Monday, February 6, 2012

How to get back your stolen i-phone

Here's a neat invention. With a simple free app you can track down any of your Apple products in case they get stolen or lost.

Shown in a recent NY Times article a policeman, who had this app on his own iPhone, was able to punch a mugging victim's code into his own iPhone and track down the thief.

Punching in the victim’s Apple ID, which is the log-on people use to buy, say, songs from iTunes, he quickly determined by the location of a small gray phone icon on a digital map that the robber was near Eighth Avenue and 51st Street.

As Officer Garland and his partner drove there, the signal source shifted, closer to Eighth Avenue and 49th Street. There, a man later identified by the police as George Bradshaw, 40, of New Lots, Brooklyn, stepped outside a Food Emporium.

Officer Garland pushed the “Play Sound” button on his phone. Instantly, a pinging beep — not unlike the sound of a submarine’s sonar — began emitting from Mr. Bradshaw, 20 feet away.
As the officers closed in, joined by another pair, the pinging stopped. 

Officer Garland said, the suspect left the phone unchanged, and the officer hit “play” again, prompting another round of pings. Mr. Bradshaw was caught red-handed, or more specifically, with the stolen iPhone in his right sock, Officer Garland said. The victim later identified him as the robber, and the phone was recovered.

A great way to keep track of your own items but a little scary that anyone who has your code can track your movements. What are your thoughts?

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