Stuck at home? Check out the digital editions of Future’s great Aussie tech mags

You can't spend the next few weeks at home just watching Netflix, and there will come a time soon when your home is so thoroughly spotless and re-organised that you need fresh new distractions.

Get on the front foot now, before you completely run out of things to do, and use this time to get your gadgets and gear in great shape. Australian tech mags APC and TechLife Australia have you covered. With a new issue every month there's hours of reading, learning and advice to help you get into tasks you've probably been putting off.

Tune-up your home Wi-Fi, computers and devices, and engage in a creative or artistic project. Get on top of all of your photos and videos, and surprise family and friends with your new-found picture editing skills. 

Maybe it's even time to start tinkering with with hobby projects like the Raspberry Pi!

We offer digital magazines for Apple, Android and any Windows device, as well as print edition subscriptions home delivered. You can order back issues, too – so you never have to miss out!

For PC and Android users, our APC Zinio editions are are right here, while Apple folks can grab APC on the Apple Newsstand here. TechLife Australia for Zinio is right here, and the Apple version is here.

Subscribe to the print editions at techmags.com.au.

Apple users can browse Future's full catalog of digital mags here.

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We also offer a lovely selection of magazines specialising in gaming, photography, audio and video and music! So much to read, so much time will be fruitfully passed, so many new things to learn! 

  • Official PlayStation Magazine Australia
  • Official Xbox Magazine Australia
  • PC PowerPlay
  • Sound + Image
  • Australian Pro Photo
  • Australian Hi-Fi
  • Australian Guitar
  • Australian Camera

Grab the print editions here, and search Zinio or the Apple Newsstand for these quality Australian titles.

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eBay’s dishing out AU$99 Apple AirPods in new Plus-exclusive sale

eBay Australia is rolling out a selection of mid-season mega deals exclusive to Plus members over the next few days, with a number of hot tech products seeing a huge price drop.

Those highly sought-after items will come from the likes of Apple, Bose, Sony and Dyson – plus there's exclusive discounts on upcoming Switch games such as Doom Eternal and Animal Crossing.

We've done the graft for you and have highlighted some of the best Plus-exclusive discounts below, but for the full selection you can head directly to eBay's mid-season sale page.

To net these Plus-only deals, you'll need to be an eBay Plus member. If you haven't already signed up, join today for a 30-day free trial to enjoy Plus-exclusive discounts, and free delivery and returns on a massive range of Plus items.

eBay Plus-exclusive tech deals

Other Plus-exclusive deals

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Score 20% off over a million items in eBay Australia’s massive mid-season sale

A massive mid-season sale has just kicked off on eBay Australia, with over a million products discounted by 20%. Of course, unless you already have some idea as to what you want, trying to dig through that many offers will likely get a little overwhelming.

For those who don’t know where to start looking, we’ve therefore handpicked some of the hottest deals on tech including headphones, fitness wearables and smart home devices.

This limited time offer is available only until March 26. If you’re keen on checking out the entire range of marked down products, just head to eBay and take a look.

Stores offering the 20% discount

Sydney Mobile Store

Sydney Mobile Store is a local retailer that offers mobile phones, smartwatches, headphone gear and other tech at competitive prices. For this mid-season sale, there’s 20% off storewide, so check it out if you’re looking for something other than what we’ve listed above.

There is also a range of other retailers participating in this sale, including Cotton On, Toys’R’Us, The Body Shop, Wittner and Heritage Brands.

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Get the school holidays sorted with a Disney+ subscription

Finding shows and movies that'll keep the family entertained during the school holidays can be a tall order. With the recent arrival of Disney+ in Australia and New Zealand, however, that task just got a whole lot simpler. 

The entire library of movies and shows on Disney+ is family friendly, so parents can count on it to keep kids safe from inappropriate content.

That makes Disney+ the ideal streaming service to satisfy your whole family these school holidays. Boasting a huge selection of TV shows and movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and 20th Century Fox, Disney+ truly has something for everyone in your household.

At AU$8.99 a month or AU$89.99 a year, it’s one of the most affordable streaming services in Australia, in a landscape where rivals can cost up to AU$19.99 a month. Disney+ is incredible value too, allowing subscribers to stream 4K video on selected content and compatible devices on up to four devices simultaneously; on other platforms, that's something you only get with the most expensive.

