Boulevard, CA AMBER Alert UPDATE:
LIC/6WCU986 (CA) Blue Nissan Versa 4 door
The phone was a pretty jarring ring w/ a red symbol/icon.
Granted I'm in much better shape then the victim, but I'd be interested in seeing how these Amber Alerts turn out.
Can someone explain what this "Amber Alert" is because I have no idea and all the comments in this thread so far seem to assume everyone knows what is being discussed. Is it some sort of opt-out government alert system to help keep panic levels up between terrorist attacks?
I have a nexus 4, and I can disable none, some or all of alerts. They're useful though. Among amber alerts, it can warn you about terrorist attacks, earthquakes/tsunamis/other natural disaster, etc.
You make it sound like an automated solution! ;-)
It looks like amber alerts were pushed out in an AT&T carrier settings update back in June .
I hadn't noticed this feature before either, so the first thing I did when it prompted me was to disable it, then when I thought about it for a few seconds, I realized it was actually a pretty smart/useful feature so I enabled it again. I hadn't even realized this was an android thing, but if it increases the likelihood of helping people out, I have no problem with it.
iOS people are reporting it too. Looking through twitter it's pretty far reaching.
How many people know what amber alert is?
Of those people, how many know what to do about it?
Of those people, how many know what Nissan Versa looks like?
How much harder would it be to change the text to something like "Child abduction alert: if you see <car color/model/license plate> call 911" (and, perhaps, include a silhouette of the car model they are looking for)
It didn't link to anything, seems like it could be improved. This is the first one I've ever seen.
Also I hope they find the kids.
You have extreme threats, severe threats, and Ambers that you can turn on or off.
I got a severe storm warning driving through Vermont a couple weeks ago, which was handy, and just got this Amber. I'm a little mixed on whether to keep the Amber alert or not.
Did they really send it to every modern smartphone in California? Are we expected to be on call for the police/government at 11pm?
I eventually figured out how to turn it off on an iPhone. The first few results on Google were non-responsive - apparently being DDOSed by the Amber Alert!
I know that recently, at least in my area (Flint, MI), they started pushing tornado warnings (tornado touchdown confirmed) to smartphones in a way similar to the Amber Alert OP discusses. It was actually pretty cool the night in June, when we had 5 tornadoes touch down in the area, since I don't have TV and was too busy to notice the weather outside to check the weather online.
Looking through the iPhone's notification settings there are new "AMBER Alerts" and "Emergency Alerts" settings along with all the apps.
It was a flash flood alert in Las Vegas, a desert. It happened again the following day but this time a friend shared with me a pic of a flooded Caeser's Palace casino. It helped me avoid that area.
if the vehicle is somewhere in california, they want to find it.
Usually the idea is they'll send out a description of a car and a license plate, and if you see it you're supposed to call 911 (emergency response number).