Joswiak in New York, Ahrendts in London, Wozniak in California
[Updated with Tim Cook spotting] At least three of Apple's executive team, and its co-founder, have been spotted at various Apple Stores as part of the celebrations surrounding the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus around the world on Friday. Apple's retail chief, Dame Angela Ahrendts was at the Covent Garden store in London, while CEO Tim Cook was spotted in Georgetown, and VP of iPhone Marketing Greg Joswiak appeared at the icon "glass cube" Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The day also marked the debut of new gray t-shirts for the worldwide retail team. Steve Wozniak, as is his custom, stood in line with fans in Santa Clara to get his new iPhone.
Voice activation, photo pre-recording stays local, not transmitted anywhere
Ahead of tonight's appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a number of appearances at Apple Stores around Manhattan, all of them unannounced, meeting customers and employees. In addition, he and the company have been doing some groundwork on promoting Apple's latest technologies, including clarifying the privacy situation regarding the optional "Hey Siri" always-on feature, or the camera recording in Live Photos, both new features coming with the latest iPhones.
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.
Brooklyn and Manhattan locations running behind schedule
Apple is preparing to open two stores in previously-untapped urban markets. The first is in the Chinese city of Tianjin, and will be debuting this Saturday at 10AM local time. The other is in the New York City borough of Queens; sources say the shop will open later this year on the second floor of the Queens Center Mall. One of the sources claims that the outlet will be Apple's biggest inside a New York mall, and that the company expects revenues to top high-profile locations elsewhere in the state.
$500 million fund with 1:1 matching will push program over $1 billion; reflects FCC mandate
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration on Friday announced plans to create the New NY Broadband Program as part of the 2015 State of Opportunity Agenda. The program would offer 1:1 matching to incentivize the expansion of high speed broadband into under- or un-served areas. The state will pony up half the money, with broadband providers tasked with matching the funding on at least a 1:1 basis.
PayPal, Bitcoin could be other options
New York City is considering upgrading its options for paying parking tickets to include more modern platforms, such as Apple Pay, according to MarketWatch. The focal point would be a new mobile app allowing people to scan a ticket and then use Apple Pay, or other options such as PayPal or potentially Bitcoin. The same app would give drivers the choice to schedule a hearing instead.
Improved LTE speeds on T-Mobile network in parts of New York City
T-Mobile has activated its Wideband LTE service in New York City, expanding the bandwidth and increasing the speed of its existing LTE network. The carrier has also advised that its latest Uncarrier event will be taking place tomorrow, though rather than inviting members of the media to a location, it will instead be held online.
Williamsburg Apple Store expected to debut in April
Apple is in the process of establishing a research and development facility in Japan, according to the country's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. The disclosure was made in a campaign speech ahead of Sunday's general election. Abe didn't offer any more details except to say it should be "formally announced soon," and rank with Apple's largest R&D centers in Asia. The company has been establishing new offices across the world in the past couple of years, growing R&D beyond the confines of its Cupertino-area headquarters.
All Writs Act compels 'reasonable' unlock assistance, gives idea of future circumvention
In the face of increasing security measures on consumer devices, the US Department of Justice appears to be returning to old school tactics to get at data in devices. A judge in New York ordered an unnamed smartphone manufacturer to provide technical assistance in unlocking a device, something prosecutors argued under the All Writs Act of 1789. While the All Writs Act has been used in the past in technological situations, it could be the de facto means of law enforcement data requests in the future.
Over-the-air company to shut down Boston office, some New York workers affected
A ruling from the US District Court in October is causing more hurt than first realized, as Aereo ist now turning to layoffs as a way hold resources for the future. Between offices in New York and Boston, the company is letting go of a large number of employees. More devastating is the coming closure of the Boston office, which Aereo expects to shut down on November 12.
Nationwide preliminary injunction granted, company exploring further options for survival
Aereo was dealt another blow in its battle to survive today thanks to a New York court. US District Judge Alison Nathan ruled in favor of broadcasters in a 17-page decision, putting a nationwide preliminary injunction in place against the startup. As a result, Aereo can no longer operate its "Watch Now" system that allowed television programs to be rebroadcasted over the Internet.
Estimated 500 Bluetooth beacons installed as part of city-approved trial
A marketing firm has littered New York City with marketing beacons, a report has discovered. Hidden within phone booths in Manhattan, approximately 500 of the Bluetooth beacons have been installed, with the devices able to help retailers and advertisers track the movements of smartphones owned by passers by, as well as potentially pushing marketing messages to devices.
Grooveshark disagrees with decision as it's based on 'an early iteration' of the service
After record labels were granted a summary judgment from a US District Court judge in New York in September, streaming music service Grooveshark says it's gearing up for an appeal to the the case. The reason for the appeal sounds somewhat defiant, as Grooveshark states it doesn't agree with the decision since it was based on "an early iteration of Grooveshark."
