The 404 611: Where Wilson is a guest star on Miami Rice (podcast)

On today's episode of The 404 Podcast, hosts Jeff Bakalar, Wilson G. Tang, and Justin Yu wrap up iPhone 4 news from the weekend, including 1.7 million units sold, backlash from the left-handed community, and a new phone sex service that uses FaceTime to connect users to a live chat.

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Wilson's meticulously groomed and highlighted hair is a constant topic of conversation on our show, and this morning we force him to tie it back in honor of so many evil movie villains from the '90s.

On today's episode of The 404 Podcast, we're wrapping up iPhone 4 news from the weekend, including reports of 1.7 million units sold, design backlash from left-handed smartphone users, and a new phone sex service that uses Apple's FaceTime video chat program to connect users to a live show.

Apple announced that it sold 1.5 million iPhone 4s in the three days since its launch, making it the most successful in the company's history. Steve Jobs also went on to apologize to customers who weren't able to get their hands on the coveted phone, although "Arrested Development" star Jason Bateman doesn't seem to have a problem cutting in line to get one.


The iPhone 4 has also come under scrutiny by the Left-Handers Club, whose 90,000-plus members are complaining that the device, because of its recent reception issues, discriminates against lefties. It turns out that if you hold the new phone with your left hand, the thumb and pointer fingers fall directly on the two seams that cause the phone to lose reception.

The organization is hoping Apple will employ more left-handed designers in the future despite Jobs' advice to "just don't hold it that way." Apple is apparently working on a software update that will truly make it a "non-issue."

Folks are already finding new and creative ways to use their iPhone 4s. In fact, a job listing posted on Craigslist over the weekend is seeking female employees to participate in a new erotic chat service that uses the iPhone's FaceTime videochat program to connect users to a live person. The ad is even offering a free iPhone 4 to potential employees, with an incentive to work from home with flexible hours, but unfortunately the ad is for women only...another time, Wilson!

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