Phone theft is big business.
However, in New York, iPhones and other Apple products are regarded as the ultimate heist.
As Fox 5 New York reports, the NYPD announced that there were 16,000 Apple-picking thefts in 2012. This equates to 14 percent of all New York City crime.
Indeed, 45 percent of all 2013 robberies in New York City involved cell phones. More than half involved iPhones.
The NYPD said it believes that these are not random thefts, but the work of organized criminal networks that know iPhones, in particular, have an excellent resale value. … Read more
Update, 4:38 p.m. PT: Instagram originally said that you couldn't take photos in the app. After playing around with Instagram for Windows Phone, we found that you can take photos. For a step-by-step process to shoot and post a photo in the app, check out our full review.
The news isn't much of a surprise, as we've known that Instagram would eventually show up, … Read more
Three US senators with access to confidential NSA information don't see the agency's data-gathering methods as necessary to ensure US security.
On Tuesday, Senators Mark Udall (D-Colorado), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), and Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) filed an amicus brief on behalf of a lawsuit filed by several organizations that claims the National Security Agency's bulk records collection violated their constitutional rights. In the legal brief, the three senators expressed the opinion that the information gathered through the NSA could have been obtained through less-intrusive ways.
"In recent years the balance between protecting our liberties and ensuring … Read more
Those of you aiming to buy the Xbox One can download a companion SmartGlass app onto your mobile device.
Released or updated on Tuesday for iOS, Android, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows Phone, Xbox One SmartGlass ties in with the Xbox One in a few different ways. You can use the app as a remote control device for the gaming console, which allows you to navigate the dashboard to play games or open various applications. The app also lets Xbox One players use their mobile devices to perform Web-related gaming functions.
Xbox One SmartGlass can act as a second … Read more
Are you ready for iOS gaming to evolve to accept buttons? The long-rumored Logitech iOS game controller, the Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery, is finally official and is available to order today for $99.99. And yes, it does look exactly like we expected. I got a chance to play with one myself at CNET's offices to learn a little more about it.
Games in the App Store are already getting quite advanced, but when it comes to classic-style games, having real buttons would be a big help. And these controllers are finally here, just in time for holiday shoppers … Read more
In the world of clamshell phones, it's rare to see anything remotely refreshing come through the pipeline. All too often, devices sport the same familiar design and slow performance.
But in a space that offers such little variation, Verizon's LG Exalt stands out in two ways. First, its design is notable: it's equipped with a relatively large 3-inch screen, and it has foregone the monochrome external display for chic LED lights (similar to the LG dLite) that serve the same purpose. Second, for a basic handset, it performs quite swiftly.
True, it doesn't have all the … Read more
It could happen to you any time, or maybe it already has: You're on the bus playing Angry Birds or browsing Facebook on your phone, when someone snatches your handset, sliding out the closing doors and slipping away into the crowd. Or, worse, a thief takes your phone from you at gunpoint. However it happens, there's no recourse. Your phone is gone, and while you always can buy another handset, all your personal information now lives in the hands of a criminal, petty or otherwise.
According to the San Francisco Police Department, more than 50 percent of the … Read more
At one point or another, every cell phone owner has experienced the onset of panic and despair that hits your gut the moment you realize your phone is missing. This has happened to me more times than I care to admit, and the loss or even active theft of a device as personal as a mobile phone only highlights our dependence on them.
In a related story, CNET's Kent German touches on different security measures you can take with your smartphone OS that can help keep thieves from using your phone once they have it. My job here is … Read more