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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
Éditeur:
Dennis Publishing UK
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Biweekly
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stop web trackers in their tracks

eing a modern, agile worker who lives by his own rules (and whose internet had just gone down), I recently took my laptop to a high-street coffee shop so I could edit your favourite web magazine over a latte and a muffin. Things were going smoothly until I was interrupted by a gentleman at the next table. “You want to be careful on that,” he said, gesturing at my screen, “they’re always spying on you.” I laughed nervously, but with hindsight I should have asked: “But do you know who ‘they’ are?” and advised him to pick up this issue to find out. In our cover feature, we lift the lid on exactly who is tracking you as you browse the web, harvesting your data so they can target you with adverts…

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what’s new online

Explore the oceans in Google Earth Aside from letting us explore the surface of our planet, Google Earth has long been mapping and photographing breathtaking habitats deep within our oceans. As such, you can now take the plunge and experience the undersea environment via stunning 360-degree panoramic views. The latest images, which have been captured by the non-profit organisation Underwater Earth in collaboration with other agencies, have allowed Google Earth to add new views such as Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef, the coral lagoons of New Caledonia and Million Dollar Point in the Vanuatu archipelago in the South Pacific. The latter set of images lets you examine the coral-encrusted wreckage of dumped World War Two jeeps, trucks and bulldozers, but there are also plenty of fish, sharks and other sea…

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new voice commands

Get help with your boiler If your hot water or heating are in trouble, say “Ok Google, talk to Boiler Support” and this British Gas-powered service will ask you questions and put you in touch with an engineer if you need one. Ask to watch TV shows Start watching a film or TV show on an iOS device and say “Play this on Apple TV” to continue watching on a larger screen. Guard your home If you don’t have a dog to scare off intruders, say, “Alexa, open Burglar Deterrent”. A guard dog is one of nine available noises, including a crying baby, that make it seem like your home is occupied.…

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whatsapp to take legal action against spammers

What happened? WhatsApp is an easy and free way to stay in touch with friends and family, but the popularity of the messaging service has led to it being flooded with spam and scams. Most of the messages users see in the app are from people they know, but spammers have started bulk-sending junk messages, just as they do via email. WhatsApp, now owned by Facebook, is planning new ways to retaliate beyond the existing technical measures it already uses to identify and ban two million spam accounts every month. Its latest techniques include dragging into court any user it suspects of abusing the free messaging platform to send spam, whether by bulk-sending messages or using automation tools. As of December 2019, WhatsApp will be looking beyond its own systems and platforms for…

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first look

Wonder OS www.wonder.com Mobile devices are, by far, the most popular platform for gamers – and their popularity is only going to grow with the advent of games-streaming services from the likes of Google and Microsoft. Wonder OS is described as “the world’s first Android-based platform built for seamless, all-in-one play”, promising to “unlock the best of mobile, console, retro, and cloud gaming – with no compromises”. Despite the ‘OS’ tag, this isn’t an operating system but a platform that optimises your Android phone for gameplay and, thanks to game streaming, turns it into a mobile console. Wonder also makes it easy to live-stream games or cast PC and console games to any screen. Don’t mistake Wonder as the Netflix for video games, though. While you’ll be able to play Android games you’ve downloaded, you…

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is 5g bad for your health?

The advent of 5G in the UK has been accompanied by online reports claiming that the all-new super-fast mobile service is so intensely powerful that it causes serious health problems. Fears are so high that residents in Glastonbury are petitioning officials to prevent the installation of 5G towers (bit.ly/ glasto478 ). It’s a familiar story – the same concerns have circulated since mobile phones first hit the market. But is there any truth to the rumour? Let’s investigate the technology behind 5G. The main problem stems from a misunderstanding that 5G operates on a millimetre wave or mmWave, an ultra-high frequency of between 30GHz and 300GHz. That may be true in America, but not in the UK, where 5G is on the safe spectrum of 3.4GHz. Another factor is ionising radio waves, which…