Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Windows Live Essentials beta launches (Wave 4)

, posted: 24-Jun-2010 23:52

Microsoft are today making available for download the beta / preview version of their new Live Essentials suite. This collection of free applications is designed for home users to handle photo importing/editing/uploading/sharing, blog posting, basic video editing, email and instant messaging.Download Windows Live Essentials beta here. Promo Video for Windows Live Essentials beta preview. (read the entire post)...

Kinect (Project Natal) and New Slim Xbox 360 launched

, posted: 15-Jun-2010 09:37

This morning Microsoft have formally announced a new slim Xbox 360 console which includes 250gb Hard Drive and Wireless N networking. It is both smaller and quieter than the existing Xbox 360 and apparently includes a new 45nm CPU that has the graphics processor integrated. No word yet on what impact this has on performance (if any). Launch is the U.S. is 15 June, with international launch 16 July.

Pricing is US $299 - the same as the current Xbox Elite. Expect International pricing t (read the entire post)...

Final iPhone 4 specs and photos (confirmed)

, posted: 7-Jun-2010 10:16

Final images and details have been released about the iPhone 4 by Apple. Take a look here at the images and details. This article is all now confirmed official - rather than the unconfirmed details originally listed yesterday - though largely predictions were almost exact except that there is no 64gb edition. Details: First availability from 24 June (July in NZ, Australia, and many others) Faster CPU (A4 CPU made by Apple) Higher screen resolution (960x640 pixels) Multitasking Improved Camer (read the entire post)...

We need you: Gorilla Technology is growing again

, posted: 19-May-2010 14:45

The first few months of 2010 have been exiciting here at Gorilla - so I am keen to find some more talent to add to our development team. I'm actually looking for a person who is a bit like me - who really loves working with new technology and also loves working with people.

Our environment is an exciting one as we work with the very best of technology - and the best of customers who respect us and appreciate the professional role we fulfill for them. It's a challenging environment too (read the entire post)...

Turn-by-Turn Navigation a sure thing for Windows Phone 7 (and here now for Windows Mobile 6.x)

, posted: 12-May-2010 16:29

In confirmation of details leaked on this blog in recent weeks, Windows Phone 7 will have Turn-by-Turn GPS navigation capabilities - via Bing Maps. In an indication which seemingly verifies this Microsoft have already launched an updated version of Bing Maps for Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5 that provides turn-by-turn GPS navigation for U.S. based users.With Microsoft having over 1000 people working on the launch of their new mobile operating system, this is no reason to believe this functionality (read the entire post)...

Exclusive: Microsoft zeros in on Windows Phone 7 launch with Release Candidate RC1 builds

, posted: 2-May-2010 13:20

Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 development team are on the home straight for the initial release of the Windows Phone 7 operating system and associated applications. As the team focus more in on release it is expected that creation of new features will soon be put aside to focus on the 'fit and finish' of the product, along with killing off bugs impacting performance and stability. In recent days Microsoft released an updated build of the Windows 7 OS and an associated emulator so developers writin (read the entire post)...

Leak: Flash and Turn by Turn GPS Navigation coming to Windows Phone 7 this year? (Updated)

, posted: 22-Apr-2010 12:42

According to images leaked to Engadget today, a new Windows Phone 7 device from Dell is coming out in Q4. The device, branded Dell and with the model name of 'Lightning' has listed functions of: Flash, Flash Video and Silverlight inside the browser.

Also mentioned is Turn by Turn navigation using the built-in GPS. It's as yet unclear if this is using a new unannounced Bing Maps product or a 3rd party navigation application.

Interestingly the initial article from Engadget ab (read the entire post)...

SQL Server 2008 R2 released - price to jump

, posted: 22-Apr-2010 08:40

Finalised and released to manufacturing (RTM'd) today is Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. You can download the free version - SQL Server 2008 R2 Express from here. Other editions of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 will be available to download for TechNet and MSDN subscribers from 3 May, with broad availability coming 13 May. Note, it is expected that with this release prices will rise on the 'Per Processor' licenses of SQL Server by between 15% - 25%. It is therefore recommended to purchase any new l (read the entire post)...

Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010

, posted: 20-Apr-2010 04:45

The newest version of Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 - a toolset to assist in supporting and managing Windows Servers and desktop systems has been launched today.The product is a key to providing management capabilities to smaller and mid sized organistaion who have traditionally not be taken advantage of Microsoft's higher end System Center tools such as Virtual Machine Manager or System Center Operations Manager.Information regarding when Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 will b (read the entire post)...

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 launches

, posted: 20-Apr-2010 04:45

The latest and most important release of Microsoft's disk, tape and cloud based backup product - DPM 2010 has launched.This release is targeted at supporting backup and disaster recovery of Microsoft's previous and newest products including Exchange Server 2010, Windows Server 200 R2, SharePoint 2010, Hyper-V 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 R2. DPM 2010 provides the capability for a single server to backup as many as 100 servers, 1000 laptops and 2000 databases.Key additions in DPM 2010 include: Th (read the entire post)...