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CliffCentral unWired wireless earphones – Affordable buds for your lugholes

At the Stuff offices we’re accustomed to receiving loads of tech from around the world but almost nothing that is primarily South African. Even Vodacom’s series of smartphones are designed and released as Vodafone devices in the UK before getting here. So getting a pair of CliffCentral.com’s unWired earphones was a bit of a strange experience. Gareth Cliff on the box, CliffCentra...[Read More]

Samsung Galaxy S9: A stunning update that’s going to be hard to beat

A lot of ink, digital and the other kind, has already been spilled on the new Galaxy S9 smartphone from Samsung. A lot more is going to be splashed around over the rest of the year as Samsung’s newest is used as the benchmark for every other smartphone released in 2018. Nobody’s going to be left out, even Apple’s newest creations will be measured against the S9. Which could be fi...[Read More]

Sony’s gone high-end again with camera-centred Xperia XZ2, XZ Compact

It’s Mobile World Congress time again, the time of year when most of the smartphone surprises for the year are either teased or confirmed. Sony’s had a couple of announcements for us in the shape of the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact handsets, which will be launching next month — though local availability and pricing have yet to be confirmed. It’s been quite some time since a n...[Read More]

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S8: What’s changed

We’ve seen a pattern like this before: Samsung’s Galaxy S7 took its cues from the Galaxy S6, the company’s last radical redesign. Having the same thing happen in the jump from the S8 to the Galaxy S9 isn’t completely unexpected. This Apple-like approach to handset releases might make for a less-exciting reveal but that’s as may be. There are some high points to be see...[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]

Sony’s trio of mid-range smartphones, headed by the XA2U, land in SA in April

Stuff Magazine got an early look at the upcoming trio of Android mid-rangers from Sony’s Xperia lineup: The Xperia XA2 Ultra, the Xperia XA2, and the Xperia L2 — all upgrades on the existing XA Ultra, XA and Xperia L handsets. And we’ve got the likely South African launch date too. Expect these to drop on 2 April 2018. All three look to be significant updates on their preceding m...[Read More]

Here is Fujifilm’s mirrorless, leather accented, 4K-shooting X-A5

If you’re in the market for a new entry-level APS-C mirrorless camera then Fuji’s newly-announced X-A5, an addition to the company’s X Series of shooters — replacing the X-A3, a camera that we haven’t seen a whole lot of here in South Africa. The Fuji X-A5 has a 24.2MP APS-C sensor using a more conventional Bayer colour filter array — rather than Fujifilm’...[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]

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]

TAG Heuer debuts their R2.4m Connected Full Diamond smartwatch

There are times when you really want to rub it in someone’s face that you’re able to wear the price of a luxury German car or a double-storey beach house on your wrist. If that’s you, but you can’t bear to miss any Facebook notifications, then the TAG Heuer Connected Full Diamond might be what you’re after. The very expensive timepiece debuted at the Salon Internation...[Read More]

Apex Predator: Acer’s new gaming desktop wants to scramble to the top of the food chain

Acer’s Predator range has always been very good at one thing in particular: looking the part. The Predator series has always looked extremely aggressive but for once it might fully live up to its title — the newly-unveiled Acer Predator Orion 9000 is set to be a beast of a desktop PC. Even though the name sounds like it was drawn from a hat filled with badass military codenames, the Pr...[Read More]

Better screen, fewer wires: Valve and HTC introduce the Vive Pro

It was only very recently that the HTC Vive made it to South Africa (officially) and now we’ve got something else to look forward to. At CES this year HTC and Valve took the wraps off the second iteration of their already impressive VR headset, called the HTC Vive Pro. And it’s going to be going wireless. Eventually. Before it does, though, it’ll arrive in a more traditional form...[Read More]

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