Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


Uber kicks off in Auckland and you can try it free

, posted: 23-Mar-2014 10:24

San Francisco's cool next-generation taxi service Uber has started trialling its service in Auckland in the last few days (they call this stage of their activities 'Uber Secret'). Uber was introduced to me in San Francisco by Steve Simms last year. At that stage I signed up but didn't get time to try the service. However now Uber is in Auckland I'm already enjoying having a new way of getting about that's smarter and more cost effective than traditional taxis. Based around a an app, Ub (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 173: A few days with Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, a chat with Brian Eardley-Wilmot

, posted: 18-Mar-2014 23:58

We discuss the slashing of Google Drive cloud storage prices, Telecom's smart home trial, hands on time with Samsung's Galaxy S5 and Sony's Xperia Z2 (for video coverage look here), and a chat with Brian Eardley-Wilmot including stories of meeting Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Brian Eardley-Wilmot of Computer Forensics. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 173 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes RSS Feed You can ke (read the entire post)...



NZ Business Podcast: BNZ Startup Alley at Webstock

, posted: 13-Mar-2014 11:38

We hear the fresh ideas from some of New Zealand's most creative new tech start-ups as Paul Spain talks with finalists of the BNZ Startup Alley contest - an annual event run in conjunction with Webstock in Wellington. Finalists we talked with: Boardingware Hoist HVNGRY InfluxHq.com Planet Goodness Parent Interviews SpeedCurve Skowt WatchMyGear Judges were: Dave Moskovitz Sacha Judd Lance Wiggs Deborah Lee Marlow Harry Ferreira We conclude with a wrap up from one of the judges o (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Yoobee sold for $1, Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Spritzing, Miracle Machine

, posted: 12-Mar-2014 06:00

This week - a future with Google maps that shows video rather than static photos, the computerised tech that makes wine in 3-days (Miracle Machine), Milk Music, Chorus and CFH's updated agreement, Spritzing lets you read at 500+ words per minute, and Wello - something of a Star Trek Tricorder for those of us still living in 2014. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Alastair Cooke (@demitassenz). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 172 directly Subscribe (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: End of XP, Apple CarPlay, Huawei Talkband, Bitcoin, Mobile app revenue

, posted: 4-Mar-2014 18:29

This week we discuss Apple's CarPlay, Fake Google Maps listings and FBI recordings, Mt Gox and Bitcoin, Mobile app revenue stats, OneDrive for Business available standalone, Huawei Talkband, Snakk Media sales rise 58%, Windows XP's 300,000 NZ users. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 171 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep curre (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Dai Henwood’s inner geek

, posted: 19-Feb-2014 00:57

This episode host Paul Spain catches up with Dai Henwood to discuss the latest local and international tech topics. Along the way Dai reveals which low cost tech he'd pay $10,000 to have in his home tomorrow. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Dai Henwood (@daihenwood). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 169 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep current with our latest NZ Tech Podcast updates vi (read the entire post)...



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)...