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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]

Light Start – Home-made Switch, big Blue rocket, an auto-dozer, and JCVJ

Can’t find a Switch in stores? Might as well make your own So you’re keen on the Nintendo Switch but less impressed with the console’s range of titles. You could always take a page out of YouTube user Tim Lindquist’s book and make your own version of the console. You can see most of the project, greatly speeded up, at the video above. Perhaps the most impressive thing about...[Read More]

Amazon has finally gone and made a waterproof Kindle: Meet the upgraded Oasis

Ask the Stuff team which piece of tech we are completely unable to live without and the answer in almost every case is the Amazon Kindle. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the old stalwart with the physical buttons and WiFi only (we still have one of those), the newer Paperwhite models, the Voyage, or the high-end Oasis, they’re all well loved. But we might be tempted away from our ...[Read More]

Light Start – RIP zombie dad, the new doctor, Amazon IM and Google mozzies

So long George A. Romero, and thanks for all the undead Director George A. Romero, probably most famous for helming the iconic, 1968 zombie flick Night of the Living Dead, died on Sunday at age 77. Romero made plenty of other commendable movies, including The Crazies, Martin and Creepshow, but it’s Night of… for which he’ll be remembered. Well, that and anti-consumerist and downr...[Read More]

Apple’s HomePod may be South Africa’s best smart speaker option

The rumours told us a speaker was coming, and as usual, they were spot on. Called the HomePod, Apple’s promising Alexa-like speech recognition, but with Sonos-grade sound. It’s also the centre of Apple’s envisioned connected home and a way to get us all using Siri more. But more importantly for South African consumers, it’s a smart speaker we might actually get here. Given ...[Read More]

Although bookstores are making a comeback, Amazon’s reading device is a thing of beauty

Last week Amazon, the online bookstore that put so many other bookstores out of business, opened its first store in New York. Called Amazon Books, it’s the ecommerce giant’s second store, after it opened a bricks-and-mortar store in its hometown Seattle in 2015. As curious and ironic as it is, it’s a good thing. The world can never have too many bookstores, which are a bastion of liter...[Read More]

Light Start – Starcraft Remastered, Nio EP9 speeds, Amazon’s first drone delivery, and the Justice League

Starcraft Remastered is coming for the hours of your life that you can’t really spare right now Well, there go our plans for the next few years. Blizzard has announced the existence of Starcraft Remastered, a release which is going to be taking the original space RTS epic and upgrading it with 4K graphics, updated online connectivity (while retaining LAN access, which made the original such ...[Read More]

Budget Mods for budget Motorolas are coming next year

Lenovo-owned Motorola intends to bring the modular system found on its flagship Moto Z device to more affordable devices in 2018, and will offer different quality Mods in the same categories to cater to different budgets. That’s according to Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo chairman and CEO. Yuanqing made the comments during a press briefing at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday. “We ar...[Read More]

Light Start – Stranger Things to return, Guardians 2, PS4 gets some space, and Amazon’s drones

All right you crazy fans, Stranger Things will be back around Halloween with Season 2 If you’re anything like the Stuff folks then Netflix Original Stranger Things blew you away in 2016. Right after our single-day binge we were asking “When is the next season going to be out?” We’ve got an answer, thanks to the Netflix Superbowl ad for Stranger Things — Season Two. We...[Read More]

Talk to me: voice control is taking off, but it’s not taking over yet

If unexpected packages start showing up at your door, you might want to have a word with one of your smart devices. Earlier this month, a six-year-old in Dallas asked her family’s Amazon Echo smart speaker for a dollhouse. And Alexa, Amazon’s Siri-like artificial assistant, promptly ordered one to their house. A San Diego TV news show picked up the story, and inadvertently repeated it when one of ...[Read More]

Drones delivering packages in cities won’t take off – here’s why

You may have gasped with disbelief the first time you saw a photograph of a drone home-delivering a box from Amazon or cakes from a bakery or carrying a bag of crisps. Until recently, this was the stuff of science fiction. Your initial reaction was probably: “Amazing … but will it ever take off?” Drones – or unmanned aerial vehicles, as we once called them – have now become capable of lifting and ...[Read More]

Amazon’s Alexa stole the show at CES, signaling that this will be a big year for voice assistants

Talking to yourself in your house has become more of a reality after a slew of new products using Amazon’s voice assistant were unveiled last week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where the big trends for the future year unfold. The big trends this year, in no particular order: more sophisticated drones, 4K another high resolution televisions, virtual reality, and artificial intellige...[Read More]

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