Erica Sadun put together a great tool for iPhone users who’d like to keep tabs on their iPhone’s location. Instead of GPS tracking, a small binary called ‘findme’ is used to geolocate the device based on nearby cell towers.
Combined with a simple curl shell script, a private Twitter account, and a scheduled launch daemon, your iPhone can then report its location at regular intervals, which you (or anyone you authorize) can follow using Twitter and Google Maps. You could use this to find your phone if it’s lost or stolen, or you might just use it to give your friends and family a way to track your current location.
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