Barry Collins
Don’t look to the stars for app reviews
Mobile

Don’t look to the stars for app reviews

The fixing of review scores in app stores is a major problem
17 Oct 2020
High-end handsets can take a hike
Mobile Phones

High-end handsets can take a hike

Why I'm no longer be paying through the nose for the latest handset
7 Sep 2020
How to run Windows 10 on a Mac: Bootcamp vs Parallels
virtual desktop

How to run Windows 10 on a Mac: Bootcamp vs Parallels

Here are three of the best ways to run Windows 10 on a Mac
27 Aug 2020
20 new features in Windows 10
Microsoft Windows

20 new features in Windows 10

This spring’s big update and a host of add-ons have brought a wealth of new features to Windows 10
21 Aug 2020
Let’s stick to the software diet
Software

Let’s stick to the software diet

Bloatware is a problem software developers need to deal with
19 Aug 2020
The House of Lords will never bring tech giants to book
IT regulation

The House of Lords will never bring tech giants to book

The multiple ways politicians have tried to regulate social media are uniformly daft
8 Aug 2020
Windows 10 needs to go back to basics
Microsoft Windows

Windows 10 needs to go back to basics

Remote tech support brings home how appalling Windows is when it comes to the fundamentals
13 Jul 2020
Why I’m leading a browser double life
web browser

Why I’m leading a browser double life

There are benefits to using more than one browser
8 Jul 2020
Can I become a coder?
Careers & training

Can I become a coder?

Our fortysomething writer rekindles his childhood passion for coding – but can he teach himself Python from scratch?
27 Jun 2020
Games battles are a taste of things to come
Cloud

Games battles are a taste of things to come

When we’re streaming our desktops, how will we pay for software? The games industry is going through these growing pains now
27 May 2020
Microsoft 365 is more than a name change
productivity

Microsoft 365 is more than a name change

The Office 365 rebranding could be a sign of things to come
16 May 2020
Is your broadband coronavirus-ready?
broadband

Is your broadband coronavirus-ready?

It’s not a stockpile of toilet rolls that you should be investing in to survive lockdown in comfort
29 Apr 2020
Chromebooks are the Benjamin Button of tech
Laptops

Chromebooks are the Benjamin Button of tech

While most tech ages like a bowl of fruit, Google's laptops seem more like a fine wine
29 Mar 2020
Who’s watching you watch them?
privacy

Who’s watching you watch them?

Smart TV services are tracking you more closely than you think
15 Mar 2020
Dear Jon, I’ve gone and bought a Mac…
operating systems

Dear Jon, I’ve gone and bought a Mac…

When making the leap from Windows to Mac, it can be hard to make a smooth transition
9 Mar 2020
Smart motorways aren’t smart enough
smart city

Smart motorways aren’t smart enough

Free sat-nav apps could limit the dangers of so-called smart motorways, says Barry Collins
8 Mar 2020
Recycling our digital waste is too hard
cloud computing

Recycling our digital waste is too hard

We need tools to clear the mountains of data that are building up around us
23 Feb 2020
Why should Mac users pay for Windows?
operating systems

Why should Mac users pay for Windows?

Microsoft's Windows 10 pricing is baffling
16 Feb 2020
Sonos speakers are environmentally unsound
In-depth

Sonos speakers are environmentally unsound

Forcing customers to brick trade-in speakers could destroy Sonos
9 Feb 2020
A breakdown in communications
mobile networks

A breakdown in communications

Why is it still a struggle for the emergency services to find those they need to help?
19 Jan 2020
Smashing green tech myths
Green energy tech
energy efficiency

Smashing green tech myths

Environmentally friendly or snake oil? Here are five of the biggest green technology truisms
7 Dec 2019
Let’s stamp out snail mail in 2020
email marketing

Let’s stamp out snail mail in 2020

Why do so many businesses prefer the postbox to the inbox?
1 Dec 2019
How to make AI work for you
artificial intelligence (AI)

How to make AI work for you

We look at how artificial intelligence in apps and software can make your life easier
22 Nov 2019
Why should we have to pay a ransom for old email accounts?
email providers

Why should we have to pay a ransom for old email accounts?

With other free and low-cost hosting options available, holding onto old broadband addresses makes little sense
19 Nov 2019
Tech troubles cooked the travel agent
business transformation

Tech troubles cooked the travel agent

Is technology partly to blame for Thomas Cook’s demise?
3 Nov 2019
Why you don’t need 5G – or a phone
5G

Why you don’t need 5G – or a phone

Could the best way to make calls be to avoid a handset altogether?
20 Oct 2019
How bad will Brexit be for tech?
Technology

How bad will Brexit be for tech?

How will bursting out of the EU affect tech jobs, legislation and the prices of tech goods?
30 Sep 2019
Facebook justice fills the gap left by police
social media

Facebook justice fills the gap left by police

Crime fighting is growing on social media, but it brings dangers
23 Sep 2019
Noise-cancelling headphones to shout about
Hardware

Noise-cancelling headphones to shout about

This piece of summer technology that can save your holiday
1 Sep 2019
Trumped up Huawei threat helps nobody
Policy & legislation

Trumped up Huawei threat helps nobody

Crying wolf with cybersecurity is a dangerous game, warns Barry Collins
18 Aug 2019
OS war – what was it good for? Absolutely nothing
A dove symbolising peace
operating systems

OS war – what was it good for? Absolutely nothing

Operating systems are dwindling towards irrelevance, and that’s no bad thing
4 Aug 2019
Is it time to drop Dropbox?
Cloud

Is it time to drop Dropbox?

Barry Collins fears he’s being strong-armed into paying for a Dropbox subscription
3 Aug 2019
Don’t fall for the 5G fallacy
Network & Internet

Don’t fall for the 5G fallacy

Why we shouldn't get sucked in by the bluster over the next generation of mobile connectivity
21 Jul 2019
More money for the router of all evil
Network & Internet

More money for the router of all evil

Barry Collins baulks at paying yet another BT subscription – just to get a router
7 Jul 2019
The biggest threat to your privacy is you
privacy

The biggest threat to your privacy is you

We're far too careless with our own personal data, especially on the Tube
29 Jun 2019