Fixr, Nokia Android One hands on,, Air NZ Wi-Fi price cut, Tencent takes 80% of NZ developer – NZ Tech Podcast 389

Lightbox refresh, Air NZ Wi-Fi price cut, Credit Card challenges, NEP Group vs Sky, Amazon’s All Blacks doco, Tencent buys 80% of NZ’s Grinding Gears, Hands-on with Nokia 6.1 and 7 Plus Android One handsets, Meet Fixr

Hosted by Paul Spain and this week’s guest: Stan Petrich.

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Edie Review “Heart warming safe”

Words Glenn Blomfield

What a delightful uplifting movie this is, one of those films that has a heartwarming message for us all. We can all see ourselves in Edie, life will always have its ‘mountain’ for all of us to climb, literally and metaphorically. Edie is a story about a 83 year old woman, a restrained life. Lived by not living, a loveless and constrained marriage, fulfilled only by duty as a wife, and a mother, but never for herself. Now newly widowed, Edie took care of her demanding wheelchair bound invalid husband for 30 years. A memory from her youth now occupies her mind, an adventure she never took with her father, to climb Mount Suilven in Scotland. Edie packs up her vintage camping gear, she takes off on the imposing quest she never took.

The film can be on the heavy side of sentimentality, also relying on pushing its beautiful cinematography of the Scottish countryside. But that seems ok for this reviewer. Slightly sweeter than it needs to be, but I was warmed by Edie, played by the impressive Shelia Hancock. Maybe its because on a personal side you can relate to Edie’s story, that yearning for adventure, a reminder life is too short to be reserved. Edie’s personal quest crosses path with a youthful man, that is also on a crossroad with his life choices, they make for an unlikely pair but of course they need each other for life’s important lessons. “Climb that mountain” physically and metaphorically speaking.

Edie is a safe film, in the way, you can see where the story is going. It’s not really going to challenge you in any major surprises, but it does have a gentle way of getting into an emotional connecting core. Shelia Hancock does a delightful portrayal, that is lifting, even when she is a grumpy, old stubborn woman. But hey, we all grow up to be grumpy old people, while life is wasted on Youth, this film is a pleasant heartwarming reminder.

Brynley Stent & Rhiannon McCall “Why Does This Feel So Good?” Review “Pleasurable High”

Have to say this show made my night, ending it on a pleasurable high. Not that the night was a dud. No, far from it, however Brynley & Rhiannon show “Why Does This Feel So Good” sent me on my merry way home, on a high – a natural one at that too.

Tonight’s sex educational show was anything but sleazy, but still garnished a crudity similar to high school camp fire banter. Oh, and yes a little help from a visual aid, Harold the Giraffe, an inappropriate sex-advice-giving glove puppet. We suspect we knew who was behind the inanimate fiend but getting there guessing is half the fun. Funny thing is, Brynley was always in the toilet changing her tampon when poking his cross-eyed piñata head through the curtain.

The show is roughly, give or take, about two BFFs Brynley & Rhiannon who are DTF (Down To fun) working with Lyf Foundation, they are prepping the minds of pubescent’s across this country in sex education. The premise although not original is wonderfully brought to life through these two comedian. Their chemistry palatable, timing nicely executed and the dialogue at times diverting off script into ‘Improv” territory, added a spontaneous warmth.

It’s funny, but not in ‘your face funny’. It doesn’t seek to engage you point-blank so as to polarise your senses. The show relies heavily on the personalities of Stent & McCall, who to their credit, carry the show fabulously all the way until the pent up, climax (yes, of course intended) I’m picking this part of the show will definitely get the biggest audience applause – hands down, guaranteed. Actually, Harold was a crowd fave too. Ok, it’ll be a close call.

The show is on for one last romp tonight, and going by last night’s boisterous crowd, there could be a similar vibe wanting to get on the Girl’s hot ‘Sex Ed’ show. Brynley & Rhiannon’s Why Does This Feel So Good? will have you leaving the show horny – hopefully, they’ll be someone at home to practise what you’ve just seen.

Rich Brian, Niki And Don Krez Review “Good C**t”

Words Natalie Crane.

Close your eyes and listen to a Rich Brian track. Open them and it’s a surprise to see a young Asian guy rapping in a neat polo shirt and bumbag. With rare Asian representation in Rap, it’s a case of ‘he looks nothing like he sounds’. Rich Brian, a.k.a Rich Chigga, ak.a. Brian Imanuel is a kid wonder. The 18 year old from Jakarta, Indonesia, is of Chinese descent and taught himself English from Youtube as little as 8 years ago.

He started out doing comedy rap videos and got his big break with the music video Dat $tick (94 million views). He is now so big he’s performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden, has 1 million Instagram followers and even recorded with Pharell and got a Ghostface Killa remix. Dat $tick was released under the name ‘Rich Chigga’, a name Brian now wants to distance himself from. “And you don’t wanna f**k with a chigga like me, When I pull up in that Maserati.” – Dat $tick. A Chigga is slang for a person of Chinese descent who embraces black urban culture.

