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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 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 the...

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

TalkCentral: Ep 228 - 'Lego, cameras and foldable phones'

7/29/2018
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TechCentral — In the podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about rumours of a new foldable Samsung flagship smartphone and the growing importance of WhatsApp as a communications platform in South Africa. Also in the show, they chat about a new Apple patent that suggests your MacBook may in future charge your iPhone or Watch. Plus: the impending launch of Samsung Pay tap-and-go payments in South Africa. And there's a discussion on mirrorless vs single-lens reflex...

Duration:01:14:48

TalkCentral: Ep 227 - 'Attack of the EU Vogons'

7/22/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of TalkCentral, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg unpack the European Union's record €4.3-billion fine against Google over Android - is it justified, or is the EU simply interfering in a market that doesn't need regulating? Also on the show this week, they chat about the impending layoffs at Internet Solutions, Tbo Touch's new video-streaming platform, Stephen van Coller joining EOH as new group CEO and Project Loon Internet balloons coming to Kenya. Listen...

Duration:00:48:20

TalkCentral: Ep 226 - 'Where to next for DStv?'

7/15/2018
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TechCentral — In the TalkCentral podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg ask whether South Africa's digital migration project is finally getting kicked into high gear. Also in the show this week, a wide-ranging discussion on the future of DStv in light of MultiChoice's decision this week to open the SuperSport channels to all subscribers, and Adobe Photoshop is coming to the iPad. Listen to the show to hear who's been picked as winner and loser of the week. Regardt's pick...

Duration:00:55:47

TalkCentral: Ep 225 - 'Home automation special'

7/8/2018
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TechCentral — On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg are joined by special guest - and veteran podcaster - Glen Verran for a wide-ranging discussion on home entertainment and home automation. In the podcast, Glen talks about why he bought the Nvidia Shield to power his home entertainment - using everything from Plex to DStv Now and YouTube to Netflix. He also explains how he is dabbling with home automation, including intelligent lighting and smart speakers. It's a...

Duration:01:01:37

TalkCentral: Ep 224 - 'More bandwidth!'

7/1/2018
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TechCentral — On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the week's big technology news - with a South African flavour. On the menu, a new submarine cable system - the first to cross the southern Atlantic Ocean - is going live soon. What does the South Atlantic Cable System, or Sacs, mean for broadband prices and Internet latency? Also this week, the newspaper formerly known as The New Age has closed down - is Mzwanele Manyi's 24-hour news channel next? Plus,...

Duration:00:53:07

TalkCentral: Ep 223 - 'On the future of television'

6/24/2018
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TechCentral — On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg are joined by special guest Aki Anastasiou to talk about the week's big technology news, and plenty more besides. On the podcast, the trio have an in-depth discussion on the future of television, with a closer look at the Naspers/MultiChoice financial results and subscriber numbers; sports rights; streaming; YouTube as a TV platform; and the meaning of Facebook's IGTV. Also in the show this week, the fibre...

Duration:01:16:58

TalkCentral: Ep 222 - 'Special guest Lars Reichelt'

6/17/2018
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TechCentral — On TalkCentral this week, your regular show hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg are joined by former Cell C CEO Lars Reichelt all the way from Switzerland to talk about the week's big technology news. In the podcast, Lars talks about what he's been up to since leaving Cell C in 2011 and provides his (now outsider) views on what has been happening in South Africa politically and on the country's telecommunications industry specifically. In this week's show, the trio...

Duration:00:53:32