The Wrap: 5 June 2013

The Wrap: 5 June 2013

BlackBerry time machine

In my hand I have the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone from the embattled manufacturer RIM. It's a smart looking device with a design aesthetic that's leaps and bounds away from what RIM has been producing for the past few years and that's because this is one of the few remaining opportunities for the Canadian company to regain a footing in the smartphone wars.

The phone is nothing like the first BlackBerry I owned in 2006, which had a black and white screen, pixelated icons and the iconic QWERTY keyboard. It was a great phone, although I barely used half of its functionality back then.

Unfortunately, early reviews for the Z10 here and overseas haven't been kind, pointing out bugs and flaws that should never have made it past quality control. So far I've had nothing to complain about – it hasn't exploded which is always a good sign. Apart from my own stumblings while learning the new operating system and a few awkward TXT messages left over from the previous user of my loan SIM card, everything has been hunki-dori. I'll have a full review up in the next few weeks.

Startup success stays 

It took Christchurch startup Appsecute just over a year from being founded to being acquired by an overseas software company ActiveState. That's a lot to accomplish with a three-man team.

Today Appsecute has made a commitment to keep its development ticking from its Christchurch HQ. The company's founder says it's important for the team and also gives its new owners a better presence in the Asia-Pacific market. 

Apple spaceship looks to take off

Apple has released an economic report on its second campus in Cupertino, California – expected to be complete by 2016.

The new circular building looks like a mix between a spaceship and a donut and is expected to accommodate up to 12,000 employees.


If you haven't watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones I suggest you click the big red X in the corner of your web page. The following video is a hilarious compilation of reactions to the latest screening. Keep an eye out for the guy with the red singlet, he gets me every time.

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