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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work