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APC February 2019

For people who love technology, APC is unique: it's the world's longest-published monthly tech magazine. Launched in May 1980, we were there when Apple's Macintosh and IBM's PC were born, and have been at the forefront of tech ever since. With a combination of insights, testing and tutorials APC lets you stay up-to-date with tech as it changes the world.

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There once was a time when media was seen as the PC’s ‘killer app’. It started with enthusiasts building dedicated boxes that were hooked up to the TV or audio system either directly, or on a network. Upon its hard drive were season’s worth of TV episodes, usually. This was a time when torrenting was at its peak, and seeing as you had to store those files somewhere, you may as well have them somewhere that’s easy to just hit play and off you go. Microsoft tried to cut itself a slice of that cake with its Windows Media Center OS (first seen in Win XP, 2002), which was a good product and it’s a shame it was abandoned a few years later. It was at its best when running on…

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inside apc

APC is Australia’s oldest consumer technology magazine – having been consistently in print for over 35 years, since our first issue way back in May 1980 – and we take that heritage and responsibility very seriously. While our focus is obviously on the personal computer – it’s in our name, after all – the very definition of the PC has changed and shifted markedly since the early 1980s. As such, we touch on many other areas of tech, too, from smartphones and apps to peripherals, accessories, online services and beyond. We have two main goals: to track down the best of modern tech and also to help our readers make the most of it. We’re also an open church in terms of platforms. We know most people aren’t wed to a…

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tech notes

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 has been officially announced PROMISES TWICE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE IPHONE XS CHIP. Although we’re not yet sure which phones will be landing with Qualcomm’s next Snapdragon processor (except the next OnePlus flagship), the 855 has been officially announced. Qualcomm has stated that it will be able to handle 5G connectivity and, thanks to its 7nm architecture and a Kryo 485 CPU at its core, perform 45% better than the 845 overall. HD Windows 10 finally overtakes Windows 7 to become undisputed desktop OS champ IT’S NOW TOP DOG ACCORDING TO BOTH NETMARKETSHARE AND STATCOUNTER. Netmarketshare’s December 2018 numbers show that Windows 10 is installed on 39.22% of PCs, with Windows 7 only on 36.9%, while another analytics company, Statcounter, claimed the overtake took place almost a year earlier. While the discrepancy…

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number crunch

1 “BAZILLION” NUMBER OF PHONE CALLS ALLEGEDLY MADE BY A TINY GECKO USING A TOUCHSCREEN DESK PHONE IN AN ANIMAL HOSPITAL IN HAWAII. The calls were inadvertently made by the gecko, thanks to the sticky pads on its feet, after he’d snuck into the Ke Kai Ola Marine Mammal Centre on the US island. 220 GB AMOUNT OF DATA APPARENTLY LOST BY ONE WINDOWS 10 USER. after upgrading to the October 2018 Update (version 1809), with numerous other reports of similar issues from users who’d signed up to Windows Insider. Microsoft temporarily halted the rollout of the feature update in October until it was able to resolve the issue. 2 SECONDS 0-60MPH TIME OF THE PB18 E-TRON ELECTRIC CAR CONCEPT UNVEILED BY AUDI AT THE PARIS MOTOR SHOW. The car also has a moveable console that enables it…

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the evolution of existing technology

Technology has been a part of our lives in some form or another for most of human history. It has evolved over the years, and wehave had the privilege of seeing the current accelerated evolution take place right in front of our eyes. Mobile phones went from being chunky and heavy devices to the sleek, practically bezel-less smartphones we have today. Personal computers went from being a luxury item to a necessity that can even be used as a tablet. 3D printing is on the way to making us practically anything we can imagine. Cameras went from analog film versions to the digital masterpieces we use today. And let’s not forget the artificial intelligence – not only making everything smarter, including our homes, but is bringing autonomy to cars, drones…

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EEG SMART UDRONE Fly, my pretties, fly! $TBA | WWW.EEGSMART.COM Perhaps unsurprisingly, you can now buy a mind-controlled drone. The EEG Smart Udrone itself is a regular small indoor flier, and it can use its camera to read your facial expressions, hand gestures, head movements and more (“blink twice to take a photo, land by biting your teeth”). It takes more than that to impress us, though. Colour us impressed, then, by the headband that measures your brain’s electrical activity as you, allegedly, imagine the drone lifting off, and it does. Indeed. We have one on the way for some enthusiastic testing. Wars of the future will be fought with these things, most likely. CYGNETT WIRELESS CHARGERS Plonking down and powering up. $89 (RACE), $129 (TWOFOLD), $59 (PRIME) | WWW.CYGNETT.COM A trio of wireless phone chargers from…