Rich Parris

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Richard has a background in research that began with programme development and documentary production at the BBC. Following this, he worked in research and analysis of biofuel and alternative energy projects and country-risk analysis at a major Swiss finance group. He has been working on Technology for Which? since 2007, covering topics and product areas such as digital cameras, camcorders, TVs, broadband, laptops, tablets, privacy and consumer rights.

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Switching ISPs isn’t always easy

by , Editor, Which? Computing Technology 7 August 2014
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Email @ being hooked

Mark Savage tells us he rues the day he switched from Sky to BT last June, a move that started with an unusable email service and ended with threats from debt collectors. (more about ISP emails...)

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Microsoft Windows XP support ends – what will you do next?

by , Editor, Which? Computing Technology 4 April 2014
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Windows XP

As PC operating systems go, they don’t get much more venerable than good old XP. Yet the curtain is being drawn on this stalwart version of Windows, with Microsoft withdrawing its security patch support on 8 April. (more about Windows XP...)

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Don’t be fooled by the ransomware scam

by , Editor, Which? Computing Technology 22 January 2014
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Laptop with toy policemen

It begins with a scary-looking pop-up on your computer, and it could end with you having to fork out hundreds of pounds to get your files back. Have you been hit by the ransomware scam? (more about the ransomware scam...)

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Outrageous mark-ups – does tablet memory top the table?

by , Editor, Which? Computing Technology 20 November 2013
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iPad Air

Tablet manufacturers, such as Apple, Google and Samsung, are marking up the price of extra memory storage by as much as 1,200%. Is this one of the worst price mark-ups yet? (more about tablet memory...)

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Could your tech be dirtier than a toilet seat?

by , Editor, Which? Computing Technology 17 September 2013
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Tablet PC being swabbed

We run our fingers over them all through the day, even while we’re having a snack or eating lunch. But tablets, smartphones and office keyboards may have more bacteria lurking on them than a toilet seat. (more about dirty tablets...)

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Why I’d trust my files to Google or Microsoft

by , Editor, Which? Computing Technology 11 July 2013
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Cartoon of cloud storage

Cloud storage should be all about peace of mind. With your files backed up online, you don’t need to worry about losing a hard drive or having your laptop stolen. Your photos and documents are safe. (more about cloud computing T&Cs...)

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The true cost of the ‘Microsoft support’ scam call

by , Editor, Which? Computing Technology 21 May 2013
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Cartoon of man with phone

Have you been called by bogus Microsoft support scammers? We've heard from readers who've been conned into paying hundreds after falling victim. We’ve spoken to Microsoft to find out the scale of the scam. (more about Microsoft scam calls...)

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Would you pay to rent your PC software?

by , Editor, Which? Computing Technology 10 May 2013
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Adobe Creative Cloud logo

Pity the poor software manufacturers of this world – they’re clearly scratching their heads and trying to figure out how on earth to make money these days. Do you buy software, or do you stick to the free stuff? (more about subscription software...)

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Why there’s nothing to like about Facebook phones

by , Editor, Which? Computing Technology 5 April 2013
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Facebook Home phone

Make no mistake, Facebook knows all about you. It already holds loads of data on its users, and with Facebook Home powering phones, the amount of info you could be handing over could go through the roof. (more about Facebook Home...)

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Why I’ve happily got my head in the cloud

by , Editor, Which? Computing Technology 12 February 2013
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Cloud with cable

I’m terrified of hard drives. Scared to death of them. They’re fragile, they're prone to disconnecting with a knock of the USB connector, they make odd whirring noises and they’re the right size to lose with ease... (more about cloud computing...)

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Are digital cameras on their last legs?

by , Editor, Which? Computing Technology 14 January 2013
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Digital camera with workmen

There was no shortage of new cameras buzzing about CES 2013 in Las Vegas. But do any of them have enough new ideas to save the faltering compact camera market? (more about digital cameras...)

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Jessops finally snaps – was I to blame?

by , Editor, Which? Computing Technology 9 January 2013
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Jessops store closed down

So, I was sad to hear that national camera retailer Jessops is going into administration. And then a second feeling came over me… a small measure of culpability. (more about Jessops going bust...)

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Would you give a digital gift this Christmas?

by , Editor, Which? Computing Technology 22 December 2012
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Computer mouse on Santa hat

No wrapping, no trudging to the shops, no fuss. Digital gifts - what’s not to like? Well, in a way, the lack of everything I just mentioned. Would you want to give or a receive a digital gift this Christmas? (more about digital gifts...)

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