Marcé Bester, Author at Stuff

Marcé Bester

Marce is the Deputy Digital Editor at Stuff Magazine.

Facebook updates community standards and will review past mistakes

“This post violates our community guidelines.” A prompt many people have experienced on our ‘favourite’ social media platform. These guidelines and policies have changed, and the enforcement thereof will soon be adapted and optimised by the Facebook Community Operations team. This week the embattled social media company decided to publish their internal guidelines, used to enforce community standa...[Read More]

Khal Drogo confirmed for Comic Con Africa 2018

Hold onto your females, because Jason Momoa is the first A-lister announced for the the first instalment of Comic Con Africa. He is set to to grace us with his presence at the event later this year. The Game of Thrones and Justice League actor will be attending the event on 15 and 16 September this year, and will be available for autographs and memories.  Jason Momoa is well-known for his part in ...[Read More]

Drop everything and download: Grasshopper

We all know where to go when you’re looking for any info. In a heated debate? Google. Looking to expand your knowledge? Google. Doing some informal studying? Google. Now Google has released a free app to teach you how to code. Now focus, Grasshopper! The coding app, Grasshopper, was created by Google’s incubator for employee side projects, called Area 120. Now the workshop has released the G...[Read More]

What are your three words? iStore wants to know

Imagine being anywhere in the world — from a small market in Madrid to the river on your uncle’s farm in Vryburg. Wherever you happen to be, that spot can be tracked using what3words, and pinpointed down to a three metre area. And the really exciting bit is that iStores in South Africa will now be using this service to improve deliveries. What3words is a different take on maps and addressing...[Read More]

Black Shark gaming smartphone. Wait, what?

Okay, gaming is becoming portable, we get it. But really, this portable? It’s not like mobile phones optimised for gaming aren’t already on our Christmas list. It just feels like the gaming community isn’t quite as ready for them as some companies seem to be hoping. First we saw the Razer phone earlier this year, and now Xiaomi has launched its Black Shark device, which is — you guessed it &...[Read More]

Call-a-superhero feature to be added to Taxify

South Africans are becoming more aware of their surroundings, and staying safe is of utmost importance — especially in high-risk cities (like Stuff‘s own front lawn that is Johannesburg). Taxify, with the help of emergency assistance app Namola, is rolling out a new safety feature for Taxify drivers and users. The app will now launch an emergency button that, if pressed, connects at-ri...[Read More]

South African Huawei P20 owners get VIP perks

The new Huawei flagship phones are only a few weeks old, and already the company has announced plans to add some value to the deal for users who buy one of the devices in the P20 range, which includes the P20, P20 Lite, and the beast that is the P20 Pro. It is called the Huawei Diamond VIP Service and if it is as fancy as it sounds, we’re probably in for a treat. According to Huawei, the tot...[Read More]

Nokia 1 launches in South Africa with Android Oreo Go Edition

Nokia is officially back and making waves in the mobile phone world. Last year we saw the return of the 3310, and more recently an updated version of the infamous banana-phone (or 8110, if you prefer the official name). On the “smarter” side of things, Nokia mobile’s parent company HMD Global has announced details of its entry-level smartphone, the Nokia 1. Though it’s a sm...[Read More]

Data prices too high? Good thing Google Go just launched in South Africa

Google today launched Google Go in Sub-Saharan Africa (which includes South Africa, in case you were wondering), a service which will provide users with a ‘lighter’ way to search. Specifically aimed at users who do not own flagship smartphones or people who just want to watch their data usage, Google Go is a search engine — basically like the conventional Google search found in most Android ...[Read More]

Spotify adding more value to their free tier

Spotify, the music-streaming service that went public on Wall Street last week and launched in SA just last month, has decided to beef up its free tier for music listeners to try and source more subscribers — we all start out on a free account, after all. Sources at Bloomberg said that the Stockholm company is changing the free service to make it more accessible, adding more features that we...[Read More]

Would you like that in red? Apple and Samsung announce new red smartphones

Apple has just announced the rollout of a new special edition red iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and Samsung has done the same for the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Nope, we are not in the Twilight Zone. This might just be a bizarre coincidence, but two new red devices from the two largest smartphone makers in the world, announced within hours of each other, smacks of some competitive behaviour. Or at least it ...[Read More]

How to: Switch from Apple to Samsung, or the other way around

Early each year we get new Samsung flagships, only to have Apple try to outdo them in the latter half of the year. Each company tries to leapfrog the other in terms of specifications and features in hopes not only of keeping the faithful, well, faithful but in the hopes of winning converts from the opposing camps. The main obstacle to switching from team Android to team iOS is the perceived hassle...[Read More]

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