I was sifting through my usual early morning online news sources today when I came across a couple of reports which really tickled the ole humerus. The fact that the two stories were published on the same day and involve a somewhat similar topic is purely co-incidental, I wasn’t specifically chasing down any such reports.
Playboy Launches Nudity-free iPhone App
The first concerns the launch of a new iPhone app called ‘Playboy For iPhone’. Now, being a male first and everything else second, this headline really caught my attention. Apparently, Apple is not prepared to relax its strict policy regarding adult content, not even for for the likes of an institution such as Playboy. According to the report, Playboy For iPhone is restricted to interviews, plus tips on travel, food, drink, cars, gear, and style for men.
Playboy CEO Scott Flanders had this to say:
“As the on-the-go extension of the Playboy brand, our new app brings the best of Playboy with original, thought-provoking and enticing bite-sized content that captures our design-driven and discernible style,” We’ve rebuilt Playboy for iPhone from the ground up to attract the new generation of Gen Y fans who enjoy the indulgences of the artisanal good life and modern culture.“
“artisanal”?? Is that a rude word?
Really!! Can one include ‘nudity-free’ and ‘Playboy’ together in the same sentence? Isn’t the term “nudity-free Playboy” some kind of oxymoron? The lack of nudity doesn’t really bother me too much, I only ever buy Playboy for the articles anyway. 🙂
Seriously, I don’t know who Playboy expect this type of digital magazine is going to appeal to… the female of the species perhaps? Or am I just being a typical male chauvinist pig? What are your thoughts?
Here is a short video from Playboy about the new app – NOTE: this video does not contain any nudity!
BlackBerry 10 tells your friends when you’re watching porn
The second story involves a setting in Blackberry 10 which apparently, as part of its Blackberry Messenger integration, informs everyone in your contacts about whatever media (music or video) you are currently viewing. Now, that’s not a problem if you are listening to music on a site such as YouTube say. But, what if you happen to be viewing a rather saucy video and BBM informs everyone in your contacts that you are tuned into “furrybits.com”. Well, that definitely has the potential to create some embarrassing situations, does it not? Too funny!
A number of user comments submitted in response to the report insist that the setting in BBM is disabled by default. Others point out that the report was published on 1st April (April Fools Day). Still, if I were a Blackberry user, I would be checking for the setting in question and making sure it is definitely disabled.
As a footnote to this particular story I have to share one of the more humorous user responses with you:
I’d be much more concerned with my friends ridiculing me for using a blackberry than knowing I watch porn…
And that my friends is one big LOL.