Craig Wilson

Craig is Stuff magazine's editor. He's provides tech analysis and commentary for TV stations like eNCA, CNBC Africa and BusinessDay TV, and radio stations like 702, CapeTalk, PowerFM, MetroFM and Classic FM. You can contact him at craig@stuff.co.za

OnePlus phones are coming to South Africa

From 15 November South African consumers will be able to buy the OnePlus 5 smartphone locally for R12,000 via Cernotech, the same company that distributes Cat Phones. The device will also be available from FNB for R600/month for 24 months. Originally launched in June, the OnePlus 5 offers seriously impressive specs, including the Snapdragon 835 processor found in Samsung’s S8/S8+/Note 8, LG&...[Read More]

Sent a WhatsApp by mistake? Now you can delete it

We’ve all done it. You get a WhatsApp message from someone, open the app, rapidly fire off a response… and then realise you’ve sent the wrong message to the wrong person or group. More often that not the result is a bemused recipient who at worst finds out the embarrassing pet name you use for your significant other. But sometimes the result is a surprised hockey group that now h...[Read More]

Cell C enters the streaming market with Black

Mobile operator Cell C has announced a video streaming service called Black that will go live in South Africa on 14 November. In addition to on-demand video content, the platform will include live TV streaming and additional services like the ability to bet on sporting events via the company’s affiliation with online betting service ClickaBet, and the option to make hotel reservations. Cell ...[Read More]

Stuffed Ep 06 – Data leaks, kracked Wi-Fi and robotic buttocks

Stuff magazine’s Toby Shapshak and Craig Wilson discuss the largest data breach to hit South Africa, the vulnerabilities discovered in the WPA2 Wi-Fi protocol, and the Ford Motor Company’s robotic bottom for testing the longevity of its carseats. Catch up on previous episodes of Stuffed over here. Or subscribe to Stuffed in iTunes or via the podcast app of your choice (our favourite is...[Read More]

You’ll soon be able to pay for Netflix in rand… and it’s okay if you share your account

In the next few weeks, or months at most, local Netflix users will be able to pay for the service in rand rather than US dollars, and the company is exploring various partnerships with local telcos both to make it mitigate the cost of the data required to use the service, and so that subscribers can pay for the service through their mobile operator. Perhaps even better news is that, if you’r...[Read More]

Share your real-time location with WhatsApp Live Location

The Facebook-owned instant messaging service WhatsApp has added a feature that allows users to share their location in real-time with individual or group chats. Called Live Location, the new feature includes end-to-end encryption and lets you decide how long the person or people you’re sharing your location with can view it. The feature is rolling out on both Android and iPhone in coming wee...[Read More]

The Fitbit Ionic is now available in SA for R5,500

Fitbit’s first full-on smartwatch, the Ionic, is now available in South Africa. In addition to Fitbit’s usual fitness and sleep tracking features, the Ionic adds smartwatch features and works with Android, iOS and Windows devices. The local recommended retail price is R5,500, which puts it in the same league as an entry level Apple Watch, and competes with mid-range sports watches from the l...[Read More]

You can buy the Apple Watch Series 3 in SA on 20 October

Hot on the heels of announcing that the iPhone 8 goes on sale in South Africa on 20 October, the iStore has revealed that the Apple Watch Series 3 will go on sale the same day. Got a current Apple Watch and want to upgrade it? You can can get up to R1,000 cash back by trading it in or upgrading through Discovery’s Vitality Active Rewards programme. And, if you go for an iPhone 8 upgrade, too...[Read More]

Vodacom cuts out-of-bundle rates, but they’re still around R1,000/GB

South African mobile operator Vodacom has today announced it’s cutting out-of-bundle data prices from the middle of October 2017. The new rate for prepaid and top-up customers will be 99c/MB from 15 October, while contract customers have been paying 89c/MB since the beginning of October. You’ll have to forgive us for not getting too excited at this news on account of having a calculato...[Read More]

This is the new Ford Fiesta, but you can’t have it until 2018

In July this year, Ford unveiled the new Fiesta in summery, scenic, siesta-prone Spain. Europe’s getting four variants of the 2017 model, but here in South Africa we’ll only be seeing two of them, the Trend and Titanium series. What’s more, South African Fiesta fans will have to wait until Q2 of 2018 to get their hands on (and feet in) one, but going on what we experienced in Spa...[Read More]

Apple TV 4K, now with more pixels… and HDR

At a quick glance, the new Apple TV looks just like the previous one, but it’s actually a very different piece of tech, and a far more desirable one. The updated version, aptly called the Apple TV 4K now includes the eponymous support for 4K content along with both common variants of HDR (High Dynamic Range), HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. You also get the same A10X chip that first appeared in the...[Read More]

Listen up South Africa, here comes Spotify

We’ve heard the phrase “Spotify is launching in South Africa soon!” so many times in recent years we’re understandably cynical when we hear it again… but this time we have reason to believe it’s more than merely hearsay and optimism. What makes us so confident? Spotify’s London office is advertising a position for a “Senior Editor/Music Programmer – ...[Read More]

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