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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]

7 things the Galaxy Note 8 must do for Samsung to reclaim the smartphone top spot

Given the unfortunate fate of last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy Note 8 has a pretty low bar to rise above to be considered a success: it has to still be on the market in a couple of months. The Note 7’s infamous exploding battery debacle led to a complete recall of last year’s smashing device, leaving the market devoid of a top-end, stylus-centric smartphone for a ful...[Read More]

How long will you keep playing? The game knows

We have a tendency to consider ourselves unique and unpredictable, but digital games research shows that this is far from the case. In fact, we can be categorised into groups of people who show the same behaviours, and what we do in the future is imminently predictable. For example, how you play a game will reveal what you are likely to do in the game next and how long you are going to stay intere...[Read More]

The history of the Galaxy: how Samsung’s superphone has evolved over seven years

Can you remember anything notable that happened in 2010? We had to resort to Wikipedia ourselves, which is how we remembered that South Africa hosted the FIFA World Cup — how much did we have to drink that year, exactly? 2010 also saw the launch of Samsung’s first S series phone, the Galaxy S. We’ve moved on a lot in seven years (mostly by gaining weight and losing hair), but Sam...[Read More]

How the smartphone affected an entire generation of kids

As someone who researches generational differences, I find one of the most frequent questions I’m asked is “What generation am I in?” If you were born before 1980, that’s a relatively easy question to answer: the Silent Generation was born between 1925 and 1945; baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964; Gen X followed (born between 1965 and 1979). Next come millennials, born after 1980. But wh...[Read More]

Huawei Mate 10: Everything we know so far

With winter almost drawing to a close (though you wouldn’t believe it over the past week or so), the smartphone world is gearing up for a busy Q3 launch window – and Huawei wants to be front and centre with the Mate 10. Last year’s Mate 9 was a beast of a phone, taking everything we loved about the P10 and making it bigger, better and more powerful. Plus it didn’t have to g...[Read More]

South African social media is giving consumers power to discipline corporations

More than 20 years after democracy it seems incredible that a leading South African insurance company, Outsurance would put out a Father’s Day advertisement which featured mostly white dads. If their marketing team didn’t see the problem, citizens on social media certainly did and helped the company to see the error of its ways – and fast. Within hours of screening the advertisement, a Twitter sto...[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]

8 things you need to know about the Nokia 8

The ‘new’ Nokia’s first flagship phone is official, and it’s a bit of a doozy. With hardware specs that leave the cheaper Nokia 3 and Nokia 6 in the dust, a much slicker design, and the return of the familiar partnership with Zeiss optics for the camera (or should that be cameras?), the Nokia 8 looks every bit the high-end hero Nokia needs. But there’s more to it than...[Read More]

Popularity of latest ‘honesty app’ Sarahah shows how much we desire validation, whatever the cost

A new app called Sarahah (which is Arabic for “honesty”) launched its English-language version this summer, promising an anonymous way of offering supportive criticism for teams in the workplace. It has since attracted 300m users and reached the top of Apple’s App Store download charts in more than 30 countries, but already users say they are receiving harassing and obscene messages. Sarahah’s des...[Read More]

Boost your productivity: 10 amazing web apps you can use for free in your browser

That amazing future, where you don’t have to bother installing software, because everything’s on the internet? Already here. But you probably knew that anyway, through using Google Maps and Google Docs, and Google Everything Else. What you might not know is the sheer range of things you can do in a browser, and how brilliant many web apps have become. Stuff set two rules for inclusion in this list...[Read More]

End-to-end encryption isn’t enough security for ‘real people’

Government officials continue to seek technology companies’ help fighting terrorism and crime. But the most commonly proposed solution would severely limit regular people’s ability to communicate securely online. And it ignores the fact that governments have other ways to keep an electronic eye on targets of investigations. In June, government intelligence officials from the Five Eyes Alliance nat...[Read More]

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