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Maximum PC July 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.
build for tomorrow, plan for today

NOT EVERY PC BUILD goes smoothly Plenty of things can go wrong, even for experienced builders. We’re at the stage now that we’re not even surprised when we hit hiccups on the way to awesome PC nirvana. If you’re prepared, and stay calm, you can usually sort things out before they descend into frantic chaos. This issue we feature three (very different) builds, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we had to navigate a few problems in their construction. I also ended up rebuilding my main test rig, but I’ll come to why I had to do that shortly. The big build this issue was for our cover feature; the gorgeous, pricey, water-cooled Mini-ITX build saw plenty of challenging times before we even opened any boxes. And once we did,…

3 min.
google assistant to talk for you

GOOGLE HAS such a hold on search engines that we use it as a synonym for the task. But Google is much more these days, and has much bigger plans. At this year’s I/O conference, we got to see what’s cooking, and most of it is based around AI, as the battle to be your digital assistant intensifies. Google Assistant gets six new voices, including singer-songwriter John Legend. You won’t have to preface supplementary commands with “Hey Google” anymore, and it will be able to cope with multiple requests in one command. A new mode called Pretty Please will respond favorably to “please” and “thank you.” This can be configured for specific users, basically an attempt to make children more polite (good luck). Other goodies include greater home integration with other…

2 min.
youtube red is dead

YOUTUBE RED is being reborn as YouTube Premium and YouTube Music. YouTube Music is available for free if you can stomach the adverts, or for $9.99 a month if you can’t. If you have a Google Play Music account, it’ll get a YouTube Music subscription added on. It gets a “re-imagined” app and desktop player, along with some Google AI trickery to search for music and recommend similar material, based on history, habits, and even location (which could be interesting). Unlike Google Play, it offers a lot more than just the official versions of tracks; you get all variations, too—covers, parodies, live versions, acoustic versions, and the rest. How long two such similar services will run side by side is a good question. YouTube Premium gets you all the goodies from…

1 min.
facebook attempts to clean house

FACEBOOK IS HAVING a PR nightmare, and there are signs it is taking some of the criticism to heart. Following the backlash against data harvesting by third-party apps, it has suspended 200 apps it suspects of passing on personal data, and is expected to suspend more as its investigations continue. “There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people’s Facebook data,” said Ime Archibong, VP of Product Partnerships. It has also deleted 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of the year. As it has 2.19 billion active monthly accounts, that’s over 25 percent. In 2012, the company estimated fakes comprised about 7 percent of active accounts, two years later it was over 11 percent. Last year it deleted…

1 min.
100x the battery life, anyone?

RESEARCHERS at the University of Missouri, lead by Deepak Singh, have put together a battery design that could deliver orders of magnitude of power increases. The secret is a new cathode made from a nano-scale honeycomb lattice covered in magnetic alloy. This can conduct electricity in one direction only, and greatly reduces the heat and power dissipation current semi-conductor systems exhibit when switching. This latest effect exists largely as a computer model, but patents have been applied for, and a spin-off company is planned to turn the theory into something commercial. We’ve been here before. Promising developments, often involving exotic materials as anodes and cathodes, have come and gone. The world is hungry for a better battery; power consumption is a constant bugbear for anything not connected to a power outlet.…

1 min.
tech triumphs and tragedies

TRIUMPHS STEAM SPREADS ITSELF A new app means you can play your Steam library on an Android phone, an iOS version is to follow, with Steam Video clients. COOL CANS 7-Eleven is to start selling cans of Fizzics cold brew coffee, complete with a CO2 cooling system, which drops the temperature by 30 C. NVIDIA MINING WIN Cryptocurrency mining has helped put $289 million on to the GPU company’s bottom line. TRAGEDIES NO 10NM THIS YEAR Mass production of Intel’s 10nm process has been pushed back a year due to technical problems with the laser lithography. CELL CARRIERS SELL YOU Due to a legal loophole, the big four firms have been selling your location to a private firm, leading to people being illegally tracked. MACBOOK LEGAL ACTION The failure rate of the MacBook Pro’s butterfly keyboards has escalated into a class action.…