Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


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)...



NZ Tech Podcast 158: Apple iPad Air, Telecom 4G LTE, Vodafone HD Voice

, posted: 12-Nov-2013 23:58

The week we discuss Apple's new iPad Air (and its competitors), Amazon's move to Sunday deliveries and online retail closer to home, Vodafone HD Voice calling, Telecom's 4G LTE mobile launch and a discussion about Office 365, Google Apps and Apple iWork. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz) and John Buckley (@bucklesnz). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 158 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen v (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 157: Helium filled Hard Drives, 2degrees Update and Nexus 5

, posted: 6-Nov-2013 03:03

Hot topics this week include the Google Nexus 5, pulse measuring earphones, helium filled hard drives, NZ's Mako Networks signing a big US deal, Microsoft Surface Pro 2, Asus Transformer Book T100 and Commerce Commission's latest ruling. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Tim Hayward (@timmyhay) and Nate Dunn (@nate). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 157 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Encrypting ransomware, GeoOp hitting NZX, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c

, posted: 29-Oct-2013 22:57

Topics this week include encrypting ransomware and the impact it may have on your data, the listing of NZ software firm GeoOp, Apple's new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, Google's Nexus 5 and further thoughts on recent announcements from Microsoft and Apple. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz).. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 156 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep c (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Hot new gadgets from Apple, Microsoft, Nokia and Sony

, posted: 23-Oct-2013 21:39

This week we have hands on the new Sony Personal 3D Viewer and Microsoft Surface 2, and disucss the latest news just in from Apple incl Mac Pro, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Air, OS X 10.9 Mavericks and Nokia's Lumia 1320, Lumia 1520, Lumia 2520 tablet. Followed by a Microsoft Server product update. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Owen Williams (@ow) and Bradley Borrows (@bradbor). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 155 directly Subscribe and listen via (read the entire post)...



A visit to NZ’s Tech Hub in San Francisco

, posted: 22-Oct-2013 13:04

Paul Spain visits the Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco for episode 4 of the NZ Business Podcast. The Kiwi Landing Pad is a base for New Zealand Tech businesses to establish themselves in the American market. Kiwi Landing Pad's Catherine Robinson shares valuable business and entrepreneurial insights and details some of the businesses (such as Xero, Vend, Mako and Booktrack) who have utilised the Kiwi Landing Pad recently. She goes on to highlight why New Zealanders should avoid thinking they're (read the entire post)...