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TalkCentral: Ep 219 - 'George and his bitcoin machine'

5/20/2018
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TechCentral — In the TalkCentral podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the new bitcoin ATM installed at Duncan's local Spar in Johannesburg. Also this week, the latest on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, DStv to launch a streaming-only option, OpenView HD to get its own news channel and Regardt talks about Microsoft’s new Xbox Adaptive Controller. Listen to the show to find out who's been named winner and loser of the week. Regardt's pick this week...

Duration:00:47:32

TalkCentral: Ep 218 - 'Pay-TV debate rages'

5/13/2018
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TechCentral — In the TalkCentral podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about communications regulator Icasa's hearings last week on pay-television in South Africa. What was said, and what is likely to happen? Also this week, communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane promises action on digital migration -- and why Duncan is not holding his breath -- and Naspers flips its stake in India's Flipkart to Walmart. Plus, Vodacom wants 5G spectrum allocated now and Regardt...

Duration:00:49:40

TalkCentral: Ep 217 - 'One for the team'

5/6/2018
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TechCentral — On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the suspension of Usaasa CEO Lumko Mtimde. Also on the podcast this week, they talk about why Facebook might soon have a paid tier, Icasa's plan to probe MultiChoice’s dominance in pay TV, Apple's share price hitting a new record high on its march to $1 trillion and this week's Google I/O developer conference - what you should expect. Regardt's pick this week is Autodesk Sketchbook, while Duncan has...

Duration:00:46:35

TalkCentral: Ep 216 - 'Out of bundle no more'

4/27/2018
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TechCentral — In this Freedom Day long weekend episode of TalkCentral, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg unpack Icasa's new regulations dealing with data. What do they say? How will they impact users? And are they any good? Also this week, US tech companies keep on trucking, yet another subsea cable planned to connect South Africa (this time with the US) and Gmail has a fresh new look. Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week. Regardt's picks...

Duration:00:53:03

TalkCentral: Ep 215 - 'Allo, Google?'

4/20/2018
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TechCentral — In this week's episode of TalkCentral, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg talk about Google's desperately confused instant messaging strategy. What's gone wrong, and why the company's plan to fix it might not work (again). Also this week, Openserve introduces 200Mbit/s home fibre (as first reported on TechCentral), more South Africans potentially exposed in the Facebook data scandal, ZTE's fight with the US government and a new JPEG picture format is coming. Listen to the...

Duration:00:56:08

TalkCentral: Ep 214 - 'Digital radio in South Africa'

4/13/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of TalkCentral, your hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the steps communications regulator Icasa is taking to possibly introduce digital radio broadcasting in South Africa -- what is it exactly, and should we be excited? Also on the show this week, there are signs of spring in the South African economy, says the CEO of Pinnacle. Plus, Xiaomi might be buying GoPro, Telegram is banned in Russia and Apple's HomePod speaker sales disappoint....

Duration:00:51:49

TalkCentral: Ep 213 - 'Live on the Tube'

4/6/2018
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TechCentral — ***We apologise for the slightly inferior quality of the audio in this week's recording.*** On this episode of TalkCentral, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg talk about Huawei's new smartphones, the P20 and P20 Pro, after having some hands-on time with the Chinese company's new devices. Also this week, should South Africa introduce unfettered spectrum trading and MTN's unbelievable diesel consumption figures and Listen to the show to find out who's been named winner and...

Duration:00:47:23

TalkCentral: Ep 212 - 'Gigabit fibre'

3/29/2018
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TechCentral — On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the week's big technology stories, including EOH’s financial results. Also on the show this week, Facebook’s travails and Huawei’s new phones - and Duncan is wondering whether market failure in telecoms is nothing but a fallacy. Listen to the show to find out who's been named as winner and loser of the week. Regardt's picks this week are Cell C's 1Gbit/s fibre connection and Netgear's high-end...

Duration:00:52:38

TalkCentral: Ep 211 - 'Battle royale'

3/16/2018
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TechCentral — On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the launch of streaming music giant Spotify in South Africa and what it means for local music lovers. Also this week, they discuss EOH's share price rout and Broadcom abandoning its bid for Qualcomm. They also remember the life and times of South African ICT industry veteran Brian Seligmann, who passed away this week. Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week....

Duration:00:38:06

TalkCentral: Ep 210 - 'Whoa-an!'

3/9/2018
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TechCentral — In the podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about government's workshop on the Electronic Communications Act and the planned wholesale open-access network. Also this week, a look at MTN's financial results, Spotify's (imminent) launch in South Africa and Android users are now more loyal that iPhone users, according to a new report. Plus, SAP comes clean on its Gupta dealings. Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the...

