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California iPhone users freak out over Amber Alert sound


A statewide Amber Alert was issued in California last night as authorities search for 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and 8-year-old Ethan Anderson. James Lee DiMaggio, 40, is suspected of abducting the siblings from San Diego County on Saturday after he murdered their mother.!/brianp/status/364625539010539521

“California” and “#AmberAlert” zoomed up the Twitter trends chart as iPhone users received the alert. Amber Alerts are pushed to iPhone 4S and 5 phones running iOS 6.1.!/g8_ruth/status/364644582920712192

But the trend wasn’t solely about concern for the kidnapped kids. Won’t somebody think of the iPhone owners?!/wesisrad/status/364684768006246400!/Dalt584/status/364629442804449280!/kevinvarz/status/364627304145633280!/PoornimaGupta/status/364626702967652352!/THATDINODINCO/status/364627897807417344!/BryceJones/status/364626010211221504

Even the California Highway Patrol acknowledged that the Amber Alert “might have scared some of you.”!/CHPsouthern/status/364627161165991937

But when every second counts, the iPhone alerts are essential to raising awareness about abducted kids.

An upside to the freak-out: The trending Twitter topic brought much-needed attention to the abduction of Hannah and Ethan.!/Real_AJ3K/status/364632838382952449!/peiweyhey/status/364636133906321409

Here’s what the suspect looks like without facial hair.!/KelseyDuckett/status/364635376062697472

For the record, the notifications can be disabled.!/CHPsouthern/status/364632535541612546


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