Along with all of the relatively recent hype about the iPhone 5 not being announced this Summer at WWDC, many rumors have been gaining existence and circulating through the vast press world about what this new phone could actually include. Instead of everyone having to skewer the web to find
Scientists have developed a new way of deterring theft of a device using barely audible sounds to determine someone's "coustic fingerprint", reports news.com.au. The process involves playing a barely audible sound through an earphone. This sound actually stimulates the hair cells in one's ear into reproducing their own unique sound that can identify the user.
Orbicule has announced that Undercover, their long time theft-detection and device recovery software for the Mac, is being released for the iPhone in the App Store. The software pretends to be a game, tricking the thief into running it, at which time it sends location information to the owner's account on RetrieveMyiPhone.com, where they can view it's location on a map and alert police of the crime.
What would you do if someone tried to take your iPhone? Gene Wood, operations manager at Ask.com, had to answer that question. While riding the San Francisco subway and watching a movie, someone grabbed his iPhone from behind him and took off. So, naturally, he did what any gadget-loving iPhone owner would do given the chance: wrestle the thief to the ground. He got it back, undamaged, with just a small head wound. Check out the harrowing story at his blog. [via Valleywag]
Concerned about iPhone theft? A new app called Private-I was released recently that relies on the relative stupidity of most criminals to trick them into revealing your iPhone's location. The app shows up on the home screen with the word "Private" on it with the idea that they'll get curious and press it to see what's inside that you don't want them to know about.