Tech 2.0 for Friday, September 20, 2013
The new iPhone models hit Apple stores in the U.S., China and seven other countries Friday. Scores of Apple fans in London walked away disappointed after the iPhone 5S sold out at the city's flagship store in under two hours. Lines in the city snaked down a side street and were funneled into a nearby square. Coffee stations were set up to serve the waiting crowds. And customers lined up early in New York to get their hands on the new model. Apple is offering two new iPhones: the flagship 5S and the cheaper, plastic iPhone 5C. If you want to skip the long lines, you can order online.
A former NFL player found an unwelcome surprise on twitter over the Labor Day weekend. Former New England Patriots player Brian Holloway says he was out of town in Florida when tweets about a huge party at his house in New York began popping up. It turns out, 300 teens broke into his home, causing more than $20,000 in damage. The partiers busted doors and windows and wrote graffiti on the walls. Holloway says the teens also had drugs and alcohol at the party. Now, he says he is working with law enforcement to track all of the teens down to hold them responsible and to address the problem of teen alcohol and drug use. Holloway says 200 of the teens have been identified and the rest should be in the few days. So far, no arrests have been made.
The man who built Nintendo into a global video-gaming empire has died. Hiroshi Yamauchi, passed away Thursday in Japan. Yamauchi guided Nintendo from its pre-electronic days as a maker of children's games to its emergence as the creator of gaming hits like Donkey Kong and Mario Brothers. Although he wasn't a baseball fan, Yamauchi bought a majority stake in the Seattle Mariners in 1992 to keep the team from moving to Florida. Ironically, he never saw the Mariners play live. Yamauchi was 85.