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iGotYa App Combines Camera, Email and GPS to Foil iPhone Thieves

Today I learned about a clever iPhone app called iGotYa, which combines the iPhone's camera, email function and GPS capabilities to immediately and completely rat out would-be iPhone thieves.

The New York Post reports (via ABA Journal) that iGotYa recently worked beautifully for a woman in Queens who had her iPhone stolen. When the thief tried to unlock the iPhone by unsuccessfully guessing at the password, the iGotYa application kicked into action by snapping a photo of the thief and emailing it to the victim along the thief's specific GPS location.

IGotYaThe victim turned the photo (seen here via NYPD/WCBS) and GPS information over to police, who then knew they are searching for a thief "in his 20s, 5-foot-8 and with an earring in his left ear." Days later, police announced that they had arrested a suspect based on the photo. 

For some reason, iGotYa is not yet available in iTunes and only works if your iPhone is "jailbroken." It is available online for $5.99.

A video showing iGotYa in action can be seen below.

Posted by Bruce Carton on October 14, 2011 at 04:06 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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