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United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
26 Issues

in this issue

1 min
from the editor

Covid has radically changed my taste in music. I used to be an unadventurous pop and rock fan, listening to little else. But to cope with the first lockdown (working from home, ‘teaching’ the kids) my brain demanded something longer and more reflective, without vocals, guitars or synthesizers. It needed classical music. More than a year on and my working day is now soundtracked by Beethoven, Mozart, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and many others. One side effect is that I now expect music to follow me around my home in an unbroken flow of symphonies and sonatas. That wasn’t a priority when I lived on a diet of three-minute pop songs. I recently set up an Amazon Echo system similar to the one Will Stapley describes in his excellent Cover Feature, keeping me bathed…

2 min
windows 10 support ending – is windows 11 replacing it?

Microsoft has surprised users and experts alike by revealing that it will end support for Windows 10 in 2025, despite previously stating it would continue to support the operating system (OS) indefinitely. The move was taken by many as a strong indication that the company would soon announce a new OS to replace Windows 10. It was expected to break this news on 24 June (after we went to press), with some industry analysts predicting the arrival of Windows 11. In mid-June the company updated the ‘Lifecycle’ page for Windows 10 Home and Pro (, showing a ‘Retirement Date’ of 14 October, 2025. It’s the first time Microsoft has given an end date for Windows 10. Until now, the page was used only to give end dates for different versions of the…

1 min
what we think

We’ve always been sceptical about Microsoft’s claim that Windows 10 would be the final edition of the operating system. Whenever a top executive insisted there wouldn’t be a follow-up, we just thought “yeah, until you change your mind”. We always assumed that Microsoft’s marketing department would eventually need something fresh to get the public excited again. We write this a few days before Microsoft reveals its news, and hope it turns out to be the new operating system so strongly rumoured. Six years feels about the right time to wait for a new system, and certainly more suitable than the three years between Windows Vista and 7, or Windows 7 and 8. Windows 10 continues to work well, but everything we’ve seen so far about the new system shows how it can…

1 min
brexit lets us tackle fake web ads, says financial watchdog

The UK’s financial watchdog has said that Brexit will allow it to take legal action against Google and social-media sites for showing adverts for financial scams. Mark Steward, director of enforcement and market oversight at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), told MPs that investigators would tackle Google “in a more formal way” if it didn’t tighten its rules to prevent fraudulent adverts. He told the Treasury select committee that before Brexit the FCA had to follow the EU’s rules, which didn’t cover websites. He added that this “exception” meant scam adverts online didn’t face the same level of checks as adverts elsewhere, such as in newspapers and on TV. Financial scams have escalated online during the pandemic, as scammers take advantage of the extra time people are spending online. Some frauds offer investments…

1 min
chrome starts showing full urls again

Google Chrome will resume showing the full URL of a web page after abandoning plans to show only the main domain name. The company said last year that for security reasons it was going to remove all characters after the website’s name, turning into, for example. It claimed long URLs make it harder for people to spot the suspicious elements that indicate whether the URL is real or a scam. To address this, it wanted to test whether simplifying the URL would make it easier for users to verify a site’s authenticity. However, one year on, Google has admitted that the move has made little difference. With Chrome 91, launched in May, it has reverted to showing the full URL. By default Google will continue to hide ‘https://www’ at the beginning of a…

1 min
in brief

UPDATE OLD iPHONES AND iPADS NOW Apple has released an emergency update to fix security flaws in old iPhones and iPads dating back to 2013. Affected devices include the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPad Air and iPad mini 2 (visit Apple’s site for the full list: Install the update by tapping Settings, General, ‘Software update’. Make sure your battery is full or connected to a power source, and your phone is connected to Wi-Fi. NVIDIA ENDS SUPPORT FOR WINDOWS 7 & 8.1 Graphics card manufacturer Nvidia will end support for its Game Ready Drivers on Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 computers from October. It means they’ll no longer receive new features or bug fixes, though you’ll still be able to play games on the old versions of Windows. Security updates will continue…