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TechLife July 2018

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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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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
net neutrality survives – for now

IF AN INTERNET PROVIDER WAS TO HAVE ITS OWN TV AND MOVIE STREAMING PLATFORM, WHY WOULD IT GIVE A COMPETITOR — LIKE NETFLIX — THE SAME BANDWIDTH UNLESS IT WANTS TO PAY FOR A ‘FAST LANE’? HAVE YOU HEARD about net neutrality? It’s the principle that all traffic on the internet is treated by your ISP equally, no matter where it comes from, or the device that’s accessing the internet. That Netflix show you’re watching on your TV gets the same priority as your Google search on your smartphone, as does your Fortnite gaming session on your Xbox, and Spotify stream through your smart speaker, if you’re trying to do all of these things at the same time. It’s a term that was devised in 2003 and formally legislated as the Open…

1 min.
exclusive software

SCRUB THE BARNACLES FROM YOUR PC GET THINGS BACK UP TO SPEED WITH ASHAMPOO REGISTRY CLEANER. FULL VERSION WORTH $15 With the Ashampoo Registry Cleaner, you can easily and safely delete redundant or damaged registry entries, thus freeing up resources and speeding up your PC. Faulty links in the registry are also repaired. The real-time backup in the Ashampoo Registry Cleaner offers a maximum of safety and enables the restoring of the Windows registry into its original status anytime. Download link: www.ashampoo.com/techlife TAKE BACK YOUR SENSITIVE INFORMATION REMOVE ALL TRACES WITH ABELSSOFT GCLEAN. FULL VERSION WORTH $20. Many people understandably no longer want any of their information to be transmitted to third parties. The answer: Abelssoft’s GClean. It targets and governs this flow of information that otherwise accumulates in massive data centres cataloguing millions of users. GClean searches…

3 min.
the wall

I’M EAGERLY AWAITING THE DAY I DON’T HAVE TO DRIVE SOMEWHERE, DESPITE THE FACT I QUITE ENJOY THE ACT OF DRIVING. THINK OF THE CANBERRAADELAIDE DIRECT ROUTE DRIVE IF YOU COULD JUST FALL ASLEEP IN ONE STATE AND WAKE UP IN THE NEXT. Hands off the wheel? I glanced at the highlights from the Google I/O conference this morning and one of the segments featured was about self-driving vehicles, namely the Waymo company and their fleet of cars. The presenter mentioned that all you needed to do was order a car and one would arrive at your door with nobody behind the driver’s wheel. While it might have been elaborated on in the full conference feed, it left me wondering about something... Would you, as the passenger, be obliged to sit in the…

6 min.
htc vive pro

THE TWIN OLED SCREENS DON’T JUST DELIVER A HIGHER-RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE OVERALL (THE ORIGINAL VIVE’S RESOLUTION WAS 2,160 x 1,200 TOTAL), IT ALSO MEANS THAT PIXEL DENSITY IS INCREASED BY 37%. THE HTC VIVE has always been the leading virtual reality experience when it comes to room-scale immersion. Although rival headsets such as the Oculus Rift have since expanded to help you physically move around to navigate in a VR, and the PlayStation VR does it to a point, no other headset has quite been able to replicate what the Vive offers. TECH ME ON There’s an increase in pixels, climbing to 2,880 x 1,600 (1,440 x 1,600 per eye), representing a 78% increase from the original Vive. There’s also high-res audio headphones built into the headset this time round. But after you’ve forked…

3 min.
need to know

CHINA BANS PEPPA PIG FOR ITS ‘GANGSTER’ CONNOTATIONS ‘I LOVE IT WHEN YOU CALL ME BIG PEPPA’ The Democratic Republic of China isn’t afraid to ban things, and while the West might not agree with these decisions, it’s at least often obvious why they occur. We can’t say the same for the recent blacklisting of the children’s TV series Peppa Pig, at least not without following the Notorious PIG down a Triad-shaped rabbit hole. See, Peppa Pig has been adopted as the unwitting mascot of an internet based anti-establishment group known as ‘shehuiren’ and was subsequently banned for promoting ‘gangster’ attitudes. [ JB ] RESEARCHERS PUSH HIDDEN MESSAGES TO SMART SPEAKERS ‘DO YOU SPEAK-A MY LANGUAGE?’ While smart speakers may still struggle to understand your grandma when she says “Ohkei Googoo”, researchers in China and…

1 min.
facebook to launch dating service

“THERE ARE 200 MILLION PEOPLE ON FACEBOOK THAT LIST THEMSELVES AS SINGLE, SO CLEARLY THERE’S SOMETHING TO DO HERE.” IN ITS FIRST big announcement since appearing at a US congressional hearing for its involvement in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, Facebook has unveiled its intention to get into the matchmaking game. While we generally wouldn’t recommend asking billionaire Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for dating advice, the world’s largest social media network seems to be adept at pairing covert political manipulation advertisements with their perfect human counterparts. How much harder can connecting human soulmates be? Naturally, the announcement by the multi-billion-user social media platform torched dating-app Tinder’s stock price, which fell 22% on the day of the announcement. In the evangelical tone that seems to emanate from large Silicon Valley companies, Zuckerberg highlighted the…