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Briefly: AT&T retailers' new anti-theft tech, new Disney Infinity app

updated 12:50 pm EDT, Fri September 20, 2013

3SI Security Systems Inc. designed FindIt tracking device for iPhone

With the release of the latest in the line of iPhones, retailers have been taking precautions against the likely prospect of armed robbery. Prime Communications, an AT&T dealer, estimates that it suffers from two armed robberies per month at its more than 300 stores US-wide, according to the Wall Street Journal's Thomas Gryta. The chain has adopted the use of 3SI Security Systems' FindIt device in June 2013. FindIt, a tracking device the size of a short stack of business cards, can be contained within a product box, such as iPhone, which can locate thieves in their attempt to successfully flee with stolen merchandise.

With a shelf life of at least two years, the device works through a combination of GPS and radio frequency tracking. When the device is moved within the store, 3SI's security center notifies the store managers prior to the police. When the device leaves a predetermined 'geofence' area, the police are automatically notified. Last month, a robbery of an AT&T store was successfully thwarted by police by being able to track an iPhone's location amongst $22,000 in stolen merchandise, concluding with the apprehension of four men.

Disney Infinity: Toy Box free until October 15

Disney's latest game app, Disney Infinity: Toy Box, has launched this week, offering users the creative control to design one's own Disney scenario. Available for iPad iOS 6.0 or later, Toy Box includes a range of Disney characters to select for one's world, and over fifty free items to choose from to build a custom 'world', including terrain, track pieces, and decorations. Toy Box can be synced to users' console game for complete cross-platform play, with creations being transferable to console for further editing and play. Available for free until October 15, Disney Infinity: Toy Box can be downloaded from iTunes.




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