Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


NZ Tech Podcast: Scam calls, Android 4, Steve Job biography

, posted: 26-Oct-2011 21:36

Join the NZ Tech Podcast as we discuss the new biography of Steve Jobs, Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), new Apple MacBooks, Linux Kernel v3.1, and we listen to some interesting scam calls. We also discuss a banking application controlled by Microsoft's Kinect hands free controller. You can find the latest NZ Tech Podcast updates via Twitter @NZTechPodcast, the NZTechPodcast.com website and facebook page. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 38 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subs (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: iOS 5, iPhone 4S, PS3 gaming, Mission Impossible

, posted: 20-Oct-2011 11:12

This week the NZ Tech Podcast focuses on Apple's iPhone 4S and iOS 5, followed by a good chat about gaming including the latest games coming to PS3. Also highlighted are the completion of Microsoft's Skype acquisition, Samsung vs. Apple, a look ahead at Apple's potential foray into the TV space, the Panoramic ball camera and face masks with the realness of those in films such as Mission Impossible. Please look out for the latest NZ Tech Podcast updates via Twitter @NZTechPodcast, the NZTechPod (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Remembering Steve Jobs

, posted: 13-Oct-2011 22:53

Episode 36 sees the NZ Tech Podcast speak with NZ's world beating Free Range Robotics team and remember Apple founder Steve Jobs who sadly passed away last week. Other highlights covered include the Apple iPhone 4s, the new Facebook app for iPad, Sony's Netflix box and a review of the HD Homerun. As usual you will find our latest updates via Twitter @NZTechPodcast, the NZTechPodcast.com website and our facebook page. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 36 directly Subscribe and listen via (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: New Amazon Kindle devices, Silk Browser and local robotics contest

, posted: 9-Oct-2011 10:59

This week we talk about a local Robotics contest taking place next week, new Amazon Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Fire tablet and Silk browser, Xbox 360 annual dashboard update, Android and Mac security hiccups, iPhone 4S (and iPhone 5), Roku, Windows Phone 7.5, Microsoft vs Google Chrome and the new Panasonic Full HD 3D LCD projector. As usual you will find our latest updates via Twitter @NZTechPodcast, the NZTechPodcast.com website and our facebook page. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episod (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Facebook Timelines and more, Google+, iPhone 5 in NZ

, posted: 3-Oct-2011 00:27

In this special episode of the NZ Tech Podcast two of NZ's most experienced social media strategists. Piero Liguori (ex 2degrees) and Tom Bates (Contagion, ex Air NZ) joined Paul Spain to discuss a range of topics. High on the agenda was the new Facebook including new features such as Facebook Timeline and associated privacy concerns. And we pondered what opportunity Google+ has since opening up the beta gates so anyone can join without an invite. News topics this week included discussion of th (read the entire post)...



Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’ update available

, posted: 28-Sep-2011 16:38

Microsoft have started offering end users the full release version of the Windows Phone 7.5 'Mango' update for existing Windows Phone 7 handsets. This the first major upgrade since the release of Windows Phone 7 in late 2010 - offering over 500 new features. It's a move which is expected to help Microsoft establish a stronger position in the smartphone market over the coming year. The update appears to be shipping to a mix of handsets from different manufacturers and carriers according to user f (read the entire post)...



Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’ gets ready to roll out

, posted: 26-Sep-2011 23:43

It appears Microsoft have started the beginning phases of the Windows Phone 7.5 'Mango' release. I anticipate many Windows Phone 7 users (and Mango developers) globally will get access to the full final release this week. That full update download will vary from depending on the handset as each manufacturer has provided Microsoft with a firmware update to be shipped in conjunction Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 (aka 'Mango') update. What I am calling 'stage #1' of the Mango rollout is the 'Mango (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Windows 8

, posted: 19-Sep-2011 23:05

In recent days Windows 8 has been revealed to the world - so we discuss details of this dramatic change for Microsoft on the NZ Tech Podcast. Other topics this week - Apple's iCloud and OS X 10.7.2 beta, Red Hat's Fedora 15 and Hewlett-Packard NZ changes data centre plans. You can stay tuned for latest updates via Twitter @NZTechPodcast, the NZTechPodcast.com website and our facebook page. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 33 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and liste (read the entire post)...



First Look at Windows 8: Impressive!

, posted: 14-Sep-2011 07:42

This morning, Microsoft gave their first detailed demonstration of Windows 8 to an audience of developers at the BUILD conference in Anaheim, California (and via live video feed globally). Below I cover some of the highlights and how to download it. And was it good? No, Windows 8 looks incredible. When compared with the difference between Windows Vista and Windows 7 this is a much bigger change. Actually Windows 8 is a quantum leap forward, and such a dramatic change in so many ways it leaves me (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: HP, Windows 8, Big Hard Drives, NZ music service

, posted: 13-Sep-2011 22:34

This week the NZ Tech Podcast started off with an interview with Paul Boshoff of Hewlett Packard NZ (General Manager - Personal Systems Group) regarding recent announcements and where the company is heading. We also discussed Windows 8 and the BUILD conference, big new hard drives, a 'mouse without borders', Jelly batteries, a new music service for NZ, a smart Netflix credit card workaround and Star Wars on Blu-Ray. And we picked a winner for the TouchPad 16GB giveaway courtesy of Gorilla Techn (read the entire post)...