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iPhones for the dead

The Associated Press has a great feature out today on booming business for Taiwan firms that make paper products for the dead. According to folk beliefs, burning fake money and paper items in this world make them available to loved ones in the next.

One firm, SKEA, is doing an especially good job of keeping up with the times.

"SKEA has begun making an S model of the iPhone, complete with USB charger. Han said the company also is marketing an elaborate paper communications center that is supposed to ensure that the iPhone calls can make their way between the worlds of the dead and living."

No word in the article on whether a paper version of the iPad — on sale Saturday for the living — is available yet for the dead.