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iPhone banned in Syria

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iPhone banned in Syria
While most of us use our phones to casually peruse the Internet, listen to music, or play a game to pass the time, the heart of cellular technology is in communication. The abilities of modern day smartphones has extended that communication from the limitations of voice between two parties to the ability to transmit voice, text, pictures, and video to another party or the entire Internet.

Syrian protesters have been using this technology to create a network of citizen journalism in the nation, especially since foreign press has been barred from the nation since March. Many of the videos protesters have published to the Internet from their phones are of violent crackdowns on protestors.

In an attempt to further restrict protesters, the Syrian authorities have banned the use of iPhones. One copy of the ban simply stated, “The authorities warn anyone against using the iPhone in Syria.” One Syrian activist warned, “It is enough for any tourist or guest visiting Syria to own an iPhone to be a spy suspect.

There is no official word on if this ban includes all smartphones or only the iPhone specifically, but this isn’t the type of place we would recommend ‘testing the waters.’

source: Haaretz via Engadget

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posted on 04 Dec 2011, 10:52 14

1. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


This is so awsome!! iClones we hate you!!!!! Thank you Syria!!!!!

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 11:30 18

7. Penny (Posts: 1665; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Choosing to support your hatred of iPhone fans rather than the liberties of the citizens of Syria. Noble.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 12:46 10

10. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Thanks!

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 14:26 5

13. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


You're a complete idiot.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 15:32 4

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 23600; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


What an idiot. It's just a phone get a life.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 19:20 5

23. stealthd (unregistered)


They would have banned Android phones too if they knew they existed.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 20:25 3

27. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


@stealth it exists, and in your dreams Is your worst nightmare

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 10:52 20

2. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Now I want to go to Syria with a case of iPhones and hand them out to protesters for free. I'd not only piss off their government but also Steve Jobs' ghost, who I'm sure is haunting me and who would bring down a rain of hellish fury if anyone was given an iPhone for free. :D

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 12:43 5

9. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


You're not funny

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 14:58 5

14. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Youre not smart either.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 18:47 3

22. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Aww, did I get you mad?

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 19:21 3

24. stealthd (unregistered)


Uh...why would Steve Jobs hate that? You paid for them.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 19:31 4

25. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Who says I would? ;)

It's a joke anyway.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 20:13 2

26. stealthd (unregistered)


Here I thought jokes were supposed to be funny :p

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 22:33 3

33. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Humor, like aesthetics, is not objective. Sorry that you found my joke unfunny. I'm going to go cry into my Android phone now. :(

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 20:38 2

28. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Snigglu there is nothing you can say that will make me mad.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 20:39 3

29. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


P.S. you know a joke isnt funny if you have to call it out as a joke.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 22:31 3

32. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Incorrect. Well, maybe that's correct now. We used to all be able to piss you off if we insinuated that liking half naked wrestlers was ***. Then you manned up and stopped being a child about the subject.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 22:33 3

34. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Or that some of my audience doesn't have a sense of humor like mine.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 22:47

36. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


May I go with you? Lol. SMARTPHONES FOR ALL!

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 23:13 2

38. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Lol, get over yourself. I never got mad just because you chose to come out the closet.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 23:24 3

39. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh, I think we all know who's in the closet. It's usually the one who actually thinks that being called *** is insulting. (Hint: you).

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 01:26 1

44. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Well it's nice that you're being positive about it, but please don't set yourself up for disappointment if you expect me to join in.
(Hint: I have a girlfriend)

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 02:11 2

45. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


*chuckles* Okay, if your best shot in a pissing contest is "You're gaaay, lol" then keep right on trucking. I'll keep finding you amusing.

(Hint: a priori statements about having a girlfriend are usually proof that the opposite is true.)

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 03:49 1

49. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Aren't you cute?

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 04:36 1

51. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Ooh good comeback, you totally owned me there. Before you try and get giddy with excitement, I was being sarcastic. We all know you're the one who keeps talking about the subject.

(Hint: Well we at least know it's not true for you.)

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 04:37 1

52. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


I've seen better jokes on candy wrappers.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 04:38 1

53. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Hey I'm just being honest. Don't quit your day job even if it's at Best Buy. Zing!

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 05:17 1

54. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh, awesome. Great defense. "I'm not really refusing to partake in any g@y sex I seemed to accuse you of having (but really didn't)!" Yep, we all know this is all bulls**t, genius. I'm just happy that I got you on this topic and you keep pimpin' away and coming back.

I love reversing the troll/victim relationship from time to time.

(Hint: whether I have a girlfriend/booty call/sex slave isn't the topic of discussion here.)

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 05:20 3

55. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


So...now you're attacking me for being employed?

I love how people who make fun of others' jobs on the Internet suddenly have nothing to say when asked about their own illustrious careers.

I'll pin you as...Pizza Hut. Or Hollister's. Or maybe you're Miz's underwear washer.

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