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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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26 Issues


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make the web less annoying

The worst things in life are invariably those you have no control over, such as rail-fare hikes, miserable weather and stinking winter colds. But you expect to be in charge of what you see, do and click online. Until, that is, your quiet browsing is interrupted by a blast of autoplaying video that defies you to focus on anything else. Autoplay content is surely the worst thing to happen to the web since Internet Explorer 6, assaulting you with annoying ads and vacuous videos that you’d never choose to watch voluntarily. In this issue’s cover feature, we explain how to combat this growing menace by blocking all autoplaying content on your PC, phone and tablet, so that it never startles or irritates you again. Also in this issue, we kick off our…

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what’s new online

Discover what secrets you’re sharing online Even if you think you’re being careful on social media, it’s still easy to unwittingly give away information about yourself. Facebook, in particular, holds a wealth of personal data that advertisers can use, so it’s important to check how much you’re sharing online to stop it falling into the wrong hands. A new tool called Supremo highlights the ‘secrets’ you’re divulging. It does this by getting you to sign in via Facebook before asking for access to your personal information. By doing so, it collects the information it says other sites can access, including where you’ve travelled, the schools you attended, your photos and details of your relatives. It then presents all this data on a single page, hammering home just how much these websites could…

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need to know

Manufacturers patch serious Meltdown and Spectre flaws What happened? Millions of devices, from computers to smartphones, have been hit by serious flaws in their processor chips, leaving them at risk of being targeted by hackers. The first flaw, dramatically dubbed Meltdown, affects Intel chips going back more than two decades; while the Spectre flaw impacts processors from Intel, AMD and ARM. Both leave data vulnerable to hackers, but in different ways. Meltdown lets data leak between the operating system and installed applications, which means your data could be at risk if you are running an unpatched OS and a vulnerable chip. In Spectre’s case, the vulnerability is between two different apps – so an otherwise secure application could be put at risk by one with flaws, again leaking your data. Both bugs were discovered…

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first look

Razer Mamba Hyperflux bit.ly/razer441 A wireless mouse is nothing new and may not sound particularly exciting, but the Razer Mamba Hyperflux is a cutting-edge PC peripheral that signifies a revolution in technical design and prowess. Combined with its companion – the Firefly Hyperflux mouse mat – it has the potential to change how all wireless peripherals work. That’s primarily because the Mamba Hyperflux is a wireless mouse that’s completely battery-free. Instead of relying on a rechargