Will People Pay for ‘Playboy’s Nudity-Free iPhone App?
Playboy is introducing an iPhone app, but in keeping with Apple’s guidelines, there won’t be any nudity, raising the question of whether anyone will pay $2 a month, $11 for six months or $20 a year for a Playboy app without its trademark nude photos. There will still be pictorials with scantily-clad women, but they’ll leave a little more to the imagination, along with food, drink, style and travel lifestyle content, called “The Good Life,” as well as some of the articles readers have famously claimed to be reading Playboy for. Playboy Entertainment CEO Scott Flanders thinks there’s a market for the app, designing it, quote, “to attract the new generation of Gen Y fans who enjoy the indulgences of the artisanal good life and modern culture.”
Website Allows People To Share Pets
Do you miss having a dog, but your apartment doesn’t allow pets? Don’t worry, there’s a website for that. BorrowMyDoggy.com allows users to simply borrow a furry friend from a pet owner. When a borrower signs up, they give details of their experience with dogs, the amount of time they have, and upload a photo of themselves. When a pet owner signs up they write a profile about their pet and whether they want the pet to be walked, looked after at home or groomed. The website says it keeps the site safe by running checks on borrowers to make sure their name and address match, and also recommends that borrowers and pet owners meet in a public place before the dog is borrowed. (Daily Mail)
This May Change Your Mile High Club Experience
Airlines are looking squeeze as many seats as possible onto airplanes, which means they are also looking to shrink the size of the bathrooms. The bathrooms at 36-thousand-feet are about to get more cramped. Delta Airlines is reportedly one of the first carriers to order new on-board restrooms that are smaller than the standard three-by-three foot bathrooms currently being used. The new restrooms will be fitted to the airlines 737 aircraft, and the company says passengers will not notice a difference in size as the restroom will utilize the space behind the sink units. The change reportedly will allow for more seats to be added to the economy-class cabins on the planes. (Daily Mail)
Associated Press Says Will No Longer Use Term ‘Illegal Immigrant’
The Associated Press announced Tuesday (April 2nd) that it will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant” for people who are living in the U.S. illegally, changing its industry-leading stylebook to say, quote, “‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.” The change was made after a campaign by activists to get news organizations and politicians to stop using the term “illegal immigrants,” arguing that it gives the impression that immigrants have broken criminal law, when some immigration violations, including overstaying a visa, are civil infractions. Although these advocates prefer the use of the term “undocumented immigrants,” AP said it won’t use that because it’s imprecise, with Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll writing, “A person may have plenty of documents, just not the ones required for legal residence.”
Hagel Giving Up Part of Salary in Solidarity with Workers Facing Sequester Furloughs
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to give up part of his $200,000-a-year salary in solidarity with some 700,000 of the department’s civilian workers who are facing mandatory furloughs due to sequester-related cuts, Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters Tuesday (April 2nd). Hagel’s salary wouldn’t have been affected by the cuts, so the decision is voluntary. The Defense Department is drawing up plans that will ask most of its civilian workers to take up to 14 days off without pay this summer to deal with $41 billion in mandatory spending cuts that took effect last month when no deal was reached between President Obama and Congress to avoid the sequester. Hagel’s net worth is estimated at being between $2 million and $11 million.