Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


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)...



NZ Tech Podcast: TechEd special with Paul Thurrott and Alan Burchill

, posted: 10-Sep-2012 21:58

A special NZ Tech Podcast episode recorded following Microsoft's Tech Ed 2012 event in Auckland, New Zealand. Featuring discussions with keynote speaker Paul Thurrott (USA) and Microsoft MVP Alan Burchill (Australia). Various Microsoft related topics were discussed including announcements and news around Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Phone 8 handsets from Nokia and Samsung. You can follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@pauls (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Flip free ADSL, IFA Germany, Samsung, Audi

, posted: 6-Sep-2012 15:01

Topics this week include 8K TV, free Internet from Flip, the '3 Strikes' copyright law heads to court, Fatso games, local National Bank and Windows 8 apps, IFA Germany, Samsung Ativ and Galaxy news, and quick impressions of the Audi A6. You can follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@paulspain), Mauricio Freitas (@freitasm) along with Paul Brislen (@paulbrislen). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 86 directly Subscribe and listen vi (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Special Edition - The Project Revolution

, posted: 30-Aug-2012 22:44

Join Paul Spain for this special edition of interviews at The Project Revolution and speaks with Alec Ross (Senior Advisor for Innovation to Hillary Clinton) and Emily Banks (Mashable.com) You can follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@paulspain), Alec Ross (@AlecJRoss) along with Emily Banks (@emjbanks). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 85 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You ca (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Apple vs Samsung, Ultra-Fast Broadband and in car Bluetooth

, posted: 29-Aug-2012 00:30

This week we discuss the Apple vs Samsung jury decision, robotic lawn mowers and vacuums, Bluetooth car stereo, Chorus, VMOB and Paul's new Ultra-Fast Broadband from Vodafone. We also discuss smartphone and tablet happenings. You can follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@paulspain), Nate Dunn (@nate) along with John Lai(@iamjohnlai). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 84 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and list (read the entire post)...