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TechLife December 2018

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TechLife is a tech mag with a difference. It focuses on how technology can help you rather than on product specs. In an era when the tablet and smartphone have joined the personal computer as essential devices in our lives, TechLife shows you how to get the most from them.

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Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the road well-travelled

ALONGSIDE OUR GUIDE TO HANDY BLOGGING APPS, YOU CAN EVEN MAKE SURE YOU KEEP EVERYONE AT HOME GOOD AND JEALOUS ABOUT YOUR ADVENTURES. CONSIDERING HOW MUCH I love to travel, I am very lucky to have a job that often involves a fair bit of it. In the last month or so, while my esteemed colleague Paul Taylor was handing over this fine publication to me, I’ve ticked off an impressive amount of air-miles, visiting Germany for the launch of Nvidia’s epic new graphics card, the RTX 2080, and visiting the St. Petersburg studios of one of my favourite developers, Wargaming, for a preview of some new and upcoming in-game content for World of Warships. These trips do, however, tend to be rather short, so I added a few days onto my…

1 min.
exclusive software

COMPRESS & DECOMPRESS FILES WITH EASE ARCHIVE AND RETRIEVE WITH ASHAMPOO ZIP FREE Nearly all computer users come across file archives in different formats, e.g. the wide-spread ZIP format. Compressed files are easy to store and share. Ashampoo ZIP bundles essential features like reading and writing of archives in a single free application. Ashampoo ZIP supports comfort features such as jump lists and the display of progress on taskbar icons for Windows 7 and Windows 8. The user interface employs a tile-based design with quick access to all essential features, and tiles can be rearranged for personalisation. Download link: www.ashampoo.com/techlifemagazine CLEAR SPACE & TIDY UP YOUR PC REMOVE DUPLICATES WITH ABELSSOFT FIREFUSION FULL VERSION WORTH $25. FileFusion is an innovative tool that can clear up to 31% of disk space. On each PC there are many files, such…

5 min.
iphone xs max

THE IPHONE XS Max (pronounced ‘Ten S Max’) is the biggest smartphone Apple has ever made. With a 6.5-inch display, hardly any screen bezel and the now-iconic screen notch it’s a dominating presence in the hand. It also dominates the pocket, both in terms of size and price. As well as being the biggest, the iPhone XS Max is also the most expensive iPhone to date, with Apple delivering a handset with a screen size that rivals the most premium of Android flagships. This is a bold statement from a firm that has, up until last year with the introduction of the 5.8-inch iPhone X, resisted the urge to push the screen size envelope to the same scale as its Android rivals. DESIGN The steel frame around the outside and the new formulation of…

2 min.
what about the iphone xs

In nearly every way - apart from their size, cost, and battery - these two fines are pretty much identical. They run the same A12 Bionic chip, and benchmark very close to one another; they feature the same 12MP rear camera with a secondary telephoto lens, and the same 7MP front camera. They run the same OS, with the same features, and design wise, they share the same aesthetic, come in the same three colours (Silver, Space Grey, and Gold) the now familiar notch, and both boast improved speakers that are louder than their predecessors, and offer stereo functionality. Whether that makes a real difference in this form factor is a little beside the point, but they both certainly sound very good. So let’s drill into what sets them apart. BATTERY We ran the…

2 min.
inside techlife

TECHLIFE IS AUSTRALIA’S most practical mainstream technology magazine, having been in print since 2012, when we launched as a redesigned and modernised version of Australian PC User. The latter was first printed in 1990, and we take that 25-year heritage seriously and strive to be both ethical and transparent in our coverage of technology and any other topics we broach. Like our sister magazine, APC, we have two main goals here at TechLife: to track down the best of modern tech and to help our readers get the most from it. We’re also an open church in terms of platforms. We know most people aren’t wed to a single brand’s products and use a variety of devices in their lives. And like you, TechLife’s journalists want to know what’s good in…

1 min.
amazon complacent over australian price gouging

AFTER THE AUSTRALIAN government passed the new GST rules in July this year, Amazon blocked access to its overseas marketplaces, unless shoppers can provide a US shipping address. Although Aussie shoppers can still access the international storefronts, they can’t make purchases unless they provide an overseas address. With Aussies restricted to the local catalogue, and the six million products on the so-called ‘global store’, some third-party sellers on Amazon Australia have taken advantage of the blockade to sell selected products at hiked-up prices, which — according to Fairfax Media — can be up to four times the US price, even after allowing for GST. An investigation by Fairfax Media has revealed that although Amazon introduced a global Marketplace Fair Pricing Policy this year, it doesn’t clearly define price gouging, leaving a…