Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


NZ Tech Podcast 216: New Fitbits, Better Call Saul, Spying TVs, robotic hotel staff, Ubuntu Phone

, posted: 11-Feb-2015 23:13

On this episode - Better Call Saul's arrival on Lightbox, new Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge in NZ, spying TVs and other gadgets, Trans-Global Access undersea cable approved, scratch resistant glass for your smartphone, human-like robot hotel staff, smart body panels for your car and Ubuntu phone. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Mark Derricutt. Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 216 on Soundcloud D (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 215: Uber vs Google, Sky sport streaming, Raspberry Pi 2, Amazon vs The World

, posted: 4-Feb-2015 08:32

On this episode - WhatsApp is calling, RFID chips inserted into office workers, new OneDrive for Mac and iPhone, Ride-sharing and driverless cars converging, Sky sport online streaming, Raspberry Pi 2 and free Windows 10, Super Bowl No Drone Zone, free Outlook mobile app, Amazon to take on Microsoft and Google with business email service. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Sean Dring. Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Listen to Episode 215 on S (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 214: Windows 10, Hololens, Security wars - Google vs Apple vs Microsoft, Spark vs Vodafone

, posted: 28-Jan-2015 22:59

This week we discuss security wars between Google, Apple and Microsoft, upcoming changes at Spark & Vodafone including Chris Quin stepping down as CEO of Spark Home, Mobile, Business. We also discuss Cloudflare NZ, Protools free and spent more than half the podcast talking with Nathan Mercer at Microsoft (from Redmond, Washington, USA) to hear detail around the Windows 10 and Hololens announcements. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Bill Bennett and Nathan Merc (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: A trip to CES in Las Vegas with Paul Spain

, posted: 22-Jan-2015 22:00

Paul Spain invites you to join him as he talks with a fascinating mix of exhibitors at the world's biggest tech event - CES 2015. Hear about NZ's Performance Labs, a tiny new robot, Mercedes-Benz new concept car, gadgets for kids, sport tech, smart locks, in car tech and more. This episode of NZ Tech Podcast was hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain), supported by Vector Communications and published by NZ's Podcast network - Podcasts NZ. A special thanks to Samsung (NZ) and Gorilla Technology (IT S (read the entire post)...



Boxing Day Sales 2014 – Tech Specials

, posted: 25-Dec-2014 09:00

It's become a bit of tradition for me to build a list of Boxing Day tech specials each year. Here's some of the best of Boxing Day 2014. Be sure to listen in to the NZ Tech Podcast to catch our opinions on some of tech below and keep up-to-date with what's happening in the technology world. (Check back here over the next few hours as there will be more items added) Laptops, Tablets - Acer Aspire 15" Intel DualCore Celeron (Atom) laptop - The Warehouse - $279 (limited qty)- HP 14" Intel DualCore (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 211: North Korean Internet KO’d, NZ Broadband speeds ramp up, Tasman Global Access Cable

, posted: 23-Dec-2014 23:41

We wrap up the year by looking at a strong increase in NZ broadband speeds, a new undersea cable (Tasman Global Access Cable) from Spark/Vodafone/Telstra, Symantec security predictions for 2015, new tablet keyboards from Logitech, Sky TV's Neon video-on-demand, Oculus new acquisition and more. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Ross McDougall and Wal Reid. Supported by Vector Communications and published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 210: Kiwicon anklet hack, Linus Torvalds coming to NZ, Callaghan Innovation

, posted: 18-Dec-2014 08:03

Topics this week include Kiwicon's tracking anklet hack, Skype Translator, Pirate Bay, Trans-Tasman undersea cable, Seagate's 8TB drives, Linux.conf.au coming to Auckland and Linus Torvalds to keynote, UFB complete in Oamaru, Callaghan Innovation. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Brett Roberts and Sean Dring. Supported by Vector Communications and published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Global Voice Media. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 210 directly (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 208: Potential ADSL price increases, Gigatown Dunedin, Office Sway, Orion IPO, Google Breakup

, posted: 3-Dec-2014 07:33

In this episode we discuss the Commerce Commission's ruling on Chorus wholesale copper prices and the impact on telcos and customers, a possible Google breakup, Gigatown Dunedin, Microsoft's Office Sway and beta access for New Zealand users, Orion's strong sharemarket launch, Sony's e-paper watch and more. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz) and Darrell Webster. Supported by Vector Communications and published by NZ's Podcast speciali (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 207: Android 5 Lollipop and PlayStation TV hit NZ, Internet Balloons, Huawei/Spark

, posted: 25-Nov-2014 23:30

This week - the official arrival of Android 5 Lollipop and PlayStation TV in NZ, along with 'Traveller' Internet Balloon trial, Huawei's deal to refresh Spark's mobile network, Apple iMac 5k, and Southern Cross Cable signs biggest customers through to 2030. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Nate Dunn (@nate). Supported by Vector Communications and published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Global Voice Media. Get this podcast episode here: Listen to Episode 207 dir (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 206: Netflix coming to NZ, SnapCash, Nokia’s iPad ripoff, HP Stream 11, HP Envy x2

, posted: 20-Nov-2014 20:46

This week we talk about Netflix upcoming NZ launch, the new Android tablet from the old Nokia, SnapChat's SnapCash and PayPal arriving on the Pebble watch, HP's just announced Envy x2, HP Stream 11 (hands on), TransferCar and more feedback on using Gear S and Microsoft Band wearables. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Wal Reid. Supported by Vector Communications and published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Global Voice Media. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episo (read the entire post)...