The death of Game
It’s been a week since Game closed its doors in Ireland, putting 121 people out of a job and becoming the latest casualty of the downturn.
Google announced it was replacing existing chief executive Eric Schmidt with its co-founder Larry Page. Schmidt will become executive chairman of the firm. A form of executive musical chairs.
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said he was taking some time off . Tim Cook will take over the day to day running of the tech company while Jobs is on medical leave. Investors worry what will happen without him. The rest of us just wait for Macworld and listen to the increasingly noisy iPad 2 rumour mill.
Nintendo finally revealed the launch date for its 3DS, plus a line-up of games. March 25th for Europe, the 27th for the US. Trying to work up enthusiasm for this. At €270, it’s a bit of a struggle.
Facebook unveiled a new mobile version of its site that can be used on regular phones. Now you have no excuse for ignoring your aunt’s friend’s daughter’s best friend when she sends you a friend request.
So yesterday was the first full day of the show. By 4pm, I was shattered, and it wasn’t over yet.
This place is huge. I’ve already got lost in the North Hall twice. And I have a map – well, several. Plus an app on my iPhone. I still haven’t a clue where I am half the time.
If you’re an iPhone user, you’re probably more than a little addicted to the device. But that addiction comes at a price: dwindling battery life. And there’s nothing worse than being stuck somewhere (an airport) without access to a plug or laptop to charge your phone (and general entertainment device).
Christmas Day is (almost) over. Crackers have been pulled, the turkey has been savaged, and gifts have been exchanged.
According to Ebay, we’re sitting on about €179 million worth of unwanted presents. That’s a lot of foot spas, handwarmers and three-packs of underwear.