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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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keep your pc in your pocket

One of our younger Web User writers once mocked me for owning a USB memory stick that was hopelessly small in capacity – a mere 512MB – while embarrassingly bulky in size. “It’s like a Graf Zeppelin,” he giggled, as I furtively emailed HR for his P45. With hindsight, the dongle’s memory was rather puny, but I’d had it since 2004 and it served me well over the years, for ferrying files from A to B – and anyway, it’s not how big these things are, it’s what you do with them that counts, right? In this issue’s cover feature, we reveal lots of useful tasks you can perform with your USB stick, although some require more space than my trusty old 512MB device. From running a portable version of your…

4 min.
what’s new online

Manage Alexa’s privacy settings Alexa appears to be listening to users’ concerns over privacy, so much so that Amazon has set up a new Alexa Privacy Hub to explain how your voice recordings are taken and handled. It follows concerns that the company’s employees are asked to review recordings to verify that Alexa is correctly understanding them. The hub shows you what happens when you utter the wake word, explains the purpose of the blue light indicator on your Echo speaker and explains how to turn the microphone and camera controls on and off. More importantly, it points you towards Alexa’s privacy settings, where you’ll be able to review your voice history, manage skill permissions and decide whether or not you wish to allow Amazon access to your recordings for the purpose…

1 min.
new voice commands

Talk to Dustin from Stranger Things Season Three of Stranger Things is coming soon to Netflix, so why not chat to one of the show’s characters by saying “Hey Google, talk to Dustin from Stranger Things”. Let Siri handle meetings Open Settings in the Microsoft Outlook app, enable Siri Shortcuts and ask it to check when your next meeting is due. It can also tell others if you’re running late. Use Alexa hands-free in Windows 10 The latest version of Windows 10’s Alexa app lets you use your voice to activate it. Say “Alexa” to wake the assistant, even if the app is running in the background.…

9 min.
need to know

Google to stop ad blockers working in Chrome What happened? Google is following through with a change to the way that extensions work in Chrome, and the move will effectively stop ad-blocking tools working. The only version of Chrome that will be allowed to use ad blockers is the Enterprise edition. The changes are part of a revamp to the extension system, in a relaunched version of the browser dubbed Manifest V3. Third-party extensions use tools called APIs to interact with Chrome, to access user data and to take control over how the browser works. One of those APIs, called WebRequest, is used by many ad blockers to prevent ads from being downloaded and shown in the browser. Those particular capabilities in WebRequest API are being “deprecated” under Manifest V3, which is coding…

1 min.
first look

Apple iPod Touch bit.ly/ipod477 It’s been four years since the iPod Touch received its last upgrade. Now, Apple has unveiled the 7th generation of its popular portable music player. Cynics may say that this revamp of a classic is further proof that Apple has lost its creative edge, but the new iPod Touch really isn’t half bad. The design will be familiar to anyone who owned an older model – slimline figure, graceful curves and a dinky 4in screen reminiscent of the gone-but-not-forgotten iPhone SE. In fact, the only visible difference is the updated icons, reflecting its modern iOS 12 operating system. Inside, however, it’s a different story. You’re no longer limited to a choice between 32GB and 128GB models – the new iPod Touch has a maximum storage capacity of 256GB, which is…

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is facebook about to launch a bitcoin rival?

Cryptocurrencies have had a turbulent time of late, struggling to find their place in the modern financial landscape. But that’s about to change with rumours that Facebook is about to introduce its own cryptocurrency to compete with the likes of Bitcoin and Ethereum. It’s thought that Facebook’s interest in cryptocurrency stems from its drive to move away from advertising. After a year of negative headlines accusing the platform of abusing the personal data of its fans (and losing millions of users as a result), it’s no surprise the social-media honchos are seeking new revenues. According to those in the know, the cryptocurrency, dubbed GlobalCoin, will be available on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Mark Zuckerberg has, it appears, already held secret talks with Bank of England governor Mark Carney about the regulations surrounding…