Smartphone thefts are not new and we have seen how Apple and other companies have tried to mitigate this with anti-theft measures, such as Find my iPhone and Activation Lock being some of them, but it seems that in New York City and St. Louis, a new method of snatching iPhones has been uncovered which has led to the technique being coined, “Apple Picking”. Basically it involves the thief approaching the victim and asking for the time, which admittedly seems innocent enough, but if you don’t wear a watch, the next best thing would be to pull your phone from your pocket, right?
When the phone is taken out of the pocket, the thief then determines if the phone has any value. For example if I pulled out an old feature phone, obviously it isn’t worth any trouble to the thief, but if I were to pull out a brand new iPhone 5s or the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, well obviously the thief has hit the jackpot and will then grab the phone and run off. Of course this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give strangers the time of the day, but this is a new technique that is definitely worth keeping an eye out for. Wearing a watch will probably help as well, unless of course your watch is extremely valuable as well.
When it comes to low-light photography with our smartphones, most phones tend to struggle, save for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the LG G2, both of which appear to handle low-light photography relatively well, albeit somewhat noisier than I would have like, personally. For those who don’t enjoy the noise on their photos, using flash would be the next best thing, although in most case using flash results in harsh photos, which Apple has attempted to correct in the iPhone 5s. Well if you’re sick of having bad photos in low-light situations or night shots, then the Lightstrap is definitely a Kickstarter project worth checking out.
As you can see in the photo above, the Lightstrap is an iPhone casing that comes with an LED ring around the back of it, similar to a photographer’s flash ring. Lightstrap will allow iPhone photographers to choose from seven brightness levels and six color temperatures. Its creators, a father and son team comprising of Ben and Cassidy Clawson, claim that the Lighstrap will offer 10 times the brightness of the flash in the iPhone 5s. It sounds like a great idea and based on what we can see in the sample photos, it helps a lot. If you’re interested in learning more or to pledge your donation, be sure to hit up its Kickstarter page for the details!