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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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Stephen Brook joins The Age

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Stephen Brook kicks off July as The Age’s new CBD columnist.

He tweeted that the time had come to move to Melbourne for a new opportunity. Current CBD columnist Samantha Hutchinson is relocating to Sydney and will work alongside him.

Brook had contributed articles to The Age for the past two years. Prior to that, he spent seven years with The Australian, as editor at the media desk and covering the weekend A Plus magazine.

Follow Brook on Twitter @ViscountBrook.

How many buckets do you use?

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I’ve moved house more than 20 times in my life. It was a childhood filled with constantly changing address details and phone numbers that probably helped me flex my memory muscles and build a good sense of direction.
 
Most of that was from the time when we had pen and paper address books, and our family friends used to joke that our details were always written in pencil. There was an expectation of change.
 
Today our critical details are phone and email address. I’m pretty sure most PR agencies don’t even keep my physical address details in a database – if they do, staff don’t seem to trust their data, because for almost every delivery I’m asked my address before sending.
 
Of course, we’re dealing with expensive gear. And it isn’t a major imposition to check an address before sending. But even when it comes to email addresses I get the feeling there’s a disconnect between centralised agency data and what’s

Domain marked for return

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Leading property title Domain is set to return to print.

The Nine Network confirmed that the Australian Financial Review will carry Domain once more, starting with the 31 July 2020 edition. The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald will follow suit on 1 August.

Melbourne’s Domain Review will start republishing on 5 August, but Domain Prestige insert will be brought back into The Australian Financial Review’s Wednesday editions sometime in the spring. 

Nine withdrew Domain from circulation in March this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Our magazines have always been an important way that we communicate with our audience on their property journey, and are integral to our multi-platform publishing. As we start to see encouraging signs in the property market, it’s a great time to bring back these much loved publications,” explained Domain CEO Jason Pellegrino.

Cenatiempo set for 2CC brekky show

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Stephen Cenatiempo is coming to Talking Canberra 2CC as its new breakfast show host, starting 13 July 2020.

He said in an Instagram message that he had been itching to get back in the booth after so many months, and sees his new show as a vehicle for ACT residents to have their voices heard. He was made redundant as Australia by Night host late last year.

“I’m looking forward to moving to Canberra and really shaking things up, especially with the ACT election just around the corner. My local breakfast show will put the listeners first,” said Cenatiempo.

News Corp Australia QLD print centers closed

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News Corp Australia is preparing to reorganize its printing operations in Queensland.

EGM for production, logistics and property Marcus Hooke said the plan calls for merging the staff and machinery at Yandina and Murarrie into a single site over the next few weeks. Both sites’ personnel are being consulted on the matter.

The move is part of consolidation after much of News Corp Australia’s regional and community papers were either closed down or transitioned to digital. 

“Since the transition to digital-only mastheads we simply don’t have the same demand and are now facing excess production capacity,” Hooke explained.

Careful with the email window dressing

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When you're dealing with journalists with a more technical persuasion, don't forget they can often be using tools that give them more custom control over how and what they see. And this means they want to access the information you’re sharing in the most clinical way possible.
 
We've discussed how you make emails personal, which is definitely a top priority, but it's also important to deliver the information in a way that can be read – and searched – by the journalist without too much fuss.
 
This means:
 
- Do not ONLY include the important text in an attachment
- Do not ONLY include the important text in an embedded image
- Be careful with your text formatting
 
Those first two should be obvious, but they happen often enough to know that many people seem to worry more about making something look pretty or just converting a Word doc into a PDF as the most comfortable path to delivery. To those people – stop doi

Nine to publish new Good Food guide

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Nine’s publishing division is tweaking the Good Food brand with a new restaurant guide, called The Good Food Guide 200, reported Mediaweek.

Slated for release in November 2020, the new guide will temporarily replace the Good Food annual guide by highlighting 200 specific dining places in regional NSW and Victoria, and all state/territory capitals. Nine is considering bringing back the Good Food Guide annual in 2021. 

The entries were tagged as among those that have weathered the pandemic and are ready to be back in action after implementing all safety precautions. 

Good Food Guide editor Myffy Rigby led the evaluation for the guide.

“In recognition of the challenges the industry has faced, and continues to face, with enforced shutdowns and social distancing measures, we will not be publishing our traditional guide book with scores and hats in 2020,” said Nine travel and food publishing director Trudi Jenkins.

“Instead we are focusing on supporting

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