NZ Tech Podcast

NZ Tech Podcast

Each episode, Paul Spain and guests discuss what's happening in the world of technology, gadgets and telecommunications around the world and in New Zealand.


June 18, 2024 50 mins

Join host Paul Spain and guest Matt Archer, CTO at Quadrent, as they discuss AI's impact on data privacy, the importance of technology access for young people and the latest tech news from the week, including:

  • Fabrum to collaborate with Toyota
  • GM's US$850 million infusion into Cruise robotaxis
  • Meta's halt on AI training in EU
  • Backlash to Adobe's latest terms of service
  • Musk's record payout from Tesla
  • Ozone concerns over Starlink sate...
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Hear from host Paul Spain and William Montague-Brown (Willbot.AI) as they look into Microsoft Recall’s privacy issues, the latest from Apple Worldwide Developers Conference including Apple Intelligence capabilities and the implications for users and businesses and Nvidia's remarkable growth in AI technology. They also discuss FAA’s approval of Amazon's new drone for commercial deliveries, the intriguing fluctuations in GameStop's s...

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Join us for insightful interviews from two winning companies of the NZ Hi-Tech Awards 2024. Starboard Maritime Intelligence help nations tackle complex challenges on the ocean. Kelly Rummins, the company's Chief Marketing Officer, provides an inside look at their innovative solutions and strategies for success. NovoLabs are revolutionising liquid disinfection technologies related to water treatment, processing liquids and wastewat...

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Join Paul Spain and guest Shah Aslam (Ocean Flyer) as they discuss Ocean Flyers new 300km/h electric seagliders and how the innovative technology is set to transform transportation, offering fast, eco-friendly travel solutions. From safety features and operational insights to potential cost implications and industry disruptions, this episode explores this exciting future of electric transport in New Zealand and beyond.

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Paul Spain is joined by guest Bill Bennett to dive into the latest in technology news and trends. The conversation begins with a nostalgic look at Bill's early years as a journalist covering the revolution in technology, before moving on to discuss the dominance of ARM in mobile devices and the potential impact of ARM-based laptops on the PC market.

The episode also explores groundbreaking developments in transportation technology, ...

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Listen in as Stephen Phillips (Snyk) joins host Paul Spain to discuss security vulnerabilities in VPNs, firewalls, and AI-generated code and the importance of backup strategies. Plus, a look at some of this week’s Tech News including:

  • A new $1-Billion Kiwi startup
  • Solar storm disruptions
  • Crime group Huyton Firm's downfall
  • Google Cloud deletes UniSuper's online account
  • OpenAI’s ChatGPT -40

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In this episode, host Paul Spain shares his hands-on experience with the latest smart home gadgets and technologies. He delves into the latest Amazon Echo Hub, emphasizing its capabilities as a smart home control device and its integration with various smart home systems. Paul also discusses the unique features of the Aqara presence sensor and Ring battery video doorbell Pro, before delving into smart lighting options for the home....

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Hear from host Paul Spain and guest Brett Roberts (Voluntas Ventures) as they discuss the future of satellite technology, the impact of AI on driving and advancements in digital currencies. Plus, Tech News from the week including:

  • One NZ's 5G boost,
  • Spark IoT partner with Iota
  • A look at NZ Government's digital apps
  • Ford's BlueCruise investigation
  • Possible Siri upgrade on the way?

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Listen in as Stephen Kurzeja (2degrees) joins host Paul Spain to discuss some of 2degrees' future plans and innovative developments, including network modernisation and merging technology stacks. They discuss the company's approach to security, investment in technology, plus a look at the latest updates for the Lynk satellite project, AI trials and more. Join us as we explore 2degrees dynamic landscape of telecommunications and tec...

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Join host Paul Spain as he discusses the exciting advancements in processors and AI capabilities from Intel and HP. Paul explores the incorporation of neural processing units (NPUs) in new chips, their impact on performance, and the potential for local AI processing in laptops. Additionally, Paul delves into the competition between Intel's core architecture and ARM-based chips, shedding light on the Snapdragon X Elite and its poten...

