Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


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)...



NZ Tech Podcast: CES 2012 Las Vegas–Product and Startup Preview

, posted: 11-Jan-2012 06:12

This week I am in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 (CES). In this first podcast covering the event (there will be a number during the week) we look at some of the more unusual products and companies that have brought themselves to CES and other events taking place during the week. Some of the products featured include a new inductive cooktop, Australian high end head phones, new Lenovo tablets and ultrabooks and some home automation tech that leverages location information. Keep (read the entire post)...



The best NZ Tech Podcast discussions and interviews of 2011

, posted: 3-Jan-2012 22:05

Brad Borrows and Skip Parker have collated two NZ Tech Podcast 'best of' episodes featuring the most interesting discussions and guests that featured during 2011. Covered is everything from the rise and fall of Web OS and the death of Steve Jobs through to a seat at the WPC conference to hear Steve Ballmer and Richard Branson. Keep an eye out for next show which focuses on the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 (CES) direct from Las Vegas. Would you like to join the NZ Tech Podcast live? Each Tues (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Best tech, gadgets and consumer electronics of 2011

, posted: 22-Dec-2011 11:56

The Christmas episode of NZ Tech Podcast highlights the host's favourite tech, gadgets and consumer electronics of 2011. Hopefully this will help you decide what to buy at Boxing Day sales and into early 2012. Products covered include TVs, Laptops, Cars, Smartphones (Android, iPhone, Windows Phone), Tablets, Projectors and more. The podcast also features an interview about Credit Card fraud with Mako Networks founder Simon Gamble - a topic more relevant than ever at this time of year. Keep an (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: 3D projectors, Ford Focus tech, new ICT Minister and Lync mobile

, posted: 13-Dec-2011 23:07

Highlights of episode 45 include discussion of Windows 8 beta, 3D projectors, Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo (2degrees), Xbox update and Companion app, HP WebOS goes open source, new Government ICT Minister, more car tech from Ford and the Lync mobile client. Would you like to join the NZ Tech Podcast live? Each Tuesday evening 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 45 dire (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Ford Mondeo technology, Free downloads and major Xbox update

, posted: 6-Dec-2011 23:45

Highlights of the 44th episode of the NZ Tech Podcast include 3D Projectors, flight technology, full building projection, Telstra Clear free data download weekend, Ford car technology, Black Friday stats, major Xbox update, Amazon Kindle Fire and a ThinkPad for the classroom. Would you like to join the NZ Tech Podcast live? Each Tuesday evening 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: Li (read the entire post)...