Moreover, the entire library of movies and TV series on Disney+ can be saved locally and viewed offline with no expiry date, meaning the kids can download their favourite shows to their tablets or phones and stay busy on long car trips – something we imagine most parents will be happy about!

With hundreds of films and shows to choose from – both classic and new – it's easy to find something to watch on Disney+, but to steer you in the right direction, we've compiled our top five school-holiday picks below.

The Mandalorian

Action packed and as cinematic as anything on the big screen, The Mandalorian is a show that's bound to make you ask, "Why did it take so long for a live action Star Wars series to get made?" While we can't say for sure, we have to imagine that Lucasfilm was just waiting for a service like Disney+ to make the whole endeavour something truly special. The series' titular Mandalorian is a lone gunslinger who makes a living by accepting bounties – and being extremely good at completing them. However, the usually-dependable bounty hunter's world is flipped upside down when he instead decides to save one of his targets from the shady people that hired him. Chances are you already know who this target is, but we won't spoil it for you if you're unaware. What we will say, however, is that he's likely to become one of your favourite characters in the entire Star Wars universe. This one's an absolute must watch for fans of Star Wars both young and old.

Seasons on Disney Plus: 1

Watch The Mandalorian on Disney Plus right now

The Simpsons

The Simpsons

The Simpsons is undeniably the greatest animated sitcom of all time, and now it's available to stream on SVOD in Australia for the very first time!! Join Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie as they get up to all sorts of crazy hijinx. These aren't just a few episodes, either – Disney+ is hosting 29 seasons, which amounts to hundreds of hours of Simpsons hilarity to snack on! And, as we mentioned earlier, every one of those episodes is available to download to your smart device for offline viewing. 

Seasons on Disney Plus: 29

Watch The Simpsons on Disney Plus right now


Home Alone

Home Alone

The premise of Home Alone is simple: an eight-year-old kid is accidentally left behind while his entire family goes on vacation, and finds himself fending off a couple of bumbling burglars with a series of comically over-the-top booby traps. In the wrong hands, this kind of material could've been insufferable. Instead, a delightfully playful and clever script by the late John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off) and spot-on direction from Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) resulted in pure magic. Some of that magic surely comes down to the casting of Macaulay Culkin, who in spite of his young age managed to find the perfect balance of precociousness and heart that his lead character demanded. A perfect family film for the holidays, Home Alone is a Christmas classic.

Watch Home Alone on Disney Plus right now

Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp

2019 was a big year for live-action versions of Disney films, with The Lion King, Aladdin and Dumbo offering new and spectacular big-screen interpretations of beloved classics. However, Disney somehow managed to save its most adorable live action re-imagining for the small screen with Lady and the Tramp. The updated version of this beautiful story once again follows a beloved house dog (Tessa Thompson) who meets and falls for a street mutt (Justin Theroux) with a heart of gold. It's a story that's just as heartwarming now as it was in the original animated film, which was released way back in 1955. A perfect family movie if ever there was one.

Watch Lady and the Tramp on Disney Plus right now

Frozen

Disney's Frozen

If you're a parent, chances are your kids are already obsessed with Frozen, the brilliant animated Disney film that's based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. If that's the case, they're going to love the ability to download Frozen in the Disney+ app and watch it over and over again on their smart devices! Featuring the now classic songs 'Let It Go' and 'Do You Want To Build A Snowman?', Frozen also flips fairytale traditions on their heads, teaching girls that they don't need dashing princes to come and rescue them, and that they can be the masters of their own destinies.

Watch Frozen on Disney Plus right now

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The best Microsoft Store Australia deals for Boxing Day 2019

Now that the great rush of Christmas is over, with its excessive food and plentiful gifting, Boxing Day is the perfect time to check out sales on the latest tech and see if some of the... less successful presents can be made up for.

Australia's Microsoft Store is discounting plenty of its products – everything from Surface Pro 2-in-1 devices to Bose noise-cancelling headphones – so there's likely something on offer for everyone.

Here at TechRadar Australia, we've trawled through everything on offer at the Microsoft Store for Boxing Day 2019 and found the best discounts on the hottest tech products, listing them below.

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Treat yourself to 20% off the XPS 13 in Dell’s 11/11 sale

Single’s Day (or Guanggun Jie) had its humble beginnings in China back 1993 to celebrate the pride of being single. Because of all the ones in the date, November 11 (11/11) was chosen as the day for celebrating single-dom. 

