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PC Pro September 2017

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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PRODUCT OF THE MONTH Microsoft Surface Laptop Remember 1981? A certain royal wedding; the first London marathon; Ian Botham in his Ashes pomp. Oh, and Microsoft released MS-DOS to a still nascent personal computing world. Well, it’s only taken 36 years, but our Redmond-based friend has finally released its first true laptop. Now comes the big question: can it sell more than the Bucks Fizz classic – “Making Your Mind Up” – that won us Eurovision all those years ago? p50 ARGUMENTOF THE MONTH Do you really need antivirus software? Could it actually be making you more vulnerable to attacks? We hear both sides of the argument, before delivering our verdict… p30 CITY OF THE MONTH Steve Cassidy finds himself in wannabe smart city Singapore, where he ponders on the presence of 31 different ISPs selling what is…

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WIN a 27in monitor by voting in the PC Pro Excellence Awards: see p123 my finger is itchy. Actually, it’s my whole arm. And, extending the metaphor to include items of clothing that aren’t normally associated with itchiness, the pocket that contains my wallet. They keep on whispering into my ear that I need a tablet. “With a pen, Tim. With a pen. So you can write on the screen. Go on, you know you want to.” It doesn’t help that I have Barry Collins telling me, every few seconds or so, how marvellous his ThinkPad Yoga is. How he no longer needs to print pages to check them; he just writes on-screen with his magic stylus. As if to hammer this all home, I spent the weekend in the company of a…

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Darien Graham-Smith We locked Darien in a room with 17 M.2 and 2.5in SATA SSDs and told him not to come out until he had some winners. Read his verdict from p76 Paul Ockenden A long-time user of IFTTT, Paul explains how to work around its limitations with a clever complementary service called Stringify. If that sounds good, turn to p113 James Morris Our resident workstation enthusiast reviews the first machine we’ve seen with both a Ryzen 1800X and Radeon Pro graphics. Revel in its speed on p58 Thomas McMullan On p46 Thomas explores how VR is creeping into industries such as architecture, before lavishing words of praise on the iPad Pro 10.5in from p56…

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european union leaves google withexpensive shopping bill

Background and analysis on all the important news stories NEW! Unveiled We explore this month’s hottest hardware releases p12 Intel threatened by emulation Chipmaker is on the warpath as Microsoft looks to ARM itself p13 PC Probe What more can net firms do to clamp down on terror? p14 GOOGLE HAS BEEN hit with a fine of more than $2 billion over allegations that it manipulated search results to favour its own services over other sites. The fine, which was announced just as this magazine went to print, was much larger than expected and comfortably exceeds the €1 billion meted out to Intel eight years ago for skewing the processor market at the expense of rivals. Google contested the EU’s ruling. “We respectfully disagree with the conclusions announced today,” the company said in a statement. “We will review the…

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Core i9 processors Intel released a new set of processors that are so “extreme” it broke out the i9 branding for the first time. Until now, Intel’s Core processors have been streamed into the i3 (entry-level), i5 (mid-range) and i7 (high-end) categories. The new X-Series processors, which run up to 18 cores and 36 threads, push performance beyond those. The Core i9 has an extreme price to match its extreme performance, with the 18-core i9-7980XE chip costing around $2,000. “I think the 18-core beasts will be of interest to people who perform regular CPU-intensive tasks that are parallel in nature, [such as] 3D design and rendering, video editing and ultra-high resolution photographic work,” said Ben Miles of UK system builder Chillblast. “People using virtual machines for software testing will also find them useful.” At…

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intelthreatenslegalaction overx86emulation

intel looks set for a legal fight with rival Qualcomm, Microsoft and a host of device manufacturers over plans to use an emulator to run Windows x86 apps on machines that use ARM-based processors. Intel remains dominant in the PC and server market, but now faces increased competition from Qualcomm and other firms attempting to base Windows systems on ARM-based chips. With Microsoft planning to port Windows – and some of its x86 apps – onto ARM-designed processors, Intel used a blog detailing 40 years of development on its x86 instruction set architecture (ISA) to fire a warning shot at potential rivals. “There have been reports that some companies may try to emulate Intel’s proprietary x86 ISA without Intel’s authorisation,” the company said in a thinly veiled threat. “Intel does not welcome unlawful…