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TechLife May 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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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
tech in the time of covid-19

I never thought I’d be opening a magazine by talking about the impact of a global pandemic – but here we are. And by “we”, I mean a team of journalists now even more spread out than ever before, as we work remotely to try and do our bit to flatten the curve of COVID-19’s spread. In many ways everything is still business as usual; we want to bring you the latest news and reviews from the world of personal technology, and you’re still as into it as we are. But, now, you might be even more interested, a little desperate for reading material as we try to limit our time outside. And while many of the world’s big tech events are closing down – like the GDC and Mobile World…

1 min.

“The built-in disc ripping auto-detects track names and easily turns audio files into custom audio discs.” “Abelssoft introduces a security program that can unmask and disable loggers before they obtain sensitive user data.” Burn baby, burn Create stunning CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays with Ashampoo Burning Studio 2020. Full version worth $30 Ashampoo Burning Studio 2020 is a powerful disc burning software for CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs. The software quickly burns files, audio and video to all recordable disc types but also specialised media such as BDXL or M-Disc. The built-in disc ripping auto-detects track names and easily turns audio files into custom audio discs complete with individually designed covers and inlays. Playlists can be auto-generated during ripping for easy playback in the desired song order. The program can also finalise discs to make…

4 min.
dell xps 13 2-in-1 (2019)

You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but by all means, go ahead and judge this one. Not that the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019) is a faultless machine, but it definitely has a lot going for it inside and out. That unassuming yet high-quality Platinum Silver exterior, with its tiny 11.67 by 8.17-inch form factor and only the Dell symbol embossed in the middle, may make you curious enough about this laptop to pick it up. However, it’s the endearing woven Arctic White interior (Black is also on offer) and ultraslim bezel FHD+ display that will get you hooked. “It’s the endearing woven Arctic White interior and ultraslim bezel FHD+ display that will get you hooked.” The first time we popped open the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019), we couldn’t put…

1 min.
apple’s ipad pro 2020 is said to be just ‘1% faster’ than the 2018 version

The iPad Pro 2020 boasts the souped-up A12Z Bionic chipset, though it turns out it’s not much faster than the A12X Bionic chip at the heart of the iPad Pro 11 (2018) and iPad Pro 12.9 (2018), according to early benchmarks. Specifically, the new iPad Pro is just 1% faster than the year-and-a-half old models that it’s replacing, as per a listing on the benchmarking website AnTuTu and first spotted by MySmartPrice. There’s some good news, though, if you dive deeper into the benchmarks. We learn the baseline iPad Pro 2020 with 512GB of storage gets 6GB of RAM (previously, Apple stuck 4GB of RAM in all but the top-of-the-line 1TB version of the 2018 iPad Pro 12.9 model, which got 6GB). We also see that the GPU speeds of the new iPad…

1 min.
google is halting all new chrome updates

As people all over the world are now working from home due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Google has made the decision not to add any new features to both Chrome and Chrome OS in order to keep its software running as smoothly as possible. In a tweet, the Chrome development team explained that it will pause upcoming Chrome and Chrome OS releases, saying: “Due to adjusted work schedules, we’re pausing upcoming Chrome & Chrome OS releases. Our goal is to ensure they continue to be stable, secure, & reliable for anyone who depends on them. We’ll prioritise updates related to security, which will be included in Chrome 80. Stay tuned.” While updates often bring useful new features, they can also introduce new bugs into software which is why Google’s decision to halt…

3 min.
five things you need to consider when working from home

Set and keep a routine It’s important to treat a workday at home very similar to a workday in the office. Have a schedule. Get up and get ready for work as you would if you were going into the office (although you don’t need to dress up quite the same). Keep to standard ‘office’ hours. Minimise home chores to lunch breaks so as to not get distracted. And make sure you log off at a reasonable time. You may be able to squeeze in a bit more work without that commute, but keep it in check. Dedicated workspace “Set specific guidelines and expectations for yourself and those around you.” If you have a spare room you can use as your home office, that is great. But it doesn’t need to be that elaborate.…