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Lookout’s Signal Flare Finds Your Lost Phone Even When It’s Dying

Today, Lookout, makers of the Lookout Mobile Security app for smartphones, released a new feature for iPhone users that will help locate a phone even when the battery is dead.

Dubbed Signal Flare, the tool automatically records your phone’s location when your handset’s battery is low. Users will then be able to log onto Lookout’s Web site and see on a map where the phone was last, shown under the Missing Device tab.

Lookout says that it created the feature after learning that about 30 percent of people were unable to locate their lost or stolen phone because their battery was dead.

Signal Flare is included in the free version of the Lookout Mobile Security app. The Android app was updated a few weeks ago to add Signal Flare.

Both versions of the app can also scan apps and email attachments for potential viruses and spyware and backup and restore your phone’s contacts. Android users can upgrade to the Premium version for $2.99 a month, which includes remote lock and wiping capabilities.

Recently, T-Mobile announced that it would preload some of its Android smartphones with Lookout. Other users can download the app from iTunes or the Google Play store.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik