Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

NZ Tech Podcast: A real phone scam, iPhone 5, Google IO, Google Chrome, LG Optimus 2x

, posted: 20-May-2011 00:27

This week in Episode 11 the NZ Tech Podcast team talk about Scams (of the computer and telephone type) and how to avoid them - and we hear a real scammer in action. Other highlights of this show include coverage of Google IO Conference, Google's Chrome Operating System, iPhone 5, LG Optimus 2x from 2degrees, GoogleBook and Microsoft buying Skype amongst other topics. You can follow @NZTechPodcast on Twitter, subscribe to hear the NZ Tech Podcast on iTunes or find out more at NZTechPodcast.com (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Episode 10

, posted: 12-May-2011 20:22

In the 10th episode of the NZ Tech Podcast (and the first to be longer than 1 hour) we spent time chatting with Paul Brislen of TUANZ - with a focus on the impact of changes to Mobile Terminates Rates in NZ. And we touched on the costs associated with mobile data usage when roaming internationally. Other highlights in this episode included Microsoft's purchase of Skype, Bluetooth car audio/calling solutions, home cinema and hot prices on big screen HD TVs, Samsung Galaxy S II, 2degrees mobile h (read the entire post)...



Confirmed: Skype to be sold to Microsoft for US$8.5+ billion

, posted: 10-May-2011 16:12



Update: Rumours have been confirmed - Skype will be bought by Microsoft for $8.5 billion (subject to regulatory approval)

Reports have come in today today (via the Wall Street Journal and GigaOm) that Microsoft is close to finalising a deal to buy Skype for between US$7-$8 billion. Nothing has been confirmed yet by Microsoft or Skype.

It's an interesting move as eBay purchased Skype in 2005 for $2.6 billion however struggled to make it as profitable as an invest (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: MTR, XBMC/Apple TV, Sony, Ubuntu, Hulu, Firefox vs Chrome

, posted: 6-May-2011 11:08

On Tuesday night we recorded and streamed live episode 9 of the NZ Tech Podcast. For the second week in a row we successfully tested a live audio stream running in support of a live chat session - hosted by Geekzone. If you'd like to join in put a recurring appointment in your diary for 6pm each Tuesday evening to visit the Geekzone chat (where we share a link to the live stream at the start of the broadcast). The NZ Tech Podcast covered a lot this week - highlights included the following topic (read the entire post)...



NZ Mobile Termination Rate announcement (updated)

, posted: 5-May-2011 10:20

News has just come in that the Commerce Commission (New Zealand) have formally announced changes to mobile termination rates. This alters the wholesale rates for landline to mobile calling, and mobile to mobile calling, and also SMS message (Text message) rates.Current wholesale mobile calling rates are above 15c/minute on average - that will change to less than 4c/minute by April 2012 for all carriers (and reducing further in 2013 and 2014). This cut of more than 2/3 has been expected for some (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Live chat/stream, Netflix, free groceries, network outages, royal wedding

, posted: 1-May-2011 22:41

For the eighth episode of the NZ Tech Podcast we trialled a live audio stream running in support of a live chat session - hosted by Geekzone. It went well and we will continue this again for the next episode. We hope you'll participate. The Geekzone chat run is running 24/7 via at this location. At about 6pm each Tuesday when we record the NZ Tech Podcast we'll be linking into the chat session in order to extend the value of the podcast by drawing on the knowledge and experience of those in the (read the entire post)...



World's biggest security breach as 77 million users data stolen from Sony PlayStation Network and Qriocity service?

, posted: 27-Apr-2011 18:38


In what may be the biggest ever publicly disclosed hacking incident - Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity service has been broken into. It seems possible that the network could be down for weeks (if not months) if Sony are are to fully address the concerns of their global customer base.

Media indicates that personal data of some 77 million users has been compromised - including passwords - and most likely also credit card details too. Sony have give details via their US Play (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Kindle, iPad, Sony vs Geohotz, Windows Home Server + more

, posted: 14-Apr-2011 15:45

This week (Episode 6) was a busy one on the NZ Tech Podcast. We featured topics including the Amazon Kindle and other e-reading options, iPad Apps, upcoming Android and Windows Tablets from Acer, Windows Home Server 2011, Sony vs Geohotz and digital cameras and video. Paul Spain and Bradley Borrows were this week joined in the studio by Jason Hosking - a photographer for Getty Images (amongst others). Jason weighed in our discussion of new ways of consuming content (such as a magazines) using t (read the entire post)...



Windows Phone 'Mango' update

, posted: 14-Apr-2011 05:24

Today Microsoft have for the first time publicly shared indepth information of the large scale update to Windows Phone 7 expected to be available globally in the September-November timeframe. News features cover just about every area of the platform.Highlights include: New App Hub features and designs Multitasking Speed improvements Many new apps coming - including Skype, Kik messaging, Spotify, Qantas Internet Explorer 9 - with hardware acceleration and HTML5 Marketplace to expand from (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Episode 5

, posted: 8-Apr-2011 18:16



A few dramas popped up this week and it seemed like last weeks claim that the NZ Tech Podcast was now a weekly show wouldn't be true. Fortunately things came together and am I pleased to present episode 5.

This week the featured topics include the new Sony Xperia Play, 'Windows 8′ leaks, Freeview expansion, iSky, recent security/hacking issues, Android Music 3, Amazon Cloud Drive, the Imagine Cup and upcoming live chat during the Podcast. I will provide an update so (read the entire post)...