Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


NZ Tech Podcast 227: Hands on Apple Watch, MacBook, Microsoft Surface 3, Huawei TalkBand B2, Open Source Open Society Conference

, posted: 29-Apr-2015 23:54

Paul acquires an Apple Watch in Los Angeles, and also spends time with the new MacBook, Microsoft Surface 3, Huawei TalkBand B2. Also - Open Source Open Society Conference, Xero results, Internet speeds and Netflix, Uber price increase. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz). Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here: Download or Listen to Episode 227 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes RSS Feed Yo (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 226 in London – Huawei P8 hands on, Mobilegeddon, Killing off FM radio, Dell XPS 13

, posted: 23-Apr-2015 11:45

This week Paul Spain joins Jack Schofield (The Guardian, ZDNet) to discuss Google's 'Mobilegeddon' search rankings shakeup, Microsoft's first store outside North America arriving in Sydney, Australia trying to catch up on domain names, Dell's new XPS 13, DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) and killing off FM radio, fixed broadband in the UK and the Huawei P8. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Jack Schofield (@jackschofield). Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - P (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 225 in London: Apple Watch, Game of Thrones, Huawei P8 and more

, posted: 16-Apr-2015 06:27

From London this week Paul Spain joins Glenn Williams to discuss Apple Watch, Game of Thrones distribution challenges, upcoming smartphones (Huawei P8, LG G4), CallPlus/Slingshot sale to Australia's M2 and some interesting UK topics. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Glenn Williams (@radiowammo). Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here:

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NZ Tech Podcast 223: Surface 3 hands on, Huge .NZ Domain Drama, Semble Mobile Wallet Launch

, posted: 3-Apr-2015 23:10

Highlights this week - Microsoft Surface 3, Semble mobile wallet launch and an NZ domain name drama with global ramifications. Also discussed were Windows 10, Project Spartan, Tesla's mystery, MYOB's share market listing and Datacom's A$242 Australian contract win. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Nathan Mercer (@nathanm) and Nate Dunn (@nate). Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here: Download or Listen to Episode 223 directl (read the entire post)...



Microsoft launching Surface 3 with Atom x7 processor

, posted: 1-Apr-2015 02:00

This week I had a chance to get a little hands on time with a pre-release unit of the new Microsoft Surface 3 - a 2-in-1 device with 10.8" screen. Is it a tablet or a laptop? Frazer Scott (Marketing & Operations Director for Microsoft NZ) says "like Surface Pro 3, Surface 3 is a tablet that can replace your laptop but is thinner, lighter and even more affordable." With this launch Microsoft have taken and blended much of the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 3 together - and deliver a result that w (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 222: 2degrees buys Snap, Netflix hits NZ, Self Driving Cars due mid-year, Magic Leap

, posted: 27-Mar-2015 12:16

This week we talk about 2degrees Mobile's acquisition of Snap Internet, Netflix arrival in New Zealand, Tesla's indications of Self Driving Cars arriving in the US mid-year, Magic Leap's AR demo , Fitbit's cycle track upgrade and Intel refreshed NUC computer. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Ross McDougall, Mark Petrie (CEO - Snap), Stewart Sherriff (CEO - 2degrees), Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here: Listen via Soundclo (read the entire post)...



2degrees Mobile acquires Internet Provider Snap

, posted: 23-Mar-2015 09:00

2degrees have just confirmed the acquisition of Snap Internet. This has been rumoured for a long time and today has confirmed it. Full details shared by 2degrees: 2degrees has purchased Internet service provider Snap and will launch fixed-mobile services this year, accelerating its growth as a full service communications provider. The two growing challengers will combine under the 2degrees brand, delivering a broadband and mobile service to consumers, businesses and enterprise customers nationw (read the entire post)...



Netflix announces NZ pricing (and Australian pricing too)

, posted: 23-Mar-2015 08:46

Netflix have announced their monthly pricing options and they significantly undercut the competition as expected. Plans are as follows: Single-stream standard definition plan for NZ $9.99 (Australia: AU$8.99) Two-stream high-definition plan for NZ $12.99 (Australia: AU$11.99) Four-stream 4K ultra-high definition "family" plan for NZ $15.99 (Australia: AU$14.99) Netflix advise all new subscribers will be offered a free, one-month trial by signing up at www.Netflix.com. We'll be discussing this i (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 221: Hands on HTC One M9, LG 34” curved widescreen, Asus TransformerBook T300 Chi

, posted: 19-Mar-2015 23:09

This week we go hands on with HTC's upcoming One M9 smartphone. We also discuss the preview of Office 2016 (Windows, Mac, Tablet), Asus TransformerBook T300 Chi, LG 34" curved 21:9 screen, Netflix plan to avoid GST and Techvana - The Ntec New Zealand Computer Museum. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett. Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast here: Listen via Soundcloud Download or Listen to Episode 221 directly Subscri (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 220: Shrinking Tech with Dai Henwood and Michelle Dickinson

, posted: 12-Mar-2015 07:53

This special episode saw geek comedian Dai Henwood join 'Nanogirl' Dr Michelle Dickinson and Paul Spain in front a small audience to discuss the tech news of the week and a focus on Tech Miniaturisation. Topics discussed included Apple Watch, Intel PC on a stick, Raspberry Pi, Parrot Flower Power, Samsung Galaxy A5, Samsung Galaxy A3 and more. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Dai Henwood and Michelle Dickinson. Published by NZ's Podcast specialists - Podcasts N (read the entire post)...