Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


NZ Tech Podcast: Nokia Lumia giveaway, updated Samsung Ultrabook, iPhone/iPad rumours

, posted: 1-Aug-2012 23:30

This episode we discuss Apple OS X Mountain Lion, potential iPhone and iPad Mini launch dates, Samsung's updated Series 9 Ultrabook, Android tablets, the Defcon security conference, Nokia Lumia 610 hands on and giveaway, the end of era as Telecom shuts down its old mobile network and we ponder if broadcast TV is coming to an end anytime soon. Nokia Lumia 610 Windows Phone giveaway: In conjunction with WindowsPhoneNZ.com we are giving away a Lumia 610 smartphone from Nokia NZ. Entering to win (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Back in NZ – with the Google Nexus 7

, posted: 26-Jul-2012 21:36

Highlights in this episode of the NZ Tech Podcast (the first episode since I was in Toronto two weeks ago) - Google Nexus 7 tablet, free Ultra Fast Broadband from Orcon, Gigabit Wifi from Netgear, Microsoft's cloud friendly Office 2013, opinions on iPad mini rumours and a local IT firm fails owing $3 million but returns without the debt. And we announce our Nokia Lumia giveaway. Nokia Lumia 610 Windows Phone giveaway: In conjunction with WindowsPhoneNZ.com we are giving away a Lumia 610 smartp (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Direct from Toronto

, posted: 12-Jul-2012 18:30

This episode we report from Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto - covering Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 launch details, Perceptive Pixel, Windows Phone 8 and Green Button. We also discuss Pandora, Dropbox, Imagine Cup and Kim Dotcom. You can follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@paulspain) along with ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley (@maryjofoley). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 78 directly Subscribe and listen via i (read the entire post)...



Windows RT now able to use traditional Windows desktop apps (via RemoteApp)

, posted: 11-Jul-2012 01:51

With the addition of RemoteApp capabilities to Windows RT it will be possible to use most traditional Windows desktop business applications (whether Intel 32-bit or 64-bit) on the desktop on ARM based PCs and tablets. This includes Microsoft's Surface for Windows RT tablet announced in June. RemoteApp is delivered as a feature of the Remote Desktop role (previously known as Terminal Services) on Windows Server. A demonstration of the functionality was given during Microsoft's WPC 2012 conference (read the entire post)...



Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 availability announced

, posted: 10-Jul-2012 03:23

I'm currently at Microsoft's WPC 2012 event in Toronto where this morning Tami Reller (Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer) announced the release dates for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. It was confirmed both Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 software will be signed off for 'release to manufacturing' (RTM) during the first week of August with Windows 8 availability to business customers also during August. General Windows 8 availability is set for late October as many (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: NZ telecommunications, Kim Dotcom’s pool party, Microsoft gets it right

, posted: 27-Jun-2012 01:08

This episode on the NZ Tech Podcast we discuss NZ telecommunications topics, Kim Dotcom's pool party with Twitter followers, Microsoft reveals a strategy with Surface and Windows 8, a local IT distribution merger, US and UK TV to watch via Netflix and TUANZ funding challenges. We also give some time to discussing if Linux will flourish if Microsoft upsets PC vendors with their foray into selling Windows tablet PCs. You can follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week w (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Microsoft enters the Tablet market with Surface for Windows 8

, posted: 19-Jun-2012 22:04

On episode 75 of the NZ Tech Podcast we dive deep into today's news of Microsoft's PC hardware market entry with its new Surface tablet PCs (featuring Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro). Also featured is Xero's NZX50 entry, Microsoft's Xbox 720 leak and NZ's fastest ISP. Finally we discuss lower end phones from Nokia and Huawei. You can also follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@paulspain) along with Alastair Cooke (@DemitasseNZ) and Nate Du (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: iOS 6, new MacBooks, NZ Gaming industry and password leaks

, posted: 12-Jun-2012 20:59

This week on the NZ Tech Podcast we review Apple's annoucments - including iOS 6 for iPhone & iPad, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and new MacBook Pro laptops. Other topics include Asus Windows 8 devices, LinkedIn password leaks, NZ computer game industry and Orcon's UFB events. You can also follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@paulspain) along with Sim Ahmed (@Simantics) and Nate Dunn(@Nate). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 74 direct (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Windows 8 Release Preview, E3 Los Angeles, Computex Taipei

, posted: 10-Jun-2012 23:24

This week on the NZ Tech Podcast we discuss the new Windows 8 Release Preview along with news and announcements from E3 (Los Angeles, USA) and Computex (Taipei, Taiwan). Sony, Microsoft, Samsung, Nintendo and HP gain mentions along with coverage of local news. You can also follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@paulspain) along with Glenn Williams (@RadioWammo) and Alastair Cooke(@DemitasseNZ). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 73 (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Free apps, SpaceX, mega telescopes, TelstraClear internet

, posted: 30-May-2012 00:18

Highlights on the NZ Tech Podcast this week include Elon Musk's SpaceX Dragon docking with the Space Station, TelstraClear Internet plans, NZ being involved with the future mega telescope project, UFB happenings, Seeby's recent acquisition, Microsoft TechEd, Apple iOS app freebies and some cool NZ Apps - ASB, Countdown, NZ Budget and Quickflix. You can also follow our host and guests via Twitter, Facebook or Google+. This week we featured Paul Spain (@paulspain) along with Bill Bennett (@Bill (read the entire post)...