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Computeractive 579

Computeractive is the UK’s best-selling computer magazine and your friendly guide to PCs, gadgets and the web! It includes regular news updates, project ideas, help and advice on popular reader queries, articles on anti-virus software, features on consumer rights, and a whole lot more to help you get the very best out of your computer. Get PC advice in plain English today – get Computeractive!

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from the editor

I think it was when my mum said she’d had a church meeting on Zoom that I realised something revolutionary was happening. She may make the best Yorkshire puddings in Kent, but until recently she struggled even to turn on a computer. And yet a few weeks of lockdown have turned her into a video-calling connoisseur: “You should try this Zoom thing Daniel, it’s marvellous!” Thanks Mum, I will. She’s not alone. Millions of people in the UK are now using video-chat software to stay in touch. But with so much choice it’s hard to know which is the best service for your specific needs. Our Cover Feature deals with any questions you may have, revealing the hidden tools that will make you the kind of expert my Mum now claims…

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phone workers threatened as 5g lies spread

Telecoms engineers are being threatened with extreme violence by conspiracy theorists who wrongly believe that 5G is helping to spread Coronavirus. The Communication Workers Union (CWU), which represents nearly 40,000 workers across the UK, says it has recorded around 120 cases of abuse. Andy Kerr, deputy general secretary of the CWU, told the BBC: “We’ve actually had cases where people have been threatened with being stabbed, threatened with physical violence and in some cases actually threatened with murder”. He added that the engineers are doing vital work “maintaining the network so it’s there for all the health and emergency services”. BT boss Philip Jansen says some vandals have wrapped barbed wire around poles to stop work being carried out. He said: “Those poles carry fixed phone lines, they’re nothing to do with mobile. It’s…

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‘nhs heroes’ to get free mobile data during pandemic

Phone networks have pledged to give “NHS heroes” all the free mobile data, voice calls and texts they need during the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s part of a commitment by telecommunications companies, also including broadband providers, to support the NHS as it comes under intense pressure. The Government, which discussed the measures with companies, said this will let staff work remotely “without fear of extra charges and limitations”. In addition, broadband firms will upgrade some NHS workers to faster connections for free, particularly if they need to perform video consultations from home or download large medical files. They have also pledged to improve speeds in care homes that have slow – or no – broadband connections. Fourteen companies have agreed to provide extra services: BT (including EE), Openreach, CityFibre, Gigaclear, Giffgaff, Hyperoptic, KCOM, O2, Sky, TalkTalk,…

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facebook: our coronavirus app won’t collect your personal data

Facebook has insisted that its new survey for recording Coronavirus symptoms won’t collect any data that can identify patients. It has launched a voluntary survey on its site that asks whether you’ve had any symptoms of the disease, such as a persistent dry cough, loss of smell or a fever. The results will be shared with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh who will track the spread of the disease, and estimate how many intensive care admissions are likely in specific areas. NHS bosses could use this information to identify which hospitals should receive more ventilators and personal protective equipment. The site launched the survey in the US in early April before adding it to its UK site two weeks later. It has so far received around 1 million responses a week,…

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more free content from netflix, amazon & virgin

Netflix has made some of its most popular documentary series free to watch on its YouTube channel (www.snipca.com/34666). Programmes include Our Planet (pictured). Virgin Media has made some factual channels available free for viewers with a TV V6 box. You can now watch Animal Planet, Eden, History, National Geographic, plus several others, until 16 May. Amazon is offering new customers three months’ free access to Music Unlimited (www.amazon.co.uk/music/unlimited), which usually costs £9.99 a month (£7.99 if you’re an Amazon Prime customer). The service contains 50 million tracks without ads. Amazon has also doubled the length of its Kindle Unlimited free trial (www.snipca.com/34668) to 60 days. It gives you an unlimited number of titles from more than 1 million ebooks and audiobooks. After the trial it costs £7.99 a month. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful…

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windows 10 may update boosts searching and task manager

Microsoft has confirmed that 2020’s first Feature update for Windows 10 will be called the May 2020 Update (version 2004), though it hasn’t announced when it will be made available to install. On 16 April it released what it expects to be the final preview version of the update. It contains all the features that will be in the update, including faster PC searching. It does this by choosing the best times to run the Windows search indexer, which runs in the background and scans your files to create a search database. Windows will now not index files when you’ve got power-saving mode switched on, or when processor usage is about 80 per cent, when disk usage is above 70 per cent, or when the battery is below 50 per cent. Microsoft has…