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We are a tech advisory company in the business of offering consumer tech reviews. Founded in 2016, we’ve set ourselves up to serve our subscribers with simple, practical and relevant feed of technology news.
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It's that time of the month again - Black Friday! Today's episode is a continuation (of sorts) of S2:E2: “11.11, Black Friday, Panic Saturday & Cyber Monday” and S2:E11 “M-commerce & international shipping”. We suggest you brush up on them first. Today's discussion focuses on concierge services, payment options for online shopping & shipping, how to create virtual cards, bitcoin options, customer service experiences and so much more! Services and platforms discussed: fishisfast; Shop2Ship; DHL Africa eShop; Stackry; Aquanto; MyUS; Vyking Shipping; Shipito; TransferWise; Bitsika; Payoneer; Skrill; Shipito.
S3:E4 “Brush Hour”

S3:E4 “Brush Hour”

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This is the concluding episode of the Art series started last week. The famous artist Leonardo Da Vinci once said, "Art is never finished, only abandoned." Human history has been interspersed with art and the earliest evidence of this is found in caves in Chauvet, whose paintings date about 30,000 years ago. Art is a means of preservation of expression. Right from the times of ancient civilization from Egypt & Mesopotamia, through to the Hellenistic civilization period that permeated the Roman and Greek empires until now with the post-modern movement and digital age, humans have evolved art to better tell their story. Joining us today in the studio are two prolific Ghanaian artists, Bright Ackwerh & Peter Asare to discuss this all-important topic.
The famous artist Leonardo Da Vinci once said, "Art is never finished, only abandoned." Human history has been interspersed with art and the earliest evidence of this is found in caves in Chauvet, whose paintings date about 30,000 years ago. Art is a means of preservation of expression. Right from the times of ancient civilization from Egypt & Mesopotamia, through to the Hellenistic civilization period that permeated the Roman and Greek empires until now with the post-modern movement and digital age, humans have evolved art to better tell their story.   Joining us today in the studio are two prolific Ghanaian artists, Bright Ackwerh & Peter Asare to discuss this all-important topic. 
To conclude, Enam (thegreyshutter) and Lawrence (Ghog) discuss photography terms (ISO, megapixels, SLR, etc), innovations in photography, software editors and other topics from the photography mixed bag. Important links www.ghogphoto.com @_ghog on Instagram @ghog_ on Twitter @thegreyshutter on Instagram @aegeanblue on Instagram @thegreyshutter on Twitter @_aegeanblue on Twitter
Smartphone photography has come a long way. Flagship phones have at least 4 cameras - a front facing HD camera; a main camera; an ultrawide shooter and a telephoto lens. Many phones are able to shoot excellent lowlight footage with insane image stabilization. So now we are wondering: have smartphone cameras caught up with professional cameras? The John Legend "A Good Night" video was shot entirely on a Google Pixel 2; Eminem's "Venom" performance was shot entirely on a Google Pixel 3; the list goes on and on. If you compare pictures and videos from $1,000 smartphones and  $4,000+ full frame mirrorless professional cameras, how similar can they get?  Today we are joined by Enam (thegreyshutter) and Lawrence (Ghog), two of the most talented photographers in Ghana for an exciting discussion.  Important links www.ghogphoto.com @_ghog on Instagram @ghog_ on Twitter @thegreyshutter on Instagram  @aegeanblue on Instagram @thegreyshutter on Twitter @_aegeanblue on Twitter
Video gaming goes as far back as the 50's but did not reach mainstream popularity until the 70s and 80s, when arcade games and consoles using joysticks, buttons, and other controllers, along with graphics on computer screens and home computer games were introduced to the general public. Now with over a million video games in circulation and about 2 billion global gamers, the video game industry generates north of $140 billion annually.  Join avid gamers Selorm, Nii, Gasim & Joel in in the first of a two-part series where they discuss their gaming interest, origins, platform of choice and other interesting topics. Stay tuned for more. Links: https://twitter.com/afdtechtalk https://instagram.com/afdtechtalk https://facebook.com/afdtechtalk https://twitter.com/duh_qid https://twitter.com/n_akwei https://twitter.com/one_sheyi https://twitter.com/ga5im https://twitter.com/kea_hga
On today's episode, millennials Kwamina & Selorm sit down with Ato Kwamena, a Gen Z to discuss the differences between how Gen Z'ers and millennials use social media and technology. We discover the differences in the motivation of the cohorts and what matters most to them.
Gone are the days when smartphone announcements could make us super giddy. Exciting features, remarkable upgrades, eye-rolling gimmicks, etc. Now, smartphone announcements have become very boring, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. It is testament to the remarkable progress we have seen in smartphone technology. Join Kwamina, Selorm & Nii as they talk about the state of smartphones in 2020.
After the internet collectively raised over $55,000 for Ray Styles of Penciled Celebrities, a lot of us have questions, comments, opinions and reservations about crowdfunding, especially when it comes to Ghana. On this episode, Selorm, Nii and Kwamina discuss the concept of crowdfunding, its inception, prevalence in Ghana, risks, mechanics and other topics that pertain to it. Enjoy. 
