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Windows 10 is delayed

windows-10-start-menu-customised-live-tilesA report said that Microsoft hasn’t been able to supply computers that have Windows 10 pre-installed and so is setting up teams to help customers make it happen if they buy a computer on July 29th next.

Bloomberg quotes vice president of Windows, Yusuf Mehdi, as saying that the operating system isn’t finished.

That means the final version hasn’t been supplied to the computer vendors that make and sell the kit through the channel.

However, Mehdi said that it won’t be long after the 29th that you’ll be able to buy a new PC equipped with Windows 10, and he promised that by this autumn “a whole class of machines” will come ready to sell.

In between then, Microsoft will have staff to help install the operating system so that if you tip at PC World they’ll be able to help set it up.

The embarrassing disclosure comes in the wake of some pretty dicky years for Microsoft and its various operating systems.

Google asks TV makers to slow down Google TV

Google has asked TV manufacturers to delay the introduction of internet-capable Google TV sets, marking another setback in the much-hyped, yet much-flopped, launch of Google TV.

Sources close to Google revealed that the company wants to “refine” the software behind Google TV, according to the New York Times. The software has already launched, to poor reception, on Sony and Logitech devices. 

Toshiba, LG and Sharp were planning to unveil their branded versions of Google TV at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, but the planned mega-launch looks set to be missing Google’s well-known logo as it goes back to the drawing board.

January is a big time for shoppers, with big sales driving strong demand. Anything not sold in the pre-Christmas rush is sure to fly off the shelves in January, so missing out on both key months could jeopardise the overall success of Google TV.

The anonymous sources suggested that the TV makers were taken by surprise by this announcement from Google, which is likely to strain relations between the companies, particularly considering January stock is most likely already being produced or shipped.

Some of Google’s partners have yet to comment on the problem, but Toshiba has indicated that it will delay its product launches until Google introduces the new version of Google TV, which is set to bring an app store, a myriad of bug fixes and a number of other features.

This is not the first problem Google TV has encountered. Major stumbling blocks appeared when many of the US‘ leading television networks banned the broadcasting of their shows on Google TV devices, effectively destroying part of its intended purpose. 

Much of that dispute focused on the fact that Google had not negotiated anything with these networks and that copyright infringement could become a major issue. So even when Google TV devices launch there may not be a whole lot of content to access on them.

Foxconn postpones Vietnamese phone plant

Foxconn has postponed the building of a new mobile phone plant in Vietnam until 2011, citing difficulty in raising funds for the project as the reason for the delay.

The project was announced earlier this year, with plans to begin construction of the facility in the second quarter of 2010. We’re in the final quarter now and no work has begun on the building, leading many to question what happened to the $200 million project.

They need no longer wonder, as the Vietnamese state media has today confirmed that Foxconn, famed for a spate of suicides throughout the year and overall terrible working conditions, will not be building the plant until the first half of 2011.

The new plant is to be built in the northern provice of Vinh Phuc and it is expected to produce 89 million mobile phones a year.

Foxconn has asked the local government in Vietnam for permission to delay the construction. It said that financial difficulties arising from the global recession has hindered its intentions in Vietnam, but we wonder how a multi-billion company like Foxconn can suddenly run out of money for a project that has been on the drawing board for so long.

At the end of August Foxconn revealed its second quarter results, which were well below analyst expectations. It posted a healthy NT$16.7 billion ($521 million) profit, which was more than the NT$15 billion ($468 million) it gained in the second quarter of 2009, but it was signicantly lower than the NT$19.4 billion ($605 million) that some forecast.

It is easy to see why Foxconn is interested in the region, as Vietnam is quickly becoming a technology hub for investors, with the Information Computer Technology sector bringing in $6.26 billion in revenue in 2009 alone, amounting to 7 percent of the country’s GDP.

A sticking point for Foxconn, however, may be the planned wages and working conditions of the new plant, which the Vietnamese government may want improved over similar wages and conditions in China. If they want more money for employees then the project could become significantly costlier, which would explain the financial difficulties and the long-standing delay.

Nintendo delays 3DS launch until Q1 2011

Nintendo  announced that it will be delaying the launch of the 3DS, its 3D-capable portable gaming device, aiming now for a first quarter 2011 release in Japan, with European and US dates yet to be decided.

It was expected that the device would be released in time for Christmas, particularly with rivals Sony and Microsoft releasing their Move and Kinect motion sensor systems, late-coming competition to Nintendo’s highly-successful Wii, in the run up to the holiday season. The news today, however, reveals that Nintendo was unable to get the 3DS ready in time.

Nintendo announced a date of February 26 of next year for the 3DS’ release in Japan, with a suggested retail price of 25,000 Yen (around $300). Global release dates and prices were not revealed, but we can probably expect it in the US and Europe some time in March.

