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10-09-2011, 08:12 PM   #1
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Well That's Another Reason I'd Likely Never Buy An Iphone!

Steve Jobs remembered for his stance against porn on iPhone

by Christine Dhanagom

Thu Oct 06 3:31 PM EST

CALIFORNIA, October 6, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As the world mourns the loss of a successful entrepreneur and technological visionary, pro-family advocates have two other, and seemingly contradictory, reasons to remember Apple CEO Steve Jobs: his uncompromising stance against pornography, and his company’s stance in favor of gay “marriage.”

Jobs has elicited praise and criticism from both ends of the ideological spectrum for his involvement in controversial social issues.

Supporters of traditional marriage were dismayed by his company’s public opposition to Proposition 8, an amendment to the California state constitution that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Apple famously donated $100,000 to the anti-Proposition 8 campaign.

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The company has also repeatedly rejected the pro-life, pro-family Manhattan Declaration iPhone app, bowing to pressure from homosexual activists.

Those same activists, however, were in for a surprise if they thought Jobs would allow Apple products to be infiltrated with the worst that the homosexual sub-culture has to offer.

Last year, his company rejected “Gay New York: 101 Can’t-Miss Places,” an app created by freelance travel writer Anthony Grant.

Grant, who writes for Forbes and The New York Times, called the decision “homophobic and discriminatory to the point of hostile.”

Apples’ rejection of the app, which was based on its inclusion of graphic sexual pictures, is part of a principled stance against pornography, for which Jobs has become famous. The former CEO set himself apart from competitors by keeping his company’s products porn-free by rejecting any and all pornographic apps.

In an email exchange with a customer posted on techcrunch.com last April, Jobs said that he believed he had a “moral responsibility” to reject pornographic content.

“Folks who want porn can buy [an] Android phone,” he wrote.

Jobs also defended his stance against Gawker.com writer Ryan Tate, who objected to an Apple commercial calling the iPad a “revolution.”

“Revolutions are about freedom,” Tate wrote.

Jobs responded that Apple products offer users “freedom from porn,” and told Tate that he “might care more about porn” when he had children.

The entrepreneur, who was adopted, leaves behind four of his own children. He was a devoted father, by the account of family and friends.

“While Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal and CNET continue to drone on about the impact of the Steve Jobs era, I won’t be pondering the MacBook Air I write on or the iPhone I talk on. I will think of the day I saw him at his son’s high school graduation,” wrote Lisen Stromberg, Jobs’ neighbor, in an article that appeared in the Palo Alto Patch.

“There Steve stood, tears streaming down his cheeks, his smile wide and proud, as his son received his diploma and walked on into his own bright future leaving behind a good man and a good father who can be sure of the rightness of this, perhaps his most important legacy of all,” Stromberg continued.

Jobs is also being remembered for his presence at another graduation at Stanford University in 2005, where he delivered a moving reflection on the reality of death during his commencement speech.

Recounting his experience with being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, Jobs commented: “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

Copyright © 2010 LifeSiteNews.com, Inc.

Apparently Mr Jobs was against consenting adults choosing their own entertainment? Mind you I'm not in favor of smut, and by smut I mean porn that abuses children, animals, or degrades the sexual act and the people participating by using really violent imagery. I don't want to see people being really beaten or raped or even killed in a blue movie. But being able to download a little video inspiration once in a while shouldn't be that controversial, should it? I suppose he was entitled to keep his products as squeaky clean as he liked but I'm surprised actually considering how liberal he seemed otherwise that he took such a hardline stance on this one. On all porn being on any Apple device apparently...

Anyone know if Iphones and Ipads block that type of content from being downloaded completely, or were they just talking solely about downloading from the Apple store? I mean is the browser on them capable of screening out all that content and not allowing you to even go there? Or could you just by pass all that and do as you like so long as you weren't trying to use your Apple store account? I just can't imagine Apple would be selling so many of the things if bored executives couldn't even access Playboy Online once in a while..

