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

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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.
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…

1 min.
google might be planning a move into banking

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Google is currently working on a project, code-named Cache, which will see it move beyond payments and into the banking space. VP of product management at Google, Caesar Sengupta explained that the company does not intend to sell customers’ data but instead it wants to help users handle more of their finances online, saying: “If we can help more people do more stuff in a digital way online, it’s good for the internet and good for us.” Google isn’t the only tech giant to look into this move, with Apple recently launching its Apple Card through a partnership with Goldman Sachs and Amazon reportedly in talks with JP Morgan Chase to create a checking account for its customers. While details surrounding Google’s…

3 min.
how much motherboard do you really need?

It’s 2019. Every day people use their compact, lightweight and portable devices. Why is it then, that the stereotype of the desktop PC is still one of the chunky box mostly full of empty space, about 50 cm high and 20cm wide? It’s all due to the ATX (Advanced Technology eXtended) standard, which goes back to 1995. It was introduced by Intel and was intended to standardise the basic PC and ensure a basic level of interoperability with a compatible system architecture. Power supply voltage specifications and connectors were also introduced. Some of the adopted sub-standards are perfectly suitable now and into the future, such as the ubiquitous rectangular I/O panel that’s found on every motherboard. The ATX standard mandated a 305 x 244mm motherboard dimension that to this day is…