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Earlier this month the App Store served up its 25 billionth app download, and Chinese site Qdqss reports that Apple flew the winner, Chinese resident Fu Chunli, to Beijing to congratulate her. Chunli toured Apple’s corporate headquarters in Beijing, after which she was given an award ceremony to collect her $ 10,000 iTunes gift card, conduct interviews with the media, and get some training for her iPhone. Qdqss says that Chunli had only purchased her iPhone a month before she downloaded the winning app, and that she initially thought a phone call from Apple staff was a hoax — only to be later convinced when she received an email from Apple and congratulatory phone calls from her friends. In addition to Chunli getting lucky with a free…
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No, it’s not an actual bird. The Lark is a sleeping aid device meant for couples that launched last year at Disrupt and made some more announcements just last month, and reader Graham decided to pick one up after hearing about it. And while normally a package might go from a warehouse to a regional center, and then onward to its destination, this particular one has traveled more than 30,000 miles and crossed the Pacific no less than three times on its tortuous way to Del Mar, California.
After leaving Shenzhen (naturally) it has stopped by Hong Kong, Taiwan, Alaska, Kentucky, California (briefly), Australia, Hong Kong again, and then back to California, and should arrive in the next few days.
Many gadgets undergo this global gauntlet, but it’s interesting to see it tracked like this. Many OEM devices are shipped to US-based companies for final packing and distribution, but this one has the circumference of the earth under its belt and then some, all on a UPS Saver delivery service. Talk about a global economy — it’s very impressive, but I shudder to think at the amount of fuel involved in this. A necessary consequence of putting manufacturing and demand on two sides of an ocean, I guess.
If you want a Lark, you should probably just drop by the Apple Store. More direct. Seems pretty SkyMall-ish to me, but I’m not really the target market .
Bonhams’ upcoming Space History Sale — happening May 5th in New York — is filled with items that will make any space geek reconsider their current spending priorities, but we couldn’t help but notice one particular item that hits a little closer to home. Mixed in with spacesuits expected to fetch upwards of $ 100,000 and other various memorabilia from both the US and Soviet space programs in this, a wholly ordinary Nintendo Game Boy (complete with Tetris, of course) that accompanied cosmonaut Aleksandr A. Serebrov on Soyuz mission TM-17 in 1993. Interested? The estimate is pegged at a somewhat reasonable $ 1,500 to $ 2,000, but we have a sneaking suspicion Bonhams might be underestimating the will of a considerable number of folks who are both space and video game nerds (we’re speaking as one ourselves, of course). Hit up the source link below to check out everything up for auction.
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