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NZ Tech Podcast 281: Batteries that last 500-years, $1B SWIFT hack, Uber vs Taxis, Opera VPN, Minecraft Virtual Reality
Uber ignores rules as NZ Taxi rules changes announced, the $1B Bangladesh SWIFT hack, EU takes on Google while Microsoft buddies up, Opera’s free VPN/Proxy, Minecraft for Gear VR, lifelong batteries, Elon Musk on autonomous driving safety.
This NZ Tech Podcast episode produced with the support of Gorilla Technology, hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Nate Dunn and Will Fleming and is published by Podcasts New Zealand – home of NZ’s favourite podcasts.
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NZ Tech Podcast 280: TnkGrl on the HTC 10, LeEco LeSEE Autonomous Car, LeEco – Le2, Le2 Pro and Le Max2
Paul Spain is joined by Myriam Joire (aka TnkGrl – Tech Pundit, ex-Editor Engadget) to learn about LeEco’s new self-driving electric vehicle concept, LeEco’s high end but budget Android phones and experiences with the new HTC 10 smartphone.
This NZ Tech Podcast episode produced with the support of Gorilla Technology, hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Myriam Joire (@TnkGrl), published by Podcasts New Zealand – home of NZ’s favourite podcasts.
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NZ Entertainment Podcast 57: Josh Groban, Jemaine Clement, BFG, Hunt For the Wilderpeople, Steve Bone, Lukas Graham
This episode Yulia is back from Rarotonga and joins Wal and Jarred, talking about the new Jemaine Clement film BFG, Anzac film 25 April, Steve Bone music photographer is the studio guest
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Are you living your dream or you work your hardest and once you finish your shift you can not wait to get out there and chase your dreams? If you can relate to that, Flashdance Musical is for you to see!
If you think you lost that spark and gave up on your dreams, then I suggest you run to the Civic Theatre for some inspiration from legendary producers Stewart & Tricia Macpherson and the all-American cast.
Beautifully performed they bring this smash 80s hit live to Auckland with the Academy Award-winning title song “Flashdance – What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” and “I Love Rock & Roll.”
Alex Owen (Julia Macchio) takes us through her journey of never dying dream of a dancer. She tells us it’s okay to fail and she fights her way out of the welding gear to become a real dancer.
It’s the pop-culture phenomenal with brand new choreography that will make all your dreams to inspire you.
I left with feeling of excitement and desire to chase my dreams, no matter how high the risks are. I had a chance to speak with few beautiful artists who performed for us at the opening night, and flashdance story closely related to each of them, their friends and families. We are lucky to be humans because we can dream, so their advice is to never give up on your dreams and keep chasing them.
The cast and myself challenge you to feel in love with failure and risk, and do not say ‘no’ before somebody else does, do not be scared of your dreams. Stay excited, be excited, make your dreams to excite you.
My score is 5+ out of 5. Spectacular night full of charisma, excitement and dance.
We drill down into the topic of planned obsolescence and a possible solution called The Module Project, Amazon vs Netflix, Google Play Podcasts, Sony SRS-XB3 Bluetooth speaker, Alibaba and NZ, drama for Spark and Chorus
This NZ Tech Podcast episode produced with the support of Gorilla Technology, hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Ketzal Sterling, published by Podcasts New Zealand – home of NZ’s favourite podcasts.
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Tame Iti presents Dean & Matthew Hapeta with the Independent Music NZ Classic Record award
Multi-instrumentalist Kody Nielson (The Mint Chicks, Opossum) new project under the name Silicon has won the Taite Award for 2016, while Aotearoa’s first rap hit E Tu from Upper Hutt Posse was performed live by co-founding members Dean Hapeta & brother Matthew Hapeta also known as MC Wiya who received the Independent Music NZ Classic Record award, acknowledging a defining NZ record from our yesteryear.
Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of the countrys most highly respected music journalists, this is the seventh year for the award. The Taite Music Prizes’ purpose is to recognise outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album. The winner to receive a cash prize of $10,000 to be spent as they wish. The cash prize is kindly supplied by the Founding Partner Recorded Music NZ. The winner will also receive free recording time at Red Bull Studio Auckland and a years supply of Red Bull product.
