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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

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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

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

Gadgets & Reviews
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

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

Gadgets & Reviews
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

Duncan McLeod
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

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