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China Makes 'Exceptional' iPhone Factory Bust

Beijing operation employed hundreds

(Newser) - Is China getting serious about cracking down on fakes? Police in Beijing say they've shut down a factory that employed hundreds of people and ran six assembly lines creating fake iPhones for export, some of which reached the US, reports Reuters . Police say they acted on information from the... More »

Man Busted for Charging iPhone on London Train

In the UK, they call the crime 'abstracting electricity'

(Newser) - A 45-year-old UK artist was arrested Friday on a London train for the dastardly crime of "abstracting electricity"—and according to arrestee Robin Lee, the crime is just as "ridiculous" as it sounds, the Evening Standard reports. Even though the outlets on the London Overground are clearly... More »

Cops: Gun-Shaped iPhone Case Is a Very Bad Idea

Sen. Schumer says they're illegal

(Newser) - Police departments don't usually weigh in on tech accessories, unless they happen to be dead ringers for handguns. The NYPD and other departments have been issuing public warnings in recent weeks about iPhone cases designed to look like weapons, reports CNNMoney and the New York Times . “This cell... More »

Specific Text Makes iPhones Crash

Apple says it's working on the glitch

(Newser) - A bizarre glitch in Apple's software can cause iPhones to shut down when they receive a certain text message . Apple says it's aware of the problem and is working on a fix, but pranksters are sharing information about it on social media and using it to crash others'... More »

New Battery Could Charge Smartphone in 60 Seconds

Aluminum-ion battery is also greener, inventors say

(Newser) - Designers of a new aluminum-ion battery say it could charge a smartphone in about a minute and endure far more rechargings than today's lithium-ion batteries. Only problem is it has about half the voltage, Stanford University reports via the Telegraph . "Otherwise, our battery has everything else you'd... More »

Hit Sundance Film Shot on an iPhone

'Tangerine' shows LA life of transgender prostitutes

(Newser) - Tangerine surprised audiences at the Sundance Film Festival by depicting the gritty life of transgender prostitutes in Hollywood. Another revelation: The acclaimed film was shot almost totally on an iPhone 5S, the Verge reports. Indie writer/director Sean Baker says it was a budgetary choice that came with other advantages. For... More »

Apple Breaks Corporate Profit Record

Net quarterly profit of $18B tops Gazprom's $16.2B in 2011

(Newser) - Apple had another blowout quarter thanks to its new plus-sized iPhones, which helped the company smash sales records for the holiday season. Apple said today that net income rose 38% to $18 billion, which beat Gazprom's $16.2 billion profit for the first quarter of 2011—the previous corporate... More »

Bette Midler: A Worm Crawled Out of My iPhone

No word on how it got in there

(Newser) - Today's Weird/Gross Celebrity Story comes to us courtesy of Bette Midler. It all started when her iPhone got wet, and, well, we'll just let her tweets from Tuesday tell the story:
  • 11:11am : "World gone mad. AND I dropped my phone in the toilet AGAIN!! I should
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94 iPhones Strapped to Smuggler

Chinese customs officers noticed his funny walk

(Newser) - Walking through customs with the gait of Iron Man may not exactly work out—who knew? Customs officers at Futian Port in China stopped a guy who had an odd walk and allegedly found 94 hidden iPhones strapped to his body, Gizmodo reports. According to a Chinese social media site... More »

Keep Your iPhone Close, or Experience These Woes

Study finds we're distracted, perform mental tasks poorly when kept from phone

(Newser) - If being unable to answer your nearby buzzing smartphone has ever driven you a little batty, you're not the only one. Researchers explored the impact of iPhone separation on users taking simple word-search puzzles, and they report in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication that the effects of being separated... More »

Former Apple Exec Headed to Prison

Paul Devine sentenced last week for selling secrets

(Newser) - While working as an Apple executive, Paul Devine owned a Porsche Cayenne and held $950,000 across several bank accounts. Only problem: He was getting kickbacks by illegally handing out secrets to Apple suppliers that helped them negotiate better deals with Apple, 9to5Mac and Mac Observer report. Devine, a former... More »

Mom Uses App to Find Son ... at Police Station

When teen didn't answer, she tracked his iPhone

(Newser) - A mom worried that her teenage son wasn't answering his phone used an app to track him down, but she wasn't too happy where the trail ended. That would be the 103rd Precinct in Queens, reports DNAinfo . The 16-year-old was being held for questioning with another teen in... More »

Weak iPad Password May Have Saved Woman's Life

'Tech geek' cop guessed it, allowing him to track Melissa Vasquez's iPhone

(Newser) - A California woman can credit her iPhone and a police force's "tech geek" with saving her life after a car crash left her stuck hundreds of feet down a ravine. Though OnStar alerted police that Melissa Vasquez's car was involved in a rollover accident Monday afternoon, the... More »

iPhone 6 Users' New Gripe: It's Pulling Out Their Hair

Is it the new #BendGate?

(Newser) - If users weren't already tearing their hair out over bending iPhones , now the device will do it for them. Apparently some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners are frustrated by phones that are pulling out their hair, Business Insider reports. The issue seems to be the tiny space between... More »

Software Update Prevents iPhones From Making Calls

Apple quickly pulls iOS 8.01 amid complaints

(Newser) - Apple had to quickly yank an update to its mobile software today after the upgrade caused more problems than it was supposed to fix, reports the Verge . The company released iOS 8.01 this afternoon, hoping to get rid of widely reported bugs with iOS 8. But about an hour... More »

Surprise! You Cannot Charge iPhone in Microwave

And if you tried, 4Chan is having a little chuckle at your expense

(Newser) - We're going to say what should be unnecessary: You cannot charge your iPhone in the microwave. Or, as victims of the latest scam from the darlings at 4Chan have found, you can try, but the results won't be much better than sticking it in your pocket and sitting... More »

Unintended iPhone 6 Feature: It Bends

But it's not clear how widespread problem is

(Newser) - Like to keep your iPhone in your pocket? Well, you may not want to do so if you just bought a shiny new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, because the phones can easily get bent. Users are posting pictures and videos of how easily the phones bend in what is... More »

Apple: iPhone 6, 6 Plus Sales Break Record

Company claims 10 million units sold over 3 days

(Newser) - Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models. The... More »

Joan Rivers Instagrams From the Grave

Post briefly appears on her Facebook page

(Newser) - Whoops: This morning, Joan Rivers appeared to hawk the iPhone 6 from beyond the grave. An Instagram photo of an older-model iPhone appeared, ever so briefly, on Rivers' Facebook page, along with the caption, "This badass is being replaced by an iPhone 6 (not the fat one). I got... More »

Apple Won't Unlock Devices for Police— Because It Can't

New encryption code keeps everyone—even Apple—out of private user info

(Newser) - Even cops with a warrant to pull private user data off of someone's fancy new iPhone or iPad might be out of luck—Apple says that with the release of iOS 8, it's now not physically possible for even the company itself to access that info, reports the... More »

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