Improvement in customer service, expansion of low-cost broadband demanded
Several states are having regulatory discussions in governmental circles about the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger. Two New York state agencies, the Division of Consumer Protection Utility Intervention Unit (UIU) and the Department of Public Service, are taking serious issue with the merger and are demanding concessions. As a result, the UIU's vote on its discussion has been postponed from October 2 until November 13, over "deficiencies associated with the Companies' current substandard customer service" and other issues that is sees as being generated or exacerbated by a combined company.
Flagship Microsoft Store several blocks away from iconic Apple Cube store
Microsoft will be launching its first flagship retail location in Manhattan, a few blocks away from Apple's iconic Fifth Avenue glass cube store. The software giant has confirmed its Microsoft Store will be taking the place of a Fendi shop located at 677 Fifth Avenue, with executives claiming the store has already been five years in the making.
T-Mobile carrier outlets without any Plus units
While other Apple Stores saw large lines for this morning's iPhone 6 launch, the Fifth Avenue outlet in New York City saw a lineup stretching 12 city blocks, according to Business Insider. By 6AM, it had extended from 59th and 5th to 71st and 5th, despite overnight temperatures dropping to about 54F. To deal with the wait and the weather, people brought chairs, coats, and blankets.
Some early campers promoting businesses
People are already lining up at Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York City in preparation for the launch of the iPhone 6, notes CNBC. Two of them, Brian Ceballo and Joseph Cruz, are said to have arrived on August 31 in an attempt to beat a previous 18-day camp-out record by one day. Continuing a trend with other recent iPhone launches, Ceballo and Cruz are promoting a company, BuyBackWorld. They in turn were paid $2,500 by two other people -- Jason and Moon Ray -- to give up their positions at the head of the line. The Rays are promoting a VideoMedicine app that lets patients communicate with doctors.
NYC commission unclear as to what requirements must be met for new drivers
Lyft has conceded many of its talking points to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), but in doing so has forged an agreement to commence operation. Pickups will commence today at 7PM in all five boroughs, but all drivers need to be licensed by the TLC prior to accepting customers. As part of the deal, Lyft will also need to shut down in Buffalo and Rochester to enhance insurance that it offers to riders and drivers.
Lyft claims NY AG making 'deliberate misstatement' about court hearing
Ride-sharing service Lyft has halted its New York City launch for the time being. While the delay was originally portrayed as amicable, with the delay blessed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission as well as the courts, a battle has erupted in the press -- with both sides pointing fingers at each other for the delay, with accusations of misdeeds and lies erupting.
NYC officials demanding drug, criminal screening for all Lyft drivers
Ride-sharing service Lyft has revealed that it intends to start operating in the outer boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens as initial launch markets in New York City. Calling the areas "vastly underserved by public transit options," the service launches on 7PM EST on Friday, July 11, but is facing significant resistance both from established cab companies and city government.
Small-scale production to take place at New York factory
Samsung and Globalfoundries are planning small-scale production of 14nm chips at a New York plant in early 2015, says Digitimes. The firms have reportedly landed deals with two major clients, Apple and Qualcomm. In particular, it's believed that Samsung is aiming to build A9 processors for Apple, but two other companies -- Intel and TSMC -- are also said to be competing for orders.
Elongated flat screen, health monitoring sensors claimed by Microsoft smartwatch report
Microsoft's rumored smartwatch has allegedly been spotted being tested in New York City, according to a report that claims the watch was caught in public a few months ago. The report states the wearable device had an elongated form, similar to the Samsung Gear Fit in terms of appearance, with a flat display on a curved casing designed to fit closely to the wrist.
Public Service Commission to conduct investigation over customer benefit
The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) will take a deep look into the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, according to a statement released from Governor Andrew Cuomo's office. The commission will examine the proposed deal to see if the two companies coming together would be beneficial to Time Warner customers in the state.
Expansion should entrench Apple in Manhattan
Apple is constructing a store at a former bank building in New York City, located at 940 Madison Avenue, sources say. The limestone and marble structure dates back to 1921, when it was home to the United States Mortgage and Trust Company; it has since changed tenants several times, and is currently occupied by a luxury vendor, VBH. Although it has also been renovated several times, the building is said to retain most of its original features, which could be part of the appeal for Apple.
Joins high-end retailers Canali, Hugo Boss, Mont Blanc, others for 2015 debut
As we reported last September, Apple was one of the merchants being wooed for the upcoming World Trade Center shopping mall that is set to open in 2015. A new report from the New York Post claims that Apple has in fact signed a lease and will open a new store there when the mall opens, in the main hall on the lower level in the Transportation Hub Oculus under towers two and three. According to the report, Canali, Hugo Boss, John Varvatos, Mont Blanc and Breitling have all also signed up.