Single’s Day, however, is no longer restricted to China, with the sales held on the day spreading to South-East Asia, then creeping below the equator to Australia and New Zealand as well. 

With the event picking up pace in Australia over the last couple of years, Dell has gotten into the spirit of things and is currently hosting a 11/11 sale, with up to 40% off a wide range of its machines, including our favourite XPS device, a huge selection of Inspiron laptops and some Alienware gaming beasts.

There's a lot to choose from on Dell's online storefront, so we've put in the hard yards and cherry-picked the best offers for you. 

Best 11/11 Dell deals

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Dell Australia is flogging laptops and 2-in-1s for up to 50% off

When investing in something expensive and long-term, like a new laptop, it's always good to shop around – after all, there are always bargains to be found. And Dell Australia frequently offers some great discounts on its online storefront on a large range of gaming and business laptops, 2-in-1s and desktop PCs.

One of our favourite ultrabooks is a Dell device and we can't recommend the XPS 13 highly enough. However, that's not the only machine in Dell's catalogue that's worth considering, especially if you can snag one for less.

There's plenty of bargains to be found a wide range of laptops, 2-in-1s and desktops – with up to 45% off some devices – on Dell's site at the moment, but it can be hard to decide on which one to opt for. So we've done the hard work for you and hand-picked a few of the best deals on offer during Dell's Cyber Sale, with these offers ending Thursday, September 12.

Our picks of Dell's best deals

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Sign up for the TechRadar Australia newsletter

Every day, TechRadar brings you the breaking news and biggest announcements from the world of technology, and you can keep up with all the developments by signing up to our twice-weekly newsletter. 

Every Wednesday and Saturday, we'll bring you a digest of the most important tech stories, alongside special offers for Aussie readers – such as discount subscriptions to our popular print magazines, APC and TechLife.

Signing up is easy – just fill out the form to put yourself in the TechRadar loop.

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Last chance: vote now in the 2019 Australian PC Awards!

UPDATE 28/02/2019: Voting in the second annual Australian PC Awards closes today at 5pm on the dot! To have your say on which PC products and manufacturers of 2018 are award-worthy, click here to vote – by doing so, you could even win a great PC hardware prize!

If you're reading this story, we reckon there's a pretty good chance you’re the type of person who’s passionate about technology – and PC gear in particular – and that’s exactly why we’d like to invite you to vote in this year’s Australian PC Awards. By casting your ballot, you could even win a fantastic prize from the likes of Razer, Thermaltake, Corsair or QNAP!

As tech-lovers ourselves, we feel it’s only right that the hard work and clever design that goes into making the gear you love is properly rewarded, so if you’ve had fantastic experiences with a company or a particular product that stands out from the rest, we want to hear about it.

The Awards cover many categories, including all of today’s key components and peripherals, alongside the PCs we buy and use and the companies that make them. We have shortlisted the finalists for what we think are the best products that came out during 2018, but we’re leaving it up to you to select the best of the best.

It's simple to vote – just head to www.australianpcawards.com.au and cast your ballot before 5pm (AEDST) on Thursday, February 28. The winners will be announced at a special gala awards night on Thursday, March 21 and we'll post all the winners here on the 22nd.

So jump in, have your say, and get a chance to win a snazzy tech prize (including all the gear pictured below) for taking part.

There's lots of nifty gear on offer!

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Aussie TechRadar readers: Here’s your chance to win a Huawei nova 3i phone!

Aussie TechRadar readers, here's your chance to win a brand new Huawei nova 3i! Thanks to Huawei Australia, we've got a brand new nova 3i smartphone (in dazzling Iris Purple) to give away to one lucky reader! 

The Huawei nova 3i is a competitive mid-range handset with lots of high-end features that's valued at $599 in Australia. The winner will also receive a pair of Huawei's true wireless in-ear FreeBuds headphones, which are themselves valued at $199.

To enter, simply click here and fill in the competition entry form with your details and then, in 25 words or less, tell us why the Huawei nova 3i is better than your current phone!

Please note that this competition is open to residents of Australia only — proof of address may be requested. Competition closes on Sunday, 9 December 2018 at 11:59pm and the judges' decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.

For full terms and conditions please see competition entry page.

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