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Tech firms want to detect your emotions and expressions, but people don’t like it

As revealed in a patent filing, Facebook is interested in using webcams and smartphone cameras to read our emotions, and track expressions and reactions. The idea is that by understanding emotional behaviour, Facebook can show us more of what we react positively to in our Facebook news feeds and less of what we do not – whether that’s friends’ holiday photos, or advertisements. This might appear i...[Read More]

Local pricing and availability for Nokia 5 and 6 confirmed

HMD Global, the company that’s resurrected the Nokia marque, has confirmed that the Nokia 5 will go on sale in South Africa on 28 June 2017 at a recommended retail price of R3,000. The Nokia 6 will follow in late July and cost R3,700. The Nokia 3 went on sale locally on 7 June for R2,000. While it’s the revamped Nokia 3310 that’s been grabbing headlines, we’re far more exci...[Read More]

Now let us tell you about this Bluetooth-connected fidget spinner…

Like the Gremlins, one day there was nothing and then suddenly they were everywhere. No it’s not a vermin infestation, it’s the fidget spinner craze that seems to have popped up out of nowhere. Now normally Stuff wouldn’t be anywhere near something like this but someone’s gone and decided to add Bluetooth to one of these pointless rotating toys. So… Meet the BlueSpin....[Read More]

Here’s how to download the iOS 11 public beta

Just unveiled mere weeks ago at WWDC, Apple’s iOS 11 brings a load of fresh tweaks to the iPhone and iPad operating system, but we probably won’t see it release until September. Luckily, you can jump the queue right now if you’re a bit daring: Apple has just released the first public beta version of iOS 11, much as it did with iOS 10 last year. Now anyone with a compatible phone ...[Read More]

Why the SNES Classic Mini is the most exciting games console of 2017

What’s the greatest ever Nintendo console? Trick question. It’s the SNES and this isn’t even a debate. Now the games machine that brought us Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country and so many more classics has been reborn, just like the NES Classic Mini. The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System – catchy name, Nintendo – is a diddy reincarnation of the SNES that co...[Read More]

Should robot artists be given copyright protection?

When a group of museums and researchers in the Netherlands unveiled a portrait entitled The Next Rembrandt, it was something of a tease to the art world. It wasn’t a long lost painting but a new artwork generated by a computer that had analysed thousands of works by the 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. The computer used something called machine learning to analyse and repr...[Read More]

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is set to be the most expensive Galaxy yet

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is on the way, hard, and if current reports are on the er… money, then the Note 8 is going to be hitting your wallet the same way — hard. A VentureBeat report by noted smartphone leaker Evan Blass claims that Samsung is going to be launching a 6.3in Galaxy Note 8 and that it’s going to be the most expensive phone the company has ever made — a w...[Read More]

Steam Summer Sale 2017: the discount games you need to buy

Ah, the Steam Summer Sale. A way for South Africans to get a slight taste of Northern Hemisphere summers, even while we freeze our collective bits off in our local winter. We still call it the Summer Sale, because reasons. It’s back, running until the 5th of July, and once more Valve’s digital gaming store is filled with huge reductions on thousands of titles. Whether your interactive tastes run t...[Read More]

How to help kids navigate fake news and misinformation online

Young people get a huge amount of their news from social media feeds, where false, exaggerated or sponsored content is often prevalent. With the right tools, caregivers can give kids the knowledge they need to assess credible information for themselves. Being able to identify the trustworthiness of information is an important concern for everyone. Yet the sheer volume of material online and the sp...[Read More]

Light Start — SpaceX’s double, Gmail de-scanned, a new Leaf, and CoD: MW is on

SpaceX, bored with single landings, is now doing two at a time  Okay, so ‘two at a time’ might be stretching things a little but SpaceX is turning up the impressiveness by pulling off multiple rocket landings this past weekend. The company successfully landed two rockets, the first being one of the company’s previously used Falcon 9 boosters which launched and landed successfully...[Read More]

How bad can it get for Uber — the ride-hailing service keeps making absurd mistakes

The only company experiencing worse bad press than Eskom, or any related to the Guptas, is rail-hailing app Uber. The world’s most valuable start-up at US$69bn has undergone a slew of disastrous revelations about its executives’ conduct, corporate culture including pervasive sexual harassment, and intellectual property theft for its autonomous car project. Then there’s the ongoin...[Read More]

Drop everything and download: Sega Forever

Remember those amazing Sega games you used to play? Now they’re back for Android and iOS! In truth, they never really went away – ever since emulation became a thing, owners of old games have recognised the money to be made in old rope. But Sega Forever is a new rallying cry, and reportedly the start of something big – an endlessly growing collection of retro hits aiming to hurl you back to the ha...[Read More]

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