NZ Tech Podcast 167: Mac Pro, Free student iPads, 30-years of Mac, Dell Venue Pro 8, IBM sells servers

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We discuss free iPads for Papamoa 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 Internet cap.

This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz) and Wal Reid.

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NZ Tech Podcast 166: Focus on Vodafone – from VDSL to 5G mobile networks

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This 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 Tony lets slip an indication that maybe Vodafone’s TV box coming to households with VDSL.

This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Tony Baird (Vodafone NZ)..

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NZ Tech Podcast 165: The Internet Party, Parachute tag, Electric Vehicles, 8" Windows Tablets in action

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We 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.

This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Paul Brislen (@paulbrislen) and Nate Dunn (@nate).

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NZ Tech Podcast 164: Business Tech Special–Shaun Ryan, SLI Systems

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To start 2014 we share a special NZ Business Podcast chat with the NZ Tech Podcast audience. This episode features Shaun Ryan, CEO and co-founder of NZX listed tech firm, SLI Systems.

This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Shaun Ryan (@shaunryan).

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Boxing Day Sales 2013: NZ’s Best Tech, Gadget, Electronics Specials

First 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 2013 Boxing Day Sales both online and in retailers across New Zealand. Note some stock is very limited and you’ll need to order online or queue at the store for the best specials (stores open as early as 7.30am on Boxing Day in some cases).

Laptops, Hybrids, Tablets:
- Acer Aspire 11.6" Notebook V5-132 – The Warehouse – $389
- Toshiba Satellite C50D/A00L Notebook – Dick Smith – $423 (sold out)
- HP 14” AMD Laptop – The Warehouse – $449 
- HP 14” Laptop – Harvey Norman – $397 
- Acer 15.6” Intel Celeron Laptop – Noel Leeming – $478
- HP 15.6” Intel i5 Laptop – Noel Leeming – $589
- Microsoft Surface RT 64GB Tablet With Touch Cover (Black) – JB Hi-Fi – $569
- Microsoft Surface RT 32GB Tablet – Harvey Norman – $297
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1” – Noel Leeming – $399
- Apple MacBook Air 11” – Harvey Norman – $1148

Smartphones:
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Blue – Harvey Norman – $686
- Samsung Galaxy S3 – Harvey Norman – $386 
- Nokia Lumia 520 (Windows Phone 8) – Harvey Norman – $122
- Samsung Ativ S (Windows Phone 8) – Warehouse Stationery – $349
- LG/Google Nexus 5 – Warehouse Stationery – $649

Gaming Consoles:
- Xbox 360 E 4GB – The Warehouse – $188
- PlayStation 3 Super Slim 12GB Console – Noel Leeming $149

TVs:
- Samsung 60" Full HD Plasma – Dick Smith – $1299
- Panasonic 50” Full HD LED – Noel Leeming – $699
- Samsung 32” Full HD – Noel Leeming – $299 
- Veon 32” Full HD  LED – The Warehouse – $249
- Veon 58” Full HD LED – The Warehouse – $999

Other:
- Sony STR-DH740 7.2 Surround Sound Receiver – JB Hi-Fi – $296 
- Logitech/Ultimate Ears Boom (Bluebooth Speaker) – Noel Leeming – $210
- Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones – Noel Leeming – $35
- Garmin 42LM GPS 4.3” screen (lifetime maps) – The Good Guys – $79 

This list will be updated as more specials come to light. Also be sure to checkout the Geekzone discussion forums as there is always interesting discussion there about Boxing Day gadget specials.

Wondering how this compared with deals last year? Keep reading to see highlights from Box Day 2012.

Box Day 2012

Laptops:
- Apple MacBook Pro 13" – Harvey Norman – $1578 (usually $1899)
- HP Pavilion 14-B006AU – Harvey Norman – $348

Smartphones:
- Samsung Galaxy SIII – Bond and Bond – $679.20
- iPhone 4S – Bond and Bond – $849 (actually not a special, price dropped recently)
- Nokia Lumia 920 (with Windows Phone 8) – Warehouse Stationery – $799
- LG/Google Nexus 4 – Bond and Bond – $639.20
- HTC Windows Phone 8S  – Warehouse Stationery – $399.20

Gaming Consoles:
- Xbox 4GB Kinect Bundle w/ 2 games – The Warehouse – $245 (stock left only in stores)
- Xbox 4GB Kinect Bundle w/ 3 games – JB Hi Fi – $249
- PlayStation 3 Super Slim 12GB Console – The Warehouse $225

TVs:
- LG 60" Full HD Plasma – Harvey Norman – $1293
- Vivo 40” Full HD LCD – Dick Smith – $399
- Samsung 50” 6000 series Full HD LCD – Dick Smith – $1249

Cameras:
- Canon EOS1100D Twin Lens Kit – Dick Smith- $598 
- Samsung 14 megapixel, 5 x optical zoom – JB Hi Fi – $47
- Fujifilm 14 megapixel, 24 x optical zoom – JB Hi Fi – $247
- Olympus TG-320 underwater/shockproof 14 megapixel – Harvey Norman – $165

Other:
- LG Blu-ray Player – Harvey Norman – $66
- 40L Haier Bar Fridge – Harvey Norman – $99
- D-Link, Cisco, Belkin, Logitech – Harvey Norman – 40% off

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NZ Tech Podcast 163: Best of tech 2013

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A roundup of the best tech and gadgets of 2013 – discussed between Paul Spain (@paulspain), Nate Dunn (@nate) and Kent Dapiere (@kentdnz) . Followed by an update on the latest from Netgear. References related blog post ‘Best of Tech 2013’ and a bunch more things including the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and Galaxy Kids tablet.

