Tech Jungle: Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain) News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)enReady to start an IT Support career? Or prove your seniority? TechnologySun, 20 Apr 2014 13:08:00 PDTThis year I'm expanding my team at Gorilla Technology and right now am looking to fill two roles in Auckland city: Senior Systems Engineer / Senior IT Support Engineer Entry Level IT Support I'm particularly looking for people who both learn techni... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 177:Heartbleed, HTC One M8, Amazon Fire TV, ASB PayTag, Samsung’s latest and OpinionThu, 17 Apr 2014 01:37:00 PDTThis week we discuss hands on experiences with Amazon Fire TV, HTC One M8 and more time with Samsung's Galaxy S5 and Gear wearables. Also on the agenda - the notorious Heartbleed bug, ASB's upcoming PayTag NFC payment system, new TVs and Windows Pho... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 174: Uber, Telecom Digital Ventures, 2degrees 4G, Kim Dotcom overload and OpinionMon, 24 Mar 2014 16:50:00 PDTRumours of a new Apple 12" MacBook, Office for iPad and an HP 3D printer, along with Uber's NZ arrival (here's the $20 free credit invite link discussed on the podcast) and HTC One M8. Also Kim Dotcom, Mega's NZX listing, the Internet Party, and an ... (more in the full post)Uber kicks off in Auckland and you can try it free and OpinionSat, 22 Mar 2014 03:24:00 PDTSan Francisco's cool next-generation taxi service Uber has started trialling its service in Auckland in the last few days (they call this stage of their activities 'Uber Secret'). Uber was introduced to me in San Francisco by Steve Simms last year. A... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 173: A few days with Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, a chat with Brian Eardley-Wilmot and OpinionMon, 17 Mar 2014 16:58:00 PDTWe discuss the slashing of Google Drive cloud storage prices, Telecom's smart home trial, hands on time with Samsung's Galaxy S5 and Sony's Xperia Z2 (for video coverage look here), and a chat with Brian Eardley-Wilmot including stories of meeting S... (more in the full post)NZ Business Podcast: BNZ Startup Alley at Webstock and OpinionWed, 12 Mar 2014 04:38:00 PDTWe hear the fresh ideas from some of New Zealand's most creative new tech start-ups as Paul Spain talks with finalists of the BNZ Startup Alley contest - an annual event run in conjunction with Webstock in Wellington. Finalists we talked with: Board... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast: Yoobee sold for $1, Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Spritzing, Miracle Machine and OpinionMon, 10 Mar 2014 23:00:00 PDTThis week - a future with Google maps that shows video rather than static photos, the computerised tech that makes wine in 3-days (Miracle Machine), Milk Music, Chorus and CFH's updated agreement, Spritzing lets you read at 500+ words per minute, an... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast: End of XP, Apple CarPlay, Huawei Talkband, Bitcoin, Mobile app revenue and OpinionMon, 03 Mar 2014 10:29:00 PSTThis week we discuss Apple's CarPlay, Fake Google Maps listings and FBI recordings, Mt Gox and Bitcoin, Mobile app revenue stats, OneDrive for Business available standalone, Huawei Talkband, Snakk Media sales rise 58%, Windows XP's 300,000 NZ users.... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast: Dai Henwood’s inner geek and OpinionMon, 17 Feb 2014 16:57:00 PSTThis episode host Paul Spain catches up with Dai Henwood to discuss the latest local and international tech topics. Along the way Dai reveals which low cost tech he'd pay $10,000 to have in his home tomorrow. This episode produced and hosted by Paul... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast: Peeble Steel, 4K video cams, Sony quits PCs, Microsoft’s new CEO and Bill Gates and OpinionMon, 10 Feb 2014 16:33:00 PSTOn the agenda for the NZ Tech Podcast this week - the Peeble Steel, tiny motors to fit in a human cell, 4k video cameras from Blackmagic and Panasonic (GH4), LogMeIn free alternatives, Microsoft makes Satya Nadella CEO and brings Bill Gates back, So... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 167: Mac Pro, Free student iPads, 30-years of Mac, Dell Venue Pro 8, IBM sells servers and OpinionMon, 03 Feb 2014 15:57:00 PSTWe discuss free iPads for students, IBM's server sale to Lenovo, we go hands on with the impressive new Mac Pro, test drive the Dell Venue Pro 8, and look back in time at the first Macs. We also ask Vodafone to be fairer when we hit our home Interne... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast: Panansonic 7” Toughbook, Lenovo Yoga and a focus on Vodafone NZ - from TV to 5G mobile and OpinionMon, 27 Jan 2014 15:36:00 PSTThis week we discuss geeky kids books Nerdy Numbers and Sci-Fi Shapes, an update for Windows 8.1, Panasonic's new 7" Toughpad, and Lenovo's Yoga. Then we hear some interesting things about mobile and fixed networks from Vodafone's Tony Baird. And To... