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TechLife January 2020

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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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$39.99(Incl. tax)
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
a thousand words

I’M ONE OF those annoying types who constantly demands all around them must stop so they can take “that perfect shot”. Walking in the city at night? Gotta capture those wonderful neon light installations in Chinatown. On the street? Wait, that graffiti is too cool to ignore. Even in my apartment; WAIT! That sunset is perfect, open the window. And with Summer now in full swing, you just know I’m going to be taking the advice given in our Superguide this month – those hazy afternoons (even if it is mostly bushfire haze, which is more than a bit concerting really), well... too cool to ignore! And with the holidays coming up, it’ll be great chance to catch up with the decade’s best games. I’m embarrassed to say that more than a few…

1 min.
exclusive software

REIN IN YOUR SONICS EDIT, ORGANISE AND BURN WITH ASHAMPOO MUSIC STUDIO 2019. FULL VERSION WORTH $30 Ashampoo Music Studio 2019 is a fully-featured music software suite used to edit, rip, organise and burn music and sounds in general. You can even design fitting covers for your projects, create device-compatible playlists or turn your songs into the perfect mix tape for your next party! Download link: www.ashampoo.com/techlife MAINTAIN PEACE OF MIND AVERT THE SCOURGE OF HACKERS WITH ABELSSOFT HACKCHECK. FULL VERSION WORTH $50 HackCheck takes your email addresses and instantly checks if they have been stolen during a hacking attack. The program tells you which online service has been compromised and in which way – and recommends that you immediately change the password. The program runs a new test every four hours and alerts you to new successful…

5 min.
razer blade 15 studio edition

THE RAZER BLADE 15 Studio Edition is a mobile workstation that’s packed with some of the most powerful laptop components on the market today, and is part of Nvidia’s RTX Studio program, which brings its powerful RTX Quadro professional GPUs to laptops. While Razer is best known for creating gaming laptops, the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition is aimed squarely at creative professionals – especially those who need a laptop or workstation that has some serious graphical grunt to render high resolution images, photos and videos. In many ways, Razer’s move to catering to creatives makes a lot of sense – after all, it’s excellent gaming laptops already pack some of the most powerful mobile components into thin and portable bodies. By keeping largely the same hardware (except for the inclusion of…

1 min.
google might be planning a move into banking

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Google is currently working on a project, code-named Cache, which will see it move beyond payments and into the banking space. VP of product management at Google, Caesar Sengupta explained that the company does not intend to sell customers’ data but instead it wants to help users handle more of their finances online, saying: “If we can help more people do more stuff in a digital way online, it’s good for the internet and good for us.” Google isn’t the only tech giant to look into this move, with Apple recently launching its Apple Card through a partnership with Goldman Sachs and Amazon reportedly in talks with JP Morgan Chase to create a checking account for its customers. While details surrounding Google’s…

1 min.
essential tech news

APPLE’S NEW 16-INCH MACBOOK PRO ALMOST CRACKS $10K SPEND A LITTLE MORE THAN TEN BUCKS ON A CASE, WE RECKON. Apple recently announced that a new 16-inch MacBook Pro would be taking the place of its 15-inch model, but with this new screen size comes a new extreme price. If you want to fully spec it out, you’ll be looking at $9,679 worth of laptop. This nets you a ridiculous 8TB of SSD storage and 64GB of RAM, amongst other things. INTEL’S ATOM LIVES ON THE CHEAPEST CHIP. The first revamped Atom CPU is expected to be seen in new low-powered devices soon – possibly before the end of this year. The Lakefield CPU is the first of the new family and is intended for laptops. Built using a 10nm+ process, it uses a new…

1 min.
tracker-blocking browser brave comes out of beta

Brave is a web browser that promises to maintain the privacy of its users, protecting them from a variety of third-party ads, autoplaying videos, and trackers. Since launching the beta in January 2016, Brave was drawing in eight million monthly users before it officially let loose its first stable release. A good majority of web ads include some form of tracker that ties your identity to your browsing habits in order to better target you for advertising, and Brave blocks these. While users may rejoice at the idea of not being fed any intrusive advertising, ad-blocking does negatively affect the websites that serve those ads. Brave is claiming to offer a solution to this imbalance via a rewards program in which users can earn tokens by “viewing privacy-respecting ads” and give…