Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


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)...



NZ Tech Podcast 267: Air and underwater drone, Police 3D mugshots, Samsung vs Huawei, Plan B grabs ICONZ

, posted: 4-Feb-2016 06:03

Discussed this week – Japan Police capturing 3D mugshots, Huawei aces Samsung in China, a drones that flies/floats/dives, Microsoft’s underwater datacentre, Plan B buys ICONZ, Samsung ad blocking, Microsofts licensing shuffle, Windows Phone vs the world. This NZ Tech Podcast episode produced with the support of Gorilla Technology, hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Mark Derricutt. Published by Podcasts New Zealand – home of NZ’s favourite podcasts. Get the Podc (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 263: Laura Butler – Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft

, posted: 7-Jan-2016 23:28

In this special episode to kick off 2016, Paul Spain shares his recent chat with Laura Butler - Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft. Covering the journey from student to Microsoft Intern in 1989 to present day. Hear stories of sleeping at the desk, Joe Belfiore’s last minute start menu change in Windows 95 and Steve Ballmer’s toilet gaff – amongst others. This NZ Tech Podcast episode produced with the support of Gorilla Technology, hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Tokyo drone netting, Lumia 950 PC/phone, Vic Crone for Mayor, Solar vs North Carolina

, posted: 16-Dec-2015 08:20

This week it’s time to discuss Xero MD Victoria Crone’s bid for the Auckland Mayoralty, Police intercepting drones in Tokyo, Commerce Commission’s copper ruling, Samsung Galaxy S7, odd Solar opinions, Microsoft Lumia 950 phone come PC, Sony’s pricey new 4K projector and Christmas tech gifts. This NZ Tech Podcast episode produced with the support of Gorilla Technology, hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Brett Roberts, Emma Brannam. Published by Podcasts NZ R (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Martin Jetpack demo, Skinny low cost 4G data, NZ/Hawaii cable, Vodafone Xone Accelerator,

, posted: 10-Dec-2015 03:30

This week on NZ Tech Podcast - Vodafone Xone tech startup accelerator, another fibre cable to link NZ with the US, the Martin Jetpack demo in China, Skinny’s low cost 4G home broadband, Uber lighting, Vtech hack, Lumix Post Focus, Hoverboards and Apple’s Smart Battery Case. This NZ Tech Podcast episode produced with the support of Gorilla Technology, hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests BlairWalker and Kevin Park. Published by Podcasts NZ – home of NZ’s favourit (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 259: The Encryption Debate, 4 year Troll search, Aura sold, Facebook and forgetting your Ex

, posted: 25-Nov-2015 02:03

This episode it’s time to discuss the big encryption debate, a 4-year Internet troll search, MyRepublic update, Facebook and forgetting your ex, Aura’s $10m Kordia sale, Tesla’s disappearing autonomous mode, 30 years of Windows plus Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016. This NZ Tech Podcast episode produced with the support of Gorilla Technology, hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Paul Brislen and Vaughan Baker. Published by Podcasts NZ – home (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 258: iPad Pro vs Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Book, 1Gbps Business UFB, Netflix Tax

, posted: 20-Nov-2015 02:40

This episodes features our hands on comparison between the Apple iPad Pro, Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Microsoft Surface Book. Also discussed is MyRepublic’s $500 1Gbps Business UFB, Netflix Tax, UltraHD Blu-ray, the All Dock, and Uber NZ’s 10% price drop. This NZ Tech Podcast episode produced with the support of Gorilla Technology, hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Damien O'Carroll. Published by Podcasts NZ – home of NZ’s favourite podcasts. You are invited (read the entire post)...