Several product releases promised to shake up the technology market this week. For starters, Orcon offered consumers the chance to ‘bin the traditional phone line’ with the release of its Genius home phone system. Available from Wednesday July 20, the Genius allows the user to make phone calls direct over the internet, potentially saving consumers hundreds from their phone bills while allowing them to keep their phones and phone numbers.
Meanwhile, Telecom made a launch of its own, announcing it will stock the Motorola Xoom tablet through its retail stores and online. The tablet, priced at $1,149, will provide serious competition to the dominant iPad.
Finally, Chinese manufacturer Huawei laid down the gauntlet in New Zealand, showcasing its products at a media event in Auckland and taking the opportunity to announce its intention to be in the world’s top five handset vendors by 2013.
Speaking of media events, Dell announced a partnership with Emirates Team New Zealand on Wednesday, sending journalists - including an intrepid Techday reporter - out onto the chilly Waitemata Harbour to watch the team’s two new training catamarans being put through their paces.
In Mac news, rumours suggesting the new Mac operating system, OS X Lion, would be released on Thursday failed to come to fruition. Although Apple has given plenty of indications as to Lion’s features, the firm refuses to be pinned down to a date, saying only that it will be released some time in July.
Finally, in gaming news, the new Transformers game, Dark of the Moon, has been released to coincide with the movie. Techday’s reviewer thought the two versions shared a lot of similarities – and he wasn’t talking about subtly nuanced character development.
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