One woman’s small nightmare with a demo iPad Air sold by AT&T

Shouldn't they all be new?

So you bought an iPad Air that turned out to be a demo model. So what?

That was the reaction of some after a Canadian woman was sold one at Target.

She found photos and contacts already loaded on it and didn’t think this constituted a brand new tablet.

“What is so hard about plugging it into your computer and doing a factory restore from within iTunes? Rocket Science,” offered one CNET commenter to her story.

So please now listen to a different tale. It’s that of Monica Hall. At the end, please consider what sort of science — psychology, perhaps — might be involved to solve this.

She told me: I purchased an iPad Air from the AT&T store in Mesquite, Tx. on 11/15. When I got home and was ready to use my new iPad, I couldn’t get my apps to load, nor could I get any apps to load — new ones or from the cloud. I couldn’t lock the iPad. I called Apple Support and after trying several things and about 2 hours on the phone with them they finally realized the issue.

Yes, this was a demo model.

“Apple walked me through resetting and restoring the device. Everything seemed to be in order after a 2 -3 hour phone call,” said Hall.

Until: 11/18 I was trying to text my daughter and when I started to type in ‘Je’ on my phone, it was bringing up… [Read more]

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Busboy’s mom throws iPad in fire, customer buys him new one

The fires of generosity burned for Clay Lawson.

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Has anyone performed a random act of kindness for you? Lately? Ever?

It could be because your mom isn’t quite sure what an iPad looks like.

Clay Lawson’s mom, you see, appears to think it looks very much like any other piece of cardboard. Which is why she tossed what she thought was just a stack of cardboard boxes into the fire pit at their Nelson County, Va. home.

The iPad was on the top.

Clay was, understandably, on the perturbed side when he discovered this fiery end to his magical machine. Still, he went to his regular busboy job at the Cavalier Diner in Charlottesville.

As WVIR-TV reports, one of the servers there, Donna Drumheller, is a friend of the Lawson family.

In a quiet moment, she told some of the other staff about Clay’s tragic mishap.

What happened next defies credulity, but confirms the possibility of (occasional) human goodness.

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A customer overheard and asked her whether Clay was an upstanding sort. Drumheller told him he was.

The custome… [Read more]

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iPad? Shoo! This UK government meeting will brook no spying

Nothing is safe, it seems.

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We’re now agreed that everyone is spying on everyone else, aren’t we?

If technology makes it possible, then someone is going to do it. For good or evil, you understand.

So the British government has begun to take precautions against other governments spying on its cabinet meetings.

The Telegraph reports that the first target of this new cautious approach is the iPad.

The Mail on Sunday initially revealed that at a cabinet meeting last week, there were many iPads present, there to assist in a presentation by, of all institutions, the Government Digital Service.

After the presentation (which was about cost savings), security staff apparently stole in and removed the iPads. They specifically feared that foreign powers know how to turn them — and other mobile devices — into portable bugs.

We can’t have foreign governments learning about how to save money on digital services, can we?

The Telegraph names China, Pakistan, Russia and Iran as governments that are in possession of Trojan viruses that can turn iPads into microphones and even transmitters.<... [Read more]

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Woz on iPad Air: No, thank you

He speaks his mind. And he's not easy to impress.

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Yes, but what does Steve think?

That is the question some in the Apple fraternities and sororities might have been asking after the new iPads were revealed.

For once, the remaining Apple co-founder called Steve — Steve Wozniak — was on a plane to London and missed the keynote.

However, when he arrived, he fully expressed his feelings to the audience at Apps World.

As reported by Techradar, Woz expressed disappointment.

“When I finally took a look at the devices, the iPads didn’t hit my needs,” he said.

But what about the new iPad Air? It’s lighter and thinner and entirely unpretentious? At least, that’s what I got out of the keynote.

“Yes it’s thinner,” he said. “But I wanted storage. I don’t have broadband at home, so I carry all my personal media in the iPad. So I was hoping Apple has a 256GB iPad.”

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Wacom finally shows the iPad its sensitive side

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It’s a bit of a niche, but disconnecting the pressure-sensitive stylus from its dedicated drawing tablet and enabling use with a more mainstream, general purpose tablet like an iPad is quite liberating for designers and doodlers alike. Wacom, known for its excellent drawing peripherals like the Intuos5, has been strangely slow to jump into this market — but finally lands with its $ 99 Intuos Creative Stylus (ICS).

The ICS joins products like the Adonit’s Jot Touch 4 ($ 90) the Pogo Connect ($ 80) and the Hex3 Jaja ($ 90) with workarounds to give the fundamentally insensitive iPad display pressure-sensitive drawing capabilities (in which stroke width changes in response to changes in stylus pressure). Because of the tablet constraints, the ICS uses a Bluetooth 4 connection like the Jot and the Pogo rather than the electromagnetic resonance technology used in its dedicated input devices — if you want EMR in a portable tablet you’ll need to fork over a lot more dough for Wacom’s newly announced Android tablets, the Cintiq Companion and Cintiq Companion Hybrid. Bluetooth 4 limits the stylus compatibility to the iPad 2, … [Read more]

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Was this FedEx worker filmed tossing your iPad or Nexus 7?

