FryUp: iClub

Palmerston North leads the way

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A latecomer to the i-Trend emailed Fry Up this week: “iPhone apps just reinforce the elitism of the iCrowd, but it is so much fun.”

It is this kind of gadget snobbery that has global chip makers hiring pop stars. This week Intel announced that William James Adams Jr, aka Will.i.am from the hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas, is the company's new director of creative innovation.

Will.i.am launched his music apps company last week with an app called BEP360. It is a 360 degree view of the music video, “The Time (Dirty Bit)”.

It can be downloaded from iTunes for $1.29, although the true experience is limited to owners of an iPad, iPod touch or iPhone with iOS 4.2.

For the rest, you can experience it second-hand on YouTube.

Intel appoints Will.i.am as creative director

You’ll get it when we’re good and ready

Hasn’t the VDSL2 deployment turned into a saga? The service promises headline speeds of 40Mbit/s download and up to 10Mbit/s upload over the copper lines.

After some argy bargy over whether ISPs could get a data-only service, the Commerce Commission came out just before Christmas and said it wouldn’t regulate.

The light is green for Telecom Wholesale.

But before VDSL2 is commercially launched Telecom Wholesale says it has to, among other things, determine if there is a demand for the service – at least 70 to 100 connections. This depends somewhat on their customers, the ISPs, who will retail the connection.

To get VDSL2 you have to live within 700 metres of an exchange or a cabinet - you can find out if you are in a VDSL2 zone by using the mapping tool on the Telecom Wholesale site. Fry Up is in a zone, but a cabinet isn’t due in our area until the very end of the rollout – December 2011. Clearly we have no influence.

Telecom Wholesale remains vague on launch date for VDSL2

Fan packages Getting 70 to 100 connections across the country doesn't seem that hard a task. Maybe Telecom Wholesale should consider buying a fan base for VDSL2. According to a report on the Reseller News website this week, it is now possible to buy followers on social networking sites. One site that was recently set up locally offers buyers the option of paying $495 plus GST to get “2500 Facebook Fans” or $349 plus GST for “2500 Twitter Followers”. It would appear Facebook fans are worth more than Tweeters. Pitfalls emerge as social media takes off Palmerston North leads the way For too long this provincial city has lingered in the shadows, its achievements overlooked. For example the Ministry of Economic Development completely ignored the work of quite possibly the most innovative fibre provider in the country – InspireNet - when it insisted that only nationwide bids would be considered for the Rural Broadband Initiative. But Palmerston North does lead the way in some things, like asset management systems. Palmerston North leads the way in asset management systems Rural fibre pioneer shut out of govt broadband scheme

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