Crime and Punishment
Law and Order
Tis the season for apple picking, just not the type that involves iPhones. A pair of Bronx politicians are proposing a law that aims to cut down smartphone theft by making it illegal to resell a device without a valid proof of ownership. If you try to sell the device without proof you’re the owner, you could face penalties and possibly jail time.
Apples to Apples
Some owners of the new iPhone might have to add another step in their post-purchase ritual of opening the box, popping it into a new case and walking away. The New York Police Department is going to register serial numbers from new iPhones as part of the state’s recent crackdown on preventing phone thefts.
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Their days of Apple picking are over.
Police yesterday stumbled upon hundreds of stolen iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches at the Queens residence of three students.
Adam Jaffer, 20, William Chen, 20, and Justin Pinder, 20 were collared after officers found 443 iPhones, 20 iPads, 11 iPod touches and $9,000. Oh, and a bag of Read More
With apps like Find My iPhone now built into most Mac products–and the NYPD is on it!–it’s still difficult to, well, find one’s iPhone, especially if it’s been stolen. That’s why one canny victim, Nadal Nirenberg, found a new way to find his phone, lost on New Year’s Eve … by posing as a woman on a online dating site.
Fashion Week Observed
Zooey Deschanel orders tomato soup. John Malkovich demands a joke. Samuel L. Jackson makes his own tomato soup (Hot-spacho!)
The iPhone 4S ads have drawn some A-list names to promote its new feature: indentured robotic servant Siri. Because Apple won’t rest until the singularity is here and everything Isaac Asimov predicted comes true.
The latest spot, released yesterday, stars director Martin Scorsese in the back of a taxi cab. In 1976′s Taxi Driver, it was Mr. Scorsese himself who made the cameo as a creepy backseat passenger. Now, he’s returning the favor.
See if you can spot the Taxi Driver shout-out in the iconic director’s commercial.
As sartorialists make their biannual pilgrimage from New York to London to Milan to Paris, some veteran tent-dwellers still have a pebble stuck in their Louboutins from Lincoln Center.
The glossy editor’s anxiety over being edged out of the front row, it seems, has migrated over to the media riser and down to the pit. What was once the province of professional photogs, to hear them tell it, has been overrun by iPhone and iPad wielding bloggers who wouldn’t know a bounce flash from a zoom lens. And they’re hogging up the press passes for backstage beauty shots!
Shortly after they turned off the stage lights and sopped up the champagne, a handful of disgruntled photographers reached out to The Observer to kvetch. Slights ranged from being turned away from shows, to an errant iPhone interrupting their runway image, to discovering that the insolent photo-bloggers never learned the etiquette about getting your shot and moving on.
Kim Kardashian, back from Australia and on the West Coast, kept up her style of tweeting things the rest of the world is dying to know this Christmas. As in:
“Stephen, did you know that despite receiving a new iPhone for Christmas, Kim Kardashian finds people with two phones ‘shady’?”
“No, Robert, I had no idea!”
“Well, me neither!”
But she does.
It’s quite impressive, really. In a post titled “Too Tired to Name-Drop,” XOJane editor in chief Jane Pratt liveblogged on her iPhone yesterday during a conversation she was having in a tea shop.
Which seems kind of…rude? Liveblogging during a conversation? Especially since Ms. Pratt could have used the phone to look up the name of the very famous actress she was talking to. Instead, she just gave readers clues and asked them to solve the mystery for her.
Apple, the world’s leading purveyor of expensive consumer devices with rounded edges, may be developing some downmarket smartphones to compete with Google’s Android phones.
Bloomberg reports that Apple is working on an iPhone that’s cheaper and smaller than those currently available (are they making iPhones for small children? babies?), and the company Read More
No more “Droid Does.”
Verizon has uploaded its first self-congratulatory iPhone commercial to YouTube, and it’s just about the opposite of the ridiculous robot-themed campaigns it’s been running to promote Android phones.
The Android ads were dark and scary, with evil-looking machines poking at touchscreens Read More