Tuesday, 23 September 2008

The New iPhone Application from ThingFinder Inc.

Ever since I found an Apple iPhone on the subway I haven’t been able to put it down. There’s so much it can do, and even when the previous owner calls me with threats and vague promises of police action, I haven’t succumbed to the temptation of altruistically returning it. As well as the telephonic and Internetty capabilities, a great deal of third-party applications can be bought for the gizmo, the latest of which is an absolutely essential purchase.

Named after the patron saint of lost people and things, the application is snappily titled Jude, Where’s My Car Keys? Quite simply, having this software on your iPhone means that you will never lose another item again. Using a combination of spy satellites, x-ray surveillance technology and ex-KGB employees, ThingFinder, Inc., are aware of the location of every single thing in the world, and users are able to access this information through their iPhones.

I tested the Jude… software extensively, beginning with some simple requests. The layout is easy to navigate, with a host of options for advanced users. At the most basic level, one is presented with a screen not unlike a regular search engine, with the phrase “Jude, where’s my:” and a box for typing in a query. I began with “car keys,” and was informed within seconds that they were on the coffee table next to my copy of Changesbowie. Sure enough, there they were. A similar level of success was also had when I enquired as to the whereabouts of my passport (my underwear drawer, on the right side), my childhood teddy bear (my parents’ attic) and Jack Nicholson (the Denny’s on 34th Street).

Advanced settings allow even more refined searches in Jude, Where’s My Car Keys. For example, I changed the options to include both historical and non-physical items and searched for my virginity. The answer came back: “Last seen in the third pew of Our Lady’s Church, Shaftesbury, 1994.” This result, while painful for me to remember (and, presumably, for Father O’Brien to remember, as it is ultimately what led to his incarceration), is true.

The application certainly has some implications for personal safety and privacy, as well as the obvious national security concerns, but a very stringent and effective login system is used, meaning that it is very difficult for someone to hack into another person’s account. Also, certain requests do require an advanced-level Government account with the requisite clearances attached. Incidentally (on a related note), it’s nice to see that the programmers have a sense of humour; type in “Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction” and the result “Ha ha ha! Nice try, Monkey-Boy!” comes up. I am told that there are several other Easter eggs of this nature, but I haven’t been able to find them.

I can’t think of anyone for whom this program wouldn’t be a great help. As well as the simple assistance (who out there hasn’t misplaced their sandals at one point or another?), Jude… can help us learn about ourselves. For example, I asked it to find “my sense of self-respect and optimism”, and the following result came back: “taken by Now Toronto Magazine”. Outstanding.

All in all, this excellent program will make sure you never lose a single thing again. If you forget where you’re parked, where you put your cigarette lighter or where you last saw your childhood innocence, Jude, Where’s My Car Keys? will tell you. If you suspect your partner of infidelity, it will let you know where she is at any point. If someone steals your dog, you’ll be able to locate it without needing to bother the police. All in all, I can’t recommend this application enough. Go out and get it before I hit you.

Jude, Where’s my Car Keys v.1.0 is available from Monday, priced…Hey, wait a minute… has anyone seen my iPhone? I can’t find it anywhere….shit, it was here a second ago, I’m sure of it…

9 comments:

Dr Zibbs said...

Blackberry Pearl is still King of the Land in my book.

Mathdude said...

I asked my Jude... where Carmen Santiago was and it said "Upper Volta". Wait'll you see what it says when you ask it where Osama Bin Laden is.

BeckEye said...

I really want the iPhone with Gaydar.

Del-V said...

Is there an application on the iPhone to open stubborn jars?

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

Zibbs: Blackberry Pearl? Is that a porn star?

Mathdude: Ha ha! It says "in a place within all our hearts"! What the eff?

Beckeye: Didn't the republicans confiscate the technology to create some kind of bomb?

DelV: There is, but it invalidates your warranty.

Mo said...

"I asked it to find 'my sense of self-respect and optimism', and the following result came back: 'taken by Now Toronto Magazine.'"

Bwahaahhahaha. Sorry, I shouldn't laugh, that's just terrible.
*snort* *suppressed guffaw*

Red said...

All you iPhone users and your bragging. "Oooh! Look at me. I'm so cool because I can touch my phone and do stuff!" I'll stick with my free Samsung flip phone, thank you very much.

Distributorcap said...

does the ring sound play "hey jude"

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

Mo: That's it. Drink my pain.

Red: Oooh, get you with your posh Flippy Samsung Cell Phone! I don't even have one of those! I have a tin can on a piece of string. I don't even have a second can for the other end, so I can't even call anyone with it. Kids these days...

Distributorcap: Yeah, but the lyrics are changed: Hey Jude/Find me my keys/If you don't I/Can't leave the hou-o-use/Remember/To let me into my car/And then I can start/To blow this popsicle stand, motherfucker