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.

Digit, Ford’s vision of our future robot overlords, fits in the boot of a car and delivers things

The end of humanity isn't going to come as a result of military robots taking it into their silicon heads to wipe us all out. It's going to be the result of domestic robots doing that very thing. At least, that's how the science fiction goes. And seeing Digit, the creation of Ford and a robotics startup called Agility Robotics, hasn't really assured us that things will go otherwise. But that's mos...[Read More]

A kick in the Glass – Google’s updated its AR eyewear with a R14,400 price tag

Talk about an unexpected comeback. Google's Glass, those augmented reality specs that we were convinced had fallen off the map in 2015, have returned. And, like all good sequels, they're better than ever in addition to being back. Meet the redesigned (and ponderously named) Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2. Catchy, yeah? 

Fine, I’ll do it myself: Sony launches PlayStation Productions, will make game movies, shows

Sony doesn't like the idea of poor game-to-movie conversions any more, we reckon, which might be why the company has begun PlayStation Productions. Guess what they do? 

After Huawei, DJI could be next in America’s crosshairs

Chinese smartphone and tech-maker Huawei was placed in an unpleasant position this week, a direct result of the ongoing America-China trade war. It is possible, however, that it's not the only Chinese company entering the States' crosshairs. Chinese drone-maker DJI might find itself facing similar issues, thanks to a new alert that was just issued by America's Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...[Read More]

Activision details multiplayer features for Call of Duty Mobile

Call of Duty series is all about making as much cash for Activision's shareholders as possible. Hence, all the microtransactions. And since Fortnight and PUBG have mobile versions, it was only a matter of time before Call of Duty Mobile appeared. 

Light Start – A Wing for Fins, Uber silent, Batman: Hush, and RIP Grumpy Cat

This week on Light Start, we've got drone deliveries, silent drivers, a new animated DC film, and the loss of a very cranky feline.

Detroit: Become Human, Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls land on PC from 24 June

Previously the domain of Sony-branded console games, Quantic Dream titles Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human are heading to the PC. They're going to be landing on Epic Games' own store a little later this year, and Quantic has detailed when those games are going to be dropping. 

Samsung’s apparently figured out the issues surrounding the Galaxy Fold

Samsung's Galaxy Fold folding smartphone is supposed to be a revolutionary device, but problems with the early units sent for review led to the company shelving release while they figured out a solution. 

Locking it down: Facebook Live to implement new one-strike policy for streaming violations

Facebook has been battered from all sides for failing to do enough about misuse of its systems. It's not surprising, what with many recent data breaches, misuse of user information, and abuse of its live-streaming functions leaving black marks all over the company. It's hoping to change the way that users see it, with a new one-strike policy for Facebook Live being a major change for the company. 

We want to flip things Upside Down with this Stranger Things Lego set (and it’s heading to SA)

It's no secret that the Stuff team are massive fans of Stranger Things, Netflix's nostalgia-fuelled horror series. It might be the late 1980s aesthetic, the often low-key horror elements (which come off like well-executed Stephen King), and the fact that the storylines are just so good. Which makes us perfect targets for this Stranger Things-themed Lego set, simply called The Upside Down. 

WhatsApp can be exploited and infected by a single missed call – no answer needed

WhatsApp may be expiring for some users, but those folks without worries on that front still have something to worry about. Certain versions of the app are vulnerable to an exploit that installs spyware, developed by Israeli outfit NSO Group according to reports. And the nasty part is the penetration method -- WhatsApp can be infected with nothing more than a missed call. 

Still using Windows Phone, iOS 7, or Android 2.3.7? WhatsApp will stop working soon

It's a fact that just about all the tech we make use of will eventually become obsolete. Unless you're the US Military or NASA, in which case you'll be using the same operating systems long after the rest of us are done. Hey, some of those probes were programmed in the 1970s -- doubtful there's gonna be an OS update for those things. WhatsApp is moving at a bit of a faster clip, though. Several ol...[Read More]

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