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TechLife May 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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Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
good robot

A LITTLE WHILE ago I was contacted by a reader concerned over what they perceived as a strong pro-Apple bias. I pointed out, at the time, that it can be hard not to when Apple is so very dominant in the mobile space, with its phones and tablets very much best-in-class hardware. We’re not so much biased, as merely aware of Apple’s market share among our readers. But what I also thought was... yeah, fair cop. So I put together this very Android-focused issue of TechLife. With the release of Samsung’s new S10 devices the timing couldn’t be better. A lot of our readers will soon be sporting new Galaxy phones, so there’s no better time to offer a guide to the best and most essential apps available on Android, so those…

2 min.
the wall

Blanking out Good afternoon – could you please point me in the direction of a program to completely wipe my computer prior to disposing of it? I think you’ve covered it in an earlier edition of TechLife but for the life of me I can’t find it nor could I find anything on your website. My other question relates to password managers like 1password. Do I have to go through the whole process on each of my devices or can one program be linked to PC/laptop/tablet/mobile? I’m hopelessly confused. JEAN EARL David Hollingworth replies: One of the handier programs to make sure you drives really are blank is Diskwipe. And not just because it’s freeware! It can work on whatever partition of your PC you point it at, and USB sticks and other storage…

2 min.
announcing the 2019 australian pc awards winners

IT BEGAN WITH an intensive shortlisting process, creating finalists for the best-of-the-best gear that was released through 2018. Then, we opened up the voting for the Awards to the Australian public — the real experts with the most valued opinions. You had your say, and at the end of the voting period the winners across all the important PC categories rose to the top, and now it’s finally time to reveal the champions. Last month in Sydney, the big moment came and throughout the night the winners were announced and trophies claimed. And, there was much joy as the hard work and innovation of the winners was rewarded with an Australian PC Award, as voted by you. Every company that was a finalist has every right to feel proud, too. It’s…

5 min.
samsung galaxy s10 plus

THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S10 Plus is the new, almost-everything-included Samsung phone that you really want, if you can afford it — and can wrap your hands around its massive display. We were immediately drawn to it as the bigger and better version of the Galaxy S10 and cheaper Galaxy S10e. There’s a lot to like about the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, and little to dislike. The Galaxy S10 Plus redefines what a ‘phablet’ is in 2019, with a 6.4-inch edge-to-edge screen and Samsung’s next-generation Infinity-O display, with a ‘punch-hole’ design for the front-facing cameras. DISPLAY The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus makes this the biggest S phone screen to date, bigger than 5.8-inch Galaxy S9 Plus and matching the Galaxy Note 9 screen size. It’s also a lot better. The…

1 min.
prime minister scott morrison wants social media platforms to suspend live streaming

THE HORRENDOUS IMAGES of a gunman opening fire on innocent people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, have affected millions around the world. 24 hours after the attack, Facebook claims to have removed 1.5 million reuploads of that video, but the damage was done. In the wake of the attacks, AustralianPrime Minister Scott Morrison called for live streaming to be suspended from social media platforms, like Facebook, Google and Twitter, until more stringent policing capabilities have been put in place to prevent such content from reaching the masses. “There is very real discussions that has to be had about how these facilities and capabilities, as they exist on social media, can continue to be offered where there can’t be the assurances given at a technology level,” he added. “Once these…

2 min.
essential tech news

AUSTRALIA IS KEEPING TABS ON ITS WILDLIFE USING DRONES IT’S A KOALA-SPOTTING MISSION. Koala monitoring has always been a challenge. Trying to keep tabs on them is expensive and time-consuming, so researchers from the Queensland University of Technology have developed a more reliable way to count our fuzzy friends. An algorithm helps drones equipped with infrared imaging technology to hone in on areas where koalas congregate, and heat signatures can be used to count the animals through the foliage. The drones are meant to aid human spotters on the field, so we can help save the cuddly marsupial. [SS] PEOPLE PREFER VINYLS TO ITUNES PURCHASES, CLAIMS NEW REPORT THE MUSIC LOVERS HAVE SPOKEN. Digital downloads of songs from services like iTunes have dropped dramatically with the rise in popularity of streaming services. A new report…