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APC March 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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13 Issues


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the people’s laptop?

We have a nice little head to head this month. In it, we wonder in an abstract semi-science way, whether a smartphone is better than a tablet, or can a Chromebook insert itself in to the equation and topple both? The conclusion, unsurprisingly, is that each is fit for a purpose, and while there’s some crossover we’re all better off having simply the right tool for the job, whatever yours may be. Part of the mission for us with that little comparison was to take a fresh look at Chromebooks and have another stab at figuring out where they belong in the world. And as always the answer is easy. If you don’t use Office, or apps that are exclusive to Windows or Mac, or play PC games, then a Chromebook…

2 min.
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2 min.
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…

1 min.
one in five email attacks uses compromised accounts

Account takeover-based (ATO) attacks now comprise 20 percent of all advanced email attacks according to new research from the email security and protection company Agari. This rise in popularity is largely due to them being more difficult to detect than traditional attacks and their ability to bypass email filters since they are sent from a real sender’s email account. Senior Director of Threat Research at Agari, Crane Hassold provided further insight on the threat posed by ATO attacks, saying: “Credential phishing was already a huge risk for organisations because of the potential for data breach, but now there is a new wave of account takeover attacks leveraging compromised accounts to commit additional fraud.” According to Agari’s Cyber Intelligence Division, brand impersonation remains the most common attack vector and this technique was…

1 min.
microsoft is preparing windows 10 for foldable devices

We’ve seen plenty of rumors of Microsoft making a foldable Surface product, but this is the first time we’re hearing that the company is reprogramming Windows 10 to support them. A new build of Windows 10 (numbered 18313.1004) coded with references to foldable devices has appeared, according to Windows-centric blog Buildfeed. Within the build, users can find this specific string: ‘rs_shell_ devices_foldables.190111-1800.’ It seems likely that this new Windows 10 build has been designed to support Microsoft’s long-rumoured Andromeda devices, which we’ve heard will include dual-screens and foldable devices. Even without Microsoft’s help, we’ve already seen a range of dual-screen Windows 10 devices including two generations of Lenovo’s Yoga Book, the Asus Project Precog and Intel’s prototype Tiger Rapids. Although Microsoft seems to be nowhere near ready to produce a…

1 min.
tpg kills its 4g network rollout following huawei ban

TPG was keen on becoming Australia’s fourth largest mobile career, sinking $1.9 billion on setting up its own 4G network. The service was switched on in 2018, and was supposed to cover 80% of the country’s population. But with only a few metro areas in Sydney currently covered, the rest of the build has been abandoned, with TPG citing the August 2018 ban on Huawei as the main reason. Huawei has been TPG’s sole provider of small cell boxes needed for mobile services. The Federal Government’s ban on the Chinese manufacturer’s equipment, however, has thrown a spanner in the works, with TPG claiming it “does not make commercial sense” to carry on pouring money into building the network. “A key reason for the selection of the vendor and the design…