Category Archives: technology

We’ve moved…


Hi everyone, thanks for being patient. We’re happy to say the wait is finally over. Our top secret project (yes, it was the fully-blown website) is now live, and available at www.stuffmideast.com. So come in, have a look, put your feet up and get stuck in to the region’s best-selling technology magazine. Still a few bugs, but we’re sure you’ll help us iron those out. Now click this link, and we’ll see you on the otherside.

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Suunto Core Extreme Limited Edition

We’re  a big fan of Suunto’s harder-than-nails sports watches, and the aptly named Core Extreme is no different. Packed within Batman-like armour, the dark delight includes an altimeter, barometer, digital thermometer, whether trend indicator, digital compass and predicted sunrise or sunset times. If that wasn’t enough, it also tells the time, twice (thanks to dual timekeeping abilities). No word on pricing just yet, but with all those features we wouldn’t be surprised if it fell into the Bruce Wayne-consumer bracket.

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Barnes and Noble eReader incoming

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Just a week after the Sony and Borders became eBook buddies, Barnes and Noble have just jumped aboard the eReader bandwagon. The bookstore confirmed its push into eBooks, announcing a partnership with Plastic Logic to develop an eReader for early 2010. The online bookstore will be 700,000 books strong, and it will even sell eBooks for other mobile devices, including iPhones and BlackBerrys as well as PCs and Macs. But the big question now – which eReader is going to hit the region first? Any guesses?

[via Gizmodo]

Philips using Twitter to give away Cinema screen

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Philips is having some sort of competition, and it’s using Twitter to drum up support. The competition involves trying to create the best viral video in the world, advertising Philips 56in 21:9 cinema screen. The competition is worldwide, and all you need is a Twitter account to get involved. Just follow Philips_vs, and tweet ideas for your viral.

We’ve got one: Chuck a cinema screen off the Burj Dubai and film it smashing in slow motion – then have the screen pan out, and the slo-mo video is  being displayed on a Philips Cinema screen. What do you think?

Slim Seagate FreeAgent Go hits 640GB

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Hard drive specialists Seagate have bumped the successful FreeAgent Go series up to 640GB. For some, that extra space won’t be needed. But if you make use of Seagate’s Theatre HD, having an extra 140GB of films and music could come in handy.

FTTH spreads in Abu Dhabi (and Ajman)

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Can’t wait for fibre-to-the-home to go mainstream? Then get yourself down to Abu Dhabi. Etisalat has started routinely updating its lines with FTTH technology. That means blinding fast optical broadband speeds (up to 100Mbps), perfect for streaming HD content, internet TV and online gaming. Cool beans.

UPDATE: And Ajman, apparently. Apologies to Ahmad who sent us this photo. It was so well written we thought it was from an Etisalat corporate PR man of the same name.

Why you will never ever beat your PC at chess

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Despite the complexity of Stuff’s Latvian Gambit opening strategy, this game is going to end in failure. Why? Because the opponent is a computer that can calculate every possible move Stuff might make in the future of the game. Stuff’s comparatively modest calculations are no match for the machine. If you really enjoy being beaten, try Thinking Machine 4, a chess sim that shows you its calculations while you play. Be warned, once the ‘wow’ factor wears off the effect of watching yourself being soundly defeated is soul destroying.