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Webuser 483

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
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
Frequency:
Biweekly
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26 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
stranger things have happened

I stopped watching TV in 1986, appalled by the audience on Blockbusters doing that embarrassing hand-jive thing. I didn’t really, of course, but declaring “I never watch TV any more, I don’t even know why I have one!” has become the hipster equivalent of saying “I never touch sugar”. Streaming services such as Netflix have changed our viewing habits forever, consigning our DVD box sets to the cupboard and TV downloads to forgotten hard drives, while we happily pay a monthly subscription to watch some of the same shows and films on a smaller screen. In this issue’s cover feature, we explain how you can rescue your old video and music content, and stream it around your home, by setting up your own free media server. Not only will this save…

4 min.
what’s new online

Get AR walking directions in Google Maps Have you ever opened a map app, sought directions and got flustered because you couldn’t figure out which way you were supposed to be facing? Rather than walk around in circles trying to get your bearings, Google Maps has created a new augmented-reality feature called Live View, which lets you point your camera at the real world to see arrows and directions superimposed on what you see. The feature is currently in beta, so it’s only available on Google’s Pixel phones and other Android and iOS devices that support ARCore and ARKit. With the app open, simply type your destination into the search bar, tap Directions and select the walking option (it currently only works when you’re on foot). A Live View option will appear…

1 min.
new voice commands

Listen to your messages Add people to your Families group (families.google.com) and you can ask Google Assistant to send reminders to their phones, either at particular times or when the person reaches a certain place. Stop Siri swearing Siri now lets you block explicit language. Launch the Settings app, select Screen Time and tap Content & Privacy Restrictions. Choose Content Restriction and tap Explicit Language, Don’t Allow. Check racing results The Racing Post now shares betting tips and race results via Alexa – say “Ask Racing Post for a tip for the next race” or “Ask Racing Post for result of [specific race]”. Report fake news on Instagram www.instagram.com False content can be flagged for attention on Instagram by launching the app, tapping the three-dot menu and selecting Report and It’s Inappropriate. Tap False Information and the report…

8 min.
need to know

Amazon accused of selling banned and dangerous products What happened? Amazon lists thousands of unsafe products from third-party sellers, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal, although the online retail giant denies the accusation. Journalists at the newspaper found thousands of products banned, deemed unsafe or incorrectly labelled on the online retailer’s website. Some of the more than 4,000 potentially dangerous products included medication and toys, the report said (bit.ly/wall483). In response, Amazon issued a statement via its own blog saying the company invests “significant resources” to protect customers – some $400m last year – with tools that review millions of products every few minutes using artificial intelligence to scan product listings. The company also has human reviewers, and products can be reported by customers, regulators and more. “In 2018, our teams…

1 min.
first look

Motorola One Action bit.ly/motorola483 Motorola has been on a ‘One’ spree of late, releasing the well-received Motorola One and the Motorola One Vision. The two phones come in at a budget-ish price, while offering some of the more advanced features found in Moto’s flagship models. And now we have the Motorola One Action. Like its namesakes, the phone runs Android One, the purest Android experience yet. It’s a clean operating system loaded with only the most basic Android apps and none of the manufacturer’s proprietary bloatware that wastes precious storage space (and, in most cases, can’t be uninstalled). The result is a phone that can be properly personalised and, theoretically at least, runs smoother and faster. But that’s not the only thing to attract users to the Motorola One Action. This is an excellent…

1 min.
is google launching a new home mini?

Rumours abound that Google is cooking up a much-needed refresh for its popular Home Mini device. The tiny smart speaker, which is often on sale for less than £30, will apparently receive a major overhaul that adds new features. Unlike the original Home, the Home Mini’s audio capabilities were best described as ‘fine’ – perfect for basic use, but not ideal for audiophiles. The rumoured device rectifies this, upping the maximum volume and improving the bass. It’s been said that it also features a 3.5mm headphone jack and a proper wall mount. The new Mini will also include a motion sensor, so it’ll know when you’re in the room and may require its services. Essentially, it’s a sort of halfway house between the original Home Mini and its more powerful counterpart, Google…