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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.

Apple vs. Samsung – Both companies agree to mediation attempt before next patent clash

Apple and Samsung have been involved in a series of patent disputes for a considerably long time but the latest development has shown a little light at the end of the tunnel. Both companies have agreed to an attempt at mediation, according a report by Reuters, which will be attended by Apple CEO Tim Cook, Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon and their respective in-house lawyers. Reuters located a court filin...[Read More]

From CES 2014 comes the smart pill bottle

A company by the name of Adhere Tech has been working on a smart pill bottle for some time, unveiling a prototype at CES last year. This year, the company has returned to the electronics expo with an updated version of the medicine dispenser and it’s looking rather impressive. If you’re wholly reliant on medication Adhere Tech’s smart bottle is even more than that, it’s a p...[Read More]

Gigabyte’s Aorus gaming notebook is as thin as it is fast

Notebooks designed for gaming have always had one defining feature, especially if you’re looking at a 17-inch model. They’ve always been bulky, which is not hard to understand since there’s a lot of hardware ticking away inside those desktop replacements. But the chunky portable gaming rig may be a thing of the past, if Gigabyte’s Aorus X7 notebook has anything to say about...[Read More]

Gaming peripheral maker Razer joins the wearable computer brigade with the Nabu wristband

Razer, a company best known for its lineup of gaming peripherals, has used CES 2014 as a platform to launch what they are calling the “…world’s smartest wristband”, the Razer Nabu. Part smartwatch, part fitness band and part… something else, Razer says that their Nabu wristband is the first “truly social” wearable. On the smartwatch side, the Nabu is able ...[Read More]

Sony’s game-streaming service will be called PlayStation Now (and it arrives this year)

Sony purchased a game-streaming service called Gaikai some time ago and they’ve been expected to announce a streaming service based around the technology which will allow PlayStation 4 owners to play older games on their new consoles. Via the cloud, of course. That day has come and Sony’s offering is actually a little more expansive than anyone expected it to be. The new service will b...[Read More]

Apple’s App Store had a very good 2013

Apple’s App Store has had a bumper year in 2013 according to the company, netting sales of over $10 billion in 2013. December proved to be the most profitable month for the App Store, accounting for over $1 billion of the year’s total. That sales total of $1 billion makes December 2013, with its 3 billion downloads, the most successful month to date for the App Store. Apple says that, ...[Read More]

Sony announces Xperia Z1 Compact at CES 2014

Sony has made a smaller version of the Xperia Z1 official, announcing the handset at CES 2014. The company has opted to not use the more common ‘mini’ label for the smartphone, dubbing the phone the Xperia Z1 Compact. Sony is claiming that their new handset is the “world’s best premium compact smartphone” and the specifications do bear out that claim to at least some ...[Read More]

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro, Galaxy Note Pro lineup in detail

Samsung has officially announced the PRO series of devices that were prematurely leaked by a large banner at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. The Galaxy Tab Pro is the varied portion of the announcement and the tablet line will be available in 8-inch, 10.1-inch and 12.2-inch sizes on release. The Galaxy Note Pro, in keeping with the Note’s tendency to be bigger than the rest, will only be available in...[Read More]

LG set to unveil their Lifeband Touch fitness tracker at CES

It seems as though LG will be taking the wraps off a new fitness tracker from the company at CES this year. The device has already been described in a Korean-language press release and it has been seen on the show floor (pictured left) but there has yet to be a formal announcement regarding the device. The fitness tracker, called the Lifeband Touch, will be a waterproof wristband with an OLED touc...[Read More]

Steelseries bringing console-style gaming to iOS with the Stratus

Samsung announced their very own Android gamepad late last year, now Apple’s iOS will be getting some similar treatment from peripheral maker Steelseries in the form of the Stratus wireless gaming controller. Steelseries, a company known more for its range of PC gaming gear, announced the Stratus controller for iOS 7 devices, saying that it will introduce mobile gamers to an “…en...[Read More]

New Samsung tablets unveiled early by CES banners

Samsung is set to be presenting several new products at CES 2014 and two of those were a little prematurely unveiled by banners being erected for the event. The two devices, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro and Galaxy Note Pro, are expected to be detailed at Samsung’s presentation later on today but their appearance on the side of a Las Vegas building will take some of the surprise out of the ...[Read More]

Nvidia introduces the Tegra K1 – a new SoC with a 192 core GPU

The gap between mobile and PC gaming has just been made a little smaller thanks to an announcement from graphics company Nvidia at this year’s CES event in the states. The company took the wraps off of a new “192-core super chip” called the Tegra K1 which is aiming to throw Nvidia’s 192-core Kepler graphics processing unit at gamers on pretty much every platform that isn...[Read More]

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