Computer heist in January 2014 leads to arrests
Four men have been arrested in the last week for the alleged theft of over $1 million worth of computers. including MacBook Airs, destined for use in two public high schools in New Jersey. The gang were arrested on Wednesday and put before a federal judge in New York on Wednesday, accused of "participating in a scheme to steal, transport, and sell a shipment of approximately 1,200 computers" in January last year.
iPads will let people track flights, shop, browse web
United Airlines is spending $120 million on upgrading Terminal C at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport, particularly with iPads for travelers, according to Bloomberg. The terminal is United's main residence at the airport; by 2015, all restaurants and gate seats there will be equipped with an iPad for purposes such as flight tracking, web browsing, and buying food and retail goods. People shopping for goods are even being promised a 15-minute delivery window.
Cleveland Legacy Village location to relocate same day
Apple has announced a Saturday, June 29 opening for its anticipated Princeton-area store. The outlet is launching in the Quaker Bridge Mall, roughly five miles away from Princeton University. Hours will run from 10AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday, and from 11AM to 6PM on Sunday.
Jersey store already under construction
Three new Apple Stores are on their way to Utah, Virginia, and New Jersey, say ifoAppleStore sources. Job listings for two of the stores appeared in May, but are said to have been intentionally vague or even misleading. One simply mentioned a store in "Salt Lake City;" ifo sources explain that the outlet is coming to the SLC suburb of Farmington, specifically to the Station Park mall near Interstate 15. Another listing pointed to the Virginia store being located in Manassas, but sources claim that it will actually open in Woodbridge, at the new Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center mall, which is still signing its initial tenants.
New Jersey outlet moves to much larger space
Apple is set to open four new retail stores this Saturday, ifoAppleStore remarks. Two of these are in China, including the MixC outlet in Chengdu, and the Causeway Bay location in Hong Kong. Australia is getting a store in Fountain Gate in Narre Warren (outside Melbourne), while Sweden's second-ever store will be based in the Emporia in Malmö.
Company apologizes for lack of warning
Verizon has apologized for the recent "civil emergency" alerts that were sent to cellphones used by New Jersey residents in several counties. The Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) had warned many users of a civil emergency "extreme alert" in their local counties. The warning was attributed to the US government and ordered individuals to "take shelter now."
Apple gear bought using stolen credit info
The US government has indicted 27 people suspected of belonging to a fraud ring targeting Apple Stores, reports say. The group is accused of making fake credit cards using stolen data bought from the Internet, and in turn fraudulently buying $1 million or more in goods from Apple Stores in 13 states. Products like Macs and gift cards were fenced to bring in cash.
County still enforcing religious restrictions
Two Apple Stores in Bergen County, New Jersey are devising a way of getting around local "blue" laws preventing shops from opening on Sundays, sources say. While the state technically abolished such restrictions in 1959, local jurisdictions were allowed to enforce their own laws favoring religions with Sunday observances. The Garden State Plaza Apple Store in Paramus and the Tice's Corner outlet in Woodcliff Lake are said to be Apple's only US retail sites not open on Sundays.
Well below normal retail price
At least some TJ Maxx outlets are now selling iPads, accounts say. Although a number of stores across the US have denied carrying any, some in Ohio, New Jersey and New York are claiming to have stock. One in Vernon, New York is said to be selling units for as little as $400, just shy of $100 below the standard price for a 16GB Wi-Fi model.
WiMAX reaches Hartford, New Haven, other cities
As expected, Sprint and Clearwire have activated 4G service in New York City and several additional regions. Service in New York now extends to all five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. Other markets include Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut; Trenton and New Brunswick, New Jersey; and Tampa, Florida.
Removes need for separate cards
New York City Transit, New Jersey Transit and the Port Authorities of both New Jersey and New York have begun a phone-based payment program, run in cooperation with Visa. The pilot initiative allows people with Visa payWave-equipped smartphones -- including iPhones -- to wave them in front of a special reader in order to pay for a bus, subway or train ride. Normally, people would have to buy and refill separate cards for similar convenience.
Other additions coming to Memphis, Vegas
T-Mobile has announced ongoing expansion of its HSPA+ network which brings faster 3G data speeds for subscribers. The company's HSPA+ network has been broadened in the New York City metropolitan area, including New Jersey and Long Island, along with other New York Cities such as Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.
Second heist nets greater reward
The Sagemore Apple Store in Marlton, New Jersey has become the victim of a second robbery in the space of just over four months, say reports. In Thursday's incident, captured on video, five men attacked the store shortly after 2AM, breaking through a glass facade with a large rock. In a little over 30 seconds the group is said to have taken 23 notebooks, and 14 iPhones and iPod touches before fleeing into a nearby residential area.
NJ iPhone speed lawsuit
Apple and AT&T are the subjects of another lawsuit involving speeds on the iPhone 3G, reports say. A case on behalf of Damone Dickerson has been filed in the US District Court for New Jersey, accusing Apple of misrepresenting the speed and quality possible with AT&T's networking and the iPhone. In practice, Dickerson's documents claim, 3G access has only been available to him for a fraction of the time, and is neither full nor continuous; in many cases 3G is not even an option, the filings read.
NY, NJ 16GB iPhone refurbs
AT&T stores in the states of New York and New Jersey are receiving unusually cheap refurbished iPhones, leaked information suggests. Though only applicable in select stores, a deal already in progress is said to be offering used 16GB iPhone 3Gs for only $149, as compared to the normal retail price of $299. Refurbished iPhones have not typically sold at such low prices, as even 8GB versions have not slipped below $99.
Wayne, New Jersey store
Another location has been added to the list of Apple Stores opening this weekend, Apple has announced. In addition to stores in Ohio, Maine and Melbourne, a new one will be launching in Wayne, New Jersey on September 13th, beginning at 10AM. The shop is located within the Willowbrook Mall, and will supply all of Apple's normal services, although no workshops have yet been scheduled.