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TechLife May 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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Future Publishing Ltd
$6.99(Incl. tax)
$39.99(Incl. tax)
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
in the wake of the recent facebook scandal, how should we all react?

THIS TIME LAST month we lamented that Facebook was wielding the sort of power that only belies governments. In an ironic twist, now we can see that the social media site is also responsible for helping to dictate who’s actually in government. In 2016, marketing and analysis company Cambridge Analytica gained access to Facebook data from a staggering 50 million accounts through a paid-for personality quiz via an app. The quiz was only taken by a few hundred thousand people, but the friends list of these Facebook users was also accessed, along with their ‘likes’, public profile page, status updates and even some private messages. Based in the UK but with ties to the Republican political party in the US, Cambridge Analytica then used this data to help the Republicans…

1 min.
exclusive software

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3 min.
the wall

Sweet, sweet Android I’ve never really been into phones news and the whole hype that surrounds a new OS release, but I’ve found it hard to escape the ‘What will Google call its next Android OS?’ craze. One question keeps rattling around my mind: why confectionary? Coming from someone who has vowed to lose weight (with mixed results), it’s strange that some sects of our society are frantically trying to get people — particularly children — to eat healthy and exercise, while others are still (actively or unconsciously) undoing all that good work. I don’t want to take on the big confectionary brands (that should be left to the experts), but I wonder whether there should be some kind of responsibility placed on a brand such as Google to move away from naming…

6 min.
samsung galaxy s9 & s9+

ONE COMPANY, TWO phones, and both of them look a lot like their predecessor. The Samsung S8 line was fantastic, and although the S9 is more of the same, it’s more of the same but better. You only have to gently poke at the surface though to find differences between the two models, making it an alluring prospect if you’re looking for a new handset, though the marginal differences will only tempt those who live on the cutting edge to consider upgrading. LOOKING SHARP It’s a game of ‘spot the difference’ when comparing the S9s and S8s. There are a few slight changes that make a big difference, though, starting with the materials used. The fact they use Gorilla Glass 5 is a big step forward, as it means both are better…

1 min.
wholesale nbn discounts extended, but hfc still in limbo

NBN CO IS trying to standardise the 50Mbps speed tier, promoting it in a campaign called ‘Focus on 50’. The promotion saw the wholesale price of the 50Mbps drop with an additional 50% extra bandwidth offered for free to service providers (ISP/RSP). The promotion was due to end in April 2018, but the national broadband service has announced that the promotional period will be extended ‘til October to enable RSPs to prepare for the switch to a permanent price once the promotion has ended. In a bid to get more end users on the higher speed plans, some resellers, like TPG, have dropped the 25Mbps plans altogether. Telstra is also upgrading all its customers on the slow plan to the 50Mbps tier for free. While NBN tries to push its high-speed…

1 min.
australians may cop a $5 tax on goods posted from overseas

A PROPOSAL FROM the Department of Home Affairs has suggested that Australian shoppers purchasing goods from overseas pay an additional fee of $5 on every item posted. The proposed tax would be put in place to cover the growing cost of security screening, a paper obtained by Fairfax Media claims, as the number of items posted to Australia that are valued under $1,000 increase dramatically year on year. This cost will sit atop the existing 10% GST that will apply to all sales from July 1 this year, rather than on only those over $1,000 in value, and has the potential to increase certain parcel costs by more than double their initial value. While there would have been scope for this cost to be absorbed by online retailers such as eBay…