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Apple’s latest iPhone commercial stars a proud flight crew member who, upon hearing the Captain’s announcement that they’re facing a 3-hour delay due to bad weather at their destination, whips out his iPhone, proves him wrong, and gets the flight underway.

Good for him? I guuuueeess… but he also comes across as quite the pompous bastard.

So, what’s worse?
How about having the same thing happen in real life, except this time with some random Joey Jackass wielding the iPhone, rather than a crew member?
Yea, that’d work.

Planebuzz reports that passengers on a flight from Memphis encountered just this scene. An annoyed passenger recounts: “We push back, get advised of a ground stop in MEM due to storms in the area. Go to the penalty box and wait. My Captain does the lecture over the PA… not one minute later, we get dinged from the F/A ‘Some guy with an IPhone says the weather is good, and wants to know what the real reason is for the delay. Is something wrong with the plane?’”


[Now, given that I hate (hate, hate, hate) planes, this is not even the slightest bit amusing to me... even given the remote chance that he was simply trying to be helpful.]

Thankfully, the Captain had eaten his Flagrant Flakes that day. His response is nothing less than masterful (okay, cheeky, but masterful nontheless):

If the passenger with the IPhone would be kind enough to use it to check the weather at our alternate, calculate our fuel burn due to being rerouted around the storms, call the dispatcher to arrange our release, and then make a phone call to the nearest Air Traffic Control center to arrange our timely departure amongst the other aircraft carrying passengers with IPhones, then we will be more than happy to depart. Please ring your call button to advise the Flight Attendant and your fellow passengers when you deem it ready and responsible for this multi-million dollar aircraft and its passengers to safely leave.

I thank you, Sir.


Anyone willing to rival the iTunes/iPod model has my respect and admiration… okay, and skepticism. While the changes in DRM regulations can only help push forward the entire industry, any competitors are fighting against quite the behemoth (a very shiny silver and white behemoth, at that).

So who’s jumping into the ring?

Say hey to the new phone from AT&T and Samsung— powering Napster.

Yup, Napster.

Users can search through a music catalog of 5 million+ songs, preview song samples, and download their picks right to their phone. For every song downloaded, the user will also receive an email allowing him to pop a copy onto his computer for no extra charge.

Only prob? Well, other than the fact that it’s not iTunes… each song is $1.99. That’s twice the price of what iPodders are ponying up…

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Okay, so in yesterday’s post I promised a wrap-up of the Google Android talk; forgive me, but I’m going to need to reneg. As evidenced by the awesomely informative and detailed picture above, being 5’2″ at a stand-up lecture isn’t quite conducive to…um… hearing and seeing things. (And, sadly enough, that pic was taken with my hand stretched above my head.) Combine that with two poorly-mic’ed speakers (yea, yea, fine, I’ve also been told I have “hearing deficiencies”), and you wind up with one frustrated listener – on her tiptoes. Here’s hoping Mobile Monday Boston posts a transcript of some sort, because I’m going to be of little worth in that department. If any readers were able to snap a few pics that aren’t of the backs of people’s heads, or get their hands on the PowerPoint deck of the presentation, please send them along. The talk surely looked interesting…

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I’m headed to a Mobile Monday event tonight, held in conjunction with the Mobile Internet World Conference at Hynes Convention Center. The guest speakers are David Carson and Alan Blount from Google, slated to talk about Android and the Open Handset Alliance. If that’s not enticing enough, the last hour is devoted to “schmoozing and demos.” In particular, I’m psyched to try out Vlingo and RoboCal.

If you haven’t already, go sign up… it’s free (thanks to dotMobi) when you register for either the conference or the expo!

I’m also planning to attend the keynote tomorrow afternoon, Is An Open Platform the Future of the Mobile Internet? (open to all attendees), so I’ll be back with a round-up post later in the week.

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