This years eight finalists, from a lengthy list of 52 nominations submitted by record labels both independent and major from across the country, were:
SJD / Saint John Divine (Round Trip Mars)
Nadia Reid / Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs (Spunk Records)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar / Rhythmethod)
Princess Chelsea / The Great Cybernetic Depression (Lil’ Chief Records)
The Phoenix Foundation / Give Up Your Dreams (The Phoenix Foundation)
Anthonie Tonnon / Successor (Canapé King Records / Southbound)
Marlon Williams / Marlon Williams (Universal Music)
Silicon / Personal Computer (Weird World Recording Co / Universal Music NZ)
Drummer Josh Dun getting close up with the Vector crowd
Going to a twenty one pilot’s concert was about as uneasy as waiting for your teenage daughters outside the change rooms at Valleygirl. Definitely not your over forties crowd but aspersions aside this was the Blurry face Tour we had been waiting for (not including last year’s Powerstation gig) while the (mostly) millennium crowd were here to see their unsung heroes, myself included.
As the crowd waited patiently, they were rewarded by the recognisable silhouettes of Pilots Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. The animated pair splashed out against the huge brightly lit coloured screens as they started with a hiss and a roar with their hit HeavyDirtySoul a dirge of a song accented by their frenetic onstage presence.
The almost cartoon-esque figurines, Dun cool behind the drums, his skin-bashing almost robotic you wonder how his kit survives the night, while Tyler Joseph paced the stage with mask taunting concert goers, mic in hand falling into the crowd, much to the delight of the Vector audience who popped him back up onstage again.
Usually you have to wait until the end of the concert for the hit songs, it wasn’t too long before Stressed Out made an appearance, that annoyingly catchy twee hip-pop tune sounded every bit good live as it does on the radio with Tyler egging the Auckland fans asking “Is everyone good tonight?”
The hits kept coming as Guns for Hands, Migraine, Ride & We Don’t Believe What’s On TV were given the punk hip-hop treatment fuelling the party-like atmosphere in the Vector, not seen by this reviewer since, dare I say it Rod Stewart? The thing about 21 pilots is that they have a good thing going on, musically they can switch between reggae infused beats to punk mayhem in a flash of eye.
Tyler’s rap vocal delivery is perfect for the rhythmic two piece who have a penchant for catchy songs, tunes like Tear in my Heart, Lane Boy (complete with crowd getting down on the floor) Holding on To You, The Judge and the ukulele twang of House of Gold lend themselves to the talented duo who looked like they were having the time of their life with Kiwi fans.
At one point Dun ended up in the crowd drumming while Tyler at the opposite end of the Vector a top of a pole looking down on the crowd with trademark balaclava, they even had time to throw in a few old tunes for an acoustic jam before heading up the front to fire the confetti guns signalling the end while the pair stood on stage to rapturous applause.
If it ain’t broke it don’t need fixing. Twenty One Pilots have a chemistry that is unparalleled, a fistful of good songs and a great live show. They’re proof that age is no barrier when it comes to fans although I just don’t know, that Elvis song on the uke was a bit hard to stomach.
After a brief sabbatical, Damien O’Carroll and David Linklater are joined by new third host Cameron Officer to discuss being slightly disappointed by the mustang, blinded by a very bright Rolls-Royce and a bit mystified by the hysteria surrounding the reveal of the Tesla Model 3.
NZ Tech Podcast 278: Autonomous driving in NZ, Microsoft Build 2016, Hawaiki Cable, Pentagon open for hacking
Further commentary on Microsoft Build 2016, Hawaiki Cable update, Pentagon open for hacking, wearable sensors coming to hospitals, Spark mobile broadband update, Huawei’s growth, Tesla 3 and autonomous driving in NZ
This NZ Tech Podcast episode produced with the support of Gorilla Technology, hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Craig Young (TUANZ) and Bill Bennett, published by Podcasts New Zealand – home of NZ’s favourite podcasts. Thanks to Microsoft for providing travel and accommodation associated with the attendance of Build 2016 for Paul Spain.
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