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'Talking Tech' Guy to Get iPhone 6 Friday

Sep 18, 2014 10:10PM ● Published by DigMB Staff

Jefferson Graham does "Talking Tech" reports for USA Today.

Manhattan Beach's technology guy Jefferson Graham will be among those at the Apple Store bright and early Friday morning when the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus go on sale.

The USA Today "Talking Tech" reporter says the release of a new iPhone causes a stir because "It's the ultimate status symbol." And that status symbol enables its owners to say, "I have the new Apple device and you don't."

But anyone who's ever stood in line for an Apple event knows there's more to it than that. Said, Graham, "It's a party. You get to meet lots of cool people, and they have the same interests."

Graham, who has been a photographer since his teens and got into gadgets during "the earliest days of VCR," has
 been an iPhone user since the first model was introduced in 2007.

"It was a great device then, but has only gotten better, in terms of usability and function," he says. "The only two negatives are battery and cracked screens. The iPhone has so much going on--a computer in your pocket running 24 hours a day, so I understand that a battery couldn't go all day. But the screen issues have to be dealt with."

Graham is a working portrait photographer, shooting family portraits, weddings and Bar Mitzvahs most weekends. Weekdays, he's busy with his "Talking Tech" reports, photography and pursuit of tech gadgets.

As a gadget guy, he bought one of the first VCRs on the market way back when for $1,300. "I covered the new era of home video in the 1980s when it first started forming at the Hollywood Reporter."

 His USA Today days began in 1985 when he covered television. "In 2000, a position become open to cover tech, and I jumped. I wanted to do something different, and have never looked back. The tech position evolved into producing and hosting a video show, 'Talking Tech,' which runs about 4 times a week on USATODAY.com and the Gannett TV stations."

If you've seen any of his 
"Talking Tech" reports, Graham can be seen in places like Venice and Manhattan Beach yakking it up with folks in the area. Indeed, he has quite a life.

"After work, I usually go bike riding (Surf Food Stand in El Porto is my favorite stop), and I roller blade on The Strand in the morning. My Facebook friends tend to be very envious of the posted photos from paradise." 

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus go on sale to the public at the Apple Store in the Manhattan Village Shopping Center, 3200 Sepulveda Blvd., Friday at 8 a.m.

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