Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Video: Apple's iPhone X, iPhone 8, Watch 3 and TV 4K: innovative? or just 'me too' products?

, posted: 13-Sep-2017 23:47

It's fair to say that much of what Apple announced isn't ground breaking on its own - a watch with an embedded cellular connection - a phone with wireless charging. These technologies have been around for years. But Apple approach things a little differently and I think most fans will be pretty pleased - esepcially with the upcoming iPhone X which launches on November 3rd (starting at US$999 / NZ$1799 for the 64gb model). The big price tag will no doubt mean some aren't going to jumping on-board (read the entire post)...



Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – hands on and first impressions

, posted: 1-Sep-2017 17:27

Last week whilst in California I had a briefing on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8. This week I got a chance to spend some real time with it and as part of that we discussed it on NZ Tech Podcast on Tuesday. In this video I share a summary of my initial thoughts. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – Paul Spain’s hands on and first impressions Is the Note 8 just the smartphone you’ve been waiting for? What stands out to you? I’d be interested in hearing your opinions on this important r (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 349: Frame TV, Zoho signs Warehouse Group, Kiwis relaxed about open Wi-Fi usage, Logitech Spotlight Presenter

, posted: 2-Aug-2017 09:00

This week on the podcast we discuss Tesla Model 3, Apple/China vs VPN, free antivirus software available in New Zealand, Samsung Frame TV, goodbye iPod, Kiwis relaxed about open Wi-Fi usage, Logitech Spotlight Presenter and proposed NZ/AU battery standards changes cause concern. Hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) and this week's guest: Matt Archer (CIO, Pushpay). Listen to the Podcast here: Subscribe and listen via iTunes RSS Feed You can keep current with our latest NZ Tech Podcast updates vi (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 340: E3 Highlights incl Xbox One X, UFB 1 rollout 75% complete, Magpie GPS tracker, Elanation kids wearable

, posted: 14-Jun-2017 14:29

This week we discuss from E3 in Los Angeles, NZs Ultra-Fast Broadband rollout progress, highlights Magpie GPS tracker, ETurbo kids smartwatch from Elanation, Kin2Kin startup shares monetisation plans, Fuji Xero NZ financial dramas. Hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) and this week's guests: Wal Reid and Peter Hall. Listen to the Podcast here: Subscribe and listen via iTunes RSS Feed You can keep current with our latest NZ Tech Podcast updates via Twitter @NZTechPodcast, the NZ Tech Podcast (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 339: Intel Compute Card, New Macs, Apple HomePod, iPad Pro grows up, SpaceX recycles

, posted: 9-Jun-2017 13:42

This week on NZ Tech Podcast we discuss Intel Compute Card, Apple Worldwide Developers Conference highlights incl new Macs, Apple HomePod, iPad Pro comes of age. SpaceX recycling rockets and capsules, 25% of Australians support a cashless society, Dubai’s Robot Cops. This episode of NZ Tech Podcast featuring host Paul Spain (@paulspain) and guests Mark Webster and Damien O'Carroll. Get the podcast here: Subscribe and listen via iTunes RSS Feed You can keep current with our latest NZ Te (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 338: Glenn Gore - Chief Architect, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

, posted: 9-Jun-2017 13:37

Paul Spain joined Glenn Gore following his keynote at Amazon's AWS Summit in Auckland. Glenn is an Australian based in London,and he shares his own story and discusses what he's learnt working with AWS client organisations around the world. Get the Podcast here: Subscribe and listen via iTunes RSS Feed You can keep current with our latest NZ Tech Podcast updates via Twitter @NZTechPodcast, the NZ Tech Podcast website or the facebook page. Published by World Podcasts and Podcasts NZ (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 321: $3000+ Free Gadgets, One Million Podcast Downloads, US Homeland Security vs Travellers, Banks vs Apple

, posted: 16-Feb-2017 16:37

On NZ Tech Podcast’s 6th anniversary we celebrate over a million downloads of the podcast. Topics included Homeland Security vs Travellers, Australian Banks vs Apple, PayPal account risks, Logitech’s 4K webcam, Intel Coffee Lake, near Invisible Malware. We also giveaway over $3000 in prizes this week if you sign up to Paul Spain's email newsletter at paulspain.com Special thanks to the companies that donated prizes for NZ Tech Podcast listeners this week - Spark NZ (Galaxy S7 Blac (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 314: Meet Quickflix new Hollywood owner, a temptation to share Ransomware, Homes.co.nz update

, posted: 15-Dec-2016 17:40

This week on NZ Tech Podcast, Hollywood's Erik Pence discusses Quickflix v2 and Jeremy O'Hanlon shares an update on Homes.co.nz. Also featured - new Ransomware which rewards you for sharing it, Netflix Virtual Reality on Google Daydream, Sky TV/Duco vs Live Streamers, The Grand Tour vs Game of Thrones, Neil Young to offer high definition audio streaming with Pono, Apple Mac vs Microsoft Surface. Hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) and this week's guests were Jeremy O'Hanlon, Erik Pence, Paddy B (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 313: Amazon Go, John Key’s legacy, Goodnest, Media Design School, Network 4 Learning, Uber Eats NZ

, posted: 10-Dec-2016 11:37

This week on NZ Tech Podcast we discussed Amazon Go – the new bricks & mortar supermarket with checkouts. In studio guest James MacAvoy shared about NZ startup Goodnest and how it provides discount access to cleaners, electricians and other homes service. Ex Game producer Himanshu Khanna talked about coming to NZ and ultimately leading Media Design School’s gaming courses. Other topics - John Key’s legacy, Network 4 Learning rollout completion, Uber Eats NZ, Netflix offline (read the entire post)...



Microsoft Build – Bots, Inking, Cortana, Windows 10 now installed on 270+ million PCs

, posted: 31-Mar-2016 11:29

This morning Microsoft Build kicked off in San Francisco and I’m there and will be sharing some of my impressions – both here on my blog, and also via twitter (You can follow my updates @paulspain). Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella started the keynote asking many questions – such as whether technology helps our hinders our values, whether technology is good or bad from a privacy perspective. And he answered those questions positively highlighting Microsoft’s mission to “ (read the entire post)...