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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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United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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26 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor

As my better half will vouch for, I love putting things off. I try to postpone them for the day after tomorrow, which is just long enough for me to accept that whatever it is I have to do isn’t going to get done by anybody else. I’m stricter with my PC, though. At the end of every day I devote 10 minutes to removing junk, in whatever form I find it, from small 70KB screenshots to chunky 70MB programs. It took a while, but this practice now feels as routine as cleaning my teeth. I credit it with keeping my PC lean and fast. It helps that, over time, I’ve become more confident about what’s safe to remove, and how best to blitz it. Much of this knowledge you’ll find in…

2 min.
yet more windows october update woes for microsoft

Fresh problems have surfaced with the Windows 10 October Update (version 1809), including a major bug relating to how Windows handles compressed files that can lead to irreversible data loss. These new bugs follow Microsoft’s decision last month to pull the October Update. The bug affects the built-in ZIP-compression tool in File Explorer. Previous to the October Update, if you tried to re-extract files from a ZIP file to the same destination folder (to work on from scratch, for example), a message box would appear, prompting you either to skip the extraction process or overwrite the existing files (see screenshot). The October Update bug prevents this box from displaying and instead – unbeknown to the user – simply skips the extraction, leaving the files you previously extracted in place. In a post on…

1 min.
nvidia disproves moon landing conspiracy

Nvidia has once more attempted to disprove claims by conspiracy theorists that the Moon landings were faked, by using its new GPU (graphics processing unit) to recreate the Apollo 11 mission. Four years after using its GeForce GTX GPUs to render the way light would behave on the Moon, Nvidia has used its Turing GPU to recreate the event with greater precision. Conspiracy theorists have long argued that the lighting in footage of the Moon landing is incorrect and proof that the whole thing was filmed in a studio. But Nvidia has used real-time ray-tracing technology to capture the reflection of light as it happens. In October, the company demonstrated its recreation of astronaut Buzz Aldrin climbing down the lunar module’s lander (pictured) at GTC - a graphics technology conference in Munich. Using the…

1 min.
lost your passwords? you may also lose your savings

Forgotten passwords have been blamed for UK customers leaving nearly three billion pounds untouched in savings accounts. A survey of 4,000 customers from the National Savings and Investments (NS&I) shows an estimated seven million people have lost track of money in savings accounts or pensions. Half of those said they couldn’t remember the passwords needed to log in. One problem the research found is customers needing to recall numerous passwords for multiple accounts. However, 78 per cent of people believe digital technology has made it easier to manage their financial products. This figure rises to 89 per cent of 16-24 year olds, but falls to 69 per cent of those aged over 65. The research also shows that of those who believe they’ve lost savings, 34 per cent are unaware the NS&I offers services…

1 min.
waterproof kindle paperwhite released

Amazon has launched its first waterproof Kindle Paperwhite ebook reader, offering protection for a depth of two metres for 60 minutes. The company says the ‘All-new Kindle Paperwhite’ will survive “getting splashed at the beach or dropped in the bath tub or pool”. It’s also thinner and lighter than the previous Paperwhite, and has twice the storage (8GB for £119). A bigger model with 32GB costs £150 (pay £219 to add 3G). Some of that storage can be used for audiobooks, because it’s the first Paperwhite that supports Audible, Amazon’s own audiobook service. It has Bluetooth too, letting you listen to audiobooks on compatible headphones or speakers. Screen size is the same as before, at six inches, but it now has a ‘flush front’, meaning its level with the bezel around the edge. Also…

3 min.
in brief

FEWER PEOPLE FALLING FOR SCAMS Fewer people are falling for tech-support scams, according to Microsoft’s annual survey of security behaviour (www.snipca.com/29444), which involved 16,000 people in 16 countries, including the UK. It found that only 25 per cent of people think companies will contact them out of the blue about a problem with their computer, down from 37 per cent in 2016. Microsoft said people have developed a “healthy scepticism” about unexpected emails, pop-ups and phone calls. EBAY SUES AMAZON FOR ‘STEALING’ SELLERS EBay has filed a lawsuit in California against rival Amazon for allegedly using the auction site’s internal email service to poach sellers. The company claims that since 2015 thousands of messages have been sent to eBay sellers, trying to persuade them to switch. It is seeking damages for the “unscrupulous…