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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

TalkCentral: Ep 199 - 'Wacky Wednesday'

11/29/2017
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TechCentral — In this episode of TalkCentral, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the controversy surrounding MultiChoice's channel supply deals with the SABC and ANN7. Also this week, communications regulator Icasa wants data to expire after a minimum of three years -- what does this mean? -- and we ask: was Black Friday a waste of time? On the agenda, too, is bitcoin hitting US$10 000. Plus, a quick look at the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill. Download or stream...

Duration:00:47:03

TalkCentral: Ep 198 - 'The year in smartphones'

11/17/2017
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TechCentral — In this bumper edition of the podcast, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg are joined by Steven Ambrose to talk about the year in smartphones - from Samsung to Huawei and Apple to Sony. We take a deep dive into the best and worst handsets of the year, and how the manufacturers are faring against one another. Also in the show this week, Tesla's new Roadster super car and electric truck, plus our views on ANN7 and DStv. Regardt has picked Plantronics' Backbeat Pro 2 SE...

Duration:01:40:31

TalkCentral: Ep 197 - 'Black is the new black'

11/3/2017
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TechCentral — On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about Cell C's new Black video entertainment platform. Is it any good? And can it make headway in an already very competitive market? Also this week, the Hetzner data breach and what it means, bitcoin is going bananas, Google Street View in South Africa's national parks, and MTN vs Turkcell. Stream or download the show to find out who has been chosen as winner and loser of the week. Regardt's pick this week...

Duration:01:03:54

TalkCentral: Ep 196 - 'The '55 Club'

10/27/2017
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TechCentral — In this episode of TalkCentral, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg are joined by ICT industry "warhorse" Richard Fearon to chat about the week's big technology news, including the stunning financial results from Amazon and Microsoft. Also in the show this week, US tech stocks are going bananas, another submarine cable is coming to South Africa and iPhone X pre-orders sell out in 30 minutes. Stream or download the show to find out who's been named winner and loser of the...

Duration:01:06:14

TalkCentral: Ep 195 - 'Master deeds'

10/20/2017
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TechCentral — What a week! In this episode of TechCentral, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg wrap up the big news around the "master deeds" data leak - how it unfolded and what it means. Also this week, President Jacob Zuma reshuffles his cabinet -- giving us yet another communications minister. Huawei has launched the Mate 10 smartphone. And 5G smartphones are coming as Qualcomm tests a new chipset. Stream or download the podcast to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of...

Duration:00:58:53

TalkCentral: Ep 194 - 'A twister in the tale'

10/13/2017
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TechCentral — It's Friday (the 13th) and that means it's time to talk tech. In this week's episode of TalkCentral, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the imminent launch of South Africa's first (trial) 5G network. Also in the show this week, government backtracks on its plan to sell Telkom to bail out South African Airways, bitcoin is on a tear and mother nature goes bezerk. Listen to the show to find out who's been chosen as winner and loser of the week. Regardt's pick this...

Duration:00:45:37

TalkCentral: Ep 193 - 'EnrAged'

10/6/2017
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TechCentral — On the show this week, Regardt van der Berg and Duncan McLeod are at South Africa's biggest electronic entertainment exhibition, rAge. And there's plenty to see - and talk about - from high-end gaming rigs to e-sports and from cosplay to virtual reality. Also on the show this week, Vodacom's share price gets smacked after the Competition Commission launches a probe and a discussion on 5G technology. Listen to the show to find out who's been named winner and loser of the week....

Duration:00:36:46

TalkCentral: Ep 192 - 'Klingons and rocket ships'

9/29/2017
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TechCentral — On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about Elon Musk's plan to reduce planetary travel -- and why did he call the rocket ship "BGR"? Also this week, thoughts on the new Star Trek TV series, available in South Africa on Netflix. Plus FNB's new smartphones and GoPro's new cameras. Stream or download the show to find out who's been named winner and loser of the week. Regardt's pick this week is the PolarPro Grip, while Duncan has chosen The After...

Duration:00:46:44

TalkCentral: Ep 191 - 'Pocket God'

9/22/2017
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TechCentral — It's the weekend, and that means it's TalkCentral time. In this week's podcast, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the biggest technology news, including the improvements MultiChoice has announced to DStv Now. Also in the show this week, Duncan and Regardt look at the local launch of Kwese Play, the out-of-bundle mobile data conundrum, a look back at the big Apple keynote and Google's interesting deal with phone maker HTC. Listen to the show to find out who’s...

Duration:00:50:56

TalkCentral: Ep 190 - 'A flagship Android Nokia'

9/8/2017
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TechCentral — On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg discuss HMD Global’s new Android flagship, the Nokia 8. Also this week, they chat about Tuesday's announcement about the iPhone models and what we can expect. Plus Liquid Telecom’s fibre expansion and Showmax to merge with DStv, which leads into a lengthy discussion about the best television shows on the various streaming platforms. Listen to the show to find out who's been named winner and loser of the week....

Duration:01:02:04

TalkCentral: Ep 189 - 'Vumatel's township game changer'

9/1/2017
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TechCentral — There's one story dominating the podcast this week: TechCentral's exclusive story about Vumatel's plan to offer uncapped 100Mbit/s fibre to township residents for R89/month, starting in Alexandra in Johannesburg. If Vumatel gets it right - and its models show it's likely to work - the audacious plan could transform township economies in South Africa. Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg talk in detail about the plan, with fresh insights from TechCentral's Friday interview...

Duration:00:43:16

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