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.

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Hisense Infinity H11 – A neat little mid-range black rectangle

We’re quite fond of Hisense’s range of smartphones here at the Stuff offices, for reasons that might seem counterintuitive. They’re neat, they’re usually easy to use — if they were a friend, they’d be that one that sticks around after parties to help clean up. You know, the one with no drama while everyone around them is losing their collective er… minds. ...[Read More]

WhatsApp limits forwarding to five instances to curb fake news

That image of your littlest nephew sitting on the couch all chocolate-covered, with a half-eaten banana and a manic grin on his face? WhatsApp will only let you forward that image a maximum of five times, thanks to silly people who believe everything that they read. The messaging app has announced that it will be limiting available forwards from 20 groups or people down to just five. The reasoning...[Read More]

Samsung’s three Galaxy S10 models appear in new leaked image

We’re a few weeks out from the official Galaxy S10 event, which means that it’s time to pay attention to the leaky swimming pool that is Samsung to take centre stage. Over the weekend noted leaker Evan Blass published a new image showing off all three of Samsung’s expected Galaxy S10 variants. Say hi to the Galaxy S10E, the vanilla S10, and the oversized S10+. Samsung Galaxy S10E...[Read More]

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]

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]

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]

Electronic Arts’ story-based Star Wars game has been canned – report

Ever since Electronic Arts acquired the rights to make games based on the Star Wars universe back in 2013 we’ve been hoping for a proper story-based game (like the sadly-cancelled 1313). There was supposed to be a game like that in the works, being developed by now-shuttered studio Visceral. When Visceral closed up shop in 2017 EA’s unnamed story-heavy Star Wars title (code-named Ragta...[Read More]

Still using Windows 7? You’ve got a year of free support left

If you’re one of the many who have resisted moving from Windows 7 to (the mess that was) Windows 8, (the slightly better) Windows 8.1, or (the oddly numerated) Windows 10, your time is growing short. There’s just a year left of free support for Windows 7, meaning that official support for the Microsoft operating system is coming to an end. Unless you’re willing to pay for a littl...[Read More]

Vodacom’s Video Play has secured the rights to live-stream the FA Cup

And here we have an unusual announcement that could have far greater ramifications — Vodacom has revealed that its Video Play streaming service has secured the rights to live-stream the FA Cup in South Africa. Users of the service will be able to watch FA Cup matches — live, delayed, or on-demand (provided the match has ended, of course) — from 26 January right up until the 18 Ma...[Read More]

In the Jan-Feb 2019 issue of Stuff Magazine

Welcome to 2019. Technically we’ve been in the new year for a while but in Stuff Magazine terms it’s been 2019 since the end of November 2018. Most of our time towards the end of 2018 was dedicated to our Jan-Feb 2019 issue’s headline feature — the Stuff Magazine Gadget Awards for 2018. That’s not an easy matter to decide. There’s screaming, shouting, minor acts...[Read More]

Star Wars meets Shakespeare – Disney better be taking notes from this short fan-film

Some things need to be seen. And even if you’re not a huge fan of Star Wars, this short fan-film directed by Quebec’s Maxime-Claude L’Écuyer and starring cosplayer David Blouin (with voice work by Anton Golikov) is worth watching. Called Squad Leader TD-73028 Soliloquy, the short is a strong mashup of Star Wars visuals and the work of William Shakespeare — specifically HamletR...[Read More]

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