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Apple Watch, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Tim Cook’s Apple back with a bang?

September 10th, 2014 by Darien Graham-Smith

You have to hand it to Apple – it knows how to create a buzz. Even though I’m currently honeymooning on the other side of the world, I couldn’t resist sitting up until nearly 3am to watch last night’s announcement.

Of course, this was no ordinary event. Ever since Tim Cook took over the reins, we’ve been waiting for Apple to prove that its vitality hadn’t been lost along with its iconic CEO. The fanfare surrounding last night’s announcement seemed to promise that, at long last, that proof was at hand.

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BT Home Hub 5: how to get maximum speed

September 9th, 2014 by Barry Collins

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BT finally got round to installing fibre in my area around a month ago, since when I’ve been enjoying life in the fast lane. However, there’s a distinct problem with the way that BT sets up the router, which wasn’t mentioned in our review of the Home Hub 5 and may prevent you from getting the most out of your fibre connection. Luckily, there’s an easy fix, which I’m going to explain here.

The BT Home Hub 5 is a dual-band router, but the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands share the same SSID by default. In other words, when you go to connect your devices, you’ll see one access point labelled “BT Hub-XXXX” and your device may connect to either of the two bands. There is, to the best of my knowledge, no way of telling a dual-band device to connect to a particular band – although if you know better, please let me know in the comments, below.

This is a problem, since the 5GHz band is much slower than 2.4GHz in my experience, and that of several of my Twitter correspondents. From upstairs, my dual-band laptop can get the full 80Mbits/sec afforded by my Infinity 2 connection over 2.4GHz, but that throughput slumps to around 20Mbits/sec when connected to 5GHz – which is roughly what Jonathan Bray found in his review of the Home Hub 5.

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

September 4th, 2014 by Nicole Kobie

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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

August 28th, 2014 by Nicole Kobie

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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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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

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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3D printing hits the high street for plastic selfies

August 7th, 2014 by Nicole Kobie

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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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