Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

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)...



New Apple MacBook Pro launches with Sandy Bridge CPUs, Thunderbolt, HD webcam

, posted: 25-Feb-2011 10:09


Apple have launched the latest generation of the MacBook Pro laptops today. This new generation features the new generation of Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs and chip set.

Alongside the faster CPU is the addition of faster graphics courtesy of the AMD Radeo HD 6000M, 720p HD webcam, Thunderbolt (aka Light Peak) 10GB/s connectivity,

The new MacBook Product is launching online globally today (starting with New Zealand) - however it appears there is a lack o (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Episode 1

, posted: 18-Feb-2011 16:18

Today I am happy to confirm there is a cool new Podcast in town - The 'NZ Tech Podcast' which is hosted by myself and Bradley Borrows (Microsoft NZ) and features local + international gadget and technology topics. Topics covered in the first episode include Mobile World Congress, Nokia/Microsoft news, Intel's $1.6 Billion Sandy Bridge problems, Vodafone's NZ Sure Signal gadget and Windows Phone 7 updates. The NZ Tech Podcast will be coming to iTunes and Zune marketplace in the next few days. (read the entire post)...



CFH announces prioritised negotiations with Vector Limited

, posted: 17-Feb-2011 09:46

This announcement through this morning from Crown Fibre Holdings:

Crown Fibre Holdings (CFH) today confirmed that an additional party has been selected for prioritised negotiations in the UltraFast Broadband (UFB) initiative. This party is Vector Limited, covering the Auckland Candidate Area.

"Crown Fibre Holdings has elected to negotiate with Vector. Its offer meets many of the Crown's key criteria in areas such as access prices, funding, industry experience and financial (read the entire post)...



Telstra to launch 4G mobile network in Australia

, posted: 17-Feb-2011 09:38

Telstra plan to offer a 4G mobile network in Australia from late 2011. Speeds of 60-80 mb/s have been talked about for the new LTE (Long Term Evolution) based network. The announcement was made by Telstra CEO David Thodey at the Mobile World Congress held this week in Barcelona, Spain.

The network will run side by side with Telstra's existing network, with Telstra offering devices which will offer dual mode LTE/HSPA+. It has been disclosed the new 4G network will operate on 1800Mhz fr (read the entire post)...



NZ News: Additions to Telecommunications Bill proposed

, posted: 16-Feb-2011 09:52

This media release just in from the Hon Steven Joyce (Minister of Communications and Information Technology): Further amendments to current telecommunications legislation to be considered alongside the Telecommunications (TSO, Broadband and Other Matters) Amendment Bill will be tabled with the Select Committee Office later today. As well as measures for the effective implementation and deployment of the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) Initiative and the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), the Supplemen (read the entire post)...