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Where's La Magia? Worldwide Reaction To Release Of Iphone 5



Apple has lost its magic, writes El Pais on Thursday. The Spanish daily asks what happened to the sparkle, where are the surprises with the release of the latest iPhone model?

The much anticipated presentation Wednesday was long, tedious and uneventful, reports El Pais. We knew the iPhone 5 was coming, had talked about it ad nauseam, but were expecting at some point a surprise from Steve Job’s disciple Tim Cook, that “one more thing…” But it didn't happen. Rumors were confirmed, nothing revolutionary.

Has Apple still got it?... asks ITWire, an Australian tech website. The Cupertino, CA-based company is still the undisputed leader of the smartphone pack, but rivals are catching up. Android is no longer a clunky geeky operating system for clunky geeky phones and Microsoft is –finally- getting its mobile act together. Apple now has to run faster to stand still. Your choice of smartphone now depends on other factors than Apple’s coolness. Has it done enough with this latest release?

Apple’s last wunderphone won’t disappoint the iPhone faithful, believes the Sydney Morning Herald. Despite Apple’s legendary veil of secrecy, there aren’t many surprises in today’s iPhone 5 launch – plenty of changes though. Enough to keep the faithful happy? Enough to hold back the Android hordes?

Two groups of people will be delighted to snap the new iPhone up, according to the Guardian: anyone with an iPhone from before September 2010 and anyone who wants to get 4G superfast mobile broadband speeds.

The Guardian wonders though, why we suspend our ethics when Apple launches a new phone. It’s a supreme piece of packaging design, but the reality is far from an immaculate conception: Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer of iPhone has faced a steady stream of criticism and concerns from poor working conditions to suicides.

M.I.C Gadget has a translation of a Shanghai Evening Post report, written by a Chinese journalist who went undercover in the Foxconn factory to find about how the iPhone 5 was produced. He describes the Foxconn dormitory as a garbage-smelling nightmare, and the conditions on the production line as exhausting and stressful: “This is the new unleashed iPhone 5 back plate, you should be honored to have the chance to produce it,” says his supervisor.

And if that isn’t enough to put you off … environmentalists and consumers are lining up to criticize the companies who deliberately render their products obsolete. So I guess we can chuck the iPhone 4S, even though it’s only just celebrated its first birthday, writes Liberation. Five smartphones in five years… and with each new one, a huge buzz and a marketing deluge. This has grave consequences for our planet, say sustainable development activists. To make matters worse, adds the French newspaper, is the iPhone 5’s new “Lightening” port, which is 80% smaller and makes the actual connector obsolete.

Can't wait for the new iPhone 5.I've had this mint condition, perfectly good, antique iPhone 4 for over a year now. Embarrassing.

— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 12, 2012

For a round-up of iPhone tech specs, see this funky musical explainer video by Mashable:

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Why Poland's Break With Ukraine Weakens All Enemies Of Russia — Starting With Poland

Poland’s decision to stop sending weapons to Ukraine is being driven by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party's short-term electoral calculus. Yet the long-term effects on the world stage could deeply undermine the united NATO front against Russia, and the entire Western coalition.

Photo of ​Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Lutsk, Ukraine, on July 9

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Lutsk, Ukraine, on July 9

Bartosz T. Wieliński


WARSAW — Poland has now moved from being the country that was most loudly demanding that arms be sent to Ukraine, to a country that has suddenly announced it was withholding military aid. Even if Poland's actions won't match Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s words, the government has damaged the standing of our country in the region, and in NATO.

“We are no longer providing arms to Ukraine, because we are now arming Poland,” the prime minister declared on Polsat news on Wednesday evening. He didn’t specify which type of arms he was referring to, but his statement was quickly spread on social media by leading figures of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party.

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When news that Poland would be withholding arms to Ukraine made their way to the headlines of the most important international media outlets, no politician from PiS stepped in to refute the prime minister’s statement. Which means that Morawiecki said exactly what he meant to say.

The era of tight Polish-Ukrainian collaboration, militarily and politically, has thus come to an end.

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