Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


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)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Samsung Galaxy SIII, new Intel CPUs, NFC wireless payments

, posted: 5-May-2012 12:50

In episode 67 we land back in the old studio. Topics this week include Samsung's Galaxy SIII smartphone, The Brydge iPad keyboard dock, super fast Wi-Fi, Intel's amazing new CPUs, NFC mobile payments, and cloud storage from Google, Microsoft and Dropbox. In addition we attend Microsoft's Imagine Cup NZ finals and then chat with the team Mobile Eye who took the 1st prize on the night and will soon head to the world finals in Sydney. Would you like to join the NZ Tech Podcast live? Most Tuesday e (read the entire post)...



Samsung Galaxy SIII – specifications, launch and availability

, posted: 4-May-2012 08:37

Today Samsung have made their global announcement for the new flagship smartphone - the Samsung Galaxy SIII. And it's nice step forward and a step up. The handset will be publicly available from 29 May in UK and Europe - it was announced that availability in the rest of the world would follow however Vodafone NZ have already advised availability by the end of May in New Zealand. There are many new features designed to improve the experience with this, Samsung's follow up to the widely popular G (read the entire post)...



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)...