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Tuesday
Jul152008

iPhone "Catch a Cheater" Feature

The new iPhone not only has 3G and custom apps, it also allows you to catch your dirty, rotten iphonecheata.jpgcheating lover. Here's how Blair tried to do it to me:

Blair somehow found a store during lunch on Friday that had iPhones in stock. She picked one up for herself then called me and asked if I wanted her to pick one up for me too. I immediately knew something was wrong. Blair does not do anyone any favors, least of all me.

Even though it's against policy, she convinced the clerk to do it for her. Blair can be a very charming person if she wants to be. It certainly helps if you don't know her.

All the clerk needed was my phone number and the last four digits of my social security number. 

That was an immediate red flag. But since I really wanted an iPhone and didn't see much of a risk (what was she going to do? Steal my identity and run up my credit cards?), I gave her the digits.

By the time I got the phone, she had already activated it for me. Once again, favors are not Blair's forte. 

I started playing with the phone and quickly realized one application had already been downloaded for me by my gracious lover. It's an app called "Whrrl". Here's the description:

Whrrl lets your friends light up your map based on the places they go in the real world. You can zero in on what they are up to right now, plus their past visits. 

Apparently, Blair didn't think I'd notice this application. She also thought that since I wouldn't notice this application, she'd be able to track my every move. She further thought she'd be able to verify if I was home like I said I'd be. She even further thought she'd be able to catch me cheating on her.

Well, it was certainly worth a try. An application my wife also would've been interested in checking out.

I disabled the feature of course. But if you and your lover both have the iPhone and he/she has downloaded a bunch of apps--he/she might not notice one more called "Whrrl". And then you can catch that dirty, rotten cheater. 

Looks like I'm safe for now. 

Reader Comments (8)

So are you going to have to deal with a "pissed off Blair" day when she figures out you disabled the feature?

July 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDigitalSocrates

This post reminded me of these neat gadgets I found on the internets some time ago.

July 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDigitalSocrates

Haha, that's funny. I guess I need to watch out if Blair gives me boxers for my birthday...

July 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJason X

I'm not down with all the auto-geotagging and location finder apps they have available. And I'm not interested in what my friends are doing every second of the day! Nor do they need to know my every move. This would have been a good app for me 2 boyfriends ago...though. Had to be a chick that developed this!

July 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTech Babe

Jason I would watch out for the crazy bitches that like to put things like spyware on your computer. They will monitor and watch your every move for months before they call you on it. Before long she will have fucked up your whole userpool. Hope you don't know anyone like that...

July 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterobserver

Oh Observer, that's the beauty of the user pool. There's always a pool of resources available somewhere.

July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJason X

My mama wasn't techie, but she always said it pays to be observant and efficient. I'd say you would pass muster with Mama.

July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWinter

You have to be super careful with this GPS stuff. I don't have an Iphone because I want to stay off the grid. www.wired.com%2Fgadgets%2Fwireless%2Fmagazine%2F17-02%2Flp_guineapig%3FcurrentPage%3Dall&h=db3293bed9cc0a86db978432351b47f2

September 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM

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