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Stuff Magazine South Africa

Stuff Magazine South Africa March 2020

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.

Man, what a year it’s been. Wait, it’s only March?! That’s… that’s actually a great thing, as it means we’ve got a lot of amazing tech to look forward to this year. On the cards are: Apple’s announcements, Samsung’s latest and greatest (which should be official right about now), everything from E3 where we’re expecting a lot of hardware and… well, most of the high points that don’t take place at CES and MWC at still to come. But in the issue you’re holding now, we’ve got the absolute highlights of the past year – 2019’s best tech resides in these pages as Stuff ’s annual Gadget Awards (p30). This year, competition was tighter than ever in most of our categories. Even the reader-voted items were decided by a tight margin,…

2 min.
our month

I MOVE’D A LOT Having a house with Sonos speakers to stream audio is great, but what happens when you go down to the pool or out to a picnic? Sonos seems to have thought of this and its latest speaker is a clever combination of its excellent WiFi streaming tech, which also incorporates Bluetooth. Take the appropriately named Move out of range of the WiFi and it switches to Bluetooth from your phone. The carrying “handle” is a clever piece of design, using a cavity at the back, and the usual play/pause and volume buttons on the top. And most importantly the sound quality (and battery life) are excellent. Nice Move Sonos. Toby Shapshak, Publisher and Editor-in-chief I FELT LIKE A TOURIST IN MY OWN COUNTRY I’ve managed to get to age 37…

7 min.
hot stuff

HOT FIVE #1 NEVER MIND THE WALKMAN, NOW SONY’S GOT A DRIVEMAN Sony Vision-S Sony has concocted some unexpected stuff in its time. There was the futuristic but largely pointless robotic dog, Aibo. And who can forget the futuristic but largely pointless dancing Bluetooth speaker, Rolly? Its latest is kind of a combination of the two: an electric concept car. As concepts go, though, the Vision-S is pretty low on the weird scale, which is always a good sign for its chances of ever becoming reality. Beneath its Tesla-esque exterior are two 268bhp electric motors that will send it from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds and top out at 240km/h, while 33 sensors inside and out keep an eye on everything from traffic conditions to driver and passenger behaviour. Each seat has its own…

1 min.
ces 2020 concepts

MERCEDESBENZ VISION AVTR The Vision AVTR (above) is inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, complete with biometric driver recognition, crablike movement and 33 ‘bionic flaps’ on the back. We’ve got many questions, but the main one is: Why isn’t it blue? FIAT CENTOVENTI Ever gone shopping for a car and wished you could pick and choose each part as if you were customising your ride in Forza? Fiat’s modular Centoventi lets you do just that, from bumper colour and interior layout to the capacity of the batteries. HONDA AUGMENTED DRIVING CONCEPT Honda’s latest concept looks a bit like a bathtub from the future. With no pedals, you push or pull the steering wheel to change speed, or just take your hands off the wheel to switch to autonomous mode.…

3 min.
cam out, cam out, wherever you are

OnePlus Concept One Rtba / oneplus.com When OnePlus’s boffins decided to create their first ever concept phone, they were clearly too sidetracked with refining the tech to think up a more imaginative name… but frankly, who can blame them when they were working on an ‘invisible camera’? This isn’t some pathetic special effect, like James Bond’s ridiculous vanishing car in Die Another Day – the Concept One uses impressive glass technology to hide the lenses from sight. ● Under the rainbow Colour-shifting electrochromic glass on the back of the Concept One can change its transparency, so the lenses only become visible when the camera is in use. It’s a trick inspired by the clever sunroof of supercar partner McLaren’s 720S, with organic particles in the glass shifting it from opaque black to entirely clear.…

4 min.
xbox series x

MICROSOFT CLAIMS IT WILL SUPPORT 8K GAMING AT UP TO 120FPS, WITH RAY TRACING FOR REALISTIC LIGHTING Wow, is… is that a new console? Yes indeed. This windowless black tower is ironically from Microsoft. It’s the Xbox Series X, it arrives this year and absolutely nobody saw it coming… except everyone who knew the PlayStation 5 was on its way and immediately put two and two together. If the design’s giving you vertigo, don’t fret – it’ll work on its side too, although insufferable geeks reckon that’ll make it the same height as the Xbox One X but double the width, so either way the real winner here is Makro. Will it beat the PS5 for power? Specs are scarce, but AMD is on processor/graphics duty and it will use rapid GDDRG memory. Far…