Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


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)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Stephen Crombie on NZ Police leading the world with mobile tech

, posted: 7-May-2013 22:06

This episode Paul Spain speaks with Stephen Crombie (CIO, NZ Police) following his speech at the recent Mindstorm conference. We hear how the rollout of 10,000 iPhones and iPads is establishing our NZ Police as global leaders. This episode hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 126 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 @NZTechPodcast, the N (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Ford Kuga, Revera sale, Google Glass, next Xbox

, posted: 30-Apr-2013 00:33

This week we discuss stopping the killer robots, the new Ford Kuga car technology (with foot gestures), Galaxy S4, Blackmagic 4K Camera, Google Glass, the next Xbox, tablet market share figures, NZ's demand for internet data, Budweiser's Facebook mug and the sale of Revera to Telecom. This episode hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 125 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Bite size Windows tablets, I’m Watch, Galaxy S4, Orcon update

, posted: 23-Apr-2013 23:10

This week we discuss bite size Windows tablets, Asus Padfone, Samsung Galaxy S4, Slingshot's Igloo bundle, I'm Watch, Sonos Playbar, Dlink Wireless Extender and an update from Orcon following its sale. Despite having finished our recent giveaway, we'd value your assistance in completing our survey if you haven't done so already, please visit our Survey page here. This episode hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests John Buckley (@bucklesnz) and Quentin Reade (@quentinreade). Get the Podc (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Hands on with Galaxy S4, ThinkPad Helix, Lumia 520, Facebook Home

, posted: 17-Apr-2013 06:51

On the NZ Tech Podcast this week we talk about our hands on experience with the Samsung Galaxy S4, Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, Nokia Lumia 520 and Facebook Home. Also discussed is Wheedle's re-launch, the sale of Orcon by Kordia and 2degrees new data rollover plans. Despite having finished our recent giveaway, we'd value your assistance in completing our survey if you haven't done so already, please visit our Survey page here. This episode hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Sim Ahmed (@s (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: A chat with Chris Quin – CEO, Telecom Retail

, posted: 10-Apr-2013 22:56

For this special NZ Tech Podcast episode Paul Spain talks with Chris Quin, CEO at Telecom Retail about Business in NZ, Ultra-Fast Broadband, 4G LTE Mobile, The Icehouse (Quin is Chairman of the Board) and of Telecom NZ past, present and future. This episode hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Chris Quin (@chrisjquin). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 122 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep current with our latest NZ (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Telecom 4G LTE, Facebook Home, HP loses $96m NZ

, posted: 9-Apr-2013 22:31

This week we discuss Facebook Home, Telecom's 4G LTE news, HP's massive loss in NZ, HP Moonshot server, new products from Panasonic including bone conduction headphones and the devices for the digital TV switchover. We're giving away three handsets as part of our audience survey: Google Nexus 4 (Kindly provided by 2degrees Mobile) HTC Windows Phone 8X (Kindly provided by Vodafone NZ) Nokia Lumia 920 (Kindly provided by Telecom NZ) We'd value your assistance in completing our survey, please (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: The big smartphone giveaway, Telco news both good and bad

, posted: 3-Apr-2013 01:42

This week we discuss NZ Tech Podcast's big smartphone giveaway, TelstraClear's disappearing act, HD Voice, Telecom UFB announcement and job cuts, finalists announced for the Hi-Tech Awards and sad news regarding 2degrees CEO Eric Hertz and his wife Kathy. We're giving away three handsets as part of our audience survey: Google Nexus 4 (Kindly provided by 2degrees Mobile) HTC Windows Phone 8X (Kindly provided by Vodafone NZ) Nokia Lumia 920 (Kindly provided by Telecom NZ) We'd value your ass (read the entire post)...



NZ Tech Podcast: Windows Blue, Galaxy S4 pricing, device hands on

, posted: 27-Mar-2013 02:13

In the spotlight - Windows codename 'Blue', refreshed Windows 8 apps, Telecom UFB launch, Samsung Galaxy S4 launch price and a chat about hands on time with a variety of devices across Windows, Android and iOS. This episode hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Waikato Times representatives Chris Gardner (@chrisgardnernz) and David Hallett (@davidhallett). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 119 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You (read the entire post)...



NZ Digital Podcast: The growing importance of mobile - with Derek Handley

, posted: 27-Mar-2013 01:20

This week we've launched the NZ Digital Podcast - an offshoot of the ever popular NZ Tech Podcast. The focus is squarely on digital marketing, media, online, social media, advertising, film/TV, software and entrepreneurship. In this first episode we focus in on the growing importance of mobile to digital practitioners. Paul Spain is joined by John Lai (Social Media NZ) and Derek Handley (Chairman, Snakk Media) for this discussion which also zeros in the launch of mobile advertising start-up Sna (read the entire post)...