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20 years of PC Pro: our greatest review mistakes

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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… (more…)

No such thing as a free app… so pay up if you want quality

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Adobe Lightroom for iPadTwo weeks after Microsoft unveiled Office for iPad, Adobe has today launched Lightroom for iOS 7. While the two releases do quite different things, they follow the same “gotcha” business model: unless you subscribe to the companies’ premium services (Office 365 for Microsoft, Creative Cloud for Adobe), they’re limited to viewing rather than editing.

Indeed, Adobe goes one step further, explicitly saying that Lightroom for iPad is purely for subscribers to its services. (more…)

Why Apple can’t be insanely great after Steve Jobs

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Steve_JobsMy very last session at SXSW was arguably the most interesting, with Geoffrey Fowler from the Wall Street Journal interviewing journalist-turned-author Yukari Iwatani Kane. Her new book, Haunted Empire, charts what life is like at Apple in the shadow of Steve Jobs.

What became incredibly clear during her talk is that the company can never be the same again — and nor should it try to be. Here, I try to explain why. (more…)

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The 5 most interesting UK businesses at SXSW

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

SupaPass trimmedFrom data analytics to social media, the full gamut of British technology companies is on show at SXSW Interactive. They’re here to strike new partnerships, find new investors or simply see what’s going on at the world’s biggest meeting of technology minds. Here, we shine the light on five diverse businesses…

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Move over Delia: IBM Watson is cooking tonight

Friday, March 7th, 2014

IBM truckSXSW always serves up something interesting, but I was curious to see crowds surrounding an orange truck sitting opposite the conference centre. Normally that means something is being given away for free, and so it proved – but this time with a twist.

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Eric Schmidt on the double-edged smartphone: friend and foe

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Schmdit at SXSW 2014SXSW Interactive is a strange place, attracting all the greatest tech minds to the city of Austin in Texas. The result is a lot of over-excited people getting over-excited about new ideas, most of which will disappear in a puff of over-excited smoke, and it’s also a chance for big companies to push their message to a watching world. (more…)

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Dell Chromebook 11 review: first look at the £159 laptop

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Dell Chromebook 11 three quarters

The Dell Chromebook 11 represents the company’s first foray into Google’s OS, and it’s being cautious: this isn’t a laptop aimed at the mass market but at schools, colleges and universities. That’s why its debut show is the education technology show BETT, where we got our hands on it.

Even though it’s being marketed as an education device, it will be on sale from Dell direct, and for an incredibly cheap £159 if the original press release is to be believed. (Just note that it’s £159 plus VAT, this being an education-targeted machine.)

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review: first look

Friday, January 10th, 2014

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Samsung announced an update to its ground-breaking Galaxy Camera at CES 2014, and we were lucky enough to give an early sample an in-depth test while in Las Vegas. The final version will go on sale in February, with a suggested retail price of £399 inc VAT.

The original Galaxy Camera gained a PC Pro Recommended award, combining as it did the best parts of a camera and phone – a compact camera with built-in 3G, a full-sized screen and Google Android to power it, not to mention a phenomenal 21x optical zoom.

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Nanoport: the magnetic connector that could be built into all future phones and tablets

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

I spent a couple of hours in Eureka Park at CES 2014. Despite its name, it isn’t full of trees and gentlemen in baths, but is rather a place for nascent technology companies to showcase their ideas – and hopefully get some publicity, some financial backing and some interest from big companies.

Nanoport is one of the most intriguing ideas there. It’s a magnetic connector that could be placed in the corner of future smartphones, tablets and peripherals to allow other devices to connect.

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Forget Google Glass: LifeLogger promises augmented memory

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

CES 2014 is the first public place I’ve seen people shamelessly wandering round wearing Google Glasses, and to be frank those people look both ridiculous and a little smug. Not a good combination. But Florida-based LifeLogger is promising something different with its device: augmented memory.

While LifeLogger says that it’s the software that really marks out its product compared to anything else on the market, the most natural place to start is with the hardware.

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