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Paying for the name – Louis Vuitton’s Horizon earbuds will set you back R13,750

Much of the stuff that we examine here at Stuff is very, very expensive. But there’s usually a reason for the price. An R80,000 computer? Apple’s newest hardware? Those’ll cost you but you’re generally getting what you’re paying for. But if you’re in the market for some brand-name headphones, you might want to think twice about paying R13,750 for these Louis Vui...[Read More]

Cell C’s Black streaming service is offering a 7-day free trial of its premium package

Januworry got you feeling down? Black, Cell C’s streaming service, has announced that it will offer prospective subscribers a 7-day free trial of their premium offering, ‘Binge Elite’ from 18 January 2019. Originally, only their entry-level subscription package called ‘Binge Select’ was available for a free trial. But unlike the Binge Select 30-day trial, Binge Elite will only be available for sev...[Read More]

Facebook sued by European regulators for breaching privacy, and it’s only getting worse

I’m not a big believer in New Year’s Resolutions. After years of trying to fulfil these improbable, sometimes impossible, behavioural change tasks, I – like everyone – gave up on this annual tradition. But this year I have a goal, a resolution, if you will. I want to move way from WhatsApp – and to use Telegram. As one of the largest messaging networks in the world – with over 1.5bn us...[Read More]

Will talking to AI voice assistants re-engineer our human conversations?

When you’re lost, Siri can be your best friend. But if she can’t retrieve the right address from your contacts, she can drive you crazy. And so it is with the legion of virtual personal assistants that are entering our lives. From Amazon’s Alexa to Google’s Home, people are busy talking to intelligent machines as never before. It’s estimated that more than 60% of internet traffic is now generated ...[Read More]

WhatsApp overtakes Facebook as the company’s most popular app

As we all know, Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014, and it’s grown in popularity — enough to take the top spot from Facebook. It’s hard to imagine that there are people out there who don’t have Facebook. In fact, if you hear about an acquaintance who’s not on the platform, it’s a bit odd. But the reality is that many are opting to leave Facebook after a range of data scandals. And the social...[Read More]

No more surprise debits – Mastercard to stop billing after free trials

[UPDATE: According to The Verge, “Mastercard has now clarified that it’s a way more limited solution than the company originally let on. The new policy only applies when you subscribe to physical products that get delivered to your door, like vitamins and snacks, not digital services like Netflix or PlayStation Plus.” Mastercard has updated their original blogpost to clarify that they&...[Read More]

The massive Collection #1 email breach: What you need to know

Step one: don’t panic — your good friend Stuff is going to help you through this dark time. Now calm down, check if you’ve been pwned and change your passwords. There, was that so bad? If you’re signed up for one of the many services that alerts you about data breaches on your accounts, you likely received an unsettling email this morning. A massive email data breach has seen 772,904,9...[Read More]

Motorola’s releasing the RAZR (again) as a (R21,000) foldable phone

Are you a massive fan of Motorola’s stylishly compact 2004 handset, the Motorola RAZR? If so, you’re not alone (130 million were sold) and you’re also probably the target for Lenovo’s modern take on the handset. The Wall Street Journal reports that Motorola plans to resurrect the iconic brand and design, but with a far more current spin. Moto’s entry into the (still y...[Read More]

Amazon, Facebook and Google don’t need to spy on your conversations to know what you’re talking about

If you’ve ever wondered if your phone is spying on you, you’re not alone. One of the most hotly debated topics in technology today is the amount of data that firms surreptitiously gather about us online. You may well have shared the increasingly common experience of feeling creeped out by ads for something you recently discussed in a real life conversation or an online interaction. This kind of ex...[Read More]

Local series The Girl from St. Agnes drops its first trailer, premiers on Showmax this month

Eight-part South African crime-drama The Girl from St. Agnes just dropped its first trailer. It’s dark, mysterious and darn proud of that South African English accent. Some people feel about South African series how parents feel about Justin Bieber. But local streaming service Showmax wants to change the way people think about proudly South African content. Following in the footsteps of Netflix, t...[Read More]

Trends 2019: Digital with a Purpose

In 2019, it’s not the technology that matters – it’s the thinking behind it. Disruptive technologies that once seemed revolutionary are fast becoming ordinary parts of our lives and we are reaching the point where digital stops being a thing and becomes everything. My take on the trends presents a view of how we as humans can consider some of these technological advances that are intrinsically par...[Read More]

Apple wound up replacing 11 million iPhone batteries in 2018

Apple recently announced that it was expecting revenues to take a hit, as a result of several factors. Economic slowdown and increased competition from China were blamed but another cause seems to be the company’s discounted battery replacement program. Apple may have been expecting to replace between one and two million batteries for the year but things didn’t work out that way. Accor...[Read More]

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