Rap to Brian is now no joke, and he wants to take the Rap game seriously. With the release of his debut album ‘Amen’, he has certainly moved from playacting to the real deal. He has great lyrical flow and a smooth, relaxing timbre. He even got cameos on his album from heavyhitters like Migo’s Offset and 21 Savage. He raps about Jakarta life, his own ‘Jakarta State of Mind’ as such.

In an interview with JAM’N 95.7FM, Brian said he celebrated the album release with a glass of water and wants to work with Childish Gambino. You won’t see him doing a cringe parody of ‘This is America’ anytime soon though!

Flying sushi with 80s computer graphics on the big screen greeted me at The Powerstation when I came to see young Brian himself. Not sure if the graphics were trying to play on the Asian theme? Sushi is Japanese!
R&B singer NIKI had just played and DJ Don Krez was on decks hyping up the crowd. Brian then emerged rapping ‘Seventeen’ to his screaming fans. “How the f**k are you Auckland?” We got the old call-and-response hip hop troupe, I say Rich, you say Brian, Rich, Brian. “Who is under 18? Who is over 18?” he asked. The whole upper balcony went wild with adoring teens, and the slightly chiller over 18’s raised a glass below.
He got the ball rolling again with his remix of Diplo track ‘Bankroll’ and did a nice lead-in with weather banter for ‘Cold’. “Who’s thirsty?” he asked. Instead of spraying the crowd, he started handing out full bottles of water, and someone screamed, “you’re such a nice guy!

He then asked everyone to get out the torches on their phones and segwayed into ‘Glow em Lit.’ I recognised the song from the psychedelic sunflower background of his popular music video. He then slid into two more tracks, including ‘See Me’. To be honest some of his tracks sounded a bit too similar to each other.

Brian asked the crowd what he should do in Auckland. Someone said “Sky Tower!!” He was like “Clock Tower?” Then asked, “What should do I do there?” Someone screamed, “Jump off it!” Brian looked disheartened, like it was as a dig to ‘go jump’. I don’t think he realised it’s a tourist thing to jump off …We do love you Brian!

Then came the pièce de résistance! Dat $tick! I actually got goosebumps. He is good, really good. Other rappers tend to agree in a viral vid of them assessing the track.

The crowd screamed “encore!” and he played the full song again. What was funny though, was the DJ coming out and dancing at the front like he was the centrepiece of the track!

We bid Brian goodbye and I headed to the girls loos. It gave me a bit of a barometer reading about the gig. I overheard, “Such a good show!”, “It was a bit short.”, “He’s such a good cunt”. Some hardened girls commended the chill vibe of the show, happy they weren’t
jostled around. “At Post (Post Malone), I got punched in the face twice.” Another girl said she had gone to Drake’s hotel after his show…I’m not a groupie though”, she added.
There was a massive queue for the merch after the show, everyone wanted to take home a piece of Rich Brian. Me too, I’m now a fan and added him on Instagram. I’m convinced he’s a truly talented boy-man. The Fresh Prince of Jakarta (thanks Forbes) is definitely stiff competition to my other comedy rap fave about to play at the Powerstation…Lil Dicky, watch out!

Villette – Releases 360° Virtual Reality Music Video For Single “Money”

She’s hot, she’s edgy. Villette is just back from L.A. filming her new 360° Virtual Reality video, adding, “I was there for like a week. As soon as I got there it was straight away no sleep, I just went to go check out everything there, it was really crazy.”

Villette is a young artist from Auckland, New Zealand who does it all, using at the launch of her latest single ‘Money ‘the latest VR (Virtual Reality) technology that is fast becoming, the new media revolution for the music industry.

The talented Kiwi singer and producer has teamed up with long-time partner Red Bull Music released a 360 VR music video for her forthcoming single ‘Money’. Villette’s first ever immersive VR experience features a unique first-person perspective and allows viewers to dive deep into her creative world – and from what we saw at the launch, it’s pretty freaky.
She sings, produces, DJs, and writes all her own material, and, while she’s only been releasing music on her SoundCloud page for less than a year, and admits she likes the tag “Alternative R&B”.

“I’m moving more into R&B/Hip Hop – I really feel any song I do is myself, it’s just who I am at the time.”

Villette is the definition of a one-(wo)man-band. From writing, singing, producing, DJing, her music has seen her been hand-picked to open for International acts such as J-Rocc, Egyptian Lover, and most recently Aluna George to name a few, citing Michael Jackson, Bjork & Imogen Heap, some of her musical influences.

