Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Nokia jumping to Windows Phone platform (dropping Symbian)

, posted: 12-Feb-2011 04:28

Nokia have announced today that they have selected Windows Phone 7 as their primary smartphone platform. They are going to phase out Symbian, Nokia's existing primary smartphone platform. In addition to delivering handsets - Nokia plans to offer it's own App Store, Ovi Maps and other features to the Windows Phone platform. They believe this will make them more competitive in the U.S. and global markets in the growing smartphone race. Microsoft's Steve Ballmer highlighte (read the entire post)...

Review: Vodafone NZ Sure Signal 3G Femtocell

, posted: 25-Jan-2011 09:28

Sure Signal (standard)

After a somewhat problematic process I now have a Vodafone NZ 'Sure Signal' branded Femto cell (micro cell site) gadget up and running. And I'm pleased to say it delivers. If you have problems with 3G mobile coverage at your home or workplace this might be what you need.

Sure Signal Enterprise

I tested the standard unit, which Vodafone are selling for $300+gst ($345) promises to bring a strong 3G signal to places where there was (read the entire post)...

Vodafone NZ launches mobile cell sites (FemtoCells)

, posted: 20-Jan-2011 18:42

A technology which has been offered in many other places around the world has finally been launched in NZ. Femto Cells are available immediately from Vodafone NZ and allow those in homes or regions lacking in cellular coverage to link a mini cellular base station to their Internet connection.

Femto Cells are being priced at $349 for a basic unit (supports up to 4 cell phones) and $1033.85 for an 'Enterprise' option which supports up to 8 mobiles. The units are being marketed by under (read the entire post)...

Windows 8 to support both ARM and x86 'System on a Chip' architectures

, posted: 6-Jan-2011 10:20

At a press conference held in Las Vegas in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011 Microsoft have just announced that the next version of Windows will support 'System on a Chip' architectures from Intel, AMD, and ARM. The big news as was leaked in recent weeks is that a full version of Windows will run on non-Intel x86 chips.Previously the relationship and successes of Microsoft Windows and Intel have been very closedly tied - and hence the term 'Wintel' was coined. Today's ann (read the entire post)...

Windows Small Business Server 2011 (SBS 2011) finalised

, posted: 14-Dec-2010 15:34

After being available for a number months in beta and release candidate form - Microsoft have finished off work on the Standard Edition of SBS 2011 (and the Premium add on). The product has today officially reached release to manufacturing (aka RTM) stage. General availability will be sometime in the new year - OEMs receive it January, and new servers bundled with SBS 2011 should appear in February or March. There are a range of management and functionality benefits - such as improved backup and (read the entire post)...

More Prioritised Bidders Announced for NZ Ultra Fast Broadband Initiative (incl Telecom NZ)

, posted: 13-Dec-2010 10:22

This just in via a Press Release issued by Crown Fibre Holdings this morning: Crown Fibre Holdings (CFH) has announced the selection of a further three parties for priority negotiations in the ultra-fast broadband (UFB) initiative. The three parties are: Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Limited: covering 25 candidate areas; Enable Networks: covering Christchurch and Rangiora ; and Flute Joint Venture represented by Aurora Energy Limited: covering Dunedin These three parties have provided (read the entire post)...

Q&A: First deals approved in NZ Ultra-Fast Broadband rollout

, posted: 7-Dec-2010 10:42

Following the announcement from Hon Steven Joyce this morning, Crown Fibre Holdings have published this Q&A: 1. What is the area covered by Ultra Fast Fibre Limited? This will cover Hamilton (including Cambridge and Te Awamutu),Tauranga, Tokoroa, New Plymouth, Hawera and Wanganui. This accounts for just over 14 per cent of UFB premises (14.2%). 2. What is the area covered by Northpower Limited? This will cover Whangarei - accounting for just over one and a half per cent of UFB premises (1 (read the entire post)...

First Deals Approved in Ultra-Fast Broadband Rollout

, posted: 7-Dec-2010 10:29

This New Zealand news was released this morning from office of Hon Steven Joyce (Minister for Communications and Information Technology): The cities of Hamilton, Tauranga, Whangarei, New Plymouth and Wanganui will be among the first to benefit from the government's rollout of ultra-fast broadband, says the Minister for Communications and Information Technology Steven Joyce. Crown Fibre Holdings has concluded negotiations with two partner companies, following shareholding ministers' approval of (read the entire post)...

Silverlight 5 announced

, posted: 3-Dec-2010 06:57

Microsoft have today announced Silverlight 5. Scott Guthrie made the announcement at Silverlight Firestarter keynote. You can stream the event here. The video is well worth viewing and includes some incredible demos of data visualisation and 3D animation. With the Silverlight 5 release Microsoft have brought across more functionality from WPF. Beta release of Silverlight is coming in first half of 2011, with final release in the second half of the year. Highlights include: Data Binding improvem (read the entire post)...

Windows Phone 7 based Sony Ericsson Xperia X7 and X7 mini coming in Q1 2011?

, posted: 15-Nov-2010 14:59

News has been floating around various gadget blogs today regarding new Windows Phone 7 devices from Sony Ericsson. While it's been confirmed by Sony Ericsson that their focus for 2011 will be on Windows Phone 7 and Android, there have been no official announcements regarding WP7 handsets. The images are fairly self explanatory since they include apparent device specs. What is unusual and makes the specs more likely to be bogus are certain specs such dual-core 1.2ghz CPU in the Sony Ericsson Xper (read the entire post)...