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Garmin looking to make its MARQ with a new collection of tool watches

Hey, you know what we really need? A bunch of highly-specific smartwatches, tailored to one of several very specific activities. Just kidding, you never need anything like that. Unless you're making a living doing said activities, we guess. Wanting them, though? That's another story. And we certainly want to give Garmin's new MARQ line of connected tool watches a closer look. 

Microsoft launches new Azure datacentres in Johannesburg, Cape Town

Microsoft has brought new Azure datacentres to South Africa, based in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The datacentres are the company's "...first enterprise-grade datacenters in Africa", and will be instrumental in connecting the country (and the continent) with Microsoft's services. 

You must have it? Here’s where to pre-order the latest star in Samsung’s Galaxy

Samsung’s latest and greatest smartphone is here at last. Well, it’s nearly here – 8 March, the Galaxy S10’s launch date, is right around the corner and you don’t want to be caught out without one. That’s why just about everyone has Samsung’s newest device family available for pre-order. If you want one on Day One, you’re going to have to reserve it.

inDriver ride-sharing app lands in SA, bringing Real Time Deals (and haggling) along

Ride-sharing services like Uber have made the drive home after a night out a safer experience but there is something that we could do without: surge pricing. A new ride-sharing service, called inDriver, that’s just launched in South Africa, reckons it might have the answer to that — haggling. More or less. inDriver, a service that was pioneered thanks to a reaction to surge pricing on ...[Read More]

If President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Sona address argues for the importance of telecoms, why are the ministers all as wacky and out of touch?

What is it about the portfolio that the communications minister so often seems bereft of their senses? During the ongoing Please Call me saga between Vodacom and its former employee Nkosana Makate, Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams last month tweeted: "Just shut up Vodacom and do the right thing. ’Talk to Makate’ instead of this poor PR stunt. Don’t talk to us until you have reach...[Read More]

Apple looking at altering how iPhone prices are set internationally

Every year we get a new iPhone. Well, every year Apple releases a new iPhone. You can get it, if you want or if budget allows. But every year we also get a price increase for said iPhone, a phenomenon that prompted Apple to start releasing explicitly cheaper editions of their mobile phone. But, if Apple’s Tim Cook is to be believed, we could experience something strange soon. The price of an...[Read More]

Netflix pricing won’t change in South Africa for now

So, Netflix US is getting more expensive, you say? Well, Netflix users in South Africa won’t see a price hike just yet. A new report by The Guardian mentions that Netflix US is raising monthly subscription prices with between 13% and 18%. The increase comes after Netflix has invested a lot of money they don’t technically have in new content to keep newcomers on the streaming scene at bay. The anno...[Read More]

Alienware announces 17in gaming notebook at CES

Alienware, the gaming brand developed by Dell, have announced their thinnest, lightest gaming notebook yet. And this one’s coming to South Africa in just a few weeks time. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019, Dell and Alienware decided to give consumers what they want — an affordable, lightweight gaming machine. A machine that appeals to both amateur gamers as well as pros. And...[Read More]

What trended on Google in South Africa this year?

Google has announced its annual statistics concerning web search around the world. And locally we’re not even surprised, because most of the top Google search terms for South Africa in 2018 mirror the real issues that South Africans experience on a daily. Here’s a breakdown of the search company’s Year in South African Search. The Google year review looks at the top searches in a few categor...[Read More]

Uber South Africa opens call centres for local users

Brace yourselves for the craziness that is the South African road system in the holiday season. This includes the people who generally choose to Uber, though those folks will hopefully be a little calmer. Why? Because the company is finally launching a call centre in South Africa. The call centre is aimed at providing 24/7 telephonic support to customers who experience issues, whether that’s...[Read More]

Stuff’s load shedding survival guide – Unlimited power!

We’re not here to disappoint anyone — we know you’re all quite fidgety because you’ve been stuck watching prehistoric Netflix (a candle flickering against the wall) for the past two weeks. Maybe you haven’t had a proper warm bath for a few days, or you’ve long since blown your UberEats budget. Here’s something to brighten up your gloom slightly — Stuff’s load shedding survival guide! I...[Read More]

New minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has her work cut out to reinvigorate this essential part of our economy

It was easy last week to focus on the failure to fire South Africa’s two most incompetent Cabinet ministers – Bathabile Dlamini and Nomvula Mokonyane – but the country should be heartened by our new communications minister. It might be facetious to say Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is infinitely better than any of her predecessors because they are such a motley crew of useless and corrupt Zumaïtes...[Read More]

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