Late last week a 20-year old Apple employee was kidnapped after being robbed of approximately $7,500 in personal items at knife point.
Though the victim was pepper-sprayed and the stolen items included cash, prescription drugs, and other electronics, most of the coverage has focused on an item identified as an "iPad test model", which they say may or may not have been an "upcoming product release".
Today the New York Times published a piece on the explosion of cellphone thefts, the rise of the black market systems that wipe the phones and resell them, and the efforts - or alleged lack thereof - of carriers and manufacturers in not doing enough to prevent the thefts in the first place. The piece approaches the problem from all the wrong angles, and here's why...
Kariem McFarlin, the man who burglarized the home of the late Steve Jobs back in July has been sentenced to 7 years in a California state prison for stealing over $60,000 in items from the Jobs' home as well as technology and jewelry from homes in other surrounding areas.
The wait is finally over, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is now available to download from the App Store. The 10th anniversary edition of the game has been revamped for mobile devices and includes high resolution graphics, updated controls and a host of new features.
Rockstar Games has released a short teaser trailer for its soon to be released remake of the hugely popular Grand Theft Auto: Vice City game which will be available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The game will be released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the games original release on the Sony Playstation 2 back in 2002.
A couple of days ago some heisted almost two million dollars worth of iPad minis from JFK airport. Turns out, however, the culprit was more would-be-wiseguy than actually good goofella. Once again proving that no amount of law enforcement or manpower can equal suspects being less than clever, John Paczkowski of AllThingsD reports:
The suspect, Renel Rene Richardson, blew his cover by asking his co-workers for details about the iPad shipment and where to find a forklift a few days before the theft.
ABC news set up a sting at various main stream airports by leaving behind a total of ten iPads to see what happens to them when they get into the hands of TSA officers. The sting was setup after reports of 100’s of thefts by TSA officers from airports around the country.
There's a story going around today about a new hack that appears to allow users to bypass iTunes and steal in-app purchases "for free". I put "for free" in quotation marks because, as Ally pointed out in her editorial on app theft, there's no such thing as free. This time, however, the cost could be something more than money. The way I understand it, the hack in question uses a proxy, requires you to install a bogus certificate, and change DNS settings. That allows the transaction to be intercepted before it reaches iTunes, and that's what lets it cheat developers out of payment. It's also what could let the hacker collect all your information instead.
If your iPhone or iPad is lost or stolen and you want to make sure no one else can use your voice, data, or messaging plans, but you don't want to block the SIM card entirely, it sounds like AT&T might have a new service that can help. The Verge has a source that says exactly such a blocking service is coming this Tuesday, July 10.
Recent data from the New York Police Department shows that the theft of iPhone and iPads have increased by 44% since last year. From the beginning of the year to April 15, 1,196 iOS devices have been stolen, while 831 were swiped during the same period in 2011.