Tech & Gaming

APC July 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.
red vs blue vs green

It sure has been wild watching AMD shake up the CPU scene over the last two years since Ryzen landed. Intel’s full response is still taking shape, with its sub-14nm process just about ready for prime time. We will see big news out of Computex from Intel, where major announcements are expected. We’re off to the big annual show as this issue goes to print, and will give you a full report next month, covering what AMD and Intel are bringing to battle – and to your next PC, perhaps. What we do know is that AMD will announce the first 7nm Zen 2 CPUs, and they’re expected to increase both core count and frequency in the 3rd-generation Ryzens. Intel will almost certainly counter with new 10th-gen Core CPUs built around…

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.
australia’s encryption laws allow police to snoop on public wi-fi users

According to a briefing by the Home Affairs Department, users who access the internet at McDonald’s and Westfield in Australia could be targets for surveillance by police. This news was obtained through a freedom of information request, which also reveals that police can compel businesses that offer free Wi-Fi access to patrons to hand over customer information. Under Australia’s new Telecommunications Access and Assistance Act – which raised plenty of eyebrows when it passed through Parliament last year – authorities will have the power to compel cooperation from “designated communications providers” but, in reality, “any Australian retailer who offers a mobile phone application for online shopping or offers an application for mobile viewing” could be required to assist in police spying. The briefing also provided several examples of the type of…

1 min.
huawei banned from having dealings with us companies

Smartphone maker Huawei has found itself caught in the middle of a trade war between the US and China, with the Trump administration placing the tech giant on an Entity List, limiting the amount of business American companies can conduct with it. This has global implications – not just for Huawei, but its customers as well. Google was the first to impose a ban on the Chinese giant, rescinding Huawei’s Android licence. This was followed by UK chipmaker ARM, which has ceased all business with Huawei for fear of US sanctions. Although the US Commerce Department has issued a temporary licence for Huawei to wrap up its business in the US, other organisations are following suit. Governing bodies like the WiFi Alliance and SD Association have ejected Huawei from their…

1 min.
intel mitigations impact its chipsets 5x more than the losses suffered by amd

It seems we can’t go more than a month without a new wave of crippling x86 CPU vulnerabilities being discovered. While Intel has been doing its best to patch them all (including the new Fallout, Zombieload and RIDL), the performance impact does appear to be stacking up. The effect may be more pronounced than Intel’s letting on, too, with Linux publication Phoronix conducting its own tests, showing average performance declines of 16% on Intel chips versus just 3% on AMD. And, if you disable hyper-threading – as is suggested after this new round of threats – that hit can be as high as 50%, according to Phoronix‘s testing. Yikes.…