How deadly is your phone?

Well, if you have a smart phone, and the right apps for it, it can be pretty useful for helping put warheads on foreheads.

An iPhone app that tracks down the Taliban has been developed by a U.S. soldier — who put $26,000 of his own money into the project.

The idea for a smartphone application to assist soldiers in combat came to Capt. Jonathan J. Springer in a dream last July, he said Monday. The 31-year-old, from Fort Wayne, Ind., has worked with programmers ever since to make the idea a reality.

That’s not the only privately developed app that is available for soldiers. Our dear friend Aggie from HookersandBooze has a family member that developed an app to estimate the range to an explosion or gunfire using the “flash to bang” method, similar to judging how far away lightning strikes are by counting the seconds from the flash to the thunder.

I suspect we’ll see more innovation like this.

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