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The cost of gaming – 2018 video games sales totalled $43.4 billion in the US alone

Video games are big business. Not quite as big as Apple in a bad quarter but still pretty big for what’s still a fairly narrow form of entertainment. American market research firm the NPD Group has crunched the numbers and video games sales managed to rack up $43.4 billion in 2018. That’s about R600 billion here at home. That’s a whole lot of video games. Those sales numbers aren...[Read More]

Apple wound up replacing 11 million iPhone batteries in 2018

Apple recently announced that it was expecting revenues to take a hit, as a result of several factors. Economic slowdown and increased competition from China were blamed but another cause seems to be the company’s discounted battery replacement program. Apple may have been expecting to replace between one and two million batteries for the year but things didn’t work out that way. Accor...[Read More]

The defining tech story of 2018 is that social media is a modern-day version of slavery, using personal data for financial gain

When George Soros warned at the beginning of the year that social media had become a “menace” to society and “obstacles to innovation”, he could scarcely have known his admonitions would be proved so correct this year, as Facebook imploded in a privacy storm and he himself would became their target. By the end of this year, whatever niceties were left in our opinion of Face...[Read More]

Help Stuff choose the best Apps of the Year for 2018

It’s that time of the year when the Stuff team gets down to the business of choosing the best tech and apps of the year (for the current year). We’ve got something brewing with the gadget side of things (that we’ll share with you soon, be patient), but right now we need a spot of assistance from our real confidants — our readers. You see, deciding which app will win each ca...[Read More]

South Africa is the real winner with the MTN Business App of the Year Awards

The MTN Business App of the Year Awards is a chance for enterprising app developers to gain recognition and reward for their work but as important as it may be for the devs – who do a fantastic job year after year – it’s the folks who don’t really do much in the initial stages who get the most benefit. Previous winners include Shyft, Domestly, Wumdrop, and Live Inspect – all services that have gon...[Read More]

Samsung’s going to release its foldable smartphone this year

Samsung has long been rumoured to be working on a foldable smartphone, with the really smart money being on the device carrying the Galaxy X designation when it (eventually) drops. At least ‘eventually’ has just been upgraded to ‘some time this year’, according to a new report from CNBC in the States. Samsung Mobile CEO, DJ Koh, according to the report, has confirmed that S...[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]

The most anticipated smartphones of 2018

2017 was a fantastic year for phones. We got skinnier screen bezels than ever, cameras that took better pictures than dedicated compacts, and better-than-all-day battery life. But we want more. And if the early rumours are any indication, that’s exactly what we’re going to get. All eyes will of course be on Samsung at the beginning of this year, when the inevitable Galaxy S9 arrives, a...[Read More]

The 18 movies we’re most excited about in 2018

Even with the start of the year just weeks away, 2018 already looks stacked from a movie-going perspective. As well as the requisite Marvel and Star Wars flicks there are plenty of other big franchise releases already announced, plus a fair few lesser-known-but-probably-more-interesting movies too. We’ve collected all of 2018’s biggest movies here together with their latest trailers. S...[Read More]

The 30 most anticipated games of 2018

Well, 2017 truly lived up to our expectations: it’s been one of the best years that gaming has ever seen. But we’re an optimistic bunch, and we think 2018 can be even better. It’s true! Why? Well for starters, developers are flocking to the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo itself has been delivering knockout experiences. Meanwhile, both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One should be well-s...[Read More]

Stand a chance to win one of five NIVEA MEN hampers worth R1,000 each

If there are two things we really dislike it’s being overly dry and smelling weird. Weird in a bad way, that is, and we suspect that a few of you might feel the same way. It’s to those people that we’re directing this next giveaway, five NIVEA MEN hampers worth more than R1,000 each. Yup, it’s another festive season giveaway from Stuff (and the folks at NIVEA, to be totally...[Read More]

Upcoming R16,000 phone from RED includes ‘holographic’ display

It was only a matter of time before someone decided to try and turn the smartphone display on its head and the first attempt is from RED. The super high-end camera company. Weird, but okay. RED has announced, rather than a new high-speed video camera, the Hydrogen. The Hydrogen looks to be a smartphone, though the details of the device are being kept murky. It’s being billed as the “wo...[Read More]

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