Tech & Gaming

TechLife February 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

in this issue

1 min.
back to basics

OPERATING SYSTEMS, I have long thought, are just like people. Maybe not people you like, but certainly people that are super essential – if you want a desktop PC, a laptop, or even a smartphone, you’re just gonna have to put up with dealing with an operating system. But, like people, there are tips and tricks for how to get along with them, and that’s what this issue is all about. Whether you’re a devout Mac user or a dedicated Windows operator, we’ve got something to help you work faster, smarter, and smoother. Hell, like me, you could straddle both worlds, so both sets of tips could make for a massive boost to productivity and your general computing life. Neat! Oh, and before I go, we’ve got a very special issue coming up…

1 min.
exclusive software

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5 min.
apple airpods pro

THERE’S SO MUCH ‘Apple-ness’ that runs through the AirPods Pro – from the initial setup, where the headphones scan your ears to check they’re the right fit, through to the fact there’s a small air vent to make putting them in or removing them a more comfortable experience. In short, fans of the Apple ethos will be overjoyed with their purchase here. The sound quality of the AirPods Pro has certainly improved since the previous iteration – there’s a notable emphasis on vocals and bass, meaning these earbuds are better for pop fans than those that enjoy a more natural presentation that lends itself to classical music or more orchestral sounds. The battery life is strong (for Apple earbuds – not compared to the 8-9 hours other true wireless earbuds offer), and…

5 min.
need to know

CHROME’S DATA-DELETING BUG: MILLIONS COULD BE AFFECTED, BUT A FIX IS ON THE WAY A SOLUTION IS ON THE WAY. A bug in Google Chrome has caused havoc this week by apparently deleting data in other apps, but Google is working on a fix. The problem arose when some Android devices were updated to Chrome 79. While the browser itself worked fine, web data suddenly vanished from other apps that rely on Chrome’s WebView component. Google responded quickly by slamming the brakes on the update while it investigated. HUAWEI P40 SET FOR LATE-MARCH LAUNCH, WITH A ‘NEVER SEEN’ DESIGN BUT AVAILABILITY REMAINS UNKNOWN. It always seemed likely that the Huawei P40 would be announced in March 2020, given that the last two generations of Huawei’s P-series flagship had March announcements. And now it’s been confirmed, with…

5 min.
nikon z50

NIKON MADE A spectacular debut in the mirrorless full-frame world with the Nikon Z6, an all-rounder that is still one of our favourate snappers. And now it’s trying to repeat the trick for APS-C cameras with the dinkier, more hobbyist-friendly Nikon Z50. What are APS-C cameras? This sensor format became dominant in the early days of DSLRs, and is used in cameras that sit below full-frame models. Smaller than full-frame, and called DX format by Nikon, these sensors are found in more compact, affordable bodies that are great for travel. Not that the Nikon Z50 is small for an APS-C camera. Perhaps thinking of those who might be moving from its DSLRs, Nikon has prioritised handling in the form of a generous grip, at the expense of a very small body that…

5 min.
pop science

Hubble photographs colliding galaxies ALONG TIME AGO, IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY... GLOWING EYES FROM a ghastly face glowers in deep space in a new image from the Hubble Space Telescope. The piercing ‘eyes’ of this creepy space face are the bright cores of two distant galaxies in the middle of a head-on collision, and they’re surrounded by a mishmash of stars from their respective galactic discs. A ring of young blue stars contours the shape of the eerie face, while dense clumps of stars have come together to form its nose and mouth. But this spooky mug won’t be staring off into space forever. The ring structure that outlines the face will last for only about 100 million years, while the merging of the two galaxies is expected to take about…