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Playboy has finally produced an iOS app that gets around Apple's rather prudish attitude to things even mildly pornographic: an online edition that excludes the long-standing grumble mag's main selling point. "We're taking everything that has made Playboy great and re-imagining it for the iPhone, while reinventing our aesthetic …

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Pint

Nudity-free Playboy?

That's like alcohol-free beer.

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Re: Nudity-free Playboy?

"That's like alcohol-free beer."

No it's worse. Alcohol free beer achieves nothing but offends no one. Nudity-free Playboy will certainly still engender the disapproval of all of the PC & feminist persuasions, yet with none of the upside (if synthetic bimbos is an upside).

But congratulations to Apple for extracting the pure essence of Playboy, throwing it away, and continuing with the gloss and the trappings alone. A bit like the rest of their own products.

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Re: Nudity-free Playboy?

Apple managed to achieve what decades of social conservatives and feminists couldn't accomplish.

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Re: Nudity-free Playboy?

Or Garfield without Garfield.

No wait, that actually works - http://garfieldminusgarfield.net/

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Re: Nudity-free Playboy?

Maybe now, but that's not what it used to be.

Maybe like hops-free beer. I found the pictures addictive, but damn, the articles were good.

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Re: Nudity-free Playboy?

There have been nudity-free editions of Playboy for decades. The Braille edition has been published since around 1970 - and when Congress tried to stop the NLS from producing it in the mid-80s (and was slapped around by the courts), one of the findings was that it was the sixth-most-popular periodical in the NLS collections. The audio edition has also been published for many years. Neither of those includes the pictures, obviously.

I was under the impression that there was a no-nudity print "library edition" as well, but I wasn't able to confirm that with a quick search, and I'm too lazy to call the library to ask.

In any case, though, Playboy historically was reputed to be one of the better periodical venues for article writers, as it could afford to pay well, and so in theory attracted reasonably good content.

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Shel Silverstein used to write stories for Playboy

Stephen King's had a few too. Not sure about nowadays but it used to be a very attractive literary market.

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Re: Shel Silverstein used to write stories for Playboy

I knew they used to publish a lot of stories. The following list of writers published in Playboy between 1960 and 1990 is from Wikipedia, but it appears realistic enough:

Saul Bellow, Sean O'Faolain, John Updike, James Dickey, John Cheever, Doris Lessing, Joyce Carol Oates, Vladimir Nabokov, Michael Crichton, John LeCarre, Irwin Shaw, Jean Shepherd, Arthur Koestler, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Bernard Malamud, John Irving, Anne Sexton, Nadine Gordimer, Kurt Vonnegut and J. P. Donleavy, as well as poetry by Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

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Unhappy

Quotes 'R' Us

"We're taking OUT everything that has made Playboy great and re-imagining it for the iPhone"

Fixed it for you

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re: one-handed viewing,

But what's the point?

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Re: re: one-handed viewing,

It's kinda scandalous. At last a genuine use for handsfree, and they go and ruin it. Honestly.

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Of all the people I know, the apple owners are the most filthiest, decadent, degraded people I have ever met. On the surface they excude the whole "apple=white phone=purity,virginity, innocence" etc but underneath...ugh

You can bet that when the curtains were closed, Jobs was the worst of the lot.

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How did you work out they were all Catholic priests?

Oh, wait.

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I find that Canadians are the same way.

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WTF?

Like going to a brothel

For a hug ....

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Re: Like going to a brothel

It's not a rare thing - apparently

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It probably will work out, unfortunately

This sort of mimics some of the newer mags like FHM and Maxium.

Personally I like my skin mags to show more skin, but the young-in's seem to like them which I take as a sign as the impending end of civilization.

Paris...well, you can figure it out.

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Re: It probably will work out, unfortunately

Probably it will. The existence of Playboy in braille indicates that some people really do read it for the articles.

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Re: It probably will work out, unfortunately

The existence of Playboy in braille indicates that some people really do read it for the articles.

