Tech & Gaming

APC December 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.
this one goes to 11

I’ve just come back from Microsoft’s launch event for the new Surface range, and once again the company has dazzled with some really beautiful machines. But the really big takeaway is that the company has crossed some age-old borders and not only launched devices with CPUs from its long-term partner Intel, but also AMD and Qualcomm! This is one of those shifts that will have significant influence and give other system makers confidence to adopt a similar approach. Now, this is absolutely not a move away from Intel. The 10th-gen Ice Lake CPUs used in the Surface Pro 7 and 13-inch Surface Laptop 3 are high performance and low power parts that fit the Surface’s enterprise aspirations perfectly. Ice Lake incorporates Wi-Fi 6, too, and that’s going to be an especially…

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…

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intel’s 10th-gen cascade lake-x hedt cpus

Intel has lifted the lid on its upcoming Cascade Lake-X family of processors for the high-end desktop market (HEDT). Similar to the way Intel’s Cascade Lake based Xeon Scalable processors are a further revision of their Skylake Xeons, offering clock speed increases and security fixes in hardware, the new HEDT processors will grant higher frequencies, more memory capacity, and better protection against side-channel attacks. The key numbers however are the big drop in Intel’s pricing: Intel will be releasing its 18-core part, the Core i9-10980XE, for under US$1,000. This pricing is a significant shift in Intel’s strategy, and there can be little doubt that AMD made this happen. AMD is set to launch its 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X at US$749, which will offer 16 PCIe 4.0 lanes for slots (+4 for…

1 min.
microsoft unveils new surface laptop and pro lineup

“The biggest news is that it will use AMD Ryzen 7 Surface Edition (custom silicon for this product only) with Radeon RX 11 Graphics. ” The company has launched new Surface devices, including the Surface Laptop 3 in both 13.5 and 15-inch configurations, as well as the Surface Pro 7. It also showed off devices for next year, the foldable Surface Neo and a Surface Duo Android phone. The Surface Laptop 3 has a 20% larger touchpad with a machined aluminium finish. It uses both USB Type-C and Type-A ports and will come in 13.5-inch and 15-inch versions. The Surface Laptop 3 features fast-charging over Surface Connect and a removable hard drive. The biggest news is that the 15-inch model will use AMD Ryzen 7 Surface Edition (custom silicon for this…

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mastercard and visa pull support for facebook libra

Mastercard and Visa have become the latest backers to withdraw their support for the Facebook Libra cryptocurrency, which looked to offer a new way of paying friends, family and businesses. The news comes shortly after PayPal also announced it would be pulling its backing for Libra, with eBay and Stripe also dropping out recently. Facebook is set to launch both Libra and its Calibra digital wallet next year, but has been tight-lipped on what form both offerings will actually take. It has said it won’t launch Libra until all of the regulatory issues are addressed. Libra revealed 28 major firms as launch partners back in June, who were meant to assist with governing the project, although many of these have pulled out as the project has come under fierce scrutiny…