Apple campus burglary leads to manhunt in San Jose

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Thieves smashed a window to break into this Apple building.
Thieves smashed a window to break into this Apple building.
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Three men broke into an Apple campus building in Cupertino this morning, prompting Silicon Valley law enforcement to conduct a huge manhunt for the burglars.

Sheriff’s deputies and police officers went door to door through the Cambrian Park neighborhood of San Jose in an effort to find the suspects, who were spotted by Apple security breaking a glass door of the building in the early morning hours.

Dead body found at Apple HQ prompts investigation

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There's reportedly been a death at Apple HQ.
There's reportedly been a death at Apple HQ.
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The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office is reportedly investigating a dead body that was found at Apple’s headquarters this morning in one of the company’s conference rooms.

Details on the investigation are limited at this time and it is not known if the death is suspicious or if it resulted from natural causes.

Multimillion-dollar plan to give London cops iPads hits roadblock

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Apple's tablet failed to make an impact, it seems!
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iPads may be used professionally everywhere from the cockpits of airplanes to schools to the dugouts at MLB games, but not every scheme to employ Apple’s tablet works out quite so well.

According to a new report, a plan to provide around 20,000 iPads to London’s Metropolitan Police Service in the U.K. has failed to materialize — despite $8.6 million spent developing custom software, licenses and training.

Electronics-sniffing dogs can root out USB drives

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Bear is one of five electronics-sniffing dogs
Bear is one of only five electronics-sniffing dogs.
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Criminals don’t just have to worry about someone finding their drug stashes anymore, as police have started to employ highly trained, electronics-sniffing dogs to root out illegal material on USB thumb drives and SD cards.

Only five dogs have acquired this particular set of skills that can make them a nightmare for cybercriminals and child pornographers.

Cracking down on police brutality? There’s an app for that

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Mobile Justice CA app will help protect your rights. Photo: ACLU 

Whichever side of the political equation you fall, there’s no denying that complaints about police brutality are all over the news at the moment.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California thinks its got the solution, however: a new Mobile Justice CA app, designed to help individuals track and record misconduct among law enforcement officers.

Apple’s own security guards stage protest outside San Francisco Apple Store

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Protestors blocked the door of Apple's flagship San Francisco retail store for around an hour. Picture: Julia Carrie Wong

A protest involving around 50 people blocked customers from entering the main doors of Apple’s flagship San Francisco Union Square retail store yesterday.

The protest was related to service employees claiming to be underpaid. Organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), they staged a sit-in for nearly an hour. While the Apple Store remained opened during this time, customers had to enter through a side door.

One of the protestors, describing himself as an Apple security guard, decried the firm for its lack of job protection. “If [security officers] miss a day of work, they don’t know if they’ll have the job the next day,” he told Business Insider.

Father And Son Track Down Alleged Thief Using ‘Find My iPad’ Feature

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A New Zealand father-and-son duo tracked down their stolen iPad using the device’s “Find My iPad” function.

After enjoying a meal in a restaurant in Nelson, New Zealand, Chris and Markham Phillips returned to the parking lot to find their car had been ransacked — and cash, glasses and an iPad were missing.

“As despair and disgust begin to kick in, we remember a newly installed tracking application on both the stolen iPad and the retained iPhone,” son Markham told a local reporter. “We fire up the app [and] the iPad icon pings onto the map.”

Apple Decrypts iPhones For The Police, But It Makes Them Wait [Report]

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The security features built into Apple’s iOS software are so good that the police are unable to gain access to defendant’s iPhones when they need to. Apple itself is able to bypass the security software and decrypt locked devices — and it do so when the police request it. But the company has so many requests that it has to add police to a lengthy waiting list.