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The Division 2 Private Beta – Wandering Washington at the end of the world

Stuff had a chance to muck around in the squad-based shooter's Private Beta over the weekend and this is the information we managed to salvage. Not a fan of long-form reading? The basic notes point to one thing: The Division 2 should be on your radar.

Nokia 8110 – Hands-on with the Nokia banana-phone

Back before the Matrix series had descended into weird philosophy cut with impossible fistfights, if you wanted the greatest in phone technology then you wanted whatever smartphone Nokia had released that week. The sliding Nokia 8110, the very handset that Keanu Reeves used to escape capture from his office job (something we all wish we could do), was the epitome of the future then. Bendy and with...[Read More]

Samsung Galaxy S9: Hands-on with the world’s best phone

Let’s address the elephant in the room first, shall we? On a visual level, not much has changed between the Galaxy S8 and the newly-revealed Samsung Galaxy S9. It’s quite an Apple-like move for Samsung to make — the looks are the same but the insides are what has changed. But how much? Not a colossal amount, as it happens. If you made the upgrade jump last year, you’re not ...[Read More]

DJI Mavic Air: hands-on – Emphasis on ‘hand’

Have you ever wondered at the power that resides in your hands? Just lift up your hand. Yes, right there. Now watch as this drone follows your hand’s every move. Why? Because it is equipped with 3D tracking tech that allows the pilot to put down the controller and wave their hands in the air instead. We saw this tech demonstrated at the South African launch of DJI’s new drone, the Mavic Air. This ...[Read More]

Lenovo Mirage Camera hands-on – VR snaps with point-and-shoot practicality

It’s never been easier to experience virtual reality, with the latest headsets not even forcing you to faff with your phone before diving into all manner of digital worlds. So shouldn’t it be getting easier to create VR content, too? Google and Lenovo think so, and the Mirage Camera could be the piece of tech to do it. The point-and-shoot camera made its debut at CES, and we made sure to try it ou...[Read More]

Hands-on with the Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei is aiming big with the Mate 10 Pro. Here’s a glass-and-metal sandwich that arrives packing twin Leica cameras, an eye-catching 18:9 screen and skinny bezels – and yet it’s the teeny tiny CPU inside it that’s potentially even more exciting. The Kirin 970 is a piece of smartphone silicon with a separate AI brain inside, dedicated purely to machine learning, image recognition, and all ot...[Read More]

Samsung Gear Sport hands-on – A smaller, sleeker Gear that’s learned to swim

We hope you’ve got some good Spot the Difference skills – because you’re gonna need ‘em. The Gear Sport, Samsung’s latest fitness-focused wearable, looks an awful lot like the Gear S3. Spec sheet looks pretty similar, too – until you get to the bit about waterproofing. See, the Gear S3 was never meant to be your swimming buddy, but the Gear Sport doesn’t mind getting its feet wet ̵...[Read More]

Canon EOS M100 hands-on – The perfect step up from your smartphone?

Damn those smartphones and their pesky cameras! What with almost everyone nowadays having a decent snapper to hand, Canon is working harder than ever to give you a reason to upgrade to a ‘real’ camera. While its name might sound like it belongs above an exit ramp somewhere off the N1 to Cape Town, the EOS M100 is a genuinely exciting prospect. An entry level camera that cuts out a lot ...[Read More]

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-on

If someone sets fire to your pants once, are you ever really going to trust them with a box of matches again? That’s just how big a deal the Galaxy Note 8 is for Samsung. Last year’s explosive Note 7 launch (and subsequent recall) was nothing short of calamitous, so its successor absolutely has to restore confidence in the battered sub-brand. The good news? It’s every bit the kick-ass flagship pha...[Read More]

Hands-on with Far Cry 5 — America has fallen, but is it worth saving?

Fundamentalists have taken over the United States of America! But enough about politics, you’re here to read about Far Cry 5. Such is the timeliness of Ubisoft’s latest open-world shooter, it’s almost too easy to draw comparisons between the Seed family cult who now rule over Montana’s Hope County and… the Donald. Trouble is, Far Cry 5 will have been in development long before the White Hous...[Read More]

Hands-on with watchOS 4: the 6 best features coming to your Apple Watch

The Apple Watch has spent the last two years figuring out exactly what it wants to be. That might seem like a strange thing to say about a five-star gadget, but the problem hasn’t been a lack of good apps or design polish – it’s still, by some distance, our favourite smartwatch. No, the Apple Watch has simply been lacking a bit of a focus and some software that helps it become a truly standa...[Read More]

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 hands-on — Enough to make you leave your laptop behind?

Apple has been trying to convince people for years that you could swap your laptop for an iPad. In fact, it’s been trying to convince people since the first model launched in 2010. For most people (read: people who need actual keyboards), it’s so far proven a step too far. Many, many people use iPads, but most still want a laptop too. The latest iPads could perhaps change that. The new...[Read More]

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