MTA, Masabi bringing mobile ticketing to New York train services
The Metropolitan Transit Authority Board has signed a deal with Masabi to introduce a digital ticketing system to the New York train system. Initially rolling out for Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road customers, passengers will be able to buy and display tickets on their smartphone or tablet. While the timing of the system's launch has not been revealed by the MTA, Masabi CEO Ben Whitaker advised to the Wall Street Journal that "planning, training, and testing" with the rail lines means the app could be a few months away from release.
Accepts proposals for payphone replacements offering Wi-Fi, extra services
New York City is planning to expand its current free Wi-Fi network across a wider area, the city has announced. The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications has issued a request for proposals to create the network, which will provide free wireless Internet access across the five boroughs, by replacing its public payphone network.
Touchscreen kiosks to help navigate NYC subway starts roll-out
New York City has started to add interactive maps to help passengers of the subway system. Gizmodo reports that the first 18 MTA On-The-Go kiosks have been installed in the Grand Central subway station, with the MTA and Control Group project using 47-inch touchscreen displays that show train arrival estimates, scheduled departures, and a map which helps plan a route through the system with warnings of potential issues. A wider rollout to more stations is expected to take place by mid-2014.
Aereo reopens new registrations in New York City after extending capacity
Aereo has re-opened itself to new subscribers in New York, after rectifying its temporary capacity issues in the region. The cloud-based DVR service will not be allowing for new registrations, reports CNet, with a company spokesperson advising those who pre-registered will get priority for joining the service, with others expected once the wait list queue is shortened. Aereo's other service areas remain unaffected.
More capacity being installed before Aereo welcomes more subscribers
Cloud-based DVR startup Aereo is no longer accepting new subscribers in New York, the company has confirmed. The service, which offers local television broadcasts over the Internet to users, has apparently run out of capacity and cannot take on any more customers in the market, though other markets including Cincinnati, Boston, and Houston, are unaffected by the issue.
NFL begins limited deployment at Super Bowl
Beginning next week, Major League Baseball will be deploying "thousands" of iBeacons to ballparks around the US, a source claims. The organization is reportedly aiming to have 20 stadiums equipped with roughly 100 iBeacons each by Opening Day, which is at the end of March. These include the parks for Boston, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco, and the LA Dodgers.
Analog TV switch-off to free up bandwidth for faster connections
Time Warner Cable is planning to improve its Internet and paid television service in Los Angeles and New York under a new initiative, the cable company has revealed. Under the name "TWC Maxx," the company hopes to provide faster Internet speeds, a new TV experience, and a more reliable network, with work on the upgrades expected to start later this year.
Replacement could be expensive proposition
A snowblower has shattered one of the glass panels on top of the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City, Apple has confirmed. The city was bombarded with a snowstorm on Tuesday, and the glass broke later on as crews were attempting to clean up. A store worker tells AppleInsider that although the panel was badly cracked, the shop didn't close and will continue to operate as usual. The location is normally open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, only shutting down in dire circumstances or in preparation for a major product launch.
Public transportation said to be major stalking ground
During 2013, Apple products represented about 18 percent of all grand larcenies in New York City, according to NYPD data obtained by the Wall Street Journal. Approximately 47,000 grand larcenies were recorded; of those, 8,465 involved Apple devices. A retired detective, Joseph Giacalone, comments that many of the thefts happen on the city's buses and subways, where people often become focused on their phones and tablets and don't pay attention to their surroundings. In the past, the NYPD has released promotional material pointing out how easy it is for someone to grab a smartphone and escape if a train is stopped at a station.
Decision effectively upholds existing law
The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal challenge against New York's sales-tax law for online purchases, according to a Reuters report. Retailers Amazon and Overstock had asked the court to determine if the tax regulations violate the Constitution, however the decision effectively upholds the New York Court of Appeals' March ruling that sided with the state.
Intel pop-up stores launching first in New York
Intel is opening its own retail stores in the US, in an effort to market devices using its processors. The pop-up "Intel Experience" stores will follow the lead of other producers, such as Microsoft and Samsung, in creating the promotional retail locations, with the first to be opened in NoLita in New York on November 23rd.
Carrier investing $500M to help fix LTE bandwidth issues
Verizon is having issues providing LTE service to customers in large metropolitan areas, claims Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo. The carrier is finding that it is struggling to provide sufficient bandwidth to cover subscriber demand for the high-speed connection in areas such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, and that the quality of the service is suffering as a result.
