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Computer Shopper

Computer Shopper October 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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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome page

It’s late July, and we’re now several weeks into the UK heatwave. I’m looking out on to some very brown grass and being choked by the smoke from another wildfire that has hit my patch of East London. Hopefully by the time you’re reading this, we’ll be back to a typical British summer with plenty of downpours interspersed with a bit of sunshine. Just as the British summer started early this year, the traditional ‘back to school’ shopping season began even before most kids had broken up for their summer holidays. High-street stores were proudly displaying their latest ranges of school uniforms, PE kit and pencil cases from June, in the hope of convincing concerned parents into rushing out to buy the necessaries early in case stocks ran out. I take a much…

2 min.
⋆ star letter

High-street blues @ Madeline Bennett discusses the demise of high street retailers (Rants & Raves, Shopper 366), offering an alternative reason to online shopping. However, my recent experience of buying a washing machine highlights one of the major issues of today’s retail environment. I went to our local Currys; where else can you buy a washing machine these days? As I walked through the door I was immediately greeted with an ‘Are you all right there?’, which seems to be Currys speak for ‘can I help you?’. I hadn’t even got four yards into the shop. After perusing the various washers we decided on two possibles. I looked around for a salesperson – none! I walked around the entire store and saw three: one immediately darted into the stockroom as soon as he…

6 min.

letters@computershopper.co.uk Don’t mine me @ Back in April this year, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was infected via a third-party app with crypto-currency mining software. Anybody visiting the ICO site without good anti-virus software would have been infected via their web browser. Those unlucky people will see very little sign of the infection other than a slight slowdown. Given the recent updates to Windows 10, a slight drop in performance may have been attributed to that. However, their GPU/CPU usage rate will now be very close to 100%. Did the recent reviews of internet security software (Shopper 366) test these programs against such attacks in addition to the usual viruses, and what is the best method of detecting and disinfecting a computer that has been compromised? Dave Sheppard ● We didn’t cover this issue specifically in our…

5 min.
insecurity alert

Tech pioneer and all-round good egg letters@computershopper.co.uk I’VE BEEN TALKING to my friend Peter the Printer. Peter is ever so upset because someone tried to hack into the accounts package he uses for his business. I had to agree with him that it’s been a wild few days in the wacky world of data security, and being something of an expert in this field, I was able to give him some sound advice. Obviously the most important advice is never to be one of those suckers who lend the crooks a helping hand. I told Peter to count himself lucky he wasn’t caught up in the National Lottery breach. After the latest hack attack on the EuroMillions database, the National Lottery had to warn all 10 million of us players with online…

4 min.
rogue access

JUST OVER A year ago, Google appeared to be doing the right thing. It announced that it would no longer scan the content of personal emails in order to customise messages. The company explained the move in a blog post, talking about how it wanted to improve privacy and confidence in its services, even the free ones. Writing in the blog, Diane Greene, CEO of Google Cloud, said, “Gmail users can remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount as we continue to innovate”. What the post neglected to mention was that its terms and conditions specifically allow for third parties to do what Google has stated it won’t do. Even worse, it has come out that not only have third-party apps been reading your data, actual people have read…

4 min.
rants & raves

James Archer RANTS THANKS TO THE reliable journalistic tool of unconfirmed leaks, we now know that Nvidia’s next-generation GeForce graphics cards may (or may not) be called the GTX 1180, GTX 1170 and the GTX 1160. This saddens me, if only because it reminds me how rubbish the technology industry is at naming things. In fact, there are several different schools of rubbishness: the first, exemplified by Nvidia here, is that of the number salad. Something like ‘GTX 1180’ looks short and sweet on paper, but try sounding it out: that’s eight syllables from only seven characters. As far as awkward pronunciations go, that’s lifetime achievement material. The second approach is just to give successive products the exact same name with no distinguishing onomastic features whatsoever. Samsung is particularly bad for this; we’re…