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 165: The Internet Party, Parachute tag, Electric Vehicles, 8" Windows Tablets in action and OpinionTue, 21 Jan 2014 06:51:00 PSTWe discuss RFID payment systems used at music events such as Rhythm & Vines and Parachute, NZ internet prices compared globally, Kim Dotcom's Internet Party, Electric Vehicles update and we go hands on with 8" Windows Tablets from Toshiba and Lenovo... (more in the full post)Boxing Day Sales 2013: NZ's Best Tech, Gadget, Electronics Specials and OpinionTue, 24 Dec 2013 03:48:00 PSTFirst up - I trust all NZ Tech Podcast listeners have a great Christmas. As there will not be a new episode of the NZ Tech Podcast until CES 2014 (Las Vegas) in early January it seemed appropriate to share some of the best tech bargains announced in ... (more in the full post)NZ Business Podcast: Shaun Ryan - Founder at SLI Systems and OpinionWed, 11 Dec 2013 08:51:00 PSTPaul Spain visited another tech firm for the fifth episode of the NZ Business Podcast. Dropping in at the Epic innovation centre in Christchurch he talked with Shaun Ryan, Co-founder/CEO of SLI Systems. They discuss the SLI's history, along with grow... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast: New HP tech, Telecom’s $450m windfall, 2degrees’ stunning new plans and OpinionTue, 10 Dec 2013 15:57:00 PSTThis week we discuss 2degrees Mobile's ground-breaking new 'all you can eat' plans, Telecom NZ's sale of Australian business AAPT, UFB uptake on the increase, new tablets and computers from HP, and a joint initiative by 2degress/Telecom/Vodafone. T... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast: Windows ‘Threshold’, Sony PS4, Amazon drones, Xtra email hacked and OpinionTue, 03 Dec 2013 04:05:00 PSTAreas discussed include an upcoming Windows version codenamed 'Threshold', hands on with Sony PS4, Harmony Ultimate, Amazon plans delivery drones, $8m bitcoins lost, Xtra email hacking, more time with LG G2, Asus T100, ThinkPad X240, Samsung Galaxy ... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast: Electronic taste, NZ’s Quebee on Kickstarter, Xbox One, Kiwi Bank Home Hunter and OpinionMon, 25 Nov 2013 16:41:00 PSTHighlights this episode include electronic taste simulations, NZ's Quebee camera launch on Kickstarter, Xbox One initial impressions, Kiwi Bank's Home Hunter app, Ninja Blocks, Logitech G602 gaming/pro mouse, the unique PowerAll USB charger that can... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast: iPad Mini Retina, Coin, LG G2, New ThinkPads and OpinionMon, 18 Nov 2013 23:44:00 PSTThis episode we discuss LG G2 Android, Apple iPad Mini with Retina display, Logitech's iPad Air covers, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, new ThinkPads, Apple buy's gesture tech firm, PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One, NZ's Quebee cam coming to Kickstarter, 3D prin... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 158: Apple iPad Air, Telecom 4G LTE, Vodafone HD Voice and OpinionMon, 11 Nov 2013 15:58:00 PSTThe week we discuss Apple's new iPad Air (and its competitors), Amazon's move to Sunday deliveries and online retail closer to home, Vodafone HD Voice calling, Telecom's 4G LTE mobile launch and a discussion about Office 365, Google Apps and Apple i... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 157: Helium filled Hard Drives, 2degrees Update and Nexus 5 and OpinionMon, 04 Nov 2013 19:03:00 PSTHot topics this week include the Google Nexus 5, pulse measuring earphones, helium filled hard drives, NZ's Mako Networks signing a big US deal, Microsoft Surface Pro 2, Asus Transformer Book T100 and Commerce Commission's latest ruling. This episo... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast: Encrypting ransomware, GeoOp hitting NZX, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c and OpinionMon, 28 Oct 2013 15:57:00 PDTTopics this week include encrypting ransomware and the impact it may have on your data, the listing of NZ software firm GeoOp, Apple's new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, Google's Nexus 5 and further thoughts on recent announcements from Microsoft and Appl... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast: Hot new gadgets from Apple, Microsoft, Nokia and Sony and OpinionTue, 22 Oct 2013 14:39:00 PDTThis week we have hands on the new Sony Personal 3D Viewer and Microsoft Surface 2, and disucss the latest news just in from Apple incl Mac Pro, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Air, OS X 10.9 Mavericks and Nokia's Lumia 1320, Lumia 1520, Lumia 2520 tablet. F... (more in the full post)A visit to NZ’s Tech Hub in San Francisco, 21 Oct 2013 06:04:00 PDTPaul Spain visits the Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco for episode 4 of the NZ Business Podcast. The Kiwi Landing Pad is a base for New Zealand Tech businesses to establish themselves in the American market. Kiwi Landing Pad's Catherine Robinson sha... (more in the full post)NZ Tech Podcast 154: Flexi smartphones, Xero’s $180m cash injection, Galaxy Gear, Windows Phone update and OpinionMon, 14 Oct 2013 16:13:00 PDTThis week we discuss flexi screen smartphones, Xero's $180m cash injection, NZ launch details of the iPhone 5s and 5c, Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2012 R2, a Windows Phone update, HTC One Max, Fujitsu Forward, HP Microserver and experiences with the ... (more in the full post)