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Maximum PC December 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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Future Publishing Limited US
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the upgrade affair

I’LL NEVER FORGET the joy I felt on the day I opened my first multimedia upgrade kit. In it was a soundcard, CD-ROM drive, and a pair of speakers. I was so excited— mainly with the prospect of not having to continue listening to the clicks and beeps from my “PC speaker.” It was my first step into upgrading. That was back in the early ’90s. These days, we have so much more to play with: SSDs, graphics cards, CPUs, RAM, keyboards…. If you’re just getting into the components game now, the list of things you can upgrade is endless. But what about stuff outside of the PC? Sure, you can keep throwing things inside the box to make it more powerful, but things outside can enhance your overall experience, too. Recently,…

3 min.
mixed reality hardware arrives

the beginning of the magazine, where the articles are small “WITH WINDOWS mixed reality, you can escape the everyday into a world of imagination.” According to Microsoft’s sales pitch, at least. Mixed reality is the headline act for the Window 10 Fall Creators Update. The first five headsets have been unveiled, and will be ready to buy by the time you read this. Why use the term mixed reality instead of virtual reality? Because the headsets all have front-mounted cameras, which enable the blending of the real world with the virtual one. This enables some neat tricks. Your virtual world could include subtle boundary markers taken from the physical world, to stop you blundering into the scenery. At the other end of the scale, it can present a view of the real…

2 min.
new google gear revealed

GOOGLE HAS an annual hardware event now, cementing its increasing involvement in selling physical gear. This year, it has updated what was already one of the best Android phones: The new Pixel 2 and the larger XL version (now with a 2880x1440 six-inch screen) are not dramatic upgrades to look at, but have a raft of tweaks under the skin. Both have Edge Sense—squeeze the sides and it launches Google Assistant. You also get water resistance, a muchrequested improvement. The 3.5mm jack has gone, though there’s an adapter in the box. Camera optimization includes optical image stabilization and other trickery to offer what is claimed to be the best image quality on any smartphone. They also sport the latest Android OS. Prices start at $649, and they’re already said to…

1 min.
yahoo! hack was all three billion accounts

WE KNEW THAT the security breach at Yahoo in 2013 was massive—it was reported that it had lost details on one billion accounts. However, in June, the struggling Yahoo was acquired by Verizon for $4.5 billion, and a new investigation, with the help of outside forensic experts, has shown that Yahoo lost details on all three billion of its accounts. Yahoo claims that stolen data did not include passwords in plain text (encrypted passwords were stolen then?), payment card, or bank account details. Cold comfort perhaps. What was taken included birth dates, email addresses, telephone numbers, and more. A treasure trove for identity theft. It was the worst cybersecurity failure in history by some margin, and it has taken four years to learn the full extent. The company is sending out…

1 min.
dangerous search words

SECURITY OUTFIT McAfee has released a study that examines the most dangerous search terms—those most likely to lead you to malicious sites that aim to steal personal data, install malware, or just bombard you with spurious pop-ups. The average risk rate is 1.7 percent (2 in 125 results are potentially risky), but it can reach over 25 percent if you search for particular things. Some terms are pretty obvious targets: “free music downloads,” “make money,” and “game cheats,” for example, or anything with the words “free” or “lyrics” in them bring out the hackers. Other dangerous terms are a little harder to fathom: “myspace” and “solitaire.” The worst search string? At a risk of 16.1 percent, it is “word unscrambler.” Are puzzlers more trusting than most? Diving deeper into the data and…

1 min.
tech triumphs and tragedies

TRIUMPHS NINTENDO SWITCH A HIT Sales of two million a month mean the company is struggling to keep up with demand, and it has yet to launch in China. BLACKBERRY RETURNS It isn’t dead yet—a new keyboardless Android smartphone is being prepped for launch. EMOJIS GO GENDERLESS Along with iOS 11.1, Apple has introduced new emojis, which now include genderless characters. TRAGEDIES ANDROID WEAR MIA Google Store received a refresh, and all the Android Wear gear vanished; development has apparently stalled. GOODBYE AOL INSTANT MESSENGER The first mass market IM service is terminated; no development and rivals kill the trailblazer. WINDOWS PHONE IS DEAD It’ll only receive bug fixes and security updates from now on— lack of apps is blamed.…