How to fake an Android device

Darren Yates shows you how to get around a Google Play app’s supported devices list by faking a different Android device.

How to tweet with your Arduino

An Arduino sending tweets? Absolutely! Darren Yates shows you how to get your Arduino its own Twitter account and tweeting automatically …

What does Intel Haswell mean for the future of the PC?

The PC isn’t dying but you’d have to say it’s not doing too well. That’s the message from the first-quarter 2013 global PC shipment figures from market analyst IDC. Compared with the same period in 2012 this year’s first-quarter figures were down nearly 14% the largest drop in history and IDC has no qualms about…

What you need to know about Haswell Lynx Point chipset

The Haswell CPU platform will be accompanied by a new Series-8 chipset otherwise known as the platform controller hub (PCH) codenamed Lynx Point. This will initially include the Z87 and H87 parts aimed at enthusiasts and mainstream system builds respectively followed by a budget H81 chipset to replace the old H61 model later in 2013.…

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…

How to manage resource-hungry apps on Android

As you can probably imagine I install a lot of apps – I usually have around 150 installed on my phone. Unsurprisingly most of these are rarely used. Is this because of a nostalgic hoarding mentality? Or the belief that one day an app’s specific use case will pop up as part of a crisis…

Best apps for Windows Phone, May 2013

Skulls of the Shogun Turn-based strategy done right for mobile. Price: $5.49 | By: Microsoft Studios | From: Windows Phone Store Skulls of the Shogun is a turn-based strategy game released through Xbox LIVE which features cross-platform play between Windows Phone and Windows RT. You control the recently killed almost-Shogun Akamoto as he commands his…