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PC Pro

May 2020

The UK’s biggest selling PC monthly magazine, and your source of professional IT news, reviews and tests. Combining in–depth industry comment and analysis with rigorous product testing.

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my bold prediction? things will stay much the same

SSSHH. I’M TYPING this in the Quiet Zone of one of Chiltern Railways’ posher trains, and I’m keenly aware of each sound produced by the keys. The reason I’m so aware sits opposite me: a city gent with his own laptop, and he’s not so much tapping the keyboard as bashing it like a bongo player who’s been told this is his last bongo session. No one in our hived-off area of supposed serenity has said anything, but then most people are too busy seeking dopamine thrills via their smartphones. Sadly, there’s no Debrett’s Etiquette Guide for Noisy Keyboard Users (yes, I checked). And all the train carriage sign says is: “Please turn any electronic devices to silent and keep any conversation to a low minimum”. Nothing about how hard you…

1 Min.

Darien Graham-Smith Chances are that your Windows startup routine is full of clutter that’s slowing you down. Darien reveals how to take back control on p28 Carly Page While Tim’s predictions about the future shape of PCs are pure guesswork, Carly spoke to the experts and analysts for a more educated view. See p34 Barry Collins Barry tells us he’s been “researching” games-streaming services these past few months, and he finally delivers his verdict on the big four from p40 Davey Winder Remote support offers many benefits to workers and to businesses but, as Davey explains from p104, there are plenty of dangers too…

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EDITORIAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Tim Danton: editor@pcpro.co.uk EDITORIAL FELLOW Dick Pountain ASSOCIATE EDITOR Darien Graham-Smith HEAD OF REVIEWS, EXPERT REVIEWS Jonathan Bray: jonathan_bray@dennis.co.uk FEATURES EDITOR Barry Collins FUTURES EDITOR Nicole Kobie BRIEFING EDITOR Stewart Mitchell LETTERS & SOFTWARE EDITOR Nik Rawlinson ART & PRODUCTION ART DIRECTOR Paul Duggan FREELANCE DESIGN Bill Bagnall PRODUCTION EDITOR Max Figgett CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Steve Cassidy, Lee Grant, Dave Mitchell, Jon Honeyball, Paul Ockenden, Davey Winder CONTRIBUTORS Tom Bruce, Mike Jennings, Alan Martin, Edward Munn, Carly Page, Nathan Spendelow, Andy White PHOTOGRAPHY Christian Hopewell ADVERTISING Tel: 020 7907 6662 GROUP ADVERTISING MANAGER Ben Topp: ben_topp@dennis.co.uk DEPUTY ADVERTISING MANAGER Rebecca New: rebecca_new@dennis.co.uk PRODUCTION GROUP PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Robin Ryan NETWORK PRODUCTION MANAGER Kerry Lambird SENIOR PRODUCTION MANAGER Ebony Besagni CIRCULATION & SUBSCRIPTIONS Tel: 0330 333 9493 CIRCULATION MANAGER Emma Read NEWSTRADE DIRECTOR David Barker DIRECT MARKETING EXECUTIVE Charline Kuehn LOGOS & REPRINTS Tel: 020 7907 6132 ENDORSEMENT LICENSING MANAGER Simon Flavin: simon_flavin@dennis.co.uk MANAGING DIRECTOR Dharmesh Mistry DIRECTOR OF ADVERTISING Julian Lloyd-Evans GROUP CFO/COO Brett Reynolds CHIEF EXECUTIVE James…

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google’s school sweeteners for children’s data

PARENTS, CAMPAIGNERS AND politicians have hit out at Google for incentivising schools so that the company can collect data from primary schoolchildren. Google’s data grab came to light when a parent of an eight-year-old child at Rokesly Junior School in Haringey, London, queried whether they should sign a permission agreement that came home from the school about upcoming events. The documentation provided little information about the specifics of the project, but asked parents to allow children to take part in a workshop that would film pupils interacting with a prototype, with any footage belonging to Google, globally and in perpetuity. “Parents have contacted me concerning the release of their children’s data to Google for educational purposes,” said Catherine West, the Labour MP for Hornsey and Wood Green. “The intrusion of technology companies into every…

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five stories not to miss

1 Microsoft calls time on Windows10’sugly duckling Microsoft has told users on its much-maligned Windows 10 version 1809 to upgrade to newer versions, with the company planning to end support for the vexed version on 12 May 2020. Version 1809 landed like an uncooked sausage in 2018, when installation caused a rash of errors, including lost files and crashed PCs. The move sees Microsoft close the embarrassing chapter on an update that forced it to rethink its entire update process. 2 UK splashes £1.2 billion on forecasting supercomputer The UK is hoping to weather the storm of climate change by investing £1.2 billion in a supercomputer the government claims will be a world leader. The Met Office said it would replace its current trio of Cray XC40 machines and their combined 460,000 compute…

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unveiled special not-mwc 2020

Honor 9X Pro PRICE To be confirmed AVAILABLE To be confirmed As with its parent brand Huawei, Honor isn’t allowed access to the Play Store on its phones – despite the fact they run Android. This “Pro” model is actually a midrange offering, with a Kirin 810 chip, 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It’s also an IPS rather than AMOLED screen, but our first impressions are that it’s no worse for that – and note the triple-camera array on the rear. Add what’s likely to be an aggressive price and this phone could still tempt, despite the lack of Play Store support. Sony Xperia L4 PRICE Around £200 AVAILABLE Early spring Sony’s “MWC” announcements covered all price ranges, thanks to this budget phone. Replacing the £169 L3, we can guess that the L4 will cost…