to take a trip to florida to see her aging uncle before to late

I was looking for free or nearly free gps software to run on a gateway laptop with windows xp any help would be appreciated rgourlay

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