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.

Sony’s A7R Mark IV is a 61-megapixel full-frame mirrorless monster

Your next camera, should you be able to afford one? Sony's freshly-announced A7R IV, the newest star in the company's Alpha series show. The Japanese camera-maker announced the 61-megapixel (MP) full-frame mirrorless shooter, along with all its feature

Lego’s going augmented reality with the launch of several ghostly Hidden Side sets

So that's why Lego came out with that Stranger Things-themed set that kept the Stuff team busy for two full days. There's a new range coming from the Danish makers of addictive bricks, called Hidden Side, which has an emphasis on ghosts. And other things that aren't actually there, commonly known at Stuff Towers as augmented reality (AR).

Gamers, start your browsers – Tickets for the rAge NAG LAN go on sale on 27 July

It's getting to be about that time again, when gamers cycle up for the largest computer LAN event in South Africa. We're talking, of course, about the rAge NAG LAN, which takes place alongside the rAge expo this September. The folks organising the event have unveiled some new branding, as well as the date that tickets for the NAG LAN go on sale -- 27 July. 

Your next drone accessory could well be a… flamethrower?

It’s perhaps a little disturbing how often Stuff has written about the humble flamethrower. Elon Musk’s Boring Flamethrower is an obvious one, while setting an HTC One M9 aflame is a more creative use of the flame-spewing… appliance? Appliance is probably the wrong word. Pity the video’s dead. We’ve even seen a drone toting a flamethrower before. And, now, you can own...[Read More]

Light Start – Microsoft’s games are going, Huawei Harmony, The Great Hack, and Resi 3 Remastered (kinda)

In this week's Light Start, Huawei's OS has a new name, The Great Hack hits Netflix, Microsoft is closing some games, and Resident Evil 3 gets an upgrade.

We’re giving three LG XBoom Go Bluetooth speakers (one each) to the following winners

It's been a busy month here at the Stuff offices. Nearly busy enough to make us forget that we're giving away three LG Bluetooth speakers to three lucky winners. That's one speaker each, rather than three speakers per winner. It's important to be clear up-front. It save yelling later on. Though, to be very correct, it's LG giving away the two Xboom Go PK3 and one Xboom Go PK5 speaker. We're just b...[Read More]

Call of Duty: Black Ops IV’s zombie-filled Apocalypse Z content drops today

It's somewhat short notice but Call of Duty: Black Ops IV is getting a bunch of new (paid-for, let's not get too excited) content in the shape of Operation: Apocalypse Z. The new add-on, as the title suggests, brings more than its fair share of the shambling dead to Activision's online shooter. 

Microsoft’s Windows 1.0 tease was a Stranger Things tie-in… that you can’t experience

Man, these product tie-ins are getting complicated. Last week Microsoft teased a throwback to its initial Windows operation system, Windows 1.0. At the time, we had no idea why all the time travel. Now, we know. It was indeed a tie-in with Stranger Things Season 3, which released last week on that one holiday Americans are always surprised the rest of the world doesn't celebrate. 



MSI Prestige PS63 Modern 8RC – Skinny, but magically strong

Laying hands on the MSI Prestige PS63 Modern is like bumping into a friend from high school who has completely reinvented themselves. The same person is in front of you, but they’re almost unrecognisable. Hopefully in a good way, like the PS63’s aesthetic makeover. A coarse-textured casing in carbon grey and blue? Teeny bezels and a bright, clear display? Hello there, familiar stranger. Designed f...[Read More]

Light Start – Solar sails, Army audiobooks, flying Apollo 11 Lego, and live-action Mulan

In this week's Light Start, we've got Bill Nye's science project, US Army audiobooks, Lego Apollo 11 )(in flight), and Disney's next live-action remake

McLaren’s electric 720S has been made for little kids with grand ambitions in life

So you're the sort of person who spoils your kid, are you? Unless your toddler is styling around in their very own (electric) McLaren 720S, you're probably not doing it right. The auto-maker has come out with a scaled down version of its 720S supercar specifically for kids. It's not quite a supercar that shrank in the wash, however. The McLaren 720S Ride-On, to give it its full title, just looks l...[Read More]

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold reportedly back on track, but still no release date for the folding phone

Samsung's first crack at something really new, the Galaxy Fold, is reportedly back up and running according to those lovely folks, the "...people familiar with the matter".

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