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Johannesburg, South Africa

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South Africa's premier tech news website and podcast network

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@techcentral

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Episodes

TalkCentral: Ep 248 - 'Whipping the llama'

1/21/2019
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TechCentral — On the podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg mourn the (not unexpected) passing of Windows Mobile and delve into what we know so far about the upcoming Android Q. Also in the show, minister promises no job losses in the merger of the departments of communications and telecommunications & postal services, and Zimbabwe kills the Internet. Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week. Regardt's pick this week is Bandersnatch...

Duration:01:01:57

TalkCentral: Ep 247 - 'Vodacom vs Makate'

1/13/2019
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TechCentral — In the podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the "settlement" between Vodacom and Nkosana Makate, the operator's former employee who claims to have invented the "please call me" service. Makate, clearly not happy with the (confidential) settlement amount from Vodacom is threatening to pursue further legal action. But has he run out of options? Also on the show this week, a look back at the biggest announcements from CES -- and why Regardt is...

Duration:01:08:08

TalkCentral: Ep 246 - 'Bruised Apple'

1/6/2019
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TechCentral — In the first TalkCentral podcast of 2019, show hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg digest Apple's revenue warning and ask where the company is headed this year and beyond. Also on the show this week, Liquid Telecom South Africa's plan to build a national 4G/LTE network; a review of the year that was in gaming; and rumours of an impending foldable phone from Xiaomi. Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week. Regardt's pick this...

Duration:00:56:11

TalkCentral: Ep 245 - 'The Best of Everything, 2018'

12/19/2018
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TechCentral — In this bumper year-end edition of the podcast, Nafisa Akabor joins Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg for a review of the year that was. We pick our best smartphones, gadgets, apps, television series and videogames of 2018. We also name our local and international newsmakers of the year, and our biggest news stories of the year. Plus, who made the cut at winner and loser of 2018? Listen to find out. It's a great show. Don't miss it!

Duration:01:35:31

TalkCentral: Ep 244 - 'Bad polony'

12/12/2018
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TechCentral — On the TalkCentral podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the rumours about a possible Telkom and Cell C merger. Also this week, Google's top trending search results in South Africa in 2018, the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer, Microsoft Edge going Chromium and Tesla possibly opening a dealership in South Africa. Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week. Regardt's pick this week is the...

Duration:00:49:01

TalkCentral: Ep 243 - 'Time to go off-grid?'

12/2/2018
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TechCentral — In the TalkCentral podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg, both load shedded, chat about the feasibility of disconnecting oneself from the Eskom grid. What's a good place to start, what would it take and would it be worth it? Also this week, is Netflix really hurting MultiChoice? The latest numbers from Naspers suggest possibly not. Plus: Sennheiser headset software could allow man-in-the-middle attacks and China plans to build a deep-sea base run entirely...

Duration:01:01:30

TalkCentral: Ep 242 - 'Stella's turn at the top'

11/25/2018
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TechCentral — In the TalkCentral podcast this week, hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg talk about President Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to reintegrate the departments of communications and telecommunications & postal services and his decision to name Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams to lead the merged ministry. Also this week, the US wants to stop other countries from buying telecoms gear from China's Huawei; Black Friday and Cyber Monday; Standard Bank's new MVNO; and a company is using...

Duration:00:58:30

TalkCentral: Ep 241 - 'Roamin' in the gloamin''

11/20/2018
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TechCentral — After a short break, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg are back with a new episode of TalkCentral. In the podcast this week, the operators are all a'roamin'. Also this week, bitcoin falls out of bed, and then falls down the stairs; load shedding makes an ugly comeback; Telkom to switch off its 2G network; and Google is exploring VR shoes with tiny motorised wheels. Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week. Regardt's tech pick this...

Duration:00:53:15

TalkCentral: Ep 240 - 'Is Apple pricing itself out of the market?'

11/5/2018
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TechCentral — On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about Apple's new iPad Pro models, the new MacBook Air and the new Mac mini. The conversation turns to Apple's pricing strategy, and they ask: is Apple at risk of pricing itself out of the market? Also this week, Naspers's plan to invest R1.4-billion in South African technology start-ups, Black Friday (should we care?) and researchers have found a new way to store data - using powder! Listen to the show to...

Duration:00:59:55

TalkCentral: Ep 239 - 'Cell C rains on Vodacom's parade'

10/21/2018
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TechCentral — In the TalkCentral podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about Cell C's comments at a Competition Commission inquiry into the data services market about Vodacom's roaming relationship with Rain, and why Cell C believes the arrangement should not be allowed. Also this week, the latest on digital migration; Standard Bank is launching an MVNO; the Internet Service Providers' Association wants the mobile operators to open their networks; Huawei launches...