“I write about mostly ‘heartbreak’, ‘lust’ all the intense emotions that I feel, that I’ve felt – that my friends have felt. I just talk about experiences really.”
The video for Money lets viewers experience the singer’s personal and inspiring world through taking on the perspective of an ex-lover haunted by dreamlike visions of Villette. The result, an amazing 360 VR effect, that has to be seen to be believed.

“The storyline of the actual video is a guy having a dream about me and he wants to be with me, he can almost touch me but then I keep toying with him and playing with him a little bit.
“It’s about ‘manipulation’. The song is about being a Stripper and taking someone’s money. And that isn’t necessarily completely visually represented in this video, but it’s definitely about powerplay and about this Woman taking control of this situation, taking control of this Man.”

Together with award winning, digital production company Baron VR, Villette has brought the story behind Money ‘to (virtual) life in both an intimate and immersive way. The track captivates her audience through hauntingly beautiful lyrics and melody and is proof of the incredible talent of this upcoming artist. The story behind Money is a personal tale of lost love and complex emotions that manifests in a visually compelling, immersive dreamscape.

Villette performed her first Red Bull Music show in Auckland in 2016, followed by a special appearance at the Stones Throw Records 20th Anniversary Tour the same year. During Red Bull’s 30 Days in LA Festival in the same year, she performed alongside heavyweights Aluna George and Xavier Ömar and has since released her acclaimed eight track mixtape “Deep Crimson”. It hasn’t been easy but she is passionate about her music, driven to forge her mark in this world.

“I’ve got a headline show coming up and that should be in about a month, then I go to Australia, do a little stint in L.A. and then I’m just going to be working on new music, drop some more songs. So, this is really just the beginning for me.”

Juan Vesuvius “I Am Your Deejay” Review “Cool cliché DJ moves”

If you ever needed a reason to get out for the night, then DJ extraordinaire Juan Versuvius aka Auckland actor/comedian Barnie Duncan, now living in Melbourne (all the good ones go there), was possibly it: Ok, well, one good reason for exiting the homestead anyway.

The high-energy show of Latino Superstar disc-jockey alter ego Juan Vesuvius, who, decked out in verjazzled Adidas jacket and throwback Fila tennis shorts, proudly brought his “turntables to Auckland to deliver the greatest and strangest DJ set you’ve ever experienced”.

For once the marketing blurb was spot on, I didn’t know what to expect but I couldn’t help but revel in its celebratory atmosphere. Neither could I fault it, or his faux Spanish accent, that at times was more convincing than Andrew Sachs’ Manuel character from the TV comedy Faulty Towers.

Behind his “wheels of steel” he spun vinyl and waxed lyrical about the gay rights movement, the first gay bars, the stonewall riots, rave culture and even how French DJ David Guetta had “fucked up” artists like The Black Eyed Peas and Snoop Dogg, addressing its educative and emotional message with an emotional Spanish plea in between songs of, “Understand?”

If your idea of crowd interaction scares the shite out you then this show is full of it, lots of cool cliché DJ moves and hilarious one liners that for me, made the show. Actually being coerced on the stage with Juan & random audience member Marcus ( If that was his real name), grinding lemons while Juan dry humping the air was a career highlight thus far.

Juan has been busy, this was the hit show of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe after sell out seasons in London and Bristol, and now in Auckland the City of “Sailing” it’s an unlikely show that successfully combines the magic towelling magic of Dynamo, the cool of Andrew Dice Clay (Ford Fairlane) with the delft DJing skills of a sporty Sacha Baron Cohen – like brothers from another Kazakhstani mother.

Explore the history of dance music with a bona fide Latino musical legend that will have you up on your feet dancing the night away. Created and performed by local actor/comedian Barnie Duncan, the entertaining show about club music is making its Auckland debut in an actual club (funny that) – the infamous Whammy Bar on K’rd. Don’t be a Nana, sit in the front row, it’ll be the best night out you’ve had since ages ago. You never know, you might make new friends boogying with one of Juan’s complimentary tasty “bis-kweets” (biscuits). Bonus.

Google I/O, AI robot makes phone calls for you, Air New Zealand Wi-Fi, Digital Surveillance in NZ – NZ Tech Podcast 388

Air New Zealand Wi-Fi now available, JBL 5.1 Soundbars, Digital Surveillance vs privacy, Google I/O highlights incl Duplex, Gmail Smart Compose, Android P, Waymo autonomous cars to the moon and back.

Hosted by Paul Spain and this week’s guest: Mark Derricutt.

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Heath Franklin’s “Chopper” Review “Belly Laughs Galore”

Words Kimberly Jones

As part of the New Zealand International Comedy Fest, Chopper Reid finished his two week long Bogan Jesus tour at Sky City Theatre Saturday night. The stage was set simply with a single microphone stand and a small table. The eclectic crowd were eagerly awaiting the appearance of the Aussie comedy legend to arrive.

