Skip to navigation

PCPro-Computing in the Real World Printed from www.pcpro.co.uk

Register to receive our regular email newsletter at http://www.pcpro.co.uk/registration.

The newsletter contains links to our latest PC news, product reviews, features and how-to guides, plus special offers and competitions.

// Home / Blogs

Latest Posts Subscribe to our RSS Feeds

20 years of PC Pro: our best covers

August 28th, 2014 by Nicole Kobie

IMG_20140827_160355811

There are only so many ways you can photograph a laptop — or so you’d think. PC Pro has been blessed with a talented team of designers and photographers in our 20-year-history, who have come up with glorious ways to make bland desktops and black-rectangle tablets into interesting covers, and to translate more esoteric ideas such as broadband and the web into images.

Read more

Why we’ve closed the PC Pro forums

August 28th, 2014 by Tim Danton

Last night, we reluctantly took the decision to close the PC Pro forums. In short, they had become a security risk and an unpleasant environment due to the amount of spam in them, while the amount of genuine posts had dwindled to a sad few. Read more

Posted in: Random | 3 Comments »

How to turn off Google Location Tracking

August 25th, 2014 by Steve Cassidy

The problem with those crazy ideas about cellphones and Big Brother is that, occasionally, it turns out they were right. If you are an Android phone user the chances are that you have used your Google account to log in to the store, sync your emails, and all that good stuff. I certainly have, on two distinct phones and another brace of Android tablets.

And, I’ve been travelling – oh boy, have I ever been travelling. 50,000 air miles since last September, up and down to Cornwall, over to the Hague a couple of times, down to Switzerland, and in the last couple of weeks, chugging down the Canal de Borgogne at 5km/h. In all those places, my ancient but sturdy Moto XT890 has come with me.

Read more

20 years of PC Pro: our greatest review mistakes

August 21st, 2014 by Tim Danton

We review hundreds of products each year at PC Pro, and take pride in the fact we test things properly. We run our own independent benchmarks on laptops and PCs; we test screens in such depth even I get confused by what the reviews guys are talking about sometimes; and we base all our tests on how people will use kit in real life.

But sometimes we get it wrong. As we approach our 20th anniversary edition of the magazine, we thought it was time to own up to three of our worst mistakes… Read more

20 years of PC Pro: our first A-List

August 14th, 2014 by Nicole Kobie

PC Pro started in 1994, but the A-List — our pick of the best products of the moment — didn’t arrive until three years later, in issue 28.

ALISTcoverSMALL

If you have a copy of one of our more recent issues to hand, take a flip through the A-List: it’s six pages of 51 product categories, with our main recommendation plus an alternative choice — more than 100 pieces of kit or software we think is worth your money.

Read more

Wikipedia’s “right to be forgotten” protest hits the wrong note

August 8th, 2014 by Darien Graham-Smith

Screenshot 2014-08-08 10.06.07As an information resource, I rate Wikipedia very highly indeed. I have serious concerns about its leadership’s decision to try to undermine the “right to be forgotten” by drawing special attention to articles that have been delisted from Google.

Yes, there are problems with the current implementation of the right to be forgotten, but I believe the principle is a good one. Our libel laws already enshrine the right of the individual to protect his or her reputation against misrepresentation. If search engine results promote a misleading impression of someone, based on old and irrelevant information, it seems fair to me that the same principle ought to apply.

Read more

3D printing hits the high street for plastic selfies

August 7th, 2014 by Nicole Kobie

machine

We’ve been talking about 3D printers for years now, and it’s never made sense to me to buy one of the things: they’re expensive, require serious CAD skills to make anything useful and they smell bad — burning plastic isn’t easy on the nose.

Print shops, on the other hand, always seemed like the perfect home for 3D printers: such businesses could buy better hardware and therefore print higher-quality products than consumers could afford, and offer a chance to make bespoke objects without investing hundreds of pounds first.

Step right up Ryman. The stationery and printing shop has started to offer 3D printing services in two of its London stores, bringing 3D printing to the high street — well, to The Strand and Great Portland Street, at least. We swung round to the latter to see how it works — and get another 3D printed self-portrait to add to our terrifying collection.

Read more

20 years of PC Pro: What amazed us in our first issue

August 7th, 2014 by Nicole Kobie

PC Pro cover issue 1

Believe it or not, PC Pro first hit the newsstand in 1994 — and back then it would have landed with a thump. (It was massive.)

As we prepare for our 20th anniversary (issue 241, on sale mid-September), I’ve been flipping through that first issue and marvelling at the sadly spec’d PCs, hilariously cheesy advertising, and interesting design choices. We had a bit of a thing for Word Art, it would seem. Read more

How Google Glass ruined my lunch hour

July 21st, 2014 by Darien Graham-Smith

TimGlass

Lunch with Tim Danton is normally a jolly affair, but today he has decided to wear his Google Glass headset. Things get off to a bad start before we’ve even left the building, as I explain that I need to go via a cashpoint. “OK Glass!” barks Tim abruptly. “Directions to a cashpoint.” There is an awkward pause: I don’t know whether he’s waiting for me to speak, or has been distracted by some terribly important message that I can’t see. His face falls slightly. “It’s giving me directions to an attachment,” he explains, apologetically.

Read more

Smartphone battery packs: can a USB power pack beat the festival battery blues?

July 16th, 2014 by Darien Graham-Smith

20140629_152204Until recently, there wasn’t much point taking your smartphone to a summer festival. With tens of thousands of people converging in the middle of the countryside, it was impossible to get a signal, and your battery was likely to expire on the first day anyway.

But things are changing. Coverage has improved markedly in recent years, and event organisers are starting to embrace mobile technology with official festival apps and onsite charging facilities – a more popular attraction than many of the bands, judging by the size of the queues. Read more

Authors

Categories

Archives

advertisement

SEARCH
SIGN UP

Your email:

Your password:

remember me

advertisement


Hitwise Top 10 Website 2010