Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

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)...

A visit to NZ’s Tech Hub in San Francisco

, posted: 22-Oct-2013 13:04

Paul Spain visits the Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco for episode 4 of the NZ Business Podcast. The Kiwi Landing Pad is a base for New Zealand Tech businesses to establish themselves in the American market. Kiwi Landing Pad's Catherine Robinson shares valuable business and entrepreneurial insights and details some of the businesses (such as Xero, Vend, Mako and Booktrack) who have utilised the Kiwi Landing Pad recently. She goes on to highlight why New Zealanders should avoid thinking they're (read the entire post)...

NZ Business Podcast 3: Lance Wiggs on business, investment and the $750m TradeMe sale

, posted: 2-Sep-2013 23:58

An insightful discussion with Lance Wiggs - tech entrepreneur, investor, advisor behind TradeMe's $750-million sale to Fairfax in 2006, and now co-founder of the Punakaiki Fund which will invest in growth stage New Zealand businesses in the tech and creative spaces. This episode hosted and produced by Paul Spain (@paulspain) and featuring Lance Wiggs (@lancewiggs) with thanks to Gorilla Technology. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 3 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes RSS Feed Y (read the entire post)...

New Office Web Apps rolling out to Office 365 users in Oct

, posted: 6-Oct-2012 09:00

In what is something of a surprise - Microsoft have started sending out notices of an upgrade for Office 365. The update delivers new Office Web App capabilities such as co-authoring and much improved on screen rendering.Up until now - these SharePoint capabilities have been limited to those utilizing beta versions of the next release of SkyDrive and Office 365. If this update is anything like previous Office 365 updates it will not be delivered to a customers simultaneously, but instead will be (read the entire post)...

We want you! IT & Network Support

, posted: 11-Nov-2011 13:27

Good news - Gorilla Technology is looking for a keen and enthusiastic person to join our team. Could that be you? I'm looking for someone who both learns technical things quickly and has great people skills. If you're just looking for 'another job' then this probably isn't the role for you. At Gorilla we work differently from other companies and we're looking for someone who stands out from the crowd. There is much to Gorilla's special sauce (we call it 'The Gorilla Way') that differentiates us (read the entire post)...

NZ Tech Podcast: CIA, Kindle, Skype, Telecom NZ, Xbox 360

, posted: 25-Apr-2011 08:09

The latest episode of the NZ Tech Podcast is packed full of news and updates on Microsoft MIX 11 conference, Amazon Kindle, Skype Security problems, Telecom NZ $12m fine and network outage, Windows Phone 7 Mango, Xbox 360, CIA vs, Internet Explorer 10 and more.

With a large amount of Microsoft related content we invited Nathan Mercer back to the studio (he was a guest 2 weeks prior). He joined usual hosts Paul Spain and Brad Borrows, with Skip Parker handlin (read the entire post)...

Office 365 beta

, posted: 19-Apr-2011 21:28

After a few months of limited access, Microsoft have opened up the Office 365 beta on a global basis. Office 365 is the successor to Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), Office Live Small Business, and Live@edu.Office 365 is a cloud offering delivering a bundle of the latest versions of Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Lync, and Microsoft Office via the Internet. And as I reported last year, Microsoft have dramatically reduced pricing on their cloud offering (read the entire post)...

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New Apple MacBook Pro launches with Sandy Bridge CPUs, Thunderbolt, HD webcam

, posted: 25-Feb-2011 10:09

Apple have launched the latest generation of the MacBook Pro laptops today. This new generation features the new generation of Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs and chip set.

Alongside the faster CPU is the addition of faster graphics courtesy of the AMD Radeo HD 6000M, 720p HD webcam, Thunderbolt (aka Light Peak) 10GB/s connectivity,

The new MacBook Product is launching online globally today (starting with New Zealand) - however it appears there is a lack o (read the entire post)...

Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9) beta shines

, posted: 16-Sep-2010 18:24

I have been using the new Internet Explorer 9 beta today and have been very impressed so far. Bearing in mind it's just a beta and still likely some months away from final release it's reliability and responsiveness is excellent. IE 9 is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.With Internet Explorer 9's improved performance and standards support including HTML5 it seems to address most techical reasons why Windows users have often been using competing browser (read the entire post)...

Gorilla Technology offering free IT help to firms offline due to the Christchurch Earthquake

, posted: 6-Sep-2010 14:21

It appears that little attention is being given to supporting those firms who have lost infrastructure or data and may fail as a result of the earthquake on Saturday.

In order to assist some of the affected small-medium businesses Gorilla Technology is flying me to Christchurch today. I will be able to provide a mix of hands on help and consulting advice for businesses wondering how to get back up and running again. Free assistance will be offered on a first-in-first-served type basi (read the entire post)...