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NZ Tech Podcast 321: 1 Million Podcast Downloads, Banks vs Apple, US Homeland Security vs Travellers, $3000+ Giveaways

Celebrating over 1-million downloads of NZ Tech Podcast on this our 6th anniversary. Topics included Homeland Security vs Travellers, Australian Banks vs Apple, PayPal account risks, Logitech’s 4K webcam, Intel Coffee Lake, near Invisible Malware. We also giveaway over $3000 in prizes this week if you sign up to Paul Spain’s email newsletter at

Hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) and this week’s guests were Brett Roberts, Bill Bennett.

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NZ Tech Podcast 320: 31c0n Ticket Giveaway, Luggage Robots, Windows 10 Cloud edition, Is your TV watching you?

In this episode, we discuss the ratepayers footing the bill to fly in extra IT professionals to NZ, the latest on train travel pod trials in India, Gita the personal cargo carrying robot and exciting news on 31 c0n conference coming this month in Auckland – better yet – be in to win a ticket to the conference by signing up at

Hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) and this week’s guests were Paul Brislen, Paul Poteete.

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Panic! At The Disco – Concert Review “

Date / Venue: Thursday February 2nd, 2017 – Vector Arena, Auckland

Maybe it was the Panic! version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody that aptly set the mood for the night? “Here’s one we didn’t write…Fuck it, we did.” singer Brendan Urie confessed, a dab hand on the piano also it seems. His falsetto would’ve garnished approval beyond the grave from Mr Mercury – surely?
It was as if the mostly ‘youngish’ audience were rediscovering a new rock dirge, while some of us OLD enough to remember Wayne’s World yanked the ‘air guitars’ out of retirement for the ‘Brian May’ bits.

This satisfied the pangs of having had to wait for the band to revisit our shores after a 10-year hiatus (which Urie addressed apologising). It was a festive night that had the Vector crowd rollicking, as the band played most of their new album Death Of A Bachelor.

“I want to personally thank every one of you for being here.” singer Brendan Urie implored as the band launched into Time to Dance, then transitioning into new-ish track Emperor’s New Clothes before the crowd barely had time to regain themselves, pulled space being overrun by out an energetic Blur-esque Girls/Girls/Boys.

The night was a short, sharp hit that left the crowd quietly stunned as Brendan Urie, now the only original member of the band cajoled the Kiwi crowd, “This is a song I wrote for Frank Sinatra.” as he exaggeratedly moved about the stage, ‘crooner’ stance fixed for the superb Death Of A Bachelor.
Urie’s voice for the most part was right on the money. His ability to vocally ‘shapeshift’ on songs while spewing forth lush cryptic lyrics was deftly executed – a consummate performer who’s onstage antics more than made up for his sparse, but poignant audience rapport.

The live sound was rapturous, spatially gratifying. “I met a girl once at a party who I thought I was in love with,” proceeded Urie. “She said to me “Cash me outside howbow dah?” (see Dr Phil) ..the social media irony hitting the right chord with the ‘youtubers’ as Miss Jackson was dealt to live on stage.

“This one’s about the good life.” Yelled Urie as they churned out Golden Days, while perennial favourite I Write Sins Not Tragedies was drily started with “Here’s a new one.”. This Is Gospel and first track from new album Victorious rounded off the encores, with a confetti cannon being shot over the audience, as sparkling PATD lights lit up the ceiling of Arena.

Tonight’s one-night-only concert originally sold out in less than 90 minutes when tickets went on sale last week – it’s wasn’t hard to see why.
Great night, wish they banned mobile phones hindering my viewing ability, you know, blocked by phones held up in the air – ok, now I SOUND like an oldie..oh well, ”Cash me outside..”

B*Witched – C’est la Vie. Interview with Keavy Lynch

Remember nineties pop all-girl group B*Witched? I don’t care who you are, but if you don’t then you’re obviously lying, a malingerer of the highest order. I mean who doesn’t remember that annoying ditty of a tune C’est la Vie?

