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Talk to me: voice control is taking off, but it’s not taking over yet

If unexpected packages start showing up at your door, you might want to have a word with one of your smart devices. Earlier this month, a six-year-old in Dallas asked her family’s Amazon Echo smart speaker for a dollhouse. And Alexa, Amazon’s Siri-like artificial assistant, promptly ordered one to their house. A San Diego TV news show picked up the story, and inadvertently repeated it when one of ...[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]

Drones delivering packages in cities won’t take off – here’s why

You may have gasped with disbelief the first time you saw a photograph of a drone home-delivering a box from Amazon or cakes from a bakery or carrying a bag of crisps. Until recently, this was the stuff of science fiction. Your initial reaction was probably: “Amazing … but will it ever take off?” Drones – or unmanned aerial vehicles, as we once called them – have now become capable of lifting and ...[Read More]

Forget the resolutions, kick off the new year with a few of these useful apps

New Year’s Resolutions are the latest fad to receive the app treatment. My social media timeline have been awash with apps promising to help you fulfil those annual do-better intentions. Instead of apps to help you achieve the unachievable, rather use some good apps that make your life easier and more productive. Every year, my personal favourite app is always Evernote. Evernote is a brillia...[Read More]

Why you might want to think twice about surrendering online privacy for the sake of convenience

It is inconvenient to guard one’s privacy, and the better one protects it, the more inconvenience one must endure. Enjoying privacy, at a minimum, demands installing software to block tracking online, using long and different passwords for online services, remembering to turn off the WiFi and Bluetooth signals on your mobile phone when leaving the house, using cash, and so on. The more privacy con...[Read More]

A new twist on fusion power could help bring limitless clean energy

In a world struggling to kick its addiction to fossil fuels and feed its growing appetite for energy, there’s one technology in development that almost sounds too good to be true: nuclear fusion. If it works, fusion power offers vast amounts of clean energy with a near limitless fuel source and virtually zero carbon emissions. That’s if it works. But there are teams of researchers around the world...[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]

How we can make super-fast hyperloop travel a reality

Across Europe and parts of Asia, travellers can enjoy some of the fastest rail services in the world. From Málaga to Madrid, Tokyo to Osaka, high-speed electric trains condense the travel times between major hubs by racing along at some 300kph. The fastest commercial service in the world is the Shanghai maglev – short for magnetic levitation, the method of propulsion it uses to glide along its tra...[Read More]

The LG G6 will look a little longer than expected, won’t explode (says LG)

What with all the talk of Apple’s new iPhone and Samsung’s next shot at a Galaxy flagship, it seems that the LG G6 is getting off light. Nobody’s really talking about it, which you could argue is a double-edged sword for LG. Sure, you get to keep your secrets but… nobody’s talking about your device. We can change that up, though, as there is a dribble of information o...[Read More]

And now, a life-sized Lego Batman Lego Batmobile

If you’re not looking forward to the Lego Batman Movie then you should go and watch a few trailers and fix that. Right now. We’ll wait. Then, and only then, will you be able to appreciate this Lego build which replicates the Batmobile from the upcoming animated feature film. Which would be impressive any time when but it’s a life-sized creation by Chevrolet? Um, yeah… So we...[Read More]

How wearable devices are reinventing our cities as open-air gyms

When Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, arguably the “father of gymnastics” and the inventor of the horizontal and parallel bars, opened his first gym (or Turnplatz) in 1811, he decided to locate it outdoors in Berlin. At the time – and for thousands of years beforehand – physical exercise was primarily an open-air activity. Only in the 20th century did the gym begin to be relegated indoors, due to the increa...[Read More]

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