Computeractive 605

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26 Números

en este número

1 min.
from the editor

Here’s my idea to improve the Amazon Fire TV Stick: make its remote control beep when you whistle a particular tune. Perhaps then I’d be able to easily locate it every evening rather than spend ages trying to guess where the kids have left it (I once found it in a slipper shoved down a watering can). Sadly, it’s not one of the tips suggested by Robert Irvine in our Cover Feature, though he does come up with some belters, including installing a VPN and reclaiming storage space. His hacks for the ‘Chromecast with Google TV’ (catchy name) and Roku Streaming Stick+ are just as useful. I’ve taken his advice and installed the Plex app on the former, and fixed the latter’s occasional buffering. These days most of my viewing is done…

3 min.
superb new tools arrive in latest chrome and edge

Chrome now lets you send a link to a section of a webpage, while Edge lets you search your web history across multiple computers, as major new versions of both browsers are launched. The standout feature in Chrome 90, released in mid-April, is the option to right-click text online to generate a link you can then email to someone. To do this, use your mouse or trackpad to highlight the text you want to send, then right-click it and choose ‘Copy link to highlight’ (see screenshot above right). This creates a URL ending in the hash symbol (#). When the person you’ve sent the link to clicks it, they’ll be taken to that particular chunk of text, not to the top of the webpage. To achieve this previously you had to use Google’s…

1 min.
zoom star jackie weaver: our meetings must stay online

Jackie Weaver, who became an overnight sensation in February over her handling of a video meeting of Handforth Parish Council (pictured), has called for online council meetings to remain legal now that lockdown is easing. The Coronavirus Act 2020, which came into force on 4 April 2020, allowed council meetings in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to take place remotely through software such as Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Teams. But this legislation is due to end on 7 May, one day after the local elections, forcing meetings to take place in person – in England and Northern Ireland at least. The Welsh Government has now made legal provision for local authorities to meet on video, while authorities in Scotland were already allowed to meet remotely before the pandemic. Mrs Weaver – the chief…

1 min.
watch planetary change using google earth’s timelapse

Google Earth now has a time-lapse tool that lets you see in seconds how the planet has changed over the past 37 years. It’s part of the biggest update to Google Earth since 2017 and has been built using more than 24 million satellite images, representing “quadrillions of pixels”. In total around 20 petabytes of data (20 million GB) was used to make a “video mosaic that’s the equivalent of 530,000 videos in 4K resolution”. To use it, visit, then type a location into the search box and press Enter. You can jump through the years by clicking on the timeline. You can also watch 800 time-lapse videos made by Google that are intended to highlight planetary change, including “urban expansion, mining impacts, river meandering, the growth of megacities, deforestation, and…

1 min.
in brief

NEW IPAD 1,500 TIMES FASTER THAN FIRST Apple has launched a new iPad Pro (pictured) that it claims processes graphics 1,500 times faster than the first iPad, released in 2010. It’s powered by an eight-core M1 processor, the same chip that’s in the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini. It’s available from £749 (11in) and £999 (12.9in) from JOIN MASS ACTION TO SUE FACEBOOK An Irish privacy group has started a mass lawsuit against Facebook to claim compensation for EU users whose phone numbers were leaked in 2019. It’s thought that UK citizens will be able to sign up because the breach happened before Brexit. The numbers of around 533 million people worldwide were leaked. Sign up at and check whether your number was leaked at…

1 min.
in brief

PC SALES HIGHEST FOR NINE YEARS The boom in PC sales has continued into 2021, according to figures for the first quarter of the year. Industry analysts Canalys said that 82 million computers were sold between January and March, up from 53 million in the same period last year, an increase of nearly 57 per cent. It’s the best first quarter for PC sales since 2012. Lenovo remains the biggest manufacturer, selling nearly a quarter of all computers, followed by HP (23.3 per cent) and Dell (15.7 per cent). YAHOO ANSWERS CLOSES AFTER 15 YEARS Yahoo Answers has now closed after more than 15 years. The question-and-answer service stopped receiving new queries on 20 April, and finally shut down on 4 May. Users have until 30 June to download their data, including “your…