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05
MAY

TalkCentral: Ep 258 - 'Takealot gets physical'

In the podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg discuss Takealot's decision to open a flagship customer collections centre in Midrand and two dozen other pick-up points around the country.
What does it say about the future of e-commerce in South Africa and why, in Duncan's view, does it make eminent sense?
Also on the show this week, MTN hires some heavy hitters; Netflix gets serious about audio; and Icasa has a fight with the communications minister.
Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week.
Regardt's pick this week is unsplash.com, while Duncan has chosen Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs.
22
APR

TalkCentral: Ep 257 - 'Breaking the Fold'

In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg take to YouTube for their first-ever live video discussion to talk about Samsung's breaking Galaxy Fold smartphone.
What do Samsung's problems mean for the future of foldable phones - and will anyone buy a Fold in light of the problems experienced by early reviewers?
Also on the show this week, there's plenty of news in the world of consoles; BBM is dead; and Apple and Qualcomm smoke the peace pipe.
Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week.
Duncan's technology pick is the Sony WH-1000XM3 over-ear Bluetooth headphones, while Regardt doesn't have a pick this week.
WhatsApp the show on 0719991111 - voice notes may be used on air.
Apologies for the slightly poorer audio quality in this week's episode - it will be back to normal in our next show.
07
APR

TalkCentral: Ep 256 - 'Bitcoin's back, baby'

On the podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the sudden surge in the value of bitcoin.
Also this week, Huawei launched the P30 series in South Africa; Apple's iPad turns nine; and the meaning behind The Matrix's green "falling rain" code.
Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week.
Regardt's pick this week is the Romoss Sense8+ 30 000mAh power bank, while Duncan has chosen DStv Now.
Our song this week is Placebo's Every You and Every Me.
WhatsApp the show on 0719991111 - voice notes might be replayed on the show.
31
MAR

TalkCentral: Ep 255 - 'Services, services, services'

On the TalkCentral podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg unpack Apple's big services event and wonder if the company has done enough to be a meaningful competitor to Netflix.
Also on the show, they look at why EOH's share price continues to plumb new depths; the likely impact of the resignation of Setumo Mohapi as CEO of the State IT Agency; and why MTN's bosses are rolling in the riches and whether it's justified.
Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week.
Regardt's pick this week is the US$4 000 Acer Predator Triton 900, while Duncan has picked the weather apps Ventusky and Windy.
Remember, you can WhatsApp the show. The number to use is 0719991111.
24
MAR

TalkCentral: Ep 254 - 'Ad-free YouTube'

On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg unpack the South African launch of YouTube Premium and YouTube Music.
What does it mean for Spotify? Are users prepared to pay for an ad-free YouTube experience? Will it grow the streaming market in South Africa?
Also this week, the hosts discuss Google's planned Stadia videogame streaming service; Kwese Free TV's plan to take on e.tv and the SABC in free-to-air television; and Microsoft's decision to develop antivirus software for Macs.
Plus, we've had hands-on time with Huawei's new Mate X foldable smartphone and give our views on it. And we preview Apple's big services keynote, happening on Monday evening South African time. What can we expect?
Listen to the show to find out who's been chosen as winner and loser of the week.
Duncan's pick this week is the EskomSePush app, while Regardt has chosen Romoss's WF02 wireless charger.
03
MAR

TalkCentral: Ep 253 - 'Ripley, believe it or not'

In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about some of the consumer electronics highlights from MWC 2019, including Huawei's foldable phone and Energizer's insane battery phone.
Also on the show this week, Vodacom fumbles the ball; Blue Label Telecoms' rough week; and another streaming video service launched in South Africa.
Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week.
Regardt's pick this week is AOC's 24-inch curved gaming monitor, while Duncan has chosen Showmax original The Girl from St Agnes.
Remember, you can WhatsApp the show. The number to use is 0719991111.
24
FEB

TalkCentral: Ep 252 - 'EO-Eish!'