I'm not sure. From my days with dot matrix printers I recall that there is a lot you can do with strategically placed dots.

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Re: It probably will work out, unfortunately

"I'm not sure. From my days with dot matrix printers I recall that there is a lot you can do with strategically placed dots."

Or some very large dots...

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WTF?

Apple, its 1984 step by step... we track you, we tell you what you can watch, what you can install...

Almost as insidious as Facebook, where I realised I can now track many of my friends through their days.....

If Apple allowed other app stores, then that is fine, but as its a locked down ecosystem, it is pure censorship...

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>If Apple allowed other app stores, then that is fine, but as its a locked down ecosystem, it is pure censorship...If Apple allowed other app stores, then that is fine, but as its a locked down ecosystem, it is pure censorship...

Er, the thing has a web browser, y'know. You might want to reserve that phrase for when iDevices only connect to a limited number of websites on an Apple whitelist. Another solution for you would be to transfer a load of pictures from your computer to the iDevice- and saving your data allowance, too. Unlike news and emails, it matters not if the playmate picture is a month old (the picture, not the playmate).

If the owner has the know-how, they can 'jailbreak' the iDevice and use the Cydia app store. If they don't have the know-how, then maybe it isn't the worst thing that the device limits what the user can do to it.

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It's redundant anyway.

Apple users just turn their iPhones in profile and spank it to how "miraculously thin and revolutionary" it is. It's all the pornography they need.

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This is why iPhone users can't have nice things :)

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No need to pay for an app when pictures of girls in burkas are readily available with a Google search.

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Maybe no one cares about playboy

Nothing stops you from view porn on the web with an iPhone and surely it benefits playboy to make one mobile site that both android and iOS and whoever else can use rather than a bunch of custom apps to support. If they have that already then maybe they're finding it hard to accept a lot of young people find it too tame.

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Heh.....

"Unporn"

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>"Unporn"

"Tried to de-stimulate him with a dog carcass"

- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_mOf4kJ7dE Chris Morris' Blue Jam.

NSFW

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'Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone'

Steve Jobs batting for the opposition there?

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WTF?

Show me those Apple's !

Problem with nude free nudity in a nude publication is, besides the obvious, that now you're just a pervert looking at young girls in school clothing. Is there another app for people who drive vans with blacked out windows littered with ether rags?

Now if you are young boy/man, then you see girls like this all day long in reality and seek out true nudity, which then makes this app seem like a scam or adware. So realizing that, we are back to the perverts being the only real audience.

I assume Playboy has added a column named "Show me those Apple's".

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Why bother?

It's hardly a chore to obtain some free soft-gumble images off the web, even a simple Google search will cover that, then slap them onto your mobile if that sort of on-hand need "floats yer boat"! Will they really sell many copies of this app? Not mocking, just curious if it's worth the bother given how easy page-3 style images are to get hold of these days.

Oh and " re-imagining "?

Two words for anyone who uses that utterly irritating word, one starts with F and the other ends with F!

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Paris Hilton

"Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone."

The reason he said that was not because he has anything against porn, but because the iPhone is not seamen resistant!

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Re: "Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone."

"because the iPhone is not seamen resistant"

OK... do you know, by any chance, if its firemen resistance is equally low?

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Re: "Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone."

"but because the iPhone is not seamen resistant!"

Would that be the proverbial Seaman Staines and Master Bates?

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Re: "Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone."

"OK... do you know, by any chance, if its firemen resistance is equally low?"

I don't know, but those firemen in the Gaviscon adverts are a bit suspect!

<-- Paris, because, well.. err..

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So Apple is the virtual virgin of the mobile world now

Well all I can say is sales must be at an all time low for Playboy to sink so l.......Oh sorry they cant do that any more!

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Oh I forgot to say

Apple must be at an all time low too given refurbed iPhone4`s are selling on the Shopping channel Ideal world these last couple of days

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Woa. No NSFW warning ?

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LOL

"or $19.99 for a full year's one-handed viewing,"

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