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TechCentral’s best-read stories of 2014

TechCentral’s best-read stories of 2014

It was another busy year in South Africa’s technology industry. From the drama at the SABC to the drama over the splitting of the department of communications, it’s been an interesting news year, but a frustrating one for the sector. We know what our favourite stories were in 2014

Videogames have cultural cachet

Videogames have cultural cachet

UK videogames industry body Tiga has called for the products to be treated like other creative industries such as television or film, rather than mere “software”. There is a good argument for this. Games have been part of human civilisation for thousands of years. Egyptians played the board game

SA Newsmakers of 2014

SA Newsmakers of 2014

Here they are, TechCentral’s South African Newsmakers of 2014. These are the individuals, in ascending order from five to one, who we believe were the most newsworthy in the technology and telecommunications space this year, for good reasons and bad. Also, check out our International Newsmakers

International Newsmakers of 2014

International Newsmakers of 2014

As is customary at this time of the year, TechCentral is pleased to present its lists of who it considers are the biggest technology newsmakers over the past 12 months, both internationally and in South Africa. We kick it off, as always

Globalising the net neutrality debate

Globalising the net neutrality debate

There are many factors that have allowed for the successful scaling of the Internet into a global phenomenon. A consensus-based, voluntary approach to standards, decentralised design and a vast body of openly-licensed software have all contributed. But the element I want to talk about here

Spectre of online censorship looms in SA

Spectre of online censorship looms in SA

The Film and Publications Board plans to extend its regulatory reach to the digital space and, in a draft policy document, proposes that all online content distributed in South Africa must be classified by March 2016. But it won’t be

Could AI be mankind’s undoing?

Could AI be mankind’s undoing?

The famous theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, has revived the debate on whether our search for improved artificial intelligence will one day lead to thinking machines that will take over from us. The British scientist made the claim during a wide-ranging interview with the BBC. Hawking has the motor neurone

TechCentral’s hi-tech holiday gift guide

TechCentral’s hi-tech holiday gift guide

Finding the right gift for the geek in your life is always tricky, so TechCentral’s editors have compiled a list of their favourite gadgets of the moment that they believe will also make great stocking fillers. It’s not easy being a fan of technology

Thinking deeply in the digital age

Thinking deeply in the digital age

Two people walk into a seminar: one takes photos, video and an audio recording of the presentation, while the other takes hand-written notes. Which person do you think will better recall the information? The former can use their digital notes to create something new that builds on the topic, the latter

Want Netflix? There’s a VPN for that

Want Netflix? There’s a VPN for that

The Internet is a worldwide network, but not everything on it is available to everyone. That’s particularly true for services that are locked to regions – music streaming services such as Spotify and Google Play Music All Access as well as video-on-demand platforms such as Netflix and Hulu

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