The Irish girl group are back, and in New Zealand. The line-up consisting of twin sisters Edele and Keavy Lynch, Lindsay Armaou, and Sinéad O’Carroll are the originals, which is no mean feat considering the reported ‘hardships’ endured throughout their pop reigning tenure.

When boy/girl bands were all the rage, the Irish quartet enjoyed considerable success in both Europe and North America between 1998 and 2000, releasing two albums and eight singles, all of which made the UK Top 20.

Singer Keavy Lynch is in high spirits as we talk. “I’m in London.” She says down the phone from the other side of the world. “Yeah, I came here in ’98 and it just became my home and so I never left.”

“I’m not sure what you’ve heard, some of it is true some of it wasn’t. Actually Sinéad & Edele were kind of the main starters of the band, they both wanted to perform and then they brought it to me and said “Would you like to do it?”, I was like “Yeah, sure.”

I ask her if she has been to New Zealand before, it’s a question that is quickly answered back.
“Definitely.” She says adamantly. “I have to say particularly in New Zealand, the people are close to Irish people in terms of their manner and how friendly they are. We felt very welcome in New Zealand. We’ve visited in 1999 and we liked it, were excited to be coming back. We never actually got time to play last time so we’re really happy we can do it for you guys this time..”

Their first four singles, C’est la Vie, Rollercoaster, To You I Belong and Blame It on the Weatherman, all reached number one in the UK Singles Chart. In 2002, having sold over 3 million albums worldwide, she still recalls the day of finding the elusive ‘fourth’ member.

“We found Lindsay through an audition. We were looking for a fourth member and our friends told us about Lindsay, she came and played a song that she wrote herself, and then we watched her – it’s all very innocent.

“We watched her through the window at a dance class at a dance centre we all use to go to and we were like “Do you want to be in our band?” and she was like “oh sure.” And we were like “ok, we’ll see you in two weeks’ time.” It was all really, really innocent.” (laughter)

The group riding the curtails of the radio airwaves were dropped by their record company, and when O’Carroll decided to leave, the group split up. In 2006, the Lynch sisters formed a group, Ms. Lynch, frequently performing B*Witched material at live shows.

“I remember in the beginning, we did Lenny Kravitz It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over so we ended up sounding cooler than what we were.”

In 2012, it was announced that B*Witched would reunite for the ITV2 reality-documentary series The Big Reunion, along with other pop groups of their time, including Liberty X, Five and Atomic Kitten.

Following the six groups as they reunited for the first time in a decade and rehearsed ahead of a comeback performance at the Hammersmith Apollo. Due to the success of the show and the high demand for tickets at the Hammersmith Apollo gig, the Big Reunion line-ups also embarked on an arena tour around the UK and Ireland, it’s something Lynch never dreamed would’ve happen.

“You know what? I don’t think we thought either way? We thought “We want to set up a band, so, why don’t we?” It was really weird, we never sat and talked “Do we think this is going to go, or not?”. So, when C’est La Vie was midweek number one we were actually genuinely really, really shocked. We were hoping for a top 20 so when the stations started playing us midweek they were saying “You’re going to number one.” We were going “yeah, yeah,” kind of brushing it off.
“Of course, they were telling the truth, we were actually number 1 midweek, it was really shocking it had exceeded anything we had dreamt for ourselves. The day we found out, we were on stage in South Hampton I believe, and they announced it onstage so we kind of celebrated immediately with a couple of performances for the fans which is kind of appropriate and very exciting.

“A week later our record company Sony, they threw a big lunch I think in Planet Hollywood and we had big cake, everybody was delighted and it was a really nice celebration. Our families were invited and I think they gave us a gift – what was the gift? I think it was a camcorder.”

All four members of B*Witched came from musical families and were accomplished musicians from young ages. The band deliberately cultivated a tomboy image and, in order to appeal to a younger audience, all of them accomplished dancers.

