Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


Windows Phone 8 launches in NZ with Telecom

, posted: 19-Nov-2012 13:45

Telecom NZ in conjunction with Microsoft NZ, Nokia, HTC and Samsung have announced the following new Windows Phone 8 handsets for the New Zealand market: Nokia Lumia 920 $999 (Launch date: 23 November, 2012) HTC 8S $499 (Launch date: 6 December, 2012) Samsung Ativ S $799 (Launch date expected to be February 2013) To demonstrate the capabilities of Windows Phone 8, the Telecom Place foyer has been transformed into a pop-up lounge, deck and home office, all equipped with Windows Phones, Windows (read the entire post)...



Samsung Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Camera

, posted: 17-Nov-2012 13:34

On Wednesday (14 Nov) In Sydney Samsung launched the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Camera. Both are innovative and unique products in the technology world as there is nothing quite like either product available from other manufacturers. I was impressed most by the Galaxy Camera - as this is a product I could really see myself using on a regular basis. Effectively it's a good point-and-shoot camera with 21X zoom lens and built-in 3G and Wi-Fi. This allows high quality photos to be taken and promp (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: New Android and Chrome devices, Kiwi planes, McAfee murder mystery

, posted: 17-Nov-2012 09:54

Topics incl CallPlus' unlimited business Ultra-Fast Broadband plan, Kim Dotcom (again), Hactivate.me, Pacific Aerospace's $88m Russian deal, Acer's US$199 Chromebook, McAfee founder in murder mystery, new Android devices from Samsung, Aakash and Huawei. You can follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@paulspain) and Matty Blomfield (@mattyblomfield). . Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 98 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Su (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Interview with Skype’s Derek Snyder

, posted: 17-Nov-2012 09:52

This special episode sees me interview Derek Snyder of Skype about the past, present and future of Skype - with a particular focus on the new Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 editions of Skype. You can follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This episode featured myself (@paulspain) and Derek Snyder (@dereksnyder). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 97 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep current with our latest (read the entire post)...



Initial Windows Phone 8 screenshots

, posted: 5-Nov-2012 19:44

Last week Microsoft finally took the wraps of Windows Phone 8 - and finally their partners were able to share more details about their new handsets and the associated software. I was fortunate to get my hands on the Samsung Ativ S and ahead of a full review of the final product I thought it might be interesting to share some screenshots. Note these images are taken from a pre-release build of this handset but it does provide a taste of some of the new features. New features include new maps (pr (read the entire post)...



NZ Mobile Speed Challenge

, posted: 2-Nov-2012 18:56

This special NZ Tech Podcast feature sees Paul Spain (and assistant button pusher Madeline) hit the streets to test out which of New Zealand's mobile networks can deliver the best speeds during a series of tests. We compare 2degrees Mobile, Telecom NZ and Vodafone NZ at these five Auckland locations: Broadway, Newmarket Mount Eden Upper Queen Street Victoria Street West Viaduct Harbour Who do you think will win? NZ Mobile Speed Challenge Keep up-to-date with tech, gadget, mobile and intern (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Microsoft Surface, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Apple and Google

, posted: 1-Nov-2012 10:03

We focus on Windows 8 and Windows RT, iPad Mini and 4th gen, new Macs and refreshed Google Nexus devices. Then we test out an impressive new class of hardware including the Microsoft Surface, Samsung Ativ Smart PC, HP Envy X2 and Samsung's next smartphone - the Ativ S running Windows Phone 8. We also discuss local contract free availability of the iPhone 5 from Telecom along with discussion about of Telecom's $19 mobile prepay plans which provide 60 mins calling, 5000 text messages, 500MB data (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Amphibious QuadSki, Apple vs Google vs Microsoft, Armagedden, the new Mega Upload

, posted: 24-Oct-2012 01:22

Discussed this week is Alan Gibbs amphibious quad bike, Vodafone's TelstraClear acquisition, Kim Dot Com's Mega Upload 2.0, Armagedden, GoPro 4K camera, BuddyBid, and upcoming launches from Apple and Google alongside Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. You can follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@paulspain) along with guest Brett Roberts (@BrettRoberts) . Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 94 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Space Jump, Samsung’s Windows 8/RT prototypes, Xbox update, new Androids

, posted: 17-Oct-2012 23:36

This week - a jump from 'space', Xbox Update and Xbox Music lands in NZ, MSD security drama, iPad Mini, Mozilla pulls Firefox 16, new Android handsets and Android updates on the way, new Windows 8/RT tablets from Samsung and multiple Windows Phone 8 handsets coming to NZ. You can follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@paulspain) along with guest Siobhan Keogh (@SiobhanKeoghNZ) . Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 93 directly Subsc (read the entire post)...



Windows 8 likely available first in NZ – but first launch event to be in NYC

, posted: 16-Oct-2012 21:55

Microsoft have started sending out invites to the Windows 8 launch event taking place in Auckland, New Zealand from 8am on 26 October. That time translates to 3pm on 25 October in New York City - some hours behind the New York City launch event taking place at Pier 57 from 10am on 25 October. It is however expected that due to time zone advantages Windows 8 will likely go on sale in New Zealand ahead of other markets internationally. A similar situation arose with the availability of Windows Pho (read the entire post)...