TechLife October 2021

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
well, here we are...

As I write this, I – like the half the country – am in lockdown, or at least some form of one. And, like so many of us, I’m finding it a lot harder. So I’ve been turning to some things I’d been ignoring for too long. Music is one of them, and my streamer of choice is Tidal. I’m no JayZ fan, but I am a fan of the Master Quality Audio files that Tidal offers. I’m super fond of the service, but it may not be to everyone’s taste... thankfully, this month we round up all the contenders to find the best music streaming service for all fans of all kinds of music. We even have some great headsets that we’ve reveiwed this issue, so you can listen however you…

2 min

Ascomp F-Rename Quickly and easily rename files. DSC813913091. JPG, 20110920.AVI, DL_MUSICFILE. MP3 – every computer user knows them: meaningless file names, generated by the digital camera, smartphone or download manager. F-Rename brings light into the data dark and renames any number of files according to freely selectable patterns. It’s easy to apply different pre-made renaming patterns or individual patterns. Number or date entire file collections and name your MP3 files with just a few mouse clicks based on ID3 tags. The individual renaming function offers the highest possible flexibility. Not only does it allow you to use many tags, but it also helps to convert, shorten, and partially or completely replace existing file names. The preview and log features ensure that you never lose track of your valuable data. Download link: exclusives Ashampoo Photo Card…

5 min
razer blade 14

The chassis itself is just 0.66 inches thick, and the laptop weighs just 3.92lb. That’s certainly not the lightest laptop we’ve used, but with the beautifully made aluminum unibody chassis, it’s still quite an accomplishment. $4,999, With the Razer Blade, Razer basically made portable gaming laptops a thing, and now that we’re starting to see ultraportable gaming laptops like the Asus TUF Dash F15, Razer is bringing the Razer Blade 14 to revolutionise the space again. This is a 14-inch gaming laptop, and while there are plenty of 13-inch gaming laptops like Razer’s own Blade Stealth 13 series, the name of the game here is bringing some incredible performance to a laptop that’s easy to carry around wherever you go. Design The Razer Blade 14 basically looks like the Razer Blade 15, but, like,…

1 min
microsoft edge update will make android users sit up and take notice

Microsoft has rolled out an update for its web browser Edge that should make transitioning between different devices much simpler. The latest version of Edge for Android is built atop the latest Chromium build, opening the door for the introduction of a number of new features, including tab-sharing. Previously available only on desktop, the tab-sharing facility lets Edge users fire web pages between any of their devices (whether running on Windows, macOS or Android), thereby avoiding the hassle of wading through browsing history or sharing links via a third-party service. The new Edge build is available to devices running Android 5.0 or newer, and tab-sharing relies on the user logging into the same Microsoft account across all browser installations. The ability to send tabs between devices via Edge will help users…

1 min
facebook wants to put your eyes on vr headsets and it’s truly frightening

Facebook wants to put an image of your eyes on the outside of VR headsets, if its latest research is anything to go by. A prototype has been unveiled from Facebook Reality Labs that would allow users to ‘connect’ to people in the outside world with their real-time gaze. If it sounds a bit weird, it is – but it marks a smart reversal of the ‘passthrough’ technology used in the Oculus Quest 2’s cameras, which records the wearer’s surroundings and displays them on the headset’s screen, effectively allowing you to look through the headset and see what’s around you. This new application of passthrough tech would instead utilise an internal camera that projects “a three-dimensional view of the wearer’s eyes [...] in a perspective-correct manner” onto a screen located on the…

3 min
google pixel 6: everything we know so far

Google officially revealed the Pixel 6 in a series of tweets in early August – and the company essentially confirmed the design leaks that trickled out through 2021. As you can see there’s a camera block that runs across the width of the back, jutting out, and a three-tone color scheme in a range of options. The image above shows both the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, with the Pro model having more space above the camera block. That camera block has glossy silver edges on the Pixel 6 Pro and matte black ones on the standard Pixel 6. Flip the phone to the front and you can see an all-screen design with a selfie camera in a central punch-hole. The front is visible in the tweet video below. Google was…