The next day, the Google cell phone became a WiFi-based VoIP phone, again according to TechCrunch. That would get around the "tick off the carriers" problem, at least. Naturally, no sources for this information are named.
Still, that pales in comparison to the reams of unsubstantiated gibberish that have been written about the Apple Tablet over the last three months. This week brought us more highly detailed rumors from DigiTimes about the mythical beast -- including its availability (2H 2010), specs (LCD & OLED touch screens -- wowsa!), and pricing ($2,000 for the OLED version -- double wowsa!).
So far, though, all we have to show for this excited blather is a lot of pixels and no molecules.
One reason rumors like these breed like bunnies is that we can't trust companies to tell us the truth. Witness Steve Jobs' vehement denials that Apple was getting into the phone business, when everyone knew that of course it was.
Thus the twisted logic goes: Since he's saying the same things about tablets, Apple must be coming out with one. So bloggers spend hours poring over the denials like they're hieroglyphics, looking to unlock some hidden meaning. And when someone seems to uncover some piece of the puzzle, everyone leaps on it and analyzes that. It's like a geeky version of National Treasure without Nic Cage and that blonde babe -- or, for that matter, a plot or a resolution.
Heck, they've got to write about something. Though in this case, they're really writing about nothing.
Some day, if an Apple Tablet does in fact materialize, I hope some archival/librarian type with too much time on his or her hands will gather up all the misinformation and outright lies that have been propagated about this mythical device. They could fill a phone book.
Finally we come to a product that was swaddled in a pool of vapor: Arrington's own CrunchPad. That's the "dead simple Web tablet for less than $200" he began creating back in July 2008, which was supposed to arrive this past summer.