Tech & Gaming

APC September 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.
to the max

There’s no doubt AMD’s absolutely killing it with the new Ryzen 3rd-gen. Perhaps their arrival has prompted you to consider an upgrade? If my small group of friends is any kind of useful barometer then it would seem that almost everyone is jumping on the new Ryzens. More reliable statistical evidence is easy to come by. A quick look at the top selling CPUs on Amazon shows AMD with six of the top 10 – and that includes five of the top six and the number one spot (the 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 3700X). We have our first Ryzen 3rd-gen reviews in this issue, and do please come back next month as we continue to test all of the CPUs in this astonishing release. With the new Ryzens comes a new motherboard…

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.
study reveals isp-supplied broadband modems are under-performing

A study commissioned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has revealed that several ISP-supplied modems are incapable of handling 100Mbps speeds on a fibre-to-the-node/building(FTTN/FTTB) connection. The study has also found that several of these modems have poor Wi-Fi performance, further lowering the average download speeds the end user can expect. 43 modems from 11 manufacturers and 10 ISPs were tested in laboratory conditions during December and January and not one was able to deliver 100Mbps download speeds over a 450m copper stretch (the average length of copper on an FTTN connection). Most devices could only deliver 80% of the advertised speed. In terms of Wi-Fi performance, 30% of the modems were unable to achieve 100Mbps on 2.4GHz over a range of 5m, which is unexpected as 2.4GHz is touted…

1 min.
australian isps want stronger laws on blocking malicious online content

A taskforce made up of tech companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Amazon, alongside Australian ISPs, has proposed specific laws be put in place giving the country’s eSafety Commissioner more power to block sites sharing malicious and abhorrent violent content online. This proposal comes in the wake of the Christchurch shootings in March when ISPs began proactively blocking websites hosting the video or sharing the shooter’s manifesto. They relied on a vague subsection of the 1997 Telecommunications Act which gives the eSafety Commissioner the power to issue written directives to ISPs. Now, however, the taskforce wants more concrete legislation, asking the government to develop a “protocol [that] would set out the arrangements and process for implementing blocks of websites hosting offending content, including the means of determining which ISPs would be…

1 min.
now you can see why you’re targeted by facebook ads

In March this year, Facebook released a tool called “Why am I seeing this?”, which allowed users to take a deeper look at the ads they were being shown and the reason they were being targeted. The service was created in response to the public outcry following events like the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which raised concerns about the abuse of user data by giant tech companies and the lack of privacy that it entails. Today, Facebook has announced that it’s further improved the tool, claiming to have increased the amount of transparency offered overall. This includes much more intricate detail on the reason for being targeted, a clearer list of the companies that own and sell your data, and a direct link to a page where you can change your targeting…