Print IT! Early October print magazines 2020

By Seamus Byrne in Media News on
We're heading into the last editions of magazines before they start showing their Christmas spirit. So what's in print right now? Let's take a look.
Kudos to APC for using its 486th edition of the magazine to pay tribute to the legendary Intel 486 processors and how they changed the PC industry. A very nice walk down memory (well, CPU) lane and Darren Yates was tasked with taking us back there.
The marquee feature this month is DIY budget PC builds, with some nicely specced hardware that comes in under $900 (and that includes a 1TB M2 SSD). Contrast that with the review of the Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU that would buy you two or three of those budget PCs and we have the full spread of high and low end on show.
Shout out to the insightful op-eds from Joel Burgess and Shaun Prescott, looking into Nvidia's ARM play and the rival Playstation v Xbox strategic differences, respectively. Burgess also busts out a Huawei MateBook 14 review that gets an above average rating, but the Lenovo Ideapad Slim 7 scores better as one of the best ultrabooks out there.
Nick Ross keeps coming back to the wi-fi router market for punishment, being let down again by his latest Orbi review due to its "absurd subscription costs" and a very poor score for a budget wi-fi 6 option from D-Link.
Burgess delivers an interesting round up of affordable "alternate OS" laptops, exploring Windows 10 S and Chromebook models with some pleasant surprises to share.
Loads more reviews and help desk insights, as always, for those who go grab the edition.
PC PowerPlay
Covershot of Bolvar? I'm in. The big feature here is all about the World of Warcraft Shadowlands expansion launch coming up in a few weeks time (though it probably wasn't delayed at time of printing).
Meghann O'Neill offers up a nice local report on Best Friend Forever, the pet-centric dating sim, and also explores Townscaper, Necrobarista, Telling Lies, Resynth and Boomerang Fu. Lots of lovely Indies to catch the eye in a sea of AAA reviews and previews (that are largely written by overseas writers).
PlayStation Official Magazine Australia
Print cycles have varied for the PlayStation and Xbox print titles this year, so it's hard to say if this will be the final edition ahead of new consoles landing. One might think we could see one more to coincide with launch perhaps? (And we're really wondering where Official Xbox has gone after quite a few months MIA).
This month sees Cyberpunk 2077 take the cover, alongside features on Gotham Knights, Suicide Squad, and Black Ops - Cold War. There's also a feature that dives into the DualSense controller, which has more tricks up its sleeve for the new era – and we're told which games will use the new features at launch.

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Print IT! Magazines for late October 2020

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Plenty more mags across the industry hit stands in recent weeks, channel to enthusiast, industry to consumer. Plus the digital videocamera magazine makes a return appearance.
Sound + Image
Like the hardcore audio nerds they are, Sound + Image has gone big with vinyl in its latest issue. With turntables from hundreds to tens of thousands, “something for everyone” rarely fits better (as long as ‘everyone’ wants to dive back into sweet analogue warmth, of course). The rundown also includes a review of a vinyl cleaning system to get the best out of those discs. Jez Ford’s editor letter, delving into the difference between ‘audio’ and ‘hi-fi’ was a great introduction to such a deep dive into the state of turntables, too. Plus we get a rundown of the CEDIA 2020 finalists, with some truly gorgeous smart home and home cinema installations to show off in a perfect year for anyone who’s ever wanted to trick out their home in style. Lo

Schofield kicks off Hit 92.9 breakfast

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Will Schofield is entering the breakfast booth at Hit 92.9, on 1 November.

Radio Today reported that the former West Coast Eagles AFL player agreed to go on the air alongside Juelz Jarry and Pete Curulli, as their current partner, Xavier Ellis, is out on two weeks’ paternity leave. 

Schofield, who has been working with Hit since 2017, said going on the breakfast circuit was okay since he’s leaving the footy oval for good.

“I retired from the AFL this year. I’ve been waiting on the bench for a spot on radio. I’m coming off the bench. And just like my AFL career, I’ll be dropped in about two weeks. Xav’s shoes are big ones to fill – even bigger than the grooves in his chair,” said Schofield.

De Brito prepares exit

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Kate de Brito is leaving the editor-in-chief post at the end of the year.

News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller said De Brito is making way for new leadership after a nearly five-year run at the top. She succeeded Daniel Sankey back in 2016.

“Under Kate’s leadership, has grown into a fast-moving, driving force in the Australian news landscape. I thank and congratulate Kate on her contribution and the team for their extraordinary energy and focus,” said Miller.

In addition to leaving the top role at, De Brito will also vacate a similar seat at Kidspot, with editor Mel Wilson at the helm.

The people's needs

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After spending months behind the counter at Jaycar, Australian Videocamera's David Hague thinks he's found a disconnect between Australia's tech media and what people really want. You can grab the latest issue of David's latest edition of Australian Videocamera here.

I thought a lot before writing this article. In reality, I understand it might greatly alienate me from my peers (more than I probably already am anyway), but I think it bears a few points worth telling.

And that is a risk I’ll take.

It needs a few hundred words as a preamble though.

For those that don’t know me, I have been freelance writing tech for newspapers, magazines and websites since 1986 and only went solo with my own magazine, Australian Videocamera, through circumstances I will not go into, since 2007.

From 1994-1995 I worked for Computer Television in Perth as a writer and director of video training, publishing video-based series (on tape) for Microsoft (Office, Windows), Apple (

5 Minutes with Shaun Prescott

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Shaun Prescott wears a few hats around Sydney’s Future Publishing offices, typically while holding a game controller (or keyboard and mouse). But don’t check if he’s on Twitter. Here’s his 5 Minutes.
What do you do and where does your work appear?
I'm an Australian editor for PC Gamer. I also write for APC, occasionally Techradar and Gamesradar, and work on the Official PlayStation magazine.
Anything else in your career you’ve been known for?
Just writing. 
What did you really want to be when you were growing up?
I mainly wanted to write. I also wanted to be a person living in the future.
Which story or stories are you most proud of?
I don't really feel proud. I feel satisfied sometimes. 
What are three top tips you can give PR pros for working with you effectively?
I'm not in a position to give advice to PR pros - they know their job better than I do. I get a lot of PR material, both from

Rieger to lead 4BC news

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Chris Rieger has signed up as 4BC’s new news director, reported Radiotoday.

His appointment came after two months of newsreading on Breakfast with Neil Breen.

Rieger’s experience in radio includes stints with, among others, 4KQ, KRock, and The River.

“I love being back in Brisbane and doing what I love again, but most importantly, I work with some really cool people, some who I’ve known for years from other radio stations and my last stint here at Magic882 (4BH),” said Rieger.

Stephenson returns to work

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Alison Stephenson has come back from maternity leave as arts and lifestyle editor for News Prestige Community titles The Wentworth Courier, Mosman Daily and North Shore Times.

The interim person on the post, Kelly Baker, is staying on as a contributor.

Follow Stephenson on Twitter @Ali_Stephenson.

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