|This article originally appeared in 24hrs Vancouver on September 17, 2008.|
Got a great internet idea that just needs a little bit of support and brainstorming or funding to become perfect? Launch Party Vancouver 5 goes tomorrow night at Unwine’d. Problem is it’s sold out. So practice your elevator pitch on the sidewalk outside to get tickets for inside.
The local blogsphere might be a little light on content this weekend as most of the hardcore writers will be part of the pilgrimage to Las Vegas for BlogWorld Expo. The Vancouver contingent will be well represented on the show floor and on the panels. Keynoters include Gary Vaynerchuk of WineLibrary TV, Tim Ferris of the 4 Hour Work Week and Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park. Don’t worry if you’re not going, I’m guessing there will be one or two blogs about it.
Wifi is coming to Air Canada, but only on American flights. The Canadian carrier has partnered with Aircell to offer the GoGo mobile broadband service on its existing US network. Starting in Spring 2009, for $12.95 per trip, you’ll be able to do all you can online from a Wifi enabled laptop or SmartPhone. “Pending Canadian regulatory approvals, we plan to eventually offer internet access system-wide,” says Charles McKee, Vice President, Marketing, at Air Canada.
WestJet is making it easier for you to pay for snacks while you fly, partnering with GuestLogix to launch a Mobile Virtual Store. The solution involves handheld devices that will aceept all forms of payment including cash in multiple currencies, credit, debit, vouchers and coupons. This means no more pleas for exact change as you scramble for a second bottle of Merlot on the way to Montreal.
The iTunes App Store is a hit. With the current path of sales, 1 billion applications are expected to be downloaded by next year, according to The Unofficial Apple Weblog. Sure, many of the applications are free, but with Apple taking a 30% cut of each paid application, it’s an entirely new stream of revenue that is quickly turning into a river as iPhone and iPod touch sales soar.