A few days ago I was taking the subway in Stockholm. A boy – perhaps 13 years old – sat down in the seat facing me. His multi-colored baseball cap worn backwards, chubby cheeks, and extremely wide-legged pants caught my attention. He was alone. After a minute or two he reached into the huge, but nearly empty, bag he was carrying to pull out an iPad. For the next seven or eight stops he dragged his fingers across the screen intently. Apple’s iPad has yet to be released in Sweden, meaning that someone must have bought the device for him abroad.

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