04 Jun

Facebook, NBN, Windows 8 and the new Samsung Galaxy SIII

WOW!  What a month it’s been in the IT world!


Facebook listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange after much fanfare and hype, at $39.00USD a share and closed on June 1 at a mere $27.72USD. Hopefully none of our clients bought too many shares!

Microsoft has released its final pre-release version of Windows 8 to the public for download, quite a bit earlier than everyone expected.

This Pre-Release, contains a number of features and fixes to repair issues that have become apparent in the initial preview version that was launched in March.

If you are interested in downloading and playing with the new Windows 8 you can download it from here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh670538.aspx


Samsung have launched their new Android based Galaxy S III Smartphone in Sydney last week.  The white 16GB smartphone will be sold outright for $899, and through all the major carriers on a range of plans.


According to Samsung, the company currently holds 45% of the Australian Smartphone market.

This new smartphone is powered by Samsung’s 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM. It is slimmer than the previous model, the Galaxy S II, and now boasts a 4.8in High Definition Screen.

The 8.6mm thick Galaxy S III weighs just 133 grams, and is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, with micro SD support for up to 64GB.

It also has an integrated 8MP camera which is able to shoot 1080p video, with a front-facing 1.9MP camera boasting 720p video capability as well.

Another cool feature is the eye movement recognition software, which ensures the screen stays lit until you’ve finished looking at it.

This new Samsung Phone is definitely a phone worth considering when you are looking to upgrade,  The S III can not only support cloud based email, but has a screen that is good enough to allow you to work virtually anywhere via Remote Desktop.

And finally, a quick NBN update to finish a jam packed May.  NBN Co. started wireless rollouts in Tamworth and Toowoomba last month, and hopes to service up to 500,000 homes with its 12mb download/1mb upload wireless service.  Telstra’s 4G LTE network has a far superior wireless broadband technology so the uptake they’re expecting may actually fall short.

See you all next month…