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Many of us here at Engadget know the value of free airport WiFi all too well, having just flown back to our various corners of the globe — if a cellular or toll-based hotspot isn’t an option, free internet access can be a lifeline. JiWire and AWG don’t want us to face that dilemma. They’re expanding their partnership to use JiWire’s location-based ad system for free, sponsored WiFi across the US. Requiring that passengers see a local ad when they hop online is the best of both worlds, the partnership claims: we get the connection we crave, while nearby shops get exposure. Few would call AWG’s minimum 1Mbps connection an abundance of bandwidth, but it could mean the difference between catching up on YouTube and twiddling thumbs during a layover. Neither company has said exactly when and where they plan to expand. When just 15 US airports rely on AWG’s current service, though, there’s plenty of room to grow.
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Remember last week when Foxconn president Terry Gou said that he was working hard at building the new Apple TV? The rumor was, as you might suspect, patently false. But just how false is the surprising part.
Welcome to the magical world of Apple rumors.
Before we begin, take a look at this delightful Fortune piece that shows us the truth behind the big Apple rumor mill. It’s well-written and cogent and takes us all to task, including our own Matt Burns for jumping into the morass.
The iTV story trickled out at the end of last week. In short, it said that Foxconn president Terry Gou explicitly announced that Foxconn was “making preparations for iTV,” suggesting that the company was ready to build a flat panel TV for Apple at any moment. The statement appeared in a short piece on ChinaDaily.com and said:
Now Terry Gou would have to be suicidal to say this. He would have to literally have most of his brain eaten by bacteria before he would announce a single Apple product. What’s more, no other press picked up this gem. It was apparently a misunderstanding because the day Terry Gou announces an Apple product is the day an asteroid scores a direct hit on the St. Louis Arch. There is, in short, no way he would risk all of Apple’s lucrative business just to score points with the press.
Had anyone – ourselves included – stopped for a moment and considered the ramifications of what Gou was allegedly saying, they’d understand the ridiculousness of the statements. However the idea – that the president of a major electronics manufacturer decides to go off the rails and let fly with a ridiculous rumor – is wildly compelling news. The piece spawned ancillary pieces about the possibilities of the iTV and what exciting features the non-existent product could have.
Foxconn, for their part, told TheNextWeb that:
They closed with a forceful line: “Any reports that Foxconn confirmed that it is preparing to produce a specific product for any customer are not accurate.”
So what happened here? I think most Apple rumors are a combination of genuine interest and schadenfreude. For most journalists (read “bloggers”), Apple is a black box. They have no view inside and they often get short shrift when it comes to actual launched hardware. They know people love Apple, but Apple refuses to talk to them. So they – and we are equally guilty – ride Apple rumors into the shoals of fabulism. After all, if Apple PR doesn’t tell you the news ahead of time, then why even bother confirming it?
Second, you have the sense that Apple sometimes deserves these leaks. The flip side to interest in Apple news is a sense that Apple is so stingy with its news that it’s only right to upbraid the organization by essentially playing click games with the news. Who does it hurt if the iTV is talk of the blogosphere for most of the week? What does it matter if every tiny news station from here to Jakarta is running a brief on this “leak.” Apple deserves what it gets.
I’d say both those stances are valid yet it still doesn’t excuse the loss of levelheadedness. While I agree that the concept of an iTV is cool at best and newsworthy at worst, it’s up to us to separate rumor from ridiculousness. We didn’t do a good job this time.
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Life, Liberty and the pursuit of free WiMAX? According to FreedomPop, yeah, that seems to be the deal. The outfit, started by one of Skype’s co-founders, is peddling $ 99 WiMAX-equipped iPhone cases that share up to 500GB of free data per month via an embedded WiFi module. The case also extends battery life by six hours and enables FaceTime everywhere you go. FreedomPop Sleeve rumors have been circling the net since December, but now the company is taking things to the next level by officially accepting pre-orders for a launch some time after July 1st. It seems that the company intends to get you hooked on free data in the hopes of selling you premium features later on, such as a VoIP tool and a $ 0.01 charge per megabyte over the monthly data limit. There’s a video of the device in action after the break.
Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, by director Peter Joseph, is a feature length documentary work which will present a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject matter will transcend the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and move to relate the core, empirical “life ground” attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a “Resource-Based Economy”. Website: www.zeitgeistmovingforward.com http Release Map: zeitgeistmovingforward.com DVD: zeitgeistmovingforward.com Movement: www.thezeitgeistmovement.com
Our master plan is slowly working, and soon every man and woman in our great nation will own a smartphone. Pew Research Center reports that just under half of adult Americans, or 46 percent, own smartphones currently, meaning that smartphone owners now outnumber their feature phone counterparts by five percent. Pew polled multiple demographics to get its numbers, and there was growth across the board over the last nine months. Of particular interest is the rise in ownership in the study’s lowest income demographic — under $ 30,000 a year — which spiked 12 percent to 34 percent. Additionally, it showed that Android and Apple are neck and neck, with 20 and 19 percent market share of mobile owners, respectively, and Blackberry ownership declined from ten percent to six percent. The largest growth came from the 18-24 age group, up 18 to 67 percent. (Who do you think is doing all that checking in on Foursquare?). Of course, you know what they say about statistics, so head on down to the source for a full accounting and form your own opinion of what they mean.
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