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PC Pro March 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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3 min.
very occasionally, good things come to those who wait

PICTURE THE SCENE: Bill Gates up on stage, beaming in response to wild applause from the Microsoft-salaried acolytes near the front of the auditorium as he shows off the latest version of the Tablet PC. This was Comdex 2001, my first international trade show, where I watched as an innocent young(ish) reporter. Even then, I wasn’t so naive as to believe what I was seeing. If my memory serves me correctly, there was one toe-curling segment where Bill was sitting on a sofa as he and a colleague awkwardly talked through what they said would be the future of computing. With stilted dialogue and half-working demos of how a “typical day” might pan out, an Apple keynote this was not. Sadly, I can’t find much video evidence, but the press release still…

1 min.
contributors

Barry Collins What happens when you replace a hardcore Windows user’s main PC with a Chromebook? We gave Barry a Pixelbook to find out. See p30 James Morris If you want to invest in super-fast computing hardware, that isn’t a quantum computer, then read James’ group test of workstations from p74 Dr Zhenhua Feng The iPhone X is the tip of facial recognition tech. We speak to a researcher at the University of Surrey to see what the future holds on p128 Benedikt von Thüngen Continuing our recognition theme, we speak to the man behind a company that can create accurate transcripts from live audio. See p22…

4 min.
intel’s secretive os comes under attack

Background and analysis on all the important news stories INTEL AND MOTHERBOARD makers are fighting a battle to fix a series of vulnerabilities that have shed light on a secretive, controversial operating system that runs in the background of Windows and Linux machines. The Intel Management Engine (IME) and its server relatives are largely undocumented pieces of software that run outside Windows or Linux, but play a significant role in the majority of machines sold since 2008. Researchers from security firm Positive Technologies first discovered some of the vulnerabilities, but kept them quiet until Intel had completed a review and eventually prepared fixes for ten vulnerabilities, eight of them classified as high risk. “The vulnerability [we found] lies in the Intel Management Engine, a subsystem built into most Intel chips since 2015 to ensure…

2 min.
five stories not to miss

1 Kids’ apps clamp down Apps and websites are to be hit with a new code of practice on children’s privacy, after a cross-party campaign forced a change of heart from officials. The government said it would backan amendment to the Data Protection Bill that will reduce the amount of data sites and apps can collect on under-18s. 2 Android apps pinpoint us on the map Google was forced to change its app store privacy policy after researchers at Yale University discovered that 75% of Android apps were tracking their users’ whereabouts even with location data turned off. After apps such as Tinder and Spotify were reported sniffing out too much personal information, Google announced apps would have 60 days to implement changes to give explicit warnings over device data usage – or…

3 min.
unveiled

Intel XMM Series Intel showed off its first 5G modem as part of the company’s roadmap towards the next generation of faster mobile data. The company is betting big on 5G to compete with mobile marketleader Qualcomm. The XMM 8060 is Intel’s first commercial 5G modem capable of delivering multi-mode support for full 5G, as well as various 2G, 3G (including CDMA) and 4G legacy modes. According to Intel, the modems could ship in consumer devices by mid-2019 and act as a bridging technology as networks upgrade from 4G technology to 5G traffic in 2020. “Intel is making steady progress with its modems and is making healthy progress in 5G,” explained Geoff Blaber, analyst at research firm CCS Insight. “That said, Intel still has a distance to go to close the gap on Qualcomm…

2 min.
social networks “should be liable for antisocial users”

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT are considering whether to make social media networks liable for illegal, abusive or intimidatory comments. A report by the influential cross-party Committee of Standards in Public Life mainly focused on intimidation of MPs, but within the proposals were plans that could have a significant impact on tech companies. According to the report, “government should bring forward legislation to shift the liability of illegal content online towards social media companies,” with the time frame marked as “upon leaving the European Union”. The report was sparked by the level of vitriol aimed at then-parliamentary candidates such as Diane Abbott, who the report said was subjected to racist and sexist abuse at the last election. Although the report focused on public figures, rule changes on social media could have wider impact on whether social…