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Computer Shopper December 2017

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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2 min.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE technology is heralding a new revolution, one that will shake up the world in the same way that inventions such as the steam engine and telephone did before it. But many of us fear the rise of the robots, in the face of increasingly ominous statistics and reports warning that these machines are set to take over our jobs and eventually make humans obsolete. Fortunately, a group known as biohackers are working on technologies that could prevent robots from ever getting that far. By combining human biology with robotic features, inventors are coming up with new ways to enhance our minds and bodies. From eyeball cameras to injectable RFID chips, we cover the technology already out there to allow us to compete with the robots (page 106) – though not…

1 min.
question of the month

Madeline Bennett Wings. No more travelling on overcrowded trains or motorway tailbacks for me! David Ludlow Robot eyes and ears that automatically filter out the existence of James Corden Nathan Spendelow A brain implant that actually makes me give a damn about the iPhone 8, X or whatever it’s called James Archer Healing nanobots, not that they’ll ever exist. What a shame Dave Neal Go go gadget legs Roland Moore-Colyer Invisibility… and an artificial hangover-beating liver Simon Handby Bionic exoskeleton. Not because it’s cool, but because my endoskeleton is mostly knackered…

1 min.
star letter

Meters at the crossroads @ I loved Mel Croucher’s article about smart meters (Mel’s World, Shopper 357). We had ours fitted about six months ago. I did warn the engineers that the signal from all our local mobile phone networks was very poor and that our 400-hundred-year-old house with 2ft thick stone walls wouldn’t help. However, progress couldn’t be delayed. As predicted, the smart meter didn’t work. I was told that signal was improving all the time and that ‘they’ would contact me as soon as contact between ‘the system’ and my smart meter was established. My great expectations remain thwarted, as progress cannot be made and no-one will be able to monitor my use of electricity in the foreseeable future. However, I remain an optimist; if Big Brother wants to gain information about…

6 min.

letters@computershopper.co.uk Protection racket @ Having just moved into a house with a smart meter, I read with interest Mel Croucher’s article about this growing invasion into our personal data (Mel’s World, Shopper 357). However, when I turned the page and read Cyber Insider’s description of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), my initial fear subsided. Surely to comply with the new legislation, the excesses of the use of data from smart meters will be curbed and the companies will have to provide detailed information on how the data is used after 28th May 2018, when the bill comes into force? Therefore, all that is needed is to hold out until June 2018 before allowing a smart meter to be installed. However, if you have one already, try this as a solution. Change…

4 min.
nosy parkers

Tech pioneer and all-round good egg letters@computershopper.co.uk I WANT TO tell you why my dad’s nose is a beacon of freedom in this age of computerised mass surveillance. My dad looked a lot like the actor Sid James, the earthy, crumple-faced star of the Carry On movies. One Christmas Day, about 50 years ago, Dad carved the turkey and dished up the entire celebration meal wearing a big false nose attached to a pair of fake black specs. He thought this was dead funny, and I expect the rest of the family would have thought it was dead funny too, except for the fact that his real nose looked just like his fake nose and nobody noticed he was wearing it until it fell off into his beer glass. Dad then picked…

4 min.
supply chain attacks

ONE OF THE bits of advice that I regularly dole out is: update your software. The latest patches don’t just give you new functionality, but fix security holes and keep your PC safe from attack. Unless, that is, you updated to the latest version of CCleaner, the popular PC cleaner that can remove junk and refresh your computer. According to reports, the attack took place at some point between 15th August, when Piriform (the software developer that created CCleaner, now owned by Avast) released version 5.33.6162, and 12th September, when the download servers were updated with a new version. Rather than stealing information from the CCleaner download servers, the hackers instead replaced the download version of the software for one that included a Trojan. This is known as a supply chain attack,…