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PC Pro

PC Pro No.285 - July 2018

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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Dennis Publishing UK
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12 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
if it costs money, it shouldn’t be hiding in the small print

WIN one of our £2,000-worth of prizes. See p65 THIS MONTH’S FEATURE about bill shocks is close to my heart. Indeed, my pulse is still recovering from receiving an excess data charge of £40 after adding one of my children to BT’s Family SIM plan. As with so many people we heard from as part of our article, I was caught out because I hadn’t read the small print. How handy for each of the companies in question. “It’s there in black and white,” they can crow, “so it’s your responsibility, not ours.” And lo and behold, the courts will normally agree with them. While there’s always a chance you can cut your bill by appealing to the goodwill of the company, you will still end up paying to some extent. For…

1 min.

Darien Graham-Smith The task? To put 16 smart speakers through the UK’s most in-depth tests. Who better to do so than our own smart Darien Graham-Smith? From p74 Crispin Horsfield Proving that you never stop learning when it comes to technology, our guest columnist shares the lessons learned from his 40-year career on p116 Dave Stevenson There’s a tech revolution going on, but this time it’s fighting on the side of analogue – from Filofaxes to cameras. Dave meets the refuseniks from p42 Paul Ockenden How do you keep tabs on a house with no broadband and no electricity? Paul puts a connected camera from Vodafone through real-world tests on p113…

4 min.
5gauction drains investment in networks

Background and analysis on all the important news stories THE PROCESS OF auctioning 4G and 5G spectrum is flawed and contributes to slow infrastructure development in the UK, according to industry experts. The government is set to receive £1.4 billion from the recent 5G spectrum auction, orchestrated by telecoms regulator Ofcom. Although the auction provides welcome funds for the Treasury, it also means that carriers pay more than they might to secure use of the airwaves, leaving them with less money for investment in their networks and pushing up prices for consumers. “The UK 5G auction raised less than the 3G and the 4G, so it wasn’t such a burden on the operators,” said Kester Mann, a 5G specialist analyst with research company CCS Insight. “Having said that, it was really effectively a…

1 min.
five stories not to miss

1 Prime passes 100 million Amazon announced it had passed the 100 million member mark for its Prime subscription service, as CEO Jeff Bezos delivered a rare glimpse into his psyche to shareholders. He wrote that customers were “divinely discontent”, forcing the company to continually raise standards. He also revealed that meetings at the company begin with silent reading of six-page memos… 2 Officials point finger at Russia over hacking The UK security services (and the US) stepped up the rhetoric against Russia, blaming the state for a series of attacks on internet infrastructure around the world. According to officials, hackers working for Russia have over the past three years compromised alarge numbers of corporate routers, switches and networking equipment for espionage purposes and “future offensive operations”. 3 ZTE to be banned from banned…

4 min.

G-Drive Mobile Pro SSD Hard drives for creative professionals working with 4K and 8K video must maintain consistently blistering data transfer speeds. Western Digital offshoot G-Technology’s latest portable drive is aimed squarely at such occupations. The G-Drive Mobile Pro SSD promises sustained transfer rates of 2,800MB/sec, which the company says enables users to edit multi-stream 8K footage at its full frame rate in real-time, or quickly render virtual reality projects at full resolution. The device pushes the Thunderbolt 3 connection to its limits, with the port also providing power to the device to minimise additional cables. The drive comes in 500GB and 1TB capacities (but static devices in the same range push capacity to 16TB). The devices are also designed to be survive life in the field, having survived drops of 3m and crush…

2 min.
intel gets graphic on security

INTEL HAS DEVISED a new framework that will result in security software running on the graphics chip instead of the potentially overburdened CPU. Intel has laid out two security features under the banner of Intel Threat Detection Technology, in an attempt to shore up its reputation following the recent Meltdown and Spectre breaches. Firstly, it said an “Advanced Memory Scanning” feature will shift the grunt work of antivirus scanning from the CPU to the GPU, reducing the system impact of security scans. This will also allow security software to do a more comprehensive job. According to Intel, some malware evades file-based antivirus software by never writing anything to disk, which makes it hard to spot and means that security software must monitor system memory. Scanning system memory, however, can have a huge hit…