Tech Jungle: Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain) News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)enNZ Tech Podcast 231: Car Tech, inside local social network Neighbourly, a $3/month Netflix competitor and OpinionTue, 26 May 2015 02:34:00 PDTWe talk with Neighbourly co-founder Casey Eden about this growing local social network, along with discussion about new tech from Toyota and Audi, a streaming video service that wants to compete with piracy, and some fascinating Google and Microsoft... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 229: The $9 computer, Nanogirl and force touch nanotech, Autonomous Trucking and OpinionMon, 11 May 2015 16:04:00 PDTWe discuss an autonomous truck becoming approved on US roads, Apple's force touch technology, a $9 computer Netflix data impact, tax changes for online services, new smartphones from Microsoft, a very robust Samsung tablet and finally a stylish wear... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 228: Microsoft’s Build, Tesla coming home, the end of the Internet, LED carpet and OpinionTue, 05 May 2015 02:35:00 PDTIn this episode we discuss the smartphone that morphs into a PC, Spark's latest UFB moves including landlines over UFB without an Internet connection, Microsoft's news from Build, Tesla puts power in your home with Powerwall, the end of the Internet... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 227: Hands on Apple Watch, MacBook, Microsoft Surface 3, Huawei TalkBand B2, Open Source Open Society Conference and OpinionTue, 28 Apr 2015 16:54:00 PDTPaul acquires an Apple Watch in Los Angeles, and also spends time with the new MacBook, Microsoft Surface 3, Huawei TalkBand B2. Also - Open Source Open Society Conference, Xero results, Internet speeds and Netflix, Uber price increase. This NZ Tech... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 226 in London – Huawei P8 hands on, Mobilegeddon, Killing off FM radio, Dell XPS 13 and OpinionWed, 22 Apr 2015 04:45:00 PDTThis week Paul Spain joins Jack Schofield (The Guardian, ZDNet) to discuss Google's 'Mobilegeddon' search rankings shakeup, Microsoft's first store outside North America arriving in Sydney, Australia trying to catch up on domain names, Dell's new XP... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 225 in London: Apple Watch, Game of Thrones, Huawei P8 and more and OpinionTue, 14 Apr 2015 23:27:00 PDTFrom London this week Paul Spain joins Glenn Williams to discuss Apple Watch, Game of Thrones distribution challenges, upcoming smartphones (Huawei P8, LG G4), CallPlus/Slingshot sale to Australia's M2 and some interesting UK topics. This NZ Tech Po... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 223: Surface 3 hands on, Huge .NZ Domain Drama, Semble Mobile Wallet Launch and OpinionThu, 02 Apr 2015 16:10:00 PDTHighlights this week - Microsoft Surface 3, Semble mobile wallet launch and an NZ domain name drama with global ramifications. Also discussed were Windows 10, Project Spartan, Tesla's mystery, MYOB's share market listing and Datacom's A$242 Australi... (more in the full post)Microsoft launching Surface 3 with Atom x7 processor and OpinionMon, 30 Mar 2015 19:00:00 PDTThis week I had a chance to get a little hands on time with a pre-release unit of the new Microsoft Surface 3 - a 2-in-1 device with 10.8" screen. Is it a tablet or a laptop? Frazer Scott (Marketing & Operations Director for Microsoft NZ) says "like... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 222: 2degrees buys Snap, Netflix hits NZ, Self Driving Cars due mid-year, Magic Leap and OpinionThu, 26 Mar 2015 05:16:00 PDTThis week we talk about 2degrees Mobile's acquisition of Snap Internet, Netflix arrival in New Zealand, Tesla's indications of Self Driving Cars arriving in the US mid-year, Magic Leap's AR demo , Fitbit's cycle track upgrade and Intel refreshed NUC... (more in the full post)2degrees Mobile acquires Internet Provider Snap, 22 Mar 2015 02:00:00 PDT2degrees have just confirmed the acquisition of Snap Internet. This has been rumoured for a long time and today has confirmed it. Full details shared by 2degrees: 2degrees has purchased Internet service provider Snap and will launch fixed-mobile ser... (more in the full post)Netflix announces NZ pricing (and Australian pricing too) and OpinionSun, 22 Mar 2015 01:46:00 PDTNetflix have announced their monthly pricing options and they significantly undercut the competition as expected. Plans are as follows: Single-stream standard definition plan for NZ $9.99 (Australia: AU$8.99) Two-stream high-definition plan for NZ $... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 221: Hands on HTC One M9, LG 34” curved widescreen, Asus TransformerBook T300 Chi and OpinionWed, 18 Mar 2015 16:09:00 PDTThis week we go hands on with HTC's upcoming One M9 smartphone. We also discuss the preview of Office 2016 (Windows, Mac, Tablet), Asus TransformerBook T300 Chi, LG 34" curved 21:9 screen, Netflix plan to avoid GST and Techvana - The Ntec New Zealan... