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TechLife January 2019

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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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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
get out on the highway

THUS, THIS ISSUE’S FOCUS ON IN-CAR TECHNOLOGY, FROM GPS DEVICES TO CUT DOWN ON WRONG TURNS, TO DASHCAMS AND EVEN ENTIRE OPERATING SYSTEMS FOR YOUR CAR. I’M ONE OF those travellers that really loves getting lost. I mean, often I like it more after the fact, but there’s an undeniable attraction - for me at least - to realising you’ve somehow wandered off the edge of your mental map and into Here be Dragons territory. In fact, just aimlessly wandering around is a great way to get a real sense of wherever you’re staying. I last did this in, of all places, Marrakech, which is a wonderful and remarkably challenging place to realise you’re lost. And it was great, because it really forced me to engage with the locals and learn where I…

1 min.
exclusive software

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3 min.
the wall

Flying pig or just a pizza? After reading your tech reporting on page 12, issue 84, I must ask: why do Australian government bodies and motoring associations think they can do it better than Google and Tesla who have already spent billions on developing and testing the autonomous car? With many deaths already reported using this technology we are also facing the possibility of having flying pizzas splatting our windscreens and causing further accidents. I just don’t understand the haste in adopting some technologies when the tech giants can’t guarantee that hackers won’t cause havoc already seen in health care and communications systems worldwide. I don’t wish to seem a Luddite but am concerned for the future based on past events as technologies can be sometimes more prestigious and other times more…

5 min.
apple ipad pro (11-inch)

USUALLY WITH A new iPad there’s one new feature that stands out, but this time around there are several such features, as Apple overhauls its most powerful (and most expensive) tablet. The first thing that will grab the attention of anyone picking up the iPad Pro 11 is the new screen, as it’s stretched closer to the edges of the device, with the formerly thick bezels reduced in width. The 11-inch screen itself has been upgraded by Apple to a Liquid Retina display, something we first saw on the iPhone XR when it launched recently. It doesn’t have the same stunning effect you get from an OLED display, such as you’ll find on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, and given the high price the new iPad Pro commands, not having the best…

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.
google employees call for end to china project dragonfly

GOOGLE’S PLANS TO release a search engine solely for the Chinese market are under attack by its own employees. Google staff have joined Amnesty International in a protest against the project, releasing a public letter urging the company to abandon its plans. The initiative, known as Project Dragonfly, would enable state surveillance and help the Chinese government further expand its control over its populace. The letter, at the time of writing had 407 signatories, and also calls on management to be more transparent, accountable and to provide clear communication. “Our opposition to Dragonfly is not about China: we object to technologies that aid the powerful in oppressing the vulnerable, wherever they may be. The Chinese government certainly isn’t alone in its readiness to stifle freedom of expression, and to use surveillance…