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Computer Shopper April 2019

Computer Shopper is the essential monthly magazine that allows you to stay abreast of the latest news and releases in the world of technology. With more reviews, hands-on guides and features than any other tech monthly, you’ll be better informed by reading Computer Shopper.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome page

The Raspberry Pi is a fantastic British technology success story. Since the first model of the mini computer launched in February 2012, it has shifted more than 23 million units, and offered a way for millions of users young and old to discover the worlds of coding and making. For those of you who haven’t yet tried out the Pi, we highly encourage you to splash out on a board – when you can get one for under a tenner, why wouldn’t you? Our guide on page 108 will take you through everything from setting up your chosen model to the best accessories. For those already equipped with one of the mini computers, we’ve got step-by-step camera and LED projects to try out, along with our pick of other top Pi projects.…

2 min.
★ star letter

Stubborn software @ Recently I decided that I ought to upgrade my antivirus software from AVG Free to the one you made a strong recommendation for (Kaspersky Total Security). I have to say that I had been using AVG for years, and it had provided me with protection. First of all, I found it hard to remove AVG even after following the instructions, but it was clear that this was a common problem. I then loaded the package I had purchased, and on the face of it, it was working. However, it was soon obvious there was a problem connecting to the internet, and it simply totally shut off all use after 30 to 60 minutes. It gave me no clues as to why or what it found wrong: it just slammed…

4 min.

letters@computershopper.co.uk Caravan man @ Thanks for reminding me of the joys of the ZX81 and BBC Micro that are stored in my loft (Retro, Shopper 373). A warning to those who have also kept those early computers: they output to TV sets of that vintage; in other words, they need an analogue TV. Modern TVs are digital, so are no good. I have an all-singing caravan TV, so I’m OK. Tony Sparkes China crisis @ In the light of the charges filed against the Chinese firm Huawei by the US Justice Department, including fraud and the theft of technology from T-Mobile, should Computer Shopper withdraw its five-star recommendation for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Shopper 373) and refrain from reviewing other products from the same company until these charges are dismissed? BT has also announced that…

4 min.
the colour of money

Tech pioneer and all-round good egg letters@computershopper.co.uk I HAVE A confession. I have been pimping a young model. My pimping is the result of a moment of weakness. I’ve had models before, and I understand their capricious nature. One moment they are willing to perform across my desk, the next they freeze and refuse to let me do what I want. It has not been any fantasy performance that’s got me hooked, it’s been the fantasy looks. I was bored. I wanted colour. I wanted make-up. I wanted dazzle and glitter. I wanted tribal tattoos, hot bubbles, glowing tubes and a whirling fan-dance. Forgive me, but I’ve pimped my new PC. In 1909, Henry Ford declared: “I will build a motor car for the great multitude. It will be constructed of the best materials,…

4 min.
little white lies

Software guru and Shopper legend letters@computershopper.co.uk ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER data breach, and yet again one of my email addresses is on the list. Whether it’s news of a big hotel chain admitting millions of its customer accounts have been hacked or some online site that was insistent I could only use its software if I handed over enough data to create a bionic me, it seems that big companies are no better than the rest of us at keeping their (or rather our) data safe. While my initial reaction to such news is usually to put my head back under the duvet and vow never to sign up for any loyalty schemes or online stores ever again, I’ve resolved from now on to use such announcements as my own electronic security Jiminy Cricket,…

4 min.
rants & raves

Madeline Bennett RAVES THE WORLD WIDE Web has lots of things to answer for: selling our data, snooping on our every move, and bombarding us with way too many pictures of other people’s holidays, babies, pets and lunches. But the other day, I came across one of those silly yet life-affirming stories that could only ever happen because of the web. In January, William (Will) Novak of Phoenix, Arizona, received an email meant for a different William (Bill) Novak. The message was an invite to Angelo’s bachelor party skiing in Vermont 11 days later. Will replied, explaining that while he’d love to come, “I do not know who Angelo is. Vermont seems like a very far way for me to travel for the bachelor party of a guy I’ve never met… being…