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Take your first look at upcoming Disneyland attraction Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Okay, so there’s soon to be another stop for Star Wars superfans to make besides being stopped by security before making it inside the Skywalker Ranch. Disney has released the first image of upcoming Disneyland attraction Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. We’ve known for some time that the Star War universe was being added to the list of attractions in that spot where surprisingly many f...[Read More]

How low will Bitcoin now go? The history of price bubbles provides some clues

Nearly 170 years before the invention of Bitcoin, the journalist Charles Mackay noted the way whole communities could “fix their minds upon one object and go mad in its pursuit”. Millions of people, he wrote, “become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first”. His book Extraordinary Popular Delusio...[Read More]

How new media platforms have become powerful across Africa

Online platforms have become an important site for political and social engagement. On the one hand they have been praised for their progressive characteristics. This is because they offer great organising potential, enhance political accountability and disrupt old media practices that tend to exclude less powerful voices from important social and political discussions. On the other hand, they hav...[Read More]

Voicemail, that old voice era hallmark, is dead. But app-centric voice messaging is very alive

Just over a month ago I turned off my voicemail. After voice calls and SMSes, voicemail has been the longest used service I’ve had since I bought my first cellphone in 1996. It was an essential part of the cellphone era, wasn’t it? To say I hardly miss it, hardly needs to be said. Like just about everyone I know these days, my voicemail has politely implored people not to leave a messa...[Read More]

Uber is increasing fares 5% from today

Car-on-demand service Uber has announced it’s increasing fares for South African consumers by 5%. The new rates come into effect today. Given the stratospheric rise in the price of fuel this year, the only surprise is that it’s taken so long. In a blog post about the move posted on Friday, the company says the new rates will help drivers “continue to maintain a sustainable living...[Read More]

Stuff’s load shedding survival guide for 2018 – Unlimited power!

We’re not here to disappoint anyone — we know you’re all quite fidgety because you’ve been stuck watching prehistoric Netflix (a candle flickering against the wall) for the past two weeks. Maybe you haven’t had a proper warm bath for a few days, or you’ve long since blown by your take-away budget. Here’s something to brighten up your gloom slightly — Stuff’s load shedding survival guid...[Read More]

The web really isn’t worldwide – every country has different access

What the internet looks like to users in the U.S. can be quite different from the online experience of people in other countries. Some of those variations are due to government censorship of online services, which is a significant threat to internet freedom worldwide. But private companies – many based in the U.S. – are also building obstacles to users from around the world who want to freely expl...[Read More]

Cast your vote for Stuff’s 2018 Reader Smartphone and Reader Gadget of the Year

Stuff always has a tough time at the end of the year. Not just because we’re fed up with the year-to-date (though, like the rest of the world, we often are) but because we have to sift through every piece of tech that entered the office, crossed a desk, or was fired out of an air cannon (that actually happened once) and decide which of these glorious items is worthy of winning one of Stuff&#...[Read More]

MTN’s launched a time-based music streaming service called, duh, MusicTime

Mobile network MTN recently bought music streaming Simfy Africa. Now it’s using its new acquisition to launch a novel take on a streaming service — which it’s calling a ‘world first’ called MusicTime. As the name suggests, the service lets users buy streaming access by time. MTN subscribers can buy 120 minutes of access to the service for R5 or 300 minutes for R10 ...[Read More]

WhatsApp skewed Brazilian election, proving social media’s danger to democracy

Misinformation via social media played a troubling role in boosting far-right Congressman Jair Bolsonaro to into the Brazilian presidency. Bolsonaro did not win 55 percent of votes thanks to misinformation alone. A powerful desire for political change in Brazil after a yearslong corruption scandal and a court decision compelling the jailed front-runner Luis Inacio Lula da Silva to withdraw from th...[Read More]

Digital assistants like Alexa and Siri might not be offering you the best deals

Your home digital assistant is always listening. But is it always offering you the best content, the cheapest deals, and the right search results? Digital assistant devices such as Alexa, Google Home, Siri and Cortana are increasingly prevalent. These devices listen for every command, their platforms know where you are, and they have a deep and evolving understanding of your preferences. But there...[Read More]

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