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Russian Steve Jobs Memorial Taken Down After Tim Cook Came Out Will Now Be Auctioned Off

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In 2013 the Western European Financial Union ZEFS erected a 6’6’’ iPhone-shaped memorial to Steve Jobs in St. Petersberg. The memorial stood for about a year in the courtyard of a local IT university campus before being taken down after Apple’s CEO Tim Cook came out as being gay. The Moscow Times is now reporting that ZEFS has chosen to auction off the interactive statue after a forum of the Union’s members overwhelmingly voted against reinstalling it. Bidding for the statue begins at 5 million rubles, or about $94,000.

The memorial was originally taken down the day after Tim Cook’s announcement and ZEFS chairman Maxim Dolgopolov was frank in his reasoning behind removing the interactive statue. In addition to concerns of American spying raised by Edward Snowden’s revelations, ZEFS found Apple’s support of its CEO, and its explicit support of gay rights, in clear violation of Russia’s homophobic “LGBT-propaganda” laws.

"After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy, the monument was taken down to abide to the Russian federal law protecting children from information promoting denial of traditional family values," ZEFS said in a statement to Reuters.

In other news, the iPhone is selling quite well in Russia.


Apple Goes (RED) In Support of World AIDS Day

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Apple has begun to illuminate its iconic logo in red to highlight its participation in Product (RED) in time for World AIDS Day. The Cupertino-based company began its show of support in its Sydney flagship store yesterday, with stores across the world in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Europe, and the U.S. soon to follow suit. Founded by Bono and Shriver in 2006, (RED) is a licensed brand meant to raise awareness and financial support for HIV/AIDS awareness prevention program in Africa. Proceeds from the sale of Product (RED) branded goods contribute to the The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, which finances independent programs targeting those diseases.

The official number that Apple reports to have raised for Product (RED) is around $75 million dollars, but earlier this year Bono lashed out against Apple for being notoriously coy about its sales figures. Though Apple has participated in Product (RED) since 2006, this marks the second year that the computing giant has rolled out a fully-fledged campaign coordinated with the initiative.

Cook"This year, we are launching our biggest fundraising push yet with the participation of Apple’s retail and online stores,” recently out Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “Some of the brightest minds in the App Store are lending their talents to the effort, as well.”

In addition to special editions of iPods, iPads, and accessories, Apple is rolling out Product (RED) applications that, while non-physical, will contribute to the campaign in the same way.

“For eight years, our customers have been helping fight AIDS in Africa by funding life-saving treatments, which are having a profoundly positive impact, "Cook said. “Apple is a proud supporter of (RED) because we believe the gift of life is the most important gift anyone can give.”


iPhone 6 Proves Its Merit, Survives Death-Defying Plunge From 7,000 Feet: VIDEO

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YouTube user RatedRR recently decided he wanted to test the strength of Apple's latest product, the iPhone 6 Plus. Why not go to extremes then? After jumping from a plane in a wingsuit, RatedRR simply lets the phone go...at 7,000 feet! Using the Find My iPhone app, and an attached GPS, RatedRR tracks down the device and, according to Sploid...

...it survived! The phone's screen was cracked but it was still in working order. Find My iPhone pinged RatedRR to the location and the iPhone lodged itself into the ground in a miniature crater. I guess this video proves that iPhones survive drops from 7 inches off the ground to 7,000 feet in the air all the same: a cracked screen.

Incredible. Don't try this at home.

Watch the iPhone plunge, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Army of Frogs Gather Around iPhone to Marvel At Worm Video: WATCH

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Did you know a group of frogs is called an "army"? Or that frogs are positively mesmerized by video footage of worms?

See for yourself, AFTER THE JUMP...

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First iPhone 6 Owner Immediately Drops it on Live TV: VIDEO

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As you may have heard there is a new iPhone coming out today worldwide. As stores opened in Australia, the media was there to capture the "iPhrenzy", interviewing the first fanboy to emerge with one of the coveted devices.

Unfortunately, the unboxing didn't go as planned.

Watch what happened, AFTER THE JUMP...

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SCRUFF CEO Explains The Security 'Flaw' Built Into All Location-Aware Apps

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 3.42.45 PMSCRUFF CEO Eric Silverberg took to The Huffington Post to give the internet a brief, but insightful, lesson in “trilateration,” the process through which a person’s specific location can be pinpointed with a few bits of information and a little bit of know-how.

“The most important thing you should know about location-based apps is this: Any app that shows relative distance between members can be used to pinpoint your location.” He explains. “While there are measures we have taken to protect our community, it's critical that all users understand the benefits and limitations intrinsic to location-based apps.”

All mobile social networking apps with geo-location functionality can approximate a user’s general location, Silverberg explains, but a basic understanding of geometry can easily reveal a user’s position even after deciding to turn off detailed GPS tracking features:

“If I know you are 1 mile away from me, but I don't know which direction, then the circumference of a circle, centered at my location, defines the set of possible places you could be. If I simply move to two other places and record your relative distance, with those three readings I can calculate your location.”

According to Silverberg SCRUFF has attempted to circumvent some of the security “flaws” inherent in all location-aware services by randomizing users’ location data on SCRUFF’s backend. Every phone or tablet using the SCRUFF app sends its location information back to app’s servers so that other users can request it upon tapping a profile. For those users who select to have their locations hidden from the general public, SCRUFF will go so far as to spoof where a person actually is.

“This means that, if [a user] lives in the West Village in NYC, he could potentially appear in between two people in SoHo,” said Silverberg.”[We also] take density into account, so if you live in the city, your location will be randomized by a few blocks, but in the country it could be a few miles or more.”


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