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Maximum PC June 2017

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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my love-hate relationship with windows

WINDOWS IS, NO DOUBT, a very large part of my life. It’s involved with me at a personal level and is part of my career. For work, I use Windows every day— from benchmarking to testing out new hardware to playing games, everything is done on Windows. It goes without saying that Windows is deeply embedded into nearly every facet of my reality. Tuan Nguyen is Maximum PC’s editor-inchief, also known as “the pointy end of the stick.” He’s been writing, marketing, and raising hell in the tech industry for 20 years. submit your questions to: comments@maximumpc.com…

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intel’s x-series pushed forward

the beginning of the magazine, where the articles are small The buzz around AMD’s Ryzen has been frantic, and the x86 HEDT (High-End Desktop) world has become refreshingly competitive. Intel’s initial response was some fairly enthusiastic price cuts, but now the company has something more solid, because it has pushed forward the launch of its “Basin Falls” X-series platform to this year’s Computex show, all ready for sale in June, two months early. The Basin Falls platform consists of the X299 motherboard chipset, new R4 LGA2066 socket, and X-Series processors. At launch, we will see four new chips: one Kaby Lake-X and three Skylake-X. The newer Kaby Lake chip has a better optimized architecture, but the Skylake has the grunt. Other goodies include up to 10 USB 3.0 ports, plus eight SATA…

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apple’s car project back online

Self-driving cars are big. From Google to Uber, Tesla, and beyond, the tech is exploding. Apple has been toying with the idea for some time, under the name Project Titan. It went quiet for a while, and Apple claimed to be only interested in the incar technology and software. However, it has been busy hiring automotive experts, moving executives about, and has just been granted a permit to test self-drive cars in California. Whether or not we see a fully Apple-branded car is another matter, although the success of Tesla must make it tempting. Despite modest sales, Tesla’s share price makes it the world’s most valuable car company, bigger than Ford or General Motors. This wealth isn’t built on hard profits—the company doesn’t make any—but it shows confidence from the markets…

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nes classic killed

It seems we do love a bit of retro gaming. Nintendo re-launched its NES console last year, and the shrunken Classic edition cost just $60 and shifted 1.5 million units, proving something of a cult hit. Demand was such that it had to arrange extra shipments, and a vibrant secondary market developed. However, Nintendo has stopped making it, along with the controller, too. According to a company statement, it “wasn’t intended to be an ongoing long-term product.” It seems its success took Nintendo by surprise; the console was only supposed to be a limited holiday season special. The good news is it means manufacturing capacity has been released for this year’s slice of retro, a SNES, again a shrunken mini version. The SNES has a massive range of classic games, including…

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android now top dog

Windows is no longer the most popular OS used to access the Internet. According to StatCounter, Android accounts for 37.93 percent of devices, against 37.91 percent for Windows. It highlights the massive move from desktop to pocket. In 2012, Android had just 2.4 percent. Where are Windows phones? At 1 percent. Microsoft still dominates the desktop, but never effectively managed the move into mobile devices. Apple’s iPhone showed the world how to do it, and Android did it for the mass market. Meanwhile, Windows on phones was viewed as an embarrassing dad trying to dance with the youngsters at a party. Not cool. It can’t buy its way out of trouble, either; it might have been possible in 2005, but Google bought Android instead, and now it’s open source. This is…

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tech triumphs and tragedies

TRIUMPHS ST ARCRAFT FOR FREE Blizzard has released an updated free version of its 1998 Starcraft, it’s Win 10 friendly, bug-fixed, and has a new OpenGL backend. EDIBLE WATER A biodegradable water pouch with an edible membrane has been developed to curb plastic waste. DDR TO LIVE ON JEDEC has started laying out the specifications for DDR5 memory, expected to have double the capacity and speed of DDR4. TRAGEDIES SEEING RED There’s a lot riding on Samsung’s new Galaxy 8, and already it has problems—many have shipped with faulty red-tinted screens. APPLE DROPS CHIPMAKER After Apple announced it is to stop using its chips, Imagination Technologies’ shares have crashed by 70 percent. CRASH STOPS UBER Uber’s suspended its self-driving car tests after an accident in Arizona left a car on its side.…

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