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iPhone: Celebrities; skins; 'missing manual'

updated 01:30 pm EDT, Sat June 30, 2007

iPhone: Celebrities; skins

In brief: Spike Lee helps auctions an iPhone for charity, the mayor of Philadelphia buys one for himself, iStyles releases its first skins, and David Pogue previews "the missing manual." The charitable foundation Keep A Child Alive has posted an eBay auction for the first iPhone from Apple's SoHo store. Bought by director Spike Lee ("Do the Right Thing," "25th Hour"), the package also includes two Jawbone Bluetooth headsets, and two round-trip tickets for the domestic United States. All of the proceeds will go back to the charity, which pays for the anti-retroviral drugs given to AIDS children in Africa.

Mayor of Philadelphia waits in line for iPhone

The mayor of Philadelphia, John Street, was number three in line in his city as he waited to buy his own iPhone yesterday. Despite the 6PM launch of the product, Street was in line at 3:30AM, and sat waiting the entire day amid close media attention. While others in line cheered when he emerged from the store successful, some city residents were critical, noting that he may have delayed mayoral business.

iStyles launches iPhone skins

Accessory maker iStyles has released its first iPhone skins. There are 76 different art selections available, ranging in style from dark, sinister themes to images of nature and national flags. The skins are made of adhesive-backed vinyl with a clear protective layer, and the art itself is printed with UV-resistant ink. A download code gives access to matching wallpaper. Each skin costs $7.

Preview of Pogue's "missing manual"

Missingmanuals.com has posted a preview of "iPhone: The Missing Manual," a forthcoming guide by the famed tech writer David Pogue. The book will explain a number of tricks to exploiting an iPhone, such as the advantages of double-tapping, how to force-quit a program, and how to fool the light sensor into keeping the display on low power. The completed book should be released in August of this year for $20.




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  1. guzzi

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Celebrities?

    I would hardly call John Street a Celebrity, the Philly murder rate is the highest in the country and he's on line for a frinkin cell phone???

    Spike Lee???

  1. sailin74

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Mayor

    Yeah, so a public official shouldn't be able to take a day off to go do something? He got many thousands of dollars worth of publicity for his city by standing in line, probably more than he makes in a year. How many articles talked about the Mayor of Philly? Working on the city's image, isn't that part of the mayor's job?

  1. Mace

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Other hyped things...

    So, how many microsoft products are so popular that they get auctioned off for charity upon their introduction? The Zune? Win95? Can you imagine Win95 getting auctioned off for charity when it was released? Funny... Mace

  1. MiMiC

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Mayor Steet

    I'm not one of his fans, but c'mon, the man can't take a day and stand in line??? This was all media for him i'm sure, and there are MANY more things to condemn this man on then his wait in line for an iPhone.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: other hyped things

    So, how many microsoft products are so popular that they get auctioned off for charity upon their introduction? The Zune? Win95? Can you imagine Win95 getting auctioned off for charity when it was released?

    Of course win95 wouldn't be auctioned off. They had enough copies for everyone at launch. Its not a limited availabilty product like the iPhone.

    But I'm sure the xbox 360 was auctioned off for charity, as it also was a highly desired but limited availability item.

    And did you happen to notice that you're not just bidding on an iPhone, but its part of a package.

  1. Loren

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Limited?

    [They had enough copies for everyone at launch. Its not a limited availabilty product like the iPhone. ]

    Uh.. plenty left, I hear.

    - Waiting for version 2 with GPS, more memory and a camera which swivels face fornt for iChat.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: limited

    Of course there was plenty copies of Windows 95 left. They did make a lot of them (which is generally easy, being a CD, I don't think it came on floppy).

    But you must recall people standing in line, the midnight madness sales, the mad dash to get the first copies. No one ever did that for OS 9.

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