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New York Police Set Up Team to Track Stolen iPhones, iPads

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Apple has become one of the most popular gadget brands in the world — not only in sales, but in theft. With iPhones, iPads and iPods stolen so often, New York City police have teamed up with Apple Inc. to combat these crimes directly, the New York Post reports.

The NYPD has designated a special “team of cops” to pursue the theft of mobile Apple devices like iPhones and iPads. With the use of a device’s International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMSEI), it’s possible for Apple to track the whereabouts of a device and then share that information with the police.

“We’re looking for ways to find individuals who have stolen Apple products and return the products to their original owners,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told the Post. “It is being done to learn the pattern [of]  who is stealing.”

When reached by ABC News, Apple declined to comment on its involvement with the NYPD. The NYPD did not return ABC News’ request for comment.

In one case a stolen iPad was tracked all the way to the Dominican Republic and recovered with the help of an NYPD intelligence cop assigned to Santo Domingo, according to the Post.

The NYPD began Operation ID last September as an effort to encourage the public to register the serial numbers of their devices free of charge, ABC station WABC-TV reported.

“The theft of Apple phones and other hand-held devices drove the spike in robberies and larceny [in 2012]…Operation ID will help those whose property is lost or stolen to get it back,” Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly told WABC. According to the NYPD, more criminals are targeting Apple products, and while overall crime is up four percent in New York City, Apple product crime is up 40 percent.

Because of the rising rate of theft, there is even risk involved in buying one of these devices second-hand. Police say they can and will confiscate any stolen and resold devices and return them to their rightful owners. With Apple’s tracking system, it’s even possible to find a device after it’s been reregistered with a different wireless provider.

As reported by ABC News earlier this year, one creative New York man was able to reclaim his device without the help of the police or Apple.  Nadav Nirenberg left his iPhone in a New York City cab and noticed the person who had assumed possession of the device was posting on his online dating profile. Nirenberg created a fake profile to set up a “date” with the person using his phone.  The confrontation was not violent. Nirenberg got his phone back.

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Do a Barrel Roll: Google Channels Apple and Nintendo

JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images(MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) -- Got a moment to kill?

Try this: Go to Google’s homepage. Type in the words “Do a barrel roll.” Click Enter.

Did the Earth move for you? Is it homage to Apple’s iPhones and iPads with their built-in accelerometers — those little gizmos that tell a device when it’s been moved, turned on its side, propped up with one end on top? One blogger suggested Google is invoking Nintendo’s Star Fox.

Meanwhile, Twitter is lighting up as people discover “Do a Barrel Roll.” A few sample comments:

  • “Google is being nerdy again and I love it.”
  • “It will bring you joy for approximately 5 seconds.”
  • “You won’t be disappointed. Or maybe you will if you are a grump.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Private Memorial Service for Steve Jobs Slated for Sunday

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- A private memorial service for Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs will be held Sunday night at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has invited some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley as well as those close to Jobs, according to a copy of the invitation and several invitees.

Apple is planning to host an event for Apple employees to celebrate the life of Jobs, who died Oct. 5 after battling pancreatic cancer, at its company headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., on Oct. 19.

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Steve Jobs Died of Respiratory Arrest Amid Pancreatic Tumor

Mike Ehrmann/WireImage(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- As Apple announced a private employee celebration of Steve Jobs‘ life, California health officials disclosed what killed the tech legend.

“The immediate cause of death is respiratory arrest, and that’s brought on by a pancreatic tumor,” said Amy Cornell, a health information officer for Santa Clara County Public Health Department, citing Jobs’ death certificate.

Jobs, 56, died at his home in Palo Alto, Calif., at 3 p.m. on Oct. 5 after suffering from a metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumor, Cornell said. His occupation is listed on the death certificate as “entrepreneur” in the high-tech business, with 36 years in the occupation.

He is buried at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto, Cornell said, after a funeral held on Oct. 7.

The death certificate came out the same day Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that a “celebration” of Jobs’ life would take place at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 on the Apple corporate campus in Cupertino, Calif. It will be a private celebration for employees with no media present, according to Apple.

“Like many of you, I have experienced the saddest days of my lifetime and shed many tears during the past week,” Cook wrote in a letter to employees. “But I’ve found some comfort in the extraordinary number of tributes and condolences from people all over the world who were touched by Steve and his genius. And I’ve found comfort in both telling and listening to stories about Steve.

“Although many of our hearts are still heavy, we are planning a celebration of his life for Apple employees to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place,” Cook added.

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Steve Jobs' Secret Personal Life

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Though he was one of the world's most famous CEOs, Steve Jobs kept his private world -- wife and family, illegitimate daughter, father who gave him up for adoption, long lost sister -- hidden from public view.

Since the founding of Apple Computer in 1976, fans and the media grasped for any hint at the personal life of the man in the black turtleneck, trying to piece together what they could of the reclusive innovator.

But Jobs was so successful at keeping the details of his life out of the celebrity pages that a Pew poll in June 2010 found that only 41 percent of Americans correctly identified Jobs as head of Apple.  A CBS poll that year concluded that 69 percent of Americans didn't know enough about Jobs to have an opinion about him.

