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Stuff Magazine South Africa

Stuff Magazine South Africa November 2018

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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2 min.

For team Stuff, the things that go bump in the night are usually us, tripping over the cat while trying to find the light switch after a streaming binge (p101), or getting tangled in the cables of retro gaming controllers (p16). Which is why this issue’s big feature is dedicated to nocturnal tech (p38). From smart lights and glowing jackets to brilliant (in both senses) alarm clocks and bicycles, this is tech that could save your kneecaps, and your life. There’s other potentially life-saving tech in this issue, too. Apple’s new Watch Series 4 (p12) includes fall detection that’ll buzz the emergency services if you tumble and can’t get up. You might need it once you see the price of Apple’s new flagship iPhones (p8). Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch (p59) can’t…

3 min.
our month

I GOT NORDIC WITH MY WI-FI Using free public Wi-Fi is a boon if you run out of airtime or you’re travelling overseas. But it can be hazardous. Security researchers warn that one of the most dangerous things you can do is use an unsecured wireless network because it can be easily compromised and your data intercepted. Worse, hackers often pretend to offer ‘free Wi-Fi’ in public spaces so they can steal passwords and other sensitive data. The way to protect yourself is with a virtual private network (VPN), which creates a secure ‘tunnel’ from your phone to the VPN servers, keeping your data safe from prying eyes. I’ve been using NordVPN, which is fast and easy to use. We all use public Wi-Fi sometimes, which means we should all be…

1 min.
voluntary xs

Lucky dips 2018’s iPhones have been bumped up to IP68, which makes them not only water-resistant but also fully resistant to dust and dirt. Should the urge arise, you can bathe your new phone in warm beer. Face race iOS 12 alone gives your iPhone a noticeable shot in the arm, with apps reportedly launching up to 30%faster. And the XS has faster Face ID than its predecessor, as well as quicker wireless charging. The iPhone X made quite the splash. It pioneered the much-imitated notch, was the first iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display, and was the first to ditch the home button. So 2018 was always going to be a quieter year for Apple… but once you’ve finished frowning at the names of its new flagships, you’ll find a lot to love. First,…

1 min.
r you experienced?

Recognising that not everyone has over 20 grand to drop on a phone, Apple also introduced the iPhone XR. During its unveiling, the word ‘same’ was used almost hypnotically by Jony Ive’s soothing voice to stress that this device has plenty of the same bits found in the pricier iPhone XS models: the same A12 chip, the same True Depth camera, the same Face ID system. What’s not the same: the price (lower), the camera system (no dual setup here, although Smart HDR and the bokeh slider do make it), and the display. Apple reckons the XR’s 6.1in LCD screen is the most advanced the industry’s ever seen –but the 1972x828 resolution is below Full HD, and at 326ppi only matches the sharpness of the iPhone 8. If you can…

1 min.
apple iphone xs max

Pic that one out The iPhone XS’s enhanced cameras boast larger and deeper pixels, which might sound silly but supposedly give you more realistic colours and less noise in low light. XS, but XL The A12 chip has a fast storage controller, which enables the iPhone to blaze past the 256GB space limit for the first time. If you have the cash, you can now splash out on 512GB of built-in storage. Gilty, your honour Worried nobody is going to notice you’ve got an iPhone XS? Have a word with yourself. But if you’re that concerned, make sure you opt for the eye-catching new gold finish. Pane relief If you go for the XS Max, you can rotate it to landscape and some apps will offer a dual-pane mode (like on the iPhone Plus). It’s handy for…

1 min.
watchos 5 lowdown

OLYMPIC GAINS There’s nothing like a bit of friendly(ish) competition to get you moving. A well as sharing activity stats, watchOS 5 lets you challenge pals to seven-day competitions. WRIST NEVER SLEEPS Imagine going for a run and not tracking every sweaty stride. With watchOS 5, this won’t happen, as the wearable automatically detects when you’re working out. YOGI BARE Apple has also added yoga to the Workouts app for those who want to boast about the quality of their downward dog. THE VOICE OF POD Spend as much time listening to waffle as music? Podcasts are now available on Apple Watch, syncing with your phone whenever a new episode comes along. TALK TO THE, ER, WRIST Apple’s Walkie-Talkie app, which lets you talk to other Watch users by tapping a big yellow button, is a fun addition. But…