Tag - Theft
In the latest of several similar attacks targeting New York's Apple Stores, a thief has brazenly walked into an Apple Store and later out of it with 19 iPhones, reports DNAinfo. As with other recent instances, the thief worked with a small team, but crucially, dressed as an Apple employee wearing a replica store blue-colored T-shirt. Using this method, the thief was able to enter a back-of-store iPhone repair workroom at around 5:30PM on June 1, swipe the iPhones from a drawer, and pass them off to an accomplice, who managed to hide them under his shirt before the pair exited the store together.
While still unconfirmed, multiple independent sources have found data suggesting that the Hilton Hotel chain has suffered a massive theft of customer data from a large number of locations. Banks have sent out alerts since August about the theft, which has been tied to a point of sale intrusion at hotel front desks and gift shops at the hotel and resort chain.
Minnesota's Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill yesterday that would require all cell phones sold within the state to have a "kill switch" starting July 1, 2015. By signing SF1740 legislation into law, the state beats California to the punch in mandating the theft countermeasure. California's bill was only recently passed by its Senate, but still requires approval by Governor Jerry Brown before becoming law.
HP has launched its 24/7 technical support service, HP SmartFriend. Providing one-on-one assistance with one's PC or tablet (not exclusive to HP products), users can receive instruction on a variety of troubleshooting needs, be provided with a walk-through of an installation, and more.
Two men have been arrested and charged with open murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery in the death of 15-year-old Marcos Arenas in Las Vegas last week. Jacob Dismont, 18, and Michael Solid, 21, were charged Saturday over the incident. According to police, the two attempted to steal an iPad away from the youth but he refused to let go of it, resulting in his being dragged and run over by the two men.
A burglar who raided the home of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs while it was undergoing renovations and helped himself to Jobs' wallet, computers, iOS devices and other valuables has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Kariem McFarlin, 35, was found to have burglarized a number of homes and may have been caught through the "Find My iPhone" iOS tracking feature, as well as a bizarre incident in which one of the stolen iPads turned up in the possession of a children's party entertainer. Though he pled guilty, McFarlin claimed he was driven to the thefts by "desperation."
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE