Tuesday, April 10, 2012

There's an App for That...and Just About Anything Else!

In recent weeks, Senator Mark Udall  has been urging the FCC and US cellphone service providers to come together to protect their customers from phone theft. Our smartphones, most worth hundreds of dollars, are too tempting a target for theft, as they presently can be reactivated even after being stolen. He proposes that the providers create a database in which the stolen phone IDs would be listed, making it impossible for a stolen device to be reactivated. Such a database already protects cellphone owners in other countries. 







On the news this morning, it was reported that this would become a reality in the US within the next six months. But there are ways to protect your devices now. Case in point: eight-year-old Tennesee boy, Landon Crabtree, who used the "Find My iPad" application to locate his stolen iPad and the rest of his family's stolen property.




Collin and I already have Lookout on our phones and my Kindle Fire. If lost or stolen, activating Lookout will prompt the device to emit a loud screaming sound that can only be turned off by the device's owner. We took steps to protect all of our devices as soon as we purchased them. You just never know who might decide to help themselves to your property. If they take ours, they're in for one nasty surprise!



Collin, geek that he is, is always looking for new apps. He recently installed Wi-Fi File Explorer on my netbook, Android and Kindle, enabling me to move files among the three devices. He knows I hate having to connect them. What can I say? I'm lazy. 




Actually, I'm always afraid I'll do something wrong and cause them all to crash like electronic dominos!


NOTE: William and I, as our alter egos Scarlett and James, review the recently re-released Titanic at Basking in the Afterglow!



11 comments:

  1. I can see all manner of things going wrong if I ever had a smart phone. The thing would come armed with dozens of cybergremlins!

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    1. Sometimes I think the devices are TOO smart....

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  2. You are so smart to do that.
    I love the idea that if your items were stolen you could send that screaming sound. That would definitely be an ear full.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Well, Parsnip, you've read about my neighbors, so....

      Collin and I each have an air horn, which we carry with us. Collin also installed an air horn app on my Android. I've never tested it, so I don't know how loud it is!

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  3. Fascinating! I didn't know this was possible. I still feel like I'm stuck in the 20th Century most of the time. When I learned to text, that was an accomplishment.

    I don't think I'd ever have to install any of these apps on my very simple, cheap, idiot proof phone, but I'll make sure hubby and the 13 year old know about this for their smart phones!

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  4. Nice that Collin can help you with these things. I guess I don't go too many places so I don't worry about it too much--although in 2005 someone stole my brand new cell and called all their relatives in Honduras!

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    1. Your carrier didn't make you pay for it, did they?

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  5. I just commented and blogger took me out so my comment was deleted. I don't want to write the same thing in case it shows up twice, but anyway it's great that you have a mastermind like Collin behind your genius.

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    1. It posted, Eve. I just had to approve it. I changed that setting on the blog because a couple of people I know got hit by spammers.

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  6. Well, I wish I'd held out for the iPhone, but alas, I have an android that needs more memory, and more power...it works well for what I want it for, but hubby can do so much more with his iPhone...

    Now, if only they had an app for my computer to make it better...

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    1. If you really wanted the iPhone, why did you take the Android? I love my Android, and it does everything I want it to do, so I'm not concerned with what it doesn't do.

      Maybe a larger memory card would help. Ours came with 2GB cards, but we got 16GB cards for them. I recently bought a 32GB card but found I didn't really need that much space.

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