APC1 min lettiIndustries
Apex Legends Studio Is Working On A New IP
The studio best known for Apex Legends, Titanfall and Jedi Fallen Order is working on a brand new game. According to new job listings on the Respawn Entertainment website, the studio is kicking off a “new IP from scratch.” That’s good news for fans o
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Mercusys MR70X Wi-Fi 6 router
$149 | www.mercusys.com/au With TP-Link moving from budget brand to one of the best on the market, it left a gap at the cheap end of the market. Say hello to its new junior brand, Mercusys. Forget the new-fangled, fancy apps for setup, Mercusys embr
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Other FT232H/MCP2221 functions
Our emphasis here has been the types of interfaces normally associated with GPIO ports, namely digital and analogue input and outputs. These will probably meet most of your needs for interfacing with electronic components and sensors, but there are o
APC4 min lettiInternet & Web
Rolling Your Own NAS
Although their appeal has been somewhat diminished by the wide availability of streaming services, a network attached storage device is still a great addition to any home. It can keep your data, media and documents stored in a central location that i
APC3 min lettiComputers
System News
MARK WILLIAMS Mark is an IT professional with a strong interest in voiding warranties. We must give credit where credit is due. Nvidia kicked off the Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) monitor revolution back in 2013 with its G-sync initiative – a propriet
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Apc Labs Benchmarks
Our zero point consists of an Intel Core i3-10100, 8GB of HyperX Savage DDR4 @ 3000 MHz, and a 500GB Samsung 860 Evo 2.5-inch SSD. All tests were performed at 1080p at the highest graphical profile. Historical prices reported at time of writing. ■
APC2 min lettiComputers
Rocket Lake’s launch
JARRED WALTON Jarred Walton has been a PC and gaming enthusiast for over 30 years. Intel launched its Broadwell desktop processors in 2015. Those were the very first 14nm chips to hit the market, and even after delays, Intel was basically two years
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Alienware Launches Its First AMD Laptop Since 2007
Alienware is releasing its first laptop with an AMD CPU since 2007. Its parent company, Dell, announced the Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 laptop in April. The Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 will use AMD’s Ryzen 5000 H-series chips paired with Nvidia
APC12 min lettiSecurity
The World of Cryptocurrencies
Every few years, cryptocurrency returns to the spotlight with a surge in prices, and everyone suddenly wants to invest. This time, anyone with even a passing interest in computer hardware should know what Bitcoin is at some level, but how does it act
APC1 min lettiComputers
Find Software
The Spectrum library is enormous and you will have no trouble finding software. Leaving alone dubious ROM sites, http://archive. org has plenty of titles, including cover tapes. Cover tapes are an incredible source of free games and often have exclus
APC1 min lettiTechnology & Engineering
How to Solder
To use an FT232H or MCP2221, you have to solder the header strips on to them, but if you’ve never used a soldering iron, you might be wary of trying. That’s understandable because if you make a mistake you could trash the board. Soldering isn’t diffi
APC2 min lettiComputers
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
APC2 min lettiComputers
Run IOS Apps On Your Mac
When Apple announced its Macs were transitioning from Intel processors to its own M1 chips, one of the touted benefits was being able to run iOS apps natively on your Mac. And the really good news is that this is extremely easy to do, which we will o
APC2 min lettiTechnology & Engineering
Backbone One
The Backbone One sneaks into the mobile gaming market with a handful of interesting features, including a pass-through Lightning port, headphone jack, and some dedicated controls, such as gameplay recording and instant muting. But is this compact iPh
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Mid-range
Again, we’re recommending the graphics card we believe is best suited to the build’s position in our charts (aka 1080p, 1440p, or 4K gaming at 60fps plus), and giving the current street price. GPU situation aside, our trusty Ryzen 5 3600 has seen no
APC1 min lettiTelecommunications
WifiNan-Scan
Android | Free This app is incredibly niche and may only be truly helpful for developers, but I think it’s something interesting for anyone tech-curious to play with. What it does is allow two phones with the appropriate chips to connect, and relay
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Activision Shares A Call Of Duty: Warzone Cheating Update As Permabans Near 500,000
Call of Duty: Warzone. Activision has released an update on its Call of Duty: Warzone anti-cheat progress, detailing how many permabans have been issued and how the team roots out cheaters. According to the official Call of Duty blog, over 475,000 p
APC1 min lettiInternet & Web
HEY Email
US$99/year | hey.com | NEEDS iOS 13 or later The obvious question here is does Hey offer enough to make it worth the hefty price tag? Hey focuses on privacy and productivity. The Screener allows you to control who can send you messages. When an emai
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What’s ZFS?
