Samsung may be getting ever more aggressive with their creative ads that play up their Galaxy smartphone over the iPhone, but sometimes it seems as though Apple doesn't even have to spend the effort to fight back. You see, back in February, 25-year-old Travis Montgomery Snyder allegedly broke into a Springfield, Virginia wireless store and made off with "several iPhones." How'd they catch him? According to the Washington Post, he left his Samsung Galaxy behind. You can't make this stuff up.
There's little doubt that smartphone theft is on the rise, and the attorney general from at least one state is hoping to get help from the very companies who manufacture the devices in the first place.
Stealing iPhones is big business these days--so big, in fact, that New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg pinned iPhone thefts as the reason why crime went up in the Big Apple last year. Now, as the New York Times reported this morning, some law enforcement officials seek to blame Apple and other manufacturers for the spike, asserting that they're not doing enough to prevent such incidents from happening.
Although we never like to see anyone's Apple gear get stolen, sometimes it can have a different kind of happy ending -- such as a laptop that secretly starts sending images from its new home for the entertainment of others.
If you preordered a cellular-equipped iPad mini or fourth-gen iPad, you might be among the first to have received one starting Thursday. With Apple's website still showing ship times of up to seven business days, you may have to forage through the retail wilderness this weekend in search of one… if you dare!
Well, that's embarrassing! As part of a sting operation conducted by ABC News, an iPad left behind at a security checkpoint in Orlando was tracked 30 miles to the home of the TSA officer who last handled it.
If something feels off today, blame it on the 4th of July holiday on Wednesday. (If you live outside of the U.S., feel free to insert an excuse of your own.) Should you be unable to get much accomplished in a post-firework haze this fine Friday, take heart: The weekend is here, which gives most of us two more days of goofing off before we face a full five-day work week on Monday. So let's wrap up this Independence Day week with a few tech stories for Friday, July 6, 2012!
Who needs the rumored “Find My Mac” feature in the upcoming Mac OS X Lion? In the case of a stolen MacBook, all that was required to catch the thief who nabbed it was the built-in iSight camera and a blog outlining what the suspect was up to.
What’s the next best thing to selling stolen iPods? Apparently, making your own counterfeit versions. That’s what the Los Angeles Port Police discovered this week after seizing more than $10 million worth of fake Apple products from a downtown warehouse.
Thieves are always trying to get into Apple's shiny glass displays, and this weekend was no different. On Saturday, one particular bandit smashed the front window of the Salt Lake City Apple Store in an attempt to get away with several iPads, but was taken into custody by police.