Podcast: Sexual Battery In Football Locker Room; New Drug Approved For PrEP; Man Says He’s Gay Because iPhone

The Randy Report podcast delivers the week's top stories in a quick, convenient podcast - 'the 60 Minutes of gay news - only shorter'

In this week’s podcast:

• Allegations of sexual battery have led to the cancellation of a California high school’s football season

• A federal judge has struck down Tampa Florida’s ban on so-called conversion therapy

• The FDA has approved a second drug to be prescribed for PrEP

• A Russian man is suing Apple for $15k because his iPhone made him gay?

• And a Tennessee teen honored as part of his school’s homecoming royalty, graciously accepted in a sequin gown

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

New iPhone X Ad Celebrates Marriage Equality In Australia – “First Dance”

After a long, long journey to marriage equality (that included an official mail-in survey of the entire nation showing over 60% approval), same-sex weddings have begun in Australia.

And in a nod to the idea that the best camera is the one you have on you, Apple has created a new ad featuring those most romantic of wedding moments – a couple’s first dance – captured at LGBTQ weddings that were shot entirely on iPhone Xs.

Watch the very sweet spot, titled “First Dance,” below.

News Round-Up: October 31, 2017

(via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

• Steve Pena (above) plans to “walk like an Egyptian” this Halloween. I’d follow his Pharaoh…

• Both chambers of Congress have now unanimously condemned Chechnya for anti-LGBTQ violence as President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson remain silent.

• In related news, Russia and Egypt are fighting to remove language in Principal 6 of the Olympic Charter which calls for banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. Both countries have been involved in anti-LGBTQ actions in past months.

• Marques Brownlee unboxes the new iPhone X – check out his thoughts below. Hubby Michael and I have both ordered the X as we haven’t upgraded our iPhones in years.

• While the majority of news outlets were covering yesterday’s indictments of three Trump campaign officials, several Fox News employees were embarrassed by their network’s obvious lack of coverage. At one point on Monday morning, Fox News was actually taking time to report on a hamburger emoji – “Look, the cheese is under the burger!!!”

• A new study indicates gay men (and straight women) are twice as likely to be attracted to guys with the same eye color as their father due to “sexual imprinting.” I do not fall into that category as my father had stunning ice blue eyes, but my hunky hubby Michael has beautiful brown eyes.

• No trick, total treat from 7-time Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton as she drops her new single, “Deadwood,” from her forthcoming album, Sex and Cigarettes, scheduled for a January release.

• One more Halloween post: “Super” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada arrived at work today dressed as “Clark Kent.” #WinnerWinnerWinner

Apple Changes Direction Going Smaller With New iPhone & iPad Pro

Remember just a couple of years ago when “bigger” was the new trend in cell phones?

Put that in reverse because “smaller” is now the new “big.”

This morning Apple announced two new products – the 4 inch iPhone SE and a 9.7 inch iPad Pro – which are both smaller editions of previous Apple toys.

Though the iPhone SE looks like the iPhone 5S, its internals have been completely overhauled to keep up with modern-day performance. The iPhone SE will be available in a 16GB ($399) version and 64GB ($499) version. It’ll be available in over 110 countries by the end of May.

Apple also shared the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro during its press event in Cupertino today, which seems to boast many of the same specs as its 12.9-inch counterpart. The new tablet will be available March 31.

Robot Stands In Line For iPhone 6s

At 10:30am today, my new iPhone 6s arrived at my door. Whoo-hoo!

I haven’t upgraded my phone in years, and with the latest revision led me to indulge.

But I hate standing in lines, and I’d never stand in one of those “hours long Apple Store” kind of lines. A week ago, I pre-ordered my phone at an AT&T store, and here it is! Life is good.

Some folks still feel the need to do the line thing. But ,one woman found a way to “virtually” stand in line – with a robot taking her place.

From Mashable:

In the smartest time management yet seen in an iPhone line, Lucy Kelly has outsourced the job to a telepresence robot, also called Lucy. The robot, created by Californian company Double Robotics, is an iPad attached to a Segway-type device that allows a person to be somewhat physically present despite not being there.

The robot arrived to take the position of fourth-in-line at the flagship Apple Store on George Street at 5 a.m. Thursday, with Kelly communicating through it from 6 a.m. It is believed to be the first time a robot has lined up and purchased an iPhone.

Kelly is meanwhile chilling in the warmth of her office, while her robot counterpart stands in the wind and rain.

Kelly says there is no jealousy from those diehard fans who have been freezing through the nights. “Everyone thinks it is pretty cool, they were happy to let a robot go ahead,” she said.

First Weekend Sales of iPhone 6 Top More Than 10 Million

Reuters is reporting that Apple’s newest iPhone – iPhone 6 – sold over 10 million units worldwide this past weekend, the first weekend of it’s availability.

Last year’s iPhone 5S and 5C versions sold 9 million units in it’s first week, which included sales in China.  This past weekend’s sales did not include China due to regulatory delays.

Police in New Haven, Connecticut report that fights broke out among customers who were apparently trying to buy as many iPhones as possible to resell them at a significant mark-up in China.