In the wake of his death, stories about Jobs' private life once again became fodder for his fans, who wondered, in part, where Jobs' $6.7 billion fortune would land.

Jobs' most public display of a personal life included his wife, Laurene Powell, and their three children: Reed Paul, Erin Sienna, and Eve.  Powell and Jobs had been married for more than 20 years.  The two were married in a small Buddhist ceremony in Yosemite National Park in 1991, and lived in Woodside, Calif.

But prior to married life, Jobs had played the field.

In college, Jobs dated singer Joan Baez, according to Elizabeth Holmes, a friend and classmate.  In The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, Holmes tells biographer Alan Deutschman that Jobs broke up with his serious girlfriend to "begin an affair with the charismatic singer-activist."  Holmes confirmed these details to ABC News.

Deutschman's book also says Jobs went on a blind date with Diane Keaton; went out with Lisa Birnbach, author of The Preppy Handbook; and hand delivered computers to celebrities he admired.

He also had a less well-known family life.  He has a daughter, Lisa Brennan Jobs, born in 1978 with his high school girlfriend, Chris Ann Brennan.

Fortune magazine reported that Jobs denied paternity of Lisa for years, at one point swearing in a court document that he was infertile and could not have children.  According to the report, Chris Ann Brennan collected welfare for a time to support the child, until Jobs later acknowledged Lisa as his daughter.

Jobs' reluctance to accept Lisa is ironic since he was given up for adoption as a child and has refused to speak to his biological father, despite the father's efforts to contact Jobs.

Abdulfattah "John" Jandali, a Syrian man who fathered Jobs, had emailed his son a few times in a tentative effort to make contact.  The father never called the son because he feared Jobs would think the dad who had given him up was now after his fortune.  And Jobs never responded to his father's emails.

Jandali had been quoted by the New York Post recently saying he didn't know until just a few years ago that the baby he and his ex-wife, Joanne Simpson, gave up grew to be Apple's CEO.

Jandali told the Post that had it been his choice, he would have kept the baby.  But Simpson's father did not approve of her marrying a Syrian, so she moved to San Francisco to have the baby alone and give him up for adoption.

Jobs also had a biological sister with whom he became close in later years.  Mona Simpson, the acclaimed writer of books like Anywhere But Here, offered Jobs information on his birth parents and wrote a book based on their relationship entitled A Regular Guy.

Though Simpson had a relationship with their 80-year-old biological father, Jobs rebuffed him to the end.

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Pair Steals Huge Haul from Apple Store on Night of Steve Jobs’ Death

Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- Little Rock, Ark., police are still searching for two suspects who burglarized a local Apple store, making off with dozens of iPhones and iPads Wednesday night, just hours after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ death was announced.

According to the police report, the thieves stole 26 iPhones, 21 iPads, 10 Macbook computers, five iPod touches and one DVD. Two witnesses, Robert Blake and Amy Parker, both 30 and from Little Rock, told police they went to the store at 17711 Chenal Parkway to place flowers in memory of Jobs. They saw an unidentified black male run out of the store and get into a maroon Pontiac, which was driven by a second unidentified black male.

The first suspect was described as being 5-foot-8 and weighing around 140 pounds, who was wearing a white hat, white T-shirt and jeans. The second suspect was wearing a white hat, white shirt and green shorts.

The getaway car was described as a maroon two-door, with gray primer on the front driver’s side bumper, ABC affiliate KATV reported. It had Arkansas plates.

The store just celebrated its grand opening on Aug. 27.

Calls to Apple regarding the incident were not immediately returned.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Steve Jobs' Estranged Father Never Got Phone Call He Waited For

Tom Munnecke/Getty Images(RENO, Nev) -- Steve Jobs' estranged father, who had given up his infant son for adoption, had been hoping that someday his grown son would call him. That hope died Wednesday.

Abdulfattah John Jandali had emailed his son a few times in a tentative effort to make contact. The father never called the son because he feared Jobs would think the dad who had given him up was now after his fortune.

Jobs never responded to his father's emails.

"I really don't have anything to say," Jandali, vice president at Boomtown Hotel Casino in Reno, Nev., told the International Business Times.

Jandali, a Syrian immigrant, had been quoted by the New York Post recently saying he didn't know until just a few years ago that the baby he and his ex-wife, Joanne Simpson, gave up grew to be Apple's visonary CEO.

Jandali told the Post that had it been his choice, he would have kept the baby. But Simpson's father did not approve of her marrying a Syrian, so she moved to San Francisco to have the baby alone and give him up for adoption.

Jandali, who is 80, said at the time that he would have been happy to just have a cup of coffee with the son he never knew before it was too late. Stories of Jobs' battle with a form of pancreatic cancer and his liver transplant were public and Jobs' health had deteriorated to the point where he was forced to resign as CEO of Apple.

He was quoted as saying, "This might sound strange, though, but I am not prepared, even if either of us was on our deathbeds, to pick up the phone to call him."

