Tech & Gaming

TechLife July 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.

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1 min.
the show must go on...

We’ve been staying home. Not seeing friends and family, with many of us now working from home. The onset of COVID-19 has changed many aspects of how we live, while also reinforcing many others. And one thing I know I’m doing more of is listening to music and watching my favourite films and TV shows. And I’ve a hunch I’m not alone. But where to start? Thankfully, we have the answer this issue, with a complete breakdown of streaming services and devices available in Australia. From Netflix to Disney+, Google Play to Spotify, and everything in between, this is the complete guide to lockdown entertainment. Plus, if you’re looking for a project to see you through, there’s our in-depth guide to building your own PC from the bare bones up. All along with our…

1 min.

Live inside your media “The software converts existing 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 instantly into binaural stereo and sends it to your headphones.” Go surround sound with Ashampoo Soundstage 2020. Full version worth $40 Looking for ways to enjoy surround sound through your PC headphones? Ashampoo Soundstage Pro 2020 makes it possible. The software converts existing 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 instantly into binaural stereo and sends it to your headphones so you can get a true surround experience without expensive hardware. Whether you’re watching movies, listening to music, or playing 3D games, Ashampoo Soundstage Pro 2020 provides a nuanced audio experience comparable to that of a genuine surround sound system, but with customisable room settings for subtle fine-tuning. In addition, built-in presets for several headphones provide optimal settings instantly for popular models. Download link: Visit…

5 min.
iphone se (2020)

$749, www.apple.com/au The iPhone SE has exactly the same design and display as the iPhone 8 from 2017. Using this form factor and screen hardware allowed Apple to keep the cost of the device as low as it has, as it didn’t need to invest in a whole new manufacturing process. It feels like the iPhone world has moved on in three years though – that the 4.7-inch screen with the chunky bezels above and below has been consigned to the past. In that time the flagship iPhone range has moved to an all-screen design – barring a notch at the top, you’re presented with barely any bezels – while with more premium aluminum inside, things have got a little weightier in recent years. So returning to the iPhone 8 design means Apple is…

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apple’s ar glasses won’t launch in 2020, but they just got closer to reality

Apple just took a very real leap in the world of virtual reality and augmented reality, acquiring VR content startup NextVR. It’s also one small step for Apple AR glasses. NextVR should help Apple’s long-suspected efforts to release an AR/VR product, according to Bloomberg. The startup held content-licensing deals with sports leagues, including the NBA as well as Fox Sports, and Apple has recently been keen on expanding its content and services portfolio. NextVR held content-licensing deals with sports leagues, including the NBA as well as Fox Sports. While the startup didn’t have a VR device of its own, its experience broadcasting content in virtual reality to users could help Apple design its own headsets or glasses, which the company has been rumored to be building for years. The first of those AR/VR…

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windows 10 may 2020 update makes first move in ditching 32-bit support

The next major Windows 10 update is set to mean big changes for PC makers concerning the versions of software they can offer. Windows 10 May 2020 Update, which is due late in May, will drop support for the 32-bit version of the operating system on the OEM side. In other words, as of the next big update, hardware manufacturers will no longer be offered 32-bit versions of Windows 10 to install on their devices, and any PC made going forward will have a 64-bit installation. This isn’t a great surprise, really, and pretty much an expected move from Microsoft. If you look at the number of folks out there actually running Windows 10 32-bit, it’s an extremely small percentage (one fifth of a percent, looking at the most recent Steam hardware survey…

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google play music is disappearing – here’s how to save your music

Quick reminder: by the end of the year Google Play Music will no longer exist. The company has been inching towards the inevitable shutdown day-by-day but, until now, carrying over your purchases to YouTube Music was a pain in the butt. Thankfully, that’s about to change. As Google prepares to close down its long-running Play Music streaming service, the company has enabled a new transfer function inside the YouTube Music app to bring your music, playlists and preferences to their new home on YouTube. According to Google, all Google Play Music subscribers will soon receive an email with detailed instructions on how the migration works, but essentially it’s as simple as downloading the YouTube Music app and clicking the transfer button. The good news is that you’ll be able to take all your uploads,…