NetGuide NZ - The TechDay Weekender - Apr 16th 2011

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The TechDay Weekender - Apr 16th 2011

It’s the weekend again, which means it’s time for us to take stock of what’s happened over the last seven days.

The biggest story of the week has to go to the way our politicians rushed through the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill.

"While disconnecting internet connections hasn't yet been activated it was included in the Bill and that particular trigger can be pulled at any time by the government from 2013 onwards without even a law change. Ridiculous,” says Paul Matthews, Chief Executive of NZCS, the professional body of New Zealand’s ICT sector.

Another shock came in the form of Cisco suddenly deciding to pull the plug on its popular Flip range of portable video cameras. It was only last week that the firm released an app that basically turned iPhones and smartphones into Flip recorders. Makes sense when you think about it though.

After as many delays as there have been rumours, Apple finally said last week that its White iPhone 4 would be launching in the spring in the US.

More good news for iPhone fans came from Sky this week as the company has revealed plans for an app that’ll let you record and view the programme guide while on the move. You’ll never miss an episode of Shortland Street again.

If you don’t like apples, Nokia launched its E7 smartphone last Friday which is exclusive to Vodafone. The device is being pitched as an "all-in-one business smartphone” and will cost you (or your boss) around NZ$1299.

The rise of the tablets (or the rise of the iPad) has also had a serious impact on Q1 PC shipments this year. Research firm Gartner says that tablets are being blamed for the first year-over-year decline in PC shipments for the last six quarters.

And if you’re still saving up the money for a Nintendo 3DS, you might want to hold fire and see if the rumours of a new Nintendo console appearing at this year’s huge E3 gaming expo turn out to be true. The whispers say it’s more powerful than both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. But will it have a DVD player? That’s what we want to know...

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