The 3DS is the successor to the Nintendo DS, another of the company’s extremely successful gaming devices. Various incarnations of the DS have arrived over the years, such as the smaller DS Lite and the camera featuring DSi, but the 3DS will add a whole new dimension to gaming, quite literally, with its Sharp-licensed autostereoscopic display allowing 3D images at the flick of a switch without the need for glasses. 

Nintendo also issued a profit warning, revising its forecasts downwards to account for poorer performance and the delay with the 3DS release. While it was keen to downplay the delay, it is now looking at significantly less shipments of its products over the April 2010 to March 2011 period. 

Previously it estimated 30 million shipments of the DS, but that is now revised downwards to 23.5 million. Of those, four million are expected to be the 3D units. The Wii is also performing badly, but not quite as bad, with a revised figure of 17.5 million shipments compared to the previous forecast of 18 million.

Pentagon 12 years late, $6.9 billion over budget with software

The Pentagon has finally brought in a suite of defence software only 12 years late and only $6.9 billion over budget, double what was originally planned.

The Pentagon is bringing in nine software systems, six of which are over a decade late and well above initial pricing, totalling $13.7 billion, compared to the $6.8 billion estimated previously.

The excessive increase was revealed by the US Government Accountability Office, which has criticised the Pentagon and the Inspector General of the Defense Department for its failure to deliver projects in a financially viable way. 

It also revealed that the US Army is six years late with a project that was estimated at $2.6 billion, but that it could not give a modern estimate, which would more than likely be significantly higher, revealing that the problem is widespread among the different military bodies.

Things will have to change, however, if the Pentagon is to pass an audit in 2017, a date set recently by Congress. While seven years is plenty of time to whip everything into shape, some believe it will be impossible to achieve. 

“This is a critical goal and considering the amount of time and money that’s gone into this effort, it’s one that should have been met years ago,” said Democrat Senator Tom Carper, the head of a Senate committee investigating federal finance management. He said that the audit is necessary and will help ensure billions of tax-payer’s money is saved.

Part of the irony of the situation is that much of the software is being brought in to improve  financial management, such as automated accounting and payroll, in the Pentagon, but clearly any savings made in this regard will be outweighed by the billions in initial software costs.

“Significant leadership and oversight challenges have hindered the department’s efforts to implement these systems on schedule, within cost and with intended capabilities,” the Government Accountability Office said.

Qualcomm confirms 1.5GHz Snapdragon for late 2011

Qualcomm’s CEO, Paul Jacobs, has confirmed today that the chip giant is working on a 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor with plans to release it in late 2011.

The announcement was made at the Innovation Qualcomm event in London, where Jacobs said “we have a 1.5GHz processor coming,” which should see their way into a number of new smartphones and tablets, primarily of the Android variety.

Jacobs also said that the 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor it announced in June would appear in new devices within the first quarter of 2011.

Qualcomm was the first to release a 1GHz processor for mobile devices and many handset manufacturers used the Snapdragon processor to boost speeds over the main rival, Apple’s iPhone, which at the time was still at half that speed. HTC chose it for the successful Desire and Droid Incredible and also used it for Google’s self-branded Nexus One, making it a kind of flagship processor for the Android market.

HTC planned to get dual-core 2GHz smartphones on the market by the end of the year, with speculation surfacing that a new phone called the HTC Glacier would tout one of Qualcomm’s new dual-core processors by the end of 2010, which was when Qualcomm originally planned to have its 1.5GHz processor out.

This now appears unlikely, with both of the new Snapdragon processors pushed back to a 2011 release, which may mean delays for HTC or the possibility of a different chip partner.

In the presentation it was suggested that the new processor would be available in early 2011, perhaps even launching at the Mobile World Congress 2011 event in Barcelona in February, but it was later confirmed to Recombu that Qualcomm made a mistake with the date given and it would in fact release in late 2011 instead.

Apple unveils iPad UK release dates

After a series of delays that have angered UK consumers Apple has finally announced a UK release date for the iPad.

Apple’s tablet will be available in the UK on Friday the 28th of May. It will also be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland on the same date.

A pre-order option will be available online from Monday the 10th of May.

Apple will be offering six models: a 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, with the same again in 3G versions. The prices Apple is suggesting will be £429, £499, £599, £529, £599,  and £699 including VAT respectively.

The release date has been the subject of a bit of controversy of late as the UK launch was forced into a series of delays. Speculation over the high demand for the iPad overseas led to Apple enthusiasts fearing the release date being pushed back yet again.

Given the level of frustration that has been aired so far it seems apparent that a lot of people are wanting to get their greasy hands on the device, but it’s not clear how well it will fair in the sales department compared to the American market.

Americans are already buying and selling the iPad on eBay due to the high demand. If not enough numbers are supplied to the UK for its May release consumers there may face a similar situation. Then again Apple is no stranger to clever PR and slowly leaking its devices into the market.

Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxemburg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Sinapore will have to wait until July before the iPad is released there.