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FBI App Helps Find Missing Kids

You're shopping at the mall with your children when one of them suddenly disappears. A quick search of the nearby area is unsuccessful. What do you do?
Now there's a new tool from the FBI that can help. Our just launched Child ID app—the first mobile application created by the FBI—provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your children so that it’s literally right at hand if you need it. You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks. There is no charge for the app.
The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.
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The FBI has launched a free iPhone app that stores photos and vital information about your child, such as height and weight, that can be accessed immediately in case your child gets lost or goes missing. There's also a function to e-mail the information to authorities.

The app includes tips on keeping children safe and what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.

Currently, the Child ID app is only available on iPhones.


The View From Above: In Hard Focus Round-up (August 16, 2011)

3D advertisements coming to a smartphone or tablet near you: MediaPost reports that mobile ad platform Amobee is teaming up with Cooliris to promote Cooliris’ newly launched 3D ad unit called AdJitsu. While the thought of more advertisements is not that enticing, just think of how this concept can be extended to other apps – from 3D shopping experiences to games. Check out the video above to see how one can interact with the technology.

Banjo app make you feel a part of the action: Banjo, an app that presents users with a layer of social network information, now allows you to tap into specific locations to see what the social buzz is all about, as TechCrunch reports. Imagine missing out on the Superbowl, or being halfway around the world from history-making news, yet feeling a part of the action thanks to a rich feed of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, FourSquare and other social networking information from people experiencing it first hand.  The app accesses all public posts, not just those from your friends, which makes us think about just how public our data really is…



Blow Off Some Steam: Go on a Legal Graffiti Spree

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More augmented reality news, perfect for those of you who like the idea of changing your world--if only on your smartphone screen.

The new Steet Tag app lets you tag buildings, sidewalks, buses and more to your heart's delight, all without buying a single can of spray paint. Street Tag, the developers say, enables users to "adorn everything and anything, even those buildings you never thought possible to tag."

The app turns your smartphone into a spray can and lets you share and showcase your "graffiti" with others using geo-tagging technology.

Sounds like a fun use of augmented reality tech, which is becoming more and more mainstream. Ready to try it out? Download it for free via iTunes.


New Augmented Reality App Shows the Violence of Past Car Crashes

Talk about a PSA. This new app will make those old “Buckle Up for Safety” ads seem like child’s play.

Developers in Moscow have built a new safety campaign around an interesting smartphone app. In an effort to improve road safety, they’ve created a tool that uses location-aware and augmented reality technology to recreate car accidents. That way, users can view what has happened in a given area before they drive through it.

Along with the augment reality view, the app will include photos, videos and full details about how the accident happened.

It’s a compelling use of location-aware and augmented reality tech. But will people learn from it, or simply gawk at the gory details?


The View from Above: InHardFocus Round-up (August 2, 2011)

AR bridges real world and digital content: Layar, a company working in the Augmented Reality space, has just released Layar Vision, an app that reveals layers of content and interactivity on real world objects, reports Ubergizmo. As the video above demonstrates, this app will enable its user to interact with everyday objects, specifically printed materials, in order to access valuable digital content such as coupons, a Twitter feed or location-based data. In a lot of ways, one can compare Layar Vision’s technology to QR codes, as both increasingly work to break down the walls between the offline and online worlds.

Bringing the game to your living room: Football fans of England’s Premier League may have something new to cheer about – according to The Guardian, the league is in talks with Sony and EA to create an “immersion technology” that will allow viewers at home the ability to get their heads in the game, virtually. While still at the earliest stages of development, this feature could allow someone to plug in from across the globe, choose viewing locations around the stadium and experience 3D representations of the in-game action, all from the comfort of one’s lounger. 

Facing criticism, Microsoft restricts its location data: On Friday, we discussed Microsoft’s open database and the concerns it poised for location privacy. Following similar public criticism (and corresponding action) of Google and Apple,  Microsoft has now restricted access to its database after CNET pointed out that one could determine location of devices on account of their ability to tether Wi-Fi.