The ACCC is taking more bits out of Apple, finds it a bit sour.
The ACCC's continuing investigation against Apple regarding it's warranty is still going on, but with Apple refusing to budge on it's policies, the result might be an increase in mobile plan fees. Apple are refusing to let Telco's (like Telstra, Optus, etc) to offer repair services for the Apple iPhone.
Last week, I posted about Telstra now offering 24 months warranty on their handsets, with Apple's iPhone excluded. The ACCC is still pushing for 24 month contracts to have 24 month warranty included.
ACCC chairman, Graeme Samuel said "Apple is being difficult". He said that if Apple continue to not be cooperative, the manufacturer would most likely charge it carrier partners for an additional 12 month warranty with iPhones bundled in 24 month plans.
Telco's, are faced with a price per unit that is several hundreds more over the life of the plan, would have no choice but to either absorb the cost, or pass it onto customers.
Telstra has named their new CIO today.
Meet, Patrick Eltridge:
Former Seek and Westpac CIO, Patrick Eltridge has stepped up to the plate of chief information officer, replacing former CIO John McInerney who resigned in June of this year.
Patrick begins his turn as CIO from November 22nd of this year.
Telstra's chief operating officer, Michael Rocca said in a note to Telstra staff "I am pleased to announce that Patrick Eltridge joins us from Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore, starting as CIO on 22 November 2010. Patrick is ideally suited for Telstra's CIO role as his wide experience in the banking sector includes managing significant system changes, performing in a global architectural role and operating in a customer-facing business unit,"
"Patrick's deep knowledge and support of a customer-led business with a particular focus on online customer experiences and workforce productivity will add significant value to the position."
Could it be? Only 11 days until the world knows what's under the hood of AMD's new 6k range of graphics cards.
NDA paperwork is starting to come through and it looks like the 22nd is cemented into history as the launch of the AMD 6000 range of graphic cards. While we don't have exact model numbers, our understanding is that the PRO and XT flavours will be coming in, which should carry the 6850 and 6870 names.
While these names seem like a "replacement" of the current HD 5850 and 5870 parts, initial speculation with the name changes suggest these products could fall into the $200 - $250 segment.
Tasty times ahead indeed!
Development of the Cell processor that powers the PlayStation 3 has not stalled, IBM are continuing to develop chips and supply hardware for future gaming consoles, a company executive said.
IBM is working with Nintendo and Sony, CTO of IBM's Systems and Technology Group, Jai Menon said.
The Cell processor which was developed by IBM with the involvement of Sony and Toshiba, first appeared in Sony's PlayStation 3 in 2005. It was a hybrid chip, including processor cores from IBM's Power architecture. But, lately there have been doubts about Cell's future and it's use in upcoming next-generation gaming consoles.
IBM confirmed in a statement on Friday that it will still manufacture Cell processors for use in the PlayStation 3, as well as continue to invest in Cell as part of it's hybrid and multicore chip strategy.
An app may be on the way from Yahoo that will bring video calls over WiFI as well as carrier networks to Android devices as well as iPhone. According to Yahoo, this free app would use Yahoo Messenger to support both mobile to mobile and mobile to PC video calling.
While the app shouldn't have too much trouble hitting the Android Market, Apple of course always has their own rules. While this app may be considered a competitor to FaceTime, other apps like Fring and Tango have been approved that have similar function so there shouldn't be a lot of trouble on that front either.
If you're looking for the newest king of speed and storage space for your smartphone or other microSD friendly device, here it is. Kingston has announced the release of their Class 4 32GB microSDHC card.
Class 4 cards give your 4MB/s minimum transfer rate and 32GB is the maximum storage that you can get for these devices, so it looks like this card will take the crown. Expect to pay a premium when these ship to retailers, though; MSRP is listed at $153 for just the card by itself.
Look, not everyone is blessed with small hands that can make using touchscreens easy; there's quite a few people out there that have hands and fingers that can crush necks and break glasses. Some of these folks turn to a stylus to make iPhone usage easier, but who wants to have it fumbling around in their pocket? Ten One Design's newest Pogo Stylus for the iPhone 4 comes with a clip that holds the stylus to the iPhone and also doubles as a stand.
The clip has the ability to stand the iPhone both in portrait and landscape mode as well as hold the stylus snugly against the phone. For $14.95 USD, you get two clips; one a bit larger in case you want to use it with a case. They come in anodized black, pink, orange, or green so you can match it up with your favorite bumper. No more worries about losing your stylus .unless your phone is lost as well.
Look out, AT&T fans; it looks like you're going to have to dig a little deeper in your pockets if you want to swap smartphones before your contract is up. Instead of tacking on $75 to the two year contract price of a new smartphone, now that hit to your wallet is going to be $200.
It's a pretty rough price to pay with new smartphones hitting the market seemingly every month or two, but it looks like AT&T is trying to do their best to recover money lost on discounted phones sold with new contracts. This new policy does not apply to the iPhone or to lower priced "regular" phones, and you may even be able to do some wheeling and dealing to get it cut down if you're a long time customer or don't have far to go in your contract.
Our Mobile App of the Day today is Adobe AIR for Android.
This may not exactly fall under the app category, but it's too good to pass up. Flash-based games on the Android platform are about to get a lot more exciting. The Adobe AIR plug-in tool has now been released and can now be downloaded from the Android Market. Check out the short demo here:
This little tool will be required for future games and apps that make use of AIR, which is a developer tool that is used in many desktop programs like some Twitter clients and RSS feeds. This also gives devs that aren't as used to working with the Android platform another familiar tool to work with which should increase app production and quality. Apps and games requiring AIR are already popping up on the Android Market, so grab it now and save the download later with the QR code after the jump.
Are you ready?
The first picture of AMD's reference built Radeon HD 6870 has been leaked ahead of it's launch later this month, it reveals some outputs on the card.
It is the first GPU to no longer hold the ATI name, bearing an AMD Radeon branding in it's place.
The rear of the card includes (the usual 2 slot cooler), 2 X DVI-I connectors, a HDMI port and two mini DisplayPort connectors. Obviously it supports AMD's EyeFinity technology - but over how many screens now that it has 5 outputs is anyone's guess.