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Computeractive 582

Computeractive is the UK’s best-selling computer magazine and your friendly guide to PCs, gadgets and the web! It includes regular news updates, project ideas, help and advice on popular reader queries, articles on anti-virus software, features on consumer rights, and a whole lot more to help you get the very best out of your computer. Get PC advice in plain English today – get Computeractive!

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
Frequency:
Biweekly
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in this issue

1 min.
from the editor

In many ways I was severely unprepared for lockdown. Foolishly, I had lacked the foresight to win the Lottery and buy a 30-room mansion complete with hi-tech school, low-cost supermarket and my own panic room for when the kids start recreating Lord of the Flies in the garden. But at least I had a fast NAS drive keeping me connected as I hopped from laptop to PC to phone. When I bought the Synology DS218 last year, I thought I’d mostly use it for streaming video. Then lockdown happened, our offices closed, and the NAS became my editorial nerve centre, providing easy access to every page as it was written, designed and edited. We’ve now published six issues from home. I don’t want to think how harder it would’ve been without a…

3 min.
microsoft blocks may update on pcs that aren’t ready

Microsoft is preventing many computers from installing the May 2020 Update for Windows 10, as it tries to fix several problems. It has identified 10 glitches with the update, nine of which result in what Microsoft calls a “compatibility hold”. This means you’ll have to change or update something on your computer – such as hardware or a driver – to install the May Update. If Microsoft is delaying the update for your computer, you’ll see an explanatory message in the ‘Update & Security’ section of Settings. To find out, press Windows key+I then ‘Update & Security’ followed by ‘Check for updates’. The message reads (as shown in screenshot 1): “The Windows 10 May 2020 Update is on its way. We’re offering this update to compatible devices, but your device isn’t quite…

1 min.
anti-fraud police investigate ‘scam’ 5g-shield usb stick

Trading Standards and police are to investigate sales of a USB stick (pictured) that claims to protect you from the supposed dangers of 5G signals. BioShield Distribution, which is selling the 5GBioShield for £283, says the stick has “quantum holographic catalyzer technology” to shield you from “electric fog induced by all devices such as laptops, cordless phones, wlan, tablets, etc”. The site (https://5gbioshield.com) claims the stick “restores the coherence of the geometry of the atoms, which allows a perfect induction for life forces, by (re-)creating a cardiac coherence, via plasmic support and interactivity”. But security experts who have examined the 5GBioShield say it’s merely basic 128GB stick with an engraved crystal holder, and should cost no more than £5. Researchers at the website PenTestPartners (www.snipca.com/35021) removed the holder and found a standard LED underneath.…

2 min.
show 2 metres on your phone using google app

Google has released an app that places a two-metre ring around you on your phone screen, helping you maintain social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. The Sodar app, available for Android devices only, uses augmented reality to overlay a two-metre ring on top of the real world, as seen through your phone’s camera To use it, you’ll need the ‘Google Play Services for AR’ app on your phone. Many modern Android phones come with this app, but if yours doesn’t you can install it from www.snipca.com/35062. Next, open Chrome on your phone (it doesn’t work on other browsers), then visit https://sodar.withgoogle.com and tap the green Launch button. You can also visit the site by typing it into Chrome on your computer, then scanning its QR Code using your phone. Once you’re on the site,…

2 min.
in brief

ZOOM ENCRYPTS CALLS? IF THEY’RE PAID FO Zoom is adding end-to-end encryption to video calls, but only for paid-for accounts. This kind of encryption means nobody outside the video call will ever be able to access it. The company said it won’t add this to free calls because it wants to work with local police forces “in case some people use Zoom for a bad purpose”. This would help police seeking evidence for a crime. WATCH SHOWS WITH OTHERS ON PLEX You can now watch videos on the media player Plex at the same time as other people. Its new Watch Together feature works in the ‘Movies & TV’ streaming service, as well as with any personal videos you have saved on the Plex Media Server. Plex says it’ll remain free during the…

1 min.
search thousands of bbc shows in huge digital archive

You can now search more than 210,000 radio and TV shows in the BBC’s archives using a new tool called Programme Explorer. Available at http://bbc.co.uk/programmeexplorer, the tool looks for existing radio and TV programmes from across all the BBC’s online services, including iPlayer, Sounds, News, Sport and Weather. The BBC says it’ll help viewers find programmes that feature specific people, or that discuss particular topics, stretching back decades. For example, searching for David Attenborough brings up 411 results, including not only his renowned TV series (such as Life on Earth), but also appearances on chat shows (including Parkinson), as well as radio appearances – such as on Desert Island Discs. You can use filters to narrow your results. Click the Media Type dropdown menu then choose TV Only (which produces 123 results for David…