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Computer Shopper

Computer Shopper July 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

Gone are the simple days of choosing a smartphone, when the choice used to be a blue or yellow Nokia handset, and later moved on to whether to splash out on a BlackBerry or an iPhone. With the rise of Google’s Android operating system, we’re now inundated with all manner of handsets priced from under £100 to over £1,000, from a plethora of manufacturers both familiar – Sony and Samsung – and less so – Xiaomi and Honor. Adding to the complexity is the emergence of two new and fast-approaching mobile innovations: 5G and foldable phones. Smartphone technology hasn’t gone through any major overhauls in the past couple of years, but either – or both – of these technologies has the potential to be the next must-have. But while 5G and folding phones…

2 min.
star letter

Payaway @ I like reading the smartphone reviews in Shopper and use them to make a decision when upgrading my mobile. I currently have a Motorola Moto G5 Plus, and the review of the Moto G7 Power in Shopper 376 convinced me that it should be my next phone. But wait a minute – does it have NFC? The review doesn’t say, so I went online and found conflicting answers: the UK version doesn’t, but the European version might have. NFC is a deal-breaker for me and, I suspect, it is for the growing number of people who use Android Pay. I rarely have my wallet with me, but always have my phone. So could future reviews please mention whether NFC is present or not? Either in the main review or even in the specifications…

3 min.

letters@computershopper.co.uk Bang to rights @ I wonder how many of your readers, when they’d finished reading the ‘Design Your Dream PC’ article in Shopper 376, did as I did and took the data from the CPU benchmark results on page 83 and built a spreadsheet to calculate the ‘bang for buck’ values? Simply dividing the benchmark numbers by the price of each CPU gives a comparison that might sway one’s buying choice. Witness the image above. Obviously the same approach could be taken for the other benchmarks in the article: storage on page 93, graphics cards on pages 98 and 99, and CPU coolers on page 103. Can I suggest that in future issues of the magazine, where articles have benchmark comparisons, you do the calculations for us and include the results in the article? Steve…

1 min.
in the next issue

Echo chamber Our complete guide to getting the best out of Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, and a comparison of all the latest Echo devices to help you choose the best one to suit your needs Build a Pi-based intelligent speaker We show you how to build your own Raspberry Pi-powered Google Assistant using the Google AIY Voice Kit Quantum leaps All the latest developments in the world of quantum computing, including efforts from Google, Intel and IBM to turn the technology to real-world uses Watchful eyes We put security cameras and compact video cameras to the test, to see which are most worthy to guard your home (or just record your holidays) COMPUTER SHOPPER ISSUE 378 ON SALE IN NEWSAGENTS FROM 13th JUNE…

4 min.
the great digital divide

Tech pioneer and all-round good egg letters@computershopper.co.uk I HAVE KNOWN my friend Mikey since we were little kids at school. He is my oldest friend in all senses, and we have shared all the episodes of our lives: the good, the bad and the downright ugly. He helped me way back when we founded the first leisure software company in the UK together, and then my friend Mikey buggered off and became a social worker. A while back he mentioned his TV remote was broken, although I could find nothing wrong with it. Not long after, his text messages got flakey, and then he stopped responding to my emails. In the early stages of his mental shut-down, long before his dementia took hold, before he forgot his PIN or how to use a cash…

4 min.
last words for passwords?

Software guru and Shopper legend letters@computershopper.co.uk I WAS CHATTING to a woman I used to work with, and she told me somewhat shamefacedly that a mutual ex-colleague had managed to log on to the website of a supplier our old company used infrequently. They’d got into the account set up by my friend because they’d guessed the password would be the one she always used – which it was. What’s more, I know for a fact my friend still uses the same password for nearly everything, several years down the line. I’d like to think that this was something rare, but it isn’t. People choose passwords that are easy to remember, and therefore easy to crack, and use the same one over and over, which is why the World Wide Web Consortium estimates…