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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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Polaroid Underground Graffiti PHP-550 – What did you say?

Wait, Polaroid makes headphones? If that was your reaction to seeing this review, you’re not alone. Polaroid, best known for its line of photography equipment, dropped a large box of audio gear on our doorstep at the end of 2013 and we’ve been playing with this unusual collection of kit ever since. First up are Polaroid’s Underground Graffiti headphones, a very cheap pair of cans...[Read More]

Should have seen it coming – Google is making a smart contact lens

After Project Glass, Google likely thinks that a smart contact lens is the next logical step. But, before you get too excited, the internet search company doesn’t plan to introduce Google Glass-like features to a contact lens (at least, not yet). Their smart contact lens is a little more medical in nature. Google is working on a contact lens that will be helpful in monitoring diabetes, speci...[Read More]

Samsung has a (probably) very cheap tablet on the way in the Galaxy Tab3 Lite

Samsung’s Galaxy range has been aiming at every possible section of the technology market, it was only a matter of time before the South Korean company set its sights on the less well-funded technology user. Enter the Galaxy Tab3 Lite, a 7-inch tablet which was basically leaked earlier this week and made official by Samsung yesterday. Given its aim at the lower end of the market, the Galaxy ...[Read More]

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare dated for SA, incoming end Feb

If you blinked, you might have missed our look at Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare towards the end of last year but that isn’t much of a problem. The third-person action combat title featuring the denizens of one of the most popular mobile games in recent years will be appearing in stores from 28 February this year, according to an announcement from EA’s local representatives. This i...[Read More]

Mweb subscribers to get access to Fon WiFi network

Mweb has just announced a new partnership which will see their ADSL subscribers getting access to Fon, which is described as the “world’s largest WiFi network”, provided they have the correct router hardware. Fon is a global WiFi network containing 12 million users that started out in Spain but has since spread to four continents. Mweb CEO Derek Hershaw said in a statement “We ha...[Read More]

Worried about phone privacy? Meet the Blackphone

Two companies, Silent Circle and Geeksphone, will be introducing a new type of smartphone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 called the Blackphone. Designed for those who are a bit concerned about their privacy on this day and age of advertisement tracking and NSA spying, the Blackphone has been created with privacy in mind. That’s the whole point of the device, according to the company, us...[Read More]

Steam’s controller will be changing slightly before release

Valve’s Steam controller was a very interesting idea, a gamepad that ditched analogue sticks and buttons in favour of dual touch pads which performed similar functions to a computer’s trackpads. There was also a touchscreen planned for the peripheral but, at Valve’s Dev Days event, it was revealed that the touchscreen won’t be hanging around much longer. The touchscreen, wh...[Read More]

Final Fantasy VI has yet another release, this time on Android

The older Final Fantasy games, owned by Square Enix, have seen release and re-release more often than any other game Stuff can remember and Final Fantasy VI has officially made the jump to yet another mobile platform – Android. Getting your hands on this SNES title will cost you, the Android version of Final Fantasy VI will set buyers back some R190 but the fact that it keeps being re-releas...[Read More]

See SpaceShipTwo in (supersonic) action during recent test

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has been fairly quiet of late but the commercial spaceliner has recently posted video footage of SpaceShipTwo’s third supersonic test flight. The test this time around was for the company’s RCS (Reaction Control System) as well as a new thermal protection coating, though other aspects of the craft were also examined during the run. SpaceShipTwo h...[Read More]

This is your last chance at an LG G2 smartphone in our January giveaway

This is it, the beginning of Round Four of our LG G2 giveaway. It’s just a pity that we only had four of LG’s flagship smartphone to give away, we could have done this for ages and just never gotten tired of it. The first three winners have already been announced so this is your final chance to snag yourself an LG G2. It’s been a hell of a ride so far and we’re kinda sad to...[Read More]

And our third LG G2 will be going to…

It’s always a good feeling to be able to give something away to one of our readers and this is the first giveaway that Stuff is going to be doing for this year, making this feel even more special. We had Round 3 of our LG G2 giveaway going over the December break and the time has come to announce our third winner. But before we get to the good stuff, as always, here is some detail on how the...[Read More]

Market research firm Gartner predicts the future of mobile apps (and it’s not that pretty)

It’s hard to get useful information out of a crystal ball, a Palantir slightly less so (but there’s the threat of having your mind crushed by Sauron), but market research firm Gartner uses… other methods to make their future predictions and these have a a greater chance of turning out to be correct than most. One of these predictions doesn’t bode all that well for mobile de...[Read More]

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