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Amazon, Facebook and Google don’t need to spy on your conversations to know what you’re talking about

If you’ve ever wondered if your phone is spying on you, you’re not alone. One of the most hotly debated topics in technology today is the amount of data that firms surreptitiously gather about us online. You may well have shared the increasingly common experience of feeling creeped out by ads for something you recently discussed in a real life conversation or an online interaction. This kind of ex...[Read More]

Amazon finally answers how many Alexa devices have been sold

Amazon has finally revealed how many Alexa devices have been sold, handing out the figure before the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2019) kicked off in Vegas this week. This is pretty momentous on its own, as Amazon has dodged the question in the past. All told, more than 100 million Alexa devices have been sold. Amazon revealed that they have sold 100 million Alexa devices — an impressive f...[Read More]

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018) – Making an excellent device almost perfect

Stuff has been recommending Amazon’s range of Kindles to anyone who would listen for years. Sometimes even to people who won’t listen, because… well, they won’t bloody listen. And the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the e-reader that we’ve probably recommended most, thanks to its combination of pricing, features, and that excellent side-lit screen. But there have been a f...[Read More]

The battle to be the Amazon (or Netflix) of transport

High-tech companies and venture capitalists have been striving to break into the transport and mobility market. Between 2016 and 2018, venture capital investment in urban technology surpassed that of many other areas, including pharmaceuticals and artificial intelligence. Almost 70% of this investment was in mobility. There are many players in this space, but the three largest are Alphabet, Uber a...[Read More]

Amazon debuts a new, waterproof Kindle Paperwhite

It took forever for Amazon to launch a waterproof Kindle and when they eventually gave us one, the liquid-resistance was reserved for their top-of-the-line (and rather expensive) Oasis. Now reading in the bath is going to be coming to the masses, as Amazon has announced an updated Kindle Paperwhite with waterproofing. Amazon’s new device was announced earlier today, bringing Amazon’s w...[Read More]

Apple is giving away their original content… for free?

Earlier this year Apple announced that they are producing their own range of original shows. And initially, it sounded like a strange thing — for Apple to go up against the likes of Netflix and Amazon, but now it looks like they just want to spoil their users… or further ingrain their loyalty. Anyone with an Apple device, be it iPhones, iPads, or Apple TVs (but not Macs, for reasons un...[Read More]

Is there an Echo in here? Amazon has announced a whole list of new smart tech

Amazon isn’t normally one for surprises, but last night the online shopping juggernaut dropped the details on a whole lot of new Alexa-enabled Echo gear, from revamped Dots to an in-car Alexa device, and even an Amazon-branded microwave. Though Alexa isn’t officially supported here in South Africa, we remain ever hopeful that we’ll be able to make use of Amazon’s smart home...[Read More]

A month after Apple, Amazon has also passed the magical $1tn valuation figure

Just a month after Apple became the first company to pass the magical US$1tn threshold, Amazon has done the same. Amazon isn’t called the “everything store” for nothing. From its humble origins as an online bookseller, it has morphed into an ecommerce giant and the largest provider of cloud computing. Its annual revenue is a staggering $178bn and it accounts for 49 cents out of every d...[Read More]

Three ways making a smartphone can harm the environment

Nearly five billion people worldwide will use a smartphone by 2020. Each device is made up of numerous precious metals and many of the key technological features wouldn’t be possible without them. Some, like gold, will be familiar. Others, such as terbium, are less well-known. Mining these metals is a vital activity that underpins the modern global economy. But the environmental cost can be enormo...[Read More]

Light Start – VW Pikes Peak, tickets to space, Leica wristwatches, and DB FighterZ for Switch

VW’s EV blasts up Pikes Peak in less than eight minutes If you’re Volkswagen, you’ve got to be feeling pretty good about yourself right now. The VW Motorsport team has taken their ID R Pikes Peak electric race car and climbed, well, Pikes Peak — setting a new record in the process. The EV managed the ascent in under eight minutes, at an average speed of about 145km/h. The c...[Read More]

Amazon Go has no cashiers, no queues and no fuss – and a bold new vision of commerce

Last month I walked into a lunch food store, helped myself to a meal and a beer, and then walked out without paying. The store was no ordinary shop: it’s potentially the future of shopping. Called Amazon Go, it is run by the American e-commerce giant and is situated opposite its iconic domes at its downtown Seattle headquarters. To get into the store you download the Amazon Go app which displays a...[Read More]

Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017) – Waterproof and Bluetooth, ain’t that the truth

If you love reading – and we mean really, really love it – you could have done a lot worse than last year’s Kindle Oasis. Amazon’s most expensive e-reader was also its most portable, most pocket-friendly, and longest-lasting. We loved it. Now though, there’s a successor – and it’s somehow even better, despite putting on a few extra grams. With a bigger screen, bigger batter...[Read More]

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