Author Regardt van der Berg

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The future arrives in 2045

For years, the development of full artificial intelligence has been the brass ring of computer science. So many of our machines already “think” for themselves in terms of repetitive duties based on human programming, of course. But when the day comes when computers can actually interpret


International Newsmakers of 2014

As is customary at this time of the year, TechCentral is pleased to present its lists of who it considers are the biggest technology newsmakers over the past 12 months, both internationally and in South Africa. We kick it off, as always

Gadgets & Reviews

Review: Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard

For those who have a PC connected to their flat-screen TV as the main entertainment hub in their home will appreciate the frustration that is often caused by having a computer mouse in a living room environment. There is never a good place to use a mouse – thighs and couch cushions don’t

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Assange: who should own the Internet?

It is now a journalistic cliché to remark that George Orwell’s 1984 was prophetic. The novel was so prophetic that its prophecies have become modern-day prosaisms. Reading it now is a tedious experience. Against the omniscient marvels of today’s surveillance state, Big Brother’s fixtures – the watchful


TechCentral’s hi-tech holiday gift guide

Finding the right gift for the geek in your life is always tricky, so TechCentral’s editors have compiled a list of their favourite gadgets of the moment that they believe will also make great stocking fillers. It’s not easy being a fan of technology


Bsavi: Google Now of personal finance

Bsavi, a Cape Town start-up with roots in the financial technology industry, has launched a tool it hopes will become the Google Now of personal finance. The app will not only help people save money, but it will also help them spend it more efficiently. Bsavi – pronounced “be savvy” – is currently


Want Netflix? There’s a VPN for that

The Internet is a worldwide network, but not everything on it is available to everyone. That’s particularly true for services that are locked to regions – music streaming services such as Spotify and Google Play Music All Access as well as video-on-demand platforms such as Netflix and Hulu


Mozilla eyes Africa with Firefox OS

The Mozilla Foundation, the organisation behind the Firefox Web browser and the latest smartphone operating system, Firefox OS, recently announced plans to expand Firefox OS to Africa through Airtel, MTN South Africa and Tigo, operated by Millicom. These operators will introduce the first


Nic Haralambous’s empire of the sock

NicSocks started as a unique and highly niche e-commerce business that focused on making and selling designer socks for men. But the business, started by Nic Haralambous, is now turning into a broader men’s fashion play as demand for clothing accessories catches up with global trends. Johannesburg-raised

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