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Pay with your Fitbit or Garmin wearable with FNB

South Africans will soon have a range of new mobile payment methods to choose from. Earlier this week Absa announced integration with Samsung Pay (with Standard Bank expected to do likewise any day now), and today FNB announced support for Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay that will work with any contactless enabled point-of-sale device. Apple Pay, where you at? Now anyone with compatible Fitbit and Garmi...[Read More]

Garmin Forerunner 30 – Garmin’s cheapest Forerunner is a solid budget motivator for road runners

The Garmin Forerunner 30 is a watch for the run curious, you know, those folk who’ve made fitness one of their New Year goals but don’t want to spend a fortune on something they fear could wind up gathering dust. Don’t get us wrong, that’s not a criticism of this Forerunner or those who buy it. Any decision to start working out — in whatever way and at any point in th...[Read More]

Garmin Vivoactive HR – Health and Fitness Gadget of the Year 2016

Does anyone need a more comprehensive fitness watch than the Vivoactive HR? Unless you’re running ultra-marathons, we don’t think so. It’s got the lot; heart-rate monitoring, step and sleep tracking, detailed workout recordings, and an inactivity alarm to remind you to get up off the couch. Sure, it’s got a bit of a fugly vibe, but seeing as it keeps ticking for a whole wee...[Read More]

Stuff’s Gadget and App Award winners are…

Here at Stuff Towers we spend an inordinate amount of time fiddling with gadgets, apps, robot vacuum cleaners, IP cameras, action cameras, regular cameras, and anything else we can get our mitts on. The downside of this is trying to keep track of the batteries and cables that come with them, the upshot is you get the distilled knowledge gleaned from our collective experience and the many hours spe...[Read More]

Garmin Vivoactive HR – Probably all the fitness watch you’ll ever want – and more

You don’t need to get fit; you just need to become more efficient. And you’ve made a strong early move, cutting through the throng of wannabe fitness watches to the door of this, the Vivoactive HR. Come inside out of the noise, put the first gold star on your efficiency chart (under the column marked ‘don’t read about things that I don’t need’) and find out why. About...[Read More]

Light Start – BMW scooter, mini Famicom, Vivofit Jr, and CoD: MW Remastered

Yes, we would ride BMW’s C Evolution electric scooter. In public, too Normally we’re not fond of scooters. Not even the retro little Italian jobs that are so popular in Cape Town and other places that hipsters are magnetically attracted to. But we’ll make an exception for BMW’s C Evolution electric scooter. Such a shame that it’s launching in the United States. And we...[Read More]

TomTom ups its wearables game and gets touchy feely

Believe it or not (but do, because it’s true), TomTom still makes satellite navigation devices. It’s got a new one of those, but far more exciting (to those Google Mappers among us, at least) is its new wearable lineup. It’s top-end running and multi-sport watches have both been updated to include new routing features, and there’s a new device in the lineup: the TomTom Touc...[Read More]

Light Start – Starliner delay, Lazertouch, Assassin’s Creed: The Movie, and the Forerunner 735XT

The manned Boeing Starliner will only take flight in 2018 We’ll say this for Boeing: They know how to pick a name. SpaceX might have the Dragon capsule (which just came back from space, by the way) but Boeing has the CST-100 Starliner. This is their capsule that will transport humans into space (even if Elon Musk leaves for Mars first). Unfortunately, it’s going to be doing so later th...[Read More]

Fitbit Blaze – A few good reasons to Blaze it

Here we are in May and still the Stuff team’s kinda working on its fitness. Still. To be fair, the sudden cold snap has made us all want to hibernate somewhere warm, but we’re also still pounding the pavement and parking further away from the mall entrance than necessary in order to rack up the steps. It helps to have gadgetry, like the Fitbit Blaze, to keep us motivated. You might rem...[Read More]

Light Start – Sucky drivers, Star Wars Respawned, Garmin Vivomove, and FO4: Far Harbour

If you’re a terrible driver, you probably don’t realise it (and if you use social media while driving, you qualify) Nobody likes to be told that they’re bad at something but it happens. As George Carlin once said, somewhere in the world is the worst doctor. And someone had an appointment to see him later today. The same is true of drivers. Some drivers just suck. These drivers se...[Read More]

Surf’s up: Garmin’s new watersport watch loves getting wet

Garmin has announced the Quatix 3 – a version of its existing Fenix 3 fitness watch that’s aimed at water-loving gadgeteers. The watch itself features the same smarts as its regular brother, which include powerful GPS modules, an altimeter, barometer and 3-axis compass, but throws in extra water-centric features as well. It’s capable of receiving data from compatible marine sensors, letting ...[Read More]

Stuff’s Top 5 Wearables in 2015

Wearables got everywhere in 2015, as was expected from the wrist-based computing tech. We’ve come a long way from those massively-overpriced wrist calculator watches. Now you can get yourself a massively-overpriced wrist computer watch. And we’re okay with that. We had a lot of wearables show up this year but South Africa is not quite as fertile ground for them as other places in the w...[Read More]

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