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Qantas announced yesterday it's plans to go "Apple-only" on it's frequent flyer lounges around Australia - giving travellers access to the "latest generation Mac's" in a national roll out.
Alan Joyce, chief executive of Qantas said that the Apple desktops would be available immediately in the Qantas club facilities and that it would be rolled out in other cities by the end of 2010. He said, "We are launching Sydney Qantas Lounges with the new technology from today; Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth from November; and Alice Springs Cairns, Darwin, Hobart and Townsville from December."
Mana Bar started off in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley - the first of it's kind to use a concept of video game consoles in a cocktail bar - it has been successful enough to venture into a second bar, now set to launch in Melbourne in December.
They've confirmed they've signed a lease for a venue to be in Fitzroy and have started renovating the place for the launch later this year. They said they had spent months looking for the right place - to end up settling down on this one as it's situated next to other high class cocktail bars and it's also close to Melbourne's tram network.
There's no concrete date for the opening as they want to get it right before announcing, Guy "Yug" Blomberg said: "The date is something we're taking really seriously. We had people fly up to Brisbane last time, so we want to make sure we get it right."
Intel has announced plans to invest between $6 and $8 billion to upgrade multiple manufacturing plants in the US and also to build a new facility in Oregon. This would create up to 1000 jobs at Intel.
Intel President and CEO - Paul Otellini said, "Today's announcement reflects the next tranche of the continued advancement of Moore's Law and a further commitment to invest in the future of Intel and America," he added "The most immediate impact of our multi-billion-dollar investment will be the thousands of jobs associated with building a new fab and upgrading four others, and the high-wage, high-tech manufacturing jobs that follow."
The investment is geared toward Intel's move to manufacturing at a 22nm process. Intel is on track to deliver 22nm chips in 2011.
Apple can't go back to the Mac, yet, as the sales of iOS devices dwarf's their Mac range.
Apple made $20 billion selling iOS based devices, this includes: 4.19 million iPad's in the third quarter alone, rushing past Mac sales of 3.9 million. 14.1 million iPhones were sold - double what they sold in the fourth quarter of 2009. Within that $20 billion revenue was $4.3 billion in profits.
Remember - these are sales and profits before the Christmas season - once Apple get their Christmas on, things might be even better for them.
Most big ISP's have been giving 1TB plans to their users for a couple of months now, but Adelaide based (yeah boi) Adam Internet has joined in on the 1TB fun.
Adam Internet has unveiled their "SuperChoice" plan which includes 500GB of on-peak data and 500GB of off-peak data at ADSL2+ speeds for $120 a month. Adam Internet will also offer 250GB/250GB plans for $90 a month, 100GB/100GB plans for $60 a month and various other plans ranging from 4GB for $35 a month to 500GB for $110 a month - all on ADSL2+.
Customers wishing to bundle Adam's AdamTalk internet phone package can do so for an extra $10 a month which includes $50 credit.
Texas Instruments makes all sorts of chips for a vast range of devices running from mobile phones and set top boxes to other electronic devices that you probably don't even know they work with. TI runs its own fabs where it builds its chips itself rather than being a fabless semiconductor firm like some that farm out the actual construction of their chips to someone else.
TI has announced today that it has acquired a new analog semiconductor fab in China. The fab is the first that TI has in China, is located in Chengdu, and will be known as TI Chengdu. The fab is a fully equipped 200mm fabrication facility and TI purchased the fab from Cension Semiconductor Manufacturing Company at an undisclosed price.
Skype official version 5 is out, including group chat which was previously seen in betas - can now link up with your Facebook account for status updating and quick calls to friends Skype or landline numbers.
Amongst bug and performance fixes, includes group video chat. The Facebook integration is also included - you'll have to ask your friends to list their Skype names on Facebook.
Skype 5 is a free download for Windows users only - future editions of Skype for other clients will included group chat, eventually.
The lads over at KitGuru have an interesting interview with Richard Huddy of AMD.
If you're a fan of GPU's (from either team) it's a very good read. There will be more interviews to come.
The interview explains a lot about both business practices, benchmark's, the Batman AA scandal, DX11, the future of PC gaming and hardware and how every game up until 2012 will be developed around the AMD Radeon as they were the first GPU company with DX11 level hardware.
Here are some snippets from the interview:
"With one exception, every game released through to 2012 will have been developed on AMD's Radeon"
We asked Huddy about the ways in which differences in hardware design translate into the DevRel push. "AMD being able to deliver DirectX 11 hardware into the hands of developers a full 6 months ahead of nVidia, means that with one single known exception, every game released through to 2012 will have been developed on AMD's Radeon hardware. that gives us a huge advantage".
The picture is deceiving isn't it - especially for a tech site, but now that you're here, sit down for story time and enjoy this news bit.
Today, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and IBM Australia & New Zealand Managing Director, Glen Boreham announced a new global R&D lab to be based at the University of Victoria. The deal creates 150 jobs, the major reason behind it is the NBN.
The new R&D lab will open in Q1 or 2011.
At the University of Melbourne, Gillard made the announcement. The lab will be the first IBM lab to combine both R&D into a single operation, it's aim to accelerate progress toward a smarter planet. More specifically, it will focus on areas such as water management, transport in urban centres, natural disaster management, smart electrical grids and more.
The lab is expected to bring more benefits to Victoria, not just including the 150 new researcher positions over five years, 38 of those being PhD students.
Telstra is really stretching out lately - another news bit, that they are upgrading their online bill payment facilities after research showed online payment as the preferred method of customers paying their phone bills.
Telstra's research was the result of Pure Profile's August 2010 sample of 1250 Australian's aged over 18, from both regional and metropolitan areas. Karen Ganschow, executive director of relationship marketing and online, said that the research they had showed 85 percent of Australian's preferred simple transactions on their PC or mobile phone, rather than in person or on the phone.
She added, "The average Australian has entered a new age of embracing online in their day to day lives. More than a third of us go online daily to perform simple transactions - such as paying bills or checking account information - with 10 per cent using the net up to four times a day to perform these tasks."