Men busted smuggling iPhones and iPads into China with zip lines, crossbows

ipads-stack

To avoid paying taxes on expensive electronics, a group of Chinese smugglers attached thin cables to homemade slingshots and crossbows. Firing from the 21st floor of a high-rise complex in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, projectiles were fired over the Sha Tau Kok river into a small village house in Northern Hong Kong. With both sides of the thin wire securely attached to buildings, the smuggling ring packaged iPads and iPhones into black and camouflage canvas tote bags. Under the cover of darkness, the criminals used a simple rope and pulley system to transport the goods from the Hong Kong home to the tall building in Shenzhen. 

ipad-smuggleEach bag filled with electronics took about two minutes to transport across the river. However, it didn’t take police long to discover the actions of the smugglers and quickly move to capture the expensive goods as well as arrest the smugglers (video below). Around $46,000 worth of Apple iPads and iPhones were recovered from the smugglers and at least six men have been arrested in connection to the crime. If the smugglers had been successful, the Apple products could have been sold at a discount rate and avoided the taxation laws of Shenzhen, China as tax laws are more lenient in the Hong Kong markets.

The iPad 2 sells for about $499 at an Apple retail store in Hong Kong, but the official price in Shenzhen, China is about $572. In order to attract buyers, unauthorized retailers look for a sales price in between those two price points to move iPads off the shelf. Unauthorized dealers also like to use students living in Shenzhen to smuggle Apple products across the border when they attend school in Hong Kong. Some students even strap several iPhones to their waist and chest as well as avoid detection with baggy clothes. The news of this smuggling ring comes shortly after two fake Apple shops in southwestern China were ordered to shut down by authorities.  

Mobile

The Apollo Traveller is the fastest recharging power bank we’ve ever used

Power banks are getting better all the time, but the Apollo Traveller from Elecjet hits new heights in terms of charging and recharging speeds thanks to the use of a graphene composite for cooling. Here's what happened when we tried it out.
Mobile

It hasn't even been announced yet, but you can already reserve the Galaxy S10

It won't be long now. With 2019 underway, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is almost here. Before it arrives, here's absolutely everything you need to know about all three of Samsung's next flagships.
Home Theater

Everything to know about Sling TV: Channels, pricing, and more

Sling TV has grown a great deal since its launch. Now there are more channels and more packages to chose from, with prices to match, and more is being added all the time. Everything you need to know is right here.
Wearables

Win your gal's heart (and wrist) with the most stylish smartwatches for her

If you're looking to buy that special woman in your life a smartwatch this Valentine's Day, we're here to help. Here are our top picks of the best smartwatches on the market for ladies. We have something for any style or budget.
Computing

These are the 6 best free antivirus apps to help protect your MacBook

Malware protection is more important than ever, even if you eschew Windows in favor of Apple's desktop platform. Thankfully, protecting your machine is as easy as choosing from the best free antivirus apps for Mac suites.
Computing

Get ready for new AirPods, MacBooks as rumored dates for Apple WWDC 2019 emerge

Apple developers and fans alike look forward, every year, to the company's World Wide Developer Conference, WWDC, and for this year, we already have the rumored dates that might bring us Apple's latest tech announcements.
Computing

This Mac keyboard is slim, dark, and clicky, but it’s still not perfect

There aren't many great mechanical keyboards for Macs. The Keychron K1 is just the latest attempt to join that hallowed group, but does its blend of style and substance tick all the boxes?
Computing

These 30 useful apps are absolutely essential for Mac lovers

There are literally hundreds of thousands of great software programs compatible with MacOS, but which should you download? Look no further than our list of the best Mac apps you can find.
Mobile

Need a date for Valentine's Day? Cozy up with the best dating apps of 2019

Everyone knows online dating can be stressful, time-consuming, and downright awful. Check out our top picks for the best dating apps, so you can streamline the process and find the right date, whatever you're looking for.
Computing

One of these monitors will look great next to your new MacBook Pro

Apple doesn't make its beloved Cinema Display monitors anymore, which makes finding the best monitor for the MacBook Pro more difficult. In this guide, we break down some of our favorites and offer something for every size and budget.
Mobile

Smartwatch sales soared in 2018, with Apple leading the charge

The NPD Group, a market research organization, has reported smartwatch sales soared in 2018. Apple is leading the charge, but it's clear there's still room in the market for competitors, as Samsung and Fitbit also did well.
Business

Apple loses battle to use Intel modems in Germany in latest clash with Qualcomm

Apple is following the Federal Trade Commission's lead and has sued Qualcomm for a massive $1 billion in the U.S., $145 million in China, and also in the U.K., claiming the company charged onerous royalties for its patented tech.
Mobile

Worried about extra data charges? Here's how to check your usage on an iPhone

It's common to get a little nervous about nearing data limits. Keep your peace of mind by checking how much data your iPhone is using. Our guide on how to check data usage on an iPhone helps you stay in control.
Mobile

New Apple patent hints clamshell-style foldable phone may be in the works

Apple has filed a patent for a foldable phone that suggests the company could be following in the footsteps of the likes of Samsung and Huawei. The patent describes a clamshell-style foldable phone with two separate sections.