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PC Pro

PC Pro May 2019

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.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
a big investment ought to make a big difference

FAREWELL, SWEET FRIEND. I refer to the ViewSonic VP3881, a ridiculous 38in widescreen monitor that I would never have contemplated buying – until it landed in my office for review (see p73). For one thing, it’s huge, dominating even the 1.8m-wide desk I paid almost £1,000 for last year. Second, it costs more than that desk: £1,200 including VAT. But now, having been apart from that beautiful monitor for four days, I’m rethinking my priorities. It’s all about productivity, that terrible and overused word. I found I could sit in front of the ViewSonic for two solid hours without losing concentration. Every piece of information I needed was there, on tap. There was no barrier between my brain and the final result; nothing to get in the way. That’s in stark contrast…

1 min.

Darien Graham-Smith Backing up your data may be easy to put off, but with modern services and software it’s also easy to put into action. Darien tests 12 products from p76 Paul Ockenden Before you invest hundreds of pounds on upgrading your wireless network, it pays to understand how the technologies work. Paul explains all from p113 Dick Pountain Dick explains why you shouldn’t fear malevolent robots but rather the slow replacement of helpful humans by stupid AI. See his reasons on p26 Darren Davies If you’ve ever wanted to get more from an old laptop, take a leaf out of Darren’s book – he explains why he often helps clients switch to Linux on p116…

4 min.
one false click could lead to along jail term

CLICKING ON JUST one link could see UK citizens imprisoned for up to 15 years under changes to anti-terror laws. As part of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill draft, web users were expected to have wiggle room in case they visited web pages accidentally, with a “three strikes and you’re out” system. However, the legislation quietly came into effect with that key clause removed. The changes update the existing offence of “obtaining information likely to be useful to a terrorist”, both widening the scope of what constitutes a crime and increasing the potential penalty from seven to 15 years. “Instead of three strikes, even one instance of accessing the material is sufficient for an offence to be committed – it’s a one-click offence,” said Neil Brown, of internet and tech law firm…

1 min.
five stories not to miss

1 Google on defensive over “hidden” microphone Google was forced to issue an explanation over an “error” that hid a microphone in the company’s Nest Guard home security devices from consumers. The undisclosed mic was discovered after an update enabled voice-controlled features in Assistant for the security device, but the existence of listening tech appeared nowhere in the product’s specifications, sparking outcry from privacy-conscious consumers. 2 Facebook branded “digital gangster” in fake news probe Facebook was labelled a “digital gangster” in a UK parliamentary report following an obstructing the investigation. investigation into disinformation campaigns on the social network. The report called for the company to face urgent statutory regulations in the wake of its failure to clamp down on fake news and accused Facebook of intentionally 3 Microsoft accuses Russian network of mass EU…

7 min.
unveiled mobileworld congress special

▶ Nokia 9 PureView PRICE $699 AVAILABILITY To be confirmed With five cameras on board, the Nokia 9 PureView is the most interesting phone we’ve seen for ages. They’re not there to help you get a wider angle or a zoomed-in view of your scene, but to boost the dynamic range of the camera. That is to say, the range of light intensities from black to white, an area in which smartphone cameras have traditionally struggled. In fact, every time you hit the shutter button, the phone captures at least one frame with all five of the cameras – that’s 60 megapixels worth of image data – before fusing them all to create one image. Nokia worked with Light (you may remember its crazy L16 camera) on the proprietary chip that controls the capture…

6 min.
after the death of do not track, what next?

The demise of the Do Not Track (DNT) standard is a tale of “cynical” behaviour from advertising companies that fought hard to undermine the standard, yet the growing mistrust of media platforms could yet see consumers given tools to fight back. Apple’s decision to remove DNT from its Safari browser is widely seen as the end of the standard that allowed browsers to send a notification to websites and advertising partners requesting that users are not tracked. In theory, it was the privacy tool that should have given consumers power to reduce intrusive cross-site data mining – but it was never widely adopted by the advertising firms. “The biggest issue for DNT was that it was not selfenforcing and had no regulatory teeth,” explained Alan Toner, a data protection special advisor to the…