Former NBA player uses all 5 fingers to palm Apple products

Former NBA player Rex Chapman pleaded guilty to four counts of felony theft this week. He was arrested for not only stealing over $15,000 worth of Apple gear from the store in Scottsdale, Arizona, but also for selling it at local pawn shops. Chapman allegedly pretended to use the Apple Store’s self-checkout system, leaving without […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile customers in the southeastern United States may be seeing a widespread cellular outage that’s preventing them from using voice and data services. Downdetector.com is showing outages in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Indiana, and Mississippi for all four carriers.

According to a Sprint representative that spoke to Re/code, the issue is related to a local exchange provider that works with AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile.

„We are aware of the impacts to service in which customers across multiple carriers may be unable to access voice and some data services,“ the Sprint representative said. „This appears to be an issue caused by a local exchange provider and our network team is working with the provider to restore service to impacted customers as quickly as possible.“

Sprint said the company is working on a fix, as did representatives from Verizon and AT&T. AT&T said it’s working to restore service, while Verizon said its engineers were working with „vendor partners“ to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

It is not clear when service will be restored for affected customers.



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Apple Maps Vehicles to Begin Surveying France and Sweden in August

Apple has announced that its fleet of vehicles collecting street-level mapping data in multiple countries will begin surveying France and Sweden throughout August. The vehicles will be driving through the Malmö and Stockholm metropolitan areas in Sweden and Île-de-France region of Paris, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne in France.

Apple Maps vehicles will also begin surveying Tennessee later in August, raising the total number of U.S. states that Apple has driven through to 30. Apple began collecting street-level mapping data in 13 more U.S. states this month, including Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Apple confirmed in June that it is driving vehicles around the world to collect data to improve Apple Maps, and the mapping imagery is almost certainly being used to create a Google Maps „Street View“ competitor. Apple Maps vehicles are also taking photos of businesses and storefronts in major metropolitan areas to replace current imagery provided by third-party sources such as Yelp.

Apple has posted a complete list of new areas in the United States, France, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom it will be surveying throughout August on its Apple Maps vehicles website, including extended coverage of unmapped areas in California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Utah and Washington.



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Home Depot flipping switch back on for Apple Pay

After confirming that its terminals aren’t currently working with Apple Pay, Home Depot has said it plans to fully support Apple’s mobile payments service after its systems have been upgraded. Shoppers began to voice complaints after the retail giant’s NFC…Read more ›



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How third-party bands are allowed to work with Apple Watch

One of the biggest questions still surrounding the Apple Watch has been what kind of accessories will be allowed to work with the device. Several third-party companies have already started advertising their own bands and cases, but Apple has yet…Read more ›



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