A walk around the CES 2013 show floor reveals two things: the absence of some of the biggest technology companies in the world and a lot of so-called 'booth babes' prancing awkwardly around iPhone cases.
LOL! The first ever text message, wishing someone (a very early) Merry Christmas was sent 20 years ago today. And we're all still hapilly texting one another 2 decades l8r.
The strange world of product development has been shoved into the spotlight as Samsung lifts the cloche on how it does stress tests on its smartphones.
Finding a full user manual for a mobile phone, camera or tablet is increasingly rare. Buyers often find a quick setup guide, usually in pictorial format (this is often so that the same support material can be provided in a number of countries - printing one guide being much cheaper than dedicated versions for several languages). When instruction manuals are provided, it's rarely in print - PDF being the format of choice for many manufacturers.
It's an increasing source of frustration for many people, and a subject that is raised frequently by Computeractive readers.
Derek Everett bought the Panasonic DMC-FZ200 camera "and was less than pleased to find and the manual, which should be carried around at all times due to the camera's complexity, is 220 pages long. By not including a printed version, Panasonic has increased profits by probably not more than £5, at the expense of customer relations," said Mr Everett.
The city of Taipei will be showing off the future of technology with 1,800 exhibitors filling five huge exhibition centres for Computex Taipei.
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