Fun fact: The first 30 seconds of this podcast is from an unreleased episode we recorded over Zoom. As we continue to practice social distancing, delivery services have become very essential in ensuring that we can stay safe but still get to purchase items. On today's episode, we discuss some of the items we order, the services we use, safety protocols we follow and other interesting perspectives. Alternate title: Delivery is the Order of the Day. (Get it?)
Somewhere in April, we recorded an episode (two actually) via Zoom. We could not release them due to sound issues. And so we put it on hold until further notice. Things will get better soon, we thought. We have never been more wrong.  May, June, July have passed. Since we have accepted this is the "new normal", we're coming out of our hiatus. On Founders' Day, we met in person to record a couple of episodes. We had a three hour chat before recording to this episode because sooo much has happened and we wanted to catch up. We ended up talking about any and everything.  It's good to be back! Enjoy this mixed bag!
This is the concluding part of the episode that aired last week. Six cases of the Novel Coronavirus have been reported in Ghana. On this episode, we have a look at how viruses spread, debunk a couple of myths, charge our listeners to be cautious without panicking, apps and certain measures you can employ to reduce contact. We also take a trip to the Wet Market in Wuhan to try and understand its origins. We also share a looooong list of movies about viral pandemics you can watch at home while you self-quarantine.  Please note that none of the panelists is a medical professional and so we had to consult before putting information out. Special thanks to Dr. Stanley Biney and Dr. Samuel Owusu-Achiaw for their assistance. If there is anything we state incorrectly or take out of context, please tweet at us @afdtechtalk so we update our notes. 
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has essentially been terrorizing planet Earth since 31st December 2019. With over 100,000 confirmed cases and a massive global scare, let’s join Nii and Selorm in the studio today to break it all down. How did this start and how do we stop it?
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WhatsApp may have the numbers but Telegram has the features. On today's episode, Kwamina tries to convince Selorm to switch to Telegram.
Happy New Year!!! We hope you had a terrific Christmas & you're still on track with your new year resolutions. Haha just kidding, we know you're not. CES is an annual outlandish show held in Las Vegas every January to ring in the new year with respect to new products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry. Our resident geeks have condensed the 5,760 minute show into 49 minutes so don't complain that this podcast is long, you ungrateful hooman. Oh, and be sure to listen to the end, some of the product announcements were HILARIOUS, especially the ones from Charmin.
All too soon, the year has come to an end, and depending on your understanding (or lack thereof) of the Gregorian calendar, so has the decade. On today’s episode, our resident tech nerds recap the exciting technology announcements in 2019 - everything from 5G being announced during CES 2019 in January through to the Apple Special Event in March; HIV being cured in July and PS5 official renders being released in December. Let’s not forget about E3 2019, Project Scarlet, Libra, Facebook’s $5bn fine, Yango operations in Ghana, and, erm, you know what, just listen to the podcast.
In 2018, music streaming overtook physical and digital music sales for the first time in history, accounting for 38% of all recorded music revenue. Subscription-based music streaming has, to a significant extent, saved music sales which experienced a revenue slump of 40% between 1999 and 2014.   Music streaming has influenced the way music is produced and consumed to different extents and along different regional contexts. We have seen the quick rise and exportation of artists like Teni, Odunsi, Madjozi, and dozens of other African music artists thanks to the ubiquity offered by these streaming services and their algorithms.  In the local context of equitability, Nigerian music has dominated the sub-Saharan African and Ghanaian Music charts and concerts in recent years, for different debatable reasons. Perhaps a few lessons could be learnt from the Nigerian music industry’s playbook to harness streaming technology just as successfully, even if it means optimizing the way music is consumed, produced and marketed.  On today's episode, we are joined in the studio by Benewaah Boateng, the Director of Harmattan Rain to discuss major topical issues with regards to streaming technology.
When this topic was first suggested, Selorm's reaction was "This is a podcast, not a PHD dissertation." Nii Acquaye also referred me to our tagline ("As simple as zeros and ones"). The reception was hilarious.  On this episode, we discuss Digital Culture and Digital Technology, as well as our views on the wild intersections on our habits and tech. We explore whether we need digital culture to influence digital technology or vice versa. We also throw more light on recent trends powered by digital technology such as the "Share culture", "Cancel movement", "MeToo movement" and a host of others.  Since we are getting ready ready for Christmas, watch out for a surprise announcement as you listen to the podcast. You have to be very attentive. Mention us on Twitter and we will let you know what happens next. Shalom. Find us on: Google Podcasts Apple Podcasts Spotify
What's in a name? For a long time, names have denoted attributes of a person, a product or service. But recently, especially in tech, founders choose names that seem to have no correlation to their product or service. For example, we seem to have accepted that one of the most well-known global tech companies is named after a fruit.  On today's episode, we take a trip through time and space as we try to figure out naming and nomenclature schemes of big brands especially in technology, automobiles, software and things in the digital world. We will realize that even though some companies and brands have names that seem out of sync, they are not that far-fetched. You will also clear some misconceptions you have about certain brand names and their meanings. Spoiler: LG does not stand for "Life's Good".   Be sure to listen to the end, where our founder explains the meaning and thought behind "Afdtechtalk".
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