Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


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)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Spotify, Galaxy SIII, Windows 8, new MacBooks, facebook IPO

, posted: 23-May-2012 17:58

In the NZ Tech Podcast this week we discussed the Samsung Galaxy SIII (it just arrived) vs HTC One X (again), Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, new MacBook Pro rumours, Spotify lands in NZ, Kiwi domain names, paperless receipts, facebook IPO, video service updates including Vevo, Netflix, Foxtel and Amazon Instant Video. This week we featured host Paul Spain (@paulspain or Facebook.com/paulspain) along with comedian and Apple fan Dai Henwood (@DaiHenwood) and Microsoft's Nathan Mercer (@Natha (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Fyx no longer provides a fix, Telecom 4G trial, HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy SIII

, posted: 16-May-2012 21:39

This week we discuss what happened to the Fyx Internet service, Telecom NZ's 4G trial, our first experiences with the HTC One X and Galaxy SIII Android phones, accessing Netflix in NZ, hands on with the new 2degrees and Snapper mobile payment system and more. Would you like to join the NZ Tech Podcast live? Most Tuesday evenings around 6pm or thereabouts we join with Geekzone for a live audio stream from the studio and a hosted chat room. Details here. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 7 (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Fyx internet, SmallWorlds, 2degrees shared data plans and Mac security

, posted: 8-May-2012 22:20

In episode 69 we settle in to recording at our new location with new recording equipment. Topics include Mac OS X security, NZ gaming sensation SmallWorlds, the Gather unconference, 2degrees new shared data plans, how to quickly destroy 30 laptops and the new Fyx internet service for accessing to Netflix, Hulu and other international services. Would you like to join the NZ Tech Podcast live? Most Tuesday evenings around 6pm or thereabouts we join with Geekzone for a live audio stream from the s (read the entire post)...



Fyx opens up Netflix, Hulu and other restricted content with pay per GB Internet service

, posted: 8-May-2012 09:05

A new Internet service has been launched - branded Fyx - and coming from the team at Maxnet. The Fyx service is set disrupt the market with two unique components bundled together: A simple low cost 'pay per Gigabyte' ADSL 2+ Internet plan Global Mode: Providing access to hundreds of international services that are usually blocked for New Zealanders. Includes Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, Zune, BBC iPlayer, and hundreds more The service is being offered at base rate of $34.34/month plus 34c per (read the entire post)...