Peter Kafka

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Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s an iPad

You love your kids, but they are loud or hyper or bored or simply need more attention than you can provide at this particular second. And that’s why you have an iPad.

You can file this under “not news to anyone who has kids,” but it’s fun to see in print. Nielsen reports that 55 percent of tablet owners with kids say they use the gadgets to “entertain” (read: pacify) the brood while traveling. And 41 percent do the same when out at restaurants, etc.

If you expand the sample set to include people with smartphones, and/or people who are honest about their parenting, both of those numbers will hit 100 percent.


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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