John Paczkowski

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Apple Unveils One-Button Cellular Provider

iphone3happyfun.jpgApple CEO Steve Jobs once referred to cellphone companies as “orifices” that phone makers must go through to reach end users. And after reviewing the details of AT&T’s iPhone activation and price plans, Jobs’s choice of descriptives seems apt–as long as you consider the orifice to be that of a sock puppet. Because Apple appears to have bent AT&T to its will and claimed near-total control of the iPhone’s activation and service experience.

Service plans for the iPhone will hew to Apple’s standards, not AT&T’s. Though not labeled as such, they’ll be offered in Apple’s standard tiers of “good”, “better” and “best” and range in price from $59.99 to $99.99. And iPhone activation will be handled through its iTunes software. Nice to see Apple applying its simple-but-elegant design ethic to the wireless industry’s horrifically complex matrix of service plans and silly activation procedures. Almost makes you want to go out and buy a new phone, just for the purchase experience.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik