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Webuser 492

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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Dennis Publishing UK
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26 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
on the edge of success

It’s been along time since Web User devoted awhole cover feature toa Microsoft browser - more than 13 years, in fact, back inIssue 148, when we celebrated the release of IE7. Although plenty ofpeople used the ‘blue E’, as Internet Explorer and its successor were often called, there was rarely much new or exciting to write about, especially once Chrome came along, Firefox flourished and interesting contenders such as Vivaldi and Brave emerged. Yet here we are in 2020, with Edge onour cover and a six-page feature on page 40, determined to convince you to give Microsoft’s reinvented, Chromium-based browser a try. We had our doubts, too, so we’re happy to report that Edge is now fast, secure and packed with useful tools - many of which you won’t find in…

4 min.
what’s new online

Chat privately in a disposable room Most of us remember the gist of a face-to-face conversation but, unless you’re making a recording, you won’t have hard evidence of each and every utterance made. This certainly isn’t the case with most online chats because written posts are stored, forming a logged history that can be referred back to when required. The new chat app Yap revives the more relaxed and immediate environment of casual conversation. You can begin a chat simply by entering your name, then invite up to five other people to join you and start posting. Uniquely, every time you make a post, the previous one you entered is erased. This means you have to pay attention if you want to keep up with the conversation – you can’t just pop…

8 min.
need to know

Apple, Amazon and Google join forces on smart devices What happened? Apple, Amazon and Google have been long and sometimes bitter rivals, but now they’re working together to improve the interoperability of voice assistants in our smart homes. This collaboration should mean that smart gadgets you buy from third-party suppliers such as Ikea will work with any of the leading voice assistants, whether it’s Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri or Google Assistant. To accomplish this, the tech giants have set up a working group called Project Connected Home over IP (www.connectedhomeip .com), which will create a new internet protocol standard. In other words, they’re going to talk to each other about how to make their systems work together more easily. The aim is to build a standard that works with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other internet-based…

1 min.
is night mode actually bad for your sleep?

We’ve long known that the light from mobile phones can keep us awake at night. Our brains see the blue light seeping from the screen and are tricked into thinking it’s daylight, making it harder to get to sleep. To combat this, many phone makers have introduced a night mode that automatically dims the screen during the devil’s hours and adds a soft yellow tint that’s easier on the eyes. And it could all be for nothing. According to a study from the University of Manchester (bit.ly/ night492 ), a phone’s blue light may not actually disrupt our sleeping patterns. In fact, it could be the night mode that’s more detrimental. During tests on mice, researchers adjusted the colour of the lighting without altering its brightness, and discovered that blue light…

1 min.
what’s new on kickstarter

DIY Robotics Kit bit.ly/robot492 | From £46 Engineering needn’t be a dry topic. With the Geeek Club’s DIY Robotics Kit, children can learn all about the subject in a way that stimulates their creative faculties while helping to solve a global skills shortage. The kit helps kids (and adults) develop hardware, structural and electrical engineering skills by building robots, including one that’s as close as you’ll get to a Star Wars AT-ST Walker without infringing copyright. Two sets are available, each with seven nano-bots, printed circuit boards and step-by-step guides. Pledge £46 for abasic kit or £132 for two complete kits and accessories.…

1 min.

WE LIKE... The Far Side launches official website Cartoonist Gary Larson has marked the 40th anniversary of his classic comic strip The Far Side by launching an official website (thefarside. com). The site will be updated daily with cartoons from the archive, and offers the promise of new content to come. EE expands 5G to nine new areas EE has expanded its 5G mobile network to 50 towns and cities across the UK, with customers in Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Sunderland, Northampton, Stevenage and Wakefield now able to access its high-speed service. WE DON’T LIKE... Windows 10 update breaks File Explorer The Windows 10 November Update caused a problem in File Explorer that makes the feature unresponsive when users search for a file and stops them right-clicking the search box. Microsoft has promised to fix the…