Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


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)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Windows 8, Mango, Parallels 7, Yoobee Britomart, iPhone 5 lost in bar

, posted: 8-Sep-2011 11:28

Highlights this episode include Windows 8, yoobee Britomart store opening, an iPhone 5 gets lots in a bar, Windows Phone 7 lawsuit, Ubuntu update, new HTC Windows Phone 7.5 Mango handsets, Apple Final Cut backtrack and an OS X Lion friendly update to Parallels Desktop for Mac. This week is the final chance to enter our HP TouchPad 16GB giveaway courtesy of Gorilla Technology (IT Services). To enter just requires three steps: Think of a business benefit that could be gained from using a tablet (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: TouchPad giveaway, Steve Jobs quits, TechEd, Vodafone rate drops, Windows 8

, posted: 1-Sep-2011 19:14

This week on the NZ Tech Podcast the major topics discussed were Steve Jobs resignation as Apple CEO, NZ's 3 strikes copyright bill, cheap iPhones from VodafoneNZ, new Vodafone Business Smart plans, Microsoft Tech-Ed and the new Windows 8 Explorer ribbon. And we briefly discuss the first Windows Phone 7.5 Mango handset to reach the market. Due to demand outstripping supply we have secured an HP TouchPad 16GB to give away courtesy of Gorilla Technology (IT Services). To enter is easy - just thre (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Pacific Fibre/Vodafone, PS3, HP changes, TechEd

, posted: 27-Aug-2011 23:02

This week we talked about big changes at HP with the cancellation of the WebOS based TouchPad - and a possible sell off of the PC and Laptop division. We naturally discuss the HP TouchPad sell off in NZ as @NZTechPodcast was the first to share this via Twitter in advance. This week NZ's biggest technology conference arrives in Auckland. Other topics covered include the ThinkPad X1 (finally!), Office 365 outage for some US users, impact of Samsung Galaxy Tab patent issues with Apple reducing, Pa (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Google’s Motorola acquisition, 3 strike copyright bill, T4E, Rangitito College Wi-Fi

, posted: 17-Aug-2011 00:08

During episode 28 of the NZ Tech Podcast we discussed a lot of topics including Google's Motorola acquisition announcement, Citrix and Netflix on Chrome OS, Wi-Fi at Rangitoto College (NZ's largest school), Firefox 6, Chrome 14 for OS X Lion, the government sponsored Training for Employment (T4E) programme, Xbox 360 changes, HP Touchpad and our Windows Phone 7 Mango competition winners. We also highlighted the new web show - 'Social Life' launched last week. You can watch it here. Stay tuned fo (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Windows Phone 7 giveaway, iPhone 5 and one million robots

, posted: 11-Aug-2011 13:43

This week on the NZ Tech Podcast topics included Windows Phone 7 Mango, iPhone 5, Patent Wars, Black Hat and Chrome OS, Google TV, 1 million new robots for Foxconn, Gnome 3, Zotac ZBox, Open Source news, Microsoft Tech Ed. Also announced was the Windows Phone Mango Treasure Hunt Competition which is a chance for listeners to win one of two Windows Phone 7 handsets (HTC Trophy). Stay tuned for latest NZ Tech Podcast updates via Twitter @NZTechPodcast the NZTechPodcast.com website, or get the Pod (read the entire post)...



HP TouchPad and WebOS expand their reach

, posted: 28-Jul-2011 17:51

Hewlett Packard today showed off their WebOS based TouchPad tablets to a small press audience over lunch in Auckland today (following recent press events across the Asia Pacific region). Today was all about the TouchPad tablet but it was noticeable that a number of the HP team were carrying WebOS based smartphone handsets too. It's been some 17-months since HP's acquisition of Palm and it's WebOS operating system were announced. Initial Wi-Fi based TouchPad tablets launched in the U.S. on 1 Jul (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Live from Los Angeles

, posted: 12-Jul-2011 07:33

In our first International episode, the NZ Tech Podcast team report from Los Angeles where we visit the Microsoft, Apple and Sony stores along with tech supermarket Frys. Ford Sync gets a test drive and we discuss how Google, Bing and WP7 light up in US. We shop for the gadgets and come back with the Sony Bloggie, a Roku box and bunch more items. We also announce the winner of the LG Optimus 2X giveaway competition which was provided by 2degrees Mobile. And we chat our upcoming episodes from (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast Competition: Win the LG Optimus 2X

, posted: 7-Jul-2011 23:32

So, last month Geekzone gave away a delicious LG Optimus 2X from 2degrees Mobile - now it's time for the NZ Tech Podcast to do the same. This is a great Android based handset with 1ghz Dual-Core CPU and an excellent overall feature set. It's worth $999 so not a bad giveaway. Details of the competition can be heard by listening in to episodes 17 and 18 of the NZ Tech Podcast or on the NZ Tech Podcast website. Entering it's very easy and in simple terms involves subscribing to the NZ Tech Podcast (read the entire post)...