Tech & Gaming

APC November 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.
a nice time

Choosing which products to review in APC isn’t always straightforward. Sometimes it’s dictated by the seasons – there are quiet times, and there are months when every company seems to have something new. Then you get the really crazy periods when a flood of products are unleashed because there’s a new version of the underlying technology that is used by several manufacturers. We see this in motherboards, for example, when a new chipset comes out, along come dozens of new boards. That’s when we do group tests instead of stand-alone reviews. This is a good month for reviews. I was particularly excited to get the new Asus ZenBook Duo in. I first saw this innovative dual-screen laptop at Computex earlier this year and I, along with the rest of the APC…

2 min.
exclusive software

ISSUE 473, NOVEMBER 2019 Please note that these exclusive downloads will only be available for a limited time, from 07/10/2019 to 24/11/2019 FLUSH YOUR REGISTRY WELL AND GOOD OPTIMISE YOUR PC’S PERFORMANCE.FULL VERSION WORTH $20 The Windows registry is, in a way, the administrative center of your system. Different settings and configuration data for Windows and most of your program’s settings, like for example autostart settings, are saved there. Over time errors creep in the registry. One result is that your PC will become slower, e.g. when starting the system. Problems when uninstalling software and a large number of error messages could point to problems in the Windows registry. With the Ashampoo Registry Cleaner you will easily and safely delete redundant or damaged registry entries. Faulty links in the registry are also repaired. The…

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.
nbn co has “no plans” for a netflix tax – proposes new 1gbps plan

In a past consultation paper, NBN Co floated the idea of raising the prices for Australian internet users based on the type of data they were using rather than the amount. Essentially, this translated to what was dubbed the ‘Netflix tax’, as it was predominantly targeting streaming media during peak hour. The proposal was met with wide backlash and considered an attack on net neutrality, but NBN backpedalled on the seriousness of the proposal. Now, NBN Co’s chief customer officer Brad Whitcomb has said there are “no plans” to charge users based on their streaming, with the most recent consultation paper revealing that only two internet service providers (ISPs) actually supported charging users based on their usage, but they proposed video streaming be charged less. In order to accommodate these…

1 min.
telstra finally joined the esim club with the iphone 11 launch

Telstra rolled out eSIM compatibility across its plans at the same time as the iPhone 11 range launched in late September, allowing its customers to forego the regular physical SIM card. Optus and Vodafone already adopted the technology earlier in the year, allowing any compatible device to use its eSIM (embedded Subscriber Identity Module) in place of the regular plastic card that you’d otherwise need to insert. This also allows users who own devices compatible with both dual SIM and eSIM technologies to have two services active at once. This can be handy if you need to switch between numbers for work and personal use, for instance, or when travelling abroad and using an international SIM. It’s not just the smartphone world that’s been incorporating eSIM tech however – a…

1 min.
chinese deepfake app lets you be in your favourite movies

Chinese face-swap app Zao became an overnight sensation in its home country, but a clause in its user agreement raises privacy concerns. The app allows users to take a selfie and put themselves into a video – movies, shows, music videos or operas – but, according to the original agreement, the developers hold the rights to any imagery created using the app. Chinese journalists raised the issue and the app’s user agreement has since been updated, although some people are still worried the app could be used for nefarious purposes.…