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App helps police find stolen iPhone

Published 23/07/2010 | 08:27

A man accused of stealing an Apple iPhone out of a woman's hand in San Francisco was foiled by the phone's GPS app
A man accused of stealing an Apple iPhone out of a woman's hand in San Francisco was foiled by the phone's GPS app

A man accused of stealing 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.

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

Covia CEO David Kahn had sent the intern into the street to demonstrate the software.

Police say Horatio Toure snatched it and sped away on a bicycle, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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

Police arrested Toure nine minutes later.

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