In brief: Stolen iPhone tracks down thief
Published 24/07/2010 | 05:00
A man who allegedly snatched an Apple iPhone from a woman's hand in San Francisco was arrested nine minutes later -- because the device tracked his every move.
The iPhone was being used to test a new, real-time global positioning system (GPS) tracking application and the woman holding it was an intern for the software maker's Mountain View-based Covia Labs. Covia chief executive David Kahn sent the intern into the street to demonstrate the software. Police say Horatio Toure snatched it and sped away on a bicycle but was located by the phone's GPS.
Concrete solution to sign problem
The people of Shitterton got so fed up with pranksters stealing their hamlet sign that they clubbed together and bought a stone version set in concrete.
Residents in the amusingly named English village paid £20 (€23) each in the hope that the one-and-a-half-tonne Purbeck stone sign will be more difficult to steal. Volunteers then arranged a truck and crane to cement it in place last month.
Darth Raider in bank hold-up
A man wearing a Darth Vader mask crossed over to the dark side when he robbed a bank.
Police say the man entered a Chase bank branch on Long Island, near New York City, on Thursday, displayed a gun and demanded money. A security camera caught the 'Star Wars' character wearing a blue cape and camouflage pants. He escaped from the bank with an undetermined amount of cash.
Hot potato as french fries shrink
French fries in Germany could be significantly shorter this year due to the heatwave that has baked Germany and much of Europe this month, the German Farmers' Association said yesterday.
Hot and dry weather has led to a meagre harvest of extra-large potatoes used to produce the ideal-length French fry. Spokeswoman Verena Telaar said that smaller potatoes mean that fries would probably be 1.8 inches long at best, down from the usual 2.2 inches.
Heatwave fuels toxic Baltic bloom
A satellite image has revealed the scale of a vast algal bloom spreading in the Baltic Sea.
The potentially toxic bloom, covering 377,000 sq km, could pose a risk to marine life in the region, warn scientists, who said a lack of wind and prolonged high temperatures had triggered the bloom.