Tech & Gaming

APC Xmas 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

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in pursuit of performance...

We were hoping to have Intel’s 10th gen HEDT CPUs in this issue, but unfortunately our samples arrived ever so slightly too late to do a proper job of testing, so we’ll have that covered in the next issue. If you’re considering an upgrade to one of these, you’ll also be needing an X299 motherboard – so that’s something we were able to get into this issue. The main motherboard companies are all refreshing their X299 boards for Intel’s 10th gen release and we have a sampling for you to enjoy and consider. “This beast has been rigorously tested and binned by Intel and it’s the best quality silicon the company is able to produce” It’s not all about 10th-gen. After hyping it up at Computex back in June this year, the…

2 min.
exclusive software

ISSUE 475, CHRISTMAS 2019 Please note that these exclusive downloads will only be available for a limited time, from 02/12/2019 to 19/01/2020. CREATE BEAUTIFUL PRESENTATIONS WOW FAMILY AND COLLEAGUES ALIKE WITH ASHAMPOO SLIDESHOW STUDIO 2019.FULL VERSION WORTH $20 Ashampoo Slideshow Studio 2019 easily turns images and sounds into stunning slideshows with complementary music, transitions, fades and opening/closing credits. It’s the perfect way to present your photos as dynamic videos at home, at school, in the office or any other occasion. Add your own voice narration, texts, logos and sound effects to give your work an individual touch. There’s no need for any previous knowledge thanks to the straightforward interface. On top, a built-in wizard guides users from start to finish to help them tell their story in just a few steps. Supported output formats…

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.
amd launches top-end 16-core ryzen 9 3950x and new threadrippers

AMD is set to close out the year on a high note. As promised, the company will be delivering its latest 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X processor, built with two 7nm TSMC chiplets, to the consumer platform for US$749. Not only this, but AMD has lifted the covers on its next generation Threadripper platform, which includes Zen 2-based chiplets, a new socket, and an astounding 4x increase in CPU-to-chipset bandwidth. The announcement revolves around several parts, in completely different markets: Ryzen 9 3950X, TR 3960X and TR 3970X, new TR40 motherboards, and the budget Athlon 3000G. One key takeaway from the announcements is how AMD is moving the traditional desktop and high-end desktop markets. When CEO Dr. Lisa Su was asked earlier this year what will happen to Threadripper as the mainstream Ryzen…

1 min.
whatsapp co-founder still thinks we should delete facebook

While it has been almost two years since news of the Cambridge Analytica scandal first broke, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton still thinks that users should delete Facebook. At Wired’s 25th anniversary summit, Acton told a crowd that others should make their own decisions about leaving the social network though he stands by his decision to leave, saying: “If you want to be on Facebook and you want to have ads thrust in front of you, go to town.” Acton’s fight against Facebook began in March of 2018 when he took to Twitter to tell others “It is time” followed by the hashtag #deletefacebook. When he tweeted that message, Acton had been away from Facebook for more than a year after he stepped down in 2017 over a disagreement regarding monetizing…

1 min.
tracker-blocking browser brave comes out of beta

Brave is a web browser that promises to maintain the privacy of its users, protecting them from a variety of third-party ads, autoplaying videos, and trackers. Since launching the beta in January 2016, Brave was drawing in eight million monthly users before it officially let loose its first stable release. A good majority of web ads include some form of tracker that ties your identity to your browsing habits in order to better target you for advertising, and Brave blocks these. While users may rejoice at the idea of not being fed any intrusive advertising, ad-blocking does negatively affect the websites that serve those ads. Brave is claiming to offer a solution to this imbalance via a rewards program in which users can earn tokens by “viewing privacy-respecting ads” and give…