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Apple Maps led Australian motorists into remote 'ghost city'

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Murray Sunset National Park, Victoria, Australia.

Apple Maps has been upgraded from bummer to hazard. 

Macworld reports that Apple iOS 6 Maps navigation led to "potentially fatal incidents" in Australia by incorrectly positioning the location of a city and stranding drivers in a remote national park.

The Herald Sun reports that some motorists were stranded for up to a day in the rough, unshaded terrain, and had to walk long distances over dangerous sandhills to find phone reception.

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Authorities believe many more drivers were sent off course on their way to Mildura, but managed to find their way out of the park. Mildura police inspector Simon Clemence told the Herald Sun

"This is Victoria's biggest National Park. It's over 5000sq km and it's all sandy tracks. This is 4WD terrain with big, deep sand bogs and sand drifts...Once you get about 10-15kms in there is no phone coverage at all… If someone got stuck out there on a 46 degree day then they're in real trouble...There's not much shade, and a lot of hot sand, and no water at all."


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Apple Senior VP of iPhone Software Scott Forstall demonstrates the new map application featured on iOS 6 during the keynote address during the 2012 Apple WWDC keynote address at the Moscone Center on June 11, 2012 in San Francisco, California.

Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, took an unusual step of apologizing for replacing the popular Google Map app with a buggy Apple version in its new iPhone 5.

Wired magazine, who had difficulty getting Apple's maps to locate its own office, called the brouhaha Mapocalpse. Residents of Hollywood complain that Apple's map direct tourists to the absolute worst place to view the Hollywood sign: A dead-end road that the fire department needs kept clear for emergencies.

"The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you," Cook wrote Friday on Apple's website and suggested that disgruntled iPhone users download "map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app".


iPhone 5: How to pre-order tonight despite Apple and AT&T sites being down

The Apple website around 12:30am Friday morning the Apple iPhone 5 was available to purchase through pre-sale.

The AT&T website around 12:30am Friday morning the Apple iPhone 5 was available to purchase through pre-sale.

AT&T website around 12:30am Friday morning the Apple iPhone 5 was available to purchase through pre-sale.

The Apple iPhone 5 is so popular that its demand during the first hour of its presale has crushed the servers at both and

But just because it is almost impossible to order the taller, thinner, faster new iPhone via the web, that doesn't mean you cannot order one through other means.

Ironically, the best way to pre-order your new iPhone is through your current iPhone.

If you download the free Apple Store app on your iPhone within minutes the intuitive Apple Store App will prompt you through the few simple steps to make your wallet hundreds of dollars lighter and your night that much brighter.

The app will even allow you to select whether you would like your new phone (in either black or white) delivered to you or if you would prefer to pick it up on September 21 at your local Apple store.


Florida firm, not Anonymous or the FBI, was source of Apple data in breach


Zooey Deschanel in an Apple iPhone ad

A Florida company said Monday that the database of Apple device information that hackers stole and posted on the Internet last week came from a file the firm had in its computer system.

The disclosure comes nearly a week after a hacker group, which calls itself AntiSec, claimed that the data was stolen from an FBI laptop. The FBI flatly rejected the claim, saying it never possessed the information. The data included about 1 million unique identification numbers for Apple devices and some personal information, such as the names people assign to their iPads, iPhones and iPods.

Orlando-based BlueToad is a digital publishing company that converts files so that they can be more easily read online and by mobile devices.

In a statement, company president Paul DeHart said the Apple data was stolen in a cyberattack against BlueToad.


California bought the most iPads, a 'Slice' of receipts suggests

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A 'Slice' of shipping data from a new startup suggests that California is leading the country in Apple iPad sales. Less of a study and more of a snapshot, the data points to a possible trend in product distribution.

"New iPad buyers, according to this snapshot, have so far been most likely to opt for the classic black model over the white model, live in California and purchase either the most-expensive or least-expensive model," Mashable explains.

Slice manages shipping and purchase information from customers' inboxes, and they reportedly had access to about 2,600 new iPad receipts.