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Computer Shopper September 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

How quickly a year goes by! It’s already time for our annual laptops group test, which we time to coincide with the start of the school summer holidays. That’s when many of the manufacturers and retailers start to offer some attractive laptop deals, knowing that there’ll be a rush of students eager to get a shiny new machine for their start at school or university. Handily, it makes the school holidays a great time for all of us to nab a bargain. So if you’re at all interested in buying a new laptop for yourself or a fortunate loved one this year, I’d recommend getting yourself down to the shops or browsing those online deals before the summer ends. To make your job easier, we’ve rounded up 24 of the latest and…

1 min.
star letter

Dividedwe shouldn’tstand I hope every reader took a moment to reflect on Mel Croucher’s touching article (‘The Great Digital Divide’, Shopper 377). It is harrowing to ponder the sense of exclusion and downright fear those on the wrong side of the divide must experience. All too easily, though, we can think it doesn’t concern us, that ‘it won’t happen to me’. Back in the 1970s, I helped a friend with his school project on the lives of buskers. We toured the London Underground in search of buskers, and came into contact with many homeless people. What stuck in my mind was that most of these people had come from ‘normal’ backgrounds, but a divorce, loss of employment, a mental health issue or the like had led to an uncontrollable downward spiral. The digital divide…

5 min.

letters@computershopper.co.uk Hueandcry I read your piece on Alexa (Shopper 378) with interest as I had recently bought a Philips Hue hub and lights. I had been trying to get the Alexa app to turn on lights while I was out and turn them off again at specific times, without success. I had done everything you detailed in your article, and it only works if the Alexa app is open on my phone and not while the phone is in sleep mode or while I’m out. I tried the Philips Hue app, and that works as expected. I can set the lights to turn on and then off at specific times while I’m away. I can control the lights using the Alexa app and by voice while I’m at home, but surely the Alexa app should…

1 min.
in the next issue

Keep it secret, keep it safe Find out how to stop companies spying on you and delete what they already know with our in-depth privacy guide Make your own Chromebook Breathe new life into an old Windows laptop with a Chrome OS installation Peripheral vision We test and compare the latest keyboards and mice to help you get the best computing experience Steampunk We explore the Victorian world of steam-powered machinery, and how close the inventors of that era got to ubiquitous computing COMPUTER SHOPPER ISSUE 380 ON SALE IN NEWSAGENTS FROM 14th AUGUST…

4 min.
armageddon out of here

Tech pioneer and all-round good egg letters@computershopper.co.uk TRADE WARS ARE dangerous. When tariffs are imposed, and when sanctions get slapped on, and one nation ceases to trade with another nation, then a trade war has a funny habit of turning into a real war. And here we all are, slap bang in the middle of a lulu of a trade war between the world’s two most powerful states. This is a trade war that’s not based on essentials like oil or wheat or toilet paper, but a trade war based on the pixies and fairy-dust of software algorithms. One day a peace treaty is waved, next day missiles are launched. Luckily, thanks to my lengthy lead-in schedule for submitting my words for publication, you can read this page in non-digital printed format. Which…

4 min.
fakes and pains

Software guru and Shopper legend letters@computershopper.co.uk THE CONCEPT OF ‘fake news’ is one that crops up with increasing regularity; the term even made it as word of the year in 2017. Fake news is where someone makes something up, usually something scandalous, often just to get you to click on the headline or watch the ‘news’ item. More seriously, it’s increasingly used to damage someone or some organisation. Of course, you might well point out that fake news isn’t really that new – think back to headlines such as ‘Freddie Starr ate my hamster’ – but it seems to have become more widespread and harder to spot. I’ve always been a fan of Edgar Allan Poe’s comment: “Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.” It’s a good rule for…