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The Countdown Loop
The workcycle() function consists of a pair of nested loops that iterate through the micro:bit’s 25 LEDs, and a timing loop which alternates between sleeping and checking for button presses. If a button has been pressed, or if all LEDs go out, execut
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How To Claim Your Bonus Software
1 Visit pcprodownload.co.uk. You’ll need to enter the coupon code printed on the spine of the cover (or directly on the cover if you’re a digital subscriber). If there’s no code on the spine, you have bought the £4.99 version of PC Pro, which doesn’t
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Your Bonus Software
Total value this month £164 This powerful PDF creation software equips your PC with a virtual printer driver, with which you can create PDFs from any Windows application. Just open your target document, choose the Print option, select the novaPDF pri
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Trend Micro Internet Security
SCORE PRICE 3 PCs, 1yr, £21 (£25 inc VAT) from trendmicro.com Protection rating 99.5% False positives 6 Performance rating 91.1% Scan time 41secs With an overall protection rating of 99.5%, Trend Micro Internet Security is – believe it or not – the l
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Lenovo Chromebook Duet
PRICE £208 (£249 inc VAT) from johnlewis.com Adozen machines competed in our Chromebooks Labs (see issue 321, p76), but the Lenovo Chromebook Duet was exceptional. This was in part due to its low price; while Chromebooks have a reputation for being c
PC Pro Magazine6 min de lectureComputers
Intel NUC 11 Pro
SCORE PRICE As reviewed, £537 (£644 inc VAT) from uk.insight.com Intel’s Next Unit of Computing computers have been with us for almost a decade, with the NUC acronym now attached to its range of mini PCs. They’re consistently among the most compellin
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Rise Of The Cryptominers
One of the fastest-growing threats of recent years is so-called cryptomining malware. If anything’s going to land on your computer, there’s a good chance it will be this type of exploit. In a way, that’s a blessing. Cryptominers are sneaky little pro
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This month, we pitch 14 security suites against each other in our Labs (see p76), but what software do PC Pro’s readers already use? ■
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F-Secure Safe
SCORE PRICE 1 PC, 1yr, £10 (£12 inc VAT) from pcpro.link/322safe Protection rating 100% False positives 0 Performance rating 93.9% Scan time 27secs Some people want an all-encompassing security suite with dozens of configurable modules; others are ju
PC Pro Magazine2 min de lectureComputers
The £250 PC Challenge
Even when PC Pro first smashed its way onto the newsagents’ shelves in 1994, £250 wouldn’t get you very far when buying a new PC. Today, and despite inflation, there are several new computers you can buy despite that limited budget. But would a new m
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Lee’s Guide To Buying Secondhand
Clearly, there’s appeal to owning something brand new, but I’m going to prove that the secondhand market will deliver a better return on your £250 than anything new for that price. There are a few hidden traps in the pre-owned marketplaces, but if yo
PC Pro Magazine3 min de lectureSecurity
Avast Antivirus Free
SCORE PRICE Free from avast.com Protection rating 100% False positives 3 Performance rating 91.9% Scan time 16m 41s If you don’t want to pay for malware protection, there are several free options. The most obvious is what’s already built into Windows
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AVG Internet Security
SCORE PRICE 1 PC, 1yr, £8 (£10 inc VAT) from store.pcpro.co.uk Protection rating 100% False positives 3 Performance rating 91.5% Scan time 25m42s AVG is known for its basic, free antivirus tool, but when you can upgrade to the full security suite for
PC Pro Magazine17 min de lectureComputers
The A-List The Best Products On The Market, As Picked By Our Editors
Affordable Apple M1 ultraportable from £999 from apple.com/uk Apple’s ARM-based M1 chip is blasting away its AMD and Intel x86 opposition with truly extraordinary speeds. Even the low-end model with 8GB of RAM is ludicrously fast. Apple makes no chan
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Nokia X20
SCORE PRICE 8GB, £267 (£320 incV) from nokia.com Nokia finds itself in familiar low-cost territory with the Nokia X20. Here it hopes to attract people who want the speed of 5G without a hefty outlay, and that’s reflected in a modest list of specs: a
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Tim Danton: editor@pcpro.co.uk “I’d attach it to a certain member of my extended family’s keys. The last five minutes of every visit to our house is filled with a frantic search for them, as she’s developed an unusual skill of never l
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Avira Antivirus Pro
SCORE PRICE 1 PC, 1yr, £25 (£30 inc VAT) from avira.com Protection rating 99.8% False positives 2 Performance rating 92.8% Scan time 60secs Avira Antivirus Pro makes a great first impression. The console opens with a swish graphic promising not only
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Buyer’s Guide To Voice Over IP Systems
During the pandemic we’ve heard a lot about cloud-based file-sharing services and videoconferencing platforms, but one technology that hasn’t got the acknowledgement it deserves is VoIP. Companies using VoIP services have been easily able to keep the
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What’s Not Being Switched Off?
