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TechLife December 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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13 Issues

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1 min

Actually that’s bit of a lie, but it’s a bastardisation of one of my favourite and remarkably over the top gaming quotes, so let’s stick with it. It’s only bit of a lie; gadgets tend to iterate, but not really change. Smartphones get smarter, but remain fundamentally the same. Keyboards, mice... them too. A robot vacuum is still just a robot vacuum, and a gaming laptop is pretty much stuck with that laptop form factor. But you know what they say – the more things stay the same, the more they change. Another saying I’m mangling, but there’s method to my madness. The very pace of incremental change in the gadgets we all love means it’s hard to keep track of what the best of the best are. Which is where this issue…

2 min

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5 min
razer blade 15 (2020)

$3,399, www.razer.com One of the premier gaming laptops to hit the streets, the Razer Blade 15 has made a name for itself rocking the best mobile hardware inside its elegant exterior. That brilliant combination has, in fact, led some folks to call it the “MacBook Pro of gaming laptops”. For 2020, the Razer Blade 15 carries on its legacy, this time around boasting the best Intel Comet Lake-H processors and RTX Super graphics chips under its classy hood. It sports the same aluminum unibody design that the laptop line is known for and is very much reminiscent of a MacBook Pro. It also has two large speaker grilles at the top of the laptop, alongside a trackpad that is, without a doubt, one of the best on any Windows laptop. Design While we’re busy…

1 min
macos big sur is adding 4k netflix support, but only on a handful of macs

macOS Big Sur will allow users to stream Netflix in 4K HDR for the first time, but it looks like only a handful of Macs will support the feature. As reported by Apple Terminal, streaming Netflix content in 4K will require more than a Mac that supports Big Sur. It spotted a newly-updated support document on Netflix’s Help Center that reveals only devices with a T2 Security chip will support the high-quality streaming. The support page confirms that as well as a Mac with macOS 11.0 Big Sur and the latest version of Safari installed, a 60Hz 4K-capable display, you’ll need a “select 2018 or later Mac with an Apple T2 Security chip.” This means in order to stream Netflix in 4K on macOS, you’ll need a MacBook Pro (2018 or later), MacBook…

1 min
the surface laptop go is here, and could steal apple’s 12-inch macbook thunder

The Surface Laptop Go is Microsoft’s latest addition to the Surface range of portables, boasting a compact form-factor with a 12.4-inch display, and an affordable price tag to boot. Indeed, this new Surface 2-in-1 could easily be seen as Microsoft’s attempt to head off Apple’s purportedly incoming MacBook 12-inch, which is expected to debut later this year with an ARM processor (after Apple ditched the 12-inch machine from its MacBook line-up in mid-2019). The Surface Laptop Go runs with a 12.4-inch PixelSense touchscreen driven by a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 (quad-core) CPU with up to 16GB of system RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. Pricing will start at US$549, making this the most wallet-friendly Surface laptop yet (and considerably cheaper than the rumored ARM MacBook 12-inch, which could just be Apple’s cheapest…

3 min
everything from the google launch night in event

“The Pixel 5 has a number of notable improvements over the Pixel 4a 5G: it’s water resistant, has wireless and reverse wireless charging.” The 30 minute event was delivered at such a lightning-fast pace, though, that you’d be forgiven if some of the key dates, reveals or announcements passed you by. Don’t worry, though, as we’re on hand to recap everything you might have missed from Google’s Pixel 5 launch event. Let’s dive in. Google TV Google kicked off proceedings with a look at Google TV, which is the successor, and essentially a rebranding of Android TV. It promises to be more helpful when you’re trying to choose what content to watch than some of its rivals. Chromecast with Google TV Google Chromecast now comes with a little remote that allows you to navigate using…