Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


NZ Tech Podcast: Episode 17

, posted: 1-Jul-2011 18:39

On Episode 17 of the NZ Tech Podcast the hot topics include the Office 365 launch, Lulzsec hackers shut up shop, FTC Google investigation, Chevron jailbreak of WP7, Mac OS X updates, Google's cars that drive themselves, Firefox 5, SkyDrive, Nokia N9 with Meego and Windows Phone 7. As many have pointed out - Google's robotic cars sound fantastic. Now when will the NZ government give approval for vehicles that can drive themselves? Stay tuned for latest updates via Twitter @NZTechPodcast or the N (read the entire post)...



Office 365 launches in NZ (early)

, posted: 29-Jun-2011 19:21

This morning Microsoft Office 365 officially launched in New Zealand and overnight around the world in 40 countries. Interestingly this new online productivity and collaboration suite actually slipped out online ahead of the official launch and users were able to sign up before even the US launch had taken place overnight. The New Zealand launch saw Microsoft NZ's Managing Director, Paul Muckleston present to the crowd of press, partners and customers. Assisting Paul Muckleston with the launch (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Dai Henwood and interviews with AMD and Unlimited Realities

, posted: 21-Jun-2011 23:07

Dai Henwood (TV personality and comedian) was this week's studio guest - joining Paul Spain and Bradley Borrows in the studio. And as always we were also linked to the Geekzone users via a live chatroom and audio stream. Show highlights included discussion of the iOS 5 beta (which Dai installed on his iPhone and iPad), the 'new' Commodore 64, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and the Kinect SDK. We were also able to talk with Gabe Gravning (AMD) in Seattle about AMD's Fusion APU chips and David Brebne (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Focus on E3, Apple WWDC and open source

, posted: 14-Jun-2011 21:32

Episode 15 of the NZ Tech Podcast brings more discussion on last week's E3 Conference and Apple's WWDC event. We cover the happenings on Nintendo, Sony and Xbox from E3 and dive into Apple's iCloud, iOS 5, OS X Lion. Recent Codemasters and Epic hackings gain attention too. We also discuss Adobe Acrobat 10.3 security issues discovered on Linux and running Android apps on iOS via an open source project 'In-the-Box'. You can download the NZ Tech Podcast from the usual locations (listed below) or (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: D9, Apple WWDC and E3 conference updates

, posted: 8-Jun-2011 02:09

The last week has been a huge one in the technology world. The NZ Tech Podcast therefore is packed full of news, announcements and opinions. We have the latest from Apple's WWDC event - including the iOS 5 and OS X Lion releases. Also massive in the news is the next version of Windows (currently referred to as Windows 8), the E3 Conference and Sony's new PlayStation Vita. We also discuss Linux and OpenOffice news and interview Dr Murray Milner (NZ IPv6 Taskforce) about World IPv6 day. We didn't (read the entire post)...



Apple co-founder: humans to be like dogs as machines take over the world

, posted: 4-Jun-2011 14:33

Looking for a laugh? In the technology industry there is one person whose antics often generate such a response - even when he's not trying to. At an Australian business event Friday afternoon, Steve Wozniak (Apple co-founder alongside Steve Jobs) suggested that humans would "become the pets, the dogs of the house." Wozniak was speaking to over 2000 business professionals at the Australian Chambers Business Congress on Australia's Gold Coast. 'The Woz' (as Steve Wozniak is often affectionately k (read the entire post)...



Windows 8 shown on video–the iPad killer?

, posted: 2-Jun-2011 12:26

At the D9 Conference in NYC today Microsoft's Stephen Sinofsky demonstrated the next generation of Windows (currently code-named "Windows 8") for the first time in public.

It appears that Windows 8 take a fresh approach to Windows - incorporating the best of Tablets, Phones and full blown PCs today - and merging those elements into a new experience. The concept is that Windows 8 systems can be anything from a small touch only device through to devices with large screen and a keyboard (read the entire post)...



Live: NZ Tech Podcast

, posted: 31-May-2011 16:38

Tonight (Tuesday) the NZ Tech Podcast episode 13 will be recorded and you can join us live via Geekzone Chat and the associated live audio stream (which is announced each week via the live chat). You can visit Geekzone chat here anytime - and each Tuesday evening about 6pm you get the chance to link in to the NZ Tech Podcast. We hope you can join us. If you miss out on the live feed you can always listen to Podcast in the usual manner via the NZ Tech Podcast Website or one of the following chan (read the entire post)...



Windows Phone Mango detailed–new handsets coming

, posted: 25-May-2011 03:56

Over the weekend I published some details on Windows Phone NZ of what it was anticipated Microsoft would include in the next release of Windows Phone - currently code named 'Mango'. Much of that information is now official and I can confirm most of the predictions were accurate - however some parts of Mango have been shown in more detail than seen previously and there is a little lack of clarity around some potential features. In addition to new features Microsoft have announced that all exist (read the entire post)...



Final NZ Ultra-Fast Broadband partners announcements

, posted: 24-May-2011 10:27

This morning Crown Fibre Holdings and the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Hon Steven Joyce, has released the following information regarding the selection of Telecom NZ and Enable Networks as the remaining key partners selected for the rollout of fibre based broadband Internet connectivity across New Zealand. Crown Fibre Holdings (CFH) has welcomed the announcement by Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Hon Steven Joyce that two companies are to deploy (read the entire post)...