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Another vehicular smash-and-grab robbery hits Kansas Apple Store

A Leawood, Kan., Apple Store was the victim of another smash-and-grab robbery this week. Suspects backed a stolen green Dodge Intrepid into the store as a battering ram and were able to make off on foot with some merchandise before police arrived. Every device that thieves made off with is a GPS-positioning device, as the report mentioned, so it should not be hard for Apple to track them.

This marks the second time this particular Kansas Apple Store has been hit with a vehicle smash-and-grab. In 2010, the same method was used to grab merchandise. Apple set up a security fence in the Kansas store (as it has in most stores) that is the same security used at overseas U.S. embassies, according to a former Apple employee. Unfortunately, they do not seem to stop vehicles at high speeds.

Last month, a Temecula, Calif., Apple Store was smashed with a BMW SUV (video here).

Perhaps Apple should get the word out to prospective thieves (commercial?) that all of its products are traceable and therefore worthless on the black market.

Two more videos of the incident below:


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iPhone 4S lands on Oklahoma-based Pioneer Cellular & Puerto Rico’s Open Mobile

Following a number regional U.S. carriers that launched the iPhone this month, Oklahoma-based Pioneer Cellular today announced availability of the iPhone 4S. The carrier covers a large section of Northwest Oklahoma, and it will launch the device in-store at select locations today, followed by other locations on May 29, June 4, June 11, and June 18. Click the image to the right for a full list of cities and dates.

The carrier has not announced pricing or iPhone- specific plans for the device, but it currently has data plans starting at $30 for other smartphones. Earlier this month, regional carriers in Kentucky, Kansas, and California launched the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, with some prices starting at $149 for the 4S and $49 for the iPhone 4. In April, five other small carriers added the iPhone.

Puerto Rico-based no-contract carrier Open Mobile now also offers the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 at a number of its stores. Pricing is available below:

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Verizon expanding LTE network in dozens of cities April 19

Verizon put out dozens of press releases today announcing expansions and additions to its 4G LTE network. The majority of the additions and expansions will kick-in April 19.


LaGrange, Georgia, Macon, Georgia, Brunswick, Georgia, Cattaraugus-Allegany Counties (New York), Dodge City, Kansas, Great Bend, Kansas, Garden City, Kansas, Hays, Kansas, Pierre, South Dakota, Ocala, Florida, Provo-Orem, Utah.


Southern Illinois, East and Southeast of Des Moines, Iowa, Wichita, Kansas, St. Louis, Missouri, Southwest Missouri, Columbus, Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio, Boise-Nampa, Idaho, Ft. Collins-Loveland, Colorado, Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah.

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