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Australian Police Urge Motorists to Turn Away from Apple Maps

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(VICTORIA, Australia) -- It’s been no secret that Apple’s Maps app has its problems, but a police department in Australia has actually gone so far as to say that it is a “life threatening issue.”

It seems that motorists looking for the town of Mildura in northwestern Victoria, Australia have found themselves lost or stranded in Murray-Sunset National Park. Why? Because Apple Maps places the town smack in the middle of the park. Not only is the park 70 km (about 45 miles) from the town of Mildura, but some people said they got stranded there for up to 24 hours without food or water, and had to walk long distances to find phone reception.

As a result, the Mildura police have issued a statement "urging motorists to be careful when relying on” Apple’s Maps in iOS 6. This comes after “a number of motorists were directed off the beaten track in recent weeks.” The town has reached out to Apple and hopes there will be a fix, but for now is urging anyone traveling to the town to use other mapping software.

Apple, reached by ABC News, declined to comment on the police statement.

After Apple released its Maps app in September, and people reported misplaced towns and cities, Apple itself admitted it hadn’t lived up to its own standards. “At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers,” CEO Tim Cook wrote in a letter to Apple customers. “With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.”

Cook reiterated Apple’s commitment to improving the software last week in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek. “We’re putting all of our energy into making it right. And we have already had several software updates. We’ve got a huge plan to make it even better. It will get better and better over time. But it wasn’t a matter that we … decided strategy over customers. We screwed up. That’s the fact.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Steve Jobs Spoofed in Commercial for Taiwan’s Action Electronics

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(TAIPEI, China) -- Steve Jobs became iconic in American life, alone on a stage in jeans and a black mock turtleneck, introducing the iPad or iPhone, or something else that was destined to change modern technology.

Now, a Taiwanese company has created a takeoff. It’s a commercial in which an actor, alone on a stage in jeans and a black mock turtleneck -- plus a halo and wings -- introduces a tablet called the Action Pad.

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The commercial has been posted on YouTube -- and widely “disliked” on the site’s voting system.

There have been comments in defense of the ad -- “haha this is awesome,” or, “If you don’t see the funny side to this then there is something seriously wrong with ya.” But they were outnumbered by people who were offended, some of them using obscenities, others insulting people from Taiwan.

“Beyond distasteful … boycott company,” said one.

“This is ridiculous. Show some respect for Steve Jobs,” said another.

Action Electronics defended itself when asked about the ad.

“Steve Jobs always promoted things that were good for people, Apple products, so his image can also promote other things that are good,” said Chelsea Chen, a company spokeswoman.

Apple, reached by ABC News, said it did not have a comment.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


iPhone 4 Explodes Midflight on Australian Airline

Credit: Regional Express(SYDNEY) -- Apple’s iPhones are always among the hottest gadgets of any holiday shopping season, but for one passenger on an Australian flight, the phone was too hot to handle -- literally.

While on Australian flight Regional Express ZL319 Friday, a passenger’s iPhone 4 (not the iPhone 4S, which is Apple’s latest model) suddenly started “emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow,” according to a Regional Express statement.

The plane, which was flying from Lismore to Sydney, was in the midst of landing when the incident occured. “In accordance with company standard safety procedures, the flight attendant carried out recovery actions immediately, and the red glow was extinguished successfully,” according to Regional Express’ statement.

After landing, the iPhone was handed over to officials at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. There’s no official word yet on what caused the phone to combust.

Exploding Apple products are rare, but explosions have happened in the past, mostly related to the devices’ lithium ion batteries overheating.

The European Union launched an investigation in 2009 after multiple instances of iPhones and iPod Touches exploding or catching fire midflight were reported in the U.K., Holland, France and Sweden.

Apple also recalled its first-generation of iPod nanos sold between September 2005 and December 2006 because the battery would overheat and “pose a safety risk,” according to the company’s website.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Conman Sells Victim an iSpud

Apple(YORKSHIRE, England) -- Apple sells iPods, iPhones and iPads, but not iSpuds.

Police in Yorkshire, England are cautioning citizens to be wary of anyone who approaches them on the street and offers to sell them an iPad. 

The warning comes in the wake of a report that a 31-year-old man was tricked out of several hundred dollars when he paid a stranger for an iPad that turned out to be a bag of potatoes, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

According to a police report, the victim was approached on the street by a man who offered him an iPad for 200 pounds, the equivalent of $318.

The conman escorted the victim to an ATM where cash was exchanged for a black laptop bag that the victim believed contained an iPad.  It was not after the victim left the area and opened the bag that he discovered it contained only potatoes.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Steve Jobs' Death: The World Reacts

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The death of Apple visionary Steve Jobs has spawned an outpouring of grief and gratitude from his fans across the globe. From celebrities and Silicon Valley titans to everyday Mac and iPod users, people around the world are taking to the streets and the web to show how he touched and changed them.

Since the announcement of Jobs' death from pancreatic cancer came Wednesday with a simple memorial image on the Apple website, people have been gathering outside Apple stores across the globe to show their gratitude and grief for one of the kings of technology.

Large crowds have been showing up at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., to remember Jobs. On the company's campus a memorial has been set up, where the public has been stopping by to leave flowers and light candles.

"[Jobs is} somebody who really made a difference in the world. And we felt like we would come down here to see what was happening here," one man who said he drove an hour to be there told ABC News.

Apple has said that it doesn't know when or if there will be a public memorial service for Jobs.

Outside the Apple Store in New York a sign reading "I Love Steve" was displayed. One man started bawling, iPad in arms, when asked how he felt about Jobs' death. And a message was written in what looks like lipstick on the window at an Apple Store in Santa Monica, Calif.: "Thank You Steve," with a drawing of an apple.

In Tokyo, Beijing, and Seoul they loved him too. At the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo, employees of Apple's store reportedly held a silent moment of prayer before opening to customers. A candlelight vigil planned outside the store Thursday.

Many in Asia feel that Jobs was one of the most crucial men working in the world of technology, and compare Apple to Sony at its prime.

"His ability as a CEO was unmatched. I think he had an incredible impact on leaders of Japanese corporations," Atsushi Nemoto, a Japanese Jobs fan, said Thursday.  

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Apple Removes Controversial App from iTunes upon Israeli Appeals

Apple, Inc.(JERUSALEM) -- Following a request from the Israeli government, Apple has removed an iPhone and iPad app from the iTunes store called Third Intifada.  Israeli officials said the app created a forum for inciting violence against the Jewish state.  A spokesman for Apple said the app is gone because it "violates developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people."

This is the second time in just a few months that the Israeli government has succeeded in getting a major U.S. company -- first Facebook and now Apple -- to remove a social media group that encourages violence against the Jewish state.  The Israeli lawmaker behind both appeals, Yuli Edelstein, praised Apple for quickly removing the Third Intifada app from iTunes.  Apple, he said, has proven with the decision that it shares the values that oppose violence, incitement and terrorism.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Israel Targets iTunes App that Calls for 'Armed Uprising'

PRNewsFoto/Apple(JERUSALEM) -- Israel recently won a fight with Facebook to remove a pro-Palestinian group that preached violence, and now the country is asking Apple to make some changes to its iTunes store.

Israel is going after the computer giant for an application called "Third Intifada." The country's information minister sent an email directly to Apple CEO Steve Jobs urging him to immediately remove the free application, which he says calls for an intifada -- or armed uprising -- against Israel. The Israeli official said that the articles, opinions, and photos on the application convinced him that it was being used as an instrument to incite violence.

Apple has not responded to the Israeli request.

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