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Windows Help & Advice Christmas 2019

Windows Help & Advice features all the best ways to get more from your Windows PC, along with in-depth advice on new hardware, the latest technology and the internet. And it's 100% jargon free!

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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www.facebook.com/windowsmag Hands up, who wants a new PC? Well in this issue we’re going to show you how to get exactly that. On page 11 you’ll discover how to tweak your existing machine so it runs smoother and faster, and suggest essential upgrades that will make it feel like new. And on page 44, we go even further – by building a whole desktop PC from scratch on a budget of just £400. Fancy treating yourself? Turn to page 86 and you’ll find six of our favourite laptops of the year – everyone’s a winner. In our Explore section, starting on page 23, you’ll find 19 pages of step-by-step guides to help you make the most of whatever PC you get for Christmas – we unwrap the new features of Photoshop and Premiere Elements…

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computer passwords: the next generation

Using a secure password is more important than ever before Thanks to the ever-present dangers posed by data leaks and compromised accounts, using a secure password is more important than ever before. There are a host of techniques out there that are useful for creating your own super-secure codes, but nothing clear: on the one hand, people will tell you to avoid dictionary words; and on the other you’ll be told to string a number of plain English words together for a long password you’ll be able to remember. Both have their advantages, but if your password makes it out into the wild they’ll be equally easy to break. We do know this: using unique passwords for each site you visit is imperative, which is where password managers like LastPass or Dashlane…

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face to face

Smart displays are all the rage – Google’s doing it, Amazon’s new Echo devices have screens and cameras, and now Facebook is getting in on the action with the Portal (around £150) and Portal+ (around £300). These devices won’t be for everyone, given their limited functionality, but if your primary method of communication is Facebook Messenger, the rather excellent built-in video calling features could be perfect for staying connected with loved ones.…

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the knowledge…

Foldable phones OK, first question: why? Phones have been getting larger as time goes on. Essentially, the public at large wants bigger screens, and phone companies want to sell more phones. The potential of including a double-size screen along with a highly exciting gimmick means the foldable phone is the next big thing in pocket handsets. But why would I need one? You probably asked the same question when the first wave of smartphones came along. And just as we couldn’t give you a solid answer then, we can’t now – but practical uses for wraparound screens will no doubt emerge, and being able to fold out your phone into an extra large display has obvious benefits. So who’s involved? Two big names, at least to begin with: LG, which makes its own handsets but is…

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alternative currencies

Cryptocurrency was big news for a while. The virtual money system, which essentially works by exchanging unique tokens online (and, in rare occasions, exchanging those unique tokens for goods, services and real money) caught a lot of public attention, mainly because it seemed to be a machine for generating free money. That statement is about a fifth true. Some people did profit, but the majority did not; the cryptocurrency value spike of 2017 is, by all accounts, over for now. The market seems to have stabilised, and the majority of the hype has died down. But perhaps, posit some developers, the concept behind cryptocurrencies is strong enough to support new ideas? We’re sceptical, but there are certainly schemes out there that have been inspired by the crypto boom. Initiative Q (initiativeq.com)…

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the 60-second quiz

1 Which of these is a technology commonly used in laptop batteries? A Li-ion B Ti-iger C Ly-inx 2 In laptop screens, what does ‘TN’ stand for? A Totally Neutral B Twisted Nematic C Ten Nits 3 What is the name of Google’s licensed laptop line? A Searchbook B Chromebook C Googletop 4 Which company is said to have made the first mobile PC? A Osborne Computers B Apricot Computers C IBM 5 What did that mobile PC weigh? A 1kg B 11kg C 111kg 6 The first laptop, the Grid Compass, was used on which vehicle? A Intercity 125 B Space Shuttle C John Deere Tractor…