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Print IT! Late November 2020

By Seamus Byrne in Media News on
The summer break looms in magazine land, but there's still time for a few more issues to hit stands. This week it's TechLife and Choice Computer. Let's see what's inside.
TechLife is closing out the year with the latest edition, with David Hollingworth thanking readers in the editorial for helping keep the mag pointed in the right direction.
In cover content we get a 'Superguide' to iOS 14 and all the new features you'll find inside. And while there's a lot of that new phone feeling here for iPhone users, TechLife has Android covered too with a nice feature on how to customise Android to give your phone a big makeover.
There's reviews galore from the local contributor team, from Sharmishta Sarkar tackling a number of wearables including the Fitbit Versa 3 and the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds (which gets an Editor's Choice). Joel Burgess rounds up some amazing and weird AI and VR tech (and reviews other hardware too) while Hope Corrigan hits the app reviews again this month. James Pinnell also hits the mobile games, and gives the Marvel: Super War mobile MOBA a five star round of applause.
And a shout out to the latest rundown on Linux distros in a mainstream technology magazine. Gotta admire the effort to convert another few folks out there to give it a try. Honestly, this one is more history lesson than sales pitch which makes it an interesting read for everyone.
Choice Computer
Wireless routers get a round up in this edition, and we're talking true modem routers here to connect straight to your NBN from Asus, Netgear, TP-Link, and D-Link. And speaking of NBN, there's an NBN provider shootout too based on user satisfaction surveys.
We also get a fresh look at portable storage, covering both HDD and SSD to see where the best bang for buck is sitting these days across all the major players. A new round up of laptops and tablets is also in here, with some very interesting results.
A fun timewarp piece also goes back 20 years to remind us that the 'future' we thought 2000 was going to be looks pretty dated now. I'd forgotten CD digital cameras until this moment...
If you're looking for free productivity software, Alex Angove-Plumb runs down the pros and cons of living la vida LibreOffice. Angove-Plumb also delivers a nice little feature on taking your digital life entirely online, letting you run less storage and less intensive hardware on your local machine. "Minimalist PC" is the tagline, with tips on cloud storage and productivity software that you'll need to pull it off. And the ongoing costs to consider.
Plus we get tips on backups and ransomware protection, both a fundamental part of modern online life.

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White to produce The Danny Lakey Show

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The Triple M Network has enlisted Mikayla White as the new producer for weeknights program The Danny Lakey Show, reported Radiotoday.

She had been with parent company Southern Cross Austereo for almost five years, with her work including office assistant in the Melbourne office and producing for Trending 20 with Angus O’Loughlin and Old School House Party with Tim Lee.

“For more than five years, I have been striving to reach this goal, and here it is, with a fun and cheeky show. I’m looking forward to the content Danny and I create as a team,” said White.

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Mamamia taps new The Quicky EP

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Mamamia has welcomed Siobhan Moran-McFarlane as the new executive producer of The Quicky podcast show.

She will be in charge of overseeing the show’s content production and to research and book guests.

Moran-McFarlane joined Mamamia from the Super Network, where she spent over two years as reporter/producer, and senior producer for the John Laws Morning Show on 2SM.

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SCA syndicates Triple M 92.5 drive spot

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Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) is syndicating the drive slot at Triple M 92.5FM on the Gold Coast. 

The network stated that effective 27 January, the 3PM hour will carry highlights from Triple M Melbourne’s The Marty Sheargold Show. 

Mick Molloy is up at 4PM with Molloy.

The Rush Hour with Dobbo will kick in at 6PM, rebranded as Rush Hour Queenslander, with Elliott Lovejoy as co-host.

The reprogramming was made after Luke Bradnam announced that he was not coming back to the 92.5 Drive show this year.

“We’re pumped to bring a dedicated sports entertainment show to the GC for the commute home. With industry legends Marty Sheargold and Mick Molloy, followed by sports nut and NRL insider, Ben ‘Dobbo’ Dobson, the Gold Coast will be treated to the ultimate lineup that delivers our rock, sport and comedy promise,” said Triple M 92.5 content director Corey Kay.

New promotions in at ARN

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The Australian Radio Network (ARN) has made some changes to its content and commercial operations teams.

The company stated that the current commercial audio and podcasts head, Corey Layton, is moved to a new head of digital audio position. He will manage the direction of iHeartRadio and podcasts.

“Corey has brought a wealth of strategic and creative expertise across commercial and audio partnerships, making him the best person to take on this newly created role and he will play a key part in driving ARN’s digital audio growth strategy,” said ARN chief content officer Duncan Campbell.

On the commercial side of the business, campaign ideas chief Michael Dargan is now a head of creative. He will liaise with ARN’s integration, strategy, digital, sales, and connections departments in forming new client solutions.

Adam Williams, head of the ARN SONIC division, will oversee the network’s audio product and innovation efforts, with the objective being to bolst

Known outbound numbers are important for avoiding spam filters

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If journalists haven't been picking up your call as much lately, keep in mind it might not just be that they're ignoring you. More and more of our smartphones have built-in filtering, and if you're not in our contact list or you're calling from a number that isn't clearly mentioned in an email, you might get sent to the spam bucket.
Spam calls are officially Out Of Control these days. Late last year it really seemed to skyrocket, and I wondered more than once if there was some connection between badly managed COVID 'safety' QR codes in stores and the fresh wave of spam calls. Probably not.
If I answer every call to my mobile in a day from every number, whether it's an Australian landline or mobile identifier, I'll be answering at least three robotic or live spam / scam calls.
Note that they're not blocking numbers. They're pretending to be legit local numbers.
With all that in mind, Google and Apple now have fi

Sim joins Are Media Homes portal

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Harriet Sim has started with Are Media, writing for the Homes Hub.

She will cover lifestyle and interior topics, for Home Beautiful, Real Living, House and Garden, Belle and Inside Out.

Sim was previously with Pacific Magazines, continuing on to the former Bauer Media. 

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Pawela joins News Corp Australia

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Tosca Pawela has signed up with News Corp Australia as its new video chief of staff.

She succeeded Christine Vanden Byllaardt, who joined the staff of Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities, and the Arts Minister Paul Fletcher as media adviser. Vanden Byllaardt was with the company for four years.

Pawela is a content creator and UTS graduate.

Follow Pawela on Twitter @ToscaPawela.

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