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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.
get yourself in a good mode

My days at the moment seem to be divided into work mode, eat mode and sleep mode, with occasional forays into take-a-shower mode, get-some-exercise mode and dash-round-the-supermarket-as-quickly-as-I-can mode. I’m sure it’s the same for most of you, as lockdown restrictions currently prevent us from switching to, say, party mode, holiday mode or country-dancing mode (and no, I haven’t finished saying ‘mode’ yet). Fortunately, there are plenty of interesting new modes you can discover without leaving your house, or even moving from your PC, because they’re tucked away in Windows. In this issue’s cover feature, we lift the lid on the most useful modes that Microsoft mysteriously buries in its operating system. These include modes that let you access every Windows setting in one place, speed up your searches and run ancient…

5 min.
what’s new online

Rediscover the wonder of Teletext When the worldwide web was but a twinkle in Tim Berners-Lee’s eye, many of us relied on teletext services for our news, weather, sport, entertainment and holiday bookings. But although these pages of brief text and rudimentary graphics were consigned to history, some of us remain staunch fans. Archivist Jason Robertson has used specialist software to access teletext pages from old videotape recordings of TV shows, building an impressive library comprising some 80,436 screens. You can now search the collection by entering a search term, selecting a broadcaster or playing around with dates to unearth gems such as the Digitiser video-game pages, past breaking news and the hugely popular Bamboozle quiz, which you can even play! To navigate the archive, click View next to a search result, then…

1 min.
new voice commands

Launch Stadia games With the Stadia app installed on your Android device, say: “OK Google, play [game name]” to start a full-screen gaming session. It works with Chromebooks, too. Get hand-washing music Search for Washing Hands Music in the Gallery tab of the iOS Shortcuts app and select Add Shortcut. Say: “Hey Siri, Washing Hands Music” to hear 20-second clips of your favourite tunes. Search podcasts in Welsh Alexa now lets you search for podcasts in Welsh, thanks to a skill commissioned by broadcaster S4C. Enable ‘Welsh Language Podcasts’, then use Cymraeg to ask away.…

12 min.
need to know

Controversy continues over UK’s contact-tracing app What happened? The government’s coronavirus contact-tracing app continues to be beset by problems ahead of its UK-wide launch. The app is designed to track people as they move around, notifying individuals if they’ve come into contact with someone who later discovers they are infected with the coronavirus. The aim is to encourage anyone exposed to the disease to self-isolate and avoid spreading it. Similar apps have been trialled in other countries, with mixed results. The version designed by NHSX, the health body’s digital team, is being tested on the Isle of Wight, where two-thirds of residents are reported to have downloaded the app. However, reports reveal that the app’s launch may be delayed due to technical issues – and it may even be dropped in favour of a…

1 min.

WE LIKE… Download retro desktop themes Hundreds of Windows desktop themes from the 1990s have been uploaded to the Internet Archive (bit.ly/desktop502) and are available to download for free. Options include Star Wars, Winnie the Pooh and (bizarrely) Rising Damp. Try Spotify free for three months Spotify has extended the free trial of its ad-free Premium subscription from 30 days to three months for new users who sign up before 30 June. Rival music-streaming service Apple Music already offers UK users a three-month free trial. WE DON’T LIKE… False COVID-19 videos on YouTube More than a quarter of the most viewed YouTube videos about the coronavirus contain misleading information, according to a study by BMJ Global Health, including claims that pharmaceutical companies already have a vaccine but are refusing to sell it. Android users hit by Mandrake spyware A…

3 min.
stay safe online

SECURITY ALERT! What’s been bothering us this fortnight Hackers target video-chat services Criminals are registering domains and creating URLs that appear to link to group chats in Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet, according to a new report from security firm Check Point. As more people turn to videoconferencing services during the coronavirus lockdown, hackers are using misleading domains to fake official links, potentially tricking users into downloading malware and sharing their personal data. Check Point researchers found that nearly 2,500 new Zoom-related domains were registered in just three weeks, 1.5% of which were malicious, while another 13% were suspicious. Teams victims fell prey to phishing emails with the subject line “You have been added to a team in Microsoft Teams”, which included a malicious URL. Hackers have created fake Google Meets domains such as…