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Bland phones make a brick look interesting

Bland phones make a brick look interesting

Walk into a mobile retailer today and you’ll be greeted by a wall of phones, many of them black, almost all of them drab slabs of plastic with large touch screens. Before Steve Jobs got onto a stage in San Francisco seven years ago and unveiled Apple’s first iPhone, cellphones came in all sorts of nifty shapes. There were candy bars, sliders

TalkCentral: Ep 106 – ‘All about Microsoft’

TalkCentral: Ep 106 – ‘All about Microsoft’

It’s the weekend, which means it’s time for another episode of TalkCentral, TechCentral’s weekly podcast crammed full of technology analysis and opinion. In the show this week, your hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt

Ashas to ashes as Microsoft signals shift

Ashas to ashes as Microsoft signals shift

Microsoft, fresh from concluding its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business, has announced it will discontinue the handset maker’s Asha and S40 feature phones, as well as, perhaps less surprisingly, the Nokia X Android phones, over the next 18 months. Feature phones and particularly the Nokia

The trouble with Microsoft

The trouble with Microsoft

The pain, it seems, is not over for former Nokia workers as their new employer, Microsoft, prepares to cut its workforce by a massive 18 000. Microsoft has not announced where all of these cuts will come from, but 12 500 are expected to be from the newly acquired Nokia mobile business which added

FNB boots Windows 7 browser into touch

FNB boots Windows 7 browser into touch

First National Bank will no longer support Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), the Web browser introduced with Windows 7, from September. The bank told customers on Thursday it cannot be restricted by the limitations IE8 imposes on its online banking system. “It is our policy to support the three latest Internet Explorer

Jobs bloodbath at Microsoft

Jobs bloodbath at Microsoft

The pain, it seems, is not over for former Nokia workers as their new employer, Microsoft, prepares to cut its workforce by a massive 18 000. Microsoft has not announced where all of these cuts will come from, but

Microsoft Flight Simulator to fly again

Microsoft Flight Simulator to fly again

Microsoft Flight Simulator was one of the most popular simulator games of the 90s and early 2000s, until Microsoft closed the studio responsible for its development in 2009. The series made a brief return in 2012 with Microsoft Flight, although the title was critically panned and the studio was closed

Chinese smarts put squeeze on Samsung

Chinese smarts put squeeze on Samsung

Samsung warned this week that its earnings in its most recent financial quarter were likely to have tumbled by as much as 26,5% – the third straight quarter of decline – in part because of a glut of unsold smartphones and growing competition from Chinese manufacturers. These must be troubling times for the

What’s next for Windows

What’s next for Windows

The technology world is abuzz with speculation about what Microsoft is planning for the next generation of its operating system to replace Windows 8. It was always going to be difficult to create an operating system that bridged the gap between the mouse and keyboard-driven desktop PCs

Hoosen rocks Casbah into Microsoft top job

Hoosen rocks Casbah into Microsoft top job

There is a always a buzz at Microsoft South Africa’s head office in Johannesburg’s leafy Bryanston suburb. This week, the buzz is the appointment of new MD Zoaib Hoosen. Like his predecessor, Mteto Nyati, Hoosen, 49, is a former IBM executive. He joined Microsoft in 2010 as enterprise

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