The truth about bloatware and what you can do about it

Research shows that unwanted programs installed on new PCs can slow your computer by over 40%. So, why are they there and how can you get rid of them?

10 reasons why the PC isn’t dying

In our ‘Future of the PC’ poll, APC readers tell us why the PC isn’t going to be replaced by mobile devices anytime soon.

ASUS VivoTab Smart ME400C tablet review

Price: $599  |  From: ASUS The VivoTab Smart is a Windows tablet that seems to offer it all. This is a full unhindered Windows 8 device that’s somehow managed to come in both lighter and cheaper than its iPad equivalent plus it’ll let you run all your desktop apps and has a battery that lasts…

Ivy Bridge CPU buyer’s guide

The CPU market for desktops has pretty stable and well-signposted demarcation lines these days – Intel chips outclass AMD’s Bulldozer on raw processing while AMD offers noticeably better 3D-ready integrated GPUs. But as always there isn’t just one choice of Intel chip if you want to go in that direction. At last count there were…

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion review – new key features worth noting

There are some features in Mountain Lion that will make a big difference for every Mac user but for the most part it’s about security. There’s been a fundamental shift in Apple’s mindset about security in recent times. Mac OS X was always a fairly secure beast but Apple didn’t make too much noise about…

Adobe Creative Cloud review

Adobe rules the roost of creative software. Even this magazine is put together with a host of the company’s software and with good reason. It works incredibly well and it’s the most cutting-edge software you can get. It’s something of a surprise then that Adobe has only just ventured forth into cloud computing. Creative Cloud…

Inside Apple’s MacBook Pro and MacBook Air 2012 updates: all the new specs outlined

Apple’s refreshed their MacBook Pro and Air notebook lines once again but this time it’s far more than just a spec bump. Admittedly the spec upgrade is pretty impressive but there’s a new member of the Apple notebook family: the MacBook Pro 15in with Retina display. That’s 2880 x 1800 pixels crammed into a 15.4in…

The Australia tax: More examples of overcharging by tech vendors come to light

With the recent announcement of a parliamentary inquiry into why Australians are being overcharged for technology compared to overseas customers more and more examples of companies that change Australians significantly more than their US and European customer are coming to light.In this month’s APC magazine we’ve listed one blatant example: the cost to Australians of…

12-ink monster photo printer: Canon Pixma Pro-1 review

With regard to the Canon Pixma Pro-1’s multi-ink capacity the company claims these inks provide a wider gamut and will last 200 years in an album.The Pro-1 is big even for an A3+ printer and is also unusually heavy. USB and Ethernet interfaces mean it can be positioned anywhere in the office or studio. Unlike…