Here's the latest round-up of news in nightlife, fashion, culture and beyond:
Apple Unveils the 2nd Gen iPhone
The biggest thing about the new iPhone isn't the GPS or the fact that it will now utilize the much faster 3G system for downloads. The price ($199, half of what the original iPhone cost) is the gadget's tipping point. By pricing the iPhone comparably to a Blackberry, Apple has strategically upped the ante in the smartphone wars. Further salvos into Blackberry territory include the new iPhone's compatibility with Microsoft Exchange. Now, recalcitrant IT departments have no excuse to work with the iPhone now that it handles emails like a Blackberry. Although the camera was not upgraded (still 2 megs and no video) and the back is now plastic, expect the new iPhone to be another success for Apple.
Denmark Hosts a Masterbate-a-thon
It’s about high time mainstream culture appropriated the pastimes of teenage boys sitting in their parents’ basement, so leave it the uber-liberal nation of Denmark to have a “Masturbate-a-thon.” And yes, it’s exactly what you’re already picturing (hopefully not in great detail). 60 men and women—way to close the gender gap, ladies—have signed up at the Ishoj nightclub, and will spank the monkey in front of a team of experts as they perform feats like furthest ejaculation and longest orgasm. We just have one question: is it weirder to be a contestant or on the panel?
Club Shutdowns: Aero Bar Miami, Home and Guest House
The brand-spanking new Aerobar in Miami Beach was forced to close its doors during the venues grand opening Friday night. At about 2am the fire marshal pulled the plug and sent everyone home after the club went over capacity. Since the venue was forced to leave its doors closed the entire weekend, there are speculations that the real culprit behind the shut-down could have been permit issues. The only comment by management was a statement released on the website's homepage after the incident.
But Miami wasn’t the only city that had a nightlife venue shut down this past weekend. New York nightclubs Guest House and Home also can’t seem to stay out of trouble as they were both shut down as well. In 2006, authorities forced Guest House to close its doors following the murder of an teenage girl that was drinking earlier in the venue.