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Safari on the iPhone is just like any other browser, except it doesn't have a flash plugin. The only time any content is blocked is in places like Saudi Arabia or China where it is mandated by the government. Apple's stance against porn applies only to the app store. Porn on the iPhone is stupid anyway, the iPad is a far better porn platform

Apple's App Store Review Guidelines: 'we don't need any more fart apps' -- Engadget

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18. Pornography
18.1 Apps containing pornographic material, defined by Webster's Dictionary as "explicit descriptions or displays of sexual organs or activities intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings", will be rejected
18.2 Apps that contain user generated content that is frequently pornographic (ex "Chat Roulette" apps) will be rejected
Some other things that aren't allowed

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16. Objectionable content
16.1 Apps that present excessively objectionable or crude content will be rejected
16.2 Apps that are primarily designed to upset or disgust users will be rejected
The baby shaker app got pulled pretty quickly, amazing that it was approved in the first place.

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17. Privacy
17.1 Apps cannot transmit data about a user without obtaining the user's prior permission and providing the user with access to information about how and where the data will be used
17.2 Apps that require users to share personal information, such as email address and date of birth, in order to function will be rejected
17.3 Apps that target minors for data collection will be rejected
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19. Religion, culture, and ethnicity
19.1 Apps containing references or commentary about a religious, cultural or ethnic group that are defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited or likely to expose the targeted group to harm or violence will be rejected
19.2 Apps may contain or quote religious text provided the quotes or translations are accurate and not misleading. Commentary should be educational or informative rather than inflammatory

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Porn on the iPhone is stupid anyway, the iPad is a far better porn platform[/url]
I would think that if a business person were on the road staying in the hotel and all that an Iphone screen might actually be more convenient, easier to hold one handed. Then again I guess it would depend upon the size of the Ipad I suppose, lol. I don't have a 7 inch or 10 inch tablet as yet, so I have no basis for comparison, but don't you need two hands to use one pretty much? Unlike a cell phone? Kind of defeats the purpose of downloading porn if you still have to use both hands to hold and operate it I would say, cough, laugh...
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You seem a little confused and strangely upset over this. Apple just chose not to sell applications featuring porn in their Appstore. Nobody is keeping you from putting pics, videos, browsing porn sites, blah blah on the devices.

Not wanting to sell it is not the same as trying to ban it.

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I don’t see what your negative reasons are here? you won’t buy an iPhone because steve jobs had a strict policy against not making available such things through apples official channels? I’m confused, I would think given your strong ‘protect all the children from a ll evils’ attitude, something like this would be a compelling reason TO own an iPhone… you are a confusing one.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pingflood Quote
You seem a little confused and strangely upset over this. Apple just chose not to sell applications featuring porn in their Appstore. Nobody is keeping you from putting pics, videos, browsing porn sites, blah blah on the devices.

Not wanting to sell it is not the same as trying to ban it.
QuoteOriginally posted by séamuis Quote
I don’t see what your negative reasons are here? you won’t buy an iPhone because steve jobs had a strict policy against not making available such things through apples official channels? I’m confused, I would think given your strong ‘protect all the children from a ll evils’ attitude, something like this would be a compelling reason TO own an iPhone… you are a confusing one.
I have to say I am equally confused as well by this post. No one, including Apple, restricts what pictures/movies you upload to your iPhone. Just because Apple themselves made the decision not to sell applications that contain or facilitate the viewing of porn doesn't mean that it is restricted from an individual's iPhone.
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I have better reasons for not buying an iPhone:

* It doesn't work where I live and mostly travel.
* Even if it did work, it would cost way too much.
* Even if affordable, I don't want to be bothered.

I don't care about Jobs' morals. It's just not for me.

Now, suppose I lived and traveled in places with real cell connectivity. And suppose I had an income that would support the phone fees. And suppose there were people I actually wanted to communicate with by phone. (Email has served me well for quite awhile.) And suppose that I were so net-addicted that I *needed* an always-on connexion in my pocket. Would I then buy an iPhone? I don't know. Why should I?

NOTE: I do 'own' a TracFone, nicknamed FotoMoto because yes, it has a camera. Some months I rack-up a few minutes on it. Most months I don't. Most of my received calls and messages are from TracFone, encouraging me to buy more minutes. BFD. Sorry, ghost-of-Steve, I'm not your target demographic.

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I for one refused to buy the LeBron James special edition i-Phone. It is overpriced, only works for 30 minutes and doesn't have a ring.


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I for one refused to buy the LeBron James special edition i-Phone. It is overpriced, only works for 30 minutes and doesn't have a ring.


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