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Reunited: The wild chase to track down a missing iPhone

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(Read caption) After it! OK, this is just a costume. But Kevin Miller lost his iPhone in Chicago. Thanks to MobileMe, man and machine were soon reunited.

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At Apple's keynote two weeks ago, one notable announcement was the launch of the new MobileMe feature Find My iPhone, which helps iPhone owners locate a missing phone.

Just a few days later, Kevin Miller made good use of the lost-and-found measure. He was kind enough to share his MobileMe experience in his LiveJournal. His entry details just how he was able to track down the man who stole his iPhone – and it's a pretty suspenseful and entertaining read.

It all began on a Saturday night at a dive bar in Chicago, Mr. Miller recounted in his blog. After hanging out with friends that evening, he realized he had left behind his precious phone. When he returned to the bar, it was gone and all he could manage to do was leave a number with a waitress hoping someone would be kind enough to turn in the beloved gadget.

Miller felt pretty glum, but then he remembered that he had had signed up for Apple's MobileMe the night before.

So he tried logging onto the MobileMe website on a friend's MacBook Pro, but sadly to no avail: He received a message stating his phone couldn't be located. And then he tried texting and calling his iPhone, but no one picked up. He thought this thief was pretty crafty.

Miller felt hopeless, until he logged on to the site again the next morning. Sitting at the Lego Convention in Chicago on his friend's laptop, Miller discovered that his iPhone was apparently being held captive in a nearby neighborhood. Rather than listening to speeches at the convention, the three friends hopped into their car and drove through the neighborhood following the thief's every move on Google maps.

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