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Stuff Magazine South Africa

Stuff Magazine South Africa October 2019

Stuff Magazine, the world's best-selling gadget & technology magazine. Stuff is your expert, up to the minute guide on gadgets, gear, technology - and how to play with them. Our expert reviews and tests sort the best from the rest in digital cameras, cellphones, computers, games, fashion, wheels, lifestyle products and the weird and wonderful. Stuff is a magazine about technology, but it’s more about how a product looks and how it fits into the reader’s life.

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South Africa
Stuff Group (Pty) Ltd
R 234
10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

This is a first for me. That’s a rare occurrence for most folks past the age of 35. I’ve written small sections that are like an editor’s letter in the past but wasn’t prepared to write an actual one. But that’s life. No matter what you do or how you prepare, you’re never really prepared. You just think you are. Stuff wasn’t prepared for previous editor Craig Wilson to leave, but nobody’s ever ready for departure. Not really. Which is a kinda downbeat way of saying that we – that is, myself and the entire Stuff team – wish Craig and his lovely wife Lauren all the best in their American ventures. We weren’t prepared for the sudden change of scenery and, from what we’ve seen in the weeks it took to…

3 min.
our month

I LOOKED UP AN OLD FRIEND There was a time when it felt like really simple syndication (RSS) feeds would change the world forever. And for a time, they did. But RSS was a strange anomaly that seemed to run out of popularity, even though these feeds remain the most useful way to read stories from news websites. I recently revisited RSS and was pleasantly surprised to discover an old favourite, Feedly, is still going strong. Just as pleasingly, its app is as useful as it ever was. With Feedly I can see all the headlines of all the news services I read, in one place, in one app and, well, I can read them without pulling out a magnifying glass. That’s what really simple syndication was always meant to do…

8 min.
hot stuff

HOT FOUR #1 BOAST-IT NOTES Samsung Galaxy Note 10 & Note 10+ Samsung isn’t exactly known for springing surprises. So while much of what you get with its new Note 10 and 10+ could have been guessed before they were unveiled, that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty here to get excited about. With its massive 6.8in AMOLED Infinity-O screen, 12GB of RAM, 4300mAh battery and quad-camera array, the Note 10+ (R23 000) is the pick of the pair, but both come with slimmer bezels and all the internal workings needed to make your current phone sad. Then there’s the classic S Pen, which now features gesture controls that let you channel your inner sorcerer and control apps with a flick of the wrist. The extra camera on the 10+ is for depth-sensing, while…

1 min.
specced-up four eyes

$380 (R5 850 - import) / spectacles.com What sort of person buys Snapchat Spectacles, and who are we to judge? Well, actually, we’re precisely the people to judge. Ridiculous, aren’t they? And yet, with some clever depth-sensing tech at play, social media dons might be onto a winner this time… ● Third eye The third-gen Spectacles feature familiar round lenses, but swap the plastic frames for steel – available in carbon or mineral (black or gold to normal people). Tap either button to video up to 60 seconds or press and hold for a still; a little LED will light up to show filming has commenced and everyone is now a potential victim. Sync the glasses to your smartphone, edit as you see fit, and fire content over to Snapchat or export for…

1 min.
better than specs?

Bose Frames Wireless musical sunglasses with a 9-axis motion sensor, AI voice-assistant support and a dedicated AR platform… what a ludicrous set of words to string together. R4 500 / makro.co.za Vue Smart Glasses The Vue specs are now shipping after a successful $2.2m Kickstarter campaign. Activity-tracking, music playback and hands-free calling are supported. $249 / vue.backerkit.com Vuzix Blade These shades have a head-up display, a haptic touchpad, 4GB of storage and an 8MP camera. And for some next-level shiz, there’s Amazon Alexa built in… and DJI drone support. from R13 300 (import) /vuzix.com…

2 min.

1 Miximum Free or R40 / iOS You might hate iTunes, but it’s great for dynamic playlists. Miximum brings similar smarts to iOS, and lets you construct playlists using rules rather than dragging and dropping tracks like a caveman. 2 321Fit Free / Android, iOS Borrowing from music players, 321Fit presents workouts as customisable playlists. It further encourages you through a blocky Teletext-style man working out, and loads of retro beeps. 3 Face Pause, Face Tube Free / Android These twin apps pause your Android’s screen whenever you have the audacity to remove your gaze from it. Handy for video, perhaps, but also foreshadowing a terrifying future for advertising. 4 Start with Yoga R50 / Apple Watch Yoga apps don’t always help you relax, considering the pounding they give your wallet with IAP subs. This one’s different: a one-off charge, and…