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How quantum computers could steal your bitcoin

Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin have recently captured the public’s imagination because they offer an exciting alternative to traditional monetary systems. Bitcoin transactions are essentially a series of puzzles stored in public on the blockchain. The puzzles used to protect bitcoin are so complex that current computer technology isn’t powerful enough to crack them. But quantum computers could crac...[Read More]

Do I want an always-on digital assistant listening in all the time?

The smart device market is exploding. Smart home kits for retrofitting “non-smart” houses have become cheaper. Earlier this year, Apple released the HomePod speaker, the company’s response to dominant smart devices Google Home and Amazon Echo. Amazon, too, is expanding its lineup. Recently, it debuted the Amazon Echo Look, promising to make users more stylish. All of these smart devices are equipp...[Read More]

Can’t focus? Addicted to your online world? There’s an app for that

We live in a distracted world. Our ability to focus on a single task or activity is dwindling, even though many people insist they’re good multi-taskers. Neuroscientist Earl Miller says these people are “deluding themselves”. All we are really doing is dividing our brain’s processing power between tasks as we switch from one to another. We are actually increasing the cognitive load on our brain. D...[Read More]

Even self-driving cars need driver education

What do self-driving cars and teenage drivers have in common? Experience. Or, more accurately, a lack of experience. Teenage drivers – novice drivers of any age, actually – begin with little knowledge of how to actually operate a car’s controls, and how to handle various quirks of the rules of the road. Their first step in learning typically consists of fundamental instruction conveyed by a teache...[Read More]

Three ‘living labs’ which show how autonomous robots are changing cities

Ready or not, autonomous robots are leaving laboratories to be tested in real-world contexts. With more and more people living in cities, these technologies offer ways to cope with ageing populations and poorly maintained infrastructures, while promoting safer transport, productive manufacturing and secure energy supplies. Urban “living labs” are one way scientists are trying to understand how aut...[Read More]

Why it’s time to give Showmax a(nother) try in 2018

It’s been three years since Showmax first launched in South Africa. Here’s a look at some of the biggest changes, from Originals to apps.Showmax is the longest-running streaming service in South Africa. Since it first launched in 2015, a number of early streaming competitors, like VIDI and OnTapTV, have fallen by the wayside while even more players have joined the fray including Netflix, Amazon Pr...[Read More]

How to get culture right when embedding it into AI

If, like Rip Van Winkle, you’ve been asleep for the last decade and have just woken up, that flip phone you have has become super-popular among retro technologists and survivalists alike, and, oh yeah, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is either going to kill you or save you. AI is the latest in a long line of technology buzzwords that have gripped society, and if we are to believe the people at the re...[Read More]

Limber up your fretting fingers, we’re giving away a Fender Newport Bluetooth speaker

Click through to the Terms and Conditions for the bits where we lay out all our strange requirements (our competition rider, if you like) and then you’re set to pop on down to the entry form and get your entry in. Or, you know, don’t, but entering means that you agree to be bound by the Ts&Cs, unless you work for Stuff Magazine. Sorry, office team (and immediate family) — No Fender goodn...[Read More]

Robots can learn a lot from nature if they want to ‘see’ the world

Vision is one of nature’s amazing creations that has been with us for hundreds of millions of years. It’s a key sense for humans, but one we often take for granted: that is, until we start losing it or we try and recreate it for a robot. Many research labs (including our own) have been modelling aspects of the vision systems found in animals and insects for decades. We draw heavily upon studies li...[Read More]

Why technology puts human rights at risk

Movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner and Terminatorbrought rogue robots and computer systems to our cinema screens. But these days, such classic science fiction spectacles don’t seem so far removed from reality. Increasingly, we live, work and play with computational technologies that are autonomous and intelligent. These systems include software and hardware with the capacity for in...[Read More]

Huawei’s first 5G-supporting handsets will hit the market in 2019

We all know that 5G, the successor to current mobile internet technology 4G, is on its way. The tech, or an early version of it, was in testing in Japan as far back as 2014 and it’s getting ever closer to launch. So close, in fact, that Huawei is going to be launching its first 5G-capable smartphone in 2019. That’s the word according to the company’s Western European Consumer Bus...[Read More]

Netflix testing new Ultra tier, which may put HDR content behind a higher price point

Netflix has been testing out a new pricing tier of their streaming service over in Europe, where people aren’t being slammed quite as hard by VAT and petrol price increases. The tests involve creating a new Ultra tier, which will sit above the existing Basic, Standard, and Premium plans. Just what the creation of an Ultra tier involves hasn’t been defined yet. A table has been found sh...[Read More]

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