APC Australia - - Epinions -

I re­ally like APC mag­a­zine and although I’m not tech­ni­cally savvy I do like the idea of hav­ing some idea of tech de­vel­op­ments. I would love to be gutsy enough to try some cod­ing (you had a nice se­ries on Python) and an al­ter­na­tive to Win­dows/Of­fice, but I’m wor­ried I’ll stuff some­thing up!

I also love your em­pha­sis on pri­vacy and con­sumer aware­ness. It would be great to see a list of apps that pro­vide great ser­vices for no/rea­son­able per­mis­sions, as well as nam­ing and sham­ing apps that are data-min­ing with ridicu­lous per­mis­sions. I’m never sure what they all mean, but I do know a torch app shouldn’t re­quire any net­work con­nec­tion or ac­cess to my con­tacts! Maybe a ‘love it and leave it’ app col­umn, with al­ter­na­tives? I’m on An­droid, but I sup­pose you should in­clude info for Ap­ple lovers too! I love the monthly app sug­ges­tions.

Re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the backup stuff too — one of th­ese days I’ll ac­tu­ally do it! (I’m on Win­dows 7.)

Lastly, I al­ways see great sub­scrip­tion prices for Aus­tralians, but never an equiv­a­lent for those of us in New Zealand. I’d def­i­nitely try a 12-is­sue sub­scrip­tion for the same price that Aussies pay — any chance we may see that some­time? Tessa

Ed replies: Thanks for the kind words Tessa. We’ve co­in­ci­den­tally rounded up a se­lec­tion of pri­vacy-fo­cused apps in this very is­sue (see page 48), cov­er­ing a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent ma­jor uses.

Re­gard­ing sub­scrip­tion of­fers for New Zealand, it’s some­thing we’d love to of­fer — and have looked into — but de­spite our seem­ing phys­i­cal prox­im­ity, send­ing mag­a­zines across the pond sig­nif­i­cantly in­creases the costs of distri­bu­tion. That means, if we were to of­fer the same sub­scrip­tion prices in NZ as AU, we’d be sig­nif­i­cantly in the red… and our pub­lisher won’t let us to give away copies of the mag any more (even to the nicest read­ers ).

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