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Apple Guilty Of Racial Profiling?

June 7th, 2010 | 1 comment | Posted by Jen

Politico’s Ben Smith reports NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is looking into claims that two Apple stores in New York refused to sell the iPad to customers of Chinese descent because of smuggling fears. Because the iPad, though produced in China, is unavailable there. (Chinese gadget-freaks will have to settle for the knockoff iPed, for now.) Cuomo’s office was alerted after NY Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) publicly complained last month that several of her Chinese American constituents were asked to show their passports or asked inappropriate questions while shopping for iPads.


Not cool, Apple. Not. Cool.

[Politico: Cuomo looks into iPad sales over discrimination claim]

Thanks, Jasmine!

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Caption This: The iPad Hits Japan

May 31st, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Jen

Kazuki Miura (below right), was the first customer in line at a Harajuku shop selling the iPad, which launched Friday in Japan and Europe. The iPad headbands were, according to the Wall Street Journal, a promotional thing courtesy of Gizmodo Japan:

Also courtesy of Gizmodo Japan, a little iPad…MAGIC!

[via HuffPo]
[WSJ: Apple iPad Headbands and Japan's Neverending Lines]
[Gizmodo Japan]

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How To Get Olds To Embrace The iPad

April 23rd, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Jen

They say the iPad’s target demo is 18-34, but that’s likely to go up after the olds see this video of master pianist and bedhead-giver Lang Lang playing an encore–Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee”–on it:

Cats, dogs, little children, old people…who doesn’t the iPad entertain? How is that possible? Did Steve Jobs make a deal with the devil? Or is Steve Jobs the devil?

My bank account says yes. But my heart says WANT.

[via HuffPo]
[Magic Piano iPad app]

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Fine, iWant It

April 15th, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Diana

Dear Technology God,

I’ve been fighting the iPad.

I said I didn’t need it. I said it wasn’t necessary. I said it was just an $800 splurge for Apple geeks to jerk off to. I said it was a poor-sighted man’s iPhone. Even that hilarious Modern Family episode couldn’t sway me.

I almost convinced myself, too. I think I believed me when I said those things.

But then I saw Iggy the cat playing with a new iPad.

He’s so cute! And he LOVES the iPad! If Iggy gets one, I want one. Please gimme!

Please!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


[Apple Store: iPad (US)]

Thanks, Tina!

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I’m Not a PC. I’m Not a PC. I’m Not a PC. I’m Not a PC.

September 15th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Kylie, Bill Gates’ pint-sized, secret advertising weapon, is back in a new ad for Windows 7, which debuts October 22.

Once again, we will not be manipulated. We are not PC’s, dammit! Not now, not ever. PC’s aren’t cute. PC’s have no personality. PC’s are like that okay-looking bad kisser you meet at a bar and go home with whom you decide later on in the evening you don’t even have the energy to sleep with even though you really really need sex whom you then have to hastily kick out of your house because you’ve decided that how you really want to spend your evening is drinking alone and catching up on your TiVo.

That said, Damn you, Bill Gates. Damn. You. For. Almost. Making. Us. Wish. We. Were. PC’s. You. Prick.

[via channelAPA]

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I’m a PC. Wait, What?!

February 19th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Question: Who can resist the ineffable charms of a 4 1/2 year-old, tech-savvy, chubby-cheeked little Asian tater tot who emails her parents, doctors her pictures, has a pet fish named Dorothy, and tries to sell you a PC?

Answer: We can.

But it is. Oh. So. Hard. Because. She. Is. Our. Achilles. Heel. Damn. You. Bill. Gates.

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iPhone Home

July 10th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Dear Technology God,

I promise you: my writing partner and BFF Jen looooooooves technology. She figured out HTML before I did, she watches G4 a lot (well, sometimes), she has a graphing calculator lying around somewhere, she um, loves private jets, and she has like, three video game operating systems. I’m telling ya, technology is practically her middle name!

Jen has never really been one to use a cell phone. Let me assure you, she owns a cell phone. But for many reasons over the years, including a) “the phone wasn’t charged” and b) “the phone didn’t seem to be working,” and c) she “forgot” the phone, Jen has never really been able to stay connected on a mobile level. Which is a total bummer for me because all I want to do is text her DISGRASIAN tips and exchange witty, bitchy banter all day.

This could change. She saw a picture of the iPhone 3G earlier this week and her eyes lit up as if someone had just said, “Yo Jen! I’ve got like, ten Lanvin dresses to give you, if you don’t mind.”

I really think it would be a turning point for Jen (and my relationship with Jen) if you would bless her with an iPhone tomorrow when the 3G is released. The best way to do this is to drop one in her lap, because Jen doesn’t do well in long lines while surrounded by hipsters and geeks.

If there is anything that you can and will do for me this year, please let it be this. Please give Jen an iPhone! I have been waiting to send her a text message for YEARS.

Love, or, er, Amen?


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Your Air-ness

January 15th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana
I fit in a standard manila envelope!

It’s confirmed. I’m a sucker. I know that Apple could give a shit that my laptop squeaks every time I open it, that it takes a thousand bucks to fix a cracked monitor even while it’s under warranty, that my computer plug was determined too obsolete to sell in-store–nine months after my computer was purchased, that my iPod is guaranteed to die every twenty-eight weeks, that the reason I back all of my information up is not because I’m anal but because I know my life will crash when the Mac products decide to up and die out of nowhere. They don’t care. Their stuff is the best. It’s the shiniest. It’s the chicest. It thinks the way I want to think, it moves the way I want to move, Apple products do it better (until they go kaput).

And now, Steve Jobs has unveiled the ultimate coup–The MacBook Air. So tiny, so thin, so powerful. It can fit into a little manila envelope. The Air is so cute, and I am not only an Apple sucker but an ASIAN one.

And so, if Steve is peddling a new, tiny cute thing, you’re goddamnned right I want it.


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September 4th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

I want an iPhone. At lunch the other day, all I could do was flick through pictures on my friend Mike Schroffel’s beautiful, shiny, Series I, required-a-wait-in-line-
like-it-was 1987-and-he-was-vying-for-tickets-to-the-Def-Leppard-
Hysteria-tour-but-my-god-isn’t-it-beautiful- and-totally-worth-it piece of Apple phone gold.

Which is why I’m not surprised that some sneaky snapper in China–where the units are assembled–has been selling unauthorized versions of the iPhone for use in China, for nearly triple the price. An official Apple version of the iPhone is not meant to launch in Asia until 2008.

Sadly, the pirate versions have a few, er, kinks:

In the United States, the combination cell phone-iPod media player can be had for as little as $499. The Chinese version [8,800 yuan ($1,170) ] can make calls and send text messages, but it can’t receive calls. The voicemail function also doesn’t work.

Sure, a part of me thinks it a bit silly and sad that Chinese enthusiasts are spending so much of their hard-earned cash money on fake Apple products that don’t really get the job done. But the other part of me, which knows that Apple First-Series end up defunct anyway (Sorry Maris, we feel your MacBook Pro pain), kinda thinks the Chinese might be better off.


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