John Paczkowski

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Center for Freudian Analysis to Study iPhone Envy, iPhone Retraction Syndrome

There’s a 33% chance that if you haven’t already purchased an iPhone, you really would like to. This according to a new survey from Lightspeed Research that suggests interest in Apple’s latest play-pretty is actually larger than what the market had anticipated. Thirty-two percent of 39,000 survey respondents who do not currently own an iPhone said they intend to purchase one, with 8% planning to do so in the next three months and 22% at “some time in the future.”

Interesting survey, this. Unsettling too, I’d imagine, if you’re a wireless carrier. Because it follows reports that 25% of the mobile-phone users who purchased an iPhone switched carriers to do so–in many cases shouldering a nasty early termination fee. “Our sources indicate that around 25% of iPhone-AT&T customers are ‘switchers’ from other carriers,” American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu explained. “We find these numbers impressive, showing that a fair amount of customers are willing to pay high early cancellation fees (between $125 and $200) to get out of their existing service contracts for an iPhone. … The only other product we are aware of in recent history that commanded a similar type of respect (at least in the beginning) was the Motorola RAZR in mid- to late 2004, priced at $500 with a service contract and $800 without.”

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