A common misperception about the big switch-off is that this means the end of copper cabling. If only that were true… While Openreach and others are pressing ahead with fibre-to-the-premises rollouts across the country, there’s zero chance that every
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“Reputations Are Going To Be Staked On How ‘The Computer’ Goes About Making Decisions”
We live lonely lives here sometimes. The type of critic who sees patterns in everything loves to tell me that I’m in the pockets of PC Pro advertisers, and that we all toe the party line – most recently over systems such as the Raspberry Pi 400 or an
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Lee’s Self-built Dream Machine
My self-built machine had to fulfil three objectives. The first was to be simply a PC for everyday needs. Nothing quirky that flashes like a funfair ride, just a solid Windows-based family computer. The second was to create something to outperform th
PC Pro Magazine6 min de lectureCrime & Violence
“You Need To Know Where Your Data Is Going To Identify Compliance And Risk Issues
Last month, I was reviewing the relationship between a UK client and a US technology provider who stored personal data on behalf of my client. The provider’s terms stated that it “complies with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework” for transfers of per
PC Pro Magazine4 min de lectureComputers
I thought I’d share a historic example from when the right to repair and recycle was commonplace. My Dell laptop has recently failed. That’s not unusual, you might say, but stay with me: this laptop is 18 years old. It was a Dell Inspiron 8200, a “de
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Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
SCORE PRICE With keyboard and pen, £499 (£599 inc VAT) from lenovo.com In this month’s main feature (see p26), we gave Lee Grant £250 to build PC and also looked at what you could buy new for that money. One of the more interesting devices is the Len
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Ron And The Right To Repair
Ron has appeared here before, when I got an invite to the Royal Albert Hall to see and hear its new sound system (see issue 298, p120). In early 2021, he was back in touch, wanting to tidy up his digitised music library. Unusually for someone in his
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Honor MagicBook 14(2021)
SCORE PRICE £916 (£1,099 inc VAT) from hihonor.com The 2020 Honor MagicBook 14 (see issue 319, p82) was a value champ, packing powerful AMD Ryzen 4000 processors into a solid metal chassis for less than £700. This 2021 edition shifts streams, with Ho
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How We Test
We run our own benchmarks on every Windows and macOS system we test. These are based around image editing, video editing and multitasking (where we run the video-editing benchmark while simultaneously playing back a 4K video). At the bottom of each l
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Next Month’s Issue
Thursday 8 July 2021 What can you buy for £500, £1,000 or £1,500? We challenge the UK’s best PCmakers, and their international rivals, to find out. Start your subscription today and claim a free 32GB memory stick emblazoned with the logo of your favo
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Bitdefender Internet Security
SCORE PRICE 3 PCs, 1yr, £13 (£15 inc VAT) from pcpro.link/322bit Protection rating 100% False positives 5 Performance rating 89.8% Scan time 5m5s We’ve recommended Bitdefender many times in the past, not to mention in our roundup of freebies on p86,
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It’s Goodbye To Android And Hello To The IPhone Mini
@njkobie After a dozen years on Android, I’ve finally made the switch to an iPhone. And it has less to do with Apple than what’s happened to the rest of the smartphone market. With the exception of a Nokia E71 running Symbian back in the late 2000s,
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