Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


NZ Tech Podcast: A trip to CES in Las Vegas with Paul Spain

, posted: 22-Jan-2015 22:00

Paul Spain invites you to join him as he talks with a fascinating mix of exhibitors at the world's biggest tech event - CES 2015. Hear about NZ's Performance Labs, a tiny new robot, Mercedes-Benz new concept car, gadgets for kids, sport tech, smart locks, in car tech and more. This episode of NZ Tech Podcast was hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain), supported by Vector Communications and published by NZ's Podcast network - Podcasts NZ. A special thanks to Samsung (NZ) and Gorilla Technology (IT S (read the entire post)...



Boxing Day Sales 2014 – Tech Specials

, posted: 25-Dec-2014 09:00

It's become a bit of tradition for me to build a list of Boxing Day tech specials each year. Here's some of the best of Boxing Day 2014. Be sure to listen in to the NZ Tech Podcast to catch our opinions on some of tech below and keep up-to-date with what's happening in the technology world. (Check back here over the next few hours as there will be more items added) Laptops, Tablets - Acer Aspire 15" Intel DualCore Celeron (Atom) laptop - The Warehouse - $279 (limited qty)- HP 14" Intel DualCore (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 211: North Korean Internet KO’d, NZ Broadband speeds ramp up, Tasman Global Access Cable

, posted: 23-Dec-2014 23:41

We wrap up the year by looking at a strong increase in NZ broadband speeds, a new undersea cable (Tasman Global Access Cable) from Spark/Vodafone/Telstra, Symantec security predictions for 2015, new tablet keyboards from Logitech, Sky TV's Neon video-on-demand, Oculus new acquisition and more. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Ross McDougall and Wal Reid. Supported by Vector Communications and published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 210: Kiwicon anklet hack, Linus Torvalds coming to NZ, Callaghan Innovation

, posted: 18-Dec-2014 08:03

Topics this week include Kiwicon's tracking anklet hack, Skype Translator, Pirate Bay, Trans-Tasman undersea cable, Seagate's 8TB drives, Linux.conf.au coming to Auckland and Linus Torvalds to keynote, UFB complete in Oamaru, Callaghan Innovation. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Brett Roberts and Sean Dring. Supported by Vector Communications and published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Global Voice Media. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 210 directly (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 208: Potential ADSL price increases, Gigatown Dunedin, Office Sway, Orion IPO, Google Breakup

, posted: 3-Dec-2014 07:33

In this episode we discuss the Commerce Commission's ruling on Chorus wholesale copper prices and the impact on telcos and customers, a possible Google breakup, Gigatown Dunedin, Microsoft's Office Sway and beta access for New Zealand users, Orion's strong sharemarket launch, Sony's e-paper watch and more. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz) and Darrell Webster. Supported by Vector Communications and published by NZ's Podcast speciali (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 207: Android 5 Lollipop and PlayStation TV hit NZ, Internet Balloons, Huawei/Spark

, posted: 25-Nov-2014 23:30

This week - the official arrival of Android 5 Lollipop and PlayStation TV in NZ, along with 'Traveller' Internet Balloon trial, Huawei's deal to refresh Spark's mobile network, Apple iMac 5k, and Southern Cross Cable signs biggest customers through to 2030. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Nate Dunn (@nate). Supported by Vector Communications and published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Global Voice Media. Get this podcast episode here: Listen to Episode 207 dir (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 206: Netflix coming to NZ, SnapCash, Nokia’s iPad ripoff, HP Stream 11, HP Envy x2

, posted: 20-Nov-2014 20:46

This week we talk about Netflix upcoming NZ launch, the new Android tablet from the old Nokia, SnapChat's SnapCash and PayPal arriving on the Pebble watch, HP's just announced Envy x2, HP Stream 11 (hands on), TransferCar and more feedback on using Gear S and Microsoft Band wearables. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Wal Reid. Supported by Vector Communications and published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Global Voice Media. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episo (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 205: Amazon Echo, Office for free, Dropbox and Microsoft hook up, Android Lollipop, HP Stream 7

, posted: 13-Nov-2014 10:57

This week we cover the fascinating Amazon Echo the Amazon Fire TV Stick, the Dropbox and Microsoft Office 365 alliance, Android 5.0 Lollipop, Wirelurker, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Gear S, Microsoft Band, HP Stream 7 and Microsoft Office arriving free on mobile devices. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Attila Seress. Supported by Vector Communications and published by NZ’s Podcast specialists – Global Voice Media. Get the Podcast here: Listen to (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 204: Hands on Microsoft Band, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, Toshiba’s US$99 Encore Mini

, posted: 5-Nov-2014 10:31

This episode we go hands on with the new Microsoft Band fitness wearable, Apple iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, Samsung Gear S and Toshiba’s US$99 Encore Mini tablet. We also discuss Spark’s $60m data centre, the 100GB mobile data plan and what was a shocking week in space exploration. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Todd Cochrane (@geeknews). Supported by Vector Communications and published by NZ’s Podcast specialists – Global Voice Media. Get (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 203: Toyota Hydrogen car, Sky Neon TV, Lumia 830, unlimited cloud storage

, posted: 29-Oct-2014 22:51

This episode we go hands on with Microsoft's Lumia 830 and Motorola's Moto G, and discuss Sky's new Neon streaming service, OneDrive unlimited storage, new Google Nexus devices, Azure Australia, Electric Vehicles and the latest from Toyota. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Damien O'Carroll and David Linklater. Supported by Vector Communications and published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Global Voice Media. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 203 directly (read the entire post)...