Patrick Pilcher's stories - Page 2
Vocus launches gigabit UFB plans aimed at gamers
First or not, gigabit broadband is fast. It isn’t so much a matter of watching characters appear – blink and you’ll miss the entire site.
Hands-on review: Microsoft Surface Book a 'pretty special piece of gear'
The Surface Book is pretty much the first laptop Microsoft has ever made.
Samsung Note 7
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 replacement stock hits NZ
Samsung says Note 7 customers who returned their devices should get in touch to arrange a pick up for their new Note 7.
Fujifilm’s latest camera packs a new image Sensor - it’s a whopper!
The GFX 50S is no shrinking violet either, it weighs in at a hefty 800 grams.
Hands-on review: D-Link Powerline AV2 1000 HD Gigabit
For a near bomb-proof means of filling in that pesky WiFi coverage hole, this offering from D-Link will be exactly what the doctor ordered.
First impressions of macOS Sierra: Destined to fly or fated to pie?
Today macOS Sierra is finally available as a free download for Mac users. It is still only early days, but here are my first impressions.
Hands-on review: Sony MDR1000x Bluetooth Headphones
Sony have an impeccable sense of timing. Almost straight after Apples headphone socketless iPhone 7 launched, their new Bluetooth headphones arrived.
Grumpy tech guy: Shock collars shouldn't be on shop shelves
I love it when my two biggest passions (that’s gadgetry and my two greyhounds) come together. Unfortunately, technology and pets don’t always mix.
Worried your phone is about to blow? Samsung launches software fix for Note 7
After a huge launch, the Note 7 was labelled by many (myself included) as Samsung's best phone yet - now they've launched a fix for the fiery issue.
Grumpy Tech Guy: Isn’t that ironic - Adblock to display adverts
Despite the fact you downloaded Adblock to block adverts, you're now back at square one, as they will soon display ads they deem as "good".
Air New Zealand
Air NZ bans the note 7 amidst safety fears
Will their check in staff frisk customers for Note 7’s? Will they operate a TSA-like line of misery?
Grumpy tech guy: Welcome to Transylvanian tech support hell
At one point Chuck exclaimed something that sounded suspiciously like “My hovercraft is full of eels”. Perhaps he was a Monty Python fan!
Grumpy tech guy: Apple, this isn't courage - it's arrogance
You see, exaggeration is one thing. Using emotive twaddle to bullshit loyal customers is another altogether.
A Silicon Valley CEO's presentation notes
It’s available in 20% more colours starting with space copper pink right through to barf white.
Grumpy tech guy: Top tech annoyances and their solutions
Tasks as simple as going out to meet up with friends without a smartphone is chaos in the making.
Grumpy tech guy: Are smart appliances aimed at dummies?
If opening the fridge door to see what’s in the fridge is too much of a chore then great, you’ve saved yourself 15 seconds.
Intel Skull Canyon NUC: When size doesn’t matter
Under its hood the hardware includes Intel’s latest quad-core i7 CPU. The usually anaemic Intel integrated graphics got a serious dose of steroids.
Hands-on review: Dell SonicWall Soho W
We get hands-on with Dell SonicWALLs Soho W security appliance
Opinion: Windows 10 is horrible
In the past, I’ve been called a Microsoft fan boy, hell I was even one of the MCs when Microsoft launched Vista in NZ.
Meet Kaby Lake: Intel uncovers its new 7th generation CPUs
Still salivating, we've now got the good oil on the rest of Intel's new 7th-generation CPU range, codenamed Kaby Lake.
The BIG question: Is tech making us all dumb?
Anyone who has spent time online must’ve asked themselves this question at least once: “When did people become so stupid???”
Internet of Things
The Internet of Sh*t - the opinions of a tech afficionado
The number one crap magnet of the moment is the “Internet of Things”. The “Cloud” runs in at a close second.
Hands-on review: Vodafone Smart Ultra 7 - more bling for less cha-ching
Only costing $349, the spec and performance of the Ultra 7 equates to solid bang for buck value, and it doesn’t look or feel like a budget device.
Hands-on review: Huawei P9 Plus - all the bells and whistles
This is a well-crafted phone that ticks all the boxes a high-end buyer is ever likely to have - including one of the best cameras out there.