Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


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)...



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)...