In the podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg unpack what has been a dramatic two weeks for JSE-listed technology services group EOH.
Also on the show this week, Samsung's Galaxy S10 series of smartphones; Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona; billionaire Jonathan Beare to buy into mobile operator Cell C; and Vumatel's Vumacam to blanket Johannesburg with IP security cameras.
Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week.
Regardt's pick this week is the Acer Thronos, while Duncan has chosen the redesigned Gmail for Android.
The song pick this week is Regardt's: James, with Getting Away With It All (All Messed Up).
Remember, you can WhatsApp the show. The number to use is 0719991111.
10
FEB

TalkCentral: Ep 251 - 'How Stella lost her groove'

In the podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg discuss Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams' altercation with an SABC news crew at the weekend, and her subsequent apology.
Also on the show this week, Microsoft really wants you to stop using Internet Explorer; MTN's Jumia is said to planning an IPO in New York; and Microsoft goes all-in on gaming with a new Windows 10 preview release.
Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week.
Regardt's pick is the Thermaltake Pacific Lumi Plus; Duncan doesn't have a pick this week.
You can WhatsApp the show on 071 999 1111.
03
FEB

TalkCentral: Ep 250 - 'Please (don't) call me'

In the podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg unpack the soap opera that is the fight between Vodacom and its former employee, Nkosana Makate, over the "please call me" service.
What's the background to the dispute? Why has Makate rejected Vodacom's offer, which, according to reports, is substantial? Who really invented "please call me", MTN or Vodacom? And where is the dispute going next?
Also this week, Apple shows who's the boss by getting aggressive with Facebook and Google; Spotify is getting serious about podcasting; and two hacker groups may alone have been responsible for stealing US$1-billion in cryptocurrencies.
Regardt's pick this week is Alienware's AW2518HF monitor, while Duncan doesn't have a pick this week.
This week's song pick is Jet, by Paul McCartney and Wings.
Remember, you can WhatsApp the show on 0719991111. Voice notes might be used on air.
27
JAN

TalkCentral: Ep 249 - 'WhatsApp, Facebook?'

In the podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg discuss why Facebook is planning to make WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram interoperable and the implications of the move - could it make the social network too dominant in electronic messaging?
Also this week, they look at reports that Facebook knowingly duped game-playing kids and their parents out of money.
Plus, Vodacom's miserable fourth quarter and Naspers's blockbuster deal with Russia's Avito -- how did online classifieds get so valuable?
Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week.
Regardt's pick this week is Epic Games' Jackbox Party Pack, while Duncan has chosen TweetDeck alternative Tweeten.
Remember, you can WhatsApp the show. The number to use is 071 999 1111.
21
JAN

TalkCentral: Ep 248 - 'Whipping the llama'

On the podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg mourn the (not unexpected) passing of Windows Mobile and delve into what we know so far about the upcoming Android Q.
Also in the show, minister promises no job losses in the merger of the departments of communications and telecommunications & postal services, and Zimbabwe kills the Internet.
Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week.
Regardt's pick this week is Bandersnatch on Netflix, while Duncan has chosen the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus sportswatch.
This week's song pick, by Regardt, is Lazy Eye by Silversun Pickups.
Have any feedback on TalkCentral? Please send a WhatsApp message to 071 999 1111. Voice notes might be included in a future episode.
13
JAN

TalkCentral: Ep 247 - 'Vodacom vs Makate'

In the podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the "settlement" between Vodacom and Nkosana Makate, the operator's former employee who claims to have invented the "please call me" service.
Makate, clearly not happy with the (confidential) settlement amount from Vodacom is threatening to pursue further legal action. But has he run out of options?
Also on the show this week, a look back at the biggest announcements from CES -- and why Regardt is excited about the range of new gaming laptops -- as well as the 8K TVs punted by manufacturers. Do we really need 8K TV?
Listen to the show to find out who's been picked as winner and loser of the week.
Regardt's pick this week is the Thermaltake Premium X1 RGB Cherry MX mechanical gaming keyboard, while Duncan has chosen Garmin Explore.
Remember, you can WhatsApp the show on 071 999 1111. Voice notes might be used in a future episode.

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