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The TechDay Weekender - May 28th 2011

28 May 11

Well, we can't even begin to think of starting this TechDay Weekender out without talking about Telecom. The Government finally made its decision on where the remaining contracts would go and Christchurch ratepayer-owned Enable was a lucky winner along with Telecom, which took out ~69 percent of the contract. But that hardly meant the issue was done and dusted. Far from it. First off, the news that Telecom would have to spin off Chorus, its network arm, under the terms of the agreement, followed by a downgrading of the company's rating outlook to 'negative' by Moody's. Next came the criticism of the country's oldest telco. Our own Fibre Watch column called the carrier an 'unpopular' winner, while the Commerce Commission issued proceedings against Telecom for discrimination against other telcos. CallPlus quickly followed up that announcement with one of its own, stating that it would 'likely' seek damages should Telecom be penalised by the ComCom.

So overall - probably not Telecom's best week ever.

It almost seemed like Telecom was hogging the news for a while over the week, but other happenings did occur.

Wellington is going Wi-Fi for free in time for the Rugby World Cup - news that almost everyone greeted happily (though we're still waiting for the Auckland 'super' city to follow suit!).

Sony was hit with more hacking news, though not quite so widespread this time, when its Thai homepage was hacked to host a phishing scam.

Google and MasterCard jumped on the NFC bandwagon, signalling more big things in store with the new Wi-Fi/3G-free payment system.

A UK Twitter-scandal went viral and global when an unnamed footballer tried to use the legal system against the micro-blogging site to reveal names of the people who (ironically) revealed his name, though they were technically breaching a 'super injunction' which prevents media from reporting that the injunction exists, let alone what it's about.

In Mac-related news, we started out with the sad news of two deaths at the Chinese iPad factory that has already gained notoriety for its alleged inhumane treatment of workers. The deaths occurred as a result of an explosion at the factory. Things didn't get much better for Apple as news of a variant of the Mac Defender malware that installs without an admin password. At least the rumoured Apple cloud music streaming service seems healthy.

Gamers will be pleased that Duke Nukem Forever has finally 'gone gold' and is scheduled for release on 10 June with a playable demo on 3 June - just as long as it manages to live up to 15 years worth of hype... And for anyone who actually thought they were good at Tetris, watch the whole five minutes of this video - and you'll quickly be brought down to size. Or just watch it any way and get your head around the fact it actually happened.

Bits and bobs

IDC: Smartphone shipments ready to stabilise in 2019
IDC expects year-over-year shipment growth of 2.6% in 2019, while the world's largest market is still forecast to be down 8.8% in 2018.
52mil users affected by Google+’s second data breach
Google+ APIs will be shut down within the next 90 days, and the consumer platform will be disabled in April 2019 instead of August 2019 as originally planned.
New app conducts background checks on potential tenants
Landlords and house owners need to obtain a tenant’s full name, date of birth, email address, and mobile number in order to conduct the search. And most importantly, they have to get the tenant’s permission first.
GirlBoss wins 2018 YES Emerging Alumni of the Year Award
The people have spoken – GirlBoss CEO and founder Alexia Hilbertidou has been crowned this year’s Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Emerging Alumni of the Year.
IDC: Standalone VR headset shipments grow 428.6% in 3Q18
The VR headset market returned to growth in 3Q18 after four consecutive quarters of decline and now makes up 97% of the combined market.
Meet Rentbot, the chatbot that can help with tenancy law
If you find yourself in a tricky situation  - or if you just want to understand your rights as a landlord or tenant, you can now turn to a chatbot for help.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) finally releases on PS4
PUBG on PS4 feels like it’s still in Early Access as the graphics look horribly outdated and the game runs poorly too. 
How AI can fundamentally change the business landscape
“This is an extremely interesting if not pivotal time to discuss how AI is being deployed and leveraged, both in business and at home.”