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NZ Tech Podcast 214: Windows 10, Hololens, Security wars – Google vs Apple vs Microsoft, Spark vs Vodafone

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We talk security wars between Google, Apple and Microsoft, upcoming changes at Spark & Vodafone including the Chris Quin stepping down as CEO of Spark Home, Mobile, Business. We also discuss Cloudflare NZ, Protools free and spent more than half the podcast talking with Nathan Mercer at Microsoft in Washington to hear some detail around the recent Windows 10 and Hololens announcements.

This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Bill Bennett and Nathan Mercer. Published by NZ’s Podcast specialists – Podcasts NZ.

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NZ Entertainment Podcast 23: Cameron Rhodes, Housebound Movie, Static Era

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This week Wal Jarred (bro-hoe) & the lovely Hannah go sugar-free in this special episode with Housebound movie’s Cameron Rhodes and special guests Emma G and Chris Yong from Auckland rock group Static Era

Guests: Cameron Rhodes, Emma G, Chris Yong

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You can keep current with our latest NZ Entertainment Podcast updates via Twitter @NZ_Ent, the NZEntertainmentPodcast.com website and facebook page.

This episode hosted by Wal Reid & Jarred Tito, engineered by the amazing Simon Peterson and Paul Spain is the executive producer. The NZ Entertainment Podcast is published by Global Voice Media – the home of NZ’s favourite podcasts.

Macombee & the Absolute Truth – Lucha Lounge Review 23/01

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Sarah Macombee is somewhat of a musical enigma, and that’s probably advantageous. The relatively unknown Auckland musician has been busy promoting her new album `No Man’s Land’ and last year was involved with playwright Lisa Brickell’s Mockingbird play, which she wrote the music for, a wee gem of a play about family secrets

Lucha Lounge Newmarket was the place to support her new CD launch, there was a good size crowd ambling into the pint-size venue as local artist/raconteur Calum Gentleman warmed up the crowd with his congenial original tunes

With ceiling disco light doing the rounds and the visible Madonna (guardian) staring down the audience, Sarah & collaborator Louis Bernstone took to the stage. Striking in red she took the mic launching into starting track on the album Absolute Truth, a hypnotic instrumental to set the low key pace of the set

The pair romped through the album, tracks like Flotsam & Jetsam, Dizzy, Gun and the provocative No Man’s Land showcasing the talented pair

A mix of multimedia films interspersed of conversations with her recently passed on mother, highlight Macombee’s knack of storytelling, her heightened feelings an almost transformative process combined with her powerful musical insight are potent – real heart on sleeve stuff

There were a few little sound niggles & personally I thought some of the films were lengthy but nothing warranting serious attention. Sarah has one of those ethereal voices that’s made to entertain. Falling somewhere between Tori Amos or Kate Bush, Sarah Macombee has slogged away entrenched in her music, sacrificing self for art

It’s a delicate path not many would walk, opening up to randoms in a room about a loved one or relative, however her mum gets the laugh at the end when Sarah refers to her as being an “egotist, she’d probably like this”

Make sure you get along to one of her gigs, you won’t be disappointed

NZ Tech Podcast: A trip to CES in Las Vegas with Paul Spain

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Paul 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 and more.

This episode of NZ Tech Podcast was hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain), supported by Vector Communications and published by NZ’s Podcast network – Podcasts NZ.

A special thanks to Samsung (NZ) and Gorilla Technology (IT Services Auckland) for helping make this episode possible.

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NZ Tech Podcast 212: The World’s biggest tech event unveiled – CES 2015

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Following the panel’s visit to Las Vegas for International CES (Consumer Electronics Show), we discuss what we saw at what is the world’s biggest tech event. TVs, robots, wearables, connected toothbrushes and a car from the future as feature.

This episode of NZ Tech Podcast was hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Juha Saarinen and Emma Brannam. Supported by Vector Communications and published by NZ’s Podcast network – Podcasts NZ.

A special thanks to Samsung NZ for contributing to costs associated with CES 2015 for those featured on this episode.

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NZ Motoring Podcast 3: Mercedes at CES, Toyota’s ute reign ends, odd BMWs and old Mercs

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In the 3rd episode Damien drives two 3-cylinder cars, David drives two old Mercedes, we discuss a record year of sales and we hear from Paul Spain who is at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to check out a self-driving Mercedes of the future!

This episode featuring Damien O’Carroll, David Linklater and Paul Spain. The NZ Motoring Podcast is published by Global Voice Media – the home of NZ’s favourite podcasts.

