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Live off-grid in eco pods

Live off-grid in eco pods

Repurposed shipping containers form the basis for a home-grown eco mobile living unit concept....

Tested: Qnap personal cloud networked storage

REMEMBER LPs? Video cassettes? Half a century ago, we stored media on shelves and in cupboards. Even a decade ago, CDs and DVDs were still...

Identity theft

Identity theft

Foiling identity thieves means maintaining vigilance about cybersecurity – even after your computer has gone to hardware heaven...

Desktop lasers move over, 3D printers?

Low-cost fibre lasers from the far east are changing the way industry works. Hobbyists should take note, says a local user....

The unbelievable reality of the impossible Hyperloop

A company is shooting electromagnetically propelled sleds along a track in the Nevada desert to show off a radical idea for the future of freight...

September 2016

September 2016

Just do it yourself One of the longest-running and most active parts of Popular Mechanics is Do it Your Way. I’m often astounded at how...

How to get started in curing meat

The most counterintuitive way of preparing meat can also be the most delicious....

The tech that drives the American hope at the 2016 Rio Olympics

How Justin Gatlin prepares to face Usain Bolt on the sprint track – and the gear behind memorable Olympic performances....

Overclocking: Make it faster

We get South Africa’s top hardware overclocker to do a live demo. Here’s what happened…...

Kill shots and keyboard skills: this is eSports

The South African eSports scene is much bigger than you think. Find out more in the September issue....

It’s abut time: Wonderful watches

Once seen as essential, the traditional wristwatch is now generally regarded as falling into the luxury goods category. Of course, that depends on who you’re...

August 2016

August 2016

Back on track A fair bit of my time lately has been spent driving. Part of that’s due to a staff reshuffle. (Sorry, I’m not...

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