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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

New Lumia flagship headed SA’s way

New Lumia flagship headed SA’s way

Nokia South Africa, now part of Microsoft, announced two new devices at a launch event in Johannesburg on Thursday evening. The Nokia Lumia 630 is the company’s latest midrange Windows Phone and set for its South African debut, while the 930, its new flagship, is also

Spotify set for SA debut

Spotify set for SA debut

It appears that one of world’s most popular music subscription services, Spotify, is getting ready to launch in South Africa, and possibly other markets in Africa, in the coming months. The Swedish company has appointed Oscar Sehlberg Westergård to head up the region and sources say the firm, which already offers its services in 56 countries, is

What to do with Vodacom’s free 1GB

What to do with Vodacom’s free 1GB

There are a number of ways how you can use 1GB of free data these days — that’s what Vodacom is giving each of its 33m customers in South Africa on Sunday (for one day only). The Internet is full of exciting things to watch, download or even just update. What you

Best smartphones of MWC 2014

Best smartphones of MWC 2014

Mobile World Congress (MWC) was dominated by prominent new smartphones from heavyweights Samsung, Nokia and Sony, with most revealing new and flagship handsets, but some, like Nokia, choosing instead to focus on more affordable devices aimed at emerging markets. Although Taiwan’s HTC did not

Nokia’s Lumia 1520 phablet reviewed

Nokia’s Lumia 1520 phablet reviewed

The Lumia 1520 is Nokia’s first attempt at a phablet, a cross between a smartphone and a tablet. It was announced in October last year at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi, alongside the midrange 1320 phablet. The 1520 has the same signature

Why Nokia turned to Android

Why Nokia turned to Android

At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Nokia took a game-changing step in the affordable smartphone market with its X series of phones underpinned by the open-source Android operating system. Fitting neatly into the current space