Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


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)...



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)...