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Tech Advisor August 2018

Every issue of Tech Advisor is packed with the latest news, reviews and features plus comprehensive and impartial buying advice as well as easy-to-understand tutorials and workshops to help you to get the most from your PC. Whether you want to buy the best value equipment or make the most out of equipment you already own, Tech Advisor delivers expert advice you can trust.

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everything google revealed at i/o 2018

Google always pulls out the stops for the keynote at its annual I/O developer conference, and this year was no exception. I/O 2018 lacked the flashy flagship hardware that defined previous keynotes – nary a new Chromebook, Pixel, or Google Home could be found – but it still managed to shine, thanks to some serious improvements to the software and services underlying the entire Google ecosystem. Hardware is nothing without software that tells it what to do, after all. And at I/O 2018, Google’s software was focused squarely on making the Internet more about you through the power of machine learning. Let’s dig in. Gmail Smart Compose Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked things off with Smart Compose, which is basically Gmail’s Smart Reply cranked to 11. Whereas Smart Reply would scan your emails…

12 min.
microsoft windows 10 april 2018 update

Microsoft’s Windows 10 April 2018 Update barely received a formal title, which understandably makes you wonder how much importance the company ascribed to it. But as our guide shows, what Microsoft internally referred to as the ‘Redstone 4’ release conceals numerous changes and improvements, with two – Timeline and Nearby Sharing – sharing the marquee. Really, though, the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (Version 1803) is an ensemble show, with a supporting cast of more minor enhancements. There’s Quiet Hours, now called Focus Assist; improved data usage management; and a ton of updates in Edge, some of which you’ve seen before within other browsers. Underneath it all, Microsoft may be building something new, as the Edge engine includes the underpinnings for Progressive Web Apps, a fresh way of supplying apps to…

8 min.
asus zenbook ux410ua

The Asus ZenBook UX410UA is a Windows alternative to the Apple MacBook Air. It has a fairly rich and practical display, a deep-action keyboard and a glass trackpad, a rarity at the price. Build quality could be slightly better, as a few parts flex a little. However, this is still a good all-purpose laptop if you need a laptop that is portable but still has enough power to run serious applications. Price Be careful when buying an UX410UA. At the time of writing you’ll find as many last-generation models as current ones. For £549, you can buy a version with a Core i3-7100U CPU, 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM. It is a solid computer for those who don’t run anything too taxing. Our review unit has a 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM and the…

8 min.
oneplus 6

It’s four years since OnePlus released its first phone, and the firm is already on its eighth handset. The OnePlus 6 arrives a point where notches are all the rage and while it might not have every feature a phone can have, it’s still an amazing deal. Design If you’re familiar with the OnePlus 6’s predecessor, the 5T, then this isn’t a huge departure in terms of design and build. It’s largely that phone with a collection of tweaks and improvements. The headline news is that the phone is made from Gorilla Glass 5, but has a metal border with glass on the front and back. Three different finishes are available: Midnight Black, which has the classic OnePlus look; Mirror Black is heavily polished and has that quintessential glass look and feel; while…

14 min.
lg g7 thinq

Hot on the heels of the V30S ThinQ is the G7 ThinQ, LG’s other flagship phone for 2018. There are many similarities between these two, but also a couple of significant differences. First, the G7 has an IPS screen rather than OLED, and it benefits from the newer, faster Snapdragon 845 processor. It also gains the ability to take portrait photos with blurry backgrounds (which the G6 lacked) and has a traditional headphone socket, yet is waterproof. LG has also beefed up the audio with a bigger, louder speaker and used some nifty screen technology to make the screen one of the brightest around. With a sensible price, the G7 could be the Android flagship you’ve been waiting for – though the OnePlus 6 (see page 38) is a good chunk…

6 min.
bitdefender total security 2018

Romania-based Bitdefender is increasingly one of the top antivirus choices these days. It’s also a company not content to sit on its laurels, as evidenced by Bitdefender Total Security 2018, its full security suite. The look of Total Security 2018 is reminiscent of many other antivirus suites. The colour scheme is dark grey and black, with essential information displayed in blue or green text to highlight it. The main navigation is in the left rail, where you can switch between the various menu options while viewing details in the main part of the window. One nice touch is how Bitdefender continually shows the status of your PC at the top of the main window for the first three options in the left rail. That does, however, make it a little hard…