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Web User is the UK's favourite internet magazine. On sale every fortnight it keeps you up-to-date with all the latest news, views, best new websites, music, film and games downloads, free software, and all the other developments on the Web. If you use the internet, you'll love Web User. Being Britain's best-selling internet read, Web User is, quite simply, the only internet magazine you'll ever need.

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United Kingdom
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Dennis Publishing UK
Fréquence:
Biweekly
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old enough to know better

As a tall teenager with a horrible wispy moustache, I was often volunteered by my friends to buy cheap cider from the local “offie”, because back then shopkeepers rarely bothered to check your age. Nowadays, anyone who looks under 25 can be challenged to provide ID (and I don’t think shops sell White Lightning any more). As we explain in this issue’s cover feature, this stringent approach to age verification has now been extended online, which is good news for parents concerned about their kids being exposed to inappropriate content; bad news for kids who want to be exposed to inappropriate content; and annoying for those of us who don’t like being ‘nannied’ by the government. I’m all for keeping children safe online, but forcing grown-ups to hand over personal data to…

5 min.
what’s new online

Stay anonymous using Opera’s mobile VPN Having access to a VPN on the go is a shrewd move, especially for logging into public Wi-Fi hotspots. The problem, however, is one of trust: which VPN should you use and what will it do with the data that’s being sent back and forth? Download Opera for Android and you should, in theory, have few worries. Version 51 of the mobile browser brings back its built-in VPN service, which is not only free and secured by 256-bit encryption, but promises not to log or retain any of your activity data. Its ease-of-use should help to improve your online security while allowing you to get around regional restrictions – although you can’t choose a specific country, only a continent. The VPN will never disclose your physical location…

1 min.
new voice commands

Enjoy a continued conversation Activate Continued Conversation in the Google Home or Google Assistant app and you don’t have to say “Hey Google” every time you want to ask a question – it will pick up on follow-up queries. View your latest photos The Google Photos app now supports Siri Shortcuts, so you can quickly view your latest image. Go to Google Photos in your iOS Settings and select Siri & Search, Shortcuts, View Latest Photos. Play Deal or No Deal Choose a box and decide if you’d like to accept the banker’s offers in Alexa’s fun rendition of the iconic teatime game show. It even features Noel Edmonds. Just say, “Alexa, open Deal or No Deal”.…

8 min.
need to know

Apple unveils TV, news and games services What happened? On 25 March, Apple held an event unveiling its new TV-streaming, gaming and news and magazines subscription services, as well as an Apple credit card – perhaps to pay for all this new content. Apple normally holds a hardware event in September when its new iPhones are released, and a software developers meeting in the summer when new versions of iOS are announced. The event held at the end of March instead focused on new digital services. First up was Apple TV+, a Netflix-style streaming service dedicated exclusively to Apple’s own original programmes. It’s already signed up heavy hitters including Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg to produce content. The new channel will be accessed via the updated Apple TV app, which will not only stream…

2 min.
first look

Rokit IO 3D & IO Pro 3D rokitphones.com/uk If you thought 3D screens were a thing of the past, think again. US company Rokit is bringing the technology back with two new reasonably priced phones: the Rokit IO 3D, which costs £140; and the Rokit IO Pro 3D, priced at £250. Rokit is a new name to the smartphone scene but you may recognise it as the main sponsor for the Williams F1 team for the 2019 season. Its handsets cleverly allow you to view 3D content without needing to wear 3D glasses, and we found from our hands-on time with the phones that they both work impressively well. You have to look directly at the screen to get the full effect – anyone sneaking a look from the side will go cross-eyed –…

1 min.
is netflix hiking its subscription prices?

Netflix customers in the UK have reported seeing higher prices for subscription packages – but no-one can agree on how much they’re being increased by. Forum users at Digital Spy first noticed the changes, reporting that the streaming service was offering alternative subscription prices, seemingly at random. By clearing the cache and switching between Firefox and Chrome, one user claimed to discover three different pricing structures. Netflix’s Basic package was priced at £5.99 or £6.99; Standard subscription stood at £7.99, £8.99 or £9.99; and subscribing to Premium could cost £9.99, £11.99 or £12.99. Other users reported Netflix taking a mix-and-match approach to prices. So, is it a collective delusion or is Netflix really raising its prices? It seems that the platform has been embarking on its own Bandersnatch-style ‘choose your own adventure’.…