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Windows Help & Advice January 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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$5.50(Incl. tax)
$39.97(Incl. tax)
13 Issues


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www.facebook.com/windowsmag Whether you’re new to Windows 10 or an experienced user, our lead feature (page 11) has plenty of surprises in store – you’ll learn tons of new tips, tricks and techniques to help you make the most of your PC, and discover lots of super-secrets along the way. Turn to page 46 and you’ll find a treasure trove of low-cost or free apps that can help you kit out your machine, while on page 52 we’ll show you how to choose the right display for your budget, as well as recommended buys. That’s not the half of it. On page 66 we’ll show you how to get the most cinema-like experience when watching movies or playing games; while our Explore section (page 25 onwards) delivers step-by-step guides on everything from customising Windows’…

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get better organised with a task manager

The Microsoft Store is overflowing with task management apps There’s always something new to do. It never stops. Adult life is essentially a combination of being presented with problems and then solving those problems as effectively as you can – but if you really want to be effective, you need to know what’s coming, and every step you need to do to solve it. This can be as simple as keeping an up-to-date shopping list or keeping up with your weekly housework tasks, all the way to planning a brand new extension or sorting out a retirement portfolio. SORT IT OUT You could rely on your brain, but a good task manager – and we’re not talking about Windows’ Task Manager app, that’s completely different – is a low-effort way to remember those…

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listen to this

Continuing the company’s assault on the hardware market, the latest in Microsoft’s ever-expanding Surface line is here – and this time it’s a set of wallet-worrying headphones. At an intimidating price of £329.99, they’re certainly not the kind of cans you’ll be buying for casual wear, but if you’re serious about your audio, and you really want your earwear to match your other Surface devices, the Surface Headphones could be just the thing.…

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the knowledge…

TikTok What is it? TikTok is, in essence, a service for sharing short-form videos with friends. It’s a lot more than that, as we’ll get to, but it’s also the key service which has helped make Chinese parent company Bytedance into the world’s most valuable tech startup, trumping even the mighty Uber with a value of over $75 billion. How is that possible? That’s a very good question, and one we can only really answer with some big statistics. TikTok (a merger of Bytedance’s original Chinese social network, Douyin, and musical.ly, purchased by the company in 2017) is immensely popular with young people the world over, netting more downloads than Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram in the US. It has been downloaded some 80 million times in the US alone. That’s pretty big. Should I download…

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tech support scammers

Have you ever had a call claiming to be from Microsoft? Perhaps from someone with a thick accent, and a slight delay on the line? The chances are you have, because they’re basically inescapable, and we’d also wager that you’ve not fallen for the obvious scam. If you’re not familiar, these calls amount to little more than fraud: call centres, usually located in India, cold-call folks to claim there’s a critical problem with their PC. If the victim bites, the caller negotiates remote access to the user’s PC, shows off some worrying-looking (but actually completely benign) messages in Windows’ Event Viewer, and then demands money to fix it – or worse. Some scanners might lock up their target machines and hold them to ransom. ROGUE CALLERS These rogues won’t always claim they’re calling…

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the 60-second quiz

1 NTT Data is the biggest tech company in which country? A Japan B Brazil C Nepal 2 Which country hosted the pre-Internet Minitel online service? A Germany B France C Vatican City 3 Which music streaming company is based in Sweden? A Pandora B Deezer C Spotify 4 Which other tech product also originated in Sweden? A Skype B Microsoft Office C Google Chrome 5 SAP, Europe’s largest tech company, hails from which country? A Finland B Germany C Latvia 6 What is the most valuable tech company in the world? A Microsoft B Alphabet C Apple…