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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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1 min.
ditch your desktop downloads

How are your New Year’s resolutions holding up in 2020? My dry January is going well, though this may be because I’ve hardly left the house since my festive hangover wore off. But whether you pledged to stop drinking, eating meat or being a senior member of the Royal Family, chances are you didn’t vow to stop using software. That would be crazy, right? As we explain in this issue’s cover feature, switching from desktop programs to web-based alternatives isn’t as foolish and pointless as it sounds. Online tools have improved significantly in recent years and now let you perform all manner of everyday tasks – from editing photos to scanning your system for malware – directly in your browser, without downloading anything. We’re not suggesting you ditch software altogether –…

5 min.
what’s new online

Tighten Facebook privacy settings Facebook has revamped its Privacy Checkup tool and, given the scandals that have beset the social network in recent years, it’s something all users should take a look at. You can do this by clicking the ‘?’ icon at the top of any Facebook page and selecting Privacy Checkup. Alternatively, search for “privacy checkup” in the iOS or Android app and select the shortcut. There are four groups of settings. The first, ‘Who can see what you share’, lets you review who is able to see your profile information by selecting Public, Friends, ‘Only me’ or a specific group from the drop-down menus. It also lets you control who sees future and past posts, and add people to a block list. The second – ‘How to keep your account…

1 min.
new voice commands

Delete your last request If you accidentally trigger Google Assistant into action, you can cancel your most recent voice command by saying, “Hey Google, that wasn’t for you”. Use To Do shortcuts Users of the Microsoft To Do app can now use Siri shortcuts as of version 2.7. This lets you create shortcuts that open specific lists or add new tasks. Find them in your To Do settings and tap Add Task. Play a board game Alexa can now play along with the board game Ticket to Ride. You need to have the physical product, then say: “Alexa, launch Ticket to Ride” and it’ll join in, play sound effects and even keep score.…

8 min.
need to know

Facebook and eBay pledge to crack down on fake reviews What happened? Facebook and eBay have promised to hit back against the fake reviews flooding their websites, but only after pressure from the UK’s competition regulator. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) convinced both tech giants to sign up to agreements to make more effort to identify and remove dodgy reviews. That follows an investigation by the CMA last year, which identified more than 100 eBay listings selling fake reviews and more than two dozen Facebook groups offering to write fabricated reviews. The watchdog stressed that neither Facebook nor eBay had intentionally allowed such activity – both companies removed the offending groups and listings when informed last year, as well as banning hundreds of users. Now, both sites are promising to be more proactive. Facebook…

1 min.
first look

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold bit.ly/think493 Lenovo unveiled its new ThinkPad X1 Fold at this year’s CES trade show in Las Vegas. Scheduled to launch later this year, it’s set to become the world’s first foldable computer. The X1 Fold features the same exceptional build quality as Lenovo’s traditional ThinkPad line-up: hard-wearing, no-nonsense and – at its heart, at least – built for business. Don’t write it off as a mere gimmick – from what we’ve seen of the Fold, it’s a solid device that seems to have ironed out the kinks found in other bendables. Mind you, with a £2,500 price tag, we’d expect little else. Lenovo states that the device has been in development for over four years, which includes more than 20 different variations before it settled on the X1 Fold’s 4x3…

1 min.
is the millennium bug biting again?

Cast your minds back 20 years and you’ll recall that, as Big Ben struck midnight, banks wiped account details, planes fell out of the sky and humanity faced a digital apocalypse. Nope, it didn’t happen – but, at the time, the threat of the Millennium bug was alarmingly real. Experts explained that, due to the way dates had been coded into programs, computers would read ‘00’ not as ‘2000’, but as ‘1900’, throwing our entire civilisation into a tailspin. Now it’s feared that the Millennium (or Y2K) bug could be making a comeback. In New York, parking meters unexpectedly went offline, preventing card payments. Meanwhile, wrestling video game WWE 2K20 also stopped working – and could only be played by changing the date to 31 December. Rumours abound that a recent subway…