This article originally appeared in 24hrs Vancouver on June 11, 2008.
– Vancouver’s Apple Store in Pacific Centre became a sort of church on Monday as dozens of Mac fans crowded around the iMacs at the front of the store to hear Steve Jobs announce the iPhone 3G would arrive July 11. John Biehler grabbed a 30″ Cinema Display and a fully loaded MacPro to watch the action. John says “The store staff was pretty accommodating and kept checking in to see what was being announced.”
– CBC’s technology columnist, Tod Maffin has been scooping some Canadian iPhone exclusive news. He reports, on his blog, a 3 year contract with Rogers will be required to purchase an iPhone. He’s predicting the rate plans, which haven’t been announced yet, will run $70-$80/month.
– Tanya Davis, aka Netchick, had a feeling the new iPhone would be announced on Monday. She sold her unlocked iPhone on Craigslist last week for more than $600. She warned the purchaser an announcement was coming, but he bought anyway. “Now I can afford an iPhone AND another toy,“ she squeals.
– Third Tuesday is a social event for Vancouver’s social media scene. The next meetup is June 17 at The Network Hub on Richards and will feature Joe Solomon from EngageJoe.com. Joe will be discussing how nonprofits and social change makers are using Web 2.0 tools to get the word out and inspire action.
– Check your Gmail. There is a wealth of new features up for testing through Gmail Labs. You can get customized icons, random quotes for your signature, or play silly games. The best feature is “Email Addict.” It will block your screen for 15 minutes and make you invisible in chat, while encouraging you to take a walk. Under Settings > Labs in Gmail.