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App Wrap: 'iCracked,' 'Theft Alert'

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.


If you’re the type of person who might seriously consider losing use of a body part for a few days rather than losing use of your smartphone, here now are two apps you may want to keep an eye on. First, iCracked in case you crack, mangle, or accidentally drown your phone. You simply type in what the problem is and an iCracked iTech gets on the case, quickly sending you a prognosis and a quote. That tech will then meet you somewhere of your choosing—at home, work, a restaurant and repair your device on the spot. iCracked insists most repairs take under an hour. The service can also be used to sell old devices, buy used devices, or shop for DIY repair kits. iCracked is a free app iOS devices and repairs are right now only on iOS devices. You can also use the service via

Lookout's Theft Alert

Lookout is mobile security software that’s been out for a while, offering privacy features, finding your lost phone, protecting you from malware and backing up your data. Just recently, though, it added a neat new feature called Theft Alert: if it detects some strange actions—which you can set yourself, like the SIM card being removed or entering the wrong password a few times or trying to change certain settings—the phone will automatically snap a picture with the inward facing camera, in an effort to catch the thief’s image. It will then email you that shot and a GPS map of where, exactly, that picture was taken. Lookout is available for iOS and Android devices as a free app with certain features or $3 per month for the full premium service which you will need to use Theft Alert. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP