Telstra are set to open 100 new stores over the next three years, the stores will feature a simpler product range and accessories tailored to suit local markets, Telstra chief executive David Thodey said. "Our existing stores welcome around 30 million customer visits each year, and this initiative means our retail outlets will now appear in even more locations, making it easier and more convenient for customers to interact with us," Mr Thodey said.
Telstra are also looking at a new online customer service unit to improve customer satisfaction with the boom in its customer base. The unit would develop ways for Telstra customers to do more of their transactions such as, changing plans, ordering new services, or activate additional features, online rather than having to call a call centre.
Samsung gave themselves a target with the Galaxy S, but that's in the smartphone world. The gimmick of 3D and lack of great substance in 3D movies is going to be a very large hurdle for Samsung to overcome this year.
But, they're expecting sales of 3D sets to jump by releasing new models and new technologies that Samsung say will enhance the 3D experience. Samsung's 2010 target for 3D sales was 2 million, this year brings a 500-percent increase in sales targets. Yoon Boo-geun, president of Samsung's visual display business told reports that Samsung expect to grab between 9 - 10 million 3DTV sales in 2011 and has hailed the so-called active shutter technology it uses.
Artwork for new boxes on Gigabyte, MSI, Asus motherboards has been signed off and sent to production
It looks as though the big motherboard players have their Sandy Bridge-based motherboards hitting revision 2.0 with new box designs being approved and sent for manufacturing. Gigabyte is now showing a "rev 1.0" on their website as the pic below shows:
Will the box-art bring a huge change to the look of the box itself, to differentiate between the "broken" 1.0 boards and the newer 2.0 boards? Only time will tell, but to calm to worry from customers I'm guessing the boxes will bring a change and most likely have a big sticker placed on them to stop people from worrying.
Rumor has it that Apple are set to use the new connector technology on their upcoming MacBook Pro update which is rumored to happen on February 24. Even if the MacBook Pro refresh doesn't include Light Peak, Apple are expected to use the technology in the future - but most likely under a different name.
Intel themselves have said that the first Light Peak products should pop up in the first half of 2011. If Apple have included it on their upcoming refresh of the MacBook Pro it would be a huge coup - as it's faster than USB 3.0, being capable of 10 gigabits per second in both directions, simultaneously.
The latest happenings from around the web - February 20th, 2011
- Gateway DX4320-45 @ Techreviewsource
- Asus E35M1-I Deluxe Fusion Mobo & Thermaltake Armor A30 @ Kitguru
- LLVM 2.9 Clang Performance On Intel's Sandy Bridge @ Phoronix
- ECS H55H-I @ CHW
- G.Skill RipJaws PC3-12800 CL7 4GB Kit @ RWLabs
- Corsair Dominator GT 2133 CL9 @ Ocaholic
- HIS Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo 1 GB @ Techpowerup
- Palit GeForce GTS 450 Sonic Platinum @ Ultimate Hardware
Apollo 18 is a movie filmed in the "found footage" documentary style which involves the story of the Apollo 18 undocumented and covert mission to the moon which reveals other life forms which are quite disturbing.
The movie is produced by Night Watch/Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov with the movie poster teasing "There's a Reason We've Never Gone Back To The Moon." It's like the love child of Paranormal Activity and Alien and actually looks quite good.
U.S. President Barack Obama wrapped up his week of mingling with leaders in the tech industry with a tour of Intel's Hillsboro, Oregon manufacturing facility. While a large portion of many tech manufacturing jobs remain based in other countries, Intel remains steadfastly dedicated to being a U.S company from start to finish. Intel plans on creating over 4,000 jobs this year outside other future endeavors.
Obama seemed very impressed by the facility. "We just had an amazing tour. One of my staff said it's like magic. I had a chance to see everything from an electron microscope, to the inside of the microprocessor plant--the clean room. Of all the gadgets you got here, what actually most impressed me is the students and science projects here."
Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel, was on hand as host and also made the announcement of Intel's new facility coming to Arizona. It is going to be named Fab 42 and will be a $5 billion facility dedicated to 14 nanometer development and manufacturing as well as future projects. This is on top of the plans for a 14 nanometer facility that will be added on to the existing Oregon complex.
Crysis 2 and Killzone 3 have each been leaked out to the internet and now Bulletstorm has joined them. Elaborate marketing stunt or behind the scenes leaks? Are leaked games the new cheap marketing stunt? These AAA titles will still sell in the millions so a few leaks isn't going to hurt them, right?
EA has taken another hit with Bulletstorm making its way to torrent sites, with Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions popping up online with only the former being confirmed to work. The PC version has not made its way out. 2011 has started with quite a few leaks, is it a coincidence? Or is it a different form of marketing? Instead of spending $30 million on an advertising campaign, maybe having 1 million people download your game is less of a hit? It gets the game into peoples hands and lets them brag about it to friends who might in turn not want to risk getting hit by the ban hammer for their consoles and rushing out to buy it?
Taipei Game Show 2011 - No excuses this time, this video is all about the girls of the Taipei Game Show 2011. Do I need to say anymore?
Hope you enjoyed it! And if you are on a low bandwidth connection, there are plenty of pictures in the gallery below.
Taipei Game Show 2011 - When I said in an earlier post that there was lots of cool technology at Taipei Game Show 2011, I meant it, but it was all being hogged by loads of lovely Taiwanese girls. That's not necessarily a bad thing, maybe just a reason for all the girlie videos today. Sorry ladies.
So, besides Sony having a kick ass Gran Turismo 5 five screen simulator at their booth, they were also actively promoting PlayStation Move - the gaming controller competitor to Microsoft's Xbox Kinect that actually requires a controller. Booth babe ladies were scattered on a stationary merry-go-round setup with loads of PS3's and the Move motion controller.
Sure, Move is far from new, but it's still kind of newish in Taiwan and the first I have really seen it in action for a considerable amount of time.