App helps San Fran police track stolen iPhone fast

July 22, 2010

(AP) -- A man accused of swiping an Apple iPhone out of a woman's hand in San Francisco may have been shocked when police found him only nine minutes later. It turns out the phone had been tracking his every move.

The was being used to test a new, real-time GPS tracking application, and the woman holding it was an intern for the software's maker, Mountain View-based Covia Labs.

Covia CEO David Khan had sent the intern into the street to demonstrate the software. Police say Horatio Toure snatched it and sped away on a bicycle.

Khan was watching a live map of the phone's location on a computer and says he was immediately struck by how quickly the image began moving down the street.

Police arrested Toure nine minutes later, and the intern identified him as the thief.

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not rated yet Jul 23, 2010

Once in a while, the universe actually unfolds the right way!
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That just means the robber has to turn the phone off after snatching it.
1 / 5 (1) Jul 23, 2010
All the robber would have to do is hold it the right way and it wouldn't get a signal.

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