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Next time you're on a Jetstar domestic flight - you might have the option of using an iPad for in-flight entertainment, very cool.
Jetstar's CIO and general manager of IT, Steve Tame said yesterday that they're aiming for a roll-out of iPad's this year - pending final arrangements with Apple and media content companies.
Tame said, "Jetstar is looking at the iPad as the in-flight entertainment systems for the A320 aircraft in Australia and across Asia Pacific. The program is running from our commercial department with our in-flight services team, We are targeting roll-out this year as soon as all agreements have been finalised."
SquareTrade is a company that offers third-party warranty for consumer electronics that covers accidental damage, has released an analysis of damage rates, comparing Apple's iPhone 4 to the iPhone 3GS. The report stated damage reports by warranty holders, the GorillaGlass-clad iPhone 4 suffers from damaged or cracked screens - here is the surprising bit, twice as often as the iPhone 3GS.
The analysis was formed by accident reports from claims submitted to SquareTrade by the users who took out warranty protection for new iPhones. After 4 months, 3.9 percent of iPhone 4 owners had reported cracked screens. Where, the iPhone 3GS had reports of cracked screens by only 2.1 percent within the first four months of ownership.
That's an 86 percent increase in cracked screens.
Today Telstra announced it's plans to release it's own Android-based tablet, the T-Touch Tab which is due in November.
The device will obviously only be available on Telstra's NextG network, similar to their other "T" branded devices, however the T-Touch Tab is different, it's advertised with the "powered by Android technology" trademark.
This goes hand in hand with the announcement from Optus about the Dell Streak, the upcoming release of Samsung's Galaxy Tab (also available on Telstra and Optus).
Will it make a difference to the market? Will it have all sorts of Telstra bloatware all over it? Time will tell, a Telstra executive at the devices briefing this morning said more information will be available over the next few weeks.
LG said on Monday that it will not release a Google Android tablet this year - but will instead wait for a refreshed OS from Google. This is a swing in the other direction as it was only a few months ago that LG announced plans to join the tablet army - but is now patiently waiting for Google to get to Android 3.0
An LG official said "We plan to introduce a tablet that runs on the most reliable Android version ... We are in talks with Google to decide on the most suitable version for our tablet and that is not Froyo 2.2".
With all the players on the market for tablets, with Samsung, Dell and Apple to name a few - it's getting crowded quickly.
I think 2011 will be the tablet fight - especially with Android 3.0 shaking things up.
Samsung have shown off a tech-demo of the Home Watcher Remote, which is dream app shown on the upcoming Galaxy Tab.
A widget on the Galaxy Tab will be able to tell the oven in your house to cook the recipe, add a timer and adjust oven temperature at the touch of the Galaxy Tab's screen - if that wasn't already good enough, it can control other items in your house - such as washing machines, dryers, TV's, stoves and vacuums.
The demo isn't guaranteed to be released to customers - but it's a glimpse of the future of home automation.
Does it mean I'll have to stop dancing around my house in my sexy lil' apron?
Here's a video demo of it:
Dell has announced a local release date and pricing for it's 5-inch Android based Streak, a device that blurs the line between tablets and smart phones.
Optus will have a 3 month exclusive, offering the Dell Streak from October 1 for FREE on it's $59 plan, locked in a 24 month contract. The Streak will also be available on the $79 cap and $99 Timeless plans, as well as the $49 cap with an additional $7 per month for the handset.
Dell says the Streak will sell for $649 outright - they also rumour to release a 7-inch and 10-inch version coming next year.
The Streak features a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 5MP camera with dual LED flash, 2GB internal memory and will include a 16GB micro-SD card. At the moment, it's understood to run Android 1.6 - although before launch it might get the upgrade to 2.2
Samsung's Christmas press launch is happening right now at their Sydney HQ. The showcase of the evening? The upcoming Galaxy Tab of course.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab will cost you $999 outright, but of course through the various telco's (Telstra, Optus and Vodafone) there will be the usual subsidies.
Personally, I think it's a bit expensive at $999 outright, compared to the iPad at $649 for the WiFi only model... I think $499 would've been a better price - it would've stolen a fair amount of would-be iPadders.
Of course, McFly won't be happy about paying $999 for a Tab...
Something short and sweet for the soon to be WP7 fans!
HTC regional director responsible for North Africa and the Middle East has gone on record with gulfnews saying "we will be launching Windows Phone 7 handsets next month.
He also mentioned that HTC will be releasing "around five more models by the end of the year", we don't know how they'll verse against the iPhone and Android handsets - but competition is great. The more the merrier I say!
It seems NVIDIA is gathering it's army for a bloody fight against AMD.
Tegra 2 is out the gate, which is surprising for NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang to casually note that Tegra 3 is nearly done and the work is starting on Tegra 4.
Not much was talked about with the chip itself and no parters were announced.
Pixel Qi has big plans for new 7 inch displays that could be ready for the public late next year. These displays may make their way into a lot of tablets once they are ready due to the fact that they are capable of switching between backlit-LCD function to transflective.
One of the largest gripes with backlit LCD devices is the difficulty seeing the screen in brightly lit situations like a clear sunny day. The addition of transflective technology will make viewing content easy in any sort of lighting a lot easier. Many believe these screens may even put e-ink out of business, but late 2011 is a long way away.