“I think Sinéad, Edele and I, had done a lot of dancing when we were younger and we did it professionally, gigs and stuff. Lindsay did dance class as well, so we were all able to dance – I guess that was part of our charm in the end, because they got a great choreographer in who did all of our dance moves, it was a huge part of who we were and what people liked about us also.

“Our chorographer would always say “Stop being so bouncy.” (laughter)

As I listen to her recount the halcyon days, I ask her how they managed to sing and dance at the same time. I mean, it would always amaze me how they could pull off not only the dancing but also vocals.

“I remember for our training, we use to run on the treadmill and sing at the same time.” She says. “When we were training this time around for the Big Reunion, I use to go and run up a really big hill and back down again singing a song. It’s really hard, and really good training for stamina.”

“You should try it sometime.” (laughter)

“Hmmm…” that was my response without sounding like an impertinent ass. I think I can do the front row fan boy thing, but singing while running up Mt Eden? That’s another thing.

NZ Tech Podcast 319: Trump vs Cyber Security, broader than expected UFB expansion, Dropbox Paper, China vs VPN

We discuss Whitehouse Cyber Security challenges, NZ’s bigger than expected UFB expansion (UFB2), Dropbox competes with Google Docs/Office 365, China’s outlawing of VPNs, Peter Thiel, Spotcap online lending, 12GB and 16TB hard drives and Spark’s big outage.

Hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) and on this week’s guests was Nate Dunn.

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UFB expansion to reach double initial population – will it reach you?

The reach of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) fibre Internet in New Zealand was announced in 2009 as expected to reach 75% of the population by 2020. In 2015 it was announced that this would be expand to reach at least 80%. Now it’s been confirmed the actual reach of the expanded network will be between 84-85%.

Most towns/cities that already have Ultra-Fast Broadband will see areas on the outskirts quite likely to receive fibre connectivity as part of the UFB Expansion Project (sometimes called the UFB2 rollout). In addition, all of the following areas will receive UFB fibre:

Northland Region

  • Ahipara, Far North District
  • Kaikohe, Far North District
  • Kaitaia, Far North District
  • Kerikeri, Far North District
  • Moerewa/Kawakawa, Far North District
  • Paihia, Far North District
  • Russell, Far North District
  • Taipa Bay-Mangonui, Far North District
  • Dargaville, Kaipara District
  • Kaiwaka, Kaipara District
  • Mangawhai Heads, Kaipara District
  • Mangawhai Village, Kaipara District
  • Maungaturoto, Kaipara District
  • Paparoa, Kaipara District
  • Ruawai, Kaipara District
  • Hikurangi, Whangarei District
  • Marsden Point/One Tree Point, Whangarei District
  • Ruakaka, Whangarei District
  • Whangarei Fringe – Waikaraka, Whangarei District
  • Waipu, Whangarei District

Auckland Region

  • Auckland Fringe – Anselmi Ridge Road, Auckland
  • Auckland Fringe (Te Henga Road, Henderson Valley, Laingholm, Stillwater, Flat Bush, Hingaia Peninsula, Waiau Beach), Auckland
  • Auckland Fringe – Brigham Creek Rd, Auckland
  • Auckland Fringe – Fred Taylor Rd, Auckland
  • Helensville/Parakai, Auckland
  • Matakana , Auckland
  • Muriwai Beach, Auckland
  • Omaha, Auckland
  • Parau, Auckland
  • Piha, Auckland
  • Pukekohe, Auckland
  • Snells Beach, Auckland
  • Waiatarua, Auckland
  • Waiau Beach, Auckland
  • Waiheke Fringe, Auckland
  • Waimauku, Auckland
  • Warkworth, Auckland
  • Wellsford, Auckland

