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GadgetTrak Technology Featured In Sunday Comics A Testament To Innovation
Monday, June 27, 2011

Since we launched GadgetTrak in 2007 we have been no stranger to the press, our revolutionary technology and recovery stories have been featured on Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, Forbes, NY Times and more. However, it is fascinating to see how the technology we pioneered is now becoming pervasive in popular culture. I was amazed to open the Sunday comics and see this strip from Jump Start where GadgetTrak is clearly referenced in a pretty funny context.

Ever since the company was founded we have pioneered and patented new technology to help protect our customers’ devices and data, we are the only company to have recover the first generation iPods, even before there was an App Store. We were the first company to combine wi-fi positioning with web camera activation to capture photos and the location of thieves and the first to catch thieves in the act utilizing the technology. We were also the first company to recover stolen mobile phones with our tracking software which we pioneered for smartphones and the first to offer secure privacy safe encrypted backup. Our company is based on innovation and we look forward to launching new revolutionary products for our customers in the future, we are just getting started.

GadgetTrak Recovery: Pilfered in Portlandia
Saturday, June 4, 2011

In October 2010, somebody smashed the front window of Nancy Wiebelhaus’s home in Portland, Oregon, and ran off with three laptops: two MacBooks and a MacBook Pro.

One of the MacBooks was running GadgetTrak. “I bought it because the same thing happened a couple of years ago when we had three laptops stolen. These kinds of property crimes are really, really common in my neighborhood,” says Wiebelhaus, an eighth-grade language arts teacher.

Once activated, GadgetTrak begins tracking location and network information whenever the stolen laptop connects to the Internet. It also captures photos of the person using the device, and sends them to the computer’s owner.

“Over the course of a week or two, I got three videos of people who had my laptop,” says Wiebelhaus. GadgetTrak also sent her an IP address that the suspects were using to go online.

She forwarded the information to Portland Police Department, which subpoenaed the Internet service provider. The ISP identified the customer who had been assigned that particular IP address.

The detective on the case immediately recognized the name of the customer. The suspect was already in jail, having been arrested recently on another crime.

The defendant, Tracy Miller, 48, ended up pleading “no contest” to the burglary. He was sentence to an additional 31 months in prison.

“The software helped in catching the person who broke into my house,” says Wiebelhaus.

Miller reportedly told police that he had traded one of the MacBooks to his dealer for drugs. The whereabouts of the other two laptops is unknown.

( Content from Jeff Bertolucci, PCWorld )

GadgetTrak Camera Serial Search: Tracking Lost/Stolen Cameras
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

We have launched a new beta project, GadgetTrak Camera Serial Search, a free service that allows people to enter the serial number of their camera and search for images online that were taken by that particular camera.

Every year over 100 million cameras are sold and about 10% of them are high-end cameras purchased by professional photographers and hobbiests alike. We hear a lot of stories regarding theft of these expensive devices and wanted to help.

Many of the images captured are uploaded to social media and photo sharing sites for public view. We found that many of the top camera manufacturers embed the camera’s serial number into the image. This includes Canon, Nikon, Kodak, Pentax and more. We scan online photo sites and extract this serial number using a specialized distributed computing engine that we have built. This service can assist in the recovery of stolen cameras, as well as copyright issues, and we are working with law enforcement agencies to see how it can be used to solve other serious crimes like child pornography.

From our initial tests the new service will work with Twitter’s new photo sharing tools announced today allowing us to extract the serial numbers from images as they are uploaded and made public.


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