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Tech & Gaming

APC May 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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2 min.
doing it all well

Our annual Australian PC Awards has now wrapped up, and we have a nice list of winners — you can see them all in our Awards feature starting on page 24 of this issue. The Awards are something we started over on PC & Tech Authority, and we were excited to bring it to the APC audience this time round. As I watched the votes come in this year, I was struck by the dominance of a few brands. For many Award categories the winners were the larger brands, not the specialists. For example, Asus took it home for best router (with its ROG Rapture GT-AC5300) as well as best monitor (the ROG Swift PG27UQ). What conclusion to draw from this? Well, in the router category specialists like TP-Link and Netgear came…

1 min.

Editorial Editor: Ben Mansill Senior Journalist: Shaun Prescott Journalist: Joel Burgess Journalist: Harry Domanski Journalist: Stephen Lambrechts Journalist: Sharmishta Sarkar Creative Director: Troy Coleman Designer: Sharnee Swinnerton Contributors Anthony Agius, Adam Banks, Alex Blake, George Cairns, Doug Curtis, Jonas DeMuro, Catherine Ellis, Ian Evenden, Anthony Fordham, Dan Gardiner, Craig Granell, Andy Kelly, Jeremy Laird, Rob Mead-Green, Howard Oakley, James O’Connor, Steve Paris, Nick Peers, Les Pounder, Nick Ross, Mayank Sharma, Zac Storey, Tom Sykes, Chris Szewczyk, Mark Williams, Darren Yates. Advertising Group Advertising Manager: Cameron Ferris cameron.ferris@futurenet.com Management Managing Director: Neville Daniels Sales Director: Paul Marttila Printed by Blue Star PRINT (NSW)…

2 min.
exclusive software

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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.
gmail turns 15 and gets some new features, like message scheduling

“Email scheduling will allow you to select a time and date for your message to be sent. “ On April 1, 2004, Google introduced its now-ubiquitous email service to the world — albeit on an invite-only basis — and with it came the promise of secure and fast messaging backed up with an impressive amount of storage. Gmail is now 15 years old and, for its birthday, Google announced a few updates for the service via its blog, including one that users have been eager to use for quite some time. “We want to make it easier to respect everyone’s digital well-being,” Google’s blog post reads, “so we’re adding a new feature to Gmail that allows you to choose when an email should be sent.” Email scheduling will allow you to select…

1 min.
nbn’s lowest speed tier is set to get more congested and expensive

It’s no secret that NBN Co would like consumers to sign up to the higher speed tiers on offer, having designed multiple initiatives to encourage the uptake of NBN50 or higher, but its next move will instead actively discourage people from choosing the lowest tier. As reported by IT News, NBN Co is looking to discontinue a ‘discount’ it had in place with Retail Service Providers (RSPs) which effectively made NBN12 (12Mbps) speeds affordable to consumers. This means that, we could start seeing congestion on the lowest NBN speed tier network in coming months, as well as costs of the NBN12 plans rise once again, after they had been brought down to a reasonable amount with the initial discount introduced in mid-2016. The discount worked by reducing the charge for…