Contractual obligations make new $200 iPhone more expensive than old one

The Consumerist runs the numbers of the new iPhone’s Total Cost of Ownership. It does not come out good. The iPhone itself may be cheaper, but the required flat-rate data plan now costs $30 per month, a $10 increase. Over the mandatory two-year contract, that works out to an extra $240. AT&T also now charges […]

QUIDs: Loose Change for Zero-G Pockets

It’s all a goofy-ass gimmick to promote a foreign exchange company, but a group of “scientists” has developed QUIDs—Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denominations—rounded polymer chits to be used for transactions “in space.” “None of the existing payment systems we use on earth – like cash, credit or debit cards – could be used in space,” said […]