Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


Sneak Peek: HP Envy X2

, posted: 9-Oct-2012 18:34

I am pleased to share our first NZ Tech Podcast 'Sneak Peek' video. On this occasion we discuss the upcoming HP Envy X2 tablet/hybrid which runs Windows 8 and is due to launch in the coming weeks. The Envy X2 features 2GB RAM, Intel Dual Core 1.8ghz Atom SoC processor (Clover Trail), 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, 11.6-inch screen (1,366 x 768 pixels), HDMI and a keyboard dock with a 2nd battery. (read the entire post)...



New Office Web Apps rolling out to Office 365 users in Oct

, posted: 6-Oct-2012 09:00

In what is something of a surprise - Microsoft have started sending out notices of an upgrade for Office 365. The update delivers new Office Web App capabilities such as co-authoring and much improved on screen rendering.Up until now - these SharePoint capabilities have been limited to those utilizing beta versions of the next release of SkyDrive and Office 365. If this update is anything like previous Office 365 updates it will not be delivered to a customers simultaneously, but instead will be (read the entire post)...



Facebook trials a dramatic change in revenue generation

, posted: 4-Oct-2012 11:35

Yesterday I noticed that Facebook have quietly begun testing a new revenue stream here in New Zealand that has the potential to make or break the company. This opens Facebook up to paid advertising in the form of posts to those who are not your fans or friends and have not 'liked' your page. You could call it 'postvertising' or simply paid posts - Facebook calls this new revenue stream promoted posts, the same name they use for paid posts targeting your existing fans. But by allowing posts to b (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: HP and Windows 8, Wheedle, iPad Mini

, posted: 3-Oct-2012 02:33

Hewlett Packard is in the spotlight this week as we discuss their direction around Windows 8 and get an early preview of their Envy X2 hybrid tablet. Other topics include Blackberry 10, the rumoured iPad Mini, Apple Maps and CEO Tim Cook's apology, Telecom mobile speedup, app news from ASB and a messy launch for would-be Trademe competitor Wheedle. You can follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured host Paul Spain (@paulspain) along with guests Paul Bosho (read the entire post)...



iPhone 5 shipping in NZ

, posted: 28-Sep-2012 07:45

Last night Vodafone NZ and Telecom NZ had launch parties for the iPhone 5 at their respective Auckland headquarters. The iPhone 5 has became available at both locations along with other company stores around the country for those willing to sign up on a 24-month term contract. Outright purchases of the iPhone 5 were also launched courtesy of Apple's online store. Delivery of initial orders is showing as being delayed 3-4 weeks. Existing Telecom and Vodafone customers have voiced some frustration (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: iPhone 5, $99 uncapped UFB Internet, PlayStation Super Slim

, posted: 25-Sep-2012 21:52

We play with Apple's iPhone 5, discover iOS 6, discuss PlayStation Super Slim, Orcon's $99 unlimited internet/calling plan, Jellybean for Galaxy SIII, up-to-date US TV programming in NZ, Auckland mobile wallet trial and lastly Windows 8 phones + tablets. You can follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@paulspain) along with guest Emma Brannam (@emmabrannam) of TV3 and Paul O'Shea (@pohq) of iphonewzealand.co.nz. Get the Podcast here: List (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: iPhone 5, 2degrees buyout, Windows 8 tablet prices, Honda IMA Civic

, posted: 23-Sep-2012 15:56

Following Apple's iPhone 5 announcement we discuss the details along with other mobile related stories including rumours of a possible 2degrees Mobile buyout. Honda's IMA Civic Sedan is in the spotlight as we delve further into car technology with Israel Wotton. And we review the initial pricing for Windows 8 tablets thanks to new details from Acer. You can follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@paulspain) along with guest Nate Dunn (@nat (read the entire post)...



Acer shares Windows 8 tablet pricing

, posted: 19-Sep-2012 12:11

Microsoft New Zealand have been showcasing a number of Windows 8 devices from Acer at events in recent weeks. The Acer Iconia Tab W510 and Iconia Tab W700 particularly stood out to me so I asked for more detail.

As it happens, pricing for the New Zealand market has already been quietly made public here. Acer's Iconia W510 Windows 8 tablet runs on a dual core Intel Atom and 64GB storage starts at NZ$999 incl tax (NZ$868+tax). A direct conversion would make this US$712 excluding tax (as (read the entire post)...



iPhone 5 launched: Full specs and launch details

, posted: 13-Sep-2012 05:18

The news many have been awaiting has arrived. Apple confirmed at their launch event this morning details of the iPhone 5 which will be priced from $1049 in New Zealand and available from 28 September. Also disclosed were new iPods but those details will come separately to this.Hardware- 4" display: 1136 x 640 screen resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio- 7.6mm thick- Adding to existing 3G capabilities - HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, LTE (4G)- Compared to iPhone 4S - 20% lighter- Apple A6 CPU and Graphics (twice as f (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Apple, Nokia, Robocup 2012, NZ patent law

, posted: 12-Sep-2012 21:27

A journey into patent law, privacy gone mad, Robocup 2012 in Mexico City, Evernote vs Onenote, 4K Projectors, 84" UHDTVs, subsidised tablets, new Nokia announcements and upcoming Apple announcement. You can follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@paulspain) along with guest Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 88 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can k (read the entire post)...