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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

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