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Which? Technology news roundup, 14 March 2014

Windows XP, new look BBC iPlayer and Hudl freezing


If you use Windows XP on a home desktop or laptop PC, then the news that Microsoft is set to end support for the operating system is something you need to be aware of.

We explain what this news means for users of Windows XP, and why your PC might soon be at risk from online security exploits. Listening to our weekly podcast to find out why now is the time to upgrade either your operating system or your computer.

This week our TV expert, Andrew Laughlin, was invited to the debut of the new BBC iPlayer service for internet browsers. Find out if he came away impressed after his visit.

Finally, our tablets expert, Jessica Moreton, has been in direct talks with Tesco this week to voice our members’ concerns regarding broken Hudls. Find out what advice Tesco has for owners of a Hudl that is suffering from a frozen screen.

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All this and more on Which? Tech Daily.

The demise of Windows XP

With Microsoft’s recent announcement that it is to withdraw support for its Windows XP operating system (OS), we take a look at what the news means for current XP users.

In our weekly podcast Which? Computing editor, Rich Parris, explains why the end of XP support raises online security concerns, while we also discuss whether Windows 7 or Windows 8 should be the OS of choice for those looking to upgrade.

BBC announces a new look for iPlayer

The Beeb’s catch-up TV service averages a staggering 10 million video requests every day, so any update to the service is something to talk about, especially when it’s a major one.

BBC iPlayer will now feature a new interface and integration with BBC 3, as the channel moves from terrestrial TV to be online only. Our TV expert gives the lowdown on the new-look BBC iPlayer.

How to fix a Tesco Hudl with a frozen screen

Tesco’s Hudl tablet has proved an extremely popular device, with the tablet selling out in the run-up to Christmas, thanks to its relatively low price and reasonable features.

However, a gremlin has begun to show its face with regards to a screen fault that may leave a chunk of the device’s display frozen. Our tablets expert, Jessica Moreton, went to Tesco directly for its response to customer complaints.

Best sub-£250 sound bars for films

The best sound bars deliver great stereo sound that can rival even the surround sound offered by a multi-speaker home cinema system.

We’ve delved into the results of our expert Which? tests to reveal five of the best sub-£250 soundbars to choose, when it comes to making action films sound as impressive as they look.

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