NZ Entertainment Podcast 22: Etana, Thin White Lines, Craig Monika, ManaLion

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This week Wal and Jarred chat to International Reggae superstar Etana, Auckland band Thin White Lines are our studio pals and join us on the couch and Craig ‘Mondo’ Monika from ManaLion talks about their recent Christmas/Jan tour Aotearoa and playing topless, we go gaga and review the new Star Wars trailer with Thin White Lines & more!

Guests: Etana , Thin White Lines, Craig Monika from Manalion

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You can keep current with our latest NZ Entertainment Podcast updates via Twitter @NZ_Ent, the NZEntertainmentPodcast.com website and facebook page.

This episode hosted by Wal Reid & Jarred Tito, engineered by the amazing Simon Peterson and Paul Spain is the executive producer. The NZ Entertainment Podcast is published by Global Voice Media – the home of NZ’s favourite podcasts.

Mr Turner – Film Review ‘Hold Or Fold’

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Mr. Turner is a 2014 British biographical drama film, written and directed by Mike Leigh, and starring Timothy Spall about British artist J. M. W. Turner. Wal & Jarred hosts of NZ Entertainment Podcast go Victorian and review the film in ‘hold or fold’ a 3 minute film review – check out the trailer

4/5 ****

Boxing Day Sales 2014: NZ’s Best Tech, Gadget, Electronics Specials

It’s become a bit of tradition for us to collate 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 and hear opinions on some of tech below and keep up-to-date with what’s happening in the technology world – theepisode from this week is here. (Check back here over the next few hours as there may be more items added to the list)

Laptops, Tablets

– Acer Aspire 15” Intel DualCore Celeron (Atom) laptop – The Warehouse – $279 (limited qty)
– HP 14” Intel DualCore Celeron (Atom) laptop bundle  – Noel Leeming – $349 (instore only – limited quantity)
– Apple MacBook Pro (also iMac) – Dick Smith – 10% across the range
– Samsung Galaxy Lite 7.0 8GB Wi-Fi – Dick Smith – $129
– Nextbook 7” Android 4.4 Tablet – The Warehouse – $79

 

Smartphones

– Galaxy S5 (Vodafone, 2degrees, Spark) – Harvey Norman – $692
– ZTE/Skinny V811 Android 4.4 DualCore Smartphone (locked to Skinny Network, $30 to unlock)– Noel Leeming – $34.99 (online/instore – limited quantity)
– Lumia 530 Windows Smartphone (locked to Vodafone Network, $30 to unlock) – Harvey Norman – $65 (instore only – limited quantity)
– LG G3 – Havey Norman – $688
– Vodafone Smart4 Android Smartphone – The Warehouse – $35
– Huawei Ascend Y600 5” Smartphone w/ 5MP camera (2degrees) – The Warehouse – $149

 

Gaming Consoles

– PlayStation 4 500GB, Little Big Planet 3 Console Bundle – Noel Leeming – $499 (instore only – limited quantity)
– PlayStation 4 500GB, Driveclub Console Bundle – The Warehouse – $499 (online/instore limited quantity)
– Xbox 360 4GB – The Warehouse – $148

TVs

– Panasonic 48” UltraHD 4K 3D Smart TV – Harvey Norman – $1088 (online/instore – limited quantity, but raincheck available)
– LG 55″ Ultra HD 4K Smart LED-LCD TV– Harvey Norman – $1497 (online/instore)
– Sony 55” UltraHD 4K Smart TV – Noel Leeming – $1499 (instore only – limited quantity)
– LG 42” UltraHD 4K Smart TV – Noel Leeming – $849 (instore only – limited quantity)
– Sony 40” FullHD Smart TV – The Warehouse – $489
– Veon 50” Full HD TV – The Warehouse – $500

Other

– Canon Pixma MG2960 Multifunction Colour Printer – Noel Leeming – $25 (instore only – limited quantity)
– LexarJumpDrive S50 8GB USB Flashdrive – Noel Leeming – $1.49 (instore only – limited quantity)
– Garmin Vivofit – Harvey Norman – $77
– Logitech UE Boom  – Harvey Norman – $188
– Breville Nespresso ‘U’ Espresso Machine – Harvey Norman – $123 after cash back (pay $198)
– Sony 7.2 AV Receive STRDH750 – JB Hi-Fi – $291
– Dyson DC37C Origin Barrel Vacuum – JB Hi-Fi – $498

 

If you’re wondering how this year’s Boxing Day specials compare with 2013 and 2012? See below:

2013 Box Day Tech Specials

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

2012 Box Day Tech Specials

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