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Tuesday
Nov082011

Ryan Air Says Porn May Go Sky High

Comstock/Thinkstock(DUBLIN, Ireland) -- You can watch pornography in the comfort of your home, or in some hotel rooms, but on an airplane?

The CEO of Dublin, Ireland-based Ryan Air is floating the idea of offering porn on his low-cost carrier. According to British press reports, CEO Michael O’Leary is mulling over a new app for iPads or smartphones that would allow passengers to watch erotic movies -- for a fee, of course.

O’Leary makes it clear he’s not proposing to offer porn on the plane’s TV screens, just on personal electronic devices. Still, as any flyer knows, there’s hardly any assurance that passengers and children sitting nearby wouldn’t be in for a shocking sight.

The proposed app could also include games and gambling. The airline says the idea would take at least a year to implement, requiring good broadband connections on the aircraft. The airline insists it hasn’t decided for sure whether to move forward.

Ryan Air, which flies throughout Europe, charges fees for just about everything from checked luggage to food and drinks -- even for checking in online and printing your boarding pass, even though that is required because the airline doesn’t offer any check-in at the airport.

Much like Spirit Air in the U.S., Ryan Air’s philosophy is to charge as low a fare as possible for your seat, then heap on fees for everything else. Major airlines, of course, have adopted some of these fees themselves.

Ryan’s CEO has made it a habit of suggesting controversial moves. He’s talked about taking out some of the bathrooms to add more seats, selling standing room seats, and moving to pay toilets.

And the airline has just launched a racy crew calendar as well. If O’Leary does make good on his latest idea, you can bet that’s one add-on fee that U.S. airlines aren’t likely to adapt.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Sep012011

UK: What's a Grocery Shopping Soccer Fan to Do?

Skygo/Sainsbury's UK(LONDON) -- In Britain, you'll find some fanatical followers of soccer who refuse to miss even a second of play. But what do they do if they have to go grocery shopping? A new innovation has been designed just for them.

“The idea we had was to create a shopping cart that...would allow you to dock your iPad into a docking station and allow people to tap in,” to the game while they do their shopping, inventor Ian Burgess explained.

Armed with a Sky Sports app, the customer's off and running. The device is being tried at one London Sainsbury's store ahead of what could be a wider rollout. The dock even comes with a self-charging solar panel, ensuring the viewing device never runs dry during a match.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jun232011

Apple Removes Controversial App from iTunes upon Israeli Appeals

Apple, Inc.(JERUSALEM) -- Following a request from the Israeli government, Apple has removed an iPhone and iPad app from the iTunes store called Third Intifada.  Israeli officials said the app created a forum for inciting violence against the Jewish state.  A spokesman for Apple said the app is gone because it "violates developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people."

This is the second time in just a few months that the Israeli government has succeeded in getting a major U.S. company -- first Facebook and now Apple -- to remove a social media group that encourages violence against the Jewish state.  The Israeli lawmaker behind both appeals, Yuli Edelstein, praised Apple for quickly removing the Third Intifada app from iTunes.  Apple, he said, has proven with the decision that it shares the values that oppose violence, incitement and terrorism.

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