Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Apple shakes up Mac, iOS, iPadOS and WatchOS + Netflix Local Originals, Rocket Lab ups pace, TikTok vs Trump

, posted: 24-Jun-2020 02:40

Sarah Putt (CIO) joins Paul Spain (Gorilla Technology) to discuss the news from Apple's online WWDC event covering Mac, iOS, iPadOS and WatchOS. Plus the $140m police froze linked to Cybercrime, Netflix Local Originals, TikTok vs Trump and Rocket Lab acceleration as they look to shoot for the moon next year.
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NZ Tech Podcast: Ambit, Amazon founders $10B gift, COVID-19 vs Tech, Google photo leak

, posted: 19-Feb-2020 18:02

This week Tim Warren (Chief Operating Officer, Ambit) join's Paul Spain to discuss - COVID-19 vs tech, NZ's first AI police officer, the anticipated launch of Uber Grocery in NZ, Google's accidental sharing of private photos, Taika Waititi's MacBook keyboard complaints at the Oscars, the improving state of AI smart speakers for Kiwis and Bezos $10B gift.
Of course, Tim Warren also discusses his own growing tech firm Ambit - and their conversation platform.
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NZ Tech Podcast: 5G and mega zoom on Galaxy S20 Ultra, Cora NZ Autonomous Air Taxi trial, Tesla's new ridesharing, NZ Game revenue soars

, posted: 12-Feb-2020 15:21

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip (approx $2200 - $2500), Samsung Galaxy S20 range delivers 5G plus massive zoom and 8k video (Samsung Galaxy S20 NZ$1499, Samsung Galaxy S20+ $1899, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra $2199), Mother meets deceased child in VR, Tesla ridesharing, SpaceX satellites, companies cut tax dodge, Wisk gets NZ approval for air taxi trials, NZ Games revenue jump to over $200m, Huawei/Oppo/Vivo/Xiaomi join to compete with Google Play.
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NZ Tech Podcast: iPhone 11 Pro's superb night photography, Microsoft Surface Duo (Android Phone) and Surface Neo (Windows 10X tablet)

, posted: 8-Oct-2019 23:50

Microsoft's big news - Surface Duo dual screen Android smartphone, Surface Neo dual screen Windows 10X tablet, Surface Pro X, Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7. Plus Sony PlayStation 4 opens up, iPhone 11 Pro's superb night photography, Flick Electric + more.
Hosted by Paul Spain and this week's guest: Josh Webb.
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NZ Tech Podcast 455: Ex-Uber engineer charged for stealing IP, Australia vs Online Extremism, Huawei Mate 30 to lack Google Play Store

, posted: 4-Sep-2019 17:21

This week we discuss killing the steering wheel in future cars, Australia vs online extremism, US customs vs social media, NZ's Spidertracks, robot taxi dissatisfaction for Waymo heading in the right direction, Ex-Uber engineer Levandowski charged in the US, Huawei Mate 30 to launch under cloud of US ban, Intel 10th gen processors, upcoming Microsoft Surface announcements.
Hosted by Paul Spain and this weeks' guest Sean Tindale.
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Sky TV's Parnell Skunkworks and Tuia 250 data breach - NZ Tech Podcast 454

, posted: 28-Aug-2019 11:13

This week Paul Spain chats with Justin Tomlinson who shares the inside word on Sky TV's Parnell Skunkworks. We also discuss iCloud web update beta, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage Tuia 250 privacy breach and identification storage challenges, Wearables market >$10b, a large mobile evidence failing in Denmark, Nokia 2.2 smartphone, plus Chorus and Kordia leadership changes.

Hosted by Paul Spain and this week's guest: Justin Tomlinson.
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NZ Tech Podcast: Parliament dumps .govt domain, HBO Max vs Netflix, Agent Smith vs Android, D-Link vs FTC

, posted: 16-Jul-2019 23:30

This week on the NZ Tech Podcast we discuss Parliament dumping the .govt domain on their website, lithium charger vs Virgin Atlantic flight, D-Link's 10-years of security audits, US Customs surveillance contractor dumping, Agent Smith malware vs 25m Android devices, Huawei waiting game, Facebook video monetisation, HBO Max, Ring Stick Up Cam loves Amazon Echo Dot, JBL's Android TV soundbar is here (sort of), Google's solution to releasing name of Grace Millane's killer. good things (read the entire post)...

Cora VTOL: Autonomous Electric Sky Taxi from Zephyr Airworks/Kitty Hawk (Disruption Playbook)

, posted: 5-Apr-2018 22:02

From my new series Disruption Playbook comes an interview with the CEO of Zephyr Airworks, Fred Reid. Zephyr Airworks (and parent company Kitty Hawk) are being funded by Google co-founder Larry Page and have been secretly hard at work on Cora – designed as an electric autonomous sky taxi. I found out some interesting things during the interview – the most exciting for me as someone currently based in Auckland is that Zephyr Airworks are currently looking at Auckland to offer their (read the entire post)...

Will Huawei become #1 in Smartphones? - NZ Tech Podcast 365

, posted: 22-Nov-2017 00:19

Direct from Shenzhen, China – journalists Tristram Clayton (NZ Herald) and Scott Bartley (NBR contributor) joined host Paul Spain to discuss the past, present and future of China's most well known tech company - Huawei. Topics include a disuccsion about visiting a Huawei smartphone manufacturing plant, the back story about Huawei's start as a small company launched with US$3,500 capital some 30-years ago in a small fishing village and opinions on whether Huawei might become the top smartph (read the entire post)...

Video: Apple's iPhone X, iPhone 8, Watch 3 and TV 4K: innovative? or just 'me too' products?

, posted: 13-Sep-2017 23:47

It's fair to say that much of what Apple announced isn't ground breaking on its own - a watch with an embedded cellular connection - a phone with wireless charging. These technologies have been around for years. But Apple approach things a little differently and I think most fans will be pretty pleased - especially with the upcoming iPhone X which launches on November 3rd (starting at US$999 / NZ$1799 for the 64gb model). The big price tag will no doubt mean some aren't going to jumping on-board (read the entire post)...