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Apple has decided to pull the jubtastic Wobble iBoobs from its App Store as part of an alleged puritanical clamp-down on "overtly sexual content". Jon Atherton, the developer of the bouncy-bouncy entertainment, told TechCrunch that he received this missive from the powers that be: The App Store continues to evolve, and as such …

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Anonymous Coward

Well if they've stopped this..

I will not buy an iPhone after all.

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Paris Hilton

I agree

Just have to find a real girl to wobble the jubs of... ;-(

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Jobs Halo

This is just silly

I'm sure its very Laudable that Apple wants to protect the moral fibre of its users, but they are going further and further up silly street with stuff. I'm an iPhone user, and I'm embarrassed that Apple now appears to be treating me like a child; enforcing its own mores on my telephone usage.

Not that I'd buy this app. It seems a bit puerile. But that's for ME to decide. Are you listening Apple?

Of course not.

.. which is why I'm waiting for the Android tablet, rather than buying an iPad.

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WTF?

Wtf?

Did people actually PAY for that?

So, so sad.

And if anyone actually kept it on their phone for more than a day they need a reality check.

Very, very sad.

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RE: Wtf?

...epsecially silly since they can doubtless use Safari to look at things that are far more pr0n-ographic!

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@Elmer Phud

Hey, U showed enough interest to read the article, watch the video and make a comment. Most people buying the app would not show half as much interest as you.

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Grenade

Puritans

Don't you just love them

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Coat

Title

But there no fun, only one position? And no rope?

Mines the one with the rope and "Shibari for beginners" manual in the pocket

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Is that the real reason

Or is this a response to the Max Hardcore case reported in this very tome last week?

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Badgers

Ha

I love that...

Almost want to get an iPhone, but only almost

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WTF?

Huh?

What's the point in having adult ratings if you're not going to make use of them? At least if the user hasn't bothered setting parental controls, they could force you to allow it first.

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Happy

iWank

Is there an iWank app? It should suit most iPhone owners.

Posted anon because no-one admits to doing it do they?

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Coat

Oh yes they do!

A colleague tells of attending a seminar on Physiology and human sexuality where the lecturers opening statement was that she masturbated - often, and then invited members ( stop tittering at the back!) to raise their hands if they did not masturbate.

Mines the one with the copy of Portnoys Complaint and packet of tissues in the pocket.

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Get 'em while you can.

Is the presenter Australian? (If he's a Kiwi then I apologise for nor being able to tell the difference; see FOTC).

If he's from Oz then he'll soon have an additional layer of censorship/blocking to deal with.

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Flight Of The Conchords?

I think that was the voice of Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords.

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Anonymous Coward

How about!

If the offending, in the eyes of Apple, elements were replaced by a couple of pink water-filled balloons that would then oscillate in a manner determined by the (solitary) manipulation of the device.

the content would no longer be overtly sexual and thus pass guidelines.

No need for royalties on this one, I'll take it once up front (ooer missus!)

PS - isn't the apple a metaphor for sexual awareness (Adam and Eve etc)

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Paris Hilton

Sex sells

Don't Apple realise that sex sells. Allow some soft stuff on the phone and people will lap it up. Increased sales of iPhone and other iGadgets.

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Another Hmmm Today Then...

Hm, If I where Jon Atherton, I would be asking to see the complaints - ANYONE who buys something called "Wobble iBoobs (Premium Uncensored)" then makes a complaint is simply a pathetic complainist. Or much more likely it is simply Apple making up a poor excuse to remove perceived smut.

Long Live the Smut!

Nothing would make me buy an iPhone, but this app comes VERY close, but now it is gone!

AC as my boss was not happy when he spotted me posting on this thread :$

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Puritanical censorship...?

... There's an app for that!

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Badgers

Erm..

..no there isn't!

No hairy badgers either.

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ermm

how many saved wobbles in the video ???

*dirty smirk

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Do they never learn?

What is the west coming to? One minute they're persecuting Galileo, the next they're tormenting the creators of Wobble iBoobs. This is a sad day for freedom.

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Appstore

You don't HAVE to buy iPhone apps only from the Appstore, there are other places, although Apple (or is that iApple now) would not like you to know that. Classic ignorance-rading.

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Big Brother

surely...

...most, if not all, iphone holders are w@nkers anyway so they wouldn't need any i-pron assistance?

apologies if repeating anything above, but well, we can't all be wrong eh?

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the only

The only mildly interesting thing on an iphone I've seen to date have been digital Japanese Idol photobooks, but even those arn't enough to make me part from my old phone.

Plus I'll look after my own moral fiber thank you very much, everyone else can get bent.

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Grenade

Well well

Notch up another point for Windows Mobile then. I've got HD2Wobble, a very nice tit-wobbling app on my HTC HD2 running WM6.5. Very amusing it is too, especially down the pub.

I downloaded it, for free, from the Internet. Yes, the Internet. You know, that place where you can download stuff without interference from your handset's OS vendor? Oh, except you can't 'cos you've got an iPhone. *slaps forehead*

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Jobs Horns

Censorship is wrong

What I find sad about this is that Apple is actually using the App store to push American / Christian values to the detriment of its international customers. Usually Americans are easily shocked by sexual content, but tolerate large amounts of violence. Europeans usually have a much higher tolerance for sexual content but are less tolerant of excessive violence. What is happening here is Apple going the "American way": removing content that shocks in the US but that people outside of the US would not only find acceptable but probably desirable.

