Brett Venter

Stuff South Africa's online editor and print assistant editor, Brett Venter has churned out more words on more titles than most journalists will in a career. He's kind of shy.

Samsung is going to be making a Galaxy Note 8 this year

Samsung has just put the Galaxy Note 7 recall to bed, having completed and announced the results of its investigation into last year’s woes. You might think, after all that, that the Note brand might be seen as a little tainted but Samsung has instead confirmed that there will be a Galaxy Note 8. What’s more, we’re going to see it this year. Samsung’s DJ Koh, speaking to CN...[Read More]

Could this be our very first look at the LG G6?

Is this what the LG G6 is going to look like when we get our first (official) look at it at this year’s Mobile World Congress? Sources say yes and if they’re correct then we’re looking forward to seeing the handset in the flesh. Why? Well, we already know a few things about the phone, most notably the display oddities that are in store for users. What we don’t know is much ...[Read More]

Get your share of X tickets to xXx: Return of Xander Cage

You read that right, we’ve got X tickets to give away to the opening screening of xXx: Return of Xander Cage. And by X we mean 10 (ten), in the shape of five sets of double tickets to the film — courtesy of Ster Kinekor. Isn’t that nice of them? And all you have to do is scramble to enter before we do that winner’s announcement on Thursday this week. Can’t very well a...[Read More]

Light Start – Tracking Trump, SpaceX recycles, Note 7’s reasons, and lady gamers

If you want to see how Donald Trump keeps his promises, here’s where to do that We don’t really get involved in politics, unless it has some bearing on the technology world or it’s really, really funny. This one falls under the first category, sort of. America has a new president in Donald Trump, who was inaugurated over the weekend. So here’s the deal. The first 100 days o...[Read More]



Aorus X5 v6 – Great gaming but at what price?

Why would you pick up a device like the Aorus X5 v6 over other, similar specced gaming notebooks? That’s a hard question to answer at the best of times but when you’ve got several viable options staring you in the face that choice can get even tougher. When you have to pick between items that are closely related in terms of quality it’s easy to get buyer’s remorse without ever putting down your cr...[Read More]

Light Start – Thinking with portals, Note 7 weekend, Logan, and Tides combat

Now Red Bull is thinking with portals If you haven’t played Valve’s Portal or the sequel, Portal 2, then this Red Bull-created video of cyclists hitting jumps before vanishing into portals and popping out somewhere completely different might be a touch jarring, mentally. Your brain tells you everything is normal but also that nothing is working the way it should. Should you know how to...[Read More]

We’re getting closer to having Xiaomi’s battery-packing Redmi Note 4

If the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is anything like the Redmi Note 3 then we’re going to have to get us some of that. Or, to put it another way, we will be all but forced to consider discarding our current cellular devices is favour of this freshly-minted option. As it happens, we now know more about what will be inside the Redmi Note 4 and the specs are looking more attractive than the last time we...[Read More]

Super Mario Run sprints on to Android in March

One of the biggest surprises, amazingly, of Apple’s iPhone 7 presentation last year was the announcement of Super Mario Run, the first true Nintendo-made mobile game. Apple got the announcement because the title was launching on iOS, obviously. That instantly prompted the question: When is Android getting it? The answer? March. That’s the official word according to the official Nintend...[Read More]



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Mediabox – Gee, we wonder what this box contains…

We’ve seen little media boxes passing through Stuff‘s portals from time to time. They’ve almost always been a hard sell, at least for the team, because we’re a spoiled bunch who should have their toys taken away. But with the rise of streaming video, a media box makes more and more sense. You’ve got several choices when it comes to streaming media. A notebook computer...[Read More]

Samsung Galaxy S8: Mockups, headphones jacks, and possible launch dates

Where is it? What will it look like? When can I have one? These are all questions whenever a new Samsung is announced and the Galaxy S8 is just the latest to spark our curiosity. Though, to be fair, the Stuff team goes bonkers whenever something new is announced. Or we think something is going to be announced. Or when someone wants to order pizza, come to think of it… On topic, Samsung in 20...[Read More]

A MacBook Pro upgrade, with Kaby Lake and 32GB of RAM, on the cards for 2017

Apple’s October 2016 MacBook Pro refresh got up the noses of a lot of people, with the company dropping the ports that made the notebook line a favourite with a certain type of user (anyone who, you know, wanted to connect equipment to the Pro for example). Then there were other considerations, like the hardware upgrade not being quite as impressive as users might have liked. Well, AppleR...[Read More]



MSI GE62 7RE Apache Pro – Going big on a budget

The thing about an MSI gaming notebook (they make other types, believe it or not) is that you know what you’re going to be getting out of them. The design may not alter a lot between models or even generations but the insides… oh, the insides are what count and MSI’s kit rarely fails to deliver. Take the MSI GE62, for example. The version we had to play with was the 7RE variant, ...[Read More]

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