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PC Pro May 2020

PC Pro is the UK’s number one IT monthly magazine and offers readers a healthy variety of tech news updates, tests, reviews, best buys and even bonus software in every issue. The editorial team are experts in their field and they’re dedicated to creating the most authoritative reviews and keeping you up to speed on the latest technology developments.

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United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
my bold prediction? things will stay much the same

SSSHH. I’M TYPING this in the Quiet Zone of one of Chiltern Railways’ posher trains, and I’m keenly aware of each sound produced by the keys. The reason I’m so aware sits opposite me: a city gent with his own laptop, and he’s not so much tapping the keyboard as bashing it like a bongo player who’s been told this is his last bongo session. No one in our hived-off area of supposed serenity has said anything, but then most people are too busy seeking dopamine thrills via their smartphones. Sadly, there’s no Debrett’s Etiquette Guide for Noisy Keyboard Users (yes, I checked). And all the train carriage sign says is: “Please turn any electronic devices to silent and keep any conversation to a low minimum”. Nothing about how hard you…

1 min.

Darien Graham-Smith Chances are that your Windows startup routine is full of clutter that’s slowing you down. Darien reveals how to take back control on p28 Carly Page While Tim’s predictions about the future shape of PCs are pure guesswork, Carly spoke to the experts and analysts for a more educated view. See p34 Barry Collins Barry tells us he’s been “researching” games-streaming services these past few months, and he finally delivers his verdict on the big four from p40 Davey Winder Remote support offers many benefits to workers and to businesses but, as Davey explains from p104, there are plenty of dangers too…

4 min.
google’s school sweeteners for children’s data

PARENTS, CAMPAIGNERS AND politicians have hit out at Google for incentivising schools so that the company can collect data from primary schoolchildren. Google’s data grab came to light when a parent of an eight-year-old child at Rokesly Junior School in Haringey, London, queried whether they should sign a permission agreement that came home from the school about upcoming events. The documentation provided little information about the specifics of the project, but asked parents to allow children to take part in a workshop that would film pupils interacting with a prototype, with any footage belonging to Google, globally and in perpetuity. “Parents have contacted me concerning the release of their children’s data to Google for educational purposes,” said Catherine West, the Labour MP for Hornsey and Wood Green. “The intrusion of technology companies into every…

2 min.
five stories not to miss

1 Microsoft calls time on Windows10’sugly duckling Microsoft has told users on its much-maligned Windows 10 version 1809 to upgrade to newer versions, with the company planning to end support for the vexed version on 12 May 2020. Version 1809 landed like an uncooked sausage in 2018, when installation caused a rash of errors, including lost files and crashed PCs. The move sees Microsoft close the embarrassing chapter on an update that forced it to rethink its entire update process. 2 UK splashes £1.2 billion on forecasting supercomputer The UK is hoping to weather the storm of climate change by investing £1.2 billion in a supercomputer the government claims will be a world leader. The Met Office said it would replace its current trio of Cray XC40 machines and their combined 460,000 compute…

5 min.
unveiled special not-mwc 2020

Honor 9X Pro PRICE To be confirmed AVAILABLE To be confirmed As with its parent brand Huawei, Honor isn’t allowed access to the Play Store on its phones – despite the fact they run Android. This “Pro” model is actually a midrange offering, with a Kirin 810 chip, 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It’s also an IPS rather than AMOLED screen, but our first impressions are that it’s no worse for that – and note the triple-camera array on the rear. Add what’s likely to be an aggressive price and this phone could still tempt, despite the lack of Play Store support. Sony Xperia L4 PRICE Around £200 AVAILABLE Early spring Sony’s “MWC” announcements covered all price ranges, thanks to this budget phone. Replacing the £169 L3, we can guess that the L4 will cost…

1 min.
raising standards?

Although everyone agrees the digital forensic system requires improvement, there are strong disagreements over how this is best achieved. The Forensic Science Regulator (FSR) has called for wider standards implementation and accreditation to provide clarity and consistency in court, but those working in digital forensics say that – aside from tangible protocols for ensuring data integrity or location – fixed protocols could hamper investigations. “My concern would be that in more complex digital (both computing and telecoms) forensics cases, standards may stifle the creative process,” Sam Raincock, an expert witness specialising in interpreting phone and computer evidence, told PC Pro. “This is a large part of a detailed forensic investigation and standards may limit what can be achieved. It is natural for digital investigations to go off on tangents and to find new…