Tech & Gaming

APC February 2020

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.
free is good

You can’t argue with the value of free. That’s especially true if you need to take care of something as a one-off, and need a particular app to use for the task. It’s tough to justify spending money on anything in these circumstances, especially when there’s a free option. All of the big, popular apps have a free alternative out there somewhere. And, that’s been our mission this issue – to compile a collection of APC-recommended apps to cover just about any job. Of course, for things you do regularly, or perhaps professionally, then a fully featured paid app is hard to beat. But no matter where you look there’s a free option. Whether it’s office software, security, video, image, or audio editing – you can probably make do without forking…

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.
china orders ban on all foreign hardware and software for government pcs

According to a report from the Financial Times, the Chinese government has ordered a total ban on all foreign PC hardware and operating systems in government computers. That includes graphics cards and processors from companies like Nvidia, AMD, and Intel, and operating systems from Microsoft and Apple, among many other US and European-based PC hardware and software manufactures. Supposedly, the plan is to replace 30 percent of PCs and software by the end of 2020, 80 percent in 2021, and then 100 percent by 2022. This extreme move comes on the heels of the US banning Chinese company Huawei, as well as the US taking steps to deny China access to US technology. Chinese companies have been preparing for what seems like an inevitability for years, but its hardware and software products…

1 min.
google assistant receives an ‘interpreter mode’ for global translations

Google has announced that it has updated Google Assistant with the ability to offer real-time translation services in 29 different languages by just using a Nest Hub. It’s not hard to see the value in such a service. Language barriers can make even the simplest conversations frustrating – and that’s before money gets involved. Allowing people to communicate in their native tongue should help ease a bit of that tension, especially at hotels, airports and banks. This new interpreter mode also brings the Nest Hub out of people’s homes and into their businesses. The device is currently marketed as a digital picture frame that can adapt to its environment and offer easy access to Google Assistant for basic tasks. Google said in the announcement that the new mode will be put…

1 min.
amd ryzen 4000 mobile apus launched

At CES AMD showed off its strategy for the new 7nm 4000-series of Ryzen APUs (AMD’s term for a CPU with integrated graphics) for the first time in the mobile space. There’s a tonne of options on the table, both at 15W and 45W, offering some really impressive core counts, frequencies, and most importantly, design wins. For the new Ryzen 4000 series, codenamed Renoir, it’s a fully integrated monolithic piece of 7nm silicon, containing eight Zen 2 cores and up to eight compute units of enhanced Vega graphics. That’s twice the core count of the previous generation Ryzen Mobile, but three fewer compute units – however AMD has reasons for that decrease and emphasised that due to the process node it can get eight CUs to perform better than 11 CUs. AMD…