Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


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)...



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)...