PC & Tech Authority January 2018

PC & Tech Authority is Australia's premier computer magazine and the ultimate monthly technology buyer’s guide. Every issue is packed with the latest products, reviewed by an expert team of technical writers and guarantees more Aussie exclusives and first looks than any other Australian PC magazine. Delivering expert reviews, group tests and in-depth features we cut through the hype so you know that you’re getting the best tech for your money.

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in this issue

3 min
so, this is christmas

Was it a good year for you? Someone just asked me that, and instead of handing back the quick-retort generic bit of positivity, I actually pondered and replied truthfully that 2017 was one of the strangest set of 12 months in my life. We’re a tech mag and the politics I’m about to mention in passing will be a rare bite of that apple, but the election of Donald Trump was a wake up call making it loud and clear that you just can’t relax into complacency, thinking that you know, in general terms, where the world is heading. It feels like we’re in an alternate reality timeline and that in turn has shaped my thinking as it applies to everything else. “NBN continues to be the hot topic amongst PCTA readers” Who…

4 min

POWER ISSUES On page 20 of the October edition of PC & Tech Authority there is some discussion about batteries. In one of the paragraphs it says “Batteries operate by producing a chemical reaction that results in the creation of energy - electrical energy.” The reality is though that the chemical (potential energy) of the battery is converted into electrical energy. The use of ‘energy’ and ‘creation’ in the same sentence should be avoided! I enjoy the magazine very much. Please keep up the good work. WALTER THE COMPROMISE GAME How do we know if we’re eligible for some kind of refund? In my case I’m paying for the 100Mbps connection but due to reliability issues, I was offered the choice of keeping it at 100Mbps and getting circa 90-95Mbps but with regular dropouts/disconnects, or drop…

3 min
china is now the supercomputer capital of the world

The supercomputer used to be a symbol of American innovation, with the country playing host to the fastest computers in the world and helping break down technological and scientific boundaries with its prowess. Now though, the ruler has changed and China is now in possession of most of the world’s fastest supercomputers. In a list of the world’s 500 fastest supercomputers, China sits pretty with 202 on the list. Comparatively, the US has 143 to its name. The US still ranks 2nd in the world for supercomputers, but that’s actually their lowest ranking since they began in 1992. Japan clocks in at third and Germany at fourth with 35 and 20 supercomputers respectively. The US’s most powerful supercomputer also comes in at fifth place, behind two computers from China, and one from Switzerland…

1 min
the australian pc awards are coming!

How do you determine what are the best PC products in a year? You could simply look at scores, or draw names out of a hat, but we have other plans. On the 22 March, 2018, PC & Tech Authority, PC PowerPlay, Hyper and Atomic will host the first annual Australian PC Awards, an event that will see you, the readers determine the best products on the market. Starting February 7, 2018 you, the most well informed, passionate and influential tech readers in Australia will have a chance to vote for the best products on the market. Here’s how it will work. The editorial teams of the nextmedia Technology and Gaming department will curate a list of nominees from the products we reviewed over 2017 as well as some of the…

2 min
everybody needs good neighbours

Imagine it - you’re just about to move into your dream home when someone comes up from behind you. A cloth is pressed against your face and you fall unconscious. When you awake you’re in a house that doesn’t belong to you, but you can see your house. Someone else has moved in, and you know they’re doing something unspeakable in there. That’s the basic premise of Hello Neighbor, the upcoming, extremely unnerving stealth actiion/ horror game from tinyBuild. We recently had a chance to ask tinyBuild producer, Alex Nichiporchik, a few questions about the game... PCTA: In some ways, when I played Hello Neighbor I was reminded of a little known survival horror game from the early noughties, Gregory Horror Show, that featured cartoonish characters but still managed to be chilling.…

1 min
world of tanks to get anz servers!

There are a number of problems with playing a multiplayer game that doesn’t have servers in your local area - or at least set aside for your timezone. Lag is a big one, but the other is player count - you need a critical mass of players to make sure you’re not just waiting for the next map to fill up. This is has long been an issue for Australian players of World of Tanks, but Wargaming’s just announced something pretty cool - a part-time ANZ server, kicking o from November 1 this year. “A local server is the number one request from our community and we are finally rolling them out on November 1, from 6pm – 12am AEDT,” said Travis Plane, Wargaming Australia New Zealand Country Manager, in today’s announcement.…