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 220: Shrinking Tech with Dai Henwood and Michelle Dickinson and OpinionWed, 11 Mar 2015 00:53:00 PDTThis special episode saw geek comedian Dai Henwood join 'Nanogirl' Dr Michelle Dickinson and Paul Spain in front a small audience to discuss the tech news of the week and a focus on Tech Miniaturisation. Topics discussed included Apple Watch, Intel ... (more in the full post)Live Event–Tue 10 March: NZ Tech Podcast with Dai Henwood, Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl), Paul Spain NewsFri, 06 Mar 2015 16:29:00 PSTThis Tuesday (10 March) at 4pm sees a surprise recording of the NZ Tech Podcast opened up to a small studio audience. This NZ Tech Podcast will feature Dai Henwood and Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl) joining host Paul Spain at Spark Lab (Britomart, Au... (more in the full post)TV3 News and YouTube: My impressions of Samsung Galaxy S6 edge and OpinionWed, 04 Mar 2015 16:05:00 PSTI've spent a solid chunk of time with Samsung's upcoming new smartphones - Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 - and I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. Catch the videos here: 5-minute hands on (YouTube) Comments as part of TV3 News coverage reco... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 219: Mobile World Congress and hands on with Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge and OpinionMon, 02 Mar 2015 15:01:00 PSTWe go hands on with Samsung's surprisingly good Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, discuss highlights of Mobile World Congress including new products from HTC and Huawei. We also catch up on local news - mobile price wars, Vodafone and Netflix NZ, Symantec's NZ... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast: Catalyst NZ cloud, Tomizone update, Lenovo Superfish, Is your phone off or spying? and OpinionMon, 23 Feb 2015 23:25:00 PSTThis week - UE Mega Boom, fabric printing for fashion designers, Lenovo and Superfish Adware, Tomizone update, Catalyst NZ cloud, Zomato, Blackberry Classic, Android malware that operates when your phone is off, is NSA/GCHQ listening to your calls? ... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 217: Aeronavics raises $1.5m, Apple rumoured to enter car market, NSA hacks hard disks and OpinionMon, 16 Feb 2015 22:07:00 PSTThis week Raglan drone maker Aeronavics raises $1.5m, will Apple enter car market, NSA hacks hard disks, Kiwi Zane Lowe to join Apple, Rapidshare to close, Megaupload conviction, a wearable that Zaps you, Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones, Windows 10 for ph... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 216: New Fitbits, Better Call Saul, Spying TVs, robotic hotel staff, Ubuntu Phone and OpinionTue, 10 Feb 2015 15:13:00 PSTOn this episode - Better Call Saul's arrival on Lightbox, new Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge in NZ, spying TVs and other gadgets, Trans-Global Access undersea cable approved, scratch resistant glass for your smartphone, human-like robot hotel sta... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 215: Uber vs Google, Sky sport streaming, Raspberry Pi 2, Amazon vs The World and OpinionTue, 03 Feb 2015 00:32:00 PSTOn this episode - WhatsApp is calling, RFID chips inserted into office workers, new OneDrive for Mac and iPhone, Ride-sharing and driverless cars converging, Sky sport online streaming, Raspberry Pi 2 and free Windows 10, Super Bowl No Drone Zone, f... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 214: Windows 10, Hololens, Security wars - Google vs Apple vs Microsoft, Spark vs Vodafone and OpinionTue, 27 Jan 2015 14:59:00 PSTThis week we discuss security wars between Google, Apple and Microsoft, upcoming changes at Spark & Vodafone including Chris Quin stepping down as CEO of Spark Home, Mobile, Business. We also discuss Cloudflare NZ, Protools free and spent more than ... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast: A trip to CES in Las Vegas with Paul Spain and OpinionWed, 21 Jan 2015 14:00:00 PSTPaul Spain invites you to join him as he talks with a fascinating mix of exhibitors at the world's biggest tech event - CES 2015. Hear about NZ's Performance Labs, a tiny new robot, Mercedes-Benz new concept car, gadgets for kids, sport tech, smart ... (more in the full post)Boxing Day Sales 2014 – Tech Specials and OpinionWed, 24 Dec 2014 01:00:00 PSTIt's become a bit of tradition for me to build a list of Boxing Day tech specials each year. Here's some of the best of Boxing Day 2014. Be sure to listen in to the NZ Tech Podcast to catch our opinions on some of tech below and keep up-to-date with ... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 211: North Korean Internet KO’d, NZ Broadband speeds ramp up, Tasman Global Access Cable and OpinionMon, 22 Dec 2014 15:41:00 PSTWe wrap up the year by looking at a strong increase in NZ broadband speeds, a new undersea cable (Tasman Global Access Cable) from Spark/Vodafone/Telstra, Symantec security predictions for 2015, new tablet keyboards from Logitech, Sky TV's Neon vide... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 210: Kiwicon anklet hack, Linus Torvalds coming to NZ, Callaghan Innovation and OpinionWed, 17 Dec 2014 00:03:00 PSTTopics this week include Kiwicon's tracking anklet hack, Skype Translator, Pirate Bay, Trans-Tasman undersea cable, Seagate's 8TB drives, coming to Auckland and Linus Torvalds to keynote, UFB complete in Oamaru, Callaghan Innovation. T... (more in the full post)