After my disappointing experience with the Jaybird X3’s, I was forced to resume my perpetual quest for the ultimate headphones and to continue my search for the elusive audible companion to be by my side, day and night. Although my tastes were particular, my two requirements were simple — all I needed was a pair of headphones that:

  1. I could comfortably use for exercise without them falling out or disconnecting
  2. I could use for everyday calls and listening to music without the battery dying and without them looking dumb

They didn’t have to be “true wireless” headphones, but it would…


One year after I moved from iPhone to an Android phone, Apple just announced their new lineup of shiny gadgets. Was it enough to convert me back to the Apple fanboy I was once?

Not quite.

Apple’s launch event yesterday was, dare I say, rather boring. Even though Apple products continue to look sexy, they also continue to underwhelm.

The new Apple Watch is great. Unless you want something that will last more than one day, help you track your sleep, or can show you the time without you having to lift your wrist. Yes it can now run a…


Call me old fashioned, but I like writing with a pen on paper, especially in meetings. I find it very impersonal to be separated from the person across from me by a barrier of laptop screens, and so I prefer to take notes “manually” in meetings. But I wasn’t born in the Middle Ages, and so I also need to have all my notes digitized for easy access (I usually store everything on Evernote which I use religiously on my phone, tablet, and computer).

So with these requirements in mind, I have tried every note-taking solution under the sun over…


How spending more time with technology may help cure cellphone addiction

How many times did you check your phone during the last movie or TV series you watched? If you’re like me, you probably had one eye on the TV and another on your phone — mechanically scrolling through one app after the next to see what is going on in the world. And this doesn’t only happen when sitting on the couch in-front of the TV, I have a compulsion, an itch, to check my phone while watching a movie at the cinema as well. …


(This short story is available on Amazon. The first chapter is available for free below, with permission from Vaughan Close)

Gidlabeta was the first Sesotho phrase I ever learnt. It means “I’m going to hit you”. It wasn’t that Thembi was a violent person, not by any means. She’s the sweetest maid you’ll ever meet and always walked around with a smile on her face while she hummed some African tune or another. But jeez did she get upset when I misbehaved. While my mother taught me the finer things in life like Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Dolce & Gabbana…


When you think about the future of urban transport, what do you have in mind? Flying cars? Self-driving Ubers? Personal drones? Although we may all be traveling around in one of these futuristic machines at some stage, I’ve already seen the future of urban mobility. And it’s a Bird.

Anyone living in San Francisco, certain parts of Los Angeles, and many other US cities will by now be overly familiar with Birds. Birds, and their cousins, Lime, Jump (owned by Uber), Lyft and others, are electric scooters that have been dropped on the sidewalks of major cities overnight within the…


I may be biased, but within a few weeks after deciding to close down my startup in Johannesburg, I traveled to Israel to meet some of the most exciting tech startups around who are changing the landscape in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Cyber-security. And it made me realise that even though we are trying, South Africa’s nascent startup community is miles away (literally & figuratively) from the world’s best tech hubs, such as Silicon Valley, Israel, & even Kenya.

Although it’s difficult to quantify exactly how many startups Israel has compared to South Africa, what is quantifiable is the…


For those of you who don’t know me, let me introduce myself. My name is Antony and I am a headphone addict.

I have my running headphones, my everyday listening headphones, my music appreciation / zoning-out / airplane headphones, my spare headphones (at my desk, in my car, in my work bag), my grab ’n go headphones and probably a few others as well. I’ve also tried them all — cordless ear-buds, workout headphones, various noise-cancelling cans. It’s not a cheap addiction and its hardly rational but hey, at least it’s not drugs!

With this background in mind, let me…


When I was a kid there was a competition on K-TV, called Reggies Rush. If you were selected to participate, you were given an empty shopping trolley in a Reggies (now Toys R Us) store with no-one else inside. The clock started, and you had 60 seconds to put whatever toys you could in the trolley- and then you got to keep everything inside!

Every kid in South Africa wanted to be on Reggies Rush. To have the chance to just go into a toy store, take whatever you want, and then leave without paying a cent. …


We weren’t short of issues when I was in high school — it seems high schoolers never are. If I were to remember back to the late nineties, I’d say the biggest issues were drug abuse and anorexia. We probably had about 20 unfortunate students (out of a class of around 150) who fell victim to these evils, and it often left a lasting impact on their later years.

Now imagine a serious problem that affects 1 in every 4 South African teenagers. A problem that affects them enough to result in long-term anxiety, poor self-image, and on occasion, suicide…

Antony Seeff

A tech-obsessed gadget enthusiast. Aspiring writer & entrepreneur.

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