Samsung will allegedly help start production
GlobalFoundries is preparing to manufacture Apple A-series processors at its "Fab 8" plant in Malta, New York, a source tells local publication the Times Union. At present, every A-series chip is produced by Samsung at a factory in Austin, Texas. The source indicates that Samsung will help GlobalFoundries get started with the new project, but it's unknown if GlobalFoundries is being contracted by Samsung or directly by Apple.
ISP looking to reverse
Time Warner Cable is planning to double the Internet speeds of its Ultimate 50 customers, but only in a handful of cities, according to an announcement. First up is Los Angeles, which should shortly see speeds reach up to 100Mbps. By the end of the year, New York City and cities in Hawaii will get the upgrade.
Non-profits to use tablets in helping people in areas still affected by Sandy
Google, working with Governor Cuomo, has donated tablets to a New York non-profit in order to help people still affected by Hurricane Sandy, a storm that is estimated to have caused around $65 billion in damage when it hit the eastern seaboard one year ago. A total of 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets worth over $2.7 million at retail were handed to the New York State Community Action Association, and will be provided to a number of locations to help support a range of existing programs.
Network could reach 150Mbps maximum thanks to 4G cable licenses
Verizon could be working on increasing the speed of its phone network in New York, by performing a new LTE rollout. The carrier has apparently been spotted operating a new LTE network, which is shown to be providing network speeds of around 80Mbps downstream, and peaking at almost 23Mbps for uploads.
Activation Lock in iOS 7 prompts police flyer promotion
The New York Police Department is taking the unusual step of asking people to upgrade their devices to iOS 7. NYPD officers have been spotted handing out fliers to people on the streets, telling users to download iOS 7 onto their iPhones and iPads, due to the introduction of Apple's new "Activation Lock" security feature.
Traditional lineup seen as barometer of product demand
[Updated with more recent picture] A long line has begun forming outside of Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City, photos show. The people are queued for tomorrow's launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c; while the Fifth Avenue store is normally open 24 hours a day, the new iPhones will only become available from Apple Stores at 8AM local time. Apple is expected to close the Fifth Avenue location for a few hours to prepare for tomorrow morning's rush.
Shops not likely to open before 2015, leasing \'war\' underway now
The New York Post is reporting that Australian-owned shopping mall powerhouse Westfield Group has landed a long-term controlling interest in retail space at the newly-rebuilt World Trade Center, and is courting dozens of retailers -- including Apple -- to occupy shops in the Transportation Hub Oculus are under towers two and three. The firm controls about 360,000 square feet of retail space, and is said to be close to a deal with the iPhone maker, even though any store there wouldn't open until sometime in 2015.
Line forms before new devices even announced
A handful of people have already started forming a line outside Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York City, reports say. Two people are said to have got in line Thursday night, and were joined today by two people from an Ohio-based company called SellYourMac. Apple won't even be announcing any new products until its September 10th press event; the focuses of that event, the iPhone 5S and 5C, are only forecast to ship on or around September 20th.
Brooklyn, Bronx LTE to launch July 30th, other areas to follow
Sprint has revealed that it will be rolling out its 4G LTE network in New York, albeit in a limited capacity. The carrier will be providing coverage to customers using the New York City subway system in the future, and a number of above-ground locations will also receive 4G LTE and improved 3G coverage in the coming weeks.
Google-owned phone producer to showcase smartphone next month
Motorola has begun to send invitations to members of the media for the launch of the Moto X, being held in New York City on August 1. In a change to the usual device launch, the invitation not only names the device outright, but it also appears to show both the black and white versions of the Moto X's casing.
Blame placed on Chinese government, wife of activist Bob Fu
An iPhone and an iPad given to Chinese political dissident Chen Guangcheng had spyware preloaded, Reuters sources claim. Chen is famous for escaping house arrest in China and taking refuge in the US embassy in Beijing. The activist eventually arrived at New York University Law School on a fellowship; the spyware, which would've let the Chinese government track Chen's position and monitor his communications, was reportedly found through a screening by NYU technicians. The iPad was eventually scrubbed and returned to Chen at his request, one source says.
Points to violent assaults over iPhones
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sent letters to several smartphone makers asking them to explain what they're doing to deter thefts, Bloomberg reports. Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung are said to have been contacted on May 10th. "I seek to understand why companies that can develop sophisticated handheld electronics, such as the products manufactured by Apple, cannot also create technology to render stolen devices inoperable and thereby eliminate the expanding black market on which they are sold," reads Schneiderman's letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Live Button rolls out to viewers in New York, Philadelphia first
Broadcaster ABC is said to be updating its iOS app to offer live streams of shows from local ABC stations later this week. New options for a "Live" button in the Watch ABC app for iPhone and iPad will mark it as the first major US broadcaster that provides live streams of its channels to app users, with the first markets to gain the service being New York and Philadelphia.