Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


Microsoft Surface RT hits NZ on 15 March–Surface Pro coming too

, posted: 1-Mar-2013 06:18

The Microsoft Surface RT lands in New Zealand at JB HI-Fi and Harvey Norman for $739 on March 15. Microsoft New Zealand Managing Director, Paul Muckleston says "We are excited to offer Kiwis a chance to experience this new category of devices that bring together entertainment and personal productivity into a beautifully designed, highly mobile form factor". He went on to say "The Surface has been in hot demand overseas, and we are one of only a handful of countries where both the Surface RT and (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Vodafone NZ 4G LTE launch with Russell Stanners and Tony Baird

, posted: 28-Feb-2013 18:33

In conjunction with Vodafone's launch of 4G LTE in New Zealand today Paul Spain spend a few minutes with Vodafone NZ's Russell Stanners (Chief Executive Office) and Tony Baird (Chief Network Officer). They discuss the network launch, Rural Broadband, Ultra-Fast Broadband and the acquisition of TelstraClear. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 115 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep current with our latest NZ Tech Podcast updates (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: PS4, Chromebook Pixel, Vodafone 4G, Mobile World Congress

, posted: 27-Feb-2013 22:02

We talk about the PlayStation 4, Google's Chromebook Pixel, a possible 4G LTE mobile announcement from Vodafone, HP's new tablet and Samsung's Galaxy S4 along news from Mobile World Congress - Sony, Nokia, Samsung, Huawei and lots more. Paul Spain (@paulspain) was joined by John Lai (@iamjohnlai) of SMNZ and Nate Dunn (@nate). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 114 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep current with our latest NZ T (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Surface Pro hands on, new Chromebooks, IBM data centre woes

, posted: 21-Feb-2013 09:20

We go hands on with Microsoft's Surface Pro, and ponder IBM's cloud data center outage and ongoing Yahoo!Xtra email issues. We also discuss hardware support failings in NZ, LG Optimus G, Lenovo and HP Chromebooks along with Pitney Bowes smart lockers. Paul Spain (@paulspain) was joined by Brett Roberts (@brettroberts) and Nate Dunn (@nate). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 113 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep current with o (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Telecom 4G trial, Yahoo Xtra woes, Surface Pro, mobile software dramas

, posted: 12-Feb-2013 22:40

Topics this week incl the launch of Telecom's 4G mobile network trial, Microsoft's Surface Pro launch, Telecom's email woes, some debate about mobile updates in light of recent iOS 6.1 issues, and some new smartphones including HTC's 8X. Paul Spain (@paulspain) was joined by Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz) and PC World's Zara Baxter (@zarabaxter). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 112 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep current (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Blackberry 10 launch, Microsoft Office for Android/iOS, 3 strikes copyright settlement

, posted: 6-Feb-2013 18:41

Paul Spain (@paulspain) is joined by Nate Dunn (@nate) to review the first settlement under the '3 strikes' copyright law, Blackberry 10 launch, Microsoft Office for iPhone/iPad and Android, Twitter hack, Telecom's network upgrade and more. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 111 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep current with our latest NZ Tech Podcast updates via Twitter @NZTechPodcast, the NZTechPodcast.com website and facebo (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Ransomeware, Blackberry Z10, Sony Tablet Z and Mega.co.nz

, posted: 24-Jan-2013 15:43

This week Paul Spain (@paulspain) is joined by Nate Dunn (@nate) and Dan Hesson (@toastwithdan) to discuss topics including Ransomware, the upcoming Blackberry Z10 and Sony Tablet Z. Paul, Nate and Dan also attended Kim Dotcom's launch of Mega.co.nz and share some opinions and experiences with Mega. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 109 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep current with our latest NZ Tech Podcast updates via Twit (read the entire post)...



Listen in on an appointment with Kim Dotcom

, posted: 21-Jan-2013 19:20

This is your seat at the table with Paul Spain (@paulspain) as he joins other TV, print and online journalists in a visit to the Dotcom Mansion. Hear the full media interview with Kim Dotcom to learn more about Mega.co.nz and related sites such Megakey and Mega Movies. Refer to the article on Mashable.com for takeaways from the visit. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 108 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep current with our lat (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Back in NZ to discuss Internet price cuts, Newsflare and CES

, posted: 21-Jan-2013 18:55

This episode Paul Spain (@paulspain) is joined by Nick MacAvoy (@chifeatures) and Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz) to discuss Southern Cross Internet price cuts, a UK startup launched by Kiwis called Newsflare and a lot of topics from CES incl Autonomous cars, Pebble watch, Sony Xperia Z and Tactus. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 107 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep current with our latest NZ Tech Podcast updates via Twitt (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Xzibit, Self Drive cars, Ubuntu Mobile, Slingbox, NZ’s Fusion

, posted: 19-Jan-2013 20:00

For this episode Paul Spain (@paulspain) delivers further interviews from CES 2013 - covering Slingbox (and its new relevance to NZ and other regions outside the US), Toyota self-drive car tech, Ubuntu Mobile, Qi Wireless charging, NZ's Fusion Electronics with owner and Navman founder Peter Maire and finally a word with Xzibit (Rapper, Host of MTV's Pimp my Ride). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 106 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You (read the entire post)...