Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


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)...



NZ Tech Podcast 134: America’s PRISM surveillance dilemma, iOS 7, iTunes Radio, E3

, posted: 11-Jun-2013 21:45

In this latest episode of the NZ Tech Podcast we discuss the USA's PRISM surveillance scandal, Apple's WWDC news (iOS 7, new MacBook Air, iTunes Radio, new Mac Pro), the E3 Gaming Conference and a look at HP's Envy 15 and Envy 17. This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Brett Roberts (@brettroberts). Get the Podcast here: Listen to Episode 134 directly Subscribe and listen via iTunes Subscribe and listen via Zune RSS Feed You can keep current with our latest (read the entire post)...



Xbox One to launch November for NZ$749

, posted: 11-Jun-2013 08:23

In Los Angeles this morning Microsoft shared launch details, pricing, a reserve program, a special commemorative bundle and accessories for the upcomign Xbox One gaming console and home entertainment hub. The Xbox One will become available in New Zealand from November 2013. Microsoft hopes the new Xbox will be the leading all-in-one entertainment system for the living room - introducing a new experiences for games, music, live TV, movies, sports, apps and Skype. All able to be controlled in var (read the entire post)...



Apple iOS 7 revealed

, posted: 11-Jun-2013 07:48

Apple has this morning revealed it's latest mobile operating system, iOS 7. With it comes a slew of new features and a redesign to various aspects of the user interface. The new operating system for iPhone and iPod Touch device is due to launch in the US fall season. The iOS 7 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members and when launched will be available as a free software update for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod touch (fifth gen (read the entire post)...



iTunes Radio announced by Apple

, posted: 11-Jun-2013 07:35

This morning in San Francisco Apple have announced iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service featuring offering some 200 stations which draw from the music catalogue of the iTunes Store. The service launches initially in the US fall season. iTunes Radio will be available in two ways: Advertising supported (everyone) - free Advertising free (iTunes Match subscribers) Those who buy or own an iTunes Match subscription ($NZ$39.99 or US$24.99 annually) will be able to listen to an advertising fre (read the entire post)...



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)...