Produced by Josh Yager [This story previous aired on June 3, 2017. It was updated on Feb. 23, 2019] Nicole Lovell, 13, may have thought she was communicating with a friend on the Kik chat app. Instead, she may have found her killer. With a few swipes on her smartphone, Lovell became a victim of the occasionally dangerous world of anonymous online friending, where predators hunt for victims by using fake names and profiles. "48 Hours" investigates the murder of Nicole Lovell, the case against an unusual suspect and his unlikely accomplice, and the hidden dangers of connecting online. "It's no longer a situation where you worry about your child meeting a stranger in the park," says Pamela Casey, District Attorney in Blount County, Ala., tells correspondent Peter Van Sant. "You really need to worry about the stranger your child's meeting on the phone you gave them for Christmas. This is the new crime of our time." Tammy Weeks [at her daughter's grave]: Every morning … I … [Read more...] about Nicole Lovell murder: Was a Virginia teen lured to her death through a smartphone app?
Smartphone app ideas
In the location services settings on my iPhone, which is in the Privacy settings, I have three choices for granting permission to my location data.I can choose to let an app always know my location, only access my location when the app is in use or never know my location.In the location services settings, you'll see a list of all the apps you have installed that can use your location data. Beside each app, you'll see its status. When you load and launch an app for the first time, it will ask for your permission to access your location. Many times, you might be in a hurry and click OK without realizing how much privacy you may be giving up.Therefore, it's a good idea to periodically check your location services list to make sure you realize how each app is using your location. … [Read more...] about Do you know which smartphone apps are tracking your location? You really should
Scientists have built an app that gives a smartphone the ability to detect an opioid overdose and alert others for help. The app, called Second Chances, is still in development, but the researchers hope to have it approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and eventually sell the technology. With over 110 Americans dying each day from opioid overdoses, the opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug overdose crisis in US history. “It’s a huge public health problem and also one where the diagnostic signs and mechanisms of how people die is really well-established,” says Jacob Sunshine, an anesthesiologist at the University of Washington and co-author of the Second Chances study, which was published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine. In other words, when people overdose, their breathing changes in a specific and predictable pattern. Second Chances uses sonar technology to detect these changes and alert a friend, relative, or doctor who can then … [Read more...] about New smartphone app can detect overdoses and call for help
With the holidays now upon us, you’re probably shopping frantically for gifts to give to your friends and family. If there is a skier or a snowboarder on your list, it may be challenging to find gear or accessories they don’t already own or will actually use. If you are not a winter sports enthusiast yourself, then this task triples in its difficulty. You always can go the gift card route, but we want to help you do better than that. To make it easier for you, we’ve gathered a list of the best gifts for skiers and snowboarders. You’ll find everything from heated gloves and cutting-edge goggles to the best winter sports accessories available. Whether you are looking for a small stocking stuffer or a show stopper gift, there’s something here for every skier or snowboarder. Wave Tool – $50 Wave tool is an excellent recovery tool. The all-in-one soft tissue release tool has nine different surfaces– some straight and some curved — for … [Read more...] about Need gift ideas? Here’s what to get the skiers and snowboarders in your life
The polls for the 2018 Midterm Elections will open as early as 6 a.m. Tuesday in some states, so it’s officially crunch time for making your final decisions. So whether you have no idea who’s running for your district’s congressional seats, or you need a quick brush up on the issues heading into the polling booth, there are some quick and easy ways to check what will be on that ballot. If you’ve been living under a rock and are just realizing that Tuesday is Election Day, you may be in luck – more than a dozen states allow you to register the day of. Here are six smartphone apps you can use to get last-minute information before heading to the polls: Vote With Me source Vote With Me Vote With Me goes through your contacts to pull their voter registration information and voting histories. The app says the purpose is so you can message your friends (directly through the app) to encourage them to vote, but it has been criticized for … [Read more...] about 6 apps to help you make last-minute voting decisions for the midterm elections