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Computer Shopper

Computer Shopper July 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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12 Issues

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3 min.

I REMEMBER THE first handset I owned, a bright yellow Nokia 5110 – I say ‘owned’ but it was actually borrowed from my mum, as paying a phone contract as a student teacher in the late nineties just wasn’t going to happen. But I loved that phone and pinched it as often as I could, and it was in the family for many years. Fast-forward 20 years, and the idea of a teenager not owning their own smartphone, or sharing a phone with anyone, seems laughable. As does the idea of using a handset for more than a couple of years – well, that’s if the smartphone manufacturers have anything to do with it. Apple and Samsung might be taking steps to be more environmentally friendly with their sourcing of materials and…

8 min.

letters@computershopper.co.uk Creator storm The Windows 10 Creators Update came on rather suddenly and, despite my natural curiosity (which would have made me install anyway), seemed to offer no way of averting installation (I knew that Microsoft account would lead to no good). So far my desktop has not seen any issues but those with laptops, and in particular with pre-Creative Cloud Adobe products, should keep well away. Immediately Photoshop CS6 (part of CS6 Production Premium) just crashed on launch. Despite uninstalling CS6 and re-installing, uninstalling and re-installing numerous Microsoft Visual C++ versions, moving various DLLs around, and uninstalling and re-installing Nvidia drivers (the laptop has a 960M GFX processor), nothing worked. Finally, after about 15 hours’ work trying to fix it, I thought I would resort to re-installing Windows 10 Creators Update and keep…

4 min.
tall storeys

MEL CROUCHER Tech pioneer and all-round good egg letters@computershopper.co.uk I BECAME AN economic migrant more than 40 years ago, when I was unable to find work in my own country. My nation’s economy had collapsed, the electricity supply had failed, schools and hospitals were in chaos, piles of rotting filth filled the streets and the dead could not be buried. My country was called England. I was an architect. The country that gave me refuge was a dusty backwater in the Middle East. It was called Dubai. They had begun to extract oil from shallow-water rigs just offshore, and they needed workers to build stuff for the immigrants that were expected to come flooding in. My employer was an old beardy bloke with a big nose and sunglasses. He was called His Highness Sheikh Rashid…

4 min.
private principles

DATA SECURITY USED to be easy. You’d just have to install some internet security software on your computer, and you’d be done. Today, with the proliferation of smartphones, laptops and wireless hotspots, protecting your data has become incredibly hard. It’s made even harder by progressively tougher surveillance laws, both at home and abroad. It makes sense that for this Cyber Insider, I should talk about ways to legally protect your data whether you’re at home, out and about, or abroad. First, let’s look at the US. Thanks to President Donald Trump, privacy seems to be a thing of the past. Now, ISPs have the rights to sell users’ browsing history without consent, and visitors can have their phones seized, with Homeland Security requesting security PINs so that all data can be…

3 min.
rants & raves

Madeline Bennett RAVES THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY has not been the greatest friend to the environment. The huge global appetite for laptops, tablets, mobile phones and so on has led to electronic devices becoming cheaper and more disposable. This is bad news for the planet, as it means more plundering of the earth’s natural resources, and more discarded items being sent to overflowing landfill sites. According to a United Nations report, in 2014 less than 16% of global e-waste was recycled. The UN also revealed that e-waste volumes from small products, such as mobile phones and PCs, will rise globally to 50 million metric tons or more every year in 2017, representing a huge waste of resources and a source of contamination from hazardous chemicals. But things could be about to change, as a…

12 min.
wearable technology show

The biggest stories from the tech world, and what they mean for you THE WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY Show brings together a diverse range of companies operating in the wearables space, from the more traditional fitness bands and in-car navigation systems to newer products such as smart rings and intelligent pet monitors. Madeline Bennett went along to the Spring show to see which might take off and which are just a gimmick. Here, she rounds up her favourites from the dozens on display, which might just make your life that bit easier, or at least help you stand out from the crowd. Navdy £600 from www.amazon.co.uk Navdy is an in-car driving device that uses augmented reality to project information as a transparent image directly in the driver’s line of sight. You can choose to have information such…