FutureFive NZ - The TechDay Weekender - Mar 5th 2011

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The TechDay Weekender - Mar 5th 2011

With the effects of the Christchurch earthquake becoming more apparent each day, New Zealand’s tech and telecommunications companies wasted no time in offering their support.

In an attempt to offer some relief to the victims of Christchurch earthquake, several Kiwi app developers banded to together to support the New Zealand Red Cross appeal.

All the major telcos did a great job of keeping the media and public updated on their services on the ground in Christchurch too.

And after calling for old corded phones to be donated, Telecom CEO Paul Reynolds applauded the Kiwi effort that brought in nearly 10,000 phones.

Looking at the broadband situation in New Zealand, InternetNZ released a statement about rebuilding Christchurch underpinned by world class broadband infrastructure. In it were reports that the government is considering scrapping or delaying the UFB initiative.

Read our regular Fibre Watch column which explains what the speculation could mean for UFB going forward.

You may have missed it but right at the end of last week, after Apple launched its new fleet of MacBook Pros, Intel officially unveiled its new high-speed PC connection, Thunderbolt.

The new Thunderbolt technology, shipping in all new MacBook Pros, is said to be able to transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds.

After months speculation Apple finally made iPad 2 official. And it was pleasing to see Steve Jobs lead the keynote event. You can read all about the new iPad here.

But despite Apple saying it's March 25th in New Zealand, both YooBee/MagnumMac and JB say iPad 2's launch date is unconfirmed.

If you’re a gamer, the biggest news was that Mortal Kombat has been banned in Australia, with NZ distributor Fiveight currently awaiting the nail-biting local decision from the New Zealand Office of Film and Literature Classification.

And if you’re thinking of picking up a new digital TV in the near future, be sure to stop by this detailed NetGuide article, which gives you everything you need to know.

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