Four years ago Mark Karpeles became one of the most controversial figures in the fledgling cryptocurrency space after his exchange, Mt. Gox, abruptly went down along with 850,000 Bitcoin. Now the controversial Mt. Gox CEO is back to apologize for his mistakes. In a Reddit AMA session, Karpeles took a moment to address some of the criticism aimed at him and the way he handled the Mt. Gox bankruptcy. Here are some of the more interesting things he had to say: I did my best trying to grow the ecosystem by running the biggest exchange at the time. It had…
Shares received by each were originally awarded on March 3, 2014; October 17, 2014; and October 5, 2015, with Riccio, Williams, Cue, and Schiller receiving stock from all three dates and Maestri, Ahrendts, and Federighi receiving stock from the October awards. The March 2014 award has now fully vested for employees who received it, while employees who received the other two rewards will see additional shares vest on April 1, 2019 and April 1, 2020.
A portion of each award was withheld by Apple to satisfy tax withholding requirements on vesting of restricted stock units.
Chinese customs officials in Hong Kong and Shenzhen province closed in on a band of criminals who were allegedly using drones in a bid to smuggle thousands of refurbished iPhone models, according to a Reuters report. The Legal Daily reports that the highly-calculated operation’s value hovered somewhere around 500 million yuan ($ 79.8 million) worth of […] Read More… iDrop News
iPhones are significantly cheaper in Hong Kong than mainland China, and it’s not unusual to find people smuggling them across the border. But while the record for smuggling them under clothing is around $ 150k, that’s nothing compared to the $ 79.8M worth transported with the help of drones …
China's Legal Daily reported today that officials in the country just shut down a major smartphone smuggling scheme. A total of 26 suspects were arrested in connection with the plot. The individuals allegedly used drones to string two cables between… Engadget RSS Feed
We have seen smugglers use a variety of innovative ways to smuggle hundreds of iPhones across borders. The sheer popularity of iPhones and the difference in their price in major regions has made them a favorite commodity among smugglers. This is perhaps most evident in China and Hong Kong, with new iPhones carrying a far lower price tag in Hong Kong than in China. Continue reading → iPhone Hacks | #1 iPhone, iPad, iOS Blog
OmniDiskSweeper (Free) – OmniDiskSweeper is a free app from the company behind OmniFocus. It’s designed to show you all of the files that are installed on your Mac in size order, so you can find what’s hogging space on your machine and delete it if so desired. OmniDiskSweeper doesn’t discriminate against critical and non-critical files, though, so be careful when deleting stuff.
News Explorer ($9.99) – News Explorer is a simple newsreader app that supports RSS, JSON, Atom, and Twitter, with cloud-based synchronization available between your Mac and iOS devices. It offers a distraction-free interface with a built-in browser and a selection of themes for customization purposes. Offline news is supported, as are smart filters, reader view, built-in imaging viewing, and more.
Switchem ($9.99) – Switchem is designed to let you customize your workspace and manage your windows. You can group windows into different types, organize them into tiles and split-screen work views, and switch between open windows quickly.
Wallpaper Wizard 2 ($9.95) – Wallpaper Wizard 2 is, as the name suggests, an app where you can find wallpapers for your Mac. It offers a collection of more than 25,000 HD wallpapers in 4K quality that look great even on Apple’s largest displays. New wallpapers are added on a monthly basis, and there’s a feature that’ll automatically switch your background if you want.
App Cleaner (Free) – App Cleaner is a minimal application that has one purpose — it’s designed to let you uninstall apps and all of their associated files. Just drag an app onto the App Cleaner interface and it’ll find all of the hidden files so you can get rid of them.
Do you have favorite must-have Mac apps that we haven’t highlighted yet? Let us know what they are in the comments and we might feature them in a future video. Many of this month’s picks came from our forum members.
A group of criminals in China were caught smuggling 500 million yuan ($79.8 million) worth of refurbished iPhones from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, using drones connected via cables to transport the smartphones. Reported by the Legal Daily (via Reuters), customs officers in Shenzhen caught the group and ceased its illegal actions, arresting 26 total suspects in the process.
Photo by Liu Youzhi/Southern Metropolis Daily via Reuters
The group was using drones to fly two 660-foot cables between Hong Kong and the mainland as a method of transporting the iPhones. They typically operated after midnight and into the morning hours, and “only needed seconds” to transport small bags that held 10 iPhones or more using the cable-connected drones. In one night, they could reach a quota of as many as 15,000 iPhones transported.
According to a news conference held by the customs officers, this marks “the first case found in China that drones were being used in cross-border smuggling crimes.”
Shenzhen customs was quoted by the Legal Daily as saying it would closely monitor new types of smuggling with high-tech devices and enhance their capability with technical equipment, including drones and high-resolution monitors, to detect smuggling activity.
