Author: Marcé

If I had a business card, it'd say 'Digital Editor at Stuff'. But I don't because my gamertag is more useful than a business card. I write about tech industry, hardware, software, games and motoring.

Poco’s at it again, making smartphones with good (by industry standards) hardware selling for less than most mid-range phones. It’s good to note that a decent mid-ranger can cost around R20,000 these days. Considering Poco can offer far more in terms of raw power for a fraction of the price, it’s offering wonderful value for money. This sub-brand of Xiaomi just announced the Poco X4 Pro and M4 Pro – and we’ve had our hands on both for just over a week. Here we’ll look at the more powerful Poco X4 Pro, descendent of the Poco X3 Pro – the…

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Stuff says –  5/5 Asus, the notebook and PC component brand, has recently enjoyed being aboard the OLED hype train. And we get it – when it comes to display technology, there isn’t much that can beat the wonderful punchy colours and deep blacks that an OLED display offers. We recently got our hands on its latest – the ZenBook 14X OLED notebook. This one, and some others, were announced at CES 2022 – that’s this year. Asus plans to launch the ZenBook 14X in South Africa early in 2022. Exactly when is a bit of a guess. Right…

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Typical depictions of a post-apocalyptic Earth tend to veer in one general direction: an absolute wasteland inhabited by at most five humans and no other organic life. The Horizon franchise offers a different take on a world obliterated by humans’ obsession with technological advancement. And it’s probably one of our favourites.  Here you find yourself in a future-set Earth decimated by that technology we love oh-so-much. It’s a type of pre-industrial world, where humans are making their way to evolving beyond bows and arrows. The only remnants of the pre-apocalypse tech are deconstructed ruins and magnificent animal-esque machines that roam…

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Cell C’s Home Connecta Flexi prepaid LTE bundles launched back in 2021, offering users a cheaper alternative to fixed-line broadband. The mobile network has now implemented a bundle reshuffle, offering mobile data for lower prices.  Cell C’s new LTE pricing structure The mobile service provider has dropped a few of its previously offered bundles and replaced them with other offerings. It has opted to replace its 5GB + 5GB package (R60) with a 6GB + 6GB bundle at R90. Similarly, the 50GB + 50GB (R200) bundle has been replaced with a 40GB + 40GB (R190) bundle.  In terms of price…

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Stuff says –  4/5 If we weren’t so certain it’s the year 2022, we would’ve thought it may be the ‘80s. Not because of the resurgence of synthwave, but rather because of Fujifilm’s wondrous little Instax cameras, which have reawakened everyone’s love for holding something tangible in hand like a film picture. Enter the Fujifilm Instax Mini Evo portable camera. It takes everything we love about the Instax range, crams it into a retro body and adds some non-retro features. Best of both formatsThe only thing we’ll fault the traditional Instax cameras on is their inability to preview a picture before…

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Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, is hellbent on making the metaverse happen. It’s still widely debated how it’ll be implemented, and many brands have jumped on board without any guarantee that it’s really the future. Nevertheless, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg is soldiering on, and investing heaps of cash into building the metaverse.  First on the to-do list: build an AI voice assistant. Because all the cool kids have one… Hey, Meta During a presentation, Zuckerberg detailed the company’s plans to build a fully-functioning digital assistant. Not a typical one, however. One that can “move between virtual and physical…

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Sony’s slate of black slabs made their way back into South Africa fairly recently. Locals now have more than a handful of choices when buying a new TV. Even more recently, the company launched its new Bravia XR sets in the country. From that lot, we got to admire the Bravia XR A80J for an extended period.  And that’s because we couldn’t take our eyes off it. Our 65in A80J handled everything we could throw at it with exceptional ease at the hardware, software and AI wizardry levels. Let’s get into some of the specifics.  Window to anywhere If you’re…

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It’s about time to see Sony announce its next-generation in VR gaming hardware. No really. Its typical launch cycle for the consoles, at least, is between 4 and 7 years. Sony’s PlayStation VR gen-one launched back in 2016. That means we’re approaching an inevitable PlayStation VR2 release.  This was confirmed a while ago, and this week Sony managed to show off the first official renders of the incoming VR hardware. It’s just a render, and no official images are out in the wild (yet), but it gives us a good look at what to expect.  The PlayStation VR2 headset is…

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Recent news about Multichoice-owned DStv’s efforts to curb password-sharing has caused fiery users to take to social media. Yesterday the broadcaster announced that it will limit the number of concurrent streams on its streaming service from four down to one.  “From 22 March 2022, customers will be limited to streaming DStv on one device at a time. They will still be able to watch previously downloaded content on a second device,” DStv details in a terms and conditions update.  This means no one account will be accessible as a streaming service on more than one device at any given moment.…

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Password sharing is an issue streaming services have faced since… well, they launched. Which isn’t that long go for Multichoice-owned DStv. Its streaming service launched back in 2019. Now, it’s about to start limiting concurrent streams.  On the DStv streaming service, subscribers can stream live content and sports, catch up on series, and stream from a library of shows. If you happen to have a full DStv subscription/decoder/dish combo, that is. A bundle that can cost you up to R840p/m for the Premium option.  DStv’s single choice This means many families (and often friends) have opted to share passwords to…

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