This is interesting. Via a deal with AT&T, Loopt — a location-based social networking service — can now track and update the location of your iPhone even when the Loopt app isn’t running.
To be clear, this does not — repeat, not — mean that the Loopt iPhone app is able to run in the background on your iPhone. Headlines like this one at Silicon Alley Insider are bound to confuse people. This is a server-to-server system between Loopt and AT&T.
Update: It’s worth pointing out that the service is not free. You get a 14-day trial, and after that, it’s a $4 per month addition to your AT&T bill.
★ Friday, 4 September 2009