Waikato Region

  • Hamilton Fringe – Temple View, Hamilton City
  • Ngatea, Hauraki District
  • Paeroa, Hauraki District
  • Waihi & Waihi Beach, Hauraki District
  • Matamata, Matamata-Piako District
  • Morrinsville, Matamata-Piako District
  • Te Aroha, Matamata-Piako District
  • Otorohanga, Otorohanga District
  • Putaruru, South Waikato District
  • Taupo Fringe, Taupo District
  • Taupo Fringe – Airport, Taupo District
  • Turangi, Taupo District
  • Coromandel, Thames-Coromandel District
  • Tairua, Thames-Coromandel District
  • Te Puru, Thames-Coromandel District
  • Thames, Thames-Coromandel District
  • Whangamata, Thames-Coromandel District
  • Whitianga, Thames-Coromandel District
  • Hamilton Fringe – Horotiu, Waikato District
  • Hamilton Fringe – Whatawhata, Waikato District
  • Huntly, Waikato District
  • Ngaruawahia, Waikato District
  • Raglan, Waikato District
  • Taupiri, Waikato District
  • Te Kauwhata, Waikato District
  • Tuakau, Waikato District
  • Hamilton Fringe – Ohaupo, Waipa District
  • Hamilton Fringe – Rukuhia, Waipa District
  • Kihikihi, Waipa District
  • Pirongia, Waipa District
  • Piopio, Waitomo District
  • Te Kuiti, Waitomo District

Bay of Plenty Region

  • Kawerau, Kawerau District
  • Opotiki, Opotiki District
  • Rotorua Fringe – Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua District
  • Rotorua Fringe – Hinemoa Point, Rotorua District
  • Rotorua Fringe, Rotorua District
  • Katikati Community, Western Bay of Plenty District
  • Maketu, Western Bay of Plenty District
  • Paengaroa, Western Bay of Plenty District
  • Te Puke Community, Western Bay of Plenty District
  • Tauranga Fringe – Omokoroa, Western Bay of Plenty District
  • Tauranga Fringe – Te Puna, Western Bay of Plenty District
  • Edgecumbe, Whakatane District
  • Matata, Whakatane District
  • Murupara, Whakatane District
  • Ohope/Coastlands, Whakatane District

Gisborne Region

  • Gisborne Fringe, Gisborne District
  • Ruatoria, Gisborne District
  • Tologa Bay, Gisborne District

Taranaki Region

  • Inglewood, New Plymouth District
  • Okato, New Plymouth District
  • Urenui, New Plymouth District
  • Waitara, New Plymouth District
  • Eltham, South Taranaki District
  • Manaia, South Taranaki District
  • Opunake, South Taranaki District
  • Patea, South Taranaki District
  • Stratford, Stratford District

Hawke’s Bay Region

  • Otane, Central Hawke’s Bay District
  • Waipawa/Waipukurau, Central Hawke’s Bay District
  • Napier Fringe – Clive Beach/Bay View, Hastings District
  • Napier Fringe – Wall Rd, Hastings District
  • Napier Fringe – Awatoto Industrial, Napier City
  • Napier-Hastings Fringe, Napier City
  • Wairoa, Wairoa District

Manawatu-Wanganui Region

  • Foxton, Horowhenua District
  • Shannon, Horowhenua District
  • Feilding Fringe, Manawatu District
  • Ashhurst, Palmerston North City
  • Palmerston North Fringe, Palmerston North City
  • Summerhill, Palmerston North City
  • Bulls, Rangitikei District
  • Marton, Rangitikei District
  • Taihape, Rangitikei District
  • Ohakune, Ruapehu District
  • Raetihi, Ruapehu District
  • Taumarunui, Ruapehu District
  • Dannevirke, Tararua District
  • Pahiatua, Tararua District
  • Woodville, Tararua District