Chopper came out on stage in his signature polo shirt, track pants and jandals with what appeared to be a white sheet draped over his shoulders carrying some cans of good old VB beer. The packed theatre was then treated to a full 75 minutes of laughs as Chopper ran through his revised ‘Ten Commandments’. To warm up and get some crowd involvement Chopper attempted to get some inspiration from the front row. Much to his disgust, they were all dead ends for stand up content.

Charismatic as ever, no one and no topic was safe from Chopper. All in good jest, a mixture of oneliners and stories had fits of giggles from some with the occasional cringe from others. The content of the show was all relevant and current and typically not politically correct. With what seemed to be little effort Choppers delivery and timing was spot on.

To end the show Chopper was about to give his final address and then scull a beer when the crowd began to chant “Scull”. He hushed the crowd by scolding us that he was trying to end the show, only to be called a pussy by someone in the front row. After briefly losing character, Chopper gave his final ‘prayer’, had the audience complete his standard countdown from 8 and downed the beer.

Surprisingly gracious, Chopper thanked all involved during his tour and the audiences. Thanked us for no drunken heckling and praised what a receptive audience we had all been. Plenty of belly laughs and the occasional tear in the eye, made Saturday night a night to be remembered. This was my first comedy show and it will most certainly not be my last. Next time Chopper is in town I highly recommend his show but I strongly suggest you get in quick!

What can be more common than the name Ian Smith, but that there is certainly nothing common about Ian Smith the comedian. His stand up show SNOWFLAKE was in the upstairs intimate room theatre at the Classic, the home of comedy legends. Some more also know the Classic as a vintage Porno cinema, but thats a different story. Actually when it comes to different stories, Ian Smith show was very that, one part show and one part dealing with heckler extrodinairs, taking the show into interrupted directions, which I believe Ian Smith handled with comedy winning slimht of hand. Bringing together under situations that at times were out of control, feeling controlled into his comedy show, gaining laughs and enjoyment through the night.

I am definitely sure for Ian Smith this was not any ordinary show, things were taking there own tangent angles, we had audience member nicknamed ‘Fruit’ after ‘mad as a fruitcake, abiding a attention, then we had the giggling gerty, that had to make sure she had something to say. Ian Smith made sure he was the MC for the evening, using these ‘hecklers’ as comical musing. Which just proved Ian Smith, was genuinely a funny guy, under such diversity that can naturally ruin a show, he used to his comedy advantage.

The title for the show is Snowflake, which is used in part as anecdotal connection to his evenings running comedy sketch relating to his short winter holiday experience in Norway. Ian Smith is clever, funny clever that is, he is very enjoyable to be around, he has a chemistry that joins the audience in with the funned silliness. Ian Smith is stand up comedy gold, he proved that in the show this night with all its diversities with the audience ‘hecklers’.

I can only but simply recommend a stand up evening with Ian Smith, from the UK, from a small town called Goole, not to be confused with Google the biggest search engine in the world, in joke from the evening. To be in on the joke, you just simply have to go to an evening with the very funny and silly Ian Smith.

Ian Smith Review “Snowflake “

Wors Glenn Blomfield

What can be more common than the name Ian Smith, but that there is certainly nothing common about Ian Smith the comedian. His stand up show SNOWFLAKE was in the upstairs intimate room theatre at the Classic, the home of comedy legends. Some more also know the Classic as a vintage Porno cinema, but thats a different story. Actually when it comes to different stories, Ian Smith show was very that, one part show and one part dealing with heckler extrodinairs, taking the show into interrupted directions, which I believe Ian Smith handled with comedy winning slimht of hand. Bringing together under situations that at times were out of control, feeling controlled into his comedy show, gaining laughs and enjoyment through the night.

I am definitely sure for Ian Smith this was not any ordinary show, things were taking there own tangent angles, we had audience member nicknamed ‘Fruit’ after ‘mad as a fruitcake, abiding a attention, then we had the giggling gerty, that had to make sure she had something to say. Ian Smith made sure he was the MC for the evening, using these ‘hecklers’ as comical musing. Which just proved Ian Smith, was genuinely a funny guy, under such diversity that can naturally ruin a show, he used to his comedy advantage.

The title for the show is Snowflake, which is used in part as anecdotal connection to his evenings running comedy sketch relating to his short winter holiday experience in Norway. Ian Smith is clever, funny clever that is, he is very enjoyable to be around, he has a chemistry that joins the audience in with the funned silliness. Ian Smith is stand up comedy gold, he proved that in the show this night with all its diversities with the audience ‘hecklers’.

I can only but simply recommend a stand up evening with Ian Smith, from the UK, from a small town called Goole, not to be confused with Google the biggest search engine in the world, in joke from the evening. To be in on the joke, you just simply have to go to an evening with the very funny and silly Ian Smith.