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BT Smart Hub review

Mark assesses if the new BT Smart Hub lives up to its claims DETAILS• Manufacturer: BT• Requirements: BT broadband serviceDespite the new name, this system identifies itself as Home Hub 6, so it’s a replacement for the five previous incarnations of BT's own router solution. As one of ...

Up Board review

Les Pounder tests a single board computer that offers an alternative to the Raspberry Pi, but will he take ‘up’ the offer? When it comes to single board computers (SBC), the ARM CPU has near dominance with the Raspberry Pi, of course. But a recent Kickstarter has created a new Intel-based SBC ...

Mint 18.2 Cinnamon Review

Impressed by the richness of its latest release, Shashank Sharma is keen to award Linux Mint the prestigious ‘Debian of the desktop distros' award...Features at a glance Spicy customisationThe range of themes, desklet and applets can help you change the appearance of the distro.LTS releaseMint ...

Fedora 26 Review

Jonni Bidwell splutters under pressure to make a hat-related anecdote worthy of this delightful distribution, which is now on version 26.- Pick a language, any language. Preferably one you understand, though.Sensible packaging Fedora 26 also includes the new DNF(Dandified yum) 2.0 package ...

Tinker Board Review

Asus’s new computer blows raspberries at its British rival What is it? A new single-board computer that’s being touted as a serious rival to the hugely popular (and British-made) Raspberry Pi. Made by Taiwanese company Asus, it runs a customized version of Linux – like the Pi – and is the ...

Ubuntu 17.04 Review

Zesty Zapus is out, but its release has been overshadowed by the demise of Unity, the death of Canonical’s convergence dreams and layoffs at the companyI took the view that, if convergence was the future and we could deliver it as free software, that would be widely appreciated both in the ...

Remembering… ZX Spectrum

David Hayward goes all mushy over his favourite computer everAweek or so ago, on St George’s day, there was another celebration taking place among the retro computing fanatics. That was of course, the thirty third birthday of the ever wonderful ZX Spectrum.Indeed, 33 years old. That amazing little ...

All about Apple Watch

Apple Watch is the world’s best-looking smartwatch. Sure, that’s not really surprising given the clunky competition, but Apple has come up trumps with its first smartwatch. The worlds of fashion and tech have very much collided, and that’s exactly what Apple intended. It’s an object of lust that ...

Remembering… Commodore 64

A monumental 8-bit computer this weekThe school yards of the early 80s were home to such gaming wonders as British Bulldog, Manhunt and Conkers, but above all else, they were the battleground for who preferred the Spectrum over the Commodore.To the Spectrum owners, the C64 was a toilet-coloured, ...

Remembering… Commodore Amiga

We pay homage to a computer that was years ahead of its timeWe looked at the glorious Atari ST last week, and lamented it's fate as an underappreciated computer of the era. The other side to the 16-bit coin was of course, the Commodore Amiga, and consequently the winner of the 16-bit battle, and ...