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Computer Shopper, June 2014

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Features

Windows XP: Decision Time

Support for Windows XP has ended. Should you take steps to secure XP against hackers, upgrade Windows or try a different OS altogether? Our advice will help you make the right choice

Child-proof the net

With multiple internet-connected devices in every home, how do you ensure your children are protected online? We give practical advice on keeping your kids safe, whatever device they use

Labs

Laptops

We’re awash with great-value laptops this month. Fast processors, ample storage, high-quality touchscreen displays and even some gaming power can be yours from just £430

PCs

If our XP feature has shown you that your old PC can no longer hack it, or if you simply fancy something a bit more powerful, we have the new desktop for you. These PCs, starting at just £420, can cope with anything you throw at them

Free software

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 7

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer (formerly known as Xara Xtreme) is a comprehensive tool for editing photos, creating graphics, drawing images and general desktop publishing. There's no need to keep a selection of different applications for your graphics needs - Xara Photo & Graphic Designer can handle them all. (DVD version only)

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2014

As always, the powerful antivirus engine is just the start. The program will also warn you of dangerous sites in your search engine results, help make online banking and e-shopping sites more secure, has a social networking filter which highlights dangerous links in your Facebook and Twitter feeds, a USB drive immuniser, identity theft and privacy protection, and much more. (DVD version only)

Abelssoft YouTube Song Downloader 2014

YouTube Song Downloader is a YouTube search tool that will quickly grab copies of all your favourite songs or videos. The program is very easy to use. Simply enter a song title or band name, click Go, and you'll see a list of the most relevant YouTube links. If you're not sure whether a particular link is what you're after, then click its Play button to watch the video from within YouTube Song Downloader. (DVD version only)

Plus

A mini PC and some free software can make a perfect media centre PC. Clive Webster shows you how

How To... Create a custom XP install disc 132

Snapseed is a powerful and free photo editor for iOS and Android. With Ben Pitt’s help, you can turn any snap into a masterpiece using only your tablet

HTC’s high-end smartphone for this year is here, and it’s a stormer. Find out why the gorgeous One (m8) is this year’s greatest handset - so far

The Sony KDL-50W829 is the first 2014 TV we’ve seen from Sony, and impresses us with its improved smart TV interface and great image quality

We review the Google Chromecast - the £30 HDMI dongle that makes your TV smart

And lots more!

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