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Computer Shopper

Computer Shopper October 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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in this issue

2 min.

AROUND 10 YEARS ago, I took part in BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking festival, which brought together speakers such as novelist A S Byatt, musician Brian Eno and Brookside creator Phil Redmond. I took part in a debate entitled ‘Who does technology put in charge?’, alongside Redmond and Tomorrow’s World presenter Vivienne Parry. The idea was to discuss whether the new technology that was revolutionising our lives was really giving power to ordinary people. It’s quaint now to think back to 2006, and imagine a time when anyone actually sat and considered whether all this new technology was giving advantages to the person on the street. I’d stake money on the fact that all the people in that audience – along with the panellists – are now so completely reliant on their…

1 min.
question of the month

MEET THE TEAM Madeline Bennett Who can train Amazon Alexa the fastest to do what you actually ask her to, and not make unwanted interruptions David Ludlow Robot fights, where people have to fight robots Nathan Spendelow A race to find that stupidly tiny pin tool that opens SIM card trays James Archer Hammer throw, but with overdesigned PC mice Dave Neal Non-calamitous drone landing or tablet hurling Roland Moore-Colyer Email race to see who can clear an inbox full of nonsense and spam the fastest Simon Handby The singularity is coming: we’ll be the sport. Run, you fools!…

1 min.
star letter

No exaggeration Readers of Retro in Shopper 353 may well have thought that IBM was exaggerating when it was quoted as saying its Personal Computer had set a worldwide computer standard and created a multi-billion-dollar industry. Amazingly, though, this is no empty boast. Before the IBM Personal Computer came along, disparate standards stifled demand, and manufacturers yearned for the big computer company of the day, IBM, to set those standards in stone, or at least in metal and plastic. When the IBM PC arrived, manufacturers could at last make their motherboards, RAM, I/O cards, keyboards andentire PCs to conform to one clear standard of electrical and physical compatibility; they could also boldly reassure buyers that their products were ‘IBM compatible’. That opened the floodgates of demand, although IBM itself failed to cash…

6 min.

letters@computershopper.co.uk Why no AMD? I purchased Computer Shopper issue 354 in order to read the reviews of the £500 home office PCs on test. I was surprised – and disappointed – that there wasn’t a single AMD processor among all the computers reviewed. Not one. The reviewed computers, without exception, were Intel based. While Intel might very well be a good processor maker, surely a consumer magazine has some duty to promote choice, in processors, as well as other computernalia? A casual reader of this article might be led to assume that there is no competition in the processor space at all. By way of research, I found a Chillblast PC with an AMD A10 processor for under £450 at Ebuyer, but maybe that doesn’t fit the home office bill. Perhaps I’m being unfair. Perhaps…

1 min.
in the next issue

≫Beat the hackers Our step-by-step guide to defending all your devices and data from cyber criminals ≫Graphics cards on test We’re living in a golden age of graphics cards, but which one is best for you? From budget GPUs to monster gaming cards, find out in our extensive group test. ≫How vapourware helps build computing Hardware, software and games are promised, but never arrive. Here’s why – and we also explain how vapourware helps keep innovation ticking along COMPUTER SHOPPER ISSUE 357 ON SALE IN NEWSAGENTS FROM 14th SEPTEMBER…

4 min.
drive time

MEL CROUCHER Tech pioneer and all-round good egg letters@computershopper.co.uk I AM NOT having a mid-life crisis. I don’t need to buy a red sports car that goes vroom-vroom to compensate for erectile dysfunction. I’m not having a mid-life crisis for one obvious reason. It’s because I had my mid-life crisis 30 years ago. That’s when I bought a red sports car that went vroom-vroom. I suspect its previous owner had only ever used it once, in a suicide pact. There was lipstick round the exhaust pipe. But the reason I bought it was because it had an on-board computer, just like the sci-fi cars I craved in my youth. Its primitive liquid-crystal display conspired with me to drive without a seat belt in several languages, including Russian. Which was subversive back then, seeing…