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All posts tagged "find my iphone"


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

How About Find My Airplane?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:05 AM

http://www.cultofmac.com/find-my-ip...w+(Cult+of+Mac)

"The Find My iPhone feature that Apple offers for free to users packing iPhones is helping the Navy to locate the wreckage of a plane that crashed just off the island of Robinson Crusoe in Chile. Rescue teams have yet been able to locate the plane since it went down, but thanks to Apple's service, they are now one step closer."

Doesn't look good as far as finding survivors at this point, but if the family can get some closure then that is something.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Gone in Six Minutes: Your iPhone and Your Passwords

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 08:30 PM

http://www.9to5mac.com/51482/lose-y...t=Google+Reader

"Assuming you save your passwords on your iPhone (iPod touch and iPad as well), you don't remote wipe it and assuming the person who finds it is a pretty astute hacker, you may want to reset your passwords. PCWorld details how an iPhone can be jailbroken and give up passwords in just 6 minutes."

Jailbreaking and unlocking / hacking into your iPhone's keychain can be done in as little as six minutes. This exposes any passwords that you may happen to store on your device, even if it is locked. An emergency plan to list (in order to change) all important passwords should be at the top of your own personal disaster recovery plan. If your iPhone is lost (or stolen), assume that all your passwords are compromised, and learn to use the Remote Wipe feature within MobileMe's Find My iPhone. And change those passwords!


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Find Your iPhone, But Not With MobileMe

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.tuaw.com/2011/01/05/tekt...e-free-version/

"Just because Apple released a Find My iPhone app and then made it free, doesn't mean there isn't room for a little friendly competition."

You used to be able to undercut MobileMe by using TekTrak and their one-time $4.99 USD price, but now that MobileMe has upped the ante with free service, TekTrak had to jump in to the free pond as well. This week was the launch of their free location service for iPhone 4 or 3GS, so all you have to do is get the free app and sign up on the web site. You also get free uses for every time you refer someone to the service. But even if you only get two free uses of this, if you go over and have to pay the $4.99 for the pro version [affiliate link], it's not going to break the bank.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Disable Deactivation of Find My iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

http://hints.macworld.com/article.p...101226201756182

"Currently if you do not have a password on your device a thief (or child) could deactivate Find My iPhone. However most people don't know that you can prevent this by using a passcode. (This might require iOS 4.2 or later; I didn't have an earlier version to test it.)"

A simple fix to prevent the deactivation of this useful feature. Basically here it is in a nutshell: Settings>General>Restrictions> "Enable Restrictions" and then enter a 4-digit code. Once you do that just turn off "Allow Changes" for Location and Accounts.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Find My iPhone Feature Free With iOS 4.2

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:32 AM

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/11/22ios.html

"The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe℠ subscription and helps you locate your missing device.* The Find My iPhone app is a free download on the App Store℠ and lets users easily locate a missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. Users can even remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device to protect privacy."

Now you don't even need a MobileMe subscription to take advantage of the Find My iPhone app, which was one of the main reasons I kept my subscription to the MobileMe service in the first place. I guess I will have to re-evaluate my needs when it comes to MobileMe. I like the me.com email address and the iDisk functionality as far as backups, but there are so many options out there now it doesn't seem financially wise to spend $99.00 USD ($149.00 USD for family plan) for the service. Or even spend the discounted amount when purchased through Amazon.com. How about you, are you considering dropping MobileMe?


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

How About Some Updates?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

http://www.9to5mac.com/24963/safari...e+Intelligence)

"A 40MB Safari 5.0.2 Software Update just hit. From Apple:This update contains improvements to compatibility and security, including fixing an issue that could prevent users from submitting web forms, fixes an issue that could cause web content to display incorrectly when viewing a Google Image result with Flash 10.1 installed and establishes an encrypted, authenticated connection to the Safari Extensions Gallery."

You can find out more about it at the Apple support site, but it wasn't the only update. iWeb 3.0.2 was released, as well as updates to the apps Find my iPhone and iDisk.


Monday, June 21, 2010

MobileMe Changes and Free Find My iPhone/iPad App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:30 PM

http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-2...008164-260.html

"Apple made some changes to its MobileMe service Friday.The MobileMe Mail service that was in beta for a little over a month is now available to all members. Mail at me.com now has widescreen and compact views, mail organization rules, single-click archiving, a formatting toolbar, SSL protection, and better junk mail protection. You can also use MobileMe to read mail from your other e-mail addresses now, according to Apple."

Nice changes to the MobileMe interface, more functional in my opinion, but they also made a change that may not keep me as a MobileMe subscriber.

Read more...


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

MobileMe Finds Another iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.tuaw.com/2010/02/25/find...-busch-gardens/

"It was like something out of CSI. The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that the snatched iPhones incident began when a mom and her stepdaughter were getting aboard the SheiKra roller coaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida. The theme park provides unlocked storage bins for people to put things in so they don't fly away during the ride, so their two iPhones (in purses) were dropped in. Probably not a very safe thing to do, but that's what they did."

MobileMe cracks yet another theft case! And they actually tracked down both iPhones in the hands of what appears to be a career criminal (19 prior convictions) 45 minutes after they were taken.


Monday, February 22, 2010

MobileMe on iPhone Revamped

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/ne...one-ipod-touch/

"Apple has launched a redesigned version of its Me.com splash page for the iPhone and iPod touch, adding new download links for its MobileMe iDisk and Gallery applications, as well as access to the Find My iPhone feature."

Now when my daughter loses her iPhone I won't have to go to the desktop! The new page adds the Find My iPHone link, which prompts you to enter your username and password and takes you to a frame-less version of the Find My iPhone page. It also has the same options as the normal page with location map, links to send text and/or audio to the iPhone and the option to remotely lock or wipe the iPhone. Apple has a support page here to explain the changes.


Monday, August 31, 2009

Another Story Where Find My iPhone Finds Success

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.9to5mac.com/iPhone-nabs-theives

"We aren't surprised by this at all and expect to see more and more of it as GPS devices become more ubiquitous. Pittsburgh police last night nabbed a trio of iPhone robbers who were caught using the iPhone's "Find My iPhone" service."

The photo is actually a mugshot of one of the suspects, apprehended after the police used the victim's MobileMe account to track down the stolen iPhone. This is an example of working with the police rather than on your own was a good move, since the suspects allegedly were armed with a handgun per the victim. Of course, if they had just turned off the iPhone it wouldn't have mattered, but then again, no one ever said crooks were the smartest people around.


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