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GadgetTrak Review – Inventor Spot
Sunday, October 28, 2007

GadgetTrak has received another favorable review, this time from Inventor Spot.

The technology that the GadgetTrak system uses is simple, yet quite revolutionary…the technology really works. This new company seems to be very proud of their success. As of the date of this writing, GadgetTrak has helped recover 5 out of a total of 6 stolen devices reported to them.

Another Successful GadgetTrak iPod Recovery: Dublin, Ohio
Thursday, October 25, 2007

Another iPod has been recovered thanks to GadgetTrak. A subscriber reported her daughter’s iPod stolen on October 18th and was returned to her today. The GadgetTrak sticker had been removed and the serial number filed away, however the GadgetTrak agent installed on the device gave the thief away. Here is a snippet of information from the subscriber:

“My stepdaughter got her iPod back today, she said the kid that took it plugged it in and that Gadget Trak saw it and worked with the school. That was AWESOME! You have one very happy teenage girl!

This is the third iPod GadgetTrak has helped recovery in the past few months, out of six total devices reported stolen, five of them have found their way back to their owners.

We are still learning more regarding the specifics of the case and will post more as information becomes available. What is interesting is the number iPod thefts we are seeing in schools or colleges.

[Update]: We received a call from the Dublin, Ohio police department this morning regarding the theft. We also learned that it was not just our subscriber’s iPod that was recovered but quite a bit of other stolen property.

Crouching Leopard – GadgetTrak Verey Ready To Pounce
Monday, October 22, 2007

Leopard is ready to pounce! We would like to announce that GadgetTrak Verey is also ready to pounce on would-be-mac-thieves. The latest version of Verey is fully compatible with Apple’s latest, greatest and sexy new OS. Many of us have been holding off on buying a new Mac until the new OS was released, as such it is time to consider protecting your investment. Macs are not cheap. GadgetTrak Verey increases the chances of recovering your system in the event of theft. With GadgetTrak Verey you can find out who took your laptop, where they are and with the video capture feature even what they are wearing.

New Laptop Recovery Solution – Free Beer
Friday, October 19, 2007

A brewer in New Zealand has a novel way of recovering a stolen laptop. Free beer. Croucher Brewing Company, recently had a laptop stolen that contains designs, contact details and financial information. To help in the recovery they have offered free beer for life to anyone who can provide information leading to its recovery. However their idea of a lifetime of beer is twelve bottles a month.

Source: BBC

GadgetTrak On MSNBC Red Tape Chronicles
Friday, October 19, 2007

Bob Sullivan interviewed GadgetTrak founder Ken Westin in an article regarding the the Urban Institute’s recent iCrime story.

GadgetTrak, a small Portland company, has a service that can be installed on almost any USB-enabled device which will make a stolen gadget “phone home” as soon as it is connected to a computer with Internet access. Registered devices, when told to do so, will send the user’s IP address, computer name and other identifying information to GadgetTrak, which then provides the data to the victim so it can be shared with police. The service costs about $12.95 per year.

Owner Ken Westin said he’s recovered four iPods since the service launched earlier this year. In three of the four cases, the music player was stolen from a student by a student.

It is good to see Bob focus on the larger problem of gadget theft and not just iPods.

CNET Crave – GadgetTrak Review
Sunday, October 14, 2007

CNET Crave wrote up a nice blurb on our partnership with BAK2u and how it has extended our reach to catch gadget thieves worldwide.

GadgetTrak Testimonial – Stolen iPod Recovered
Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I just wanted to share a testimonial we received from a customer whose iPod we recently recovered in a Canadian high school:

Great news! We recovered the stolen ipod. The thief was confronted with the evidence, and sure enough, the serial numbers matched. We printed out the GadgetTrak report, and that was just about all the evidence they needed. Just wanted to thank you again for your great service! Apparently the principal, school administrators, advisers, and students are all looking into GadgetTrak after hearing our success story.


GadgetTrak Announces AT&T Tilt Anti-Theft Support
Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Availability of the new AT&T Tilt was announced this week and aims to be one of the most powerful and functional Windows Mobile devices on the market. GadgetTrak is pleased too announce support for the new device with our new GadgetTrak PhoneBak PDA software will help recover the device if it is lost or stolen.

The new Tilt has a a 400MHz Qualcomm 7200 processor, 256 MB ROM, 128 MB RAM, 2.8 inch 240×320 touchscreen display, integrated Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support, integrated 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, integrated GPS receiver, 3 megapixel camera (no flash), Push to Talk functionality, track wheel, and integrated QWERTY keyboard. The device is black and silver with very good construction and durability.

Web 3.0 Will Be Mobile
Friday, October 5, 2007

Web 3.0 will be about mobile devices. The iPhone craze and the move of web content to our wireless devices is just a tip of the iceberg. All of our data, music, contacts, identity, essentially our lives will be tied to these little mobile devices that we carry with us. Ever increasingly these devices will also function as our wallets, in five years credit cards will be dead, you will be paying with your cell phone.

So with all of that important data on your phone, what will you do when you lose it? I am not saying if, I am saying when. These devices are getting smaller and are hot items for thieves and easy to lose. Having your phone stolen even today is not just the loss of a communication device, but a bit like losing your laptop, purse, wallet and identity all at once.

Steal This iPhone
Thursday, October 4, 2007

Note to thieves: If you are going to steal a cell phone, make sure it is an iPhone.

So we have been getting quite a few questions regarding whether we offer a theft recovery software solution for the iPhone. I hate to say it, but the answer is no. We tried, but given Apple’s current attitude when it comes to folks tinkering with their precious iPhone we have decided to put that on the back burner. But, you will be glad to know that support for most of the OTHER major mobile phone platforms will be available shortly. Sony Ericsson phones are the next platform that we will be launching here shortly, followed by more in the coming weeks.

So a little advice to thieves. If you are going to steal a phone, play it safe and make it an iPhone. Until Apple opens up the platform to developers, folks like us cannot develop anti-theft solutions for them. Any other phone you steal just might be a GadgetTrak snitch!

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