APC February 2021

For people who love technology, APC is unique: it's the world's longest-published monthly tech magazine. Launched in May 1980, we were there when Apple's Macintosh and IBM's PC were born, and have been at the forefront of tech ever since. With a combination of insights, testing and tutorials APC lets you stay up-to-date with tech as it changes the world.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
US$3.25
US$26.03
13 Issues

in this issue

3 min
an unexpected delight

With its internally developed M1 processors powering the new MacBook, Air and Mini, Apple has hit it out of the park on its first swing. That’s something none of us saw coming, and hats off to the team at Cupertino behind this mighty achievement. When it was announced that Apple would be doing this, and leaving its long-standing chip partner Intel out of the mix moving forward, I think most people expected an Apple chip that was more in line with the sort of ARM-based performance we see in products like the Surface Pro X. That is, relatively low power use, and with Apple hopefully squeezing enough performance out of the basic ARM core design to do regular desktop tasks. But, no. What we have here is a processor that comes as…

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3 min
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2 min
inside apc

APC is Australia’s oldest consumer technology magazine – having been consistently in print for forty years, since our first issue way back in May 1980 – and we take that heritage and responsibility very seriously. While our focus is obviously on the personal computer the very definition of the PC has changed and shifted markedly since the early 1980s. As such, we touch on many other areas of tech, too, from smartphones and apps to peripherals, accessories, and beyond. We have two goals: to find the best modern tech and to help you make the most of it. We’re also an open church in terms of platforms. We know most people aren’t wed to a single brand’s products and use a variety of devices. And, like you, APC’s journalists want to…

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1 min
google and alphabet workers are unionising in the u.s.

A group of over 225 Google and Alphabet workers have announced that they have formed a union, aiming to make Alphabet a better place for all workers. The union, called the Alphabet Workers Union, has been formed with help from the Communications Workers of America’s Campaign to Organise Digital Employees. Unlike a traditional union, the Alphabet Workers Union doesn’t aim to negotiate for a contract. Instead, workers say it is an effort to give structure and longevity to activism at Google. Unions have traditionally not been very successful in Silicon Valley, but things have recently started changing. Unions at Kickstarter and Glitch were formed early last year. A few months later, HCL Technologies workers who contract for Google in Pittsburgh successfully formed a union.…

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1 min
intel tests mysterious xe-lp gpu

Listings in two benchmark databases reveal that Intel, or perhaps a company close to the chip giant, seems to be testing a rather mysterious unannounced graphics processor that has slightly more compute horsepower than the company’s Iris Xe Max discrete GPU for notebooks. Someone has submitted benchmark results of what is called the Intel Gen12 Desktop Graphics Controller featuring 128 execution units (EUs), clocked at 1.40GHz, and equipped with 3.03GB of memory. Given the ‘Gen12’ designation, the GPU is based on Intel’s Xe-LP microarchitecture as other Xe microarchitectures are referred to as Gen12.x in the drivers. Since Intel’s Xe-LP EUs are 8-wide, 128 EUs may be compared to 1024 stream processors of AMD or Nvidia GPUs.…

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2 min
facebook hit with antitrust lawsuits — may lose instagram and whatsapp

Facebook is facing two major antitrust lawsuits filed by the U.S. government and 48 states demanding, among other things, that the tech giant divest itself of Instagram and WhatsApp. Both suits allege that Facebook has become a social media monopoly by illegally suppressing competition when it buys potential rivals. Facebook purchased photo-sharing platform Instagram for US$1 billion in 2012 and chat service WhatsApp for US$19 billion in 2014. Now, they are three of the world’s most popular social media and messaging apps. Altogether as a company, Facebook is valued at more than US$800 billion. In the suits, state and Federal Trade Commission officials are seeking an injunction that could force Facebook to divest assets, including Instagram and WhatsApp, and seek prior approval for future deals. “For nearly a decade, Facebook has used its…

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