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Computer Shopper March 2019

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

As I sit and write my latest column, it’s still 2018 – just; by the time this issue arrives in your hands, it will be a new year. Our resolution here at Shopper is to keep bringing you the best and most thorough reviews throughout 2019, as well as keeping you abreast of advances in technology, offering useful and challenging projects to work on, and exploring interesting and unusual areas of the computing world. With that, the first issue of the new year seems a good time to introduce some new elements to the magazine. Our popular Retro feature has trebled in size and has moved to the in-depth section of the magazine. In the updated article, we’ll be profiling some of the key figures who have been so influential in the UK…

2 min.
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Cable tied @ I’ve just returned from a trip of a lifetime, and like any good techie tourist, I took my technology with me. It wasn’t the technology that bothered me, or the fact I had to lug it around. What astonished me was the sheer number of power supply units and connecting cables I had to take just to power and/or charge the portable devices. My wife’s laptop and my laptop needed different PSUs, the camcorder likewise, as did the two digital SLRs. Mobile phones, tablets, portable music players, fitness watches, the list goes on. Some devices charged external batteries in situ, others needed a dedicated charging cradle. On top of that, I had every type of USB cable ever invented. Out of curiosity, I weighed the total amount of support equipment…

5 min.

letters@computershopper.co.uk Base instincts @ I’m grateful for Mike’s well-meant suggestion of Filemaker for running membership systems (Letters, 372). Unfortunately, it doesn’t come on Shopper’s cover gift any more. Typically, it’s £12 a month to rent or £400+ to buy. Not really much use to cash-strapped voluntary organisations, which need cheap but legitimate software. Paul Martin We’re well under way with the research for our ‘Life after Access’ feature, investigating four different database options, so hopefully that will provide a suitable alternative for you. Look out for the article in the next issue of Shopper. Out of control @ As a long-time subscriber I have used your magazine to buy many products over the years and found almost all of them to be good value for money. Unfortunately, as a retired IT person, my two daughters and others frequently…

1 min.
in the next issue

PCs on test Finding a versatile home PC on a budget can be hard, but it’s not impossible. We go in search of budget perfection with £700 desktops on test Super computing We delve into the world of super computers, and explore how they are making a real difference to the worlds of healthcare and the environment Make Windows 10 retro How to get a retro Windows look but with all the convenience and reliability of the latest Microsoft operating system COMPUTER SHOPPER ISSUE 374 ON SALE IN NEWSAGENTS FROM 14th FEBRUARY…

4 min.
musical shares

Tech pioneer and all-round good egg letters@computershopper.co.uk THIS IS A story about the future of streamed digital music, which is why I am starting it in the past. Once upon a time, I was a bass player in a rock’n’roll band. That was back in the old days, when everyone with greasy hair and acne was forced to be in a rock’n’roll band by law. At the time, there was a rock’n’roll gold rush going on, and I was out to stake my claim and dig up a gleaming nugget. My band wrote too much lousy music, we rehearsed too often, and we got paid too little. In fact, every time we appeared on stage we lost money, not only because we were rubbish, but also because we got ripped off by the owners…

4 min.
fitness freaks of nature

Software guru and Shopper legend letters@computershopper.co.uk GET ANY GROUP of runners, cyclists or keen hikers together, and soon after the debate on the best warm-up exercises and ways to prevent blisters, they’ll have their wrists out comparing fitness bands and apps. If one person boasts of how their device or app can tell them their average heart rate while cycling and how well they’re sleeping, someone else will have a better GPS (and a device that’s waterproof to 25 metres, not that they ever go diving). In these situations I sit quietly in the corner and hide the fact I use a cheapo band I bought second-hand and am in an online league with – well – me, really. However, I’m as hooked as the rest of them, partially because what most of…