Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


Boxing Day Sales: NZ's Best Tech, Gadget, Electronics Specials

, posted: 25-Dec-2012 12:45

First up - I trust all my blog readers and NZ Tech Podcast listeners have a great Christmas. As there will not be a new episode of the NZ Tech Podcast until CES 2013 (Las Vegas) in early January it seemed appropriate to share some of the best tech bargains announced in 2012 Boxing Day Sales both online and in retailers across New Zealand. Laptops: - Apple MacBook Pro 13" - Harvey Norman - $1578 (usually $1899) - HP Pavilion 14-B006AU - Harvey Norman - $348 Smartphones: - Samsung Galaxy SIII - Bo (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Green’s $100m Internet cable, Freeview, Trademe sale, Nokia Lumia 820

, posted: 19-Dec-2012 07:45

This week Paul Spain is joined this episode by guests Sam Irvine (GM at Freeview) and Sim Ahmed (Idealog and Stoppress). Topics include Fairfax sale of Trademe, Panasonic LED/Laser projectors, Freeview, Quickflix, Nokia Lumia 820, Trademe on Panasonic TVs, a new ASB mobile app, and a new Internet cable. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 103 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep current with our latest NZ Tech Podcast updates vi (read the entire post)...



Ford Focus S 2013 with Ford Sync - Tech Review

, posted: 12-Dec-2012 16:51

This special NZ Tech Podcast feature sees Paul Spain hit the streets in the Ford Focus Sport 2013 (New Zealand/Australia/Asia edition) to test out it's technology features - including Ford Sync which has just been released in the region in the Thailand manufactured Focus Focus 2013. Ford Focus S 2013 with Ford Sync - Tech Review Keep up-to-date with tech, gadget, mobile and internet news each week by listening to the NZ Tech Podcast. (read the entire post)...



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)...