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Computer Shopper

Computer Shopper September 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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1 min.

My smartphone is on its last legs. I’ve been using my iPhone 6 since October 2014, just a few weeks after its launch, but it’s now almost unusable. A couple of times a week the keyboard will just disappear, so I can’t type emails or search the web; the battery, which used to last almost two days, now struggles to make it to the end of a day; the battery meter will show 13% but then the phone will just die; and even when the phone is fully charged and working, it’s just so slow. Apple has admitted that the performance slowdown is deliberate, enacted by an iOS update to ensure that “as they age over time”, iPhones don’t suddenly shut down. Arguably my device might be classed as ageing, at…

6 min.

letters@computershopper.co.uk Brave the Elements Great feature on building a photo-editing PC (Shopper 366). It’s unfortunate you had to spend so much time explaining the labyrinthine complexities of Adobe Lightroom licensing. Their user forums are awash with grumbles. But there’s an alternative you didn’t mention that has none of the pricing complexity that forces you into using Adobe’s cloud service, at which point you are its hostage. Adobe Photoshop Elements has not (yet) been forced down the subscription route. I buy a copy every few years because the incremental updates are only meaningful after that interval. It does all the editing I need and, better still, allows me to flip between guided and expert mode depending on my ability. Lightroom is only for advanced users. I’ve used both, a lot, and I know which I prefer. Paul •…

1 min.
star letter

Support in a storm I read your recent test of security software with interest (Shopper 366). But one of the things yours and the other magazines never go into in these reviews is the vendor’s technical support. I used Kaspersky for years and then gave up as, at the time, it had so many issues keeping it going that it was practically a constant hobby that I didn’t want. I then moved back to Norton, where years later I still am, but its technical support isn’t much better, although it does have reasonably good forums, which sort of compensate. So I think in such reviews you need to look at the whole package, and that might put a different angle on it. Also, even if your PC does get compromised, the compensation (for example, Norton…

4 min.
working progress

Tech pioneer and all-round good egg letters@computershopper.co.uk ONE BRIGHT AUTUMN morning, my grandfather was killed by a rubbish truck. He got run over crossing the road on his regular walk to work. He was 84. And I am comforted to know that he loved his work as much as he loved his walk. As for me, I have yet to reach that ripe old age but I am still working most hours, most days. It’s not so much that I love my work, more that I don’t know what else to do. When I was younger, so much younger than today, I was promised a sci-fi world where all labour would be performed by robots, leaving us humans to enjoy a more meaningful existence. Before my grandfather was born, Karl Marx wrote…

4 min.
smart defences

THERE’S A DISTURBING new trend going on with smart devices: domestic abuse. According to a report in the New York Times, this kind of abuse is on the increase. Women reported how their air conditioning would suddenly turn off, or their smart lock would change codes on a daily basis. In all cases, there was confusion until the truth came out: a partner who had access to the technology was deliberately changing settings to confuse, harass and deliberately scare their victims. Beyond this, there have been cases of smart cameras being used to spy on people, further breaching trust and confidentiality. It’s a terrifying situation and one that could well spread further. HOME ALONE As smart devices get installed into more houses, imagine buying a new one only to find that the previous…

4 min.
rants & raves

David Ludlow RAVES WE’VE JUST HAD a new kitchen built. Four months of turmoil, filth and eating whatever could be cooked in an oven resting precariously on top of a fridge have proved to be a nightmare. But with the problems has come a small sliver of light: the opportunity to intelligently design the space we’re using, creating a smart environment that’s neater than before. Into the new cavity wall went the speaker cable, running to the outside speakers powered by a Sonos player cunningly tucked under the floor. No more do we have to put up with unsightly plastic wires trailing across the floors and up walls. Inside, the internal Sonos players are wall mounted, plugged into the handy high-level sockets that we have put in place. It’s goodbye to the pile of…