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Maximum PC August 2018

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Maximum PC is the magazine that every computer geek, PC gamer, or content creator should read every month. Get Maximum PC digital magazine subscription today for punishing product reviews, thorough how-to articles, and the illuminating technical news and information that PC power users crave. Maximum PC covers every single topic that requires a lightning-fast PC, from video editing and music creation to PC gaming; we write about it all with unbounded enthusiasm for our collective hobby.

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United States
Future Publishing Limited US
13 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
tweak windows for speed and profit

CHANCES ARE THAT YOU, like us, have spent a bit of cash in the last few years to eke a little more performance out of your machine. A new SSD here, a graphics card there, and maybe even that double whammy of a motherboard and CPU combo that brings your machine bang up to date. If you’ve had a windfall, you may have also invested in that most expensive of current upgrades, RAM, but regardless of what you’ve dropped your cash on, the concept is still there: to get a faster, more responsive system. But what if you can attain a similar performance boost just by tweaking Windows? Cut the rubbish, the stuff you absolutely don’t need for your day-to-day operations, and you can see a few percentage point increases in…

3 min.
amd goes 32-core, intel hits 28 at 5ghz

The stunt grabbed world headlines for a day or so, which was the point. COMPUTEX IS the largest IT trade show in Asia. All the big players attend, and it generates a slew of announcements, launches, and headlines, from PC cases that double as fish tanks (no, really), to more serious matters. AMD and Intel always manage to grab the lion’s share of coverage, even if they have to be a little inventive in the process. AMD was there to show the world Threadripper 2, its new high-end desktop chip. Threadripper is essentially multiple Ryzen chips on a single die. The original packs two eight-core Zen chips, but the silicon was neatly quartered, and the EPYC server chips already sport 32 cores. So, we could guess what Threadripper 2 had in store:…

1 min.
anything legal allowed on steam

A GAME THAT WAS VIEWED by many as the height of bad taste, a simulation of a school shooting, called Active Shooter, was pulled from Steam after a week of protests. However, the initial cited reason was not the offensive content, but rather the creator’s history of copyright infringement, review manipulation, and customer abuse. Not what we were expecting. This has led to Valve clarifying what it will—and won’t—allow on Steam. The blog post includes this nugget: “We’ve decided that the right approach is to allow everything on to the Steam Store, except for things that we decide are illegal, or straight-up trolling.” And this gem: “The Steam Store is going to contain something that you hate.” It then pulled a few titles that, presumably, were straight-up trolling. These included AIDS…

1 min.
facebook in hot water yet again

A “GLITCH” AT FACEBOOK between May 18 and 22 led to 14 million users having their private posts being free for all to view, instead of friends and family. Apparently, Facebook accidentally altered the default privacy settings, but it took until May 27 for it to restore them. This time, the trouble was of Facebook’s making. Soon after, the company started firing out alerts to users to check their privacy settings, actually in response to new European legislation, but being sent worldwide. A timely reminder, at least. Facebook holds huge amounts of data on anybody who’s been anywhere near it—a serious responsibility. Five days is too long to fix such a fundamental problem. Any potential fall of Facebook’s digital empire could have many causes; one of them is loss of trust.…

1 min.
half a million infected routers

A SOPHISTICATED PIECE of malware, originating from a Russian group of hackers, has quietly found its way into over half a million routers worldwide. It’s a botnet that can steal data, deliver malicious payloads, the “man in the middle” attack, and kill infected devices. It communicates via Tor, and survives a reboot. Sounds scary. It’s largely been aimed at small and home office routers, and NAS devices. The kind of gear that may not be carefully updated or monitored. VPNFilter received instructions from metadata hidden in images on Photobucket, or the toknowall.com domain. The Photobucket images have been removed, and the FBI has shut down the backup domain. This still leaves those infected routers out there, though. A hard reset, a return to factory default settings, should clear the infection, although…

1 min.
tech triumphs and tragedies

TRIUMPHS ✓ FASTEST SUPERCOMPUTER IBM’s Summit machine for the US Department of Energy manages over 200 petaflops, beating the 125 of its Chinese rival. ✓ SERIOUS WATER COOLING Microsoft dropped a data center of 864 servers into the sea off Scotland to see if cold seawater can save on power. ✓ LAPTOPS GO DUAL-SCREEN The next big thing in laptops? Computex saw dual screens, with a touch keyboard as required. TRAGEDIES ✗ APPLE LEGAL HEADACHE A class action against Apple has been launched, claiming that all Apple Watches are defective; the screens detach or crack readily. ✗ HUGE FINE FOR GOOGLE? Falling foul of European antitrust legislation, Android could be landed with a fine of billions. ✗ DNA PROFILES STOLEN DNA tester MyHeritage has had 92 million account details stolen; DNA profiles are increasingly saleable on the black market.…