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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
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English
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Dennis Publishing UK
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Biweekly
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1 min.
better than bootlegging!

Not so long ago, crafty bootleggers would sneak camcorders into cinemas to covertly capture the films streamed – sorry, projected – in front of them. All very dubious, of course, and usually resulting in shaky, poorly framed recordings, with the on-screen action accompanied by audience coughing, sweet-wrapper rustling and angry ushers bawling out the cameraman. Fortunately, it’s now much easier – and completely legal – to save fims and TV shows to watch at your leisure. As we explain in this issue’s cover feature, lots of streaming services now let you download their video content to play offline, so you don’t even need an internet connection to sit back and binge. We reveal how to get the best quality downloads from popular services including BBC iPlayer, Netflix and Now TV, and beat…

5 min.
what’s new online

Stop people adding you to WhatsApp groups Fed up of being added to WhatsApp groups without being asked first? With a new privacy feature, the messaging service is now letting you take back control, giving you the option to receive invites that can be accepted or turned down, rather than allowing anybody to automatically include you. To activate this feature, open the three-dot menu in the WhatsApp app and tap Settings, Account, Privacy, then the new Groups option. Here you can make your choice between Everyone, My Contacts and Nobody. By default, every WhatsApp user is set to the first option, which means anyone can add you to a group. Select My Contacts if you only want people in your address book to do this, or choose Nobody to insist on giving…

1 min.
new voice commands

Keep up with football Google Assistant’s new Sports Facts skill keeps you up to date with the latest football info. Simply say, for example, “When are [a team] playing,” or “what are the Premier League standings”. Use Siri with AirPods Double-tap one of your Apple AirPods (or say “Hey Siri” on second-gen devices) to adjust the volume, play, pause and skip your music, and check the battery. Play Apple Music Open the main menu in the Alexa app, select Skills & Games and search for the new Apple Music skill. Tap Enable, use your Apple ID to sign into your account and you can play your tunes via Alexa.…

8 min.
need to know

Internet Explorer security flaw puts all Windows users at risk What happened? A security researcher has released details of a serious flaw in Internet Explorer that could let files be snatched from computers running Windows, even if users never open Microsoft’s old browser. The longstanding vulnerability takes advantage of the file format IE uses to store web pages you download: whereas modern browsers save web pages in HTML format, IE uses MHT. Independent security researcher John Page found a flaw in IE that can be triggered if an MHT file is opened (bit.ly/ieflaw474). This is especially problematic because MHT files open by default in Windows: if one is downloaded or a user clicks a link that directs to one, it will be opened automatically by the operating system, triggering an attack. Although Internet Explorer…

1 min.
first look

Amazon Kindle (2019) bit.ly/kindle474 For the purest ebook experience, Amazon’s Kindle has always been the best e-reader. The only real complaint about the entry-level version of the device was that it was too simple compared to the more sophisticated – and more expensive – Paperwhite. Amazon, it seems, has heard those cries and updated its classic e-reader accordingly. The all-new Kindle (as Amazon is calling it) finally adds a built-in front light for reading day and night. And that’s not all, with the device receiving a Bluetooth upgrade and support for audiobooks from the Amazon-owned Audible. A word of warning, though: with no audio jack, you’ll need to hook up Bluetooth headphones to listen to them. The updated device feels lighter and, with its smoothed-out edges and bezels, even more comfortable to hold.…

1 min.
is apple going to carve up itunes?

Since its release in 2001, iTunes has been the place to go for music, movies and other entertainment such as ebooks. Now there are rumours that Apple plans to split the one-stop service into separate platforms. Steve Troughton-Smith, a developer, took to Twitter to claim that he’d found undisclosed evidence that Apple is “planning new Music, Podcasts, perhaps even Books apps for macOS”. It’s thought the move will coincide with the launch of the tech firm’s recently unveiled Apple TV+ platform. However, the company has already started creating multiple media apps – Spotify rival Apple Music, a service that would’ve been quite at home in the iTunes ecosystem, is completely free from the shackles of the software. Apple TV+ will also become the place to rent and buy films and TV shows.…