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Ah, Bingo and high technology. They go together like peanut butter and motor oil, except for the few times each year that Apple announces something. In that spirit, please enjoy a little “Tablet Bingo” while you follow the coverage of Apple’s mood-altering gadgets.

And while you’re playing Tablet Bingo, consider the following questions: do you like Apple announcements? Do you like to drink? Do you like to drink while following Apple announcements? Whether you answered yes or no to any of those questions, here’s an Apple announcement-specific drinking game. Play along with real booze or your favorite non-alcoholic beverage. Enjoy.

Drink One Every Time…

  • Any blogger on any site misspells a word
  • Any blogger on any site uses an exclamation point
  • You see the word “Apple”
  • You see the word “app”
  • You see the word “iTunes”
  • You see the word “iPhone”
  • You see the word “iPod”
  • You see the word “tablet”
  • You see the word “Genius”
  • You see the word “Safari”
  • You see the word “unibody”

Drink Two Every Time…

  • Any blogger on any site complains about network connectivity issues
  • Any blogger on any site comments about Steve Jobs’ health
  • Any blogger on any site comments about Steve Jobs’ outfit
  • Any blogger on any site types a simple one-word interjection into a live blog without offering any useful information (for example: Whoa! Nice! Wow!)
  • Any numeric figure over 1,000 is quoted
  • iTunes is referenced as the largest music store in the world
  • Someone else besides Steve Jobs takes the stage

Drink Three Every Time…

  • A journalist/blogger claps
  • An update to one of Apple’s various operating system is announced
  • One of Apple’s products is compared to a competing product
  • A photo of a chart or graph is uploaded to any blog’s live post
  • The price of an existing product is lowered
  • Storage or memory upgrades to existing products are announced

Drink Four Every Time…

  • Any commenter on any site says something like “This live blog sucks. Oh well, off to [competing tech news site] I guess.”
  • A journalist/blogger claps and cheers
  • A seemingly-innovative control scheme for gaming on the iPhone or iPod Touch is mentioned
  • The environmental-friendliness of a product is discussed
  • Blu-ray is mentioned
  • Something that’s “never been done before” is mentioned
  • Apple shows a video on stage

Drink Five Every Time…

  • Steve Jobs announces some sort of tablet
  • The Apple store goes offline
  • A journalist/blogger stands up and cheers
  • A journalist/blogger cries
  • An update to one of Apple’s various operating systems is announced and iPod touch users have to pay extra for it
  • Steve Jobs says “One more thing.”
  • Any blogger on any site says complains that Jobs didn’t say “One more thing.”
  • A moderately famous musician takes the stage
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