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APC April 2019

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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

in this issue

2 min.
losing it

Backing up is a necessary chore, and I know we’re all aware that it must be done. I’m also fairly certain that very few of us apply the levels of care to the task that we should. Now, I’m not talking to you, the Sys Admins that read APC — your good habits are soaked in. I’ve also run into many readers of APC and PCTA in the past that have adopted an obsession with good backup practice. It’s truly admirable. My hope is that this month’s Backup Superguide will spur on some that may need to take a fresh look at what and how they back up. Don’t view it as a big and daunting project, perhaps just skim over the sections and identify one area that may need attention…

2 min.
exclusive software

ISSUE 466, APRIL 2019 Please note that these exclusive APC magazine downloads will only be available for a limited time, from 25/03/2019 to 12/05/2019 PERFECT YOUR DIGITAL PHOTO LIBRARY ORGANISE, OPTIMISE AND EDIT WITH ASHAMPOO PHOTO COMMANDER 15 FULL VERSION WORTH $12 The new Ashampoo Photo Commander 15 is the comprehensive solution to view, edit and organise your photos, geotagging included! Bring order to your photo library, batch-optimise multiple files at once or create and design your own calendars, greeting cards and slideshows with ease. Control and navigate through your slideshows on your PC while the slides appear on an external display or beamer! With just a few clicks, beginners, amateurs and professionals alike will achieve stunning results. DOWNLOAD LINK: www.ashampoo.com/lpa/apc KEEP YOUR DRIVE SPICK AND SPAN ORGANISE ALL YOUR FILES WITH ABELSSOFT FILE ORGANIZER FULL VERSION WORTH $25 Downloads,…

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.
retailers facing more bot attacks than ever

From May to December of 2018, hackers directed credential abuse attempts at retail sites more than 10 billion times according to new research from cybersecurity company Akamai. The firm’s 2019 State of the Internet report sheds light on the fact that the retail industry was the most targeted segment by hackers while also highlighting the prevalence of API-call traffic on the web and the misrepresentation of Ipv6-based traffic. Akamai studied the credential abuse technique known as credential stuffing for its report and examined how hackers have begun to employ botnets to steal login credentials from retail websites. These stolen credentials are used to compromise accounts from which hackers acquire retail merchandise and resell it for cash. According to the report, the AIO bots deployed by hackers are multi-function tools that enable quick…

1 min.
amd’s new freesync 2 hdr demo shows off ‘next level’ tech for gaming displays

You may recall that a while back AMD had a ‘Windmill’ demo to illustrate how the original FreeSync worked to mitigate stuttering and tearing, and now there’s a second demo about to be unleashed to show off the benefits of the firm’s improved FreeSync 2 HDR technology. The new ‘Oasis’ demo (note that it isn’t a benchmarking utility) has been built using Unreal Engine 4, supports HDR10, and runs through various intricate landscape scenes to make the benefits of FreeSync 2 HDR clear. It will be possible to control the speed of panning, rewind the demo, or change various graphics settings (effects, shadows, bloom and so forth). On top of the titular HDR support, monitors with the new version of Freesync are also guaranteed to feature LFC (Low Frame-rate Compensation),…

1 min.
usb4 catches up to thunderbolt 3 with 40gbps data transfer speeds

“While the specification will be backward compatible with devices as far back as USB 2.0, those faster transfer rates will require “40Gbps certified cables. “ Soon, the incredible speeds of Thunderbolt 3 ports in laptops and computers will be available to all future USB Type-C (USB-C) ports, thanks to the brand-new USB4 standard. Hot on the heels of announcing the USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 specification – which itself is yet to become available – the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) revealed that the tech behind Intel’s proprietary Thunderbolt 3 port will be made available to generic USB-C ports. This means 40 Gigabits per second (Gbps) data transfer rates and multiple 4K display support. While the draft of the new specification is due to be published mid-2019, it’s unclear how long it will take…