Duration:00:34:58

TalkCentral: Ep 209 - 'Size matters'

3/2/2018
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TechCentral — On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg are joined by a lively chat room to discuss the best new phones from Mobile World Congress, including the new models from HMD Global, Sony and Samsung. Also on the show this week, the rumoured 6.5-inch iPhone X, the race to get to a trillion-dollar market cap and when we can expect to see the first 5G devices and what they'll be. Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week....

Duration:00:43:11

TalkCentral: Ep 208 - 'Hola, Barcelona'

2/23/2018
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TechCentral — On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg preview what's expected at Mobile World Congress 2018, which kicks off on Monday. What new phones are coming, and what will be the talk of Barcelona next week? Also on the show, a discussion about the Cell C and Blue Label Telecoms results, smartphone sales decline for the first time ever, more thoughts on the wholesale open-access network and new iPads are coming. Listen to the show who's been named winner and...

Duration:00:40:44

TalkCentral: Ep 207 - 'After Zexit'

2/15/2018
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TechCentral — On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg discuss Jacob Zuma's resignation and the possibility of a major overhaul of the departments that set policy for the ICT sector. A re-merger of the departments of communications and telecommunications & postal services may be on the cards. Who might be the political head of this new ICT ministry? Also this week, Standard Bank appears to be building a mobile virtual network operator, Google expands ad-blocking in...

Duration:00:49:59

TalkCentral: Ep 206 - 'Elon Musk, starman'

2/9/2018
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TechCentral — Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg are back for another packed episode of technology news. In the show this week, Elon Musk puts a Tesla in space - and why it was such a monumental achievement. Duncan and Regardt discuss the event in detail - including why there was a towel in the car's glove compartment. Also this week, a discussion on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, MultiChoice's divorce from ANN7 and Nvidia's soaring stock price. Duncan doesn't have a...

Duration:00:47:19

TalkCentral: Ep 205 - 'Discording'

1/26/2018
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TechCentral — Regardt van der Berg is in Cape Town this week, while Duncan McLeod is holding the fort in Johannesburg. They talk, using an app called Discord, about the week's biggest technology news, including UK Prime Minister Theresa May's battle with big tech companies over encryption. Also on the show this week, Naspers's incredible share performance relative to big global tech companies and the new movie about Commodore International. Regardt's pick this week is MegaN64, while Duncan...

Duration:00:41:33

TalkCentral: Ep 204 - 'Who killed the radio star?'

1/19/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode, your hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the week's biggest technology stories, including Michael Jordaan and Yatin Narsai's new digital bank. Also in the episode, they delve into Cell C's plan to make acquisitions, bitcoin's crash and the SABC's soon-to-be-appointed chief operating officer. Download or stream the show to find out who's been chosen as winner and loser of the week. Regardt's pick this week is familyguyyourself.com, while...

Duration:01:05:12

TalkCentral: Ep 203 - '5G beckons'

1/12/2018
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TechCentral — In the first episode of TalkCentral for 2018, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about MTN's 5G trial. Also this week, they discuss the best and worst performing tech shares on the JSE and the chip security debacle. And HTC has a new Vive. Stream or download the show to catch the first tech quiz of the year, and hear more about Duncan and Regardt's picks of the week. Regardt has chosen EtreCheck for macOS, while Duncan's pick is the Nitecore MH40GT flashlight.

Duration:01:00:54

TalkCentral: Ep 202 - 'Toby-Wan Kenobi'

12/21/2017
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TechCentral — Stuff magazine publisher and editor-in-chief Toby Shapshak joins Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg to wrap up the biggest technology stories of 2017. Stories covered include bitcoin and cryptocurrencies; privacy and security; how Russian propagandists stole Twitter and misogynists hijacked Twitter; the death of privacy and security; the wholesale open-access network; drones; and fibre-to-the-home in South Africa. The panellists talk about what they think were the most...

Duration:01:14:12

TalkCentral: Ep 201 - 'Jingle Bells'

12/14/2017
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TechCentral — In the penultimate episode of TalkCentral for 2017, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg delve into the week's big technology news, including Amazon Web Services' deal with Teraco. Also this week, they look at Asher Bohbot's return to EOH and the South African Revenue Service's plan to track your bitcoin transactions. Listen to the show to find out who has been chosen as winner and loser of the week. Regardt's pick this week is Red Dead Redemption (and its upcoming sequel),...

Duration:00:41:19

TalkCentral: Ep 200 - 'Double century'

12/8/2017
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TechCentral — Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg celebrate the 200th episode of TalkCentral. In the podcast this week, they chat about the dramatic fall in EOH's share price and why it happened. Also this week, MultiChoice's troubles over its channel supply agreements with the SABC and ANN7 and why a parliamentary probe is a great idea. Plus, Qualcomm's push into the PC market and more on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill. Listen to the podcast to find out who has been named...

Duration:01:05:11

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