Wellington Region

  • Carterton, Carterton District
  • Kapiti Fringe, Kapiti Coast District
  • Otaki, Kapiti Coast District
  • Kapiti Fringe – Pukeko St Area, Kapiti Coast District
  • Featherston, South Wairarapa District
  • Greytown, South Wairarapa District
  • Martinborough, South Wairarapa District
  • Upper Hutt Fringe – Alexander Rd , Upper Hutt City
  • Upper Hutt Fringe – Racecourse Rd, Upper Hutt City
  • Upper Hutt Fringe, Upper Hutt City
  • Upper Hutt Fringe – Ward Street, Upper Hutt City

Marlborough Region

  • Blenheim Fringe, Marlborough District
  • Blenheim Fringe – Riverlands, Marlborough District
  • Blenheim Fringe – Roselands Commercial, Marlborough District
  • Havelock, Marlborough District
  • Picton, Marlborough District
  • Renwick, Marlborough District

Nelson Region

  • Nelson Fringe – The Brook, Nelson City

Tasman Region

  • Kaiteriteri, Tasman District
  • Motueka, Tasman District
  • Murchison, Tasman District
  • Ruby Bay, Tasman District
  • Takaka, Tasman District
  • Wakefield/Brightwater, Tasman District

West Coast Region

  • Reefton, Buller District
  • Westport Urban, Buller District
  • Runanga, Grey District
  • Hokitika, Westland District

Canterbury Region

  • Methven, Ashburton District
  • Other – Lake Hood, Ashburton District
  • Rakaia, Ashburton District
  • Akaroa, Christchurch City
  • Christchurch Fringe, Christchurch City
  • Diamond Harbour, Christchurch City
  • Amberley, Hurunui District
  • Cheviot, Hurunui District
  • Culverden, Hurunui District
  • Kaikoura, Kaikoura District
  • Lake Tekapo, Mackenzie District
  • Twizel Community, Mackenzie District
  • Lincoln Fringe, Selwyn District
  • Darfield, Selwyn District
  • Leeston, Selwyn District
  • Southbridge, Selwyn District
  • West Melton, Selwyn District
  • Geraldine, Timaru District
  • Pleasant Point, Timaru District
  • Temuka, Timaru District
  • Rangiora Fringe, Waimakariri District
  • Woodend Fringe, Waimakariri District
  • Oxford, Waimakariri District
  • Waikuku Beach, Waimakariri District
  • Waimate, Waimate District

Otago Region

  • Alexandra, Central Otago District
  • Clyde, Central Otago District
  • Cromwell, Central Otago District
  • Roxburgh, Central Otago District
  • Balclutha, Clutha District
  • Milton, Clutha District
  • Dunedin, Dunedin City
  • Outram, Dunedin City
  • Waikouaiti, Dunedin City
  • Arrowtown/Lake Hayes Estate, Queenstown-Lakes District
  • Arthurs Point, Queenstown-Lakes District
  • Queenstown Fringe – Jacks Point, Queenstown-Lakes District
  • Queenstown Fringe, Queenstown-Lakes District
  • Wanaka/Lake Hawea, Queenstown-Lakes District
  • Oamaru Fringe – Weston, Waitaki District

Southland Region

  • Bluff
  • Invercargill Fringe – Otatara, Invercargill City
  • Riverton West, Southland District
  • Te Anau, Southland District
  • Winton, Southland District
  • Gore, Southland District
  • Mataura, Southland District

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Live By Night – Film Review. 3.5/5 “Visually Lavish” Glenn Blomfield.

