Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


NZ Tech Podcast: Telecom 4G LTE, Facebook Home, HP loses $96m NZ

, posted: 9-Apr-2013 22:31

This week we discuss Facebook Home, Telecom's 4G LTE news, HP's massive loss in NZ, HP Moonshot server, new products from Panasonic including bone conduction headphones and the devices for the digital TV switchover. We're giving away three handsets as part of our audience survey: Google Nexus 4 (Kindly provided by 2degrees Mobile) HTC Windows Phone 8X (Kindly provided by Vodafone NZ) Nokia Lumia 920 (Kindly provided by Telecom NZ) We'd value your assistance in completing our survey, please (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: The big smartphone giveaway, Telco news both good and bad

, posted: 3-Apr-2013 01:42

This week we discuss NZ Tech Podcast's big smartphone giveaway, TelstraClear's disappearing act, HD Voice, Telecom UFB announcement and job cuts, finalists announced for the Hi-Tech Awards and sad news regarding 2degrees CEO Eric Hertz and his wife Kathy. We're giving away three handsets as part of our audience survey: Google Nexus 4 (Kindly provided by 2degrees Mobile) HTC Windows Phone 8X (Kindly provided by Vodafone NZ) Nokia Lumia 920 (Kindly provided by Telecom NZ) We'd value your ass (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Windows Blue, Galaxy S4 pricing, device hands on

, posted: 27-Mar-2013 02:13

In the spotlight - Windows codename 'Blue', refreshed Windows 8 apps, Telecom UFB launch, Samsung Galaxy S4 launch price and a chat about hands on time with a variety of devices across Windows, Android and iOS. This episode hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Waikato Times representatives Chris Gardner (@chrisgardnernz) and David Hallett (@davidhallett). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 119 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You (read the entire post)...



NZ Digital Podcast: The growing importance of mobile - with Derek Handley

, posted: 27-Mar-2013 01:20

This week we've launched the NZ Digital Podcast - an offshoot of the ever popular NZ Tech Podcast. The focus is squarely on digital marketing, media, online, social media, advertising, film/TV, software and entrepreneurship. In this first episode we focus in on the growing importance of mobile to digital practitioners. Paul Spain is joined by John Lai (Social Media NZ) and Derek Handley (Chairman, Snakk Media) for this discussion which also zeros in the launch of mobile advertising start-up Sna (read the entire post)...



Telecom NZ advise Samsung Galaxy S4 price and launch timeframe

, posted: 21-Mar-2013 17:38

This afternoon, Telecom NZ have confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S4 will launch late April and be available to purchase outright for $1149. Preorders begin immediately. The Galaxy S4 is expected to be Samsung's biggest selling device yet - following from the Galaxy SIII which has sold some 40-million units globally. The S4 has been dubbed as the 'Life Companion' by the Samsung marketing team. And in some ways that's exactly what devices such as the S4 are becoming. Telecom's Chief Marketing Officer (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Galaxy S4, free airport Wifi, a cyber-warfare manual, Gen-I cutbacks

, posted: 19-Mar-2013 22:41

This week on the NZ Tech Podcast - Samsung Galaxy S 4 launch, HP?s new laser printer beating inkjet, the demise of Google Reader, free airport Wi-Fi, Auckland University?s massive network outage, Gen-i cut backs and we hear about a cyber-warfare manual published for the military. This episode hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Juha Saarinen (@juhasaarinen) and Nate Dunn (@nate). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 118 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and list (read the entire post)...



Samsung Galaxy S4 captured on video?

, posted: 12-Mar-2013 23:37

This video appeared online in the last few minutes - it's claimed to be the upcoming Galaxy S4 smartphone from Samsung. What do you think? Samsung Galaxy S4? (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Tablets with keyboards, Snakk Media, Orcon sale, Galaxy S4

, posted: 12-Mar-2013 22:56

This episode we discuss NZ's census, Intel Next Unit of Computing, Orcon's pending sale, the upcoming launch of Samsung's Galaxy S4, a D-link security camera and Snakk Media's NZAX listing. Also on the agenda - Windows 8 tablets with keyboards - incl Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 and Helix, HP ElitePad 900. This episode hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Paul Brislen (@paulbrislen) and Harley Ogier (@harleyogier). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 117 directly Subscribe and liste (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Census 2013, HP ElitePad 900, HTC One, Sony Xperia Tablet Z, Office 365 launch

, posted: 5-Mar-2013 23:26

Hands on with HP's corporate Windows 8 tablet - the ElitePad 900, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z phone and Xperia Tablet Z. We also discuss the NZ Census, Vodafone 4G LTE, Evernote security woes, Apple vs Samsung, Office 365 update, TVNZ On Demand and more. This episode hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz) and Sim Ahmed (@simantics). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 116 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed Y (read the entire post)...



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)...