Posts Tagged ‘tracking’

Japantown Taser-Gun Cell Phone Mugging Foiled by GPS – Suspect Caught in Twitterloin at 7th and Market

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The SFPD has just fleshed out this story of a trip to Japantown gone wrong.

Turns out the guy trying to fence(?) the booty is less than 18 years old.

Anyway, all the deets:

“SFPD Arrest Suspect by way of Smartphone GPS Technology
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Posted Date: 9/30/2011

San Francisco Police Officers at Northern Station arrested a suspect in connection with a robbery by way of GPS technology.

The suspect who cannot be identified due to the fact he is a juvenile, was taken into custody on September 29, 2011 and charged for possession of stolen property.

In this incident, the victim was walking home from work on the 1600 block of Post St. at 11:00 p.m. when she was suddenly shocked in the neck by a stun gun. The suspect then stole her belongings, which included a Smartphone. Shortly after, a group of good Samaritans came to the victim’s aid and she was able to call the police.

Responding officers arrived on scene and asked the victim if she subscribed to a GPS tracking device on her Smartphone. The victim stated, “Yes”.

A tracking device is a service that allows subscribers to track their Smartphone when their device is either stolen or lost. Using GPS technology, the officers were able to track the Victim’s stolen Smartphone to the area of 7th St and Market.

Officers responded to the area and were able to track down the Smartphone through its tracking device software.

The officers were able to detain the suspect who had the Smartphone in his possession. The suspect was placed under arrest for possession of stolen property.”

Well, I guess this is a happy ending…

The intersection of 7th and Market Street in San Francisco is the world capitol of black market iPhone sales:

Via JonathanPercy – click to expand

Hurray!

Impressive: Photographer Recovers $9000 Worth of Stolen Nikon Through EXIF-Data Search on Flickr

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Well, I guess I’m late to this one, but anyway, in case you didn’t see it:

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Plus five points for GadgetTrak House.

OMG, Taylor Swift is in Saskatchewan Right Now! SF-Based JustSpotted.com Stalks Celebs All Over the World in Real Time

Friday, November 5th, 2010

I’ll tell you, back in the day fans needed to work hard to track the peregrinations of their favorite celebrities. But that’s all changed now thanks to San Francisco-based JustSpotted.com, which:

“…aggregates social data in real-time and collects submissions from spotters, provides real-time updates and allows millions of fans to connect with their favorite celebrities.”

O.K. fans, get to your stalking.

“JustSpotted.com Adds Celebrity Blog and Other Features

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 5, 2010  – AJ Asver, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of JustSpotted, announces the latest features to be deployed at JustSpotted.com, a newly launched website and the definitive source for breaking celebrity news. The site, which aggregates social data in real-time and collects submissions from spotters, provides real-time updates and allows millions of fans to connect with their favorite celebrities.

“JustSpotted pushes the boundaries of what can be done with real-time social data,” says Asver.  ”We have taken the celebrity spotting phenomena, which already occurs on Facebook and Twitter, and have made it more accessible.”

JustSpotted is a San Francisco-based technology company that aggregates publicly available information from websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare. The company’s proprietary technology filters the aggregated information and collects credible comments on celebrity sightings, delivering a real-time newsfeed of the activities and locations of over 10,000 celebrities. JustSpotted allows fans and celebrities to connect and to share information with each other.

JustSpotted’s new features will provide a unique and interactive experience for fans and for celebrities.

The JustSpotted Blog, one of six new features to be deployed at the site, will include feature articles and real-time news on celebrity sightings.  The first blog will feature JustSpotted’s most prominent celebrity, Justin Bieber, and utilize tweets to chronicle his whereabouts over the last month.

JustSpotted’s Search by Location feature will allow visitors at the site to view celebrity sightings in a specific area by typing the location in the search bar.

The Fan Button feature will allow visitors to instantly become a “fan” of a celebrity and will offer a real-time feed of the latest sightings of the celebrity.

The Globe Spotters map will show celebrity sightings in real-time, information which JustSpotted will aggregate from other websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare. With the reported sightings, JustSpotted’s fluid world map will show the locations of celebrities in real-time.

About JustSpotted

JustSpotted.com offers real-time updates of celebrities for their fans. It is the one-stop destination for fans to view over 700 celebrity sightings everyday. JustSpottedis celebrity friendly. The company, which offers page-branding and mobile updates, partners with celebrities. By developing direct relationships between JustSpotted and celebrities, the site will publish exclusive information that is provided directly by the celebrities.

San Francisico Police Captain Proposes Mandatory Hand-Stamping to Track Nightclub Goers.

Friday, June 13th, 2008

It’s been printed in the San Francisco Examiner, (so it must be true):

Captain James Dudley of Central Station in North Beach plans to ask the San Francisco Entertainment Commission to consider making mandatory handstamps specific to a bar or club so police can more easily make connections between specific locations and drunken behavior.

According to the Cap’n, “it would be helpful to be able to track people.”

Will this idea pass constitutional muster? Is it justified? Feel free to read the Captain’s weekly newsletters to see what he’s dealing with  on a nightly basis in the world-famous North Beach area.

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Will mandatory handstamps make your San Francisco bacchanal safer? Adamcomerford via Flickr

Be sure you don’t spend too much time showing off all your temporary tracking stamps to your friends on the street, as loitering too long in front of a club will soon get you into hot water as well.

Stay safe and have fun!