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Webuser 481

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
Frequency:
Biweekly
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26 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
shut up your face online!

What’s-a matter you, hey? Got no privacy? Well, that’s hardly surprising when your face is all over the place, often through no fault of your own. You can’t leave the house without CCTV cameras watching and potentially identifying you, while the situation online is even worse. People tag you in Facebook photos without your permission, Google includes your profile pictures in its search results and a new mobile app called FaceApp has been accused of sharing your mugshot with shady Russian companies. In this issue’s cover feature, we look at the rise of facial-recognition technology and explain how to control your public image. Other than wearing a bag over your head, there’s not much you can do to foil face-scanning in the real world, but on the web there are steps…

4 min.
what’s new online

Explore our Moon and hundreds of others The 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s walk on the Moon may have grabbed all the attention recently, but they’re not the only people to have taken such a giant leap. Ten other astronauts have put a boot on the lunar surface, as NASA is now reminding us with the help of imagery specialist Warren Harold. Harold has combined images taken by the Apollo astronauts to produce a stunning set of lunar panoramas, which you can see on Flickr (bit.ly/flickr481). He has also converted the Apollo 17 panorama into an immersive view on Facebook (bit.ly/facebook481) that gives us Earth dwellers a fascinating glimpse of our nearest celestial object. Meanwhile, National Geographic (bit.ly/nategeo481) has been busy studying 200 known moons elsewhere in our solar system.…

1 min.
new voice commands

Pick a random number Say “Hey Google, give me a random number”, and after a jazzy sound effect the Assistant will do just that. Good for picking a horse or lottery numbers, perhaps? Chat in two languages Provided the app has permission to use your microphone, Google Translate for iOS and Siri lets you conduct a conversation in two languages to help you break through the language barrier. Discover popular songs If you subscribe to Amazon Music, you can ask for the most popular songs in a certain city. Say, “Alexa, play the top songs in [cityname]” to hear what’s hot. Check hygiene ratings www.just-eat.co.uk Just Eat is now dishing out Food Standards Agency hygiene information for tens of thousands of restaurants. Before ordering your grub, click the Info tab on the eatery’s page to see a rating…

8 min.
need to know

Millions at risk from malicious browser extensions What happened? Security experts have warned that extensions for the Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers may be snooping on your data. Researcher Sam Jadali uncovered the DataSpii leak (bit .ly/dataspii481 ), in which eight browser extensions used by millions of people were found hoovering up data, including details of the web pages they visited, and their usernames and passwords. Web page URLs may not sound like much of a security breach, but their interception can be serious. Plenty of Google Docs and shared folders have no protection, so anyone with a link can access them. As Jadali explained, someone might share a Microsoft OneDrive folder with their accountant using a link, for example. If hackers intercept the link, they can open an account at Office…

1 min.
first look

Kindle Oasis bit.ly/oasis481 If you’re thinking of picking up the all-new Kindle Oasis, you’d better be a keen reader. The device will set you back an eye-watering £230, which would buy you an entire shelf of those old-fashioned paper-based books we all used to read – but it’s arguably worth every penny. As with the rest of the Kindle family, Amazon’s new e-reader is lightweight, with plenty of storage space for books, and uses the excellent E ink technology that makes reading from the screen easy on the eyes. The waterproof base model packs a 7in glare-free screen into a shell that measures 6.25in x 5.5in and is just a quarter of an inch thick at its widest point. Inside, it has 8GB of internal storage, which is more than enough for a…

2 min.
has microsoft redesigned the windows start menu?

A screenshot showing a redesigned Windows Start Menu appeared online, leading many to wonder if Windows 10 is set to receive a new menu. According to those in the know, the menu was originally built for internal Xbox development but was accidentally distributed to Windows 10 Insiders who use 32-bit PCs. Twitter user NTAuthority (bit.ly/start481) shared the image. The alleged menu isn’t particularly attractive, with a dull grey background and flat, almost colourless icons. It also seems to have a GIF-search tool tucked inside the emoji picker – so if nothing else it’s very 21st century. The most striking aspect, however, is that the new-look Start seems to do away with Live Tiles. Even with the apparent removal of this controversial feature, reactions to the menu on social media have been overwhelmingly negative.…