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Brett Venter

Stuff South Africa's editor. He's not too sure about this whole 'referring to himself in the third person' thing but hey, all the cool kids are doing it. Brett likes words. Like, more than a friend.

Rumours of a larger iPhone (or two) resurface

Reports of a larger iPhone are not a new occurrence, rumours that Apple is planning on dropping a bigger handset on the tech world have been around since June last year at the very least. The last time this rumour pitched up it was accompanied by speculation that Apple had a cheaper handset on the way, something was correct – more or less. We probably should not be too surprised that the rum...[Read More]

Ford vehicles will spend some time at Stanford, MIT learning to drive

Ford will be sending a few of their cars to university, specifically Stanford and MIT, to learn how to drive themselves. Ford is exploring automated driving, something that the company expects will be a major feature on roads worldwide in the next ten years or so, and the two educational institutes involved have different points of exploration in the project. Stanford will working on sensor techno...[Read More]

Another headset heads to Kickstarter, has designs on your retina

Another day, another Kickstarter project. This one is a headset which looks similar to the virtual reality units that we’ve seen in the past, like the Oculus Rift, but its purpose is slightly less ‘video game’ and a bit more ‘portable cinema’. The Avegant Glyph is being billed as a “portable mobile theatre” in its Kickstarter pitch and the argument for the...[Read More]

Facebook’s targeted advertising will soon follow you around outside Facebook

Facebook’s advertising won’t always be confined to Facebook, if the social network’s plans for what is essentially a mobile ad network pan out. The company is testing their ability to serve Facebook ads via apps on mobile devices, which is very different from using another ad network to achieve the same result. The long and short of it is that Facebook intends to use the informat...[Read More]

SteamOS beta gets an update, dual-booting now possible

When gaming publisher and developer Valve first announced the release date of their SteamOS operating system, they pointed out that users will have to know their Linux in order to get everything working the way that it should. An updated version of the operating system has since become available that adds some features that were particularly difficult to get working the first time around, includin...[Read More]

Watch a LEGO setup (mostly) develop camera film

Old-school film development has almost certainly been automated before but Stuff is willing to bet that very few of those attempts at taking some of the work out of creating images have involved using LEGO. That was the plan concocted by a Dutch photographer named Jan van den Broek, who has set up a LEGO-based system that takes at least some of the work out of developing images the old way (i.e no...[Read More]

Apple vs. Samsung: Samsung takes a hit before patent trial even restarts

Apple and Samsung are still due to sit down and attempt to resolve their differences before they meet in court again in a patent battle but Samsung has been clipped around the ear by a recent summary judgement by the presiding judge, Lucy Koh. The judgement has found that Samsung has infringed on one of Apple’s patents, while another of Samsung’s patent were invalidated. The infringed ...[Read More]

Adopting the Internet of Everything could make SA billions, Cisco report claims

A new study, conducted by and released by IT company Cisco today, claims that the South African government could create somewhere in the region of R150 billion for the country’s public sector by embracing what the company calls the Internet of Everything (IoE), an interconnected system that encompasses the connected technologies that we have today as well as the Internet of Things and an inc...[Read More]

AMD posts solid quarterly results, largely thanks to new console launches

Chip manfacuturer AMD’s financial results for Q4 2013 are in and they’re looking a lot more impressive than they did a year ago. In the fourth quarter of 2012, AMD posted a $422 million loss on revenues of  $1.15 billion. Move forward to today and the company has turned an $89 million profit on revenues of around $1.6 billion. Why? It’s because AMD’s current business plan s...[Read More]

Sony is launching a tablet that used to be a smartphone – The WiFi-only Xperia Z Ultra

Seeing a tablet version of a smartphone isn’t anything unusual, Samsung does it all the time. What is a bit stranger is a tablet that is for all intents and purposes the same as the smartphone it is based on – aside from the ability to make calls, that it. Sony is doing it however, announcing that a new WiFi-only Xperia Z Ultra is on the way. The standard Xperia Z Ultra is the very def...[Read More]

Mobile advertising will hit $18 billion in 2014 – Gartner

Mobile advertising had a very good year in 2013, hitting an estimated $13 billion in spending over the past year. But that’s only the start of the smiles for folks who make their money through mobile ads. 2014 is set to outdo 2013, according to market research firm Gartner. The $13.1 billion in spending is expected to increase to $18 billion by the end of this year but even that is the tip o...[Read More]

Sony’s Smart Tennis Sensor will launch in Japan in May

Who says that technology makes you lazy? Several people that we know, come to think of it, but Sony will prove them wrong soon enough. The Japanese company showed off a prototype for a smart tennis sensor that is able to help users to up their game on the court by tracking the movement of the racquet. Sony has since given the prototype a name as well as a time when it will leap out onto the tennis...[Read More]

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