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How MP3 changed the way we listen to music

How MP3 changed the way we listen to music

First developed almost three decades ago, the MP3 format made large digital audio files relatively small and easy to pass across an Internet that was largely accessed via a very slow (by today’s standards) phone dial-up connection

Huawei’s move into PCs makes (some) sense

Huawei’s move into PCs makes (some) sense

“Psst. Get into laptops. That’s where the money is.” Seriously, if you heard someone whisper that to you in a bar, you’d call them a taxi and tell them to lay off the bottle. Huawei Technologies, though, isn’t drunk. A bit buzzed

Why software updates make us WannaCry

Why software updates make us WannaCry

The global ransomware attack called “WannaCry” could have been avoided, or at least made much less serious, if people (and companies) kept their computer software up to date. The attack’s spread demonstrates

Ransomware: what you need to know

Ransomware: what you need to know

What would it mean if you lost all your personal documents, such as your family photos, research or business records? How much would you pay to get them back? There’s a burgeoning form of cybercrime that hinges on

How to fix the password problem

How to fix the password problem

Headlines about mass data breaches have become ominously routine, and yet password convenience still trumps security for most people. That’s why, year after year, the world’s most popular logon remains “123456”, a password

Apple’s growth story is over

Apple’s growth story is over

Even if Apple’s next iPhone proves to be a hit, it may seem like a letdown. The company’s stock price and valuation have been on a tear this year as investors look past the company’s transformation into a highly profitable but slow-growing

Video interview: Mars One’s Adriana Marais

Video interview: Mars One’s Adriana Marais

Did you miss TechCentral’s recent podcast interview with Adriana Marais, one of the 100 people worldwide shortlisted by the Mars One project to travel to the Red Planet to establish a human colony. If so, then you missed out. You can listen to the

The electric car’s time has arrived

The electric car’s time has arrived

Are electric cars ready to stand on their own? If you took a spin down to the New York International Auto Show last week and saw the $37 500 (R486 000) Chevy Bolt (electric) parked next to

Here comes the next iPhone

Here comes the next iPhone

Ten years after Steve Jobs held up the original iPhone to a gushing San Francisco crowd, Apple is planning its most extensive iPhone lineup to date. Apple is preparing three iPhones for launch as soon as this fall, including

Driverless cars now learning from GTA V

Driverless cars now learning from GTA V

In the race to the autonomous revolution, developers have realised there aren’t enough hours in a day to clock the real-world miles needed to teach cars how to drive themselves. Which is why Grand Theft Auto V is in the mix. The blockbuster

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