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Maximum PC October 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.
it’s a great time to build your own pc

SOMETHING STRANGE has just happened in the PC market. Something that bucks the trend. The decline in PC sales that we’ve seen since 2011 has experienced a hiccup. Just for a change, we saw a small increase for the second quarter of 2018 compared to the previous year. It’s subtle, and it may not signify a major shift, but it could turn out to be the start of something bigger. To throw some figures behind this, according to Gartner, the second quarter of 2018 saw the likes of HP, Dell, and Lenovo ship 14.51 million PCs across the United States. Compare that with the 14.26 million for the same time frame the previous year, and you’re looking at growth of 1.7 percent. This is echoed to a lesser extent by the…

3 min.
intel core i9-9900k set to break records

INTEL HAS YET to officially announce its 9000-series chips (as we write), but motherboard manufacturers and others have been leaking details left, right, and center. MSI, Asus, and Gigabyte have all let slip their support for 9000-series chips, including the welcome news that you won’t need a Z390 chipset, just a BIOS-updated eighth-generation one. The 9000-series is branded as ninth-generation chips, but is actually little more than a set of slightly faster eighth-gen ones. Essentially, Intel is squeezing as much as it can out of its existing 14nm Coffee Lake architecture, now on its third generation, principally because it hasn’t got much else ready yet. AMD will remain the value choice, but Intel can at least hold the crown as the fastest. Last month, details of the i3 and i5 versions were widely…

1 min.
rise of the big four

FACEBOOK HAS MADE the record books again, by posting the largest ever one-day drop in market value in US history. It took a $119 billion tumble at the end of July, prompted by lower revenue growth and a slowing in the number of new accounts, the most sluggish ever. Zuckerburg took a personal loss of $17 billion. Twitter took a 20 percent hit, too, after it announced lower user numbers, caused largely by the deletion of fake and offensive accounts. Netflix suffered a similar fate on lower than expected subscriber growth. Apple is heading the other way. It made the record books by becoming the first public company to be worth $1 trillion, helped by profitable iPhone sales and cloud services. Amazon is riding high, too; its Amazon Web Services now…

1 min.
huge data gathering operation uncovered

AN INVESTIGATION by AdGuard into Google Chrome browser extensions has uncovered a worrying set of spyware. There are nine suspects, all registered to a previously unknown company called Big Star Labs: Block Site, AdblockPrime, Mobile Health Club, Poper Blocker, CrxMouse, Speed Booster, Battery Saver, AppLock, and Clean Droid. All are collecting your browser history, and passing it back to Big Star Labs, without asking for explicit consent. Not strictly illegal, but against Google policy. The extensions include a unique identifier with the data they collect, so it’s easy to collate, and directly link your browser history to your real identity, potentially saleable, potentially troublesome. AdGuard says it hasn’t been able to track down who is getting the data collected. The recording of online activity is increasingly common; data on you has value.…

1 min.
apple fixes non-problem

APPLE’S MACBOOK PRO had a problem with its butterfly switch keyboard from the start. If dust finds its way underneath, it can operate oddly, or stop working. You can’t remove the key and clean it as it voids your warranty and, more importantly, you’ll probably break it. Apple has finally added a silicon membrane around the keys to keep out dirt. In the promotional material for the new MacBook Pro, it claims the keyboard has been redesigned to be quieter. However, in the service manual, it says that the purpose is to prevent “debris from entering the butterfly mechanism.” Why the reticence? There are three class action legal cases in the works over faulty keyboards; these things tend to hit Apple in bunches, then coalesce. The cases cite design defects, fraudulent concealment,…

1 min.
tech triumphs and tragedies

TRIUMPHS COMPUTER IN DUST MOTE Researchers at the University of Michigan have built a “computer” that’s 0.3mm per side. The Michigan Micro Mote measures temperature. VIRGIN GALACTIC IN “SPACE” A test flight achieved 1,832mph and an altitude of 170,800 feet, reaching into the mesosphere, or near space. WINDOWS SMART REBOOTS Machine learning will be used in the next Win 10 update to control when your machine updates and reboots; it’ll learn when you use it the least. TRAGEDIES HACKER STEALS $5M A student hijacked 40 phones using a SIM swapping scam to steal cryptocurrencies and sell social media accounts. GOOGLE BOWS TO CHINESE Google is developing a search engine for China that can be censored by the state. VIRUS STOPS PRODUCTION TSMC had to halt production for more than a day after a virus attack on its machines; it makes silicon for Apple…