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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

Hugs from your children. Sunsets. Smelling fresh bread. Having a lie-in (if not woken by aforementioned children). Yes, some of the best things in life really are free. But nobody told software developers, for whom ‘free’ actually means ‘with infuriating restrictions that render our program useless’. Judging by emails I’ve received, many of you have been caught out by such misleading programs. These may technically be free, but they waste your time by promising more than they can deliver. It’s all depressingly cynical. In charge of sunsets, these developers would let you watch for only 17 seconds before asking you to pay to upgrade to the ‘premium’ sunset, containing extra shades of orange. Well, we’ve had enough. In our Cover Feature we expose these rip-off programs, and suggest alternatives that don’t mess…

3 min.
microsoft resumes october update after fixing bug

Microsoft has resumed rolling out the Windows 10 October Update (version 1809) after claiming to have fixed a problem that was causing users’ files to be deleted from their computer. For now, it’s available only to users on the Windows Insider Programme, who test preview versions of the operating system, as Microsoft analyses feedback to make sure no more problems arise. Once it’s satisfied the fix has “no further impact”, Microsoft will roll out the update “more broadly”. Suspended update The company suspended the update on 6 October - just four days after it was released - following furious complaints of files being wiped. It then spent three days working on a fix, tracing the problem to some users having turned on the Known Folder Redirection (KFR) feature, letting them move the default…

1 min.
you can’t sue google, as judge blocks mass legal action

Thousands of iPhone users won’t be able to sue Google for allegedly unlawfully taking their data, after the High Court blocked a mass legal action - believed to be the first such attempt in the UK. It means Google won’t face a bill for compensation that could have reached £3.3bn. The case was brought by a group called Google You Owe Us, set up last November, which claimed the company bypassed the iPhone’s privacy settings between June 2011 and February 2012 to illegally obtain personal information. Led by former Which? director Richard Lloyd, it launched a website (www.youoweus.co.uk) for people to sign up to the legal action, claiming 4.4 million may have been affected. By the time the case came to court, 20,000 people had signed up, with each due £750 compensation,…

1 min.
gp video-chat app ads banned

Adverts for the ‘GP at Hand’ app that promised doctor appointments “in minutes” have been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The controversial service, which lets you talk to an NHS GP by video on your phone, is backed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who wants it made available to more people. But the ASA said the app didn’t make it clear that registering would take up to three weeks, and that patients would have to first deregister from their existing surgery. The British Medical Association (BMA) welcomed the ASA’s decision. Dr Richard Vautrey, chair of its GPs committee, said: “We are glad that someone is finally taking action and censuring the provider for the dubious way it operates”. He also raised one of the BMA’s main concerns about the app, which is…

3 min.
in brief

75 PER CENT OF UNDER-FIVES HAVE PHONES Three-quarters of UK children under five now have access to a phone, tablet or computer, according to a study from market researcher Childwise that surveyed more than 1,000 parents. Much of their time is spent watching videos, with an average viewing time of two hours 48 minutes, longer by 12 minutes than 2017. The BBC’s CBeebies was the most popular TV channel, and YouTube the most used app. AMAZON RELEASES FIRST 4K TV STICK Amazon has launched its first Fire TV Stick for 4K televisions. It plugs into the HDMI slot on your TV, and contains 200,000 films and TV episodes from Amazon Prime Video, BBC, Netflix, ITV, Channel 4, YouTube and others. It costs £49.99, £10 more than the standard non-4K Fire Stick, and comes…

1 min.
‘caller id’ services must now be free to combat nuisance calls

It’s now illegal for mobile, phone and broadband companies to charge you for ‘Caller ID’ services - which display the number of incoming calls – as Ofcom’s new consumer-protection rules come into effect. The regulator’s “strengthened” rules, implemented on 1 October, aim to protect people from nuisance calls, and make it easier to punish those responsible. They will be added to Ofcom’s General Conditions of Entitlement, which sets core standards for how companies should interact with customers. In addition, companies must now make sure that the numbers shown on Caller ID are valid – and allow you to call it back. They must also “take steps” to identify and block calls that come from invalid numbers (as many nuisance calls do), so they don’t reach people in the first place. However, some internet…