What Is The Point Of Mini PCs?

Author: iqbalfff | Categories: How To,Tech News comments
The personal computer market started with desktop PCs such as the MITS Altair, Apple II and IBM PC. As sales exploded, we got handhelds, tablets, laptops, games machines, all-in-ones, workstations, servers and eventually the giant server farms that now support cloud services. PCs...

Can I Get A Gaming PC For £500, And Which Games Console Is Best?

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It’s only three months since I answered the question Sylvia read – What’s the best gaming PC for under £1,000? – but some readers are looking for cheaper options in the run-up to Christmas. To answer the simplest question first, yes, I would still go for the HP Omen 880-...

Do Decentralised Web Programs Use As Much Energy As Cloud Based Services?

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Martin is interested in using a DWeb alternative to Google Docs, but worries about the energy use associated with blockchain The main aim of the decentralised web (DWeb) is to remove the power of centralised “gatekeepers” such as Facebook and Google, who hoover up the world...

Canadian Officials Visit Second Citizen Detained In China

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Ambassador meets Michael Spavor who was arrested last week; he and Michael Kovrig were held following Huawei boss’s arrest in Canada Canada’s ambassador to Beijing has met the second Canadian detained in China on suspicion of threatening national security. The Canadian foreig...

Broadband Too Slow In More Than A Quarter Of UK Homes – Report

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Internet speeds in millions of households not fast enough to meet a typical family’s needs More than a quarter of UK homes do not have fast enough broadband to cope with a typical family’s internet needs, such as downloading films and watching series on Netflix, according to ...

Facebook Documents Published By UK – The Key Takeaways

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Emails show Zuckerberg targeted Twitter’s Vine and gave some companies special data access, among other revelations The UK parliament has published a cache of confidential Facebook documents it obtained from a plaintiff in a California lawsuit. The records, which have been unde...

OnePlus 6T Review: You’d Have To Spend Double To Get Better Than This

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With in-display fingerprint scanner and speedy performance, this is the smartphone that brings all-screen design up a notch The OnePlus 6T proves that cutting-edge technology doesn’t have to cost the Earth, bringing an in-display fingerprint scanner and a tiny notch for just £...

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: Cutting Edge Brilliance

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With in-display fingerprint and 3D face scanning, triple camera and long battery life, Huawei has pulled off something special Huawei has made really good phones for years, but the Mate 20 Pro is the Chinese firm’s first truly cutting-edge device with a triple camera, 3D face u...

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Tablet Review: As Good As Surface Pro But With USB C

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Great screen, robust design, brilliant keyboard and Thunderbolt 3 make the third-generation ThinkPad X1 Tablet a potent combination Lenovo’s third-generation ThinkPad X1 Tablet aims to be a no-compromise Windows 10 detachable that gives users what Microsoft’s Surface won’t:...

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Review: A Fantastic Tablet PC You Shouldn’t Buy

Author: iqbalfff | Categories: Gadget reviews,Tech News comments
It looks, feels and works great, is cheaper than the previous version and lasts longer on a charge, but it still doesn’t have USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 The new Surface Pro 6 is the latest version of Microsoft’s category-defining detachable tablet PC, but do a price cut, faster c...

Apple 12.9in IPad Pro Review: Bringing Back The Wow Factor

Author: iqbalfff | Categories: Gadget reviews,Tech News comments
Dumping the home button for Face ID allows an impressive all-screen design but makes for an extremely expensive tablet After eight years of fairly boring design revisions, the new 2018 iPad Pro finally breaks the mould, restoring the wow factor the original commanded way back in ...

Why Facebook’s New Rule About Sex Is Its Weirdest Yet

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Facebook has always taken strange positions. But what is the point in banning posts that ‘facilitate, encourage or coordinate sexual encounters between adults’? Facebook has new rules, and they are not fun; like Dua Lipa’s, not fun at all. You could not dance to these rules...

The Video Games That Are Good For Your Children

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Technology can become a battleground at home. YouTube may house endless nursery rhymes and clips of Peppa Pig but it’s also blighted by disturbing content disguised as kid-friendly. On mobile game storefronts, “free” games aimed at children are often laden with artificial b...

Fortnite’s New Creative Mode: A Game Changer

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In its latest seasonal update, the 200m-selling blockbuster allows players to create their own islands and share them with friends – the response is likely to be huge Every three months something gigantic happens in the lives of 200m video game players: Fortnite Battle Royale s...

Brooklyn Rapper Sues Makers Of Fortnite Over Claims Video Game Stole His Moves

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The rapper 2 Milly filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the makers of Fortnite, saying they were illegally using a dance he created in their wildly popular video game. The Brooklyn-based rapper, whose real name is Terrence Ferguson, alleges that the North Carolina-based Epic Games m...

Australia’s War On Encryption: The Sweeping New Powers Rushed Into Law

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Australia has made itself a global guinea pig in testing a regime to crack encrypted communication In the hit US TV series The Wirepolice are initially baffled when the criminal suspects they are investigating begin to communicate through photographic messages of clock faces. Aft...

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Refuses To Rule Out Censored Chinese Search Engine

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Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, testified before the House judiciary committee on Tuesday morning, three months after his company thumbed its nose at Congress by failing to appear alongside Facebook and Twitter at a Senate hearing on election interference. In a hearing...

What’s The Best Replacement For The Windows 10 Snipping Tool?

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Jane has read that Microsoft is removing the screen-capture utility in Windows 10 and would like a free alternative Taking screen grabs is now such an important part of personal computer use that Microsoft is certain to provide a good alternative. In fact, you will get to keep Sn...

Zuckerberg Must End Far Right’s Fundraising On Facebook – Tom Watson

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The deputy Labour leader, Tom Watson, has demanded that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg never again allows far-right activists to fundraise on the network, criticising him for having a “contempt for social responsibility”. A Guardian investigation on Friday found that a hidden g...

Google+ To Shut Down Early After Privacy Flaw Affects Over 50m Users

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Service to be closed four months earlier than expected in light of lapse that exposed names, email addresses and other information Google is still having trouble protecting the personal information on its Google+ service, prodding the company to accelerate its plans to shut down ...

Which Apple MacBook Laptop Should I Buy?

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Mary needs to replace her 2009 MacBook Pro but is overwhelmed by the options. Which is the best choice? Following the product refresh on 30 October, Apple has four MacBooks that do much the same job. The good news is that, if you can survive on a 2009 MacBook Pro, any of them wou...

Can I Use Predictive Text On My PC To Save Typing?

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Richard likes Swype’s predictive text on his tablet and wants a similar app for a Windows 10 PC Predictive text programs have been around for a long time, and many are still available. The first one I used was Brown Bag Software’s MindReader, which arrived on a 5.25in floppy ...

What’s The Best Sub £200 Laptop For A Child?

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Sue’s eight-year-old daughter wants a laptop for school projects. Will a new laptop costing £200 or an old MacBook do the job? The key question is: what software does your daughter need in order to do projects at home? Can you get a copy? Some educational software only runs on...

What Are The Best Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows?

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Sue knows some Windows keyboard shortcuts but is sure there must be more. Here are the ones I’ve found most useful I recommend the use of keyboard shortcuts because they save a lot of time, and sometimes a lot of unsaved work. They are also important to people who cannot use a ...

Does Apple’s Sales Slump Mean The Firm Has Finally Peaked?

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The company’s $1tn valuation has fallen 20% and fewer people are buying its iPhones At the start of October Apple was on top of the world. The company had hit a record-breaking valuation of $1tn (£770bn), just released its fastest – and most expensive – iPhone and its chie...

Get A Grip: Are Smartphones Ruining Our Hands?

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A surgery professor says students are arriving at medical school without the hand strength and skill to perform basic medical tasks Prof Roger Kneebone, a professor of surgical education at Imperial College London, has said students are arriving at medical school without the requ...

IPhone XR Review: Apple’s Cheaper Battery King

Author: iqbalfff | Categories: Gadget reviews,Tech News comments
With Face ID and a decent screen, this phone attempts a happy medium between quality and price – but £750 still isn’t a bargain The iPhone XR looks to offer most of what made the iPhone XS a knockout for £250 less – but with a colourful body and a slightly larger screen i...

Our Top Five New Smartphones

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All-glass design, face recognition and triple cameras are some of the innovations featured in the latest phones from Apple, Google, Huawei and Samsung. 1. Huawei Mate 20 Pro £900 Huawei’s latest phone is something rather special. The Mate 20 Pro packs more cutting-edge technol...

The Smartphone Apps That Will Change The Way You Bank

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As N26 makes its UK debut, we look at what you can expect from the new breed of services The march of the smartphone-based “challenger banks” continues, with the German-based N26 the latest to launch in the UK.It joins other app-based banks, such as Monzo and Starling, that a...