Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


NZ Tech Podcast 143: Quickflix, Moto X, Vodafone 4G Hotspot, Galaxy S4 Active, Chromecast

, posted: 8-Aug-2013 06:54

This episode we discuss Moto X, Google's Chromecast and our hands on time with the new TomTom GPS, Vodafone 4G LTE Access Point, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Panasonic DMC-FZ70 with 60x optical zoom and on demand video with Quickflix. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Paddy Buckley (@PaddyBuckley) and Nate Dunn (@nate). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 143 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Google, Netgear, Netflix, Logitech, HP and SAP

, posted: 1-Aug-2013 10:44

This episode the Prime Minister's website goes offline, Vodafone 4G hits Wellington, NZ Business Podcast launches and new tech from Google, Netgear, Netflix and Logitech attract attention. We also discuss cloud capabilities from HP and SAP. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Bill Bennett (@BillBennettNZ) and Alastair Cooke (@demitassenz). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 142 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune R (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Leap Motion, Ubuntu Edge, Surface RT write off, Telecom Mobile Wallet

, posted: 24-Jul-2013 09:08

This week Mitch Olson (Outsmart/Smallworlds co-founder) and Harley Ogier (Editor PCWorld.co.nz) joined Paul Spain to discuss a range of topics including the new launched Leap Motion, Microsoft's Surface RT write off, Ubuntu Edge, Telecom's Mobile Wallet trial, Zomato, SAP's NZ cloud launch, the resurrection of PC World and the growth of Smallworlds. We also discuss recent branding changes of services from Vodafone NZ and Telecom NZ. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) w (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 140: The Tag on Kickstater, Govt ICT report, Yoobee closures, Surface price drop

, posted: 17-Jul-2013 23:29

This week featured topics discussed include the Tag (on Kickstarter), NZ Govt ICT report, smart watch rumours, GCSB Bill, Surface RT price drop, Code Avengers, Yoobee store closures, Telecommunications Service Obligations (TSO) and an update on PC World, CIO, Reseller and ComputerWorld. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Chris Gardner (@chrisgardnernz) and Paul Brislen (@paulbrislen). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 140 directly Subscribe and listen (read the entire post)...



NZ Digital Podcast: ASB Bank - Digital and Social Trailblazers

, posted: 10-Jul-2013 22:34

In the latest NZ Digital Podcast episode I visit ASB's new North Wharf location to hear from Anna Curzon (GM Brand Experience) and Michael Ramsay (Head of Digital Experience & Commerce) about the bank's current digital and social activities. Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 5 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes RSS Podcast Feed Keep up-to-date with NZ Digital Podcast via Facebook or Twitter (@nz_digital). (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Telecom VDSL, Adobe Creative Cloud, 3D printed cast, Westpac Home Loan app

, posted: 9-Jul-2013 22:50

This episode we look at Telecom's new VDSL internet, Coretex 3D printed plaster cast replacement, Te Reo Maori apps, UFB rollout news, 5th anniversary of App Store launch (with free apps and games to celebrate), Westpac's home loan app, and a detailed update on Adobe and their Creative Cloud. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Nathan Dunn (@nate) and Earl Tipene of Adobe (@kiwi_1_adobe). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 139 directly Subscribe and (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Windows 8.1, travel tech update, Vodafone cellphone locking

, posted: 2-Jul-2013 23:13

We discuss the highlights of Windows 8.1 with Nathan Mercer from Microsoft and hear about a tech update for the travel industry from IATA Director General and CEO Tony Tyler. Also featured this week: 4K TV, Fairfax new paywall, Telecom's mobile wallet trial, Sony STR-DN1040 receiver, 2Talk Connect, and broader local cell phone locking arrives with the new Vodafone Smart Mini. . This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Nathan Mercer of Microsoft NZ (@nathanm) and T (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 137: Slingshot Global Mode, Sony Xperia SP, Huawei Ascend P6, UE Boom

, posted: 26-Jun-2013 02:00

This episode we discuss Slingshot's Global Mode, Orcon Genius Go, 787 Dreamliner, UE Boom, HP Revolution 810, Sony Xperia SP, Huawei Ascend P6, Surface Pro, Macbook Air, Samsung Ativ Q, Blackberry Secure Workspace, IDG, Windows 8.1, ASB Like Loan + more. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 137 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 136: Google Loon, E3, MacBook Air and Fitbit Flex hands on

, posted: 18-Jun-2013 21:10

Kicking off this NZ Tech Podcast episode we have first-hand reports on Google Loon and E3. Other topics include the end of three Fairfax tech publications in NZ, new Apple device hands on, Facebook Hashtags, Google acquisition of Waze and news of 2degrees 4G upgrade. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Siobhan Keogh (@siobhankeoghnz) of PC World and Sim Ahmed (@simantics) of Idealog. For more on Google Loon - refer to the first hand report from Sim Ahmed on (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast 135: E3 and the best of Intel’s 4th Gen Core launch with Sony and Acer

, posted: 13-Jun-2013 20:45

Recorded in Sydney, this episode looks at some technologies you are likely to be using in the future - from the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at E3, to some ground breaking new products using Intel's 4th Generation Core (Haswell) processors. The stand out products we covered from the Intel 4th Gen Core launch were from Sony (Vaio Pro 11/13 and Vaio Duo 13) and Acer (Aspire R7 and Iconia W3). We also previewed the new 8" Windows tablet from Acer. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@pa (read the entire post)...