Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


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)...



Orcon announces NZ Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) plans

, posted: 7-Mar-2012 12:01

Last year the NZ Tech Podcast launched an NZ UFB page - this has been updated today to include new Ultra Fast Broadband offerings from Orcon. These are plans that will ultimately be available to some 75% of New Zealanders over the coming years. A summary of the main plans from Orcon is as follows. Orcon (Nationwide) - residential 30Mb/s (down), 10Mb/s (up), 5G data, 1 phone line, unlimited NZ landline calls: $75 30Mb/s (down), 10Mb/s (up), 30G data, 1 phone line: $75 30Mb/s (down), 10Mb/s (up (read the entire post)...



Windows 8 Consumer Preview: download now

, posted: 1-Mar-2012 07:56

This morning Microsoft have made the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (something we'd usually called a beta) available for download. You can locate it here and it's available in both 32-bit and 64-bit variations. This release is a jump forward from the Windows 8 Developer Preview made available last year. It's likely that Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be made the primary operating system for many technology enthusiasts. Windows 8 marks the first step away from the Windows desktop and start menu whi (read the entire post)...



Windows 8 Consumer Preview: download now

, posted: 1-Mar-2012 07:45

This morning Microsoft have made the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (something we'd usually called a beta) available for download. You can locate it here and it's available in both 32-bit and 64-bit variations. This release is a jump forward from the Windows 8 Developer Preview made available last year. It's likely that Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be made the primary operating system for many technology enthusiasts. Windows 8 marks the first step away from the Windows desktop and start menu whi (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Dai Henwood, Mobile World Congress, iPad 3

, posted: 29-Feb-2012 11:43

This week the NZ Tech Podcast team were joined by Dai Henwood back in the studio for a bit of idle chatter about tech, gadgets and phones. On the news front we talk Windows 8 (Consumer Preview lands this week) along with Mobile World Congress happenings including new Android devices from Samsung and new Nokia Handsets - including the Nokia 610 low end Windows Phone and Nokia 808 PureView which features a 41 megapixel camera. Also covered are Apple OS X Mountain Lion, the iPad3, Google heads up (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: OS X Mountain Lion, Ubuntu 11.10, Windows 8, Stephen Fry

, posted: 23-Feb-2012 22:20

This week's NZ Tech Podcast episode covers topics including Apple OS X Mountain Lion, Ubuntu 11.10, Windows 8 news, iPad, Android and Windows Phone news, Stephen Fry's rant about NZ internet. 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 58 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen v (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Webstock special

, posted: 23-Feb-2012 22:19

This special edition of the NZ Tech Podcast features interviews from Webstock 2012. Paul Spain spoke with guests Raffi Krikorian (Twitter), Scott Hanselman (Microsoft) and Derek Handley (The Hyperfactory). He also chatted with Tim Fraser and Jeremy Geros from GoVocab who won the BNZ Startup Alley competition featured at Webstock. 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 h (read the entire post)...



First Ultra Fast Broadband (Fibre) prices for Auckland and Christchurch

, posted: 11-Feb-2012 21:41

Today the NZ Tech Podcast NZ UFB page was updated. The big news is the first pricing for residential (and business) Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) services in the Auckland and Christchurch regions has been made public. This first pricing comes from WorldNet - an Auckland based Internet Service Provider (ISP) who quietly put the information online in recent days. As first mover WorldNet have the opportunity to dictate initial market pricing. Based on WorldNet's ADSL pricing compared with other ISPs i (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Tivo, Skype HD, Nikon D800, Windows Phone 8

, posted: 11-Feb-2012 21:24

This week the NZ Tech Podcast discusses NZ consumer tech bargains, Tivo, IT 4 Kids classes, a new update from Apple, Skype HD video calling, Nikon's D800, Windows Phone 8, and an interesting NZ launch by mobile game maker Kwalee. 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 55 directly Subscribe and lis (read the entire post)...



The unlikely winner of CES 2012 – Windows Phone

, posted: 23-Jan-2012 16:12

It's clear from market statistics that Apple's iPhone and Google's Android are the predominant smartphone platforms currently. But if the buzz at CES is anything to go by, Windows Phone will soon emerge as a strong contender to sit alongside these brands and associated ecosystems. So how with its small market share how did Windows Phone come out as the winner at CES? It would have seemed unlikely heading into CES - particularly as there were dozens of other products vying for attention - from (read the entire post)...