Tech & Gaming

APC April 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.
star linking

As I write, SpaceX has just successfully launched its fourth Starlink mission, deploying another 60 global internet satellites for a total of 240 so far. This followed approval by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) at the beginning of the year for the company to operate specific frequencies in Australia, and is the first step for full entry into the Australian broadband market. If all goes to plan, Starlink will be selling internet services to the US market later this year, and Australia (and the rest of the world) in 2021. Performance is claimed to be in the order of (up to) 1Gbps and 10-20ms latency. That is roughly 20x what a typical NBN user experiences, and quick enough for gamers to no longer care what country a server is…

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.
announcing the 2020 australian pc awards

Each year the team at APC, along with our fellow techies on our sister titles TechLife, TechRadar and PC PowerPlay gather to acknowledge and reward the very best gear of the year. Thus, the 2020 Australian PC Awards are underway. Across a mammoth 33 categories we shall determine the very best of the best, covering PCs, laptops, and all of the important components and peripherals. This year we’re introducing the Excellence Award, which will go to ‘the person, product or technology that advanced the PC more than any other in 2019.’ Exciting stuff! Especially so because 2019 saw some big leaps ahead in many areas. We’re putting on a big and fancy awards night on April the 2nd, attended by as many of the tech industry as possible, that aren’t grounded by…

1 min.
honeywell reveals plans to launch world’s most powerful quantum computer

Honeywell has announced that it will release the world’s most powerful quantum computer by May, and customers will be able to connect directly to it via Honeywell or on Microsoft’s Azure Quantum platform. This machine will be more than twice as powerful as IBM’s Q System fleet, and Honeywell also announced that it is on track to increase the capabilities of its quantum computer by an order of magnitude each year for the next five years. CEO and chairman Darius Adamczyk explained how quantum computing has the potential to transform how things are done across a number of industries, saying: “Quantum computing will enable us to tackle complex scientific and business challenges, driving step-change improvements in computational power, operating costs and speed. Materials companies will explore new molecular structures. Transportation companies…

1 min.
windows 10 is still broken thanks to a recent update from microsoft

In a depressingly familiar turn of events, a recent Windows 10 update (KB4535996) has ended up causing serious issues for the people who installed it. People have been encountering random freezes, installation problems, and even the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. Thankfully, this update is listed as ‘optional’ by Microsoft, which means your PC won’t automatically install it – in fact, you need to go into the Windows Update section of the Settings app to find and install it manually. That should mean that the number of people affected by this faulty update should remain relatively low. However, if you have installed the update and are experiencing problems, then the way to fix them is to uninstall the update. To do that, open up the Settings app (the cog icon in…