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The way we walk can be used to power and secure our devices

When we walk or move, we create kinetic energy in a way that is unique to each of us. Our latest research shows that it’s so unique, it can be used to authenticate who we are. Not only that, but this kinetic energy can also be used to power our personal devices. Power and security from the energy we create by walking is ideally suited to wearable technologies. Wearables and mobile devices have bec...[Read More]

Everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 wasn’t a great outing and while the company is well on its way to making up for it, it’s the Galaxy Note 8 that will finally close the book on 2016. We’re expecting that they’re going to want to keep at least a few secrets before the reveal of their Apple-competition handset later this year but… we’ve never really liked the idea of ...[Read More]

25 secret WhatsApp tricks you (probably) didn’t know about

There are over a billion WhatsApp users worldwide right now. The bad news? Your mom has already found her new favourite way to spam you. The good news? You can easily avoid her on the down-low, and that’s just one of the messaging service’s many secret tips you probably don’t know about. From disabling its ‘last seen’ feature to bookmarking messages you don’t want to forget about, there are loads ...[Read More]

Ubisoft teases Far Cry 5 ahead of 26 May reveal

We’ve been on the lookout for Far Cry 5 and Ubisoft is set to oblige us later this week, by having the worldwide reveal of the latest in its explore-and-kill-everything series taking place this Friday. And just to make sure that it has got your attention, Ubi has released a series of short shorts which give us some sort of idea what’s going to be revealed. And things are looking…...[Read More]

After the ‘Facebook Files’, the social media giant must be more transparent

Most people on Facebook have probably seen something they wish they hadn’t, whether it be violent pictures or racist comments. How the social media giant decides what is and isn’t acceptable is often a mystery. Internal content guidelines, recently published in The Guardian, offer new insight into the mechanics of Facebook content moderation. The slides show the rules can be arbitrary, but that sh...[Read More]

Can you ever be sure your connected kit is really secure?

Assuming you’re a regular reader of this or other technology news sites your kneejerk reaction to this headline should be “nope”. That’s a good instinct. Because just as new hardware tends to outpace the legislation that governs it, the people and companies behind that hardware tend to prioritise features, functions and time to market over security. With the pace of innovation and the potential pe...[Read More]

Destiny 2: Everything we know so far

Bungie has always said it has a 10-year-plan for Destiny, and now in year three, we have a better sense of where the shooter sensation is headed next. The Destiny 2 full game will be released this September, expanding the Destiny experience with plenty of new worlds, fresh gameplay elements, and more customisation options than ever. It’s the biggest overhaul of the MMO-cum-FPS since the rele...[Read More]

There’s a technology that could stop Facebook Live being used to stream murders – but it has a cost

It took 24 hours before the video of a man murdering his baby daughter was removed from Facebook Live. On April 24, 2017, the father from Thailand had streamed the killing of his 11-month-old baby girl using the social network’s Live video service before killing himself. The two resulting video clips were streamed hundreds of thousands of times before they were finally removed. This was the not th...[Read More]

Light Start — Android Go, a new Surface, Resident Evil reborn, and South Park smells funny

Google’s making Android for low-end phones better with Android Go Here at Stuff we absolutely love getting our hands on the latest phones from the handset powerhouses out to claim our allegiance. As such, we almost never have any issues running Android apps. But we’ve also tested enough entry-level phones to know that that isn’t the case for everyone. Google also knows that stock...[Read More]

Only the deepest of pockets will be able to afford this Pokémon wristwatch

If you thought that R275,000 for a Super Mario watch was too much money to spend on Nintendo-themed gear, then you might as well stop reading now. This Pokémon wristwatch, made by the same company responsible for the Mario armwear, is expensive enough that it should come with its own Pikachu. The creation of RJ-Romain Jerome, which are known for creating some bonkers custom watches including a few...[Read More]

The doomsday scenario of malware taking over the world happened last Friday

Last Friday, science fiction became reality. In countless movies about the future terrors of our digital world, doomsday scenarios have ranged from hackers taking over nuclear power stations to siphoning off millions from bank accounts. But on Friday the most improbable of terrible predictions of cybercrime came true. A massive ransomware attack affected over 100 countries, crippling courier giant...[Read More]

How WannaCry caused global panic but failed to turn much of a profit

The recent WannaCry cyber-attack led to panic across the globe, showing just how important it is for organisations to have secure operating systems. This was not even the most sophisticated malware around. Numerous networks could easily cope with it and it largely hit legacy operating systems such as Windows XP. In most corporate infrastructures, there would be no sign of Windows XP – and it seems...[Read More]

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