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Videogames: the new spectator sport

Videogames: the new spectator sport

As the UK’s largest gaming festival, Insomnia, wrapped up its latest event on 25 August, I watched a short piece of BBC Breakfast news reporting from the festival. The reporter and some of the interviewees appeared baffled at the huge popularity of “videogame livestreaming”, otherwise

TalkCentral: Ep 109 – ‘Radio, reinvented’

TalkCentral: Ep 109 – ‘Radio, reinvented’

This episode of TalkCentral coincides with the fifth anniversary of TechCentral. But there’s little time for reminiscing as your hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg dive into the highlights of a busy technology news week in South Africa

Phones on planes: what we really want

Phones on planes: what we really want

Many countries are playing catch up by allowing plane passengers to keep their mobile phones switched on – albeit in flight mode only – during take off and landing. But many have probably already done this. A study in the US found almost

MTN SA trials terabit-speed network

MTN SA trials terabit-speed network

MTN South Africa has conducted a trial of what it’s describing as the “fastest and most intelligent” optical network, offering the company speeds on its fibre backbone of up to 2,4Tbit/s using wavelength-division multiplexing

Discovery in US technology insurance tie-up

Discovery in US technology insurance tie-up

Discovery Insure, a sister company of Discovery Health, has signed a deal with US-based Cambridge Mobile Telematics as the South African insurance company seeks to expand its use of technology to monitor clients’ driver behaviour

How the film industry is imploding

How the film industry is imploding

In June 2013, at a University of Southern California event with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg predicted an implosion of the film industry. The failure at the box office of “tentpoles”, mega-budget movies that are designed with potential sequels in mind and anchor a studio’s release

Preparing for a digital World War

Preparing for a digital World War

President George W Bush is reported to have said: “When I take action, I’m not going to fire a US$2m missile at a US$10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It’s going to be decisive.” As the quote suggests, when it comes to national defence, enemies are unlikely to be deterred by an

Vodacom directs R1bn to Gauteng upgrades

Vodacom directs R1bn to Gauteng upgrades

Vodacom on Tuesday said it plans to pump R1bn into upgrading its network in Gauteng, which will include expanding 3G in the province’s townships. The mobile operator said that it will spend more than R1bn in Gauteng in the current financial

Wikipedia is not quite so equal after all

Wikipedia is not quite so equal after all

Wikipedia is often seen as a great equaliser. Every day, hundreds of thousands of people collaborate on a seemingly endless range of topics by writing, editing and discussing articles, and uploading images and video content. But it’s starting to look like global coverage on Wikipedia is far

The most wanted man in the world

The most wanted man in the world

The message arrives on my “clean machine”, a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES

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