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Computer Shopper December 2018

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

Several months ago, we received an email from one of our readers complaining about the many annoyances the Windows 10 April 2018 Update had caused him (Letters, Shopper 367). Of Angus Stewart’s five PCs, only one had updated trouble-free; the others had suffered everything from boot failure to automatic restore problems. Angus asked if we could go through the problems, and we asked other readers who’d been having issues with Windows Update to write in so we could investigate. And write in you did. It turns out the April Update caused widespread problems, the most common one being the damn thing just wouldn’t download, with various error messages reported. Our intrepid contributing editor David Ludlow has spent the past several weeks gathering up all the missives from the Shopper inbox, researching the issues…

7 min.

letters@computershopper.co.uk Vital ramifications @ In your smartphone group test, you don’t recognise the importance of RAM (Shopper 369). You rate the Moto G6 and Samsung Galaxy A3 as equals, but the Moto has 3GB (4GB if you buy Amazon’s version, which doesn’t get a mention; and 64GB of storage instead of 32GB, too) while the Samsung has only 2GB of RAM. In my experience, the internal RAM is likely to get filled up and requires drastic surgery (which is beyond the average user) to clean up and get the phone working properly again. P Bradshaw • Despite having different RAM and storage capacities, both the Moto G6 and Samsung Galaxy A3 offer excellent performance and value, hence their Best Buy awards. Smartphone operating systems are designed to carefully manage RAM. Having more RAM can make it…

4 min.
the game blame

MEL CROUCHER Tech pioneer and all-round good egg letters@computershopper.co.uk I HAVE GIVEN birth to a monster. Which must mean that I too am a monster. First I will tell you about this monstrous birth. Then you will pity me for unleashing my monstrosity into the world. Finally you will despair for a world where so many people can willingly embrace such monsters and offer themselves as nourishment. The story begins in the 1960s, when it takes me six months to program a huge military computer, and force it to perform lewd acts that involve flashing lights and musical notes. It’s fun. Computers are fun. The story continues into the 1970s, when office computers escape into the wild and sneak into homes like cobras disguised as kittens. It is at this time that I begin…

4 min.
rights, camera, action

THANKS TO FAST, always-on internet connections, and cheaper, high-quality cameras and smart doorbells, keeping an eye on your home and recording what goes on has never been easier. But, until recently, if you recorded outside the boundary of your home you had to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), paying a yearly fee of £35. With the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into law in May 2018, that has changed. Consumers are now exempt from regulations, even if they have cameras that point out into the road. So is it now a free-for-all, where you can do what you want? I’m afraid not, as although you may not need to register, physical security still needs to be implemented carefully and thoughtfully. As the ICO told me, consumers still…

4 min.
rants & raves

Madeline Bennett RANTS I’VE RECENTLY STARTED a coding club at a local primary school, which has proved extremely popular with children and parents alike. Indeed, there were more than two applications for each place, which indicates an awareness that learning about computers is as valuable a use of time as joining the football club or gym lessons. It also highlights the thirst lots of youngsters have to learn about technology that’s more than just sitting tapping away at a tablet or smartphone, or racking up some more kills on their latest PS4 game. What has been less inspiring about the process of setting up and running the club is seeing the equipment that the children are provided with to learn to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Tim Berners-Lee: a row of 30…

9 min.
ifa 2018

MAKING A KIRIN At the Berlin tech show, Huawei remained coy on its rumoured new flagship smartphone, the Mate 20 Pro, but did unveil the processor that will likely power it: the Kirin 980 (below). This, along with Apple’s A12 Bionic, is one of the world’s first 7nm mobile SoCs, and comes equipped with eight cores clocked between 1.85GHz and 2.6GHz – a step up from the Kirin 970, which tops out at 2.36GHz. The Kirin 980 also touts AI-based load prediction, so the chip has a better idea of when to activate the faster cores under demanding loads and when it’s safe to fall back on the slower cores to save power. Despite the Mate 20 Pro’s absence, the Mate 20 Lite made a surprise appearance. This mid-range phone uses the less…