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Nicole Kobie

Twitter, please don’t fiddle with my feed

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Twitter is going to start displaying tweets in your feed of people you don’t follow, because it thinks you want them. Just to be clear, Twitter: I don’t, and neither do the majority of your users.

Twitter has been testing out the idea over the past couple of months — you may have noticed tweets in your timeline from people you don’t follow, and wondered what was going on — and now the idea is being rolled out to everyone’s feed.

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How Satya Nadella can get some pay-raise karma

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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There’s a belief that women in work generally find it difficult to ask for raises, and that it’s harder for women in industries where they’re in a serious minority, such as technology and IT.

So it doesn’t help when CEOs of big tech firms are asked how nervous women should ask for raises, and they respond with this:

“It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise. That might be one of the initial ‘super powers’, that quite frankly, women who don’t ask for a raise have… It’s good karma. It will come back.”
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Windows 10: a step back to go forward

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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Windows 10 has been announced, and Microsoft has given us a few details about how the new OS will work to hold us over until next year. Understandably, following the mess that was Windows 8, people had their knives at the ready, and criticism has already begun. But really there’s only one thing Microsoft did wrong with Windows 8: it stopped listening to users and started acting like Apple.

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20 years of PC Pro: from deep pan pizza to virtualisation

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

If PC Pro had a heart, it would be the Real Worlders, as we call them. Many of our Real World Columnists have been contributing to the magazine since its early days — some, including Davey Winder and Jon Honeyball, from the very first issue.

We asked Paul Ockenden, Steve Cassidy and Davey Winder for their favourite columns that have been published in PC Pro. Here’s what they picked.

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20 years of PC Pro: one-star reviews (including “the worst tablet we’ve ever seen”)

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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There’s nothing like a perfect piece of tech — but even rarer than a six-out-of-six score on a PC Pro review is a one-star rating.

It’s not often we’re so horrified by the uselessness of a piece of kit that we give it our lowest possible score, but here are three times that’s happened in the past ten years. Enjoy. We know we did.

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20 years of PC Pro: our best covers

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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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.

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20 years of PC Pro: our first A-List

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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.

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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.

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3D printing hits the high street for plastic selfies

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

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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.

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

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

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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. (more…)

Office of the future: comfy chairs and tablets everywhere

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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What will the office of the future look like? Samsung has tried to answer that with a recent event showcasing the future of work – and it would appear that next-gen offices will be heavy on Samsung tablets and panel displays.

The first bit of tech on display was pre-event: before I entered the main showcase, a Samsung staffer excitedly asked for the NFC-enabled name tag I’d just been handed. She swiped it on a small device, waited a minute, and swiped again. Then she fiddled with the printer next to her, and swiped the card again, and 30 seconds later a coat-check tag printed out.

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