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Computer Shopper May 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

There’s a meme that’s been doing the rounds on social networks recently about how precious the internet has become to many of us: “If you unplug the Wi-Fi box for 1 sec, everyone in the house act like they goin die. You’ll see people come out of rooms you ain’t never seen before. LIKE WHO YOU?” And there’s another sage piece of advice for the digital era that’s often dished out: “If you want to call a family meeting, just turn off the Wi-Fi router and wait in the room in which it’s located.” I must admit to being one of those access-obsessed people. If the wireless drops for even a split second in my house, whether I’m working at my desk, watching Netflix or just browsing the web, I’m like an enraged…

1 min.
star letter

Resistor rest @ The latest issue of Computer Shopper (374) arrived at the weekend and I have to say that I enjoyed reading David Ludlow’s article on the Raspberry Pi. I was also impressed by the juxtaposition of the Pi article and the following supercomputer article; you couldn’t get a much larger difference in capability than that. But when David wrote the second paragraph on page 111 he said that the resistor goes between J60 on the breadboard and the negative bus in the same column. That’s not what the picture shows: the resistor is in fact in G60. Also, if you’re looking for a topic for an article, may I suggest one on the intricacies of the Windows boot process? I have a dual boot laptop, Windows 10 and Vista, and whenever I…

4 min.

Listening in @ A recent article on a Radio 4 programme highlighted the fact that both Google Home and Amazon Echo can, and do, eavesdrop on conversations around their products without the key phrases being spoken. The digitised data is saved and analysed by the technology giants. Do users of these devices appreciate that their children’s conversations are being monitored if these devices are in their bedrooms? Apart from the privacy concerns, could these conversations skew any recommendations in a search request similar to targeted adverts appearing on YouTube and Facebook pages? Are these ‘always-on’ devices the start of the problems, associated with Internet of Things products, which have been voiced in many quarters, including the worry about the lack of security and the ease with which such devices can be hacked? Dave Sheppard •…

1 min.
in the next issue

Build your perfect PC We test the top processors, motherboards, graphics cards, RAM, SSDs and PC cases to help you spec the ideal machine, whatever your budget Excel at Excel A raft of tips and tricks to get your Microsoft spreadsheets in order and crunch those numbers faster Go wild We explore how the latest advances in artificial intelligence and drone technology are helping to protect wildlife and their habitat Analogue revival The trends and products busting the myth that digital equals good, analogue means bad COMPUTER SHOPPER ISSUE 376 ON SALE IN NEWSAGENTS FROM 11th APRIL…

4 min.
passive regression

MEL CROUCHER Tech pioneer and all-round good egg letters@computershopper.co.uk THERE WAS ONCE a little Quaker boy called Charlton, who got sent off to a nice school in Oxfordshire. Charlton liked video games, and when he turned 13 he became a fan of one particular game called Deus Ex Machina. It was hopelessly life-affirming, and it allowed him to influence the plotline and outcome, like a load of similar games. It was also the first truly interactive movie, running in real time, with voice actors and a full soundtrack. It came with a large monochrome poster of the face of a beautiful, innocent yet alluring lady robot, which the boy hung on his wall. And that thought pleases me, because I was the creator of the game, and my intention was to blow the minds of…

4 min.
the heat is on

KAY EWBANK Software guru and Shopper legend letters@computershopper.co.uk THE BRITISH WEATHER is a wonderful thing, but it could never be called predictable. As I’m writing this, everything is hard frozen and my office bears a strong resemblance to Ice Station Zebra. I know there’s no point replacing the car with huskies, though, because next week I’m just as likely to be bemoaning the floods or the drought or the heatwave. If we lived in a country where the weather was more predictable, we could plan for it; have triple glazing and amazing insulation, put in air conditioning rather than relying on a couple of fans. Of course, I could crack and heat the place by turning up the central heating (or put the fans on to cool the place down when the temperature changes),…