1.) Over the weekend, Apple sold a record 9 million iPhones. The retail price for purchasing the new iPhone 5S without a contract is $649 – but how much does Apple make from the sale of the phone? According to technology sources, it costs about $199 to manufacture an iPhone, so Apple’s making about $450 on phones purchased without a contract. And, be careful with your device – Americans have spent over $6 billion on iPhone repairs since Apple first launched the phone in 2007.
2.) Last night, Charleston City Council approved a first reading of a new ordinance which would ban texting while you’re driving in the city. Mount Pleasant recently passed a texting while driving ban. In New York, the governor has announced a new plan in the Empire State for “texting zones.” 91 locations are being set up on state highways providing areas at existing parking areas, rest stops and Park-n-Ride facilities for drivers to pull off and text. And, the areas are sadly and badly needed. According to an AT&T survey, 49% of adult drivers text while driving.
3.) A safari park in England has hired people to be “animal print bouncers.” At the Chessington Zoo, employees are on the look out for guests wearing clothes that could confuse or scare animals. According to the Guardian, some animals have been frightened, others have tired to communicate with visitors on the Zoo’s new off-road attraction when they see what looks like zebras and giraffes driving across the terrain. The park has banned clothes resembling the skin of giraffes, leopards, cheetahs or tigers.