Wednesday, March 9, 2011

LittleBrother beta GPS utility updated, still the perfect tag along

Being a little brother, I can attest to the completely false stereotype that has burdened us.
The LittleBrother by eMacBerry also bursts through that stereotype, as well. Tapping into
GPS, LittleBrother allows you to automatically send sms, as well as email, to inform others if you are either leaving from or arriving to a certain location. You can also view the previous 25
Cell Towers your BlackBerry has connected with and email the locations as a KML file. A KML (Keyhole Markup Language) is used to display geographic information via a browser like Google Earth. Because you are the popular one (and probably a Big Brother), LittleBrother is a great way of letting people know when you are getting close, or when you are on your way. Keep reading for all the latest updates.

Recently this beta was updated to version let’s check out what’s new:

* Support for IDEN Networks (experimental)
* If RIM's CellTowerLocation Service is available LittleBrother will make use of
it (required for IDEN) - You can check in the Location Information Section of
LittleBrother if the CellTower Location Service of RIM is available (or not)
* Check required application permissions after the installation
* WiFi Control on two different Modes available:

Strict-Mode (initial LittleBrother WiFi Control implementation)

* In Strict-Mode, WiFi is only enabled when you are in a Sector that has WiFi-Enabled in
its Sector configuration. When you manually enable WiFi elsewhere, LittleBrother will
turn OFF WiFi again automatically (depending on your update interval).
* You should use this mode if you do not like to waste battery power if you have somehow
forgotten to disable WiFi.
* Define Sectors in which WiFi should be automatically enabled when you are entering
a specific location. As soon as you are out of any Sector that has WiFi enabled, then
LittleBrother will automatically turn OFF the WiFi of your BlackBerry Device, in order
to save power.
* Strict Mode implies that when you want to use WiFi (turn it on manually) out of any of
your current defined sectors, you either have to turn LittleBrothers WiFi Control OFF or
create a new Sector for your current location.

AdHoc-Mode (new in v0.6.1.5)

* AdHoc-Mode allows you to manually enable WiFi at any time you might need it. This
implies that you might forget to turn off WiFi again. When you are leaving a WiFi
enabled Sector, LittleBrother will also turn WiFi OFF. But in contrast to the Strict mode,
LittleBrother will not observe any longer if you manually enable WiFi in between (while
out of any WiFi Sector). Therefore, when you turn on WiFi manually, it will stay on until
you turn it off again [or until you enter and leave a WiFi enabled Sector].
Define Sectors in which WiFi should be automatically enabled when you are entering a
specific location.
* As soon as you are leaving a WiFi enabled Sector, the WiFi-Antenna of your BlackBerry
Device will be turned OFF in order to save power.
* AdHoc-Mode implies that when you manually turn on WiFi, you have to remember
yourself to turn it OFF again.
* Of Course, you can also completely disable the WiFi-Control feature of LittleBrother in
the General Options.

What's fixed?

* Permission Configuration Dialog should be displayed only once
Minor GUI issues
* Editing a CellTower location that is part of an existing Sector will update- also the Sector

More information/download of LittleBrother OTA from your device


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