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PC Pro No.288 - October 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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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
sorry is the hardest thing to say

“NEVER SAY SORRY.” I’ll hide the identity of the person who said that to me, but he did so with utter conviction. To apologise was an admission not only of weakness but, worse, liability. He runs a business with a multi-millionpound turnover, where projects often run late. To say sorry, to admit culpability for an error that led to a delay, could result in clients claiming compensation. And that, I’m sure, is why big companies find “sorry” so hard to say. By all rights, Apple should be apologising to customers who bought a MacBook only to discover one morning that their keyboard no longer worked. You know, little problems such as letters repeating or not appearing at all. A ssslightt issssueee on a keyyyyyboard. Now Apple did’fess up to the problems with…

1 min.

Mark Evans IT consultant Mark Evans has helped numerous companies implement GDPR, and shares practical advice on making it work for your business. See p116 Nicole Kobie Even banks are waking up to tech. Nicole reveals how the Open Banking initiative – and some fresh thinking – is changing the fiscal world from p124 Jon Honeyball Having tested laptops for three decades, Jon shares his insights into why Apple faced such issues with the Core i9 in the new 15in MacBook Pro on p130 Jonathan Bray Meanwhile, our other Jon was one of the first journalists to get his hands on a Core i9 MacBook Pro. Find out what he thinks of it on p48…

4 min.
your data handed over: no questions asked

TELECOMS COMPANIES AND GCHQ have been criticised after a judicial tribunal ruled that the eavesdropping agency had wrongly been given unfettered access to data from millions of Britons for more than a decade. According to Privacy International, which took the matter to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal that oversees intelligence bodies, telcos often handed over data without checking that there was a legal basis for doing so. “The judgement highlighted that the telcos didn’t really ask for anything and were just given oral assurance, although it should be said the judges weren’t critical of the telcos, but instead the failures by GCHQ,” said Millie Graham Wood, a solicitor with Privacy International. “It was kind of like a gentlemen’s agreement, that GCHQ would contact providers and say ‘we want this kind of communications data’ and…

1 min.
five stories not to miss

1 Microsoft flies on cloud growth Microsoft posted annual revenue figures of $110 billion, up 14% on 2017. The company highlighted its Azure cloud platform as the biggest area of growth. Despite being hit with a $16 billion repatriation tax bill, the company posted better-than-expected results across its businesses, and saw its market value soar past $800 billion. 2 Google slapped with €4.3 billion Android fine The EU hit Google with a €4.3 billion fine over competition violations. Regulators ruled that Google imposed “illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search”. 3 PCs return to growth on business sales PC sales rose year-on-year in Q2 of 2018, marking the first increase in more than six years. Research from analysts IDC and Gartner showed growth…

3 min.

Microsoft Surface Go In another attempt to keep the Chromebook off its turf, Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Go – the firm’s lightest, most affordable Surface machine to date. At £380, Microsoft is targeting students and people who use devices on the move, boasting that the Go’s 10in screen is the ideal form factor to combine work and film viewing. To meet the price point, Microsoft has made sacrifices. For example, there’s a seventh-generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y, which is similar to the processors found in many Chromebooks. Microsoft says it has worked with Intel to squeeze the most out of the silicon in terms of performance and battery life, while still managing to eliminate the need for a processor fan. The device ships with Windows 10 in S mode, which means it can…

2 min.
google loses way with maps price hike

IN A MOVE widely criticised in web development forums, Google reduced how much sites could use the Maps API without payment, and massively bumped up the price for 1,000 map loads from 50 cents to $7. The move has seen rafts of websites abandon Google’s offering in favour of rival providers such as Apple Maps, Mapbox and TomTom, causing significant pain for web developers. “Google decided to make Maps its next billion dollar business by raising prices 14 times and decreasing the free usage limit almost 30 times, all with minimal notice period,” explained Tomasz Nawrocki in a blog post from the German pharmacy-finder service In der Apotheke. According to the pharmacy locator, the changes would have seen its costs for mapping leap from $0 to $5,000 per month, a figure that dwarfed…