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.

The spirit of Vertu lives on in Tonino Lamborghini’s Alpha-One

Luxury smartphone maker Vertu may have closed its doors but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for expensive phones that act as status symbols rather than practical devices. Case in point: The Tonino Lamborghini Alpha-One handset, a hand-tooled leather-and-gold affair that will cost you about the same as a few month’s salary. Or a mid-range MacBook. But what are you getting w...[Read More]

Here’s how to catch Samsung’s Unpacked Note 8 event as it happens

There are many, many ways to watch Samsung’s 23 August Unpacked event, taking place in New York this evening. If you were good at planning (and knew some of the right people) then you could have left for New York earlier this week, braving two days of flights and other methods of transit so that you could get a front-row seat of the proceedings. It’s a little late for that so if you...[Read More]

HP’s taking another shot at the gaming notebook market with the Omen X

An omen is a sign of an event of great import. The death of a king. The rise of an empire. The final episode of Game of Thrones. You know, things like that. So when HP’s newest gaming notebook is called the Omen X Laptop, you’re supposed to feel almost awed to be privy to knowledge of its existence Which could, you know, almost be how you feel. That’s because HP’s newly-ann...[Read More]

Feeling resourceful? Microsoft announces Age of Empires 4

Well, we’re going to have to dust off the old axe and remember how to start ordering peasants (or peons) around — Microsoft has announced that Age of Empires 4 is going to be a thing soon. A wood, gold, and stone thing designed to consume hours at a time. The company made the announcement at Gamescom in Germany this week and they’ve also revealed that developer Relic is at the he...[Read More]

In the September 2017 issue of Stuff Magazine

It’s Spring! Nearly. Stuff Magazine‘s September 2017 has jumped the gun a little by pre-empting the flowers and birds (and warmth) by a few weeks so we can give you some Spring vibes a little early.  But what does that mean, besides a whole lot more pollen and the sun rising a little earlier? Well… The September 2017 issue of Stuff brings the 100 Greatest Gadgets of 2017 to your ...[Read More]

Light Start — Extreme fishing, Minecraft blocks, lasers in space, and tabletop rats

Now THIS is how you advertise a fishing game We’ve been playing fishing games since the time we had to hold the PSOne controller sideways for SEGA Bass Fishing but we’ve never seen anything like this — an actually exciting fishing game trailer. No, it doesn’t start by giving you a six-pack of beers (the traditional South African way of making fishing extra-exciting) but it ...[Read More]

Samsung’s Note 8 specs benched, plus a possible camera surprise

Just when you think you know it all, something shows up and makes you question what you know. This is as true of the Galaxy Note 8 as it is with the rest of life — there’s always something more to learn. Which is our long-winded way of saying that everything we know is… different. Well, not everything. And not that different. But there are reports of a subtle change for the Note ...[Read More]

You must construct additional pylons — Starcraft Remastered is live

More proof that we’re actually trying to live in the past is the existence of many, many remakes and remasters. Or maybe that’s just where the money is these days. No matter, we don’t care about companies taking our cash as long as they keep giving us awesome — like the newly-released Starcraft Remastered, which is now out and waiting to consume hours of your life. Blizzard...[Read More]

Samsung’s U Flex headphones will bend over backwards to please you

If you’re using an Android, specifically a recent Samsung Android, then chances are you’re in the market for a set of mobile headphones. Not that there’s anything wrong with the AKG-made buds bundled with the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus but we do like the look of Samsung’s wireless U Flex neckband headphones. The new U Flex, based on the animated video below, are being design...[Read More]

Android O name, launch likely on 21 August

We’ve eaten the Nougat, we’ve sampled the Marshmallow, we’ve snacked on a whole batch of Android flavours so far and it’s Android O that we’ve got our sights on next. And our next taste will probably be soon. Very soon, if prominent leaker Evan Blass is to be believed. According to Blass’ Twitter account, we’re going to see the release of Android O on the ...[Read More]

Light Start — Digital vinyl, ZenFone leaks, Facebook’s new toy, and space computers

The Great 78 Project is digitising old vinyl for the Internet Archive If you want to up your hipster game then you’re going to have to head on over to the Internet Archive (link below). That’s where you will find the Great 78 project, which has digitised a whole lot of vinyl. Over 50,000 examples of the old format, in fact, including a whole mess of cylinder recordings (which is where ...[Read More]

Facebook launches Watch, their (incorrect) answer to Netflix and YouTube

Facebook wants to keep the eyes of the world on their offerings and services. To that end the social network has announced Watch, a platform for video content that will have to compete with the likes of Netflix and YouTube for eyeballs. Not literally, that would just be gross. Though… we’d also totally watch that show. But Watch, announced by Facebook yesterday and rolling out to limit...[Read More]

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