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Mónica Guzmán

Stories at the intersection of tech and life from a boldly connected city.

Category: Crime
April 5, 2014 at 8:28 PM

How Facebook found Hailey: Why this Seattle parent shared her search for her teen

“Thank you everyone! So happy she is home.” – Marie Montemayor on Facebook, March 24. (Pic posted March 29) One Sunday last month, Marie Montemayor cut back and forth through happy crowds at French Fest at Seattle Center. Not finding any place to charge her phone’s dead battery, she cried. Two days earlier, at 4:30 p.m.,…


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January 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Seattle bus rider put away smartphone before wrestling gunman

Maybe you’ve seen the video of the Seattle Metro bus riders who wrestle a gunman to the ground less than a second after he’s pointed a gun at the wrong man’s face.

That man — sitting at the right of the frame in glasses — is looking at his smartphone, ear buds in, when the video starts. The gun appears in front of him and whoa — in one swoop he juts back, reaches for the gun and gets up to shove the gunman back down the aisle.

A reader pointed out a fascinating detail: As he shoves the man back with one hand — and you can imagine this is about the point when the man wakes up to what he’s doing and that his life is at stake — he uses his other hand to put away his smartphone.


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June 10, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Apple’s Activation Lock feature a potential victory for law enforcement

Nothing is truly foolproof when it comes to securing your phone. But device manufacturers are working on it. Apple today announced a new feature in its iOS mobile software at its Worldwide Developers Conference that appears to represent a big step toward law enforcement’s dream — a remote “kill switch” on smartphones. The feature, called…


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June 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM

With phone thefts up, we need to lock down


Talking to a man named Hugh Lee last week convinced me to do something I never thought I would — password-protect my phone.

Lee, 33, had his phone stolen two weeks ago. He left his things in a courtside bundle while he shot hoops with friends at a North Seattle community center. When he came to collect them, his wallet and keys were there, but his phone — a Samsung Focus S — was gone. That night became a mad, anxiety-ridden dash to cancel accounts, change passwords and hope against hope the thief was after his device, not some exposed thread of his digital life.

Until Lee got home and opened his laptop, whoever took his phone had access to everything.

“How do I know this is you?” his wife asked him when he chatted with her on Facebook from work the following day. It was a good question.


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