Why stop there: let's remove violent games that could shock Europeans, let's remove all the software that may shock various culture and religions. Restaurant games that feature cow made hamburgers: how shocking this must be to Hindu people? They make ham sandwiches too? well, that is going to shock the Muslims! Lets remove content that make reference to God so that we don't anger the atheist! And lets not speak of the effect the games where the objective is to earn huge amounts of money will have when the iPhone reach the few remaining communist countries... This can very quickly become ridiculous :-)

My opinion is that Apple should NOT ban content from the app store (except for content that is clearly illegal) because the standards of what is deemed acceptable content vary so much from one country to the other and from one person to the other that the censorship or the content will almost always be considered inappropriate somewhere by someone. It is impossible for Apple to actually make a good decision, so it is better if they make no decision.

We live in a big, multicultural world. The only way to make it work is for everyone to accept that some content that they find shocking will exist and be available because to someone else, somewhere else, that content is acceptable and desirable. From the moment one culture / country start to impose its views on the others it will stop working. I am an Atheist, but I don't care if there are Bible readers in the app store, I just don't download them. I don't like excessive violence, but I don't care if there are violent shooters in the app store, I just don't download them. What I DO care about is if someone tells me that I can't download the content I like.

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I assume this uses the accelerometer?

You shake the phone? Then hold it still and keep watching?

How about software that just takes any image and makes it wobble when the phone is shaken? Perhaps with guides drawn on separately to show which parts of the picture should wobble more or less.

And then what you use it for is up to you. There's the Tacoma Narrows bridge for instance. Or skyscrapers in the neighbourhood of the San Andreas Fault. Or Harry Hill does an act on TV with a plate of jelly. Not weird I mean, the jelly stays on the plate.

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Brilliant!

Love it! :-)

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Jobs Horns

iWobble

Censorship. One of the many reasons I passed on the iPhone for my phone upgrade and got a Blackberry instead. I can download apps from more than one place on the web, without some puritanical jerk censoring my apps. Have fun with your app store w@nkers.

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Flight Of The Conchords

After watching that video, I think that was the voice of Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords.

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Pathetic

This is a pathetic example of censorship by Apple.

I have noticed over the last six months or so that pretty much everyone I work with including our CEO has gone out and purchased one of these iphones. I can't understand why they all buy them - especially when you consider that I work for a large pornography producer / publisher.

I will never buy anything from Apple due to their censorship.

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Unhappy

I may cry

This is the first genuinely compelling thing I've seen on an iPhone. It is truly a sad day for humanity.

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Indefensible

People should be able to decide for themselves. So long as it is legal in the country you are in, I don't see why Apple should have a say. It's too much regulation. All it does is restrict people.

Historically the big successes have been open technology. Primary example: the Internet. Imagine if it had been fully regulated by a single governing body that reviewed all content, and no porn or questionable content was allowed through.

Would Windows have ever got far if every piece of software had to be vetted by Microsoft? No, you want to install whatever you want. You want the ability to use a competing company's software if you don't like the one that came pre-installed.

People don't like being controlled. People like freedom. Progress likes freedom.

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Really?

Odd then that the first thing any large group of people seem to do is decide on a social norm and start shunning those who deviate. Most people like to follow each other round like geese - the only problem here is that Apple is trying to herd the yellow-billed geese together with the red-billed geese, and that just won't do. We're Europeans, give us our jubs, dammit!

This caused me to wonder if the Currant Bun had an app - I assume the UK's largest-selling litter-tray liner is Not Good Enough?

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Megaphone

A triumph

of prudery over common sense. When something is 100 times funnier than it is sexually stimulating you are dealing with a Name Of The Rose scenario not "protecting" public morals.

People will be offended by anything if there is a large enough sample. In the recent past they were told to deal with it but now corporations will bow to any type of pressure. The US is headed back to the days when TV sponsors stopped actors using words like Hell or pregnant in their shows because some loon was bound to be offended.

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Moral majority at work

this will happen to any other app store operating from where the puritans went.

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Block it all!

"...epsecially silly since they can doubtless use Safari to look at things that are far more pr0n-ographic!"

...until Apple puts a block in Safari to block it. Which, knowing Jobs & Apple, it would not surprise me at all if they didn't eventually.

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Anonymous Coward

But i can do this

no boobies on an app, but iphone lets me view porn videos at pornhub.com

so thats a joke in itself.. Thanks Apple

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Big Brother

1984

This combined with the Lower Merion School District's "spying on minors at home" issue is putting Apple more an more clearly in the role of Big Brother.

"Think different" but only as long as you think just like us :P

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Anonymous Coward

And yet...

"Usually Americans are easily shocked by sexual content"

But still manage to have a massive porn industry !

I doubt very much that the U-Sheep will notice the passing of apps like this, hell it doesn't even make a fart noise !

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Unhappy

Apple tags it's own App Store

"KillJoy was here"

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Grenade

Yanks = Prudes

But they still have the biggest porn industry in da known world.

Should I have said Hypocrites?

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Jobs Horns

California v. Freeman

Hopefully this will backfire on said Hypocrites.

Actually, we can thank them for California having the biggest porn industry due to them trying to clean up the smut in LA years ago ;)

"In the mid 1980s, an anti-pornography initiative by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office backfired (to put it mildly) -- the DA's prosecution of adult video producer Harold Freeman led to a California Supreme Court ruling which explicitly legalized non- obscene hard-core pornographic videos."

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Paris Hilton

Boobs@Reg

Er, for a more sober coverage of this issue you might go to Ars. El Reg is clearly more concerned with Friday Flopsam and Titsum.

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