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PC Pro No.292 - February 2019

PC Pro is the UK’s number one IT monthly magazine and offers readers a healthy variety of tech news updates, tests, reviews, best buys and even bonus software in every issue. The editorial team are experts in their field and they’re dedicated to creating the most authoritative reviews and keeping you up to speed on the latest technology developments.

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United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
amd’s comeback is good news for both us and intel

IN MY VERY own tale of two cities, over the past six weeks I’ve been lucky enough to attend Intel’s “fastest ever chip” launch in New York and witness AMD unveil its next-generation data centre processor in San Francisco (see p12). If you had asked me which I’d be more interested in before I went, there would only have been one answer: Intel, of course. It’s been the leader of the chip pack for decades, while AMD has been the underdog producing good-value-but-not-as-fast products. I may have drunk too much of the AMD Kool-Aid, but having been on those two trips it’s clear that the times are changing. AMD is innovating, while Intel seems unable to shift out of second gear. The most obvious sign of this is die size: while…

1 min.

Dave Stevenson Dave meets the men who wouldn’t listen when BT said no, digging their way to broadband victory by installing it themselves. Read their story on p44 Jon Bray Does Jon know more about phones than anyone else in the UK? Quite possibly. Right man to test 23 and declare the winners? For sure. See p76 Darien Graham-Smith When he’s not being featured in video games (see p28), Darien loves to make his home smarter. Learn from his mistakes and advice on p38 Jane Hames Switching from Microsoft Office to G Suite is as much about the people in your business as the tech. Jane explains how to make a smooth transition on p116…

4 min.
web traffic hijack puts major sites at risk

A FLAW IN THE internet’s routing system is being used to hijack traffic and send it through various countries – including China and Russia. The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is a key element in linking the internet’s various networks and managing the way traffic is directed between geographical areas. However, a system flaw allows any relevant network controller to make changes to the way traffic is directed and poses a serious threat, according to experts. “I suspect it’s been happening for a while, but with organisations now taking a greater interest in routing, it’s becoming more apparent,” said Alan Woodward, a cybersecurity computer science professor at the University of Surrey. “China has a reputation for hoovering as much data as it can access, which might explain why it’s seen as being behind these…

4 min.

AMD “Rome” EPYC AMD revealed its next-generation data centre and server processor, dubbed “Rome”, at an exclusive San Francisco launch. Rome is the first x86 chip to use a 7nm architecture and sets the tone for the company’s forthcoming desktop and mobile processors. Rome places up to four 7nm CPU “chiplets” on either side of a 14nm I/O die. With up to eight chiplets each holding eight 7nm Zen 2 cores, a Rome EPYC processor will include up to 64 cores and 128 threads. While AMD hasn’t confirmed frequency speeds, we know it will be fast. At the event, it put three systems head to head in the C-Ray floating point benchmark. The single-socket Rome-based system finished the test in 27.7 seconds, beating a dual-socket EPYC system by 0.7 seconds. Intel’s rival, dual-socket Xeon…

2 min.
anger as google brings nhs data in-house

CRITICS HAVE REACTED with anger after Google brought personal, non-anonymised patient data in-house, accusing the company of breaking promises that the health data would always be kept separate from the main company. The 1.6 million patient records in question – many of which were last year deemed to have been given illegally by the NHS to Google-owned AI company DeepMind – relate to a data processing contract DeepMind holds with ten UK hospitals. DeepMind’s health operation is being switched to a new California-based company called Google Health, sparking concerns that the company was making off with data that could be both valuable and sensitive “DeepMind operates autonomously from Google, and we’ve been clear from the outset that at no stage will patient data ever be linked or associated with Google accounts, products or…

1 min.
aria pc loses fight over vat fraud case

ARIA PC HAS lost an appeal against a £750,000 VAT bill over the company’s role in a “carousel” fraud case dating back to 2006. Although the company – listed as Aria Technology Ltd (ATL) – accepted that HMRC had lost out financially because of its actions, it still contests that it is not to blame for a so-called “missing trader” fraud and insists it will continue to fight the case. According to HMRC, a “missing” or “defaulting” trader deliberately fails to pay its VAT liability for taxable supplies: “Those supplies may pass through a number of intermediary traders before they are either sold to an end user in the UK or exported to an overseas customer.” The case centred on a set of deals where Aria bought and sold computing components in a…