Director: Ben Affleck, 128 minutes
Ben Affleck back in the Directors chair since the film Argo, also in the role of, Acting, Screenplay, and Producer. There is a stellar cast that joins him, to mention a few, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Chris Cooper. From the outset the films cinematography is stunning, production design sumptuous, the movie looks the bizzo. Adapted from a Novel by Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River). Ben Affleck has directed a previous film adapted from Dennis Lehane novel with great success, ‘Gone Baby Gone’.
Live By Night is set in the Prohibition era, a story of Ben Affleck lead character ‘Joe Coughlin’ Boston criminal, the son of a policeman, moving up into the gangster world, that leads him to Florida and the rum trade game. Of course the path traveled is a troubled one, with many psychological morals and hardships to confront. Morality is a theme that seems to play strong through the film, even if the path is a violent one, and rather immoral.
The film tries hard in its epic scope to cram a lot in, and it can feel a bit muddled, if not messy. There are stereotype Gangsters and Bosses, corruption with the Law and the Klu Klux Klan throwing a spanner in the works with racial religious tensions. Love, Betrayal, inter-racial relationships, violence, Religion. I found the moral questions, a struggling weight in the film; can we expect a good man out of such violence and corruption? and the question raised is “Are we to live life the best we can, consequences in tow, and how are we to ‘repent’?.”
Maybe the film would prefer best as a 10 hour mini series covering all its ground with wider scope. All in all, there is a good film in here, you can be engaged, and it is visually lavish. Other critics reviews seem to be a lot more harsher on the film, which I feel is not fairly warranted. I do recommend Live By Night, Ben Affleck shows strength as a Director, he’s up there with best.

NZ Tech Podcast 318: E-Bikes, Ubco 2×2, AirPods hands on, Korea’s 997km/h train, Samsung battery update

This episode we discuss E-Bikes, smart helmets, New Zealand’s Ubco 2×2 which is currently crowdfunding, AirPods hands on (ears on?), Korea’s 997km/h take on the HyperLoop, Samsung Note 7 battery update.

Hosted by Paul Spain (

This episode we discuss E-Bikes, smart helmets, New Zealand’s Ubco 2×2 which is currently crowdfunding, AirPods hands on (ears on?), Korea’s 997km/h take on the HyperLoop, Samsung Note 7 battery update.

Hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) and on this week’s guests was Steve Simms.

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Lion – Film Review 5/5 Yulia Podrul

Adopting somebody from completely different culture is a challenge. It is a hard work. You not only adopting the person, you are adopting their past, and you have to accept it. Those who truly are committed to find their roots, will never give up looking for them. You also have to accept it. You adopted the child, because you want to create better future for them, not to help them to escape from the past. What if a biological mother keeps looking for her child, and after 25 years still resides in that same village she lost him from?

Just like Saroo’s mother that we see in a brand new Garth’s Davis film ‘Lion’, which is a translation from Saroo’s birth name. Garth Davis, the director of this film, will make us all to remember his name in cinematography, as I dare to think this is his best film of his so far.

Based on a true story written by Saroo Brierley, Lion touches our hearts. We feel sad, we feel happy, we love, we hate, we live through Saroo’s journey together with film characters. His story is tough, truly inspirational and completely incredible. Davis shows us all facets of struggle people face in India, completing it with his powerful statement at the end of the movie. 80,000 kids get lost in India every year. That’s unreal number. Makes us think we live in heaven.

Saroo, very well played by brilliant Dev Patel, went through all stages lost child can possibly go through. This story has two sides, from the one hand, Saroo was extremely lucky to be adopted by amazing Australian family from Tasmania, where he lived for 20 years before he discovered his real mother. On the other hand, he lost his family and lived with this for so long, before Google Earth helped him to trace the track of his past.

Nicole Kidman was picked to feature as his foster mum in this film, by a real Saroo’s foster mum, which I found quite fascinating. No surprise, Nicole did immaculate acting, living through the phases of what foster mother would live through. The fact that Nicole Kidman has two adopted kids helped her to show off real emotions in Lion.

Lion is a powerful movie. It demonstrates the contrast between safe Tasmania and dark corners of India. It teaches us about what’s possible if you really are determined to turn your life around. It makes us to realise how lucky majority of us are to have roof above our heads, food in our houses and to be able to raise a perfect complete family, while others do not have this opportunity.

Are you looking for some tiny inspiration? I’d encourage you to start your New Year with booking a movie ticket to get a huge portion of shock from Saroo’s story.