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.

Is there an Echo in here? Amazon has announced a whole list of new smart tech

Amazon isn’t normally one for surprises, but last night the online shopping juggernaut dropped the details on a whole lot of new Alexa-enabled Echo gear, from revamped Dots to an in-car Alexa device, and even an Amazon-branded microwave. Though Alexa isn’t officially supported here in South Africa, we remain ever […]

We might never see Apple’s AirPower charging mat launched

Last week’s Apple keynote announcement was packed with info — provided you wanted to hear about phones and wearable tech. There were a few announcements and updates that were conspicuous in their absence, however, with the AirPower charging mat being the prime accessory we were expecting an update on, at […]

Apple’s Watch Series 4 GPS priced for SA, pre-orders open 21 September

Hopefully you’ve got some cash tucked away for a brand new Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (the edition that we’re going to be getting here in South Africa — till local operators figure out eSIMs). Local distributor iStore announced yesterday evening that Watch Series 4 pre-orders will be opening on […]

So much for productivity: Sid Meier’s Civilization VI headed to the Nintendo Switch

There are few game series’ that are more of a guaranteed time-sink than Sid Meier’s Civilization and that’s going back… pretty much as far as the game’s first outing. Our one saving grace has been that we’ve been forced to leave it at home so we can go out and do […]

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider – The end of the beginning is just the starting point

Sometimes, when you get to the end of a long journey, it almost feels like a shame for it to end. That’s sort of the feeling we got from Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the final part of the Lara Croft origin trilogy series that started way back in 2013. […]

WhatsApp could be getting Dark Mode, swipe-to-reply features for Android

WhatsApp has had itself a fairly busy year. When its user numbers aren’t climbing to Facebook-like levels it has been getting new features, like groups with an administrator and a whole lot less reply-spam to group video calling, like we’re in some 1990s tech future. And we could be in […]

In the October 2018 edition of Stuff Magazine

October 2018 is here (if you’re measuring life in magazine time), which means that we’ve got a brand new issue of Stuff Magazine on shelves everywhere. On that note, if you happen to not see Stuff at your favourite store, be sure to let us know please. We will want […]

Hands-on with Shadow of the Tomb Raider at Comic Con Africa

There is plenty to see and do at this year’s Comic Con Africa expo being held at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre — most of it involving spending copious amounts of money on geeky things — but we also spent far too much time hanging around the […]

Comic Con Africa completely sold out, Anthony Mackie unable to attend

In what is going to be a blow to Marvel fans attending the inaugural Comic Con Africa being held this weekend at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre — Marvel’s Falcon, Anthony Mackie, is unable to attend. We learned this information at a pre-event media briefing today at […]

Nintendo’s paid-for Switch Online service will kick off on 18 September

Up till now you’ve been happily joining Nintendo Switch multiplayer games whenever you like, dropping into blue-shell-spitting games on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or painting the heck out of opponents in Splatoon 2. That time, friends, is coming to an end (and we can’t say that we weren’t warned about […]

Move over autonomous cars — BMW’s made a self-driving motorcycle

We’ve seen a fair number of self-driving cars in our time but a self-driving motorcycle? That’s a new one, but it’s one that BMW has gone and created. BMW Motorrad has been working on an autonomous motorcycle for the past two years, a secretive project that has borne enough fruit […]

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