Well, it gets the boxes loaded more quickly.

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The trouble with working for FedEx is that it’s just boxes, boxes, boxes.

Sometimes you get so fed(ex) up with boxes that you just want to throw the darned things. So sometimes you do.

Sometimes, though, a sneaky little voyeur decides to film you relieving yourself.

And then you are ex-FedEx.

This tale was just repeated this week, after a FedEx worker was filmed merrily throwing piles of boxes, using various techniques, into a truck.

She seemed to be enjoying herself, and the truck was loaded on one of my favorite New York streets: East 44th.

She even seemed to offer that overhand tossing was far more enjoyable than underhand tossing.

Naturally, the footage was posted to the People’s Court: YouTube.

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Apple refunds dad $6,000 iPad bill racked up by 8-year-old

A scene from "My Horse." Kids, horses are expensive.

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Dear parents, you wouldn’t trust your kids with your money, so why do you trust them with your iPad? It can amount to the same thing.

I merely wonder this somewhat aloud after the peculiar tale of Lily Neale.

Lily’s dad, Lee, gave her his iPad to play with. So Lily played with it. The only problem is that Lily is eight, so when she played with it, she started buying lots of in-game goodies.

You know, trinkets and horses — or whatever it is you can buy when you’re having fun.

One day, dad, an aerospace designer, couldn’t put his hand inside his bank account. It was completely frozen.

He looked a little more closely and discovered that his little Lily had spent 4,000 British pounds (the Neales live in Somerset, U.K.) through his iPad. Well, she wanted to be happy.

Apple had sent Lee e-mails to congratulate him on these fine purchases, but, as he told the Mirror, he didn’t notice them.

Lily admitted that she’d seen her dad enter a password, had remembered it, and had used it. As you do.

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Logitech intros classroom-friendly Wired Keyboard for iPad

The Lightning connector version of the Logitech Wired Keyboard will ship in August (click image to enlarge).

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We review a lot of wireless Bluetooth keyboards and keyboard cases for iPads and other tablets, but we’ve yet to review a wired keyboard for the iPad. It comes as little surprise then that Logitech, which makes plenty of Bluetooth keyboards, has unveiled the Wired Keyboard for iPad, which it dubs “the first iPad keyboard made specially for the classroom environment.”

The keyboard will come in a Lightning connector or 30-pin connector versions and have an MSRP of $ 59.99. The Lightning version is due to ship in August; the 30-pin version will ship in October.

Why go wired? Well, it makes the keyboard very easy to connect. Logitech says it’s a challenge for teachers to simultaneously pair multiple iPads with multiple wireless Bluetooth keyboards in the classroom. With a wired keyboard, kids can connect without any help.

Logitech says the keyboard is “spill-resistant” and has full-size keys along with iPad shortcut keys for such functions as copy and paste, Siri, app switching, and an integrated Home button. Hopefully, schools will get a nice discount if they buy multiple keyboards.

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Smart necklace is key to secret iPad diary

Lock down your digital diary.

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Dano’s iHeart Locket takes the wearable technology trend and makes it cute. The smart necklace works with the iPad to lock down digital diary entries and keep secret crushes and innermost thoughts safe from prying eyes.

The gold heart necklace, designed with preteens and teens in mind, works with the iHeart Locket Diary App for iOS. The diary app holds text, pictures, speech-to-text audio, and written notes, making it more of a digital scrapbook than a simple journal.

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Each locket contains a unique code to keep the diary private, especially from marauding siblings. Push a button on the locket and all those secrets are hidden as if written in disappearing ink. Nobody else needs to know that you’re madly in love with Justin Bieber.

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Teen dies trying to hold onto iPad during theft, police say

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It’s a natural instinct to resist if someone tries to steal something out of your hand.

In Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon, that instinct might have cost a 15-year-old boy his life.

As the Las Vegas Sun reports, Marcos Vincente Arenas was walking down the street, holding an iPad.

Police say an SUV pulled up alongside him. A man allegedly got out of the passenger seat and tried to wrest the iPad from Arenas.

The teen wouldn’t let go of the device, so, investigators say, he was dragged along by the alleged thief toward the vehicle.

He was still near the passenger door when the car took off. Arenas was run over and died in hospital of his injuries.

Police have issued descriptions of both the driver and the passenger of the SUV, said to be a white Ford Explorer or Expedition.

This is the latest and most gruesome example of the phenomenon known as “Apple-picking.”

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