Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


NZ Tech Podcast: Better Wi-Fi, Smaller Windows, New Blackberry

, posted: 5-Jun-2013 03:47

We discuss the first 8" Windows tablet (Acer Iconia W3), Windows 8.1 and it's many new features, the future of Wi-Fi as it cosies up to 3G/4G mobile connectivity, Blackberry Z10 in NZ, Sony NEX6 camera, Fitbit Flex fitness gadget, Microsoft Surface Pro, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Igloo's price drop and Intel's upcoming Haswell and Cedar Trail technology launches. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Steve Simms (@simmsy) and Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz). Get the (read the entire post)...



Motorola: Would you swallow a microchip pill or wear the ‘Mark of the Beast’?

, posted: 30-May-2013 11:58

If you've been following coverage of the D11 event in California you were probably expecting interesting things due to an incredible line-up of CEO guests. But this took me by surprise as I was reading AllThingsD - Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside and Regina Dugan (Head of Motorola R&D) have disclosed the company is looking at some unique new kinds of authentication. The technologies that could augment or replace traditional passwords for your smartphone include: Vitamin authentication - a pill wi (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Dai Henwood on Smartphones, Xbox, WiFi Blimps + more

, posted: 29-May-2013 00:34

Paul Spain is joined by tech head comedian Dai Henwood to discuss Google's rumoured Wi-Fi blimps, the upcoming Xbox One, Microsoft's Surface Pro and the cool 'My Little Geek' book. Also featured is a massive treasure trove of information on choosing a smartphone to buy. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Dai Henwood (@daihenwood). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 132 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed T (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: A chat with Rod Drury, CEO, Xero

, posted: 28-May-2013 23:38

Two days prior to Xero's big win at the NZ Hi-Tech Awards Paul Spain and Nate Dunn of the NZ Tech Podcast sit down for a word with Xero CEO Rod Drury. Amongst the discussion Rod Drury shares a secret - "I still think of myself as an 18 year old skateboarder, not a CEO". They also discuss the Xero story, its culture and use of social media both internally and externally. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) and Nate Dunn (@nate) with guest Rod Drury (@roddrury). Get the (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: The inside story from winners at NZ Hi -Tech Awards 2013

, posted: 22-May-2013 19:30

In this special edition of the NZ Tech Podcast, we offer a chance to learn more about the winners of the 2013 NZ Hi-Tech Awards - from why they are attracting international attention to how they are funded. Featured are founders and key staff from Vend, Wynyard Group, Trigger Happy, ikeGPS and Carnival Labs. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with assistance from Sim Ahmed (@simantics) and Gorilla Technology (@GorillaTech). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 130 (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Google I/O, NZ Hi-Tech Awards, Smart Bulbs

, posted: 22-May-2013 14:47

This week Paul Spain is joined by Sim Ahmed to discuss the NZ Hi-Tech Awards, Google I/O, Wi-Fi smart bulbs from Limitless LED, Philips and Lifx. We also delve into the latest in smartphones, tablets and laptops. This episode hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) and guest Sim Ahmed @simantics. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 129 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep current with our latest NZ Tech Podcast updates via Twitter @NZTe (read the entire post)...



Microsoft Surface Pro pricing and availability confirmed

, posted: 17-May-2013 15:12

Although Microsoft are yet to make a formal announcement concerning Surface Pro pricing in New Zealand some details have been shared by retailer Noel Lemming today. Noel Leeming's website shows a listing for Microsoft's Surface Pro 64GB and 128GB tablets starting at $1349. Availability begins on 30 May, and pre-orders have been priced as follows: Microsoft's Surface Pro 64GB: $1349 Microsoft's Surface Pro 128GB: $1499 These prices compare to US$899 and US$999 for the Surface Pro when purchase (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: A chat with Graham Mitchell, CEO, Crown Fibre Holdings

, posted: 17-May-2013 00:23

An update on the challenges and opportunities of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) in New Zealand as Paul Spain chats with Graham Mitchell (CEO - Crown Fibre Holdings). This episode hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain). Crown Fibre Holdings can found at www.crownfibre.govt.nz or on Twitter: @crownfibre. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 128 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep current with our latest NZ Tech Podcast updates via Twitter @N (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Slingbox, VDSL, HTC One, HP Slate 7

, posted: 16-May-2013 02:57

This week Paul Spain is joined by Nate Dunn and Rod Drury to discuss Slingbox, new HTC and HP Android devices, MYOB's acquisition of BankLink, VDSL and UFB, Blackberry expansion to iOS and Android, 2degrees new prepaid mobile plans and more. This episode hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Nate Dunn (@nate) and Rod Drury (@roddrury). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 127 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep current wi (read the entire post)...



Code announced for disclosure of broadband plan information

, posted: 9-May-2013 16:10

With the availability of Ultra-Fast Broadband services increasing the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF) says it's important consumers are able to compare the differing plans and options from each Internet provider. While UFB.org.nz (and previously the NZ Tech Podcast) were the first in the industry to deliver this in some form with a summary of offerings across all providers (see UFB plans), it's great to see the industry upping the ante and committing to developing clear guidelines for (read the entire post)...