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    iPhone app simulates shaking a baby to death

    Wed Apr 22

    As an Apple devotee, I could ramble for hours about the multibillion dollar company's kick-ass products and how each one I own has changed my life. (They have, I swear!). But when I hear stories like this, I can't help but wonder if technology has gone too far. Somehow Steve Jobs approved an application that—no joke here—simulates shaking a baby to death. A sketch of a baby appears on screen, with accompanying crying sounds. Then you shake your phone until the whining ceases and red Xs appear over the baby's eyes. There are a ton of bizarre apps available, but this one is just plain disturbing. I don't even want to think about the mind behind its creation. What's next? Will there be an application to simulate bombing an elementary school? Looks like Apple needs to rework its app approval process, stat.

    Win a year-long New Vic membership!

    Wed Apr 22

    Earlier this month, Swiss circus troupe La Famiglia Dimitri performed at the New Victory , proving that a family that clowns around together, stays together. But now the theater wants to know what your family does for fun—even if it's not quite as daring as walking the tightrope with your offspring. Just take a picture of your family having a blast together and note what made the day special, then post it to the New Vic's Flickr page. One winning entry will appear in the New Vic bill for their upcoming show Gamarjabot and even cooler—will snag a FREE 2009-10 membership. The contest ends next Wednesday, April 29, so get your brood behind that lens, stat!

    Sweet ice cream + coffee deals tomorrow!

    Mon Apr 20

    Recession or no, it's hard to say no to cheap (or better yet, free) refreshments. On Tuesday April 21, Ben & Jerry's and Dunkin' Donuts are offering goodies that won't break the bank--or even a buck. Head to the coffee haven for 50-cent 16-oz iced coffees or indulge your sweet tooth at Ben & Jerry's for the chain's highly anticipated Free Cone Day in honor of its 31st anniversary. We hope this cold weather will be gone by tomorrow!

    Got a case of the Mondays?

    Mon Apr 20

    On Mondays we could all use a pick-me-up, am I right? I just got wind of this website, Cute Things Laughing . It lives up to its name, too: It's literally just cute things laughing (including a prairie dog—no joke), which will, in turn, make you laugh. The site is a "sequel" of sorts to its sister blog Cute Things Falling Asleep (which is equally addictive). So ditch those beginning-of-the-week blues and have a giggle instead.

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