Siri Mind Control Hack Proven to be Fake

By Alex Heath on Nov 14, 2011

We recently told you about Project Black Mirror, a seemingly-ambitious attempt to control the iPhone’s Siri technology with only mind waves. When we watched the original video of the project demonstration, we all — including the rest of the internet — got excited about the possibility of futuristic mind control.

It appears that the “hackers” behind Project Black Mirror were only controlling all of our minds, not Siri’s. Several sites are now reporting that the project is fake… Read More

 

How Did this “Ninja Turtles” Game Make it Into the App Store?

By Cody Lee on Oct 2, 2011

Everyone knows that Apple’s app approval process is one of the most stringent in the business. The Cupertino company has denied software for several different reasons, which has frequently sparked controversy in the iOS community.

But their strict approval methods have insured that its mobile platform has remained safe from malware and other malicious software. However, the process still can’t seem to filter out the scammers… Read More

 

One of the Better (Fake) iPhone 4S Videos We’ve Seen

By Cody Lee on Sep 30, 2011

Even though the evidence keeps stacking in favor of an iPhone 4S-only event next Tuesday, we’re still holding out hope for a second model. After 15 months of waiting, it’d be nice to see something that would completely blow us away.

But would an iPhone 4S really be that bad? I mean, it is supposed to have a faster processor (the A5) and a better camera. And there have been rumors of a larger, edge-to-edge display. But what would it all look like? Perhaps something like this… Read More

 

Fake iPhone Ring Busted in China

By Sébastien Page on Sep 29, 2011

We knew China was the land of knockoffs and copycats. You can easily find an HiPhone 5, and the iPhone 5 hasn’t even come out yet. It now appears that you can also find lots of fake iPhone 4′s.

The Chinese police busted a gang responsible for a “sophisticated” counterfeit iPhone ring. They came across a group of individuals who purchased various parts in China, and assembled the fake iPhones in their apartment… Read More

 

Why You Should Never Buy an iPad in a Parking Lot

By Cody Lee on Aug 29, 2011

The fact that Apple products are highly sought after and typically more expensive than similar electronics make them the perfect tool for scam artists. An Apple gadget offered at a significant discount is enough to make anyone oblivious to scandal.

That certainly seems to be the basis of an epidemic that has Grand Prairie police officers scratching their heads. The North-Texas city has seen over a dozen instances of a recurring scam involving fake Apple products… Read More

 

If You Liked the Fake Apple Stores, You’ll Love this Fake Steve Jobs Biography

By Oliver Haslam on Aug 20, 2011

It appears fake Apple Stores aren’t the only aspects of the Cupertino outfit to fall foul to some dodgy dealings, with M.I.C. Gadget telling of an interesting new book being sold in Taiwan – a book that seems to be a fake Steve Jobs biography.

The impostor’s title loosely translates to Steve Jobs Gives 11 Advices to Teenager, according to the site, with the title appearing in the top five business books sold by Taiwanese book store KingStone… Read More

 

Apple Going After New York City Counterfeit Stores

By Cody Lee on Aug 19, 2011

With Apple’s unprecedented success in the retail space, it’s no wonder that other businesses have tried to emulate. By now you’ve likely heard of the string of fake Apple Stores that have been springing up over the last few months.

While the previous counterfeits we’ve seen were located in China, apparently that’s not the only place harboring fakes. Reuters reports that there’s a couple of knock off stores located here in the States, and Apple is going after these faux retail outlets… Read More

 

One of the Coolest Fake Apple Stores We’ve Ever Seen

By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2011

Apple’s retail locations have achieved unprecedented success over the last 10 years. They’ve received numerous architectural design awards and currently average around $4000 in sales per square foot.

As most of you probably know, with success comes imitation. And over the last few months we’ve seen several fake Apple Stores pop up and consequently get shut down. But out of all the impostors we’ve seen, this one has to be the coolest… Read More

 

Unboxing the iPhone 5

By Sébastien Page on Aug 11, 2011

Believe it or not, someone is already unboxing the iPhone 5. Chances of it being fake? I’d say 99.9%. But who knows, there’s always a slim, little chance.

The video was posted on YouTube by ZAGG, the people that make the InvisibleShield. I highly suspect this video was put up together to get attention. And it worked… Read More

 

HiPhone 5 Now Available

By Sébastien Page on Aug 10, 2011

Why wait for the iPhone 5 when you can get your hands on an HiPhone 5, right now, for a fraction of the price of a real iPhone 5. And where else but China could you get one of those? On a Chinese auction website, of course.

According to Reuters, the HiPhone 5 was made reflecting the upcoming iPhone 5′s rumored design features, such as the slimmed-down design and the rounded edges… Read More

 

iPhone “Spy Shots” Are Easier to Fake Than You Think

By Cody Lee on Aug 4, 2011

It’s no secret that posting a purposed “spy shot” of Apple’s upcoming smartphone will bring all of the skeptics out of the woodwork. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the photos have a tendency to be a little on the fake side.

Advances in image-editing software have made producing a realistic-looking “leaked photo” extremely easy. How easy? Jesus Diaz of Gizmodo made the above image in under 10 minutes… Read More

 

Fake iPhone 5 Units Surface, Indicative of Real iPhone 5 Design?

By Cody Lee on Aug 1, 2011

Rumors of an iPhone 5 announcement this Fall have been highly contradictory with each other over the last few weeks. Will it be announced in August? Will it launch in September or October instead?

Well, if you just can’t take waiting anymore for Apple to unveil their upcoming smartphone, gizChina might have a temporary solution for you. The gadget blog just came across an interesting counterfeit device modeled after the yet-to-be-announced iPhone… Read More

 

Fake Apple Stores in China Getting Shut Down

By Alex Heath on Jul 27, 2011

You may have heard about the fake Apple stores uncovered in Kunming, China. Essentially, unauthorized resellers were created identical replicas of Apple retail stores without Apple’s permission. As you can see from the picture above, some of them couldn’t get the company’s name spelled correctly, though.

Now it seems that Chinese officials (and oddly enough not Apple) have gotten word of these fake Apple store operations, and two stores in Kunming, China have already been shut down. We’re still waiting for Steve Jobs to pull out the big red button and nuke the rest of these stores off the map… Read More

 

China is the Land of Fake iPhones and Fake… Apple Stores?

By Alex Heath on Jul 20, 2011

We all know that China is the land of fake iPhones and bootleg tech. One-third of the iPhones in China are jailbroken, and we’ve seen countless ripoffs and iPhone look-a-likes come from the Asia Pacific region.

But what about physical, brick and mortar ripoffs of the Apple store? Apparently, carbon copy clones of the Apple Store abound in China, and Apple has yet to do anything about them… Read More

 

FakeLocation: Make Apps Believe You Are Anywhere

By Cody Lee on Jun 26, 2011

In reading through my RSS feeds this morning, I came across a jailbreak app that I couldn’t believe hadn’t ever covered on iDB. Though FakeLocation has been around for quite some time, it is a useful utility worth reminding folks about.

The package certainly lives up to its name, as it allows you to fake your GPS location for inquiring applications. This means that you can trick apps like Google Latitude into thinking you are located somewhere else… Read More