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Seven Years Ago Today, The iPhone Changed The World

Seven years ago, Steve Jobs showed us that we could literally hold the world in the palm of our hand.

Some Idiot Pays $10,000 For A Gold-Colored iPhone

A gold colored iPhone (Apple actually calls the color “champagne”), which even at its highest configuration sells for $399 with a contract and just under $850 without a contract, has sold for $10,000 on eBay A rare gold iPhone 5S just sold on eBay for $10,100 after 51 bids. The sale reflects a kind of insanity that […]

How People Use Siri

Most of us with iPhone 4’s use Siri, the voice-activated digital assistant–but for a very limited range of tasks.

The iPhone Revolution Turns Five

It was five years ago today that Steve Jobs made an announcement that revolutionized the cell phone industry: Now we’ve got a world where the innovations that jobs introduced are commonplace on every smartphone, and where smartphones are more than just those things that businessmen carry around. We literally have the world at our fingertips […]

iPhone Adds $1.9 Billion to US Trade Deficit

Did you know that the iPhone is made in China for a mere $6.50? It’s false but true!

Who Could Have Predicted this?

Via the AP:  Adult industry sees iPorn potential in new phone.

Etiquette In An Always-On World

Should we just accept that people are going to be on their iPhones and BlackBerries and redefine rudeness?

Steve Jobs Does not Heart Blogs

Via Reuters:  Apple’s Jobs speaks out on missing iPhone and the danger of blogs. Two quick thoughts: 1)  The man continues to come across as quite the control freak. 2)  I can understand going after Gizmodo.  (I am not sure, by the way, that Gizmodo is really emblematic of blogging, per se). Full disclosure:  I […]

Street Harassment App

Chris Lawrence shares (via Google Reader) Valerie Aurora‘s post titled “You can do something about street harassment.” The intro is a useful reminder of how routine it is for women to feel victimized, recounting how often strangers make rude catcalls, how they seem to enjoy whatever reactions they get from their victims, and how generally […]

BlackBerry E-Mail Service Interrupted

My BlackBerry in’t working this morning. Apparently, I’m not alone. Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry phone, said some North American customers using the device are experiencing problems with their e-mail service. Technicians are working on the problem, the Waterloo, Ontario-based company said in an e-mailed statement today. Phone service and Web browsing […]

iPhone Gives AT&T Bad Name

You know those ubiquitous maps showing that Verizon has ridiculously better 3G coverage than AT&T?   And all those people complaining about Apple’s forcing those who want to use the iPhone to use AT&T?   It turns out that AT&T’s coverage is great and the iPhone itself is the issue. Roger Entner, senior vice president for telecommunications […]

Manly Thoughts

If you haven’t been reading MANzine lately, here’s what you’ve missed: Features: Fixing College Football (James Joyner) –   Most of the first weekend’s college football games are a joke that make a mockery of sportsmanship and competition. Manliness in the Modern Age (Alex Knapp) – I’ve never understood why so many of my male […]

USAA iPhone Check Deposits

This is just awesome: The Internet has taken a lot of the paperwork out of banking, but there is no avoiding paper when someone gives you a check. Now one bank wants to let customers deposit checks immediately — through their phones. USAA, a privately held bank and insurance company, plans to update its iPhone […]

Bad Customer Service: Why Do We Put Up With It?

Via Andrew Sullivan, I see that Daniel Indiviglio argues that “We like bad customer service.” Actually, though, while he states it, he doesn’t really argue that at all.  Rather, he argues that we’re not willing to pay more for good customer service and thus provide no incentive to companies to provide it. Let’s say you […]

iPhone Mania

Megan McArdle and Peter Suderman camped out overnight in front of a Washington, DC Apple store in order to be among the first to get one of the new iPhones.  Megan assures us that this is a mere sociological exercise for her: “I feel no desperate urge to get my hands on one of the […]

McCain and ‘Privatizing’ Social Security

Quite a few commenters are accusing John McCain of flip-flopping because he favored privatization of Social security in 2004 and now adamantly rejects the insinuation that he supports it now: This is a clumsy rhetorical game rather than a policy shift. Then and now, McCain’s position is that Social Security would remain as a government […]

Reggie Love: Barack Obama’s Body Man

Reggie Love was a standout wide receiver and basketball player at Duke that the Dallas Cowboys, for some odd reason, unsuccessfully tried to turn into a pro linebacker. Love was occasionally flat on his back in his college days. He’s landed on his feet, working as the body man for the presumptive Democratic nominee for […]