Drone regulations are said to be “an important task” for Chinese officials, with the government publishing a series of strict rules in 2017 after drones were found to be interfering with aircraft flight paths. Civilian drone owners are now required to register any drone “up to a certain weight” using their real names.
While using drones might be new, the act of individuals attempting to smuggle iPhones out of Hong Kong has certainly been around for years. In early 2015, a man tried to smuggle 94 iPhones into mainland China by strapping them onto his body and under his clothes. Smuggling operations pop up frequently because of higher import taxes, which cause the iPhones to be more expensive in the mainland than they are in Hong Kong.
These are probably some of the things that come to mind when you think of Antarctica.
Meteorites are probably not among them.
But in fact, Antarctica is the best place to find meteorites. Its dry, cold climate perfectly preserves the asteroid fragments that make it through the atmosphere and crash on Earth. The ice sheets that encapsulate the rocks create a sort of “meteorite conveyor belt,” concentrating them in areas where they are easier to collect, CosmoElements reports. And the high-speed Katabatic winds that blow across the surface of the ice help expose still-buried meteorites.
Yes, the region a special place for those space explorers who are keen to peer into the cosmos without leaving Earth.
Although meteorites are easier to find here, the explorers’ journey is grueling, and some types of space fragments remain elusive. They have to make sure their technology works in Antarctica’s frigid temperatures, not to mention the process of actually going out to collect the samples.
Researchers from Manchester University in the U.K. devised a system to tackle the problem. They used a special detector and a set of dummy meteorites buried at different depths to see if the system could locate them.
“A reconnaissance trip will help the team investigate which blue icefields that have not been visited before are productive for meteorite collection,” Katherine Joy, who will travel to Antarctica later this year to inspect potential stranding zones as part of the project, told BBC. “The outcomes of this initial search will help us to target where to take the full detector setup to test for buried meteorites.”
An expedition like this one may seem like expensive and perilous to those who see meteorites as just little more than rocks.
For example: the famous meteorite ALH84001, found in Antarctica in 1984 by a team of U.S. scientists, is believed to have traveled all the way from Mars. For many years, it was thought to contain fossils of life forms similar to our bacteria.
Not all meteorites turn out to be so special. But they all teach astronomers about the origins of the solar system. And for researchers, that’s enough reason to brave Antarctica’s inhospitable conditions.
On our YouTube channel, we’ve got a monthly series that highlights new, interesting, fun, and useful apps that we think are worth downloading and checking out.
There are so many apps on the iOS App Store, which makes it hard to find new content, and it can also be easy to overlook great apps that are a bit older. We’ve designed our app lists to include apps – both old and new – that we personally recommend and have used over the course of the month.
Pocket Penguins (Free) – Here in the Bay Area, we have a great place that’s part zoo, part science museum, and part research institute called the California Academy of the Sciences. The California Academy of Sciences is home to a bunch of endangered African penguins (as part of a breeding program), which you can watch through the Pocket Penguins app. It’s a penguin livestream that’s on 24/7, and it’s a fun second screen activity (there’s an Apple TV app too) or something to do when you need a wildlife breather. If you like the penguins, you may also like the stingray feed.
Hop (Free) – There’s a popular game called Hop, but we’re talking about the email app in this week’s video. Hop is a team-based email app that’s designed to make your email more like a chat conversation than a traditional email inbox. It’s supposed to make sending and managing emails much faster for those of us who need some assistance cutting down on the inbox time.
Pod Calendar (Free) – Pod Calendar is a free app that’s a simple, light alternative to the standard Calendar app on the iPhone and iPad. It uses color coding for all of your events so it’s easy to see what’s going on at a glance, and it uses natural language for adding new entries quickly. There’s support for multiple calendars, multiple reminders, an interaction history for your contacts, and tools for sending quick emails and messages.
Zedge Wallpapers (Free) – As the name suggests, this is an app for downloading wallpapers. When we upload videos, we get a lot of questions about the wallpaper we’re using. A lot of the time, the wallpapers in our videos are from this app. Check it out if you’re looking for a fresh look for your iPhone – there are thousands to choose from.
PUBG(and Fortnite) (Free) – Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve heard of PUBG and Fortnite, both of which are battle royale-style games that are super popular right now. The idea is to kill or be killed, with the aim of the game to be the last person standing. PUBG and Fortnite both came out on iOS recently, with PUBG available to everyone and Fortnite available as a beta. You might not think a battle royale game would work on an iOS device, but both of these games are surprisingly good and worth checking out.
If you have favorite iOS apps, make sure to share them with us. We’ll check out what you have to recommend and we may just include them next month. Want more apps? Check out our February recommendations.