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Nokia Lumia 530 review: not quite an upgrade

Nokia Lumia 530 review: not quite an upgrade

Here at TechCentral, we have long been fans of Windows Phone. We think it’s the perfect platform for new smartphone users or those people that want a no-fuss operating system. And Microsoft’s newest, the Nokia Lumia 530, is a great entry-level

TalkCentral: Ep 112 – ‘In demand’

TalkCentral: Ep 112 – ‘In demand’

In this week’s episode of TalkCentral, your hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg talk about the launch of the Altech Node, the new video-on-demand and home automation set-top box. They also chat about the expanding

Nokia Lumia 930 review: smarty

Nokia Lumia 930 review: smarty

The Nokia Lumia 930 is a superb successor to 2013’s already very good Lumia 925. In terms of design, the 930 can hold its own next to other flagships, including the best from Apple, HTC, Samsung, LG and Sony. We’ve been fans of Windows Phone for some time. Microsoft, which now

Apple Watch vs all other smartwatches

Apple Watch vs all other smartwatches

Apple announced its smartwatch this week. But how does it compare to the smartwatches by Motorola, Samsung and LG? Read more… Little Brother: how technology is transforming advertising Technology is radically changing the advertising business, with profound consequences for both consumers and companies. Read more… Microsoft to drop Nokia, Windows Phone brands Microsoft may be […]

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

Nokia Lumia 630 review: smart and cheap

Nokia Lumia 630 review: smart and cheap

Nokia’s newest budget smartphone, the Lumia 630, is impressive, particularly for the price. This entry-level Windows Phone-powered smartphone, which costs just R2 000, is aimed at budget-conscious buyers or those getting a smartphone for the first time. Featuring an array of bright, replaceable back covers, the Lumia 630, when left

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

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