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TechLife September 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.
home networking

OF ALL THE tech tasks that we’re called upon to master in this modern age there’s one that I always find more of a chore than almost anything else... Networking. If there is one technology you want to work and do so quietly and without fuss it’s the ability of all our devices, personal and desktop and entertainment, to just seamlessly work together. It’s one of those things you never even notice, once everything’s logged in... Until it stops working, and your familiar world abruptly drops away. This happened to me the other day – my flatmate was at home when the net dropped out. Turned out to be a problem with the building’s connection (or possibly the NBN), but it killed the connectivity of the smart TV, consoles, and every PC…

1 min.
exclusive software

A NEW, IMPROVED BACKUP SUITE NEVER LOSE A FILE AGAIN WITH ASHAMPOO BACKUP 2020. FULL VERSION WORTH $50 If you’ve ever stared at a black screen because your Windows refused to boot, you’ll appreciate the value of regular backups. And it can be so easy! Only backups will protect you against impending data loss, as caused by ransomware, corrupt operating system or disks. Ashampoo Backup 2020 is the fool-proof backup software to save your files. The program backs up and restores entire partitions and disks in just a few clicks. Benefit from automated backups and fuss-free file recovery through the built-in rescue system! Download link: www.ashampoo.com/techlifemagazine YOUR NEW FILE BUTLER HAS ARRIVED ENSURE FILES ARE WHERE THEY BELONG WITH ABELSSOFT SYNCMANAGER. FULL VERSION WORTH $50 Not only practical, but also time-saving: Abelssoft SyncManager synchronises data in the background…

5 min.
imac pro

AS YOU MIGHT have already guessed based on its name, the iMac Pro is a sleek and beautiful all-in-one PC that packed in lots of power in the traditional iMac form factor. Don’t judge this behemoth by its cover, though – the iMac Pro absolutely demolishes the iMac 2017, and even the new iMac 2019, thanks to the incredible PC components and features it has on offer. When Apple first launched the iMac Pro, it made some claims that it’s ‘the most powerful Mac ever made,’ and we must agree. At least until the Mac Pro 2019 hits the shelves in Spring 2019, as Tim Cook himself declared it ‘the most powerful mac we’ve ever created’ at WWDC 2019. Still, the iMac Pro is a particularly powerful machine, made for creatives and…

1 min.
huawei ceo claims firm’s own mobile os will be faster than ios and android

Huawei CEO, Ren Zhengfei, has said that the company’s home-grown mobile operating system (OS) will be faster than both iOS and Android... but it could struggle when it comes to apps. Zhengfei made the claim during an interview with French magazine Le Point, and the Huawei chief remains bullish about his company’s chances in the market, no matter the long-term outcome of the current US-China trade war. It’s no secret that Huawei is working on its own OS, which it could employ on smartphones if the US follows through with its Huawei ban, a ban which would see the Chinese manufacturer lose access to Google’s vital Android services such as the Play Store, security updates and suite of Google apps. While Huawei’s HongMeng OS (also known as Ark OS) may…

1 min.
essential tech news

LEADING FORENSICS FIRM REPORTEDLY PAYS RANSOMWARE DEMAND EUROFINS SCIENTIFIC WON’T CLARIFY WHETHER IT HAS PAID OR NOT THOUGH. Eurofins Scientific, the leading forensic services outfit in the UK, has paid out to criminals who hit the company with a ransomware attack, according to a report. The attack occurred in early June, with the company stating that its operations would be returning to normal almost a month later, although it refused to state why it was able to do so. TESLAS WILL GET A LOT MORE EXPENSIVE WHEN FULL SELF-DRIVING GOES MAINSTREAM MUSK SAYS HIS COMPANY’S CARS ARE AN INVESTMENT. Tesla cars will become a lot more expensive when fully self-driving models are available, says the company’s CEO Elon Musk. When responding to a tweet questioning whether customers had a limited time to snap one up,…

1 min.
over 1,300 android apps scrape personal data regardless of permissions

A NEW STUDY REVEALED THAT OVER 1,300 ANDROID APPS CAN SCRAPE CERTAIN PERSONAL DATA ANYWAY, EVEN IF A USER EXPLICITLY DENIED ACCESS TO IT. Smartphone operating systems have ramped up their privacy settings in recent years to let users pick and choose what information apps can get, but it seems those permissions aren’t ironclad. A new study revealed that over 1,300 Android apps can scrape certain personal data anyway, even if a user explicitly denied access to it. Researchers at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) created a controlled environment to test 88,000 apps downloaded from the US Google Play Store. They peeked at what data the apps were sending back, compared it to what users were permitting, and found that 1,325 of them were forking over specific user data they…