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Computer Shopper

Computer Shopper March 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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in this issue

2 min.

ANOTHER NEW YEAR, and another opportunity to make resolutions that I probably won’t stick to anyway. For 2018, my wishes are pretty unambitious and pretty standard – get a better work/life balance, start a new exercise regime, bring about world peace. But one resolution that is a new one for me is to learn to code. I’ve been a technology journalist for almost two decades now, and while I’m used to trying out the latest smartphones or smart home kit, the one area that has so far eluded me has been programming. But I think now could be an ideal time to start. There is a real shortage of IT specialists in the UK, and indeed across Europe, and this is only set to worsen as more and more of our everyday tasks…

1 min.
question of the month

Madeline Bennett “The development of augmented reality tech like Google ARCore into something useful, rather than gimmicks” David Ludlow “Wi-Fi that actually works reliably – surely we’re due for such a product?” Nathan Spendelow “Bendy phones; Samsung says they’re the future – we’ll find out soon enough” James Archer “Nvidia Volta GPUs which aren’t the $3,000 Titan Vt” Roland Moore-Colyer “Nintendo; let’s see it build upon the Switch’s success and please, please release an N64 Classic Mini” Simon Handby “Smart home, smart lighting, smart controls – dumb 40-something human with his feet up”…

2 min.
star letter

Undercover agent? @ There have been recent reports saying that the UK government is to ban all anti-virus products from Kaspersky from being used in ‘sensitive’ areas. This apparently follows a similar ban by the US authorities. I have been a long-term user of Kaspersky anti-virus software, and it has consistently been in the top two rated products in your lab tests. Should the home user be concerned about our own ‘sensitive’ data such as passwords and bank account details being passed on to some other organisation? Dave Sheppard With worries about the Russian government meddling in foreign elections, any company from the country is likely to garner a lot of attention, including Kaspersky. The truth is that if Kaspersky had been compromised or was sending information to the Russian government, we’d know about it…

5 min.

@ letters@computershopper.co.uk Photo Shopper @ In the February 2018 issue of Computer Shopper (Letters, 360), you invited readers to write in with ideas for a feature on photo editing. Here are some suggestions for things that I would be pleased to see covered: Choosing the right kit, from computer to accessories and printers. Setting up everything, including colour calibration. The best editing software, and how to use it. How to organise and catalogue photos. Photo file formats and resolutions to use for different purposes. I know there are a lot of ideas here, but they do not all have to go in one issue. The theme could be developed in a number of articles over several months. Martyn Sandford @ Recent letters to Computer Shopper have made a whole bunch of extremely good points about…

4 min.
intelligence report

Tech pioneer and all-round good egg letters@computershopper.co.uk Today’s AI sex robots are programmed to accommodate even the most discerning of Hollywood sex pests or priapic parliamentarians I AM ALMOST completely human, apart from my artificial eyes and an assortment of titanium pistons, levers and bolts. After a lot of thought, and given the choice, no matter what physical state I found myself in I would not consent to have my consciousness uploaded to a computer. Not even a better-looking computer than me, with a full head of hair, smooth skin, and straighter teeth. I like sci-fi movies, but I don’t particularly want to take part in their most common theme, which involves artificial intelligence getting too big for its boots. When the original Blade Runner was released back in 1982, it conjured up a…

4 min.
with friends like these…

During a nine-month period, it was discovered that 10,000 German citizens had been approached by fake accounts on LinkedIn GERMANY’S INTELLIGENCE service has just published a report, warning about a set of fake social media accounts. It’s not just a matter of people using false names for these accounts, however: German authorities believe they were created by Chinese intelligence as a method of getting personal information about German officials and politicians. The German authorities said: “Chinese intelligence services are active on networks like LinkedIn and have been trying for a while to extract information and find intelligence sources in this way.” During a nine-month research period, it was discovered that 10,000 German citizens had been approached by the fake accounts on LinkedIn. Most of the fake accounts had been set up to look…