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PC Pro August 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.
technology–like sport–shouldn’t mix with politics

@PCPRO FACEBOOK.COM/PCPRO FOR ONE WEEK in May, the world went a little bit crazy. Here in the UK, our politics were turned upside down as a newly formed party swept aside established names in the European elections. Milkshake sales went through the roof, and Theresa May set a date for her departure. Elsewhere, Huawei’s global business was being shaken to the core. Thanks to pressure from a US administration, against the backdrop of an ongoing trade feud between China and America, a number of major companies decided they could no longer do business with Huawei. First came Google, then Arm and then Microsoft. By the time you read this, that list could well be longer – or it could all have been reversed, such is the volatile nature of global politics. What a strange…

4 min.
will the huawei ban create a third way for smartphones?

THE US’S MOVE to ban companies from dealing with Huawei could have serious repercussions for the mobile market – and the wider tech industry. Concern has grown after President Trump signed an order targeting Chinese companies that allegedly pose security threats, with Huawei added to an “Entity List” that prohibits US firms from working with it. Google responded quickly, saying that it would withhold Google Play Services from Huawei, along with any non-open source Android updates. Intel followed suit with a similar declaration, while Microsoft removed Huawei laptops from its website. All of this will cause short-term pain for Huawei – but many believe the move could backfire, by fostering the growth of competition outside of the US, as well as provoking statelevel retaliatory action from China. “Huawei has been anticipating this scenario,” said…

1 min.
five stories not to miss

1 Facebook sues over app-makers’ data profits Facebook has sued a South Korean developer it accuses of misusing personal data. After a discovery that echoed the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook sued Rankwave, claiming the company “used the Facebook data associated with its apps to create and sell advertising and marketing analytics and models.” 2 Spy chiefs dust down UK’s espionage bill Home Office officials are putting together a new espionage bill that gives the security services stronger powers to hunt down online spies – but could also criminalise whistleblowers who expose classified information. Officials claim the bill will “update our Official Secrets Acts for the 21st century”; plans lean on a 2015 Law Commission consultation, which will be published this autumn. 3 Sony leaps onto Microsoft’s cloud Console rivals Microsoft and Sony will collaborate on…

1 min.
asus zenfone 6

Asus may not be the first name you think of for bleeding-edge designs, but the company is on-trend with its ZenFone 6, an Android smartphone that sports a pop-up camera that enables a 6.4in notchless screen. Phone designers have of late been pondering how to include front-facing cameras without blocking a wedge of screen and, just like the OnePlus 7 Pro (see p70), Asus manages this with a pop-up camera. Instead of separate front and back-facing cameras, the ZenFone 6 sports a motorised module that pops up from the camera’s main body and features two cameras that can be swivelled to face forward or towards the user, giving snappers a choice of using the 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 main camera or the 13-megapixel 125? wide-angle option. The ZenFone 6 is powered by Qualcomm’s top-end…

1 min.
lenovo think pad x1 foldable

Innovators have been promising flexible and folding displays for years with little actual hardware arriving, but like a bus… While Samsung’s Galaxy Fold phone release was marred by malfunctioning screens, Lenovo is ploughing ahead with a foldable laptop for customers who want the full-screen experience without the bulk of a traditional laptop. Due in 2020, Lenovo showed off its as-yet unnamed machine as part of its ThinkPad X1 series launch. Lenovo is selling the foldable X1 as a fully-fledged PC, but typists and traditionalists will be worried that a real laptop should include an integral mechanical keyboard. The company hopes that a Bluetooth keyboard and docking solutions will alleviate those fears, but the default option in clamshell mode is an onscreen keypad. According to Lenovo, the device will fulfil a variety of lifestyle uses…

1 min.
hp omenx 2s 15

Two screens are better than one, but laptops have largely been limited to one integrated display by dint of their form factor. Squarely aimed at gamers, HP’s Omen X 2S 15 attacks this problem with a secondary screen between the keyboard and main display so that separate apps can be displayed on different screens. HP envisages that second screen being used for a variety of tasks, whether that’s navigating a Spotify playlist, monitoring messaging apps or watching cheat-sheet videos while you perform the demonstrated task on the main screen. The secondary screen can also mirror the main screen, for example to cut out and enhance features such as maps in an adventure game. Magic window aside, the Omen X 2S 15 is kitted out with components that you would expect from a flagship model,…