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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.

This week in Tech – 20 October 2013

Two smartphones, a camera and a set of headphones. This might sound like an children’s spinoff of The Big Bang Theory or perhaps the name of a quirky comedy series featuring tech users. But it’s not (at least not until Chuck Lorre decides to check out those scripts we keep spamming him with). Instead, this is the list of gadgets that Stuff reviewed this week. How did each of the tech q...[Read More]

This week in gaming – 19 October 2013

It’s actually been a fairly quiet week for Stuff on the gaming front. There have been some alterations with regards to release dates for French developer/publisher Ubisoft and then just a couple of (very high scoring) reviews of games from Rockstar and Blizzard. Does that mean you didn’t miss much? Not necessarily but in case it passed you by earlier this week, here are the highlights ...[Read More]

See cosmetics controlling electrical devices

Makeup isn’t something that immediately jumps to mind when you think about technology but that may be about to change. Katia Vega, a computer scientist at the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio, Brazil, has shown off several forms of technological makeup and cosmetics at the Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces conference in the UK earlier this month. Vega has combined metallic fake eyelash...[Read More]

AMD finally turns a profit, thanks to PS4, Xbox One

AMD may have been down but it seems that they are not out just yet. The company has reported its results for the third quarter of 2013 and the news is good for the chip manufacturer, at least in the short term. AMD has managed to turn a profit for the first time in over a year, securing a net income of $48 million compared to a net loss of $157 million a year ago. It’s a fairly large turnaro...[Read More]

Google’s Nexus 5 springs another two leaks

Google is having a hard time with the Nexus 5. Specifications for the device leaked earlier thanks to a repair manual, the phone itself appeared in an image that Google released and a video of the device followed soon after. Now there are two more leaks in the dam. The first of these is an image, apparently from Canadian mobile operator Telus. The shot of the phone (below) shows what looks like th...[Read More]

LG launches its curved OLED TV in SA

LG, at an event held at Montecasino in Johannesburg today, launched their “world’s first” curved OLED TV in South Africa. The television set, the 55EA9800, promises an “…amazingly immersive and comfortable viewing experience” according to LG. Also launched at the event were two smaller additions to LG’s UHD (4K) lineup of TVs. LG has followed up the launch...[Read More]

Oh dear, we’re mounting machine guns on mobile robots now

Paging John Connor. Military robotics are often offensively utilised and the latest versions of a ground-based military drone are no different. Four companies have reportedly tested machine-gun mounted mobile drones at an event for the US Army at Fort Benning last week. Other uses of robots in military scenarios were also explored, according to the initial report from Computer World, including cle...[Read More]

Nikon’s new WiFi, GPS-enabled D5300 gets a close-up

Nikon has shown off its first WiFI and GPS-sporting DSLR camera, an update of their D5200 unit. The D5300 features a new 24.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor with an EXPEED 4 processor, along with a few other improvements. Chief among these are obviously the WiFi and GPS inclusions. The WiFi is 802.11, though Nikon hasn’t specified which standard it supports, while the also-new GPS system wi...[Read More]

OpenView HD goes live in SA

Free-to-air satellite offering OpenView HD has officially gone live in South Africa. OpenView HD is a new idea for the country where customers can get their hands on satellite television access without having to pay a monthly fee. All that is required is the decoder and satellite dish, which is being sold for “approximately” R1600 according to Platco Digital, the company behind the fre...[Read More]

Apple issues invitations confirming 22 October event

Apple was previously thought to be hosting its year-end event on 22 October and now the company has sent out the media invitations to confirm it. The event will take place in San Francisco and is expected to feature Apple’s new iPads as well as a few other details. The invitation itself claims that Apple “still have a lot of ground to cover” so it’s likely that the new iPad...[Read More]

Amazon and HTC reported to be working on several smartphones together

There have been rumours that Amazon is working on a smartphone for some time and a new report, from the Financial Times, has resurrected the speculation by claiming that HTC will be working with Amazon the device – or rather a series of them. There are reportedly three phones in development with one of these “at an advanced stage of development” but the Financial Times report cit...[Read More]

Ubisoft’s Watch_Dogs, The Crew delayed until 2014

Several gamers who were particularly keen on a certain game are going to have a disappointing Festive season. Ubisoft have just announced that Watch_Dogs, one of the most anticipated games for this year, has been delayed until 2014. Another title from the publisher, The Crew, has also been delayed. The open-world techno-thriller was due to launch in November this year but the game has been pushed ...[Read More]

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