Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


NZ Tech Podcast: Samsung’s voice + gesture controlled TV, piracy and the self drive Cadillac

, posted: 26-Apr-2012 00:24

In episode 67 we record from Global Voice Media HQ as the studio undergoes a refurbishment. Topics discussed this week include Cadillac's self drive car, Samsung's voice/gesture controlled TV, NZ internet users hitting 3-strikes, Ultra-fast Broadband, Adobe CS6, Unified Inbox, Facebook's 900 million users and new Internet offerings from TelstaClear, Orcon and Snap. Would you like to join the NZ Tech Podcast live? Most Tuesday evenings around 6pm or thereabouts we join with Geekzone for a live a (read the entire post)...



HP Converged Cloud: Smart and Innovative

, posted: 16-Apr-2012 21:31

In recent days I've been in Sydney, Australia hearing from Hewlett-Packard staff and executives about their newly announced cloud offerings. Though HP may have been slow to announce a broad cloud vision - now that it's here it sounds comprehensive and well thought out. HP's approach is one that that does crossover with offerings from other vendors. The big difference that HP brings to the market is a broadness of vision and the promise of a comprehensive consulting offering to ensure predictable (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Pacific Fibre, Mac Malware, Scammers

, posted: 10-Apr-2012 23:04

This episode we discuss Scammers caught in Auckland, Instagram's $1B sale, Mac Malware, NZ startup Unified Inbox, Quickflix, Drones in the sky, layoffs at Yahoo and Sony, and we talk with Pacific Fibre CEO Mark Rushworth about some big announcements this week. 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 (read the entire post)...



Pacific Fibre formalises 2014 launch in wake of US$200m in sales

, posted: 10-Apr-2012 08:19

Significant news has been received this morning from Pacific Fibre - the company planning to build a new high speed internet connection between the United States, New Zealand and Australia. Co-founder and Chairman Sam Morgan announced that they have "secured another significant sale to a U.S. customer, further de-risking the Pacific Fibre business for investors." This bring total sales for Pacific Fibre to US$200 million. Mr Morgan also advised that Pacific Fibre have set a timeframe on closing (read the entire post)...



Want to start a career in IT Support?

, posted: 31-Mar-2012 16:09

Good news for those interested making a start (or a step up) in an IT Support career. Gorilla Technology (Auckland, New Zealand) is looking for a keen and enthusiastic person to join our team at a junior level. Could that be you? Potential We're looking for someone who both learns technical things quickly and has great people skills. That person might already working in IT support or maybe they have just finished studying. It's possible they are currently in a role at a call centre, or working (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Facebook vs Employers, Card and Celebrity Hacking, Nano SIM cards

, posted: 28-Mar-2012 21:50

This week we discuss employers that want your facebook password, Sony Alpha cameras, card fraud, Wharf42, Huawei, Apple and Nokia fight over next generation SIM cards, and news that a hacker who released naked photos of Scarlett Johansson pleads guilty. 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 63 (read the entire post)...



Review: Nokia Lumia 800

, posted: 26-Mar-2012 00:59

After a European launch in late 2011, Nokia's first flagship Windows Phone has finally launched in New Zealand. It's stunning in Cyan and also in the generic Black option. I've spent a considerable amount of time with the Nokia Lumia 800 both before and after it being released publicly in NZ and have been extremely impressed. It's a phone with an impressive design and robustness. The key areas where this handsets specification have improved over original Windows Phone 7 models of late 2010 inclu (read the entire post)...

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Second year rollout maps for NZ Ultra Fast Broadband

, posted: 9-Mar-2012 00:11

I was visiting the Chorus website this evening checking to see if there was any update on when I would get Ultra Fast Broadband fibre rolled out in my street. To my surprise Chorus had quietly updated their website with plans for their second year of rollouts. In hindsight it shouldn't have been such a surprise as it was briefly mentioned at Orcon's UFB press conference this week that year rollout plans were due this week. In a discussion with Orcon this week I was advised that UFB should pass 5 (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Windows 8, mobile roaming, SIM locking, legal concerns for bloggers

, posted: 8-Mar-2012 22:27

Topics on the NZ Tech Podcast this week include Windows 8 Consumer Client Preview and Windows 8 Server Beta, Apple iPad 3 and Apple TV rumours, a $2,000 mobile roaming bill, Skinny Mobile SIM locking, Google privacy changes, potential changes to the blogging laws in Australia. 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: L (read the entire post)...



New Apple iPad and Apple TV

, posted: 8-Mar-2012 07:38

In San Francisco this morning Apple have made a number of software and device announcements: iOS UpdateiOS 5.1 is available today. the biggest point of this release is the inclusion of Siri for the Japanese market. Apple TV New Apple TV offers 1080p video (previous Apple TV offered only 720p), launches March 16. No change in price. New iPadUses the A5X CPU chip, quad core graphics processing, high resolution 'retina' display (2048x1536), voice dictation features, Dual 3G and 4G LTE network (read the entire post)...