Thieving Christmas Scrooge Gets Caught By Stealing Neighbor’s iPad

This isn’t the first time that Apple’s Find my iPhone service has helped to recover a lost device, but with Christmas involved in this particular story (as well as a resoundingly happy ending) we thought we would share it.

At around 3:30am on Christmas morning, a Westlake Village man was awoken by the noise of a burglar stealing Christmas gifts from his house. Amongst them was an iPad, which had, thankfully, already been activated and set up with an Apple ID. After a short foot chase the thief got away, but not for long.

The next morning, the owner of the iPad set about tracking the device and discovered that it was only a few doors away…

Alec Baldwin Gets Kicked Off a Plane For Using His iPhone to Play Words with Friends

Following our recent post about why you have to turn your iPhone off during take-off, famous actor Alec Baldwin didn’t apparently get the memo that you’re supposed to have your electronic devices off while the plane is idling at its gate.

Baldwin furiously tweeted about getting kicked off an American Airlines plane for using his iPhone to play Words with Friends in the cabin. He ended up choosing the game over the flight.

iPhone Sets Itself On Fire Aboard an Australian Flight

If there is one thing you really don’t want to happen, it’s your iPhone setting itself on fire. If there’s something you really, really don’t want to happen, it’s the aforementioned combustion happening on an airplane!

During a flight between Lismore and Sydney, Australia, a passenger’s iPhone began to emit “a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow,” which apparently isn’t a good thing to happen mid-air.

The fire was extinguished and the flight landed safely, but the poor iPhone has certainly not survived…

Some Oregon Voters to Use iPads For Today’s Election

Not even Apple could have foreseen the impact its tablet would have across multiple industries. Health, education, enterprise, music — they’ve all been affected in one way or another by the popular slate. In fact, iPads are slowly replacing computers in public schools.

Now it appears that the iPad is set to take on another field. Politics. According to Yahoo News, Apple’s tablet is going to be taking a key part in a special primary election in Oregon today to replace former US Representative David Wu…

Man Builds a Smartphone Dock Into His Prosthetic Arm

Trevor Prideaux from the U.K. was born without his left arm. At age 50, he has embedded a dock for his smartphone into his fibreglass and laminate prosthetic limb.

The Telegraph reports that medical experts chiseled a fibrecast cradle for Prideaux’s fake arm so that he could text and check his phone easily. The only problem? Prideaux uses a Nokia C7…

How to Steal $60,000 in iPads in 60 Seconds

Florida Police are looking for three men that stole $60,000 in iPads from a local Best Buy in 60 seconds. The trio of culprits broke into a Best Buy early in the morning Monday and made away with 60-90 iPads.

That’s one way to avoid Apple’s online shipping dates. The cast of Oceans 11 would be proud.

iPod Touch Serves as Memory for Amnesia Patients

As much as we’ve made fun of the terminology, Apple’s iDevices seem to have lived up to the “magical” expectations we’ve heard tossed around in Apple’s own commercials. Remember Holly Bligh? Her sight problems required her to lug around clunky assistive equipment — until she got an iPad.

And that’s not the only success story we’ve heard. Apple’s easy-to-use devices have been deployed in several programs for autistic children, and their tablet is replacing textbooks in some school districts. Now comes a story out of Ontario, Canada, about how the iPod touch is helping amnesiacs…

It’s Easier to Steal an iPad From Walmart Than You Think

When you have a highly desirable product that’s worth hundreds of dollars, it’s an unfortunate inevitability that it will become the target for thieves. According to Crime Stoppers, this is just what’s happening to Apple’s iPad across the United States, with one Walmart store being the latest to feel the force of the unscrupulous public.

An article on DailyWorld tells of a theft at the Eunice Walmart, where two iPads were taken using the simplest of methods, and the Police are appealing for help in catching the perpetrators…