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TechLife Christmas 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
thank you

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 think we can all agree that 2020 has been one hell of a tough year. Natural disasters, plagues, political tension (and, as we write, the year isn’t even over!)... it’s all added up to a year of never-ending upheaval and tension. But TechLife’s still here, and we wouldn’t be without you – our readers. Your support and passion for the magazine has been a truly heartening light during a very dark year. So, thank you. To all of our readers, but especially our subscribers. We’ve all had to change the way we operate during 2020, and we’ve seen that reflected in our subscriber numbers, which have shown a very…

1 min

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5 min
surface laptop go

From $999, www.microsoft.com Microsoft Surface devices like the Surface Laptop Go have traditionally been super high-end laptops and tablets, aimed at providing the best Windows 10 experience. However starting with the Surface Go back in 2018, Microsoft started targeting students and everyday users, and this is the segment where arguably Surface is head and shoulders above anything else on the market. What we’re getting here is a 12.5-inch laptop packed with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. That’s definitely not a high-end spec, but when you consider the low asking price, the gorgeous display and build quality on offer, the Surface Laptop Go is far better than any other laptop you’re going to find at this price range. Microsoft sent us the absolute top-end version of the…

1 min
iphone 13 could be a foldable phone that’s built to last

Apple has been toying with the idea of a foldable phone (which could launch as the iPhone Flip or iPhone Fold) for a while now. And now a new patent spotted by Patently Apple, was filed in April and published on October 27, 2020, and it details a protective layer for foldable screens, designed to prevent cracks. This ‘hardcoat layer’ would both help defend against cracks forming, and also fill pre-existing micro-cracks, which is important since, as the patent notes, glass fractures tend to initiate from the presence of micro-cracks.…

1 min
apple search engine rumors revived as it may be looking to stop relying on google

Rumors persisted that Apple has been developing its own search engine to replace Google on its devices, but those efforts might be ramping up – just as Google is facing potential anti-trust actions by the US Department of Justice. Apple is likely to have been working on this search engine for years, according to a Financial Times report citing key hirings and software hints as evidence that is more suggestive than conclusive. The report prominently cites Apple’s 2018 hiring of John Giannandrea, former Google head of search, to improve AI tech and Siri, while other job listings suggested Apple’s effort to improve search. Meanwhile, the Applebot web crawler has seen increased activity for years, potentially laying the groundwork for a search engine. That activity spiked around the launch of iOS 14, when developers…

1 min
windows 10 will get a whole new look in 2021

Sources who have spoken to Zac Bowden at Windows Central have talked about a major revamp for the UI which is codenamed ‘Sun Valley’, and the current plan is that it should debut with the H2 2021 feature update (which would seem to indicate this won’t be a minor update, unlike the current and previous H2 upgrades for Windows 10). Pretty much everything on the desktop will be refreshed in this project, or at least all the major elements, although it’s still relatively early in the process, so the grapevine isn’t sure about exactly what will change. Sources currently believe that we’ll get an overhauled Start menu and Action Center, which would seem like a good bet given that these are critical pieces of the UI puzzle. These are likely to be…