The Internet Is All Around You
In Tablet We Trust
It sure looks like New Zealand has it all figured out! One of the nation’s telecoms is converting old payphone booths into WiFi hotspots to create a nationwide network of beautiful Internet connections.
More than 700 booths will be converted in the next few weeks, with another 2,000 added by the middle of next year. The old booths are generally located in the country’s major cities, like Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch, as well as “holiday spots.”
We would write about the first time our luddite grandmother picked up an iPad–the seamless way she took to it, how the flustered confusion laptops evoked in her completely ebbed with a tablet in hand–but Chadwick Matlin already did that a few months ago at The Hairpin, and he did it oh so wonderfully. Instead, let us reflect on ZDNet’s piece today about the lure of the tablet–what makes the sleek little device suddenly so appealing to people who previously brandished their technophobia with pride?