Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


Microsoft launching Surface 3 with Atom x7 processor

, posted: 1-Apr-2015 02:00

This week I had a chance to get a little hands on time with a pre-release unit of the new Microsoft Surface 3 - a 2-in-1 device with 10.8" screen. Is it a tablet or a laptop? Frazer Scott (Marketing & Operations Director for Microsoft NZ) says "like Surface Pro 3, Surface 3 is a tablet that can replace your laptop but is thinner, lighter and even more affordable." With this launch Microsoft have taken and blended much of the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 3 together - and deliver a result that w (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 222: 2degrees buys Snap, Netflix hits NZ, Self Driving Cars due mid-year, Magic Leap

, posted: 27-Mar-2015 12:16

This week we talk about 2degrees Mobile's acquisition of Snap Internet, Netflix arrival in New Zealand, Tesla's indications of Self Driving Cars arriving in the US mid-year, Magic Leap's AR demo , Fitbit's cycle track upgrade and Intel refreshed NUC computer. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Ross McDougall, Mark Petrie (CEO - Snap), Stewart Sherriff (CEO - 2degrees), Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here: Listen via Soundclo (read the entire post)...



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)...



Netflix announces NZ pricing (and Australian pricing too)

, posted: 23-Mar-2015 08:46

Netflix have announced their monthly pricing options and they significantly undercut the competition as expected. Plans are as follows: Single-stream standard definition plan for NZ $9.99 (Australia: AU$8.99) Two-stream high-definition plan for NZ $12.99 (Australia: AU$11.99) Four-stream 4K ultra-high definition "family" plan for NZ $15.99 (Australia: AU$14.99) Netflix advise all new subscribers will be offered a free, one-month trial by signing up at www.Netflix.com. We'll be discussing this i (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 221: Hands on HTC One M9, LG 34” curved widescreen, Asus TransformerBook T300 Chi

, posted: 19-Mar-2015 23:09

This week we go hands on with HTC's upcoming One M9 smartphone. We also discuss the preview of Office 2016 (Windows, Mac, Tablet), Asus TransformerBook T300 Chi, LG 34" curved 21:9 screen, Netflix plan to avoid GST and Techvana - The Ntec New Zealand Computer Museum. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett. Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here: Listen via Soundcloud Download or Listen to Episode 221 directly Subscri (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 220: Shrinking Tech with Dai Henwood and Michelle Dickinson

, posted: 12-Mar-2015 07:53

This special episode saw geek comedian Dai Henwood join 'Nanogirl' Dr Michelle Dickinson and Paul Spain in front a small audience to discuss the tech news of the week and a focus on Tech Miniaturisation. Topics discussed included Apple Watch, Intel PC on a stick, Raspberry Pi, Parrot Flower Power, Samsung Galaxy A5, Samsung Galaxy A3 and more. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Dai Henwood and Michelle Dickinson. Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts N (read the entire post)...



Live Event–Tue 10 March: NZ Tech Podcast with Dai Henwood, Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl), Paul Spain

, posted: 8-Mar-2015 00:29

This Tuesday (10 March) at 4pm sees a surprise recording of the NZ Tech Podcast opened up to a small studio audience. This NZ Tech Podcast will feature Dai Henwood and Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl) joining host Paul Spain at Spark Lab (Britomart, Auckland). It's your invite to meet Dai, Michelle and Paul - and to sit in on the first ever public recording of the NZ Tech Podcast. Get your free ticket here. (read the entire post)...



TV3 News and YouTube: My impressions of Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

, posted: 6-Mar-2015 00:05

I've spent a solid chunk of time with Samsung's upcoming new smartphones - Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 - and I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. Catch the videos here: 5-minute hands on (YouTube) Comments as part of TV3 News coverage recorded at Gorilla Technology office And more discussions on: NZ Tech Podcast (Episode 219): Mobile World Congress and hands on with Samsung Galaxy S6 edge and S6 (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 219: Mobile World Congress and hands on with Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

, posted: 3-Mar-2015 23:01

We go hands on with Samsung's surprisingly good Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, discuss highlights of Mobile World Congress including new products from HTC and Huawei. We also catch up on local news - mobile price wars, Vodafone and Netflix NZ, Symantec's NZ exit. This NZ Tech Podcast episode hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Damien O'Carroll. Support by Gorilla Technology, published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here: Listen via Soundcloud Download or Listen to (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Catalyst NZ cloud, Tomizone update, Lenovo Superfish, Is your phone off or spying?

, posted: 25-Feb-2015 07:25

This week - UE Mega Boom, fabric printing for fashion designers, Lenovo and Superfish Adware, Tomizone update, Catalyst NZ cloud, Zomato, Blackberry Classic, Android malware that operates when your phone is off, is NSA/GCHQ listening to your calls? This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Steve Simms. Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here: Listen via Soundcloud Download or Listen to Episode 218 directly Subscribe and listen via iTu (read the entire post)...