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An interface to allow easier news items search results based on location.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201710D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an application which allows users to focus searches for news items for a specific location based on the Global Positioning System (GPS) location of their hand-held device.

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An interface to allow easier news items search results based on location .

At times, users have difficulty finding news items related to a particular location. A basic Internet search may produce unrelated results, and a newspaper or newspaper's website may not have the information the person seeks or provide a focus that is too broad. Users need a method to more easily gather information or news items related to a selected area.

No relevant prior art presents methods for providing news results based on the Global Positioning System (GPS) location of a hand-held computing device or producing search results based on a location.

The disclosed solution is an application which allows the user generate more focused search results for news by inputting a location, identified by a GPS, on a map. The application then performs a search via the Internet for any news releases within a specified radius. This is especially beneficial to users who are travelling in an area foreign to them. For example, they do not need to know the name of the local newspapers in order to execute a web-based search for area news.

The novelty of this application is that it provides localized news content based on GPS location, even to the degree of a particular establishment the user is near or inside.

In a preferred embodiment, the process of the application follows:
1. The application, running on an Internet-capable device, receives a location as user input.

2. The application then executes an...