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Walt & Kara Get Some FaceTime

BoomTown attended the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco yesterday with my partner in (tech) crime, Walt Mossberg.

After the keynote speech by Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs–in which he unveiled a major upgrade to the company’s popular smartphone, now called iPhone 4–Walt and I went to check out what all the fuss was about at WWDC demo tables outside the giant hall at Moscone Center West.

While we tried out a bunch of the new features, our intrepid Web kingpin, Adam Tow, took this movie of us using the new FaceTime video-calling service, which allows picture-in-picture chat on the iPhone 4 via Wi-Fi.

Yes, we are unusually ridonkulous, especially since we are mere inches away from each other.

Still, we persevere–so here’s the video:


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus