Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


Sneak Peek: HP Envy X2

, posted: 9-Oct-2012 18:34

I am pleased to share our first NZ Tech Podcast 'Sneak Peek' video. On this occasion we discuss the upcoming HP Envy X2 tablet/hybrid which runs Windows 8 and is due to launch in the coming weeks. The Envy X2 features 2GB RAM, Intel Dual Core 1.8ghz Atom SoC processor (Clover Trail), 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, 11.6-inch screen (1,366 x 768 pixels), HDMI and a keyboard dock with a 2nd battery. (read the entire post)...



Want to start a career in IT Support?

, posted: 31-Mar-2012 16:09

Good news for those interested making a start (or a step up) in an IT Support career. Gorilla Technology (Auckland, New Zealand) is looking for a keen and enthusiastic person to join our team at a junior level. Could that be you? Potential We're looking for someone who both learns technical things quickly and has great people skills. That person might already working in IT support or maybe they have just finished studying. It's possible they are currently in a role at a call centre, or working (read the entire post)...



Second year rollout maps for NZ Ultra Fast Broadband

, posted: 9-Mar-2012 00:11

I was visiting the Chorus website this evening checking to see if there was any update on when I would get Ultra Fast Broadband fibre rolled out in my street. To my surprise Chorus had quietly updated their website with plans for their second year of rollouts. In hindsight it shouldn't have been such a surprise as it was briefly mentioned at Orcon's UFB press conference this week that year rollout plans were due this week. In a discussion with Orcon this week I was advised that UFB should pass 5 (read the entire post)...



Orcon announces NZ Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) plans

, posted: 7-Mar-2012 12:01

Last year the NZ Tech Podcast launched an NZ UFB page - this has been updated today to include new Ultra Fast Broadband offerings from Orcon. These are plans that will ultimately be available to some 75% of New Zealanders over the coming years. A summary of the main plans from Orcon is as follows. Orcon (Nationwide) - residential 30Mb/s (down), 10Mb/s (up), 5G data, 1 phone line, unlimited NZ landline calls: $75 30Mb/s (down), 10Mb/s (up), 30G data, 1 phone line: $75 30Mb/s (down), 10Mb/s (up (read the entire post)...



First Ultra Fast Broadband (Fibre) prices for Auckland and Christchurch

, posted: 11-Feb-2012 21:41

Today the NZ Tech Podcast NZ UFB page was updated. The big news is the first pricing for residential (and business) Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) services in the Auckland and Christchurch regions has been made public. This first pricing comes from WorldNet - an Auckland based Internet Service Provider (ISP) who quietly put the information online in recent days. As first mover WorldNet have the opportunity to dictate initial market pricing. Based on WorldNet's ADSL pricing compared with other ISPs i (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast Competition: Win the LG Optimus 2X

, posted: 7-Jul-2011 23:32

So, last month Geekzone gave away a delicious LG Optimus 2X from 2degrees Mobile - now it's time for the NZ Tech Podcast to do the same. This is a great Android based handset with 1ghz Dual-Core CPU and an excellent overall feature set. It's worth $999 so not a bad giveaway. Details of the competition can be heard by listening in to episodes 17 and 18 of the NZ Tech Podcast or on the NZ Tech Podcast website. Entering it's very easy and in simple terms involves subscribing to the NZ Tech Podcast (read the entire post)...



Live: NZ Tech Podcast

, posted: 31-May-2011 16:38

Tonight (Tuesday) the NZ Tech Podcast episode 13 will be recorded and you can join us live via Geekzone Chat and the associated live audio stream (which is announced each week via the live chat). You can visit Geekzone chat here anytime - and each Tuesday evening about 6pm you get the chance to link in to the NZ Tech Podcast. We hope you can join us. If you miss out on the live feed you can always listen to Podcast in the usual manner via the NZ Tech Podcast Website or one of the following chan (read the entire post)...



Final NZ Ultra-Fast Broadband partners announcements

, posted: 24-May-2011 10:27

This morning Crown Fibre Holdings and the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Hon Steven Joyce, has released the following information regarding the selection of Telecom NZ and Enable Networks as the remaining key partners selected for the rollout of fibre based broadband Internet connectivity across New Zealand. Crown Fibre Holdings (CFH) has welcomed the announcement by Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Hon Steven Joyce that two companies are to deploy (read the entire post)...



New iMac models launch – incl Quad-core CPU, HD camera, Thunderbolt

, posted: 4-May-2011 09:42

Apple have launched a new generation of iMac desktop computers today. Each of these new generation iMac systems feature a quad-core Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 or Core i7 CPU and the associated chip set.Alongside the faster CPU is the addition of faster graphics courtesy of the AMD Radeon HD (6750M, 6770M or 6970M), 720p HD webcam, Thunderbolt (aka Light Peak) 10GB/s connectivity and an SDXC slot (also supports SD and SDHC cards). Apple advise the CPUs deliver up to 1.7x faster performance than i (read the entire post)...



Sony announces restoration of PlayStation Network with free downloads and service

, posted: 2-May-2011 10:26



Sony have made an announcement that the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will soon start being turned back on on a region by region basis. According to Sony in some regions the network will be turned on sometime this week (Sony have confirmed this timing applies to many regions including NZ). This follows an incident in mid-April where the service was hacked and then taken offline to minimise any further intrusions into the networks.

Sony advise that they have inv (read the entire post)...