A computer file system is essentially a directory, telling the operating system what’s stored on a storage device and where particular files can be physically found on the media. There are different file systems in use. Windows uses NTFS and (for leg
APC3 min lettiComputers
Safe GPU Mining Settings
Assuming you’re interested in trying out cryptocurrency mining, there’s a lot of conflicting advice on how to go about tuning for optimal performance. Many tutorials throw caution to the wind and look to maximise hash rates, with little heed to the d
APC3 min lettiInternet & Web
Facebook Wants You To Quit Whining About Its 533 Million Account Data Leak
JOEL BURGESS When not reviewing PCs for APC and writing our funny pages, Joel likes to ponder tech and how it’s used. Facebook made a mistake in April when a Belgian PR rep for the company accidentally sent a journalist a copy of an internal memo th
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Realtek Chip Shortage Hits
It seems that Realtek has joined the long list of supply chain bottlenecks. DigiTimes has reported that the company is struggling to meet demand for the various chips manufacturers use in their notebooks, automobiles and other kinds of devices. In th
APC2 min lettiComputers
MSI Modern MD271QP
$499 | au.msi.com In a world of increasingly commoditised technology, computer monitors represent an area where you’ll want to avoid buying the wrong thing. Prices vary wildly, many specialise at displaying certain types of media in a way that’s det
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Turbo
Ridiculous prices aside, even if everything was fine, and there were plenty of chips to go around, we still wouldn’t recommend the RTX 3090. It’s a beast, but the performance gain over the 3080 is 10-15 percent for a card that costs near twice as muc
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Specs
LGA 1200 socket; 3x M.2; 6x SATA; 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 10x USB 3.1 Gen 1, up to 4x USB 2.0; 1x HDMI, 1x DP; Killer Wi-Fi 6E; Killer E3100G 2.5G and Intel I219V 1G LAN; Realtek ALC1220 7.1 Channel HD Audio; ATX Form Factor. ■
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Apc
Editor: Ben Mansill ben.mansill@futurenet.com Senior Journalist: Shaun Prescott Journalist: Joel Burgess Journalist: Harry Domanski Journalist: Stephen Lambrechts Journalist: Sharmishta Sarkar Creative Director: Troy Coleman Dave Alcock, Mike Bedfor
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Chip Chat
Coder and YouTuber Alfredo Sequedia posted a video in April of his project to turn a Fortnite Nerf gun into a controller for Call of Duty on PC. Sequedia connected a smartphone with custom code that allowed it to output data from its accelerometer to
APC2 min lettiComputers
Microsoft Uses Boiling Liquid To Cool Data Center Servers
It probably won’t make the list of best CPU coolers for end users anytime soon, but Microsoft’s data centre servers could be getting a massive thermal management upgrade in the near future. Right now, the software giant is testing a radical new cooli
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Latest Call Of Duty: Warzone Patch Adds DLSS Support, Finally
Also in CoD news, at long last DLSS support is here, announced in the patch notes for Warzone Season 3. DLSS, which stands for Deep Learning Super Sampling, is Nvidia’s tech that provides performance boosts at high-resolution. You’ll need a GeForce R
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Market Snapshot
This stunner of a system goes to town on the white theme, and does it well. Relative to the equally priced Aftershock system this month, it drops some GPU performance with an RTX 3070 instead of an RTX 3080 class card, but what it loses there it make
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