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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
Dennis Publishing UK
$3.60(Incl. tax)
$54.34(Incl. tax)
26 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
don’t believe the hype!

The rapid spread of the coronavirus has triggered a flood of misinformation about the disease, especially on social media. According to the World Health Organisation, some of the sillier myths claim that adding pepper to your soup prevents COVID-19, houseflies can spread the virus and taking a hot bath cures it, not to mention the more dangerous misadvice about injecting bleach and drinking ethanol. But while the web is undoubtedly a breeding ground for such rubbish, there are also plenty of fibs, fabrications and falsehoods about the internet itself – most recently exemplified by deluded people torching 5G masts over health concerns. In this issue’s cover feature, we round up the most common tech-related myths and reveal the facts behind them, to stop you falling for misinformation and spreading it yourself. From the…

5 min.
what’s new online

Hold video chats in Messenger Rooms Facebook has created a new video-call feature that lets you take part in a group chat with up to 50 people. Called Messenger Rooms, it works along the same lines as Zoom and Houseparty, providing an online space to drop in and out of. You can even invite people without a Facebook account to join the conversation. Rooms can be created through Facebook’s News Feed, Groups and Events, or by launching Messenger and selecting Create a Room at the top of your list of contacts. This generates a shareable link for others to select from their phone or computer. If you’re using the Messenger app, you can also use augmented-reality effects, alter the lighting and place yourself in front of a 360-degree background. To allay privacy concerns,…

1 min.
new voice commands

Alter “Hey Google” sensitivity Google is gradually rolling out a new feature for its Assistant devices which lets you customise voice-detection sensitivity. Look out for it in the Assistant app’s settings. Listen to Covid news Say “Hey Siri, play Covid-19 news” for the BBC’s latest bulletin. Content is drawn from the Beeb’s Coronavirus Update 24/7 podcast. Enjoy an Sherlock story Audible has released a free interactive mystery starring iconic detective Sherlock Holmes. Start the eight-hour audio drama by saying “Alexa, open Great Game”.…

9 min.
need to know

Amazon cuts ebook prices after government scraps VAT What happened? Digital publications will no longer have VAT applied, in a move designed to help struggling publishers during the coronavirus outbreak. The tax reduction from 20% down to zero was initially planned for December, but the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has brought the date forward to help cut costs for readers and boost sales for publishers. “We want to make it as easy as possible for people across the UK to get hold of the books they want whilst they are staying at home and saving lives,” said Sunak. “That is why we have fast-tracked plans to scrap VAT on all e-publications, which will make it cheaper for publishers to sell their books, magazines and newspapers.” Lockdown has already sparked a boom in…

1 min.
will your phone recognise your face mask?

Your phone’s facial-recognition technology lets you unlock your device just by looking at it. But is it smart enough to unlock your phone when you’re wearing a face mask? The short answer is: yes, and no. As COVID-19 sweeps the globe, removing protective gear in order to unlock your phone seems unnecessarily risky (as well as a hassle). But, it seems, it doesn’t have to be this way. According to iPhone users on iOS 13.5, Apple has quietly pushed out an update that lets the phone recognise when a user is wearing a face mask. Don’t worry – your phone isn’t suddenly equipped with X-ray vision to see past the cloth. Instead, when the iPhone detects a mask, it pushes users straight to the passcode screen. No such luck for Android users,…

1 min.
what’s new on kickstarter

Deadswitch bit.ly/switch501 | From £20 A dead man’s switch is a mechanism that typically starts or stops a machine when pressure is released – you may recognise it’s use from movies such as Speed and The Taking of Pelham 123. Deadswitch uses this concept to protect and encrypt your data. Sign up and set a timer and, if it goes off without you terminating it, your data is discreetly passed to your selected contacts. With hosting based in Switzerland, the developers state that “any data we release via email is also protected by strict Swiss privacy laws”. Pledges begin at £20 for priority access to new features.…