If you need to track down a laptop-stealing varmint, well, there’s a (Mac) app for that. Also, Apple doubles down on one of its stores, the iPad 2 isn’t exactly photogenic, and it seems like there’s a world record for everything these days. The remainders for Friday, May 13, 2011 are not in the least bit unlucky.
Man uses Prey to track stolen MacBook Pro hundreds of miles, calls thief
After using the Mac security software Prey to snap a picture of the guy who stole his laptop, Mac user Sean Power (best name ever, am I right?) took to Twitter to ask for help. It arrived in the form of his Twitter followers, who staked out the bar owned by the thief, and managed to recover the MacBook without incident. Twitter: It’s the 21st century equivalent of forming a posse.
Apple opening second Glendale, CA retail store
Apple’s about to open a second retail store in Glendale, CA—in the mall right across from the company’s other Glendale store, which was one of the first stores to open, back in 2001. Pretty soon there’ll be an Apple Store on every corner—eat your heart out, Starbucks.
Just how many people are using the iPad 2 camera? (Answer: Not many)
Yes, according to photo-sharing site Flickr, people are not whipping out their iPad 2s when that picture-perfect moment arises. Only 12,000 or so pictures posted to the site register as being from an iPad 2, as opposed to more than 51 million iPhone snaps. Next question for the statisticians: How many people have snapped pictures of the iPad 2 with their iPhone?
Bungie Trademarks Mysterious Mobile Software ‘Crimson’
Bungie Aerospace, a company formed by Halo creator Bungie, has filed for a trademark on “Crimson” that would apply to “computer game software for use on mobile and cellular phones.” Some think the developers may be prepping an iOS title, but that fails to explain why the company has filed repeated trademarks for both “Crimson” and “Clover.” Over and over.
Apple App Store, iPhone 4, Angry Birds earn Guinness World Records
(Los Angeles Times)
If you’re looking to settle a bar bet on the largest app marketplace in the world, look no further than the ultimate authority: Guinness World Records has declared that not only has Apple’s App Store won that crown, but it’s also the largest downloadable video game store in the world. Other accolades went to Angry Birds as the top paid game in the store and Plants vs. Zombies as “the world’s fastest-selling iPhone/iPod strategy game.” By that level of specificity, I suppose I am the Guiness World Record holder for the most prolific editor at Macworld. Named Dan. Moren.