FutureFive NZ - The TechDay Weekender - Jun 11th 2011

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The TechDay Weekender - Jun 11th 2011

With Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and the gaming world's E3 conference on this week, the big announcements were coming thick and fast.

Apple kicked off the week with announcements of new releases of iOS 5 and OSX Lion. The biggest news was its iCloud service that will automatically and wirelessly sync across platforms. A hacker was quick to rain on the parade, however, with news that a beta version of iOS 5 had already been jailbroken.

At E3, Microsoft's big announcement was a new installment in the Halo franchise, as well as a remastered release of the original. Nintendo announced its follow up to the Wii, the Wii U and Sony attempted to recover from a few bad PR weeks with an unveiling of its new portable gaming device, the PS Vita. We hope to have more from E3 for readers next week.

Estimates suggest payments made using NFC technology will reach US$50 billion within the next three years - eliciting a resounding 'duh' from those of you following our recent stories of announcements in the field from big players like Visa and Google.

Closer to home, the Ministry of Economic Development released a survey which, probably unsurprisingly, found businesses consider the high cost of mobile data roaming in Australia to be prohibitive to business. In other news, Fairfax struggles to pay for executive's mobile Facebook-checking habits on business trips and puts Trade Me up for sale to pay for it. Well, the first bit isn't true (we think) but Fairfax has said selling off a chunk of the Kiwi auction site isn't off the cards.

As a special for the TechDay Weekender edition, enjoy this live-action Angry Birds video.

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