FutureFive NZ - The TechDay Weekender - Mar 12th 2011

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The TechDay Weekender - Mar 12th 2011

It’s that time of the week again, where we cleverly remind you about any of the stories you may have missed over the past seven days.

In mid-February Orcon announced that it would be unbundling Palmerston North and Rotorua before the end of the month. While slightly later than planned (less than two weeks), Orcon confirmed to TechDay that the unbundling of Palmerston North is now complete and customers can order its broadband services.

Continuing the ultra-fast broadband sage, Crown Fibre Holdings has selected the Central Fibre Consortium for prioritised negotiations in the Ultra Fast Broadband initiative. Read our regular Fibre Watch column to see what that means in the grand scheme of things.

With iPad 2 having just gone on sale in the US, word came this week that Microsoft won’t release a rival to Apple and Google tablet operating systems until the 2012 back-to- school season. Talk about arriving late to the party.

Coincidentally, if you’re still on the fence about whether or not to start lining up to buy a new iPad 2, Apple has released a bunch of ‘guided tour’ videos.

Usually campaigns are launched to get you to sign up for a new service or buy a new product. But not Microsoft’s most recent. Microsoft has launched a campaign aimed at getting everyone around the world OFF Internet Explorer 6. Do you bit here.

And sticking with Microsoft, there are now reports that a number of job postings on LinkedIn specify roles "responsible for defining and delivering next generation console architectures from conception through implementation". Xbox 720 anyone?

Warner Bros. has begun expansion of its digital distribution model in the US by offering selected movies for purchase or rental through its Facebook movie pages. The first one up is The Dark Knight, for 300 Facebook Credits.

On the technology front recent research commissioned by Microsoft - who has a massive interest in cloud computing, don't forget – revealed that New Zealand is the most cloud savvy country in the Asia Pacific region.

High fives all round.

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