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Print IT! May consumer magazines round up

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APC
A worthy nostalgia trip is the big focus of this 40th anniversary special, and the interviews with Tony Sarno, David Flynn, Roulla Yiacoumi, Ashton Mills, Nathan Taylor, Angus Kidman, Dan Gardiner, Darren Yates, and the OG Editor himself, Sean Howard, is a great trip down memory lane whether you every wrote a word for the mag or not. Pages from the original edition also appear, and an office photo collection is also quite a trip - indeed both Kidmans are pictured with hair!
 
But it isn't all looking back this month. There's some new laptop reviews, with the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 reviewed by Joel Burgess scoring a five star Hot Product award. Plus a wealth of free software suggestions, lots more hardware and software reviews, and a great deep dive (pun makes sense if you see it) on DLSS graphics technology and what it's doing for game imagery.
 
Choice Computer
Choice goes big on security and peace of mind in its latest edition. Features on keeping your PC free of viruses and malware leads things off. The stat that there are a billion dollars a year being lost to cybercrime in Australia is always an eyepopper. There's a good rundown of the latest terms in what kinds of attacks people should be on the lookout for. This is then followed by a look at managing backups to avoid data disasters.
 
The edition also flags a bunch of good battery packs to choose from as well as picks out smartphones for people who hate using smartphones, and six of the best laptops at an affordable price point, with Asus, Dell and HP getting the tick of approval for some specific models reviewed.
 
TechLife
Given the lockdown we've all been living through, TechLife has delivered an excellent pair of guides for readers to DIY their own PC maintenance. An Ultimate Windows setup guide, with troubleshooting and reinstallation tips to improve performance is very nicely timed, plus an Apple Genius feature to help those on the other side of the aisle to also diagnose and sweeten their Mac performance.
 
The Asus Zephyrus G14 appears here too, and gets another five star review and Editor's Choice award. I double checked the bylines and, yes, this one's by Bill Thomas so it's a separate perspective from its stablemate. This just looks to be a damn good laptop.
 
Along with plenty more reviews and tips of all kinds, Hope Corrigan delivers a guide to maximising your gaming through the lockdown. She looks at the comparative value of subscription services from all the major platforms, including Apple Arcade. A great rundown of where you could get lots of games to play for less than the price of one new game off the shelf.
 
Sound + Image
The May-June issue of Sound + Image features the best wireless speakers around. There's a lot more going on in the high-end space here than I had realised, and the designs look gorgeous. But how do they sound? That's what this group test is all about.
 
Later in the magazine there's a massive round up of true wireless earbuds from eight different brands in all. Plus, in S+I style, a discussion of taking a mobile DAC with you to get the best quality sound from your phone.
 
For the highest end around we also get a big discussion on the choice of creating a media room or a true home cinema experience. What does it mean, what are the options and how do we make the reality as good as the dream? Really interesting stuff.
 
And while APC goes historic this month, S+I also looks back with a nice history of hi-fi and some of the most interesting moments along the journey in sound, plus a great tribute to AC/DC 40 years after Bon Scott's passing, looking at where the band went next (you know, a little album called Back In Black).

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MiNDFOOD introduces seasonal title

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McHugh Media food brand MiNDFOOD is creating a new insert called MiNDFOOD InSeason, with Issue No 1, the Spring issue, out next month.

MiNDFOOD InSeason is conceptualized around the theme of food topics that are in line with an upcoming season, such as growing and harvesting ingredients that are on demand at the time, and how to cook them. 

The new insert comes just as MiNDFOOD has some staff movements. Nick Russell has succeeded Gill Canning as chief sub-editor while former Bauer NZ deputy editor Phoebe Watt joins as managing editor for MiNDFOOD and STYLE.

Cook is back on The Age

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Henrietta Cook has restarted her duties at The Age as senior reporter, fresh from maternity leave.

She will cover various stories from all over Victoria.

Cook had been with the paper for most for the past nine years, and was recently on the education desk as reporter and editor. 

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Spirit rebranded as SENSpirit

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Crocmedia is refashioning the former Spirit Radio Network into a new station called SENSpirit 621 Southwest (pictured).

Scheduled to go live on 24 August, SENSpirit 621 will cover WA from Bunbury to Harvey, and as far as Dunsborough and Donnybrook.

Crocmedia bought the 621AM frequency from Spirit in May this year.

NOVA readies staff cuts

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NOVA Entertainment is letting go of an estimated 70 employees.

NOVA CEO Cathy O’Connor announced the decision in a virtual town hall meeting, where she claimed lower ad revenues forced an internal review of all existing personnel. 

The network already shed 15 jobs late last year.

The marked personnel will be notified over the next few weeks, but placement and skills training programs are already set up for them.

Smethurst to exit News Corp Australia

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Annika Smethurst has opted to leave her responsibilities at News Corp Australia next month. 

She stated in a Tweet that she would be taking a one-year writing sabbatical and spend more time with her family in Victoria. 

Currently political editor at the Sunday Telegraph and the Herald-Sun, Smethurst attributed the move to stress arising from the Australian Federal Police’s search of her house, related to her 2018 story about government plans to expand surveillance powers. The High Court later invalided the warrant and the police backed down from filing charges.

“She’s an outstanding reporter and a much-loved member of our team. We can’t wait to see what she does next. The concerns about press freedom, however, did not ease when the High Court threw out the spurious investigation into Annika,” the Sunday Telegraph’s editorial read. 

“ABC journalist Dan Oakes still faces the threat of criminal charges over his reporting on alle

Seven introduces Spotlight investigations team

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7NEWS has activated a new investigative journalism team called Spotlight. 

Led by Mark Llewellyn and Denham Hitchcock, the Spotlight crew is tasked to produce a new series of primetime specials, focusing on breaking news and deepdive stories.

The first Spotlight special is scheduled to air on 16 August. Spotlight: The Lindy Tapes details never-before-published audio recordings that tagged the police for plotting to implicate Lindy Chamberlain in the infamous outback disappearance of her baby daughter.

“It may be late, but the truth always finds its way out. Finally, broadcast for the first time, the police at the centre of this original investigation were hell-bent on locking up Lindy Chamberlain for life. Over a period of months our 7NEWS Spotlight team has tracked down the witnesses who have stayed silent for all these years, and uncovered shocking unseen camera tapes buried deep in the Channel Seven vault,” said Hitchcock.

Redundancies signaled at 10 News

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Network 10 has a fresh wave of redundancies in its news and operations division, reported Mumbrella. 

The move is part of a department restructure plan. Up to 25 people are set to depart with the list including presenters Mike Larkan, Georgina Lewis, Josh Holt, Rebecca Morse, Will Goodings, Kate Freebairn, Michael Schultz, Monika Kos, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, and Natarsha Belling, and national weatherman Tim Bailey.

Bailey’s exit is part of plans to introduce a national weekday weather report model, with his replacement to be announced.

Starting 14 September, the 10 studios in Sydney and Melbourne will produce the weekday 10 News First bulletins for Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, but production for the Adelaide news bulletin remains in SA. All news teams in the major cities will still be operational.   

Sandra Sully and Matt Burke will host the Sydney and Brisbane news, while Jennifer Keyte and Stephen Quartermain will handle the bulletins for Melbourne and Adel

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