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Join host Paul Spain as he delves into the world of cybersecurity with Dan Richardson (CyberCX). They discuss the concerns about cybersecurity legislation and the technological advancements that are shaping the cybersecurity landscape in New Zealand and beyond.

Plus a look at Tech News from the week including: 

  • NZDF testing of space hardware  
  • Westpac introduces fraud-busting Australia  
  • Success...
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Host Paul Spain is joined by Vanessa Sorenson, head of Microsoft NZ and Chief Partner Officer ANZ, as they discuss the evolving New Zealand tech landscape and Microsoft's role, including local data centre developments, and the advancements and integration of AI technology, Plus Microsoft NZ and Straker collaborate to develop full Te Reo Maori translation for digital content. Listen to this in-depth conversation and discover the opp...

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Host Paul Spain is joined by Tiffany Bloomquist and Rada Stanic from Amazon Web Services (AWS), as they delve into the transformative power of AI services for businesses and leveraging machine learning and the impact of cloud migration. They also explore real-world examples and future opportunities for NZ's tech sector. Discover how AWS is investing in infrastructure, skills, and community programs to empower individuals and organ...

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Host Paul Spain is joined by Philip Whitmore, head of KPMG NZ's Cyber Security team, as they explore the impact of Microsoft AI's controversial images, 2degrees' new CTO, Callaghan Innovation cost cuttings, Fair Digital News Bargaining Bill and US lawmakers' TikTok crackdown. Hear insights on cybersecurity concerns facing businesses in New Zealand, including current threats, recent incidents, and regulatory changes.

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In this episode, host Paul Spain is joined by financial advisor Darcy Ungaro

(Ungaro & Co.) for a fascinating discussion on investments, the influence

of AI on publicly listed companies, and the surge in Bitcoin and NFT prices.

From the impact of energy as a raw commodity to the potential of robotics and

autonomous vehicles, this episode dives into the evolving landscape of investments

and technological advancements.

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In this tech news edition, host Paul Spain is joined Darcy Ungaro (Ungaro & Co.) as they explore some of the latest in Tech news including,

  • Leap year glitch breaks NZ pay-at-the pumps
  • Gemini AI’s inaccuracies
  • Delays to Amazon’s Auckland building
  • Spark’s new AI training programme
  • State-sponsored hacking
  • Apple ends EV car attempts
  • The latest MacBook Air releases and more.

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Join Paul Spain as he sits down with Sam Wood for an insightful conversation about fitness, technology, and entrepreneurship! Sam shares his journey of building 28 by Sam Wood, an online fitness and nutrition program, and how technology has played a pivotal role in the success of the business.

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Lance Bauerfeind, Head of Training & Simulations at Company-X, joins host Paul Spain as they discuss the Apple Vision Pro surprises and the evolving landscape of immersive realities. Plus they look at the latest in tech news, including:

  • Foodstuff NZ's facial recognition trials
  • Phone bans in NZ schools
  • Rocket Labs' junk mission
  • Air Canada chatbot mess
  • AI generated Fake IDs
  • Multimodal AI glasses

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February 13, 2024 122 mins

Alex St. John brought the Silicon Valley startup mindset to the small town of Cambridge, New Zealand. Listen in as host Paul Spain walks through Alex’s fascinating backstory, his achievements facilitating a multibillion dollar change in Microsoft’s gaming trajectory with Direct X, through his New Zealand story with Nyriad (sadly, now being liquidated) - and onto the current with PlayCast in this NZ Tech Podcast special episode.


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Host Paul Spain dives into the world of electric charging systems with Peter Allington (Singer Electric). Together they explore the global push for standardized EV charging, the challenges of load management, and the exponential growth of electric vehicles in New Zealand. From electrifying Auckland ferries to the complexities of infrastructure upgrades, this episode provides an insightful look at the future of powering transportati...

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