Review: Apple iPad Air vs iPad mini 2 with Retina display

Whether you like or loathe the company it’s hard to dispute that Apple is still the king when it comes to tablets with its market share hovering around …

How to make your own Android ROM

In this first part of a new series, Darren Yates begins looking at how you can bake your own custom ROM, starting with an introduction to virtualisation and the Android Kitchen …

Apple goes 64-bit for new iPhone 5S

The annual iPhone refresh has come again with Apple confirming months of rumour by introducing an integrated fingerprint scanner in the home button of the iPhone 5S. Given the Apple-friendly moniker of Touch ID the scanner …

How to build a gaming pc for $900

Performance on a budget One of our younger APC readers asked us about building a PC that would handle fast gaming and server work for under $900. While it’s easy to dismiss the idea as mission impossible it’s actually worth looking at the idea particularly when PC component prices are at or near all-time lows.…

Intel Haswell CPU: How it works

Haswell is a continuation of the previous-generation Ivy Bridge’s 22nm production process with changes across the three key areas: core CPU performance iGPU improvements and power consumption reductions. We’ve included tables here covering information on the specific CPU models we’ve found so rather than talk about specific chips we’ll look at the architecture and mention…

Userbench Encode HD benchmark software

About UserBench Encode HDUserBench Encode HD is APC’s new free benchmark developed by Darren Yates which allows you to test your PC’s multimedia performance. It runs on any Windows XP Vista 7 or 8 system 32 or 64-bit and is simple to use — you just install it and run it. Reading the results UserBench Encode…

Arduino Masterclass Part 4: Build a mini robot

Meet Rolly our first autonomous microbot based on an Arduino Uno microcontroller and our own ‘special sauce’ software. The Arduino Uno might be an aging 8-bit microcontroller board but when it comes to interacting with the outside world it’s much easier to use than an Intel Core or AMD FX CPU. The Uno’s cache of…