Duration:01:01:10

TalkCentral: 'Ten trillion photos a second'

10/14/2018
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TechCentral — In the latest episode of TalkCentral, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the seemingly better news on ICT emerging from government. Telecommunications & postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele has promised to speed up the licensing of radio frequency spectrum, while the ministry of communications, led by Nomvula Mokonyane, seems to getting serious about South Africa's digital terrestrial television migration project. Also on the show this week, Takealot is said...

Duration:00:58:20

TalkCentral: Ep 237 - 'Live from Rage 2018'

10/5/2018
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TechCentral — This week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg bring you the TalkCentral podcast from the Rage expo in Johannesburg. On the show this week, they look at everything that's happening at this year's rage, from cosplay to the latest games and hardware. Also on the show, they chat about Microsoft's new Surface devices (and headphones) -- and, no, they’re not coming to South Africa -- as well as the looming retrenchments at Liquid Telecom and Facebook cracking down on fake news in...

Duration:00:43:11

TalkCentral: Ep 236 - 'Elon Stark'

9/30/2018
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TechCentral — We have a great show this week. On TalkCentral, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about spectrum licensing getting into high gear and Facebook's major security breach. Also this week, Africa has a new undersea cable and Microsoft is building an operating system for robots. Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week. Regardt's pick this week is the Sony Alpha a6300 mirrorless camera with 16-50mm lens, while Duncan has chosen...

Duration:01:04:39

TalkCentral: Ep 235 - 'MultiChoice 2.0'

9/23/2018
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TechCentral — On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg unpacks Naspers's decision to unbundle MultiChoice to shareholders and list it on the JSE. What does this mean for the future of the pay-television operator? Also this week, could Telkom and MTN merge? Plus: President Cyril Ramaphosa signals urgency on spectrum allocation (and what it might mean), iPhone pricing in South Africa and the Japanese land two robots on an asteroid. Listen to the show to find out who's...

Duration:01:10:09

TalkCentral: Ep 234 - 'iPhone Excess Max'

9/16/2018
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TechCentral — In the TalkCentral podcast this week, your hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg unpack the big Apple keynote, when the world's most valuable company revealed the new iPhones and a new Watch. Their verdict? The new iPhones aren't terribly exciting (over last year's iPhone X), but the Watch is starting to look very exciting indeed from a health-monitoring perspective. Also on the show this week, looming job cuts at the SABC (and why the public broadcaster is starting to...

Duration:00:59:12

TalkCentral: Ep 233 - 'Gather round'

9/2/2018
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TechCentral — On the podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about former communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda’s startling claims about why he was fired by Jacob Zuma. Also this week, a discussion about the problems at underserviced agency Usaasa, MTN's new crisis Nigeria, and Apple's holding a special event - what could it be about? Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week. Regardt pick this week is DU Meter, while Duncan has...

Duration:00:56:57

TalkCentral: Ep 232 - 'Blustery'

8/26/2018
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TechCentral — On the TalkCentral podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg talk about Nvidia's new ray-tracing GPUs. Also on the show, Telkom is very upset with the communications regulator, Icasa, over proposed new call termination rates; Nikon has debuted new pro-level mirrorless cameras (to take on Sony); and another look ahead to Apple's big iPhone keynote (expected in a little over two weeks from now). Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser...

Duration:00:59:16

TalkCentral: Ep 231 - 'Give us gigarays!'

8/19/2018
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TechCentral — In the podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg preview Nvidia's big graphics card announcement happening on Monday. The company is expected to announce a series of new graphics cards, including the high-end ray-tracing GeForce RTX 2080ti. What can we expect? Also this week, Moya Messenger's plan to take on WhatsApp with zero-rated text messaging, DStv and the SABC have a new channel-supply agreement and Tencent's earnings woes show the difficulty of doing...

Duration:00:51:14

TalkCentral: Ep 230 - 'Take Note'

8/12/2018
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TechCentral — In the podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the launch of Samsung's new flagship "phablet", the Galaxy Note9. Also on the show this week, MTN and Vodacom are squabbling at the Advertising Standards Authority again, Google ads could soon be coming to an outdoor billboard near you and Android 9 Pie is here. Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week. Regardt's pick this week is the game SpyParty, while Duncan...

Duration:00:52:45

TalkCentral: Ep 229 - 'Slapped with a smelly trout'

8/5/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of TalkCentral, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the week's biggest tech news. In the show this week, Apple is now a trillion-dollar company and Huawei is the world's second largest smartphone maker. Also this week, Liquid Telecom's plans to monetise its radio frequency spectrum and an insane new camera lens for taking pictures of bugs. Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week. Regardt's pick this week is...

Duration:00:57:01