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Dennis Publishing UK
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1 min.
from the editor

With email, the gap between what you normally do and what you can potentially do is massive – probably wider than in any other area of computing. The iceberg’s tip is simply typing then pressing send. But beneath the waves are clever tools for scheduling emails, categorising them, searching them, and even restoring those you’ve accidentally deleted. We explain these and many more in our Cover Feature. For me, the most useful tips are on page 51. I’ve learnt the hard way over the years that if you don’t set up precise methods for cataloguing emails, you’ll miss or forget about countless important messages (pay rises, marriage proposals, Lottery wins – that kind of thing). Who knows how my life would’ve been different? But my favourite emails are from readers. Your observations…

2 min.
ofcom to isps: keep helping customers who can’t pay bills

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has called on internet service providers and mobile networks to continue supporting customers who are struggling to pay their bills as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In March, as lockdown began, many companies said they would provide assistance to vulnerable customers who were having financial difficulties. While details were sketchy, some firms confirmed they wouldn’t disconnect people who had missed payment deadlines, while there were reports of others writing off customers’ debts. Ofcom said this support was vital because the pandemic has “changed how we live, with people more dependent than ever on home phones, mobile or broadband services”. It now wants firms to extend support as lockdown eases, in order to keep prioritising help for people who still find it difficult to pay their bills. In particular, it…

1 min.
tune into fm and am radio until 2032

You’ll be able to tune into FM and AM radio stations for at least another 12 years after the Government announced a reprieve for analogue radio. Nearly 60 per cent of all radio listening is now digital, but it has grown much more slowly than experts predicted. Ofcom was due to consider renewing analogue licences in 2022, but the Government has pushed this back to 2032, saying that FM and AM “remain an important platform for millions of listeners”. Its decision has been taken partly to preserve the future of commercial radio, which looks less certain following massive falls in advertising revenue during the coronavirus pandemic. Media minister John Whittingdale said the move “ensures there is no disruption for loyal listeners of treasured FM and AM radio services such as Classic FM, Absolute…

1 min.
courts shut scam that used fake martin lewis backing

An online scam that falsely claimed it was endorsed by MoneySavingExpert founder Martin Lewis has been closed by the courts, but only after it stole almost £1.5m from victims. GPay Ltd ran adverts for its XtraderFX website on social-media sites, including Facebook, promising to make users rich in a Bitcoin trading scheme. It used images and made-up quotes from trusted figures like Martin Lewis to add credibility. At least 108 clients lost cash in the scam, even when they opted for insurance that was meant to cover any financial losses. When customers tried to withdraw their funds, they were told to provide a photo ID, a utility bill and debit or credit-card details. XtraderFX didn’t ask for this information when setting up customers’ accounts. It’s believed the scam was run by an Israeli-Bulgarian…

1 min.
‘set aside’ busy tabs in microsoft edge

Anew Edge extension lets you temporarily ‘set aside’ a group of open tabs, helping to clear space in the browser if you’ve opened too many. You can easily restore the tabs with just two clicks. The extension, called Tabs Aside, brings back one of the most popular tools in the original version of Edge, launched in 2015 with Windows 10. However, Microsoft ditched the tool when it relaunched Edge in January, after rebuilding the browser using Google’s Chromium source code. It’s been made by independent developer Michael Gordeev, who says it comes in useful when “you’d like to get those tabs out of the way sometimes, but they’re maybe not worth saving as actual bookmarks”. To install the extension, visit its page in the Edge Add-ons store (www.snipca.com/35306) then click Get. Its icon…

3 min.
in brief

GOOGLE STOPS SAVING PHOTOS AND VIDEOS Google has stopped automatically backing up images and videos from social-media sites to its Photos app. It means that images and videos you receive in apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger won’t be added unless you do so manually (follow Google’s instructions at www.snipca.com/35308). Google made its decision to “save internet resources” because people are sharing more photos and videos during the coronavirus pandemic. It doesn’t affect content Google has already backed up. ADD WHATSAPP CONTACTS BY QR CODE You’ll soon be able to add WhatsApp contacts by scanning a QR code (pictured), rather than typing in their name and phone number. It’s one of several new tools WhatsApp is adding, including dark mode for its web and desktop version. Read more at www.snipca.com/35309. TOMORROW’S WORLD Japanese firm Fujitsu…