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Versions of Han Solo’s blaster exist – and they’re more powerful than real lightsabers would be

People who think physics is boring couldn’t be more wrong. It can explain everything from spooky interactions on the tiny scale of atoms and particles to how the entire universe behaves. As if that wasn’t enough, it can also be used to assess how realistic futuristic technology in science fiction is. My area of expertise – plasma physics – can explain many aspects of both lightsabers and the Death...[Read More]

Paid your traffic fines online? Check to see if your information has been compromised

Another day, another bundle of information leaked out onto the internet. The latest is the personal information of some 934,000 South African drivers, who could potentially have had their data compromised after it was found on a publicly-accessible web server. According to website iAfrikan, which has been working with haveibeenpwned founder and security expert Troy Hunt, some 934,000 South African...[Read More]

Debunking the 6 biggest myths about technology addiction

How concerned should people be about the psychological effects of screen time? Balancing technology use with other aspects of daily life seems reasonable, but there is a lot of conflicting advice about where that balance should be. Much of the discussion is framed around fighting “addiction” to technology. But to me, that resembles a moral panic, giving voice to scary claims based on weak data. Fo...[Read More]

Apple’s iPhone XI is due soon: Here’s what we know so far

We’ve heard rumours about multiple sizes and different screen resolutions, but what exactly does Apple have up its collective sleeve for their 2018 device? Will it be the iPhone XI? The iPhone 11? The iPhone X2, just for the fun of it, because who needs an iPhone 9? We aren’t sure what it’ll be called yet – but we have heard loads about what might be on the horizon, hardware-wise. The ...[Read More]

Level up your Nintendo Switch: Grab these essentials to make Ninty’s best even better

Nintendo’s Switch console was a huge hit last year, turning out to be impressive enough to take away Stuff‘s coveted Gadget of the Year 2017 award at this year’s awards ceremony. The console is good. It’s very good. But, and it almost hurts to say this, it could be better. But that’s only because there’s an impressive lot of extras out one year on, a collection ...[Read More]

Four ways your Google searches and social media affect your opportunities in life

Whether or not you realise or consent to it, big data can affect you and how you live your life. The data we create when using social media, browsing the internet and wearing fitness trackers are all collected, categorised and used by businesses and the state to create profiles of us. These profiles are then used to target advertisements for products and services to those most likely to buy them, ...[Read More]

We have five sets of double tickets to Solo: A Star Wars Story to give away

Well that was awfully short notice. That means there’s no time for mucking around. Right, listen up. Stuff Magazine has got five sets of double tickets to Solo: A Star Wars Story to give away to five lucky winners so that they (and a partner) can go and see the newest Star Wars film. Early. But there’s a catch. There always is. The catch is: The film is being screened this Thursday and...[Read More]

This 12K resolution flyover of New York is the thing high-res screens were made for

You’re familiar with 4K video, but there are already moves towards 12K — as this stunning footage of New York City, shot by a helicopter, shows. The video is the creation of cinematographer Phil Holland, who used a helicopter and a very impressive camera rig to get his shoot on. The New York flyover was done with a rig called the Shotover K1 Hammerhead, a chopper-mounted setup that inc...[Read More]

The Qwerty keyboard is one of those anachronisms of the mechanical age that lives on in the digital era

Why does the Qwerty keyboard have such a strange layout, I was recently asked. It’s one of those anachronisms of the mechanical age that lives on in the digital era. Back in the heyday of this new-fangled technology called typewriters in the 1870s, the race was on to make a new mechanical writing device. One of the biggest problems was that regularly-used keys would jam. These early typewriters us...[Read More]

Gaming gets more inclusive with Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller

Most gamers take for granted the fact that they’re able to hold a game controller in both hands and go roaming around virtual worlds whenever they want (when school and work allow, of course). Microsoft has been giving some thought to those who can’t do that, for various reasons, and has come up with the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a gaming peripheral designed for those with disabilities...[Read More]

What is 5G? The next generation of wireless, explained

Every decade or so, the wireless industry rolls out a new cellular communications standard that can transmit more data more quickly. Already under development is the next round, called “5G” because it’s the fifth major generation of these standards for encoding and transmitting data over radio waves. The first generation, retroactively called 1G, was a fully analog system for transmitting voice. I...[Read More]

MultiChoice sees a streaming future with DStv: Here’s why it better hurry

In a sign of streaming video is affecting traditional broadcasters, DStv will launch its own internet video service having seen Netflix account for a loss of 100,000 DStv subscribers. (Read more here.) This news follows an inquiry by the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (Icasa) into the subscription television broadcasting sector. MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela told Stuff these we...[Read More]

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