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Maximum PC Holiday 2019

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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Future Publishing Limited US
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in this issue

3 min.
some dreams should be attainable

a thing or two about a thing or two LET’S CUT TO THE CHASE: This month’s cover build is essentially a Dream Machine. It’s beautiful, packed with some of the latest hardware, and is a total monster in terms of performance. Having said that, when it comes to component selection, we’ve kept a close eye on value for money more than our Dream Machine traditionally does, so while, at $6,000, it isn’t exactly cheap, it doesn’t cost the sort of money that would normally net you a car or a new room for your house. So, no, officially the system we’ve built this issue isn’t actually a Dream Machine, but in terms of performance, it’s very close, and it’s an incredible PC all the same. If you’ve ever wanted to produce the…

3 min.
streaming wars

the beginning of the magazine, where the articles are small NEXT YEAR will see the start of a major fight between the tech and media giants over the video streaming market, and huge amounts of money are about to be thrown at your screen to earn your subscriptions. Network TV is on the decline—a generation has appeared that doesn’t consume media that way anymore. Why wait when you can binge? Why use cable when you’ve got the Internet? Is live TV dead? No, there’s always room for sport and news, and it’s also making the jump to the Internet. Some streaming services include live television channels, and there are also exclusively live TV services, aimed at cable-cutters. The good news is that the fierce competition means there are going to be…

1 min.
twitter goes apolitical

TWITTER IS TO BAN all political and interest advocacy ads. The news was broken by Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, in a Twitter thread. He said that “forcing” highly optimized and targeted messaging “brings significant risks to politics.” He says that this is a power that “should be earned, not bought,” and “this isn’t about free expression.” The only ads Twitter will allow are ones for voter registration. Twitter’s decision will please some, although it’ll be difficult to enforce completely; “political” can be difficult to define. What of Facebook? The company has been under heavy fire for not doing enough to remove disinformation. Mr. Zuckerberg cited the First Amendment to defend the company’s policy, free speech being held as paramount. Facebook is officially neutral, which has allowed highly spurious content to go…

1 min.
win 7 end date

THE DAYS OF WIN 7 are numbered: Extended support is due to end on January 14, 2020. What happens after the end of support? Not much—it will continue to work, but there will be no official support. More importantly, there will be no security updates. Probably. If something really nasty happens, Microsoft can issue an “emergency” patch (it has done this before). If you’re running Office 365, you’ll still get security updates until January 2023, but you won’t get any new features or improvements. Other versions of Office will get bug fixes for their planned lifespan, which runs from October 2020 for Office 2010 to October 2025 for Office 2016. Internet Explorer 11 is less lucky; it’ll stop being updated along with Win 7. If you really must run a Windows…

1 min.
tech triumphs and tragedies

TRIUMPHS ✓ NEW SONY PSVR? Some interesting patents show Sony is working on a new wireless VR headset for the PS5. ✓ BIGGEST BATTERY EVER New York is to build a 316MW lithium-ion storage battery, enough to power 250,000 homes for eight hours. ✓ $600M IN THREE DAYS Call of Duty: Modern Warfare had a record-breaking first weekend and is the top-selling premium game of the year. TRAGEDIES BRICKED HOMEPODS ✗ An OS update to Apple’s HomePod caused some to crash irrevocably; the update has since been pulled. GOT YOUR NUMBER ✗ Google and Facebook have been extracting, indexing, and tagging license plate numbers from photos without asking. REMOTE CONTROL CAR ✗ Months after returning a rented Ford Expedition car, a man can still control it from his phone.…

2 min.
electronic arts back on steam

EA HAS ANNOUNCED that it plans to migrate its games back to Steam, starting with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Other titles will make the jump over the next few months. You still need an EA account, and Origin is still part of the setup process, for now at least. EA is also bringing its EA Access subscription service to Steam. Steam wasn’t very popular when it appeared back in 2003. Initially used to update Valve games, that all changed when it became mandatory if you wanted to play Half-Life 2. At which point, the servers crashed, and there was a lot of online moaning. By 2007, it had brought most of the biggest players in the business onboard. These days, it dominates game distribution, and has earned its creators an…