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Tech Advisor June 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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windows 10 s to evolve into a mode in 2019

Reports that Windows 10 S will become a ‘mode’ of Windows 10 were confirmed recently by Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, who stated that the transition will occur next year. Belfiore, a corporate vice president in the Operating System Group within Windows, tweeted his statement in response to this author’s own comment that Microsoft had neglected to mention 10 S in a recent blog post touting the success of Windows devices in schools. Microsoft launched the OS in 2017 as a standalone version of Windows, partly to provide a secure, manageable version of Windows to those schools. Currently, Microsoft sells Windows 10 S and 10 as separate versions. Windows 10 S works only with the UWP apps Microsoft itself provides from the app store. Its users may also switch to Windows 10 Pro via…

3 min.
sets to reappear in autumn insider builds

If you’re a fan of Windows 10’s tabbed Sets interface, you may want to sign up for the Windows Insider program this autumn, because Sets is back. Microsoft has announced Windows 10 Insider Build 17618, a closed beta for the ‘Skip Ahead’ portion of the Windows Insider program. Most Insiders follow the developer team working on the current build; that team is wrapping up the spring update (Redstone 4) that’s due in the next few weeks. The ‘Skip Ahead’ Insiders follow another team of developers working on the next update, due in the autumn. It’s in the autumn update, known as Redstone 5, where Sets will reappear. We tested Sets late last year, which replaces the traditional ‘one app, one window’ user interface with something that looks more like a web browser.…

1 min.
oculus releases fix after worldwide blackout

If you want a hint of how fragile our tech-reliant world is, look no further than the Oculus Rift. Rift owners the world over recently discovered that their £399 virtual reality headset had become a paperweight overnight – at least temporarily. It seems as though Oculus forgot (?) to issue an updated Windows certificate, the security feature that confirms that, yes, Oculus’s software is actually Oculus’s software. As Microsoft’s decade-old primer puts it, “Digital certificates function similarly to identification cards such as passports and drivers’ licenses.” That’s a pretty good analogy. When the certificate expired, Windows stopped recognizing Oculus Runtime Service and thus stopped allowing it to run – for good reason, I might add. As the end user though, this manifests as a pretty opaque ‘Can’t reach Oculus Runtime Service’ error. On…

10 min.
dell xps 13 9370 (2018)

£1,249 inc VAT from fave.co/2HuFrpL Dell‘s XPS line has always been good, but this year it is now certainly great. The 2018 XPS 13 is the best laptop Dell has ever made, and boy has it made a few. Comparing it to the MacBook is lazy – the XPS 13 is more powerful by some distance than Apple’s MacBook, the 12in rival of a similar price. In fact, the Core i7 XPS 13 we tested is the smoothest, fastest XPS ever and worthy of your consideration if you have the money to spend on a high-end laptop. Design Barely had the press release been flung to every corner of the earth before the XPS 13 was bestowed with a CES Innovation Award. Just like last year. It seems Dell has cut a niche…

12 min.
samsung galaxy s9

£739 inc VAT from fave.co/2sXJKXV Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is the first flagship to hit the market in 2018. The S8 was almost a perfect phone so can Samsung really make it even better? Read on to find out. Design It’s immediately clear that the Galaxy S9 is very much a new version of the S8, rather than a radically new device. Like a point upgrade in software terms if you like, so this is essentially the Galaxy S8.1. With an almost identical design to its predecessor you’d be hard pressed to notice the difference, especially from the front – the bezels above and below the screen are a fraction smaller. The device is also a little shorter than the S8 and it’s a bit thicker and heavier at 8.5mm and 163g, but none…

8 min.
sony xperia xa2 ultra

£379 inc VAT from fave.co/2pb7hk9 Sony makes good phones. Even some great phones. But it cannot escape criticism for its design language and large bezels. This isn’t because the bezels are actually that much of an issue. Big bezels do not a bad phone make. It’s because Sony releases so many phones with such regularity that we, and other tech reviewers and consumers, end up getting disappointed at seeing the same design every three to six months. The design itself isn’t much of a problem. But if you just hate on bezels (and many do), the Xperia XA2 Ultra won’t make you happy. It’s a pricier version of the XA2 that has more battery, a larger display and dual selfie cameras. Is that enough to ignore its unwieldy size? Design At the front, the…