Peter Kafka

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Hottest. Smartphone. Ever.

cell-phone-ovenSure, your iPhone may be cool (except when it’s exploding). But can it turn your oven on, against your will? That feature, apparently, is only available on certain Sony Ericsson models.

As Brooklyn resident Andrei Melnikov points outs, this is great for remote pie-making, but problematic in most circumstances. Meanwhile, I am still holding out for a smartphone that turns the air conditioning on. Can someone please get to work on that, right away?


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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