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Tile: The App That Could Change Your Life
By: Christine Geraci
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I generally reserve the term "life-changing" for major milestone experiences: graduating from college, getting a job, getting married, having a child, getting a big promotion, etc. Geo-location apps don't usually make the list. 
 
Until now.
 
I often quip that I'd lose my head if it weren't attached. But for everything else not biologically tethered to your person, there's now an app that will ensure you can find it. 
 
Tile is pure genius, because it's so simple. When you first read about it, you'll likely wonder why nobody thought of this sooner.
 
Here's how it works: You order these little white "tiles," which you can then attach to various items you don't want to lose: your wallet, your keys, your laptop, etc. Then, if you lose one of those items, there are now multiple ways you can find them again: Use your smartphone to activate your tile's alarm, or turn your smartphone into a "detector" of sorts that shows you when you're close to the item you lost. You can even log into your Tile account from other digital devices to find out where your things are. 
 
Tile also lets you securely share tiles with others (a real godsend for families like mine) so no matter who used the item last, you'll still be able to find it. 
 
And here's the real kicker: If something with a tile attached to it is stolen, you can use Tile's cloud system to mark the item as lost. The cloud system then uses the smartphones of other Tile users to securely find the item. When another user is in range of your item, Tile will send you a notification. Pretty cool, right?
 
I think this is going to catch on BIG. I already know what's at the top of my Christmas list!


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Christine Geraci is the Social Media/Promotions Specialist at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY. Connect with her on Twitter @christinegeraci.
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