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Computer Shopper July 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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2 min.

AS I SIT and write this at the end of April, I’m remembering that glimpse of summer we had earlier in the month, with those gorgeous sunny days and a chance to get outside in the garden or the park. It was over all too soon, leaving us to wonder if that was the British summer 2018. Still, our reviews team are happy with the change in weather. Rather than being able to enjoy the warm weather, they’ve been locked away in the basement labs for the past month, testing and comparing a whopping 31 components to help you build your perfect PC. Go into any shop or restaurant, and you can’t help but notice that prices have gone up compared to a couple of years ago. Our guide (p76) shows you…

2 min.
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Green gauge In the article ‘Eco-Friendly Tech’ (Shopper 364), it was found that the latest products could use more energy than they save. Not so with eco-friendly technology from the 1970s and 1980s. When Economy 7 was brought into use by Harold Wilson in 1974, the effect was to cut the number of power stations needed by four. If compulsory installation had been carried out, the invention could have cut the number of power stations by nearly half. The introduction of Economy 7 has helped several countries shut down their dirty, dangerous and expensive nuclear power stations. Another invention from the 1970s was Starlite, which if coated on the walls and ceilings of the office and home, could cut heating and cooling bills to near-zero; automatic windows could control most of the temperature…

5 min.

letters@computershopper.co.uk Like for Lake? It used to be that so long as the number of pins aligned, you could stick any CPU into any motherboard. Now, with all the Lake series of Intel processors, even when the pin numbers are the same, say 1,151, there is talk claiming the type of Lake must be the same when it comes to CPUs and motherboards. What is the truth in all this? Can a Skylake processor go into a Coffee Lake mobo, or vice versa, or in a Kaby Lake? And so on. The pin numbers are the same, so… Also, can you tell me if Sky Lake/Skylake is one word or two? Chris Sadly, Coffee Lake chips currently only work with motherboards using the Z370 chipset, which Intel says is because the CPUs have different power requirements.…

4 min.
dying with laughter

Tech pioneer and all-round good egg letters@computershopper.co.uk MEL BROOKS IS a very funny man, and at the age of 91 it seems only natural for him to be laughing in the face of his own impending death. And what’s really funny is that he’s determined to make money out of it. A couple of years back he did a mouth-crinkler of a comedy sketch that features his own tombstone. In it, unsuspecting folk wander around a sunlit graveyard, and as they come into range they trigger an embedded video screen in the stone marker of his final resting place. From inside the screen, Mel knocks on the glass and beckons them over. Then he starts cracking jokes from beyond the grave, and puts on a great show. But he stops all of…

4 min.
threats and balances

THE WORLD IS getting less trustworthy. Among reports of Russian interference in elections and warnings of what could happen to critical infrastructure should hackers attack comes a new threat. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has written to telecoms companies warning them against buying kit from Chinese manufacturer ZTE. Dr Ian Levy, technical director of the NCSC, said: “It is entirely appropriate and part of NCSC’s duty to highlight potential risks to the UK’s national security and provide advice based on our technical expertise. “NCSC assess that the national security risks arising from the use of ZTE equipment or services within the context of existing UK telecommunications infrastructure can’t be mitigated.” Dr Levy later wrote to UK telecoms companies, warning them against using ZTE products. According to the Financial Times, the letter states…

3 min.
rants & raves

Madeline Bennett RAVES I MIGHT BE a bit late to the party, but I’ve finally got round to watching Hidden Figures, the 2016 film about the role of three African-American women in the 1960s US vs Russia space race. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were vital in one of the biggest events in space history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit and his safe recovery, which paved the way for putting a man on the moon. I’d never heard of the women before the film came out, but was vaguely aware of the remarkable nature of their story from seeing the reviews and trailer. Not only did it seem improbable to me that three African-Americans would be working at NASA in the segregation-era United States, but that they’d be…