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Computeractive 522

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!

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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from the editor

If you find this issue slightly less moody and a bit more mature than the last, it’s because we’ve moved beyond our teenage years. We celebrated our 20th birthday on 26th February. So much has changed in that time, as we explored in last April’s special 500th issue (available on our 2017 Back Issue CD: www.snipca.com/26848). What’s stayed the same is our promise to write about computing so anyone can understand it. Too many tech ‘experts’ speak a secret language designed to alienate ordinary users. But not us. Every day in the office we discuss which are the simplest words to use. We want to speak your language. So it feels apt that the issue coinciding with our 20th birthday explains a part of your computer shrouded in baffling jargon: the Windows…

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this issue in numbers

£60 Price of Seagate’s new five-star 2TB hard drive - p28 746,000 Number of NHS scam emails blocked in one month - p9 100Mbps Speed of EE’s new ‘shoebox’ antenna - p11 HOW TO USE SNIPCA URLs We use snipcas to turn long URLs that are hard to type into ones that are short and simple. They aren’t websites themselves, which means they won’t be recognised if you type them into Google. Instead, you need to type them into your browser address bar, then press Enter. Doing this will take you to the correct website.…

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microsoft’s new surface pen may replace the mouse

Microsoft has been awarded a patent for a computer-screen stylus that may eventually replace the mouse as the main way of controlling your PC. The device, described in the patent as a ‘Stylus with touch-sensitive retention clip’, aims to emulate the scroll wheel of a mouse, letting you scroll up and down pages, and zoom in and out of content. An illustration of the stylus (pictured above) shows in yellow a clip that responds to touch. Rolling your finger along it zooms and scrolls the screen (pictured left). The two buttons (216A and 216B) replace the left- and rightclick buttons on a mouse. Inside the stylus is a conductive material that connects to a sensor. This measures the electrical charges produced when you touch it. If manufactured, the device would be an updated version…

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praise be! use church spires as phone masts

Church spires throughout the UK could be used as 4G masts in a bid to improve phone and broadband signals in rural areas. The Government has signed an “accord” with the Church of England to work with mobile and broadband providers to “help deliver improved connectivity”. Around 120 churches are already being used to increase coverage, after the dioceses of Norwich and Chelmsford signed up to five-year schemes. These churches use a variety of methods, including satellite dishes and wireless transmitters within spires. Two-thirds of the UK’s Anglican churches are located in rural areas. The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, said: “Encouraging churches to improve connectivity will help tackle two of the biggest issues rural areas face – isolation and sustainability”. • Will EE’s ‘shoebox’ fix rural broadband? Page 11 You’ll like this……

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google removes ‘view image’, but there’s a right-click fix

Google has provoked anger by removing the ‘View image’ button in its search results for images, but there is a simple way around it. The decision follows photo agency Getty Images filing an anti-competition lawsuit against Google in the European Commission. It argued that clicking the ‘View image’ button to show a picture separately made it easy for people to download large, high-resolution photos without paying for permission, albeit often with watermarks. Before 2013, you could only open thumbnail images. Google admitted the changes were due to a “settlement” with Getty. You can continue to download images, but you’re now encouraged to find it on the site hosting it, which takes longer than clicking the ‘View image’ button. However, you can still open an image separately without visiting its site. In Chrome, right-click…

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uk fails to make euro broadband table

Availability of full-fibre broadband in the UK is so poor that it doesn’t even appear in a new ranking of European countries. The report is from FTTH Council Europe, which campaigns for widespread adoption of fibre broadband delivered to the doorstep, rather than to a streetside cabinet, from where a slower copper cable takes over. It measures how much of a country’s population can get fibre-to-the-home (also called fibre-to-the-premises). Latvia is top with 50 per cent, followed by Sweden (43), Lithuania (42) and Russia (37). More than 25 other countries appear, including Belarus, Macedonia and Bulgaria, with Ireland bottom on 1.1 per cent. It’s estimated that around three per cent of the UK can get full-fibre broadband, but it’s not used by enough people to make the Council’s report. However, the Council did acknowledge…