Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


NZ Tech Podcast 231: Car Tech, inside local social network Neighbourly, a $3/month Netflix competitor

, posted: 27-May-2015 09:34

We talk with Neighbourly co-founder Casey Eden about this growing local social network, along with discussion about new tech from Toyota and Audi, a streaming video service that wants to compete with piracy, and some fascinating Google and Microsoft news. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Casey Eden (@caseyeden22). Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here: Download or Listen to Episode 231 directly Subscribe and listen via iTune (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 229: The $9 computer, Nanogirl and force touch nanotech, Autonomous Trucking

, posted: 12-May-2015 23:04

We discuss an autonomous truck becoming approved on US roads, Apple's force touch technology, a $9 computer Netflix data impact, tax changes for online services, new smartphones from Microsoft, a very robust Samsung tablet and finally a stylish wearable device. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl) and Brett Roberts. Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here: Download or Listen to Episode 229 directly (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 228: Microsoft’s Build, Tesla coming home, the end of the Internet, LED carpet

, posted: 6-May-2015 09:35

In this episode we discuss the smartphone that morphs into a PC, Spark's latest UFB moves including landlines over UFB without an Internet connection, Microsoft's news from Build, Tesla puts power in your home with Powerwall, the end of the Internet, LED carpet, Kickstarting a smart desk plus Xero and Paymark team up for paperless receipts. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Sean Dring and Mark Derricutt. Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get t (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 227: Hands on Apple Watch, MacBook, Microsoft Surface 3, Huawei TalkBand B2, Open Source Open Society Conference

, posted: 29-Apr-2015 23:54

Paul acquires an Apple Watch in Los Angeles, and also spends time with the new MacBook, Microsoft Surface 3, Huawei TalkBand B2. Also - Open Source Open Society Conference, Xero results, Internet speeds and Netflix, Uber price increase. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz). Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here: Download or Listen to Episode 227 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes RSS Feed Yo (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 226 in London – Huawei P8 hands on, Mobilegeddon, Killing off FM radio, Dell XPS 13

, posted: 23-Apr-2015 11:45

This week Paul Spain joins Jack Schofield (The Guardian, ZDNet) to discuss Google's 'Mobilegeddon' search rankings shakeup, Microsoft's first store outside North America arriving in Sydney, Australia trying to catch up on domain names, Dell's new XPS 13, DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) and killing off FM radio, fixed broadband in the UK and the Huawei P8. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Jack Schofield (@jackschofield). Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - P (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 225 in London: Apple Watch, Game of Thrones, Huawei P8 and more

, posted: 16-Apr-2015 06:27

From London this week Paul Spain joins Glenn Williams to discuss Apple Watch, Game of Thrones distribution challenges, upcoming smartphones (Huawei P8, LG G4), CallPlus/Slingshot sale to Australia's M2 and some interesting UK topics. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Glenn Williams (@radiowammo). Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here:

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NZ Tech Podcast 223: Surface 3 hands on, Huge .NZ Domain Drama, Semble Mobile Wallet Launch

, posted: 3-Apr-2015 23:10

Highlights this week - Microsoft Surface 3, Semble mobile wallet launch and an NZ domain name drama with global ramifications. Also discussed were Windows 10, Project Spartan, Tesla's mystery, MYOB's share market listing and Datacom's A$242 Australian contract win. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Nathan Mercer (@nathanm) and Nate Dunn (@nate). Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here: Download or Listen to Episode 223 directl (read the entire post)...



Microsoft launching Surface 3 with Atom x7 processor

, posted: 1-Apr-2015 02:00

This week I had a chance to get a little hands on time with a pre-release unit of the new Microsoft Surface 3 - a 2-in-1 device with 10.8" screen. Is it a tablet or a laptop? Frazer Scott (Marketing & Operations Director for Microsoft NZ) says "like Surface Pro 3, Surface 3 is a tablet that can replace your laptop but is thinner, lighter and even more affordable." With this launch Microsoft have taken and blended much of the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 3 together - and deliver a result that w (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 222: 2degrees buys Snap, Netflix hits NZ, Self Driving Cars due mid-year, Magic Leap

, posted: 27-Mar-2015 12:16

This week we talk about 2degrees Mobile's acquisition of Snap Internet, Netflix arrival in New Zealand, Tesla's indications of Self Driving Cars arriving in the US mid-year, Magic Leap's AR demo , Fitbit's cycle track upgrade and Intel refreshed NUC computer. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Ross McDougall, Mark Petrie (CEO - Snap), Stewart Sherriff (CEO - 2degrees), Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here: Listen via Soundclo (read the entire post)...



2degrees Mobile acquires Internet Provider Snap

, posted: 23-Mar-2015 09:00

2degrees have just confirmed the acquisition of Snap Internet. This has been rumoured for a long time and today has confirmed it. Full details shared by 2degrees: 2degrees has purchased Internet service provider Snap and will launch fixed-mobile services this year, accelerating its growth as a full service communications provider. The two growing challengers will combine under the 2degrees brand, delivering a broadband and mobile service to consumers, businesses and enterprise customers nationw (read the entire post)...