In some countries, free WiFi is a constant, available on just about every public street corner. Blame either our slowpoke government or the sheer size of the United States’ landmass, but we’re a long, long way from the likes of South Korea when it comes to wireless availability. In the meantime, we’ll rely on major corporations looking for easy promotion to help us out! November has been declared “Free Wi-Fi Month” in New York City and San Francisco courtesy of Microsoft, who are installing temporary hotspots all over both cities to promote Windows 8. That’s cool and all, but it’s a little sad that we get excited about free WiFi while other nations see it as a given right at this point. Oh, first world problems!
Speaking of first world problems: is there a worst feeling in the world then misplacing your phone after the battery has died, preventing you from calling it to listen for the ring? A new security app from Lookout (who have been building phone security apps since 2009) will provide you with the location of your phone the moment the battery dies, giving you a great chance of finding it.
If there was a point where the iPad Mini was officially going to become the worst kept secret of all time, this is it. A report indicates that Apple has ordered the manufacture of 10 million iPad Minis, double the number of new Kindles ordered by Amazon. The iPad Mini hasn’t been officially announced, but it should be sometime this month. The upcoming 7 inch tablet war between Amazon and Apple should prove fascinating…
This one is a headscratcher. The iPhone 5 has become the best reviewed smartphone yet and remains in high demand despite already selling million of copies. Yet Apple’s market value is down $70 billion due to supply issues and worker strikes at the manufacturing plants in China. So, that makes the iPhone 5 Apple’s current gift as well as its current curse.