Though he was one of the world's most famous CEOs, Steve Jobs has remained stubbornly private about his personal life, ignoring the media and the public's thirst for knowledge about him ever since he co-founded Apple Computer in 1976.

He was so successful at keeping the details of his life out of the celebrity pages that a Pew poll in June 2010 found that only 41 percent of Americans correctly identified Jobs as head of Apple. A CBS poll that year concluded that 69 percent of Americans didn't know enough about Jobs to have an opinion about him.

Jobs personal life was a story of extremes. Given up for adoption, he created a worldwide giant of a company in his garage, dated movie stars, and had a child out of wedlock whom he denied for many years.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Steve Jobs Dead at 56

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died in California. Jobs was 56.

Steve Jobs’ family Wednesday made the following statement regarding his death:

"Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family. In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories. We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief."

In the world of high technology, Steve Jobs was a rock star. In his trademark black turtle neck and blue jeans he made computers and gadgets cool and easy to use.

He was the driving force behind the iPhone, iPod and iTunes, changing the way we buy and listen to music and watch video. Jobs was obsessed with the look of the products and demanded they be sleek, stylish and a step or three ahead of the competition.

"There's an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. I skate where the puck is going to be not where it's been. And we've always tried to do that at Apple," Jobs once said.

A college drop out, Jobs famously launched Apple Computer in 1976 in his parent's garage with his partner Steve Wozniak. In no time, the duo was churning out computers and challenging the concept of what a computer should be.

The Macintosh was billed as the first user friendly computer and helped make Jobs a millionaire by the age of 25.

Still he was forced out of his own company, driving him to start Next computer and buy what would become Pixar animation.

In the 90's Jobs returned to Apple, which had languished in his absence. He quickly turned it around by continuing his pursuit of what he called "insanely great products."
By then, Jobs had become synonymous with Apple, so in 2008 the stock tumbled when the cancer survivor appeared gaunt. He took a medical leave of absence while undergoing a liver transplant. But he returned armed with fresh inspiration and the iPad, which quickly became the must-have gadget of 2010.
However, in August 2011, Jobs announced his resignation.
In a letter to Apple's Board of Directors, Steve Jobs wrote:

"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately that day has come."
Even in better times Jobs was often criticized for his temper and ego -- but no-one ever doubted his passion to make products that would change the world.

In an email Wednesday, Apple executive and successor to Steve Jobs, Tim Cook informed Apple employees of Jobs' passing:


I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email

No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.


Steve Jobs once said, "I want to put a ding in the universe."

No question, he did.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Steve Jobs Fan at Apple Store: ‘I Had to…Come Here to Honor Him’

ABC News Radio(NEW YORK) -- Inside an Apple store on 59th Street in New York City, it was business as usual Wednesday night -- even after the death of Apple’s founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs.

Two of the resident “geniuses” were busy explaining the new processor in the iPhone 4S to a rapt customer. They said they were not allowed to comment on Jobs’ passing -- nor, for that matter, would any of their colleagues or a manager. They would not even comment on whether or not they were not allowed to comment.

A security guard said security was told to pick up any flowers and remove anything like a shrine.

But Apple fans at the store had plenty to say.

One man started bawling, iPad in arms, when asked how he felt about Jobs’ death.

Jessica Mellow, 26, of New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, said she and a friend have been taking turns sitting in line in front of the store for nine days awaiting the new iPhone. The two still had nine more to go.

“When I’m in an Apple store, it feels like being with family,” she said. “And I think that goes back to him [Jobs]. He created THIS. The people here want to help you and that says a lot about him.”

Of Jobs’ death from unspecified causes, she said of the man who has battled a type of pancreatic cancer: “It just shows no matter rich or poor, male or female, cancer doesn’t discriminate.”

David Del Toro, 37, of Miami, said he was at the store because “I felt that I had to do something, to come here, to honor him.”


“For all he did, his inventions, the way he changed technology and communications," Del Toro said. “I felt I was obligated, in a way, just to say, 'Thank you.’”

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'Anti-Gay' iPhone App Pulled From Apple Store

Photo Courtesy - Apple Computer, Inc.(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- An iPhone application denouncing gay marriage is apparently history after thousands of people signed an online petition urging Apple to remove it from its App Store.

The application, called Manhattan Declaration, was a "call of Christian Conscience" that advocated "the sanctity of life, the dignity of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and religious liberty," according to its website. But after its October launch, the application drew criticism from around the Web. Calling it "anti-gay" and "anti-choice," launched an online petition asking Apple to remove the application from its app store.

"Apple needs to hear from concerned people now! Let's send a strong message to Apple that supporting homophobia and efforts to restrict choice is bad business," it said.

On Monday, updated the petition to announce that Apple had apparently removed the application from its App Store after more than 7,000 members e-mailed the company in protest.

In a statement, Apple said, "We removed the Manhattan Declaration app from the App Store because it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people."

In a message on its homepage, the drafters of the Manhattan Declaration said they were "perplexed" at Apple's decision to remove their application.

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