Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


BlackBerry PlayBook hits the shelves

, posted: 19-Apr-2011 23:45

Research in Motion (RIM) have launched the BlackBerry PlayBook in the United States and Canada today starting at US$499 / CA$499 for the 16gb model. Availability in other markets such as New Zealand, Australia and United Kingdom have yet to be confirmed. Initially available in 16gb (US$499), 32gb (US$599) or 64gb (US$699) models with WiFi connectivity, more models are expected in the coming months. Naturally many potential buyers may wait for the 3G edition to be released before making a purcha (read the entire post)...



Office 365 beta

, posted: 19-Apr-2011 21:28

After a few months of limited access, Microsoft have opened up the Office 365 beta on a global basis. Office 365 is the successor to Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), Office Live Small Business, and Live@edu.Office 365 is a cloud offering delivering a bundle of the latest versions of Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Lync, and Microsoft Office via the Internet. And as I reported last year, Microsoft have dramatically reduced pricing on their cloud offering (read the entire post)...

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NZ Tech Podcast: Kindle, iPad, Sony vs Geohotz, Windows Home Server + more

, posted: 14-Apr-2011 15:45

This week (Episode 6) was a busy one on the NZ Tech Podcast. We featured topics including the Amazon Kindle and other e-reading options, iPad Apps, upcoming Android and Windows Tablets from Acer, Windows Home Server 2011, Sony vs Geohotz and digital cameras and video. Paul Spain and Bradley Borrows were this week joined in the studio by Jason Hosking - a photographer for Getty Images (amongst others). Jason weighed in our discussion of new ways of consuming content (such as a magazines) using t (read the entire post)...



Windows Phone 'Mango' update

, posted: 14-Apr-2011 05:24

Today Microsoft have for the first time publicly shared indepth information of the large scale update to Windows Phone 7 expected to be available globally in the September-November timeframe. News features cover just about every area of the platform.Highlights include: New App Hub features and designs Multitasking Speed improvements Many new apps coming - including Skype, Kik messaging, Spotify, Qantas Internet Explorer 9 - with hardware acceleration and HTML5 Marketplace to expand from (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Episode 5

, posted: 8-Apr-2011 18:16



A few dramas popped up this week and it seemed like last weeks claim that the NZ Tech Podcast was now a weekly show wouldn't be true. Fortunately things came together and am I pleased to present episode 5.

This week the featured topics include the new Sony Xperia Play, 'Windows 8′ leaks, Freeview expansion, iSky, recent security/hacking issues, Android Music 3, Amazon Cloud Drive, the Imagine Cup and upcoming live chat during the Podcast. I will provide an update so (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: iPad 2, Android, Nintendo 3DS, Parrot AR Drone and IE9 vs Firefox 4

, posted: 31-Mar-2011 14:53

Things are moving along with NZ Tech Podcast - it's now a weekly show featuring myself (Paul Spain), Bradley Borrows and often also Skip Parker. In the 4th episode Brad realises Drones aren't designed to be 'caught' in mid air, I run the batteries flat on another gadget and we have our first competition. And a Nintendo join us to talk about the their new 3D portable gaming console (which is recommended). Topics covered include iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab, the new Nintendo 3DS, Internet Explorer (read the entire post)...



iPad 2 New Zealand launch

, posted: 25-Mar-2011 19:25

This afternoon I was at YooBee in Newmarket, Auckland as the iPad 2 was launched in New Zealand. As Apple themselves don't have a store here in NZ, YooBee has established itself as the biggest retailer for consumers to buy Apple gadgets. The new iPad was in strong demand with hundreds of people lining up to get their hands on this, the newest Apple product to hit New Zealand. It seems the rain wasn't much of a deterrent. I'll be talking in more detail about the iPad 2 on the next episode of the (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: The #1 Podcast in New Zealand?

, posted: 23-Mar-2011 16:18

Last night we recorded and put online the third episode of the 'NZ Tech Podcast'. Today I was pleasantly surprised to see we're in iTunes as the top Podcast in NZ. It feels good to be sitting above Ricky Gervais, TED talks, BBC, etc. How long that will last I don't know - but it's nice to have some extra attention courtesy of Apple and iTunes. Many thanks to all who are listening in and especially those spreading the word. This episode is hosted by Paul Spain, Bradley Borrows and Skip Parker and (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Episode 2

, posted: 10-Mar-2011 20:05

We made it - Episode 2 of the 'NZ Tech Podcast' was finished and went online this week. This episode is hosted by Paul Spain with Skip Parker (guest host in Bradley Borrows' absence) and features our mix of local + international gadget and technology discussion. Look for the format to change and expand as we develop it over time. Topics covered in this second episode include iPad 2, Windows Phone 7 updates, Google Gmail outage, Mac OS X Lion, iSky from Sky TV and Google Android's Malware proble (read the entire post)...



Apple intros iPad 2

, posted: 3-Mar-2011 07:43

This morning in San Francisco Apple's Steve Jobs introduced the new iPad 2. Featuring front and rear cameras (with 720p video), a dual-core CPU, faster graphics, iOS 4.3, gyroscopes, thinner (now 8.8mm was 13.4mm) and optional 1080p video output. Prices remain the same as the previous model. Since the iPad 2 has added cameras FaceTime, Photo Booth and iMovie are being launched for the iPad too. In addition Garage Band is also being launched for the iPad - it naturally features touch screen inst (read the entire post)...

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