Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


NZ Tech Podcast: Peeble Steel, 4K video cams, Sony quits PCs, Microsoft’s new CEO and Bill Gates

, posted: 12-Feb-2014 00:33

On the agenda for the NZ Tech Podcast this week - the Peeble Steel, tiny motors to fit in a human cell, 4k video cameras from Blackmagic and Panasonic (GH4), LogMeIn free alternatives, Microsoft makes Satya Nadella CEO and brings Bill Gates back, Sony quits PC business, Uber taxis. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 168 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 167: Mac Pro, Free student iPads, 30-years of Mac, Dell Venue Pro 8, IBM sells servers

, posted: 4-Feb-2014 23:57

We discuss free iPads for students, IBM's server sale to Lenovo, we go hands on with the impressive new Mac Pro, test drive the Dell Venue Pro 8, and look back in time at the first Macs. We also ask Vodafone to be fairer when we hit our home Internet cap. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz) and Wal Reid. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 167 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Fee (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Panansonic 7” Toughbook, Lenovo Yoga and a focus on Vodafone NZ - from TV to 5G mobile

, posted: 28-Jan-2014 23:36

This week we discuss geeky kids books Nerdy Numbers and Sci-Fi Shapes, an update for Windows 8.1, Panasonic's new 7" Toughpad, and Lenovo's Yoga. Then we hear some interesting things about mobile and fixed networks from Vodafone's Tony Baird. And Tony lets slip an indication that maybe Vodafone's TV box is coming to households with VDSL. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Tony Baird (Vodafone NZ).. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 166 directly Subsc (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 165: The Internet Party, Parachute tag, Electric Vehicles, 8" Windows Tablets in action

, posted: 22-Jan-2014 14:51

We discuss RFID payment systems used at music events such as Rhythm & Vines and Parachute, NZ internet prices compared globally, Kim Dotcom's Internet Party, Electric Vehicles update and we go hands on with 8" Windows Tablets from Toshiba and Lenovo. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Paul Brislen (@paulbrislen) and Nate Dunn (@nate). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 165 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS F (read the entire post)...



Boxing Day Sales 2013: NZ's Best Tech, Gadget, Electronics Specials

, posted: 25-Dec-2013 11:48

First up - I trust all NZ Tech Podcast listeners have a great Christmas. As there will not be a new episode of the NZ Tech Podcast until CES 2014 (Las Vegas) in early January it seemed appropriate to share some of the best tech bargains announced in 2013 Boxing Day Sales both online and in retailers across New Zealand. Note some stock is very limited and you'll need to order online or queue at the store for the best specials (stores open as early as 7.30am on Boxing Day in some cases). Laptops, (read the entire post)...



NZ Business Podcast: Shaun Ryan - Founder at SLI Systems

, posted: 12-Dec-2013 16:51

Paul Spain visited another tech firm for the fifth episode of the NZ Business Podcast. Dropping in at the Epic innovation centre in Christchurch he talked with Shaun Ryan, Co-founder/CEO of SLI Systems. They discuss the SLI's history, along with growth, funding, company culture, staff retention, using a tele-presence robot and listing on the NZX. Also mentioned in the discussion are Global Brain, NBCi, Pioneer Capital and Rakon. This episode produced in association with BNZ and hosted by Paul Sp (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: New HP tech, Telecom’s $450m windfall, 2degrees’ stunning new plans

, posted: 11-Dec-2013 23:57

This week we discuss 2degrees Mobile's ground-breaking new 'all you can eat' plans, Telecom NZ's sale of Australian business AAPT, UFB uptake on the increase, new tablets and computers from HP, and a joint initiative by 2degress/Telecom/Vodafone. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett(@billbennettmz). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 162 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep current (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Windows ‘Threshold’, Sony PS4, Amazon drones, Xtra email hacked

, posted: 4-Dec-2013 12:05

Areas discussed include an upcoming Windows version codenamed 'Threshold', hands on with Sony PS4, Harmony Ultimate, Amazon plans delivery drones, $8m bitcoins lost, Xtra email hacking, more time with LG G2, Asus T100, ThinkPad X240, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8" This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Paddy Buckley (@paddybuckley). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 161 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can k (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Electronic taste, NZ’s Quebee on Kickstarter, Xbox One, Kiwi Bank Home Hunter

, posted: 27-Nov-2013 00:41

Highlights this episode include electronic taste simulations, NZ's Quebee camera launch on Kickstarter, Xbox One initial impressions, Kiwi Bank's Home Hunter app, Ninja Blocks, Logitech G602 gaming/pro mouse, the unique PowerAll USB charger that can start your car. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Ben Bodley (@tekniquelimited) and Harley Ogier (@HarleyOgier) of PCWorld.co.nz. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 160 directly Subscribe and listen via (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: iPad Mini Retina, Coin, LG G2, New ThinkPads

, posted: 20-Nov-2013 07:44

This episode we discuss LG G2 Android, Apple iPad Mini with Retina display, Logitech's iPad Air covers, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, new ThinkPads, Apple buy's gesture tech firm, PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One, NZ's Quebee cam coming to Kickstarter, 3D printing on Windows 8.1 This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Alastair Cooke (@demitassenz) and Nate Dunn (@nate). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 159 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and li (read the entire post)...