From: Craig Phillips <> on behalf of Craig Phillips <>

Sent: Monday, September 28, 2015 8:51 AM


Subject: Cocktail Talk - Lost & Found



Cocktail Talk

October 2015

Cocktail Talk

Dear Craig:   

Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".


Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.


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The ball sailed high and straight, the divot after it, and as I finished my follow through it was tracking to the green like a dart.


On in two with about 13 feet left the camera drone was over my left shoulder as the cheerleaders ended their chant and settled their pom-poms.


The ball had good speed and was breaking to the hole when the phone rang waking me. I looked out the train window to see we were approaching the Lake (Pancho) Villa station.


It was the little Mrs. calling to say that since I was at Lake Villa she would put a pizza in the oven. Like the story goes, "How do it know?".


Friend Finder, an iPhone application, told her very accurately where I was. That's how.


Recently a guy dropped his iPhone out of an airplane. No, not a commercial jet, some little puddle jumper and he probably had it hanging out the window taking selfies. Never the less he did find it using Find My iPhone which is part of the iCloud suite on your PC.


But what if you lose your keys, your wallet, purse, or cat? You're in luck, there's an App for that. Several as a matter of fact,


Phone Halo's TrackR, Protag's Duet and Tile's tracking devices are ranked the top three. They're competitors, slightly different to set themselves apart, but mostly doing the same thing.  Let's take a look at how it works.


For about $25 you get a little gizmo about the size of a poker chip that can be seen by your phone's Bluetooth radio, for 100 to 150 feet depending.


The poker chip then tells you about how far away from your phone it is, or tells you the signal strength it's receiving, you figure it out from there.


They'll tell you if you're taking your phone out of range by beep or even playing a ring tone. Which, we've all found out by using ring tones, can make a favorite song hated pretty quickly. I guess this feature would help you know where your stuff is, since you'd have to carry it around with you to avoid the beeping. Kind of like a dog's shock collar.

I know what your thinking, "What if I leave my wallet in my locker at the gym or somewhere and drive home?". No problem, the chip will use other people's phones, without them knowing, to send you the location. If, of course, someone with a phone within 150 feet of your wallet has the same App.


It could happen.. All three of these products used crowdfunding, aka KickStarter, etc, to get startup capital, so people must believe in them. 


Imagine if instead of sending the location of people's stuff without telling you, some ingenious hacker wrote an App so your phone did tell you. Imagine if instead of sending the location of your stuff to you it told other people where it was.


A similar product, and cheaper, is Click 'n Dig. Click 'n Dig gives you little color coded fobs and a remote with mathcing color buttons. Push a button on the remote and the corresponding colored fob screams at you at 90-100 decibels. It doesn't have an App, and you'll be limited to about 60 feet but it is an option.



Tracker, Duet, Tile, a string around your finger, paying attention, or not, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.



Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.





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