Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


NZ Tech Podcast: 2degrees insights, Telecom 4G and Roaming, Google Nexus 4

, posted: 11-Dec-2012 22:11

Guests for Episode 102 of the NZ Tech Podcast were 2degree's handset boss Tim Haywood, and PC World Reviews Editor Harley Ogier. They joined host Paul Spain. Topics incl: Telecom 4G LTE trial and flat rate roaming, Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 820, iPad Mini, Surface RT and Galaxy SIII Android 4.1 updates. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 102 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: Igloo, Quickflix, iMac, Syria’s Internet Blackout

, posted: 7-Dec-2012 21:02

This week we discuss lots of local happenings along with some international news. Topics included the slim new iMac, Quickflix and Freeview news, new Android and Windows Phone handset releases, Igloo TV launch, Microsoft Surface Pro pricing and Internet service blackouts in Syria. You can follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@paulspain), Dave Baxter (@hiavalanchecity) and Bill Bennett (@BillBennettNZ). . Get the Podcast here: Listen to (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Epic Tech Startup Hub, Trademe’s Rummage, Fatso gaming launch

, posted: 28-Nov-2012 00:46

Highlights this week on the NZ Tech Podcast include discussion of the EPIC tech startup hub in Christchurch, Fatso update with founder Rob Berman, mannequins with electronic eyes, touchscreen Ultrabooks, 84" TVs, Quickflix woes, Windows Phone 8, Galaxy Note II, Trademe's Rummage and a Vodafone router tip. You can follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@paulspain), Zara Baxter (@zarabaxter) and Rob Berman (@Rob_Berman). . Get the Podcast h (read the entire post)...



Preview: Nokia Lumia 920

, posted: 23-Nov-2012 17:59

It's been a long time coming, but the Windows Phone platform finally has a top device that can strongly challenge the best Android and iPhone handsets in terms of performance, screen resolution, camera capabilities and industrial design. I took a quick look to see just how it stands up. The Lumia 920 feels good in the hand and looks great in my opinion - though style comes down to personal opinion. The handset is incredibly responsive and responds well to user interaction. Compared to other hig (read the entire post)...

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NZ Tech Podcast: Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Camera, Windows Phone 8 NZ launch, LG 84” UHD TV

, posted: 21-Nov-2012 10:43

Highlights of the NZ Tech Podcast this week include hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Camera, shopping at the bus stop, Quickflix update, LG's impressive new 84" Ultra HD TV, Microsoft NZ and Telecom NZ launching Windows Phone 8 with Nokia Lumia 920, 'killer robots', Panasonic AE8000 HD 3D projector and the Ford Focus Sport with Ford Sync technology. You can follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@paulspain), Paddy Buckly (read the entire post)...



Windows Phone 8 arrives Downunder

, posted: 19-Nov-2012 23:44

It's been just over two years since Windows Phone 7 launched. The first country to get it was New Zealand (just a step ahead of Australia and the rest of the world) thanks to Vodafone NZ making the HTC Trophy available on launch day. This time around a lot has changed and this time Windows Phone 8 has already arrived in other regions such as the United Kingdom and United States. Online polls suggest the Nokia Lumia 920 is the most anticipated Windows Phone 8 product. Presales of the Lumia 920 we (read the entire post)...



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)...