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Best of Tech 2013

It’s been an amazing year in the tech world and we have more than a few favourite gadgets and tech items which we’ve spent time with over the last 12-months. There’s even a few free things on the list since there’s not always spare cash to splash around.

Below are are some of favourite things in key categories. Items (if more than one in a category) are not shown in any particular order. Your own personal preferences need to be considered too – for instance if you need to use a keyboard often with a tablet then choose one with a great keyboard option – or one with a microSD slot if you need to quickly upload photos often.

To get a fuller picture search for the episode/s where we discussed the product mentioned. We’ve taken price into consideration too – so some items are not top of the top of the line, but those representing the best overall value. Prices mentioned are ‘recommended retail’ for all except bargains category, but you can expect discounts on some consumer items of the usual Christmas and Boxing Day Sales (make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear about the best specials).

 

Category Bargains:

  1. Portable Speaker: Logitech Multimedia Speaker Z50 – $30
  2. Smartphone: Nokia Lumia 520 – $179
  3. Tablet: HP Slate 7 – $191
  4. Hybrid Tablet/Touchscreen tablet: Asus Transformer Book T100 – $699
  5. Mobile Pre-Paid Plan: Skinny $16 Stretch Combo – $16/30-days
  6. Internet Plan: Orcon 30/10 unlimited internet (UFB or DSL)  – $99
  7. Projector: Epson EH-TW5200 (Full HD) – $1499
  8. Streaming Video: Quickflix $14.99/month (True local option) or Netflix (see our NZ Guide)

Gaming Consoles*

  1. PlayStation 4* – $649
  2. Xbox One* – $749

iOS Devices

  1. iPad Mini with Retina Display – $599+
  2. iPhone 5S – $1049

Android Devices

  1. Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)
  2. LG G2
  3. Google Nexus 5
  4. HP Slate 7 Extreme

Windows Devices

  1. Nokia Lumia 1020 – $1149
  2. Samsung Ativ S – $499
  3. Microsoft Surface 2 – $649

Waterproof gadgets

  1. Smartphone: Sony Xperia Z1
  2. Tablet: Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Laptop

  1. MacBook Air (late 2104)

For Work

  1. Lenovo ThinkPad X240 touchscreen
  2. HP EliteBook 840 G1
  3. HP ProLiant Microserver Gen8 (a home or small business server) – $660+

Home Theatre Receiver

  1. Sony STR-DN1040 $1199

Wearables

  1. Pebble Watch
  2. Fitbit Flex
  3. Galaxy Gear (for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 owner) – $449

Extras

  1. Ultimate Ears Boom (Bluetooth stereo speaker and speakerphone) – $299
  2. Tom Tom Go 500 – $349
  3. Raspberry Pi
  4. Netgear Push2TV PTV3000 (Mirror you smartphone, tablet or laptop screen on your TV or projector) – $100

Free Stuff

  1. Apple iWork
  2. KiwiBank Home Hunter App/Mobile website
  3. Microsoft Windows 8.1 upgrade (from Windows 8)
  4. Apple OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  5. Online resources: NZ Tech Podcast, Geekzone, Digitl, PCWorld.co.nz
  6. Cloud Storage: SkyDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, or Mega

Notes:

* Gaming consoles – we found it impossible to pick a winner between the two hot new consoles on the market. Both have really impressive hardware but currently don’t have a massive selection of games. While the Xbox One has the benefit of an new Full HD Kinect camera that is also incredible for Skype video calling, the PlayStation 4 appears to be selling better and this may lead to a better gaming catalogue and more of your friends using one (which makes playing online more fun).

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NZ Tech Podcast 162: New HP tech, Telecom’s $450m windfall, 2degrees’ stunning new plans

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This 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.

This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett(@billbennettmz).

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NZ Tech Podcast 161: Windows ‘Threshold’, Sony PS4, Amazon drones, Xtra email hacked (again)

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Areas 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 Tab 3 8”

This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Paddy Buckley (@paddybuckley).

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NZ Tech Podcast 160: Electronic taste sensations, NZ’s Quebee hits Kickstarter, Xbox One, Kiwi Bank Home Hunter

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Highlights 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 start your car.

This episode produced and hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Ben Bodley (@tekniquelimited) and Harley Ogier (@HarleyOgier) of PCWorld.co.nz.

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