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TechLife October 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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Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

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1 min
this is our lives...

Want to send us some feedback? Get in touch with what you like, and what you’d like to see change. We’re always listening. I don’t know about you, but my life now seems to revolve around my home PC. With work-from-home now very much the new normal, I spend my day working on it, and because I’m an incurable computer nerd, I also spend a lot of down-time on it, either playing games, keeping touch with similarly isolated friends, or any number of other digital hobbies. Like many of us, that home PC has become an even more vital part of my life. Which is why it’s so very important to keep it safe. It’s bad enough if I can’t write or fire up some World of Tanks on a whim; if I…

1 min

“You can fall victim to this threat just by opening an infected Word file, or even by surfing the Internet.” Block nasty hijacking software Be safe from trojans with Abelssoft AntiRansomware Full version worth $25 The past few years have seen a huge amount of reports about blackmail Trojans, also known as Ransomware. You can fall victim to this threat just by opening an infected Word file, or even by surfing the internet. The worst part: So far there has been no effective protection. Once infected, the blackmail Trojan does not delete your private data, but encrypts it and holds you to ransom. In collaboration with specialists, Abelssoft developed AntiRansomware to offer an effective protection against Ransomware. It monitors all processes in the background and raises an alarm in case files on your…

5 min
gigabyte aorus 17x

The Gigabyte Auros 17X configuration we tested was the most tricked-out configuration possible, with an i9-10980HK 2.4GHz (max boost to 5.3GHz), a GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-P GPU, 32GB DDR4 RAM, a 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD, and 2TB HDD. Design As far as the design goes, it has the typical stealth-bomber/Knightrider aesthetic with RGB lighting that you’ll find in just about every other gaming laptop out there. Fortunately, the lighting on the Auros 17X’s keyboard and chassis is a bit more modest than the ‘70s Berlin discotheques found with other gaming laptops. The two lights on the very front of the chassis look like the headlights of a car, which was obviously the look Gigabyte was going for. Other than that, there isn’t much to say about the visual design that hasn’t been…

1 min
intel hacked: confidential intellectual data obtained and leaked by anonymous hacker

According to Tom’s Hardware, a leaker has shared the link to a 20GB file-sharing folder that allegedly contains chip engineering files apparently stolen from Intel earlier this year in a Twitter post. This folder has been billed as “Intel exconfidential Lake Platform Release ;)” and was originally posted on messaging platform Telegram. The leaker notes that many of the files in the folder “have NOT been published ANYWHERE before and are classified as confidential, under NDA or Intel Restricted Secret.” in addition, it’s been revealed that the password-protected zips in the folder may be accessed using either “Intel123” or “intel123” as the password, which may have been set by Intel itself. Intel believes that the leak may have “come from the Intel Resource and Design Center, which hosts information for use by…

1 min
iphones and ipads probably won’t support xcloud xbox game streaming

Android devices are about to get a gaming upgrade, as Microsoft’s Project xCloud game streaming service is launching in September and will allow users to stream Xbox games on their phone or tablet. But if you’re on iOS, it’s looking like you won’t get to join in on the fun. If you’ve been keeping up with xCloud that might surprise you – after all, Microsoft was testing a beta version of the service on iOS devices, but in a statement sent to The Verge, Microsoft confirmed that it has ended its iOS tests. Further, the company has only currently announced a release date for xCloud for Android – though it’s known to also be working a PC version. So could xCloud land on iOS further down the line? It’s possible, but as The…

3 min
google docs, sheets and slides get major overhaul on mobile

In addition to being able to collaborate in real-time on the web, one of the best things about Google’s suite of productivity apps is that they’re also available on mobile so you can work from anywhere. To make it easier for users to be productive from their smartphones, the company has announced a slew of updates for its Google Docs, Sheets and Slides mobile apps for G Suite users. As virtual meetings have become ubiquitous, teams are increasingly turning to presentations to keep everyone engaged and on the same page. To make it easier to quickly view content in Slides, Google has announced a new viewing experience with a vertically scrollable stream of slides that users can pinch-to-zoom. This new viewing experience will help users review slides faster and will roll…