Verizon Airfone will close down its service on planes by end of this year after offering seatback phone service for over two decades. Unfortunately, the Airfone’s 140 employees fate are uncertain because the company explores a possible sale of the commercial airline portion of its business. Jim Pilcher, director of marketing for Airfone said that the decision is based on Verizon Communications’ strategy to focus on its core business, which is broadband, wireline and wireless. Read more details at MSNBC.
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Apple has cancelled plans for offline tech support in India. Apple had announced ambitious plans for setting up a 1,400,000 to 1,500,000 square feet technical support center in Bangalore at an investment of 20 million dollars in March 2006. But later, Apple officials informed that the company is revaluating its operations and has thought of pulling back its Indian operations. Apple will be giving these employees a severance package of two months salary. Considering companies like Dell, IBM and many others who have off shore tech support in India, it is unclear why Apple decided to shut shop just over a month after it commenced operations. Steve Dowling, an Apple spokesperson, said that Apple have re-evaluated company’s plans and have decided to put our planned support centre growth in other countries. Via Times of India.
Dell and Skype are agreeing to pre-install Skype software on two of Dell’s new XPS laptops; the M1210 and M2010. According to the deal, Dell will pre-install Skype on the XPS M2010 which features a 20.1-inch high-definition display with integrated Web cam. The XPS M1210 can also be configured with Skype as part of an optional audio-video communications package. You can visit IPcommunications for more details. Via Engadget.
XFX, a worldwide leader in the manufacture of nVIDIA-based graphics cards, is joining forces with Fatal1ty. Fatal1ty is the recognized leader in competitive gaming PC. Under the agreement, Fatal1ty will collaborate with XFX on the design and technical specifications of a series of graphics cards with a special focus on the needs of competitive PC video gamers. XFX has developed an exciting array of video cards and accessories which are designed to maximize the entire entertainment experience. Their future products will be designed for maximum performance and stability. Collaborative efforts between XFX and Fatal1ty will begin in mid-2006. Furthermore, the products designed under this partnership will be co-branded XFX and Fatal1ty.