(1999) Steve Jobs Introduces The World to WiFi
Just look at that response over something we take completely for granted now just 14 years later.
Love the camera man over-the-shoulder as the way to show it on the big screen.
And the hula hoop — look ma, no wires! — is just a brilliant, Steve Jobs touch.
Apple devices are still reigning above the clouds, following the tablet trend with the iPad being the device of choice. Among all mobile devices being used to connect through Gogo, 84 percent carry Apple’s iOS operating system while 16 percent carry the Android operating system. If you look only at the smartphones our customers are using, the iPhone makes up 73 percent and all Android devices make up 26 percent, with Blackberry and Windows based devices each making up less than 1 percent of devices being used in air.
Android is winning.
But really, the BlackBerry and Windows Phone numbers are just pathetic.
[via Daring Fireball]
Remember last November when, out of the kindness of their hearts, Google started allowing people to opt-out of wireless access point collection? All you had to do was append “_nomap” to the end of your SSID.
It was such a seamless and elegant solution. Surely, everyone started doing it, right?
I’m with Jason Irwin — I haven’t seen a single “_nomap” SSID in all the places I’ve been in the past six months. Not one. I doubt anyone has.
I initially joked that usage would be .01 percent of the 10 percent that actually understand what to do. I’m pretty sure it’s actually far less than that.
The point, six months later, remains the same: this was a total dickbag move on Google’s behalf. It’s not the collection of the SSIDs (which others, including Apple, do as well) that’s so bad. It’s the notion that Google was giving everyone a choice with their opt-out. It was a false choice. No one was ever going to opt-out — certainly not the way Google implemented it.
Late last night, I linked to a blog post Google put up and jotted down some initial thoughts. Given the response (thousands of views, 100+ notes, etc.), I thought it was only fair that I elaborate a bit.
Google’s post is entitled “Greater choice for wireless access point owners”. It outlines new opt-out functionality for Google’s location database. I ripped into the post — as did several others — not so much because of the feature itself, but because the post is misguided and disingenuous. In my view, it is probably the worst post Google has ever put on their blog. And that’s saying something.
First of all, this is a post that should not have been written — at least not in the way that it was. Google is building their location database using WiFi hotspots, likely including yours if you broadcast your SSID (your router’s name). Apple does the same thing. So does Skyhook (which is suing Google for ditching their location database to build their own). So do others. It’s a good idea. And it makes locations services much better.
Asked by Anonymous
Nah. I have a 3G Kindle right now (2nd generation), I rarely use the 3G — just to download new books and sync occasionally. And I only ever use it because that device didn’t have an option for WiFi at the time.
Paying an extra $50 for 3G seems silly (though it is a good deal if you’re going to use it a ton since there is no monthly fee, obviously). The bigger issue though is that 3G drains battery life much quicker. That’s the big reason I turn it off by default on my current model.
How nice, Google is allowing you to opt out of having your wireless access point (read: your wireless router) included in their Google Location Server (read: their giant location database). All you have to do is append “_nomap.” to the end of your SSID.
That’s great — 99% of the people who will want to do this will have absolutely no idea what any of the above paragraph means.
I mean, this entire post is a joke, right?
Please tell me this is a joke.
United and Continental are promising to give 300 of their aircrafts in-flight WiFi by the middle of next year. Awesome.
The entire fleet won’t be covered until 2015.
Take your time, guys.
The WiFi was rock-solid during the WWDC keynote. This shocked me for two reasons.
1) It was awful during Google I/O just weeks before in the exact same venue.
2) I had never seen so many MiFis listed in my life.
For all the talk of copying this week, Google absolutely needs to copy whatever Apple did here.
Excellent move by Starbucks. It will be the default hangout of choice for those with WiFi iPads.
They should really have a separate app for WiFi settings on the iPhone. Especially with folders coming in iPhone 4.0. I hate going into settings each time to get to it (and I hate the auto pop up notifications more).