IPhone app helps save Algerian escapees
There was no cellular signal, but a compass program on the phone worked anyway -- and led a group of eight men out of the desert.
Now that is technology you can depend on.
Floria was one of eight people who managed to escape the In Amenas gas facility in Algeria, the site of an Islamist militant attack that claimed the lives of dozens of victims. The group fled the compound at 2 a.m., according to a suspenseful New York Times report, running for a vast desert that could have been just as deadly as the scene they left behind.
The survivors only had a flickering flame on a distant gas well to guide them. But when daylight came and they could no longer see the flame, they depended on the compass app on Floria's iPhone.
The iPhone couldn't make calls or access the Internet. There was no cellular signal of any kind. But the compass app worked even without a signal, leading the group over sand, rocks and small hills until the late afternoon, writes Nicholas Kulish.
They finally got to the gas well. Four men stayed there and four went on to a nearby road, where they hailed a car driven by an Algerian security officer. Floria, who is Romanian, left Algeria on an American military transport plane.
So go ahead and criticize Apple's much maligned Maps application. It deserves it. But that compass app is worth a download, no matter what kind of smartphone you have. You never know when it might come in handy.
More in moneyNOW
- Abandoned no more: Schools become housing
- White Castle woos Valentine's Day diners
- Netflix shares soar on solid quarter
Copyright © 2013 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.
The good news: Bad weather means fewer drivers on the road, and they're going slower than usual. The bad news: It's still dangerous.
- 8 questions to ask before Mom and Dad move in
- High deductibles fuel new worries of Obamacare sticker shock
- How to use your credit card to donate to charity
- Try this instead of raising the minimum wage
- People left $500,000 in coins at airports last year
- How your driving can affect your credit
- Obamacare projected to cost hundreds of billions less
- November jobs report: Winners and losers
- Student loan debt climbs for 5th year in a row
[BRIEFING.COM] There wasn't a lot of excitement in the stock market today and there is nothing wrong with that. After rallying in broad-based fashion on Friday, the major indices stood their ground (for the most part) amid a lack of conviction from buyers and sellers alike.
Today wasn't a case so much of the stock market going up as it was a case of some influential stocks going up to keep the major indices on a winning path. In fact, decliners were just about even with ... More
More Market News
The photo-sharing site only has 10 employees, and it may be up for grabs.