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Apple Watch sales have stalled

Apple Watch sales have stalled

This week brought news of the challenge Apple faces with dwindling sales of the Apple Watch. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also pulled the plug on its smartphone business purchased from Nokia

Nokia scoops up Alcatel in €15,6bn deal

Nokia scoops up Alcatel in €15,6bn deal

Finland’s Nokia has agreed to purchase France’s Alcatel-Lucent for US$16,6bn. The deal will allow them to compete more effectively with market leader Ericsson and fast-growing Chinese rivals Huawei and ZTE. The boards of both companies have approved

Nokia in talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent

Nokia in talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent

Nokia – or what’s left of it after Microsoft bought its handset business – has revealed that it is in “advanced discussions” with Alcatel-Lucent with a view to buying the France-headquartered telecommunications equipment maker. The potential deal with

BlackBerry dead? Don’t tell Africa

BlackBerry dead? Don’t tell Africa

Far from being dead, BlackBerry could be set for something of a resurgence in Africa, with a significant percentage of consumers in five major markets indicating they may favour the brand when it comes time to buy their next phone. Nokia, on the other hand, is

Why the iPhone confounds disruption theorists

Why the iPhone confounds disruption theorists

Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and BlackBerry were all victims of disruption. During the 1990s and 2000s, they shepherded the cellphone during its period of take-off into ubiquity. Then in the last five years, they all lost their leadership positions and are now on the

Cook needs careful eye on Apple’s prize recipe

Cook needs careful eye on Apple’s prize recipe

Staggering. That’s the word Apple CEO Tim Cook used in the company’s first-quarter conference call with analysts this week to describe demand for its new smartphone models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Staggering is also

The cellphones of the 1980s

The cellphones of the 1980s

Imagine a cellphone that weighs almost 5kg, is the size of a briefcase and costs R75 000 in today’s money? Believe it or not, that’s what early adopters had to put up with in the early days on mobile in the 1980s. To commemorate the first-ever mobile phone call 30 years ago

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

Nokia Lumia 830 review: low-light performer

Nokia Lumia 830 review: low-light performer

Nokia, now part of Microsoft, has been on a roll this year, announcing a number of superb new Windows Phone-based Lumia devices. Last week, the company launched its newest midrange smartphone, the Lumia 830, in South Africa. The 830 is priced comfortably below the flagship

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