Record IPhone Sales
Apple announced yesterday (September 23rd) that sales for its new iPhones set a record. Apple says nine-million smartphones were sold in the first few days of launching the new products, the iPhone 5S and 5C. Addtionally, Apple says the new operating system– iOS 7– was downloaded more than 200 million times. Apple CEO Tim Cooke said, “The demand for the new iPhones has been incredibly, and while we’ve sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5S, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly.” Those hoping for a silver or gray iPhone can order one and expect it to arrive in seven to ten day, while those who want the gold colored iPhone will have to wait until October. (Yahoo)
Some people recently destroyed their new iPhone after seeing a fake Apple ad that claimed the new iOS 7 software makes the iPhone waterproof. The ad claims a “smart switch” cuts off the phone’s power when water is present. A caption reads: “prevents any damage to your iPhone’s delicate circuitry”.
$400 Million Powerball Winner Allowed to Remain Anonymous
The winner of last week’s $400 million Powerball jackpot came forward to cash in his ticket Monday (September 24th), but we’re not going to know who it is, because he told lottery officials he wants to remain anonymous, and under South Carolina law he’s allowed to. South Carolina is one of just six Powerball states that allow winners to keep their identities private, along with Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota and Ohio. The reasoning of not allowing winners to be anonymous is so that it’s transparent to the public that no scams are going on and that winnings are actually being awarded The lottery released few details about the married winner, who lives in Columbia, saying he bought the winning ticket on the day of the drawing last Wednesday in what was only his second time ever playing the lottery. He checked his ticket at home the next day and realized he was the winner, but the only one around to tell at the time was his dog. He was the lone winner of the $400 million jackpot, the fourth largest in Powerball history.
Disney Drops Front-of-Line Policy for Disabled Park Guests Over Abuse
Disney is ending its policy of letting disabled guests go the front of the lines at its theme parks after many reports of people abusing the system. A Disney spokesperson told the Orange County Register that it, quote, “certainly has been problematic, and we wanted to curb some of the abuse of this system.” People gaming the system made headlines in May when the New York Post reported about wealthy Manhattan families hiring a disabled guide in a motorized scooter who would travel through Disney World with them, allowing them to skip to the front of all the lines. One mother bragged to the Post, “My daughter waited one minute to get on It’s a Small World, the other kids had to wait two-and-a-half hours. You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge . . . This is how the one percent does Disney.” Under Disney’s new policy, disabled visitors will be given tickets with an entry time and a shorter wait, similar to the FastPass system that’s offered to all park guests. Some critics are complaining that disabled children and adults are being penalized for others’ abuse of the system, but Disney said it worked with disability groups, including Autism Speaks, to develop the new procedure.
New York Announces Crackdown on Fake Online Reviews
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman yesterday (September 23rd) announced a crackdown on fake online reviews on sites like Yelp and Citysearch, in which businesses either themselves wrote glowing reviews for themselves or hired companies to do it for them. Nineteen companies agreed to stop the deceptive practice and to pay a total of $350,000 in fines. Among those involved, according to the New York Times, were a charter bus operator, a teeth-whitening service, a laser hair-removal chain and an adult entertainment club. Schneiderman said, “When you look at a billboard, you can tell it’s a paid advertisement — but on Yelp or Citysearch, you assume you’re reading authentic consumer opinions, making this practice even more deceiving.” Although this investigation targeted companies based in New York, Yelp senior litigation counsel Aaron Schur told the Times it will have a wider impact, saying, “This shows that fake reviews are a legitimate target of law enforcement.”
Baby Smells Linked To Pleasure In Mothers
New research finds the smell of a newborn baby is actually a chemical communication between mother and child that causes a reward response in the brain of the mother. Canadian researchers explain, “These circuits may especially be activated when you eat while being very hungry, but also in a craving addict receiving his drug.” To find this, researchers had two groups of 15 women sniff pajamas with the scent of a newborn while having their bain scans. One group of women had given birth within six weeks and the other group had never had a baby. Researchers say the mothers showed a dopamine increase as they sniffed the pajamas while non-mothers did not have as much of a reaction. Researchers say the results showed the odor of newborns plays a role in the development of motivational and emotion responses between mother and child by encouraging maternal care functions such as breastfeeding and protection. (Daily Mail)
Baby Drinking Beer?
For the second year in a row, the Oakland Athletics have captured the Al West title. The team celebrated after an 11-7 victory over the Twins last night (September 22nd). During the festivities, a picture arose of a baby drinking a beer. (Reddit)