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Sinclair ZX Spectrum
At last, we’re featuring the machine we’ve been teasing for months: the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. The machine was a cultural icon. Far cheaper than anything Americans were exporting, the homegrown Spectrum was a working-class hero that spawned a generati
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Report Claims Apple’s Latest ‘M2’ Chips Are In Mass Production
Apple’s successor to the M1 chip, commonly referred to as the M2, has now entered mass production, better positioning the tech giant in its goal of completely replacing Intel chips in Macbooks with its own bespoke hardware. Reported by Nikkei Asia, t
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Winning
Right now I’m immersed in my favourite part of this job – along with the rest of the team we’re putting together our annual Australian PC Awards. The best thing about PC tech has always been the extraordinary pace of innovation and technological adva
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MSI MPG Z590 Gaming Carbon Wi-Fi
$549 | www.msi.com The MSI MPG Gaming Carbon sits right in the middle of its Z590 product stack, below the expensive flagship MEG boards and above the affordable MAG range. Its upper mid-range positioning aims to strike a nice balance of affordabili
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Thermaltake The Citadel
$2,399 | lcgs.thermaltake.com.au Thermaltake’s latest gaming tower, The Citadel, is a carefully considered system that balances performance against cost for a great overall configuration. The Citadel comes in just one model that features an AMD Ryze
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Gadgets
Bluetooth controllers can be annoyingly limited when it comes to compatibility, but the new N30 Pro 2 manages to cover all bases by connecting to Windows, Android, MacOS, Steam, Switch and Raspberry Pi. As the second generation of 8BitDo’s NES-inspir
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Specs
2x WAN Ports; 5x RJ-45 1GbE LAN Ports; 2x USB 2.0; 802.11ac Wi-Fi; VPN Tunnels: 50 16 VLAN; NAT Throughput: 800 Mbps; VLANS: 16; Size: 241mm x 165mm x 44mm ■
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Reduce Spam Emails
While there are some reports of people receiving unsolicited messages in their mailbox as far back as the late 19th century, spam as we now suffer it dates back to the early iterations of the internet. Regardless of how careful you are in choosing wh
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Symptom Tracker, Allergy & Food Diary - MoodBites
Android | Free I often find my guts to be unhappy with me but rarely can I decipher the cause. When I stumbled across this app, I was actually pretty excited. Maybe I could finally work out what food is setting me off, or at least start to nail it d
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Can Bitcoin Mining Pay For A New Gaming Laptop?
Back in 2018, when Bitcoin exploded onto the public consciousness, we were in the process of writing a feature on whether you could subsidise the purchase of an epic gaming laptop by using it to mine Bitcoin. This was something of a necessity because
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Huawei Freebuds 4i
$159 | huawei.com It was only recently that wireless buds gave you more than three or so hours of listening time before running flat. Apple’s AirPods are good for around five hours – but the newest iteration of Huawei’s budget line of FreeBuds deliv
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Specs
LGA 1200 socket; 3x M.2; 6x SATA; 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 5x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 6x USB 2.0; 1x HDMI, 1x DP; Intel Wi-Fi 6; Intel I225V 2.5G LAN; Realtek ALC S1200A 7.1 Channel HD Audio; ATX Form Factor. ■
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Asrock Z590 PG Velocita
$479 | www.asrock.com Say hello to the Asrock PG Velocita! It’s a new product family and an evolution of the Phantom Gaming brand. It sits in between Asrock’s mainstream ranges and the high end Taichi. Much like the MSI and Asus boards, it aims to f
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Duolingo vs. Babbel
Duolingo $Free or US$7 per month | http://duolingo.com Babbel $9.99 per month | http://babbel.com Learning a new language as an adult can be a tricky proposition, especially if you live in a monoglot culture and don’t get the chance to practice. App
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The Ultimate Budget PC
It says a lot that when we first priced this system up a month ago, it was about $120 cheaper – four weeks later, and the thing sits at $545. Honestly, we feel like a broken record at this point, but the market is absolutely volatile right now, as un
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Sennheiser IE 300
$479 | en-au.sennheiser.com After spending so long in a True Wireless state for music on the go, it’s almost quaint to unroll the IE 300 from their carry case. Sporting an over-the-ear ‘flexible hook’ cabling system, getting the IE 300 on and locked
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Intel B560 Boards Are Actually Good!
CHRIS SZEWCZYK A life-long PC tech enthusiast, Chris has worked acoss the industry in many areas as a product and technology expert. In this issue we cover four 11th Generation-supporting Z590 motherboards. They bring a lot to the table, but still,
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Player Discovers Nook Phone Hack To Store DIYs
An Animal Crossing: New Horizons player has discovered a clever way to store the DIY recipes they don’t want anymore. According to a post in the game’s Subreddit, Animal Crossing: New Horizons DIY recipes can be stored in the Recycle Box that’s locat
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Cyberpunk 2077 Has Sold 13.7 Million Copies
Cyberpunk 2077 had a disastrous launch on PS4 and Xbox One, but it has still proven hugely lucrative for CD Projekt Red. The open world sci-fi RPG sold 13.7 million copies in 2020: a figure that doesn’t include any sales made in the new year. That’s
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Specs
LGA 1200 socket; 3x M.2; 6x SATA; 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2, 6x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 8x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 4x USB 2.0; 1x DP; Intel Wi-Fi 6E; Aquantia 10G LAN; Realtek ALC 1220-VB 7.1 Channel HD Audio; ATX Form Factor. ■
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APC Experts Solve Computing Problems
Hi APC. I’ve been working from home for about a year. My work laptop is connected to a dual-monitor 180W docking station via Thunderbolt. The dock and all peripherals are mine, but the laptop belongs to the company. I want to use the setup off-hours
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Specifications
CPU: Zilog Z80A @ 3.5MHz RAM: 16, 48, or 128KB Graphics: 256x192, eight colours Sound: General Instrument AY-3-8912 (128K) Storage: Cassette, ZX Microdrive, 3-inch floppy OS: Sinclair BASIC Released: April 1982 Production: 1982–1992 Worldwide sales:
APC1 min cititeComputers
Specs
LGA 1200 socket; 3x M.2; 6x SATA; 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2, 4x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 8x USB 2.0; 1x HDMI, 1x DP; Intel Wi-Fi 6E; Intel I225V 2.5G LAN; Realtek ALC 4080 7.1 Channel HD Audio; ATX Form Factor. ■
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Meals of Mercy
Android | Free If, like me, you’re not having much luck with food for yourself, perhaps try food for others. Meals of Mercy is an app set up by the Muslim Australian Aid charity and lets you make micro donations to help feed those in need. You can c
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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 cititeInternet & 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
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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. ■
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