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.

Thanks to a nationwide backlog of driver’s licence renewals at the Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTC), 1,476,853 South Africans have expired licences. That’s a very specific number. With that in mind, Gauteng’s Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo gazetted changes that will allow the Gautrain to help service these people.  But you can’t drive the trains This means the trusty Gauteng-based railway system’s stations will now function as a DLTC in some respects. It won’t have the ability (or permission) to test for driver’s licences, for example. It will be able to a) substitute a driving licence of…

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We’ve been reporting on the phenomenon that is the wonderfully agile Spot quadruped robot for a few years. Boston Dynamics developed the Spot platform and the bots quickly went viral on the internet for their ability to traverse just about any terrain. Spot is now officially available in South Africa via an authorised reseller, but it looks like they’re destined to remain underground.  Dwyka Mining is bringing the Spot Enterprise version into South Africa, specifically for the mining industry. Spot’s unique walking capabilities and near-autonomous traversal of most terrains make it the perfect tool for many underground applications.  “Spot is…

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Nokia, one of the mobile and feature phone pioneers of our age, has now announced several Software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings as part of a subscription-based model. That doesn’t sound like… an updated 3310, or any device for that matter? That’s because Nokia and its parent company HMD Global has increasingly been focused on software in recent years.  Nokia’s shift to the Cloud These specific ones are aimed at communication service providers and include services that offer solutions for analytics, security and data management — to name a few. According to the report on TechRadar, Nokia plans to launch some of the…

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The Shoprite Group recently launched a mobile bank on the down-low, making transactional banking on-the-go available to 20 million of its customers. The bank will function via the Xtra Savings rewards cards available through Shoprite and Checkers.  Customers holding the bright orange rewards cards are all eligible to access the mobile banking features. If you’re one of them, make sure to register for the Money Market Account to enable banking on your existing card.  “The Money Market Account, which was launched in August last year, has over 530 000 customers, which the group says indicates that ‘customers see its value’.…

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The world isn’t ready for the lighting-fast charging tech originating from China in the coming months. One of Xiaomi’s 120W fast-charging devices, the 11T Pro, was recently launched in South Africa, with the power brick actually included in the box. That one’ll top up the 5,000mAh battery in just 17 minutes.  But a new report suggests that consumers may see 150W chargers hit the market soon. This leak comes courtesy of a Weibo tipster called Digital Chat Station, a trusted leaker according to Android Authority. The leaker simply posted ‘150W’ on the Chinese social media platform, followed by a comment…

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If lockdown’s taught us anything, it’s that you can have pretty much anything delivered to your doorstep in no time. Local e-commerce ventures exploded, offering unheard-of delivery times and special offers for online shoppers. Checkers’ Sixty60 offering is still hailed as one of the best options in SA, and the holding company, Shoprite, has launched a dedicated channel for booze called LiquorShop Online.  The Shoprite Group launched the online liquor store today, offering more than 3,000 alcoholic options via the site at launch. It offers a variety ranging from basic beers and ciders to wines and mixes, up to higher-end…

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First National Bank (FNB) has consistently been adding features to its digital platform to make banking with it more valuable in a few ways. One of its main products established via the mobile app is FNB nav, which offers a few features designed to help users navigate their money, and, in some cases, life in general.  FNB nav’s the new Gumtree Now, nav will feature a marketplace for property, vehicles and services. It’s been promoting this functionality for about a year, launching its marketplace in November 2020. Now its fleshed out the offering, making more houses, vehicles and services available…

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South Africans have an innate ability to overcome adverse circumstances. No water? We cut consumption and flush with the bathwater. No electricity? We fire up the braai and cook a three-course meal on an open fire. Any first-worlder would look upon this adaptable creature in awe, but for us, it’s just another day.  The above scenario is the norm for the privileged among us — there are large segments of the South African population that face far worse. We’re here to talk about South Africa’s most painful topic, however.  Eskom, did you check under the couch? Eskom, the national electricity…

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Streaming service Spotify is evolving into one of the most comprehensive audio-based services around. It first became a household name for offering an impressive music library. It is increasingly focusing on podcasting and audiobooks, bolstering its variety for customers. Spotify’s making moves The latest news is that the service is gearing up to acquire Findaway, an audiobook services and distribution company. In addition to publishing audiobooks, it also functions as a recording and creation service. That means Spotify can take on the role of offering narrators and writers recording and publishing services. “With this acquisition, we’re going to be able…

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Peugeot recently unveiled a vehicle in a fairly unexpected shape for the brand — and it includes a larger carriage than most others. The newest entry is a bakkie named the Peugeot Landtrek and it features a striking design and a load of tech.  Meet the Landtrek This isn’t the French brand’s first foray into offroaders and utility vehicles, but it’s by far the best-looking attempt. The Landtrek comes in two flavours: 4×2 and 4×4 — both diesel and both double cab.  Outside you’re greeted with a vertical grille, complete with vertical LED lights. Turn your attention inside, and you’ll…

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