Tech & Gaming

APC June 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

In this issue

2 min.
i spy

Occasionally in the world of tech concerns are raised about a particular product. Usually it’s connected to our privacy, or the security of our data. Sometimes we choose to do something about it and cease using that product; other times we have no choice but to stay with it and hope the company responsible acts quickly to stem any damage. An example of the former is the CCleaner scandal of a year ago. The once commonly used and trusted system tool was purchased by security company Avast in 2018 and things started to go wrong from there. User data was being deleted, the software itself was updating regardless of the user’s desires and wiping settings, and there were concerns it was monitoring your PC – but without a way to stop…

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, Alex Cox, Ian Evenden, Christian Cawley, Christian Guyton, Kenny Hemphill, Phil Iwaniuk, Cliff Joseph, Andy Kelly, John Knight, Chris Lloyd, Carrie Marshall, Steve Paris, Nick Ross, Phil Savage, Alan Stonebridge, Chris Szewczyk, Tom Sykes, Mark Williams, Mike Williams, Mark Wyciślik-Wilson, Darren Yates Advertising Group Advertising Manager: Cameron Ferris cameron.ferris@futurenet.com Management Managing Director: Neville Daniels Sales Director: Paul Marttila Future plc is a public Chief executive Zillah Byng-Thorne company quoted on the Non-executive chairman Peter Allen London Stock Exchange (symbol: FUTR) Chief financial officer Penny Ladkin-Brand…

2 min.
exclusive software

ISSUE 468, JUNE 2019 Please note that these exclusive downloads will only be available for a limited time, from 20/05/2019 to 07/07/2019. QUASH RESOURCE HOGGING APPS STREAMLINE PERFORMANCE WITH ASHAMPOO DISK SPACE EXPLORER 2018. FULL VERSION WORTH $20 The compact yet powerful Disk-Space-Explorer 2018 provides a detailed overview of file distribution and disk space consumption. Unlike Windows Explorer, Disk-Space-Explorer 2018 lists results based on file types and helps quickly locate potential resource hogs. The file type filters are customisable, making it easy to scan drives for specific files, e.g. video files or documents. Bar and pie charts provide visual clues as to to the percentage of disk space usage for each file type. For a more in-depth view, users can quickly navigate through folders and customise existing file type filters or create their own. With…

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.
the number of smartphone users not upgrading handsets reaches record high

Telcos in the US have reported that their upgrade rates have fallen to a record low, which is bad news for smartphone manufacturers. Customers claim that the $1,000-plus price tags on premium handsets, plus the lack of exciting new features to justify that cost, has resulted in them holding on to their holder phones for longer. However, it has been theorised that many consumers are likely waiting for the broader rollout of 5G networks and smartphones that will support such speeds before deciding on an upgrade.…

1 min.
encrypted version of google chrome raises child safety concerns

A new update for Google Chrome that adds encryption to the browser has raised concerns among internet safety watchdogs and intelligence agencies who fear it could endanger the safety of children online. Harmful material like terrorist propaganda and child abuse images are blocked by companies through filters that scan the web’s domain name servers. Users of the encrypted version of Chrome, however, will be able to evade these filters and connect to its servers instead, making it harder for companies to block harmful content that could bypass parental controls.…