Brett Venter, Author at Stuff

Brett Venter

Stuff South Africa's online editor and print assistant editor, Brett Venter has churned out more words on more titles than most journalists will in a career. He's kind of shy.

Fitbit Versa – 6 things you need to know

Fitbit’s got a lot of competition in the wearables market these days, from Apple in particular but also from everyone else who’s decided to put a collection of microchips into a wristband. Their answer to the latest lot of challenges is the Versa, the company’s second shot at an honest-to-goodness smartwatch. And the Versa does a lot of things right. It’s cheaper than its i...[Read More]



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CliffCentral unWired wireless earphones – Affordable buds for your lugholes

At the Stuff offices we’re accustomed to receiving loads of tech from around the world but almost nothing that is primarily South African. Even Vodacom’s series of smartphones are designed and released as Vodafone devices in the UK before getting here. So getting a pair of’s unWired earphones was a bit of a strange experience. Gareth Cliff on the box, CliffCentra...[Read More]

Light Start – SpaceX trailer, ‘smart’ mouse trap, Breadbot, and your very own HAL 9000

SpaceX’s SxSW Falcon Heavy trailer is short but incredibly sweet Elon Musk showed up at SxSW because of course he did and he, along with the folks responsible for Westworld (you know, the series about robot cowboys or something), debuted a new trailer. A trailer for SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch and “…the next part of the human story”, according to Westworld series co-...[Read More]

Nokia 8110 – Hands-on with the Nokia banana-phone

Back before the Matrix series had descended into weird philosophy cut with impossible fistfights, if you wanted the greatest in phone technology then you wanted whatever smartphone Nokia had released that week. The sliding Nokia 8110, the very handset that Keanu Reeves used to escape capture from his office job (something we all wish we could do), was the epitome of the future then. Bendy and with...[Read More]



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Samsung Galaxy S9: A stunning update that’s going to be hard to beat

A lot of ink, digital and the other kind, has already been spilled on the new Galaxy S9 smartphone from Samsung. A lot more is going to be splashed around over the rest of the year as Samsung’s newest is used as the benchmark for every other smartphone released in 2018. Nobody’s going to be left out, even Apple’s newest creations will be measured against the S9. Which could be fi...[Read More]

Sony’s gone high-end again with camera-centred Xperia XZ2, XZ Compact

It’s Mobile World Congress time again, the time of year when most of the smartphone surprises for the year are either teased or confirmed. Sony’s had a couple of announcements for us in the shape of the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact handsets, which will be launching next month — though local availability and pricing have yet to be confirmed. It’s been quite some time since a n...[Read More]

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S8: What’s changed

We’ve seen a pattern like this before: Samsung’s Galaxy S7 took its cues from the Galaxy S6, the company’s last radical redesign. Having the same thing happen in the jump from the S8 to the Galaxy S9 isn’t completely unexpected. This Apple-like approach to handset releases might make for a less-exciting reveal but that’s as may be. There are some high points to be see...[Read More]

Samsung Galaxy S9: Hands-on with the world’s best phone

Let’s address the elephant in the room first, shall we? On a visual level, not much has changed between the Galaxy S8 and the newly-revealed Samsung Galaxy S9. It’s quite an Apple-like move for Samsung to make — the looks are the same but the insides are what has changed. But how much? Not a colossal amount, as it happens. If you made the upgrade jump last year, you’re not ...[Read More]

Our two new Colton James wristwatch winners are…

It’s about that time again, where we do the announcement you’ve been waiting for for roughly a month — or sometimes two, if the prize is good enough. This time around we were giving away two Colton James wristwatches, along with an extra band for each, valued at over R3,050. Nothing to sneeze at, really. Or on. That would just be gross. And all you had to do was some light readin...[Read More]

Win one of four Brother bundles worth R6,250 each

If you are seeing this page, it means that you’ve purchased a copy of Stuff Magazine‘s March 2018 issue. Well done, we like you already. And we like you so much that we’re giving you the chance to win one of four Brother hampers worth R6,250 each. The hampers consist of a Brother Business Smart MFC-J2330 Inkjet Multi-function Centre printer and a Brother P-touch PT-H110 Personal ...[Read More]

The likelihood of encountering killer robots in the future

The existence of killer robots, automated and autonomous tech capable of unleashing wide-scale devastation on the human race, is a frightening prospect even before you delve into the fears (held by the likes of Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking) surrounding the possible rise of an artificial intelligence bent on wiping out humanity. The possibility exists that the scenario portrayed in the video above...[Read More]

Because that won’t end badly: Robots are learning to cooperate

Sure it’s cute when little dog-shaped robots do it but when a velociraptor does it, we’re all freaked out. Double standards, folks. Actually, we’re a little creeped out by Boston Dynamics’ latest video showing a couple of their canine-looking critters getting through a door without human intervention. It may not be raptors but it feels like them, if you get what we’re...[Read More]

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