When Taco Trucks Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Tacos

Los Angeles County has strengthened its law against taco trucks and other mobile food vendors at the insistence of brick-and-mortar restaurant owners, Jonathan Gold reports. Last week, led by Gloria Molina, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors passed a law basically outlawing taco trucks, making it a crime for them to linger at one location […]

Perils of the iPhone

Via the LAT: The risk for iPhone users: They know too much When she whipped out her iPhone, Erica Sadum could feel her husband’s eyes roll. But she had a point to prove. And in less than a minute, she was able to report to the skeptics around the dinner table that Menno Simons, whose […]

Weekend Caption Jam

Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . Rodney seldom hears a discouraging word. Wizbang has the diabolic duo.

Apple Drops iPhone Price, Apologizes

Apple has dropped the price of its 8GB iPhone from $599 to $399, making many people happy but generating “hundreds of emails” from angry early adopters. CEO Steve Jobs explains that, “It benefits both Apple and every iPhone user to get as many new customers as possible in the iPhone ‘tent’.” Moreover, [T]he technology road […]

What’s a Phone For?

To over-40 types like Kevin Drum and myself, the primary function of a telephone is self-evident: Talking to other people. Young whippersnapper Matt Yglesias reminds us, though, that mindset is so 20th Century: Personally, I don’t like talking on the phone very much. My old Razr’s primary function was sending and receiving SMS messages. My […]

Stop iPhone Tyranny Now!

Salon‘s Farhad Manjoo notes the fight of one brave lawmaker to end the impossible tyranny of Apple and AT&T over the Must Have Gadget of the Century, the indispensable iPhone. Edward Markey, the Massachusetts Democrat who chairs the committee, began the affair by holding up the phone and hailing its “sheer brilliance and wizardry,” noting […]

Plan B Sales Surge Due to Availability

WaPo fronts a seeming non-story: Now that Plan B is available over-the-counter rather than requiring a prescription, its sales are up. Shocking, that. Next they’ll tell me that sales of iPhones are way up over this time last year. More interesting is the reaction. “This is exactly what we hoped would happen,” said Susan F. […]

A Tough Week for Chinese Imports

This week has been a tough one for Chinese imports. Early in the week there was a recall of truck and SUV tires made in China. The tires were made without gum strips—the thingummies that keep the strips of tire together. We import more tires from China than anywhere else (32% of our imports of […]

Getting Rich Off Public Service?

The editors at the Washington Examiner wonder how it is that politicians who come to office with little money leave it as millionaires. They intimate that it’s good old fashioned bribery, although the examples they give are far afield and rather inconclusive. They rightly note that Bill and Hillary Clinton’s “worries about paying off a […]

Auctioning the 700 MHz Spectrum

While I disagree with his premise that businesses trying to protect their interests are “seriously bad people,” Matt Stoler is right that the FCC should open the competition for the 700 MHz band to all comers. Kevin Drum‘s tone is more sober: If the telecom industry has its way, the entire spectrum will be auctioned […]

Beatles for iTunes

It’s looking like the Beatles catalog will finally be available for legal download. Record company EMI Group PLC said Sunday it planned to unveil “an exciting new digital offering” with computer company Apple Inc., raising expectations that The Beatles’ music catalog is about to be made available through Apple’s iTunes online music store. EMI said […]

Apple Computer, RIP

Dave Schuler notes the passing of Apple Computer. He quotes Steve Jobs: So, today we’ve added to the Mac and the iPod, we’ve added Apple TV, and now iPhone. And you know, the Mac is the only one you really think of as a computer, and we’ve thought about this and we thought, you know, […]

Lack of Food Not Main Cause of Child Malnutrition

Poor feeding habits, not lack of food, is the chief cause of child malnutrition, according to a new report by the World Bank. Rampant child malnutrition in poor countries is usually not caused principally by lack of food, nor are large, politically popular programs to feed schoolchildren the right way to tackle a problem stunting […]

Abramoff Scandal: Winners and Losers

Howard Fineman has an interesting discussion of the “Winners and losers in the Abramoff scandal.” Most of his observations have been made elsewhere, but two deserve attention. One for its insight, the other for its odd credulity. [T]he thing that jumps out at me is the figure $20,194,000. If I read the fed’s plea-agreement papers […]