Posts Tagged 'contract'

It’s good to be HP

HP “All your dataz and money belong to us”
Navy “… um, ok”

I’m sure the actual negotiations did not proceed like that but that was probably the gist of it. Getting government contracts are certainly nice, especially if you’re lucky enough to lock them in with your hardware. That is the case between HP and the Navy. 10 years and 10 billion dollars later the Navy is still stuck using HP’s equipment. Say hello to a fresh 5 year deal. The Navy relies on HP to maintain email communications across it’s network which operates at a fraction of storage space per user than a regular Gmail account. Updates cripple the network, workstations cost $4k, wiping data from 400 PCs at a tune of $5 million. Ouch. Someone call in the marines. (link)


Rogers 3G iPhone: no unlimited data plan

Here we have it, iPhone 3G pricing for our better mannered, gun-toting friends up north. All the plans from Rogers Wireless require that lovely, three-year contract and include visual voicemail, free evenings and weekends, and unlimited WiFi at all Rogers and Fido hotspots. The plans start at $60/month for 150 minutes of voice and just 400MB of data before topping out at $115/month for 800 minutes voice and up to 2GB of data. None of these plans offer unlimited data as previously rumored. See the details after the break. (link)

Unlocked iPhones to be a thing of the past

According to our sources at O2, Brits who want to buy a 3G iPhone are going to have to sign up to a contract before they can get their hands on one, wherever they buy it. This is seriously bad news for people eager to unlock their new iPhone, as you’re not going to be able to buy one for the discounted contract price and then unlock it.

If you don’t want to get tied to a contract you’ll have to choose the pay-as-you-go option, which hasn’t been priced yet but is likely to be more than a couple of hundred quid. Either way, unlockers are going to be stuck between a hard place and a rock. The choice is clear: sign up to a contract or splash some cash on a pay as you go handset. (link)

Real life Mechwarriors just around the corner

Rex Jameson bikes and swims regularly, and plays tennis and skis when time allows.

But the 5-foot-11, 180-pound software engineer is lucky if he presses 200 pounds — that is, until he steps into an “exoskeleton” of aluminum and electronics that multiplies his strength and endurance as many as 20 times.

With the outfit’s claw-like metal hand extensions, he gripped a weight set’s bar at a recent demonstration and knocked off hundreds of repetitions.

Once, he did 500.

“Everyone gets bored much more quickly than I get tired,” Jameson said.

Jameson — who works for robotics firm Sarcos Inc. in Salt Lake City, which is under contract with the U.S. Army — is helping assess the 150-pound suit’s viability for the soldiers of tomorrow.

The suit works by sensing every movement the wearer makes and almost instantly amplifying it. (CNN)

Robot wins government contract, to hire humans

IRobot Corp., which makes robots used in consumer and military applications, said Tuesday it has a $286 million Army contract for robots that disarm explosives.The company will deliver up to 3,000 robots and spare parts and provide training over the five-year contract. Some of the devices will be used by general infantry forces.

IRobot said the Army is using robots on a wider scale. Previously they were deployed only in limited numbers to explosives experts.

In electronic premarket trading, IRobot shares added $2.57, or 15 percent to $19.76 after closing Monday at $17.19

Vodafone makes T-Mobile sell iPhones without contract

Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile will allow customers in Germany to buy Apple’s iPhone without having to sign a T-Mobile contract after rival Vodafone obtained a court injunction against it. T-Mobile said on Wednesday it will offer the iPhone without a T-Mobile contract for 999 euros ($1,478) at its shops.

It will also allow those customers who bought an iPhone since November 19 to unlock the device free of charge so it can be used with other SIM cards. However, that will not enable customers to make use of all the functions that the music-playing and Web-browsing device offers.

T-Mobile has an exclusive deal with Apple to sell the iPhone in Germany, where Apple has no stores. Until now, customers had to sign up to a 24-month T-Mobile contract costing a minimum of 1,176 euros in order to buy the 399-euro phone. (link)

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