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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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Dennis Publishing UK
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wind down your windows

Our cover feature in Issue 428 advised you to ‘Stop Using Google’, prompting a flurry of emails, tweets and carrier pigeons pointing out our blatant hypocrisy: “You say stop using Google, yet you recommend Google on pages 6, 11, 25 [and so on], and you probably wear a Google T-shirt and have ‘I love Google’ written on your pencil case!”. However, as with this issue’s ‘Stop Using Windows’ feature (page 40), our point was not to suggest you abandon something you rely on every day, but to try something different for a change. Microsoft’s operating system is the most popular in the world, but can it match the cloud-based convenience of ChromeOS or the delightfully different distros of Linux? We think not, which is why we’ve devoted eight pages to explaining…

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what's new online

Chat and share more easily in Skype In its bid to keep people talking about – and using – Skype, Microsoft has refreshed its chat apps. Having tackled mobile in the summer, it’s now turned its attention to the Desktop, adding new tools to Skype on Windows, Mac and Linux that place a greater emphasis on messaging. For example, you can now click reaction icons to express your feelings, mention people in group chats using the ‘@’ symbol, share images in phone calls and instantly see if someone is around using the reintroduced status updates. Other new features include the option to select a light or dark theme, a way to better organise your chat list by time, and to see whether or not the messages are unread or the person is…

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fake whatsapp app tricks more than a million users

What happened? Android users downloaded a fake version of WhatsApp more than a million times before Google spotted the malicious app and removed it. The fake app, called Update WhatsApp Messenger, was live on the Google Play store and its use of the WhatsApp logo looked enough like the real thing to convince millions of users. The app spoofed WhatsApp’s developer ID by simply registering the same name – WhatsApp Inc – with a space at the end, so it looked identical to users. Additionally, it had a four-star rating and plenty of reviews, so it’s no wonder it managed to fool so many people. Once downloaded, the fake version of WhatsApp hid behind a blank icon on phones’ home screens. The dodgy app was malicious, but its only effect was to serve…

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first look

Amazon Kindle Oasis bit.ly/oasis436 Amazon’s new Kindle is its best-ever e-reader. The device has had an across-the-board revamp, with a larger display, better battery life and some welcome new features. The new model is still incredibly thin and light, and is now made of smooth, gun-metal aluminium,, which givess itt a touch of luxury. What’s more, there’s no need to panic if you drop the Kindle Oasis in the bath h because one of the e-reader’s big new features is that it’s waterproof and able to survive complete immersion in up to 2m of water for 60 minutes. But you don’t have to drown your new Kindle to enjoy itss benefits. The screen is the largest ever on a Kindle and measures 7in across the e diagonal, which means more text per page…

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does amazon really want the key to your house?

Amazon’s latest innovation lets its couriers unlock your front door and leave your packages in your home – which, some online commenters say, “crosses the creepy line”. The smart-lock and security-camera combo – known collectively as Amazon Key – will cost $249.99 (approximately £189). The cloud-controlled Cloud Cam is the ‘brain’ of the operation and comes with night vision and two-way audio to allow customers to remotely watch their front door being opened. Once installed, a courier will knock on your door and, if no one answers, they can ‘unlock’ your home via an app. The Cloud Cam then records the courier as they drop off the delivery, while sensors in the door and app make sure they close it behind them. The courier won’t be authorised to proceed to their…

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what’s new on kickstarter

T-BOTS Balancing Robots bit.ly/tbots436 | From £45 No matter how impressive your robot looks, it won’t seem so smart when it topples over. Based on the open-source programming language Arduino, T-BOTS use a combination of accelerometers and gyroscopes to precisely measure their tilt, so they can maintain their balance as they move around. You can design your own T-BOT skins, invent games and learn to program using Arduino or just assemble the robot, download the software and play. Your T-BOT can also be controlled using your phone or PC. The T-BOT team hopes to raise £100,000 by 22 November.…

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