In the early 1980s, Sir Clive Sinclair masterminded Britain’s home-computing revolution. Eschewing the American big-business thinking of the Apples and Commodores of the day, he unleashed a tiny plastic DIY microcomputer, the ZX80, followed by the ZX81 and then his breakthrough: the ZX Spectrum.
It’s no secret why printers are cheap to buy. When you add up what you’ve spent over the years, the price you paid for the machine itself represents a drop in the ocean. The real money’s in the consumables. A litre of petrol, one of the Earth’s most precious and fastestdwindling resources, will cost you a bit more than a pound, including tax. The same quantity of inkjet refills, however, would come to about £1,000.
Think malware can’t affect Android or iOS? Think again. Jonathan Parkyn reveals how to find out if your phone or tablet is under attack and how to stop it
Aflaw was recently discovered in the Android operating system (OS) that could allow hackers to take control of your phone or tablet simply by sending you an infected multimedia message (MMS) – essentially a text message with a malicious video file attached.
When it first appeared as a variant of the Galaxy Note last year, Samsung’s ‘Edge’ design brought something properly new, if arguably pointless, to mobile devices. Other phones have bigger or smaller or squarer or longer screens, but they’re all flat. Here’s a screen that goes all the way to the, well, edge, and wraps around. It may just be a few millimetres, but it’s enough to feel startlingly futuristic.
The Moto X was launched two years ago as an affordable mid-range smartphone. Last year it was reinvented as an upmarket metal option with a big screen. Now it’s got an even bigger screen, but it’s reasonably priced again. Oh, and there are two versions of it. Make your mind up, Motorola.
Upgraded to Windows 10? Then you’ll want to know how it’s better than Windows 7 and 8. Jonathan Parkyn and Daniel Booth reveal the best things you can do in the new OS that you couldn’t do in its predecessors
It’s now two months since Windows 10 launched, and the general reaction among Computeractive readers has been: ‘Yes, it’s good, but…’. Every user has their own ‘but’, whether it’s updates not working, software mysteriously vanishing or hardware packing up. As promised, we are continuing to fix your problems – no buts!
A full-size laptop that doubles as a full-size tablet
Next month, Apple will start selling the iPad Pro, a tablet with a screen as big as a laptop. Not a full-size 15.6in laptop, because that would be crazy. It will have an optional keyboard, albeit a special flat, lightweight keyboard, not a full-size laptop keyboard that’s permanently attached, because that would be crazy. And it’s fairly heavy compared to a regular iPad, but not as heavy as a full-size laptop, because – yes, you guessed – that would be crazy.
We were beginning to wonder if it had been made illegal to release a normal, everyday laptop, and we’d missed it. By normal we mean not ultra-small or ultra-slim, not a MacBook, Chromebook or some hybrid convertible multi-touch fantabulet – just a conventional laptop. Well, here’s one, and it’s pretty good too.