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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
R 39,83
R 600,19
26 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor

If I were rich and famous enough to have my own personal entourage, I wouldn’t bother with a chauffeur, personal trainer or dietician. My priority would be hiring a Chief of Settings. Their job would be to go through all my devices and work out what needed to be tweaked to make them better, leaving me the time to do something more interesting, like catch up on repeats of The Professionals on ITV4. Will Stapley takes on that role in our Cover Feature. Using the powerful program ShutUp10, he shows you which settings you should change in Windows 10 to stop Microsoft knowing everything you do on your PC (programs you use, websites you visit, names you call it when it crashes without warning). Follow his advice and you’ll no longer need…

2 min.
mobile firms: let us build 5g masts faster

Mobile companies have called on the Government to speed up changes to planning laws to help them build more and larger phone masts. Mobile UK, the body that represents EE, O2, Three and Vodafone, said that without faster changes companies will find it hard to remove Huawei equipment by 2027. Boris Johnson has committed to expelling Huawei technology by then following a GCHQ report that warned about the security risks of the company’s links to the Chinese government. Gareth Elliott, head of policy for Mobile UK, said replacing Huawei technology could create “costs and impacts that make things more difficult”. He wants planning changes proposed by the Government to be pushed forward so they become law by the end of 2020. In July, the Government announced plans to soften planning laws so full planning…

1 min.
microsoft to highlight changes in updates

Microsoft will soon give you more information on the tools that have been added to Windows 10 in major updates, having admitted that it’s not done a good job explaining these in previous updates. It has unveiled a new Tips app (pictured) that will “highlight the most exciting changes on your PC after a major Windows 10 feature update is installed”. The app is available now in the Preview Build for Windows 10 (version 20190), available to users signed up to the Windows Insiders programme. Writing online (www.snipca.com/35753), Microsoft’s Brendan LeBlanc acknowledged that not knowing what’s changed makes it hard for users to “learn about and try out new features and improvements”. “This means that updates can feel time consuming without real benefit to you, and we want to change that,” he added. To turn…

2 min.
time spent streaming tv doubled during lockdown

A surge in demand for streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ led to a sharp rise in the time spent watching TV during lockdown, Ofcom has said. Its annual Media Nations report shows that people spent an average of six hours 25 minutes each day watching TV and online video – a total of almost 45 hours a week, and an increase of almost a third from 2019. Viewers watched streaming services for 71 minutes a day during April, double the time spent before the pandemic. Ofcom estimates that around 12 million people signed up to a new video-streaming service during lockdown, with around three million people subscribing for the first time. Many of these were older viewers who had previously watched only TV broadcast live on the traditional channels, Ofcom…

1 min.
govt to rural customers: use your broadband vouchers before it’s too late

The Government has urged rural broadband customers to beat next year’s deadline for vouchers to help bring faster speeds to their homes. Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman says people should take advantage of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, which lets a minimum of two homes and businesses club together to apply for funding towards the cost of installing gigabit (1Gbps) broadband. Rural premises with speeds of less than 100Mbps can use vouchers worth £1,500 per home, and up to £3,500 for each small to medium-sized business. Mr Warman said that £70m of funding is “still there for the taking”. The UK-wide scheme, which ends in March 2021, is part of the Government’s manifesto commitment to deliver gigabit speeds to the whole of the UK by 2025. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport…

3 min.
in brief

TOSHIBA AXES PCS AFTER 35 YEARS Toshiba has officially stopped making computers after selling its final stake in the Japanese firm Dynabook, which is owned by Sharp. Its first laptop, the T1100 (pictured), launched in 1985 with a 3.5in floppy drive and 256KB of RAM. Toshiba’s worldwide computer sales have plummeted in the past decade, falling from 17 million in 2011 to just 1.9m by 2017. HAVE I BEEN PWNED GOES OPEN SOURCE Troy Hunt, who runs the popular Have I Been Pwned? website (https://haveibeenpwned.com), is making it open source so that other developers can build similar security tools. It works by checking whether your email address has been leaked in security hacks. It currently has 10.1 billion hacked email accounts in its database. Read more on Hunt’s blog: www.snipca.com/35704. TOMORROW’S WORLD You may soon…