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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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1 min
from the editor

I sometimes feel like an enthusiast trapped inside the body of a sceptic. My first, second and third reactions to new technology or software are typically “that’ll never catch on”. But by my seventh reaction, I’m usually raving about the very thing I thought was pointless just days earlier. That’s how it was when Google’s Chrome browser launched, back in 2008. First, I didn’t think it could ever compete with Internet Explorer or Firefox. It took about two weeks for me to realise it was the best browser ever made. I had a similar Damascene conversion earlier this year, when I dismissed Microsoft’s revamped Edge as a non-starter. But it has now ousted Chrome as my favourite browser, for all the reasons Nik Rawlinson explains in our Cover Feature. Please let me…

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may 2020 update delayed to fix login problem

Microsoft appears to have delayed the release of the May 2020 Update in order to fix a problem with how people log into Windows. On 16 April it released what it expected to be the final preview version of the update, suggesting the final edition would arrive in the first half of May. But this was replaced with another preview version on 30 April which fixed a bug with NPLogonNotify – a tool that tells programs when you’ve logged in. Since then, Microsoft seems to have revealed that the update will be released between Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 May. The company published the dates on its Driver Shiproom Schedule, which is a guide for computer manufacturers to make sure they don’t release driver updates at the same time. This doesn’t mean the update…

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microsoft releases bigger surface go

Microsoft has released a new version of its cheapest Windows 10 laptop-tablet, the Surface Go 2 (pictured). It has a 10.5in screen, half an inch bigger than the first Go, and an eighth-generation Intel Core M processor, which Microsoft claims makes it 64 per cent faster than the original. It has the same ports as the first Go: a single USB-C port, the Surface Connect port for charging and docking, and a microSDXC card reader. At 10 hours, battery life is an hour longer. It has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, making it good for video calling. Pricing starts at £399 from the Microsoft Store (www.snipca.com/34822), with the Type Cover keyboard costing an extra £124.99. Read the company’s blog for details on more new Surface products, including the new £1,599 Surface Book 3:…

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chat with more people for free as new tools launched

You can now have video chats with more people for free after Facebook, Google and WhatsApp all improved their existing tools, or launched new ones. The companies have released these services earlier than planned after being surprised by the success of Zoom, which is being used by millions of people to stay in touch during the Coronavirus lockdown. Facebook has launched a tool called Rooms that lets up to 50 people chat online (pictured). The chat’s host can decide whether it’s open to all, or can lock it to prevent uninvited guests from joining. There are no time limits, unlike Zoom which restricts you to 40 minutes for free before prompting you to upgrade to the paid-for version. You can open a ‘Room’ from a new section above your News Feed (on your computer),…

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internet use in uk rockets as people work from home

Internet use in the UK has risen sharply during the lockdown, driven by people using the internet to work from home, and children using it for school work. There’s also been a sharp rise in TV streaming, gaming and video chats. A survey of 2,000 adults from broadband-comparison site uSwitch shows that people are spending an average of 41.3 hours online every week, up from 32 hours before social restrictions came into force. The biggest increase has been in working from home, which has risen from just over five hours a week to eight hours, 30 minutes. This has overtaken social media to account for the biggest share of internet activity. The average time spent on video calls has increased from two hours 48 minutes to four hours 12 minutes, while viewers are…

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in brief

THREE OFFERS FREE NHS VIDEO CHATS Customers on the Three mobile network can now have video consultations with doctors without paying any extra data charges. The NHS is providing video consultations using the Attend Anywhere service to help reduce face-to-face outpatient appointments. Three said that most patients using this service have done so on mobile phones, which would normally be expensive because consultations last 20 minutes on average. BEWARE MOTORHOME SCAMS ON EBAY Scammers are posting fake listings for motorhomes and camper vans on eBay to exploit people’s desire to travel once the lockdown is eased. Anti-fraud group Buster Jack says scammers are hoping buyers will hand over thousands of pounds to buy the vehicles despite not being able to inspect them in person. Read more on Buster Jack’s Facebook page: www.snipca.com/34788. TOMORROW’S WORLD This…