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TechLife February 2020

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.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

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1 min.
exclusive software

PERFECT YOUR PRECIOUS PHOTOGRAPHS EDIT AND IMPROVE IMAGES WITH ASHAMPOO PHOTO OPTIMIZER 2019 FULL VERSION WORTH $30 Photo editing doesn’t have to be time-consuming! With Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 2019, all it takes is a single click to improve your photos significantly. The integrated image optimisation auto-detects dull colors, unsuitable color temperatures or poor exposure and instantly fixes these defects! The software even features a more advanced analysis to auto-optimise white exposure and contrast spreads. Thanks to its sophisticated algorithm, this photo editing software is your weapon of choice to optimise your photos! Download link: www.ashampoo.com/techlifemagazine KEEP YOUR DRIVE IN A SOLID STATE OPTIMIZE SSD PERFORMANCE WITH ABELSSOFT SSD FRESH FULL VERSION WORTH $17 Unlike hard drives, SSDs don’t use magnetised metal plates, but digital memory cells, which are addressed directly. The problem: you have a limited number of…

5 min.
need to know

CHROME’S DATA-DELETING BUG: MILLIONS COULD BE AFFECTED, BUT A FIX IS ON THE WAY A SOLUTION IS ON THE WAY. A bug in Google Chrome has caused havoc this week by apparently deleting data in other apps, but Google is working on a fix. The problem arose when some Android devices were updated to Chrome 79. While the browser itself worked fine, web data suddenly vanished from other apps that rely on Chrome’s WebView component. Google responded quickly by slamming the brakes on the update while it investigated. HUAWEI P40 SET FOR LATE-MARCH LAUNCH, WITH A ‘NEVER SEEN’ DESIGN BUT AVAILABILITY REMAINS UNKNOWN. It always seemed likely that the Huawei P40 would be announced in March 2020, given that the last two generations of Huawei’s P-series flagship had March announcements. And now it’s been confirmed, with…

5 min.
nikon z50

NIKON MADE A spectacular debut in the mirrorless full-frame world with the Nikon Z6, an all-rounder that is still one of our favourate snappers. And now it’s trying to repeat the trick for APS-C cameras with the dinkier, more hobbyist-friendly Nikon Z50. What are APS-C cameras? This sensor format became dominant in the early days of DSLRs, and is used in cameras that sit below full-frame models. Smaller than full-frame, and called DX format by Nikon, these sensors are found in more compact, affordable bodies that are great for travel. Not that the Nikon Z50 is small for an APS-C camera. Perhaps thinking of those who might be moving from its DSLRs, Nikon has prioritised handling in the form of a generous grip, at the expense of a very small body that…

5 min.
acer travel mate x5

THE ACER TRAVELMATE X5 doesn’t break any new ground for portable computing technology, its modest aim is to be better than what can before it. It was designed for those that want something almost identical to the machine they bought five years ago, with a fragrant whiff of new CPU generation smell. And for that customer, Acer has taken an 8th Generation Intel CPU and levered it into a very thin, and largely by-the-numbers, 14-inch notebook. However, it does have the odd idiosyncrasy, one of those being the organisation of the ports. Except for the headphone jack, all the ports are on the right-hand side. These include two USB 3.1 Type-A, a single USB Type-C (sleep-and-charge), a full-sized HDMI port, and the power inlet. Not an ideal arrangement if you are right-handed, and…

3 min.
the all-new edge browser

MICROSOFT EDGE IS changing. As reported in these pages previously, Microsoft’s oft-maligned web browser is getting a fresh lick of paint on the outside and a complete mechanical rewrite underneath. This means the technology borrowed from Internet Explorer, which until now has dealt with the difficult task of displaying web pages, is being removed in favour of the Chromium engine which powers Google’s Chrome. That’s a very significant update – the browser itself won’t look or feel particularly different in use, but the move to Chromium will help Edge’s updates more frequently, by more people, and means Microsoft’s own engineers can focus on building a better browser. It also means that those building the web have an easier time, given that they have one less browser technology to build for. So, how…

1 min.
the news in numbers

3000 metres IS THE HEIGHT A 4G-ENABLED PANASONIC TOUGHBOOK, TETHERED TO A BALLOON, ROSE TO BEFORE LOSING CONNECTIVITY. THIS ESSENTIAL RESEARCH WAS CARRIED OUT BY PANASONIC, NETMOTION AND MICROSOFT, AND EVENTUALLY SAW THE LOFTY LAPTOP REACH 30.5KM, WHERE THE BALLOON EXPLODED. IT LANDED IN THE COUNTRYSIDE, APPARENTLY UNSCATHED. US$33.5bn IS HOW MUCH XEROX HAS BID TO BUY HP. THE BID WAS REJECTED, WITH HP’S BOARD SAYING IT “SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERVALUED” THE BUSINESS. 628MPH IS THE SPEED BLOODHOUND LSR, A CAR POWERED BY A EUROFIGHTER JET ENGINE, ACHIEVED IN TESTING ON THE HAKSKEENPAN, IN THE KALAHARI DESERT, THIS MONTH. THE TEAM HOPES TO BREAK THE LAND SPEED RECORD OF 763MPH. US$200m IS THE AMOUNT VENTURE CAPITAL COMPANY ACCEL HAS INVESTED IN 1PASSWORD. THE PASSWORD MANAGEMENT COMPANY, FOUNDED IN 2005, HAS NEVER RECEIVED OUTSIDE INVESTMENT BEFORE. 65%…