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New use for old iPhones: Watch your house get robbed in REAL-TIME

Now you can yell: 'Oi, my mum gave me that' at your rapidly disappearing iThing

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Fanbois have been offered a new way of keeping their home safe – well, sort of – as long as they've managed to avoid chucking away all their old fondleslabs.

A firm called People Power has released an app which turns old iPhones and iPads into home security devices which will allow Apple fans to keep an eye on their home.

The Presence app turns one fondleslab into a Wi-Fi video camera which starts to film whenever it detects motion. These images are then beamed directly to the owner's latest iGizmo, so they can watch a livestream of the burglar nicking all their stuff.

If the alarm is false, the app allows relieved fanbois to "talk back to your pets and relatives while you're on the go".

It is claimed the app has been used to stop a home robbery and also stopped thieves from breaking into a warehouse.

When it doesn't do that, it can record any crimes that do take place.

People Power's CEO Gene Wang told tech blog CNET: "In the last 12 months, there have been like 50 million iPhones that have been replaced and a lot of people keep that old phone and iPad because ... what do you do with these things? If you sell them, who knows if your private information will be compromised. So what we're doing is breathing new life into these old devices."

So what happens if the thief doesn't mind using an old fondleslab and decides to lift it as well? Luckily, the images and video are now stored in the cloud. Wang added: "We're going to have a picture of you so that's not the brightest thing you can do."

People Power will also be available for Android, whenever Wang gets around to it. He also plans to roll out smart plugs and thermostats which can be controlled using fondleslabs.

Wang plans to introduce a pro version of the software, which will offer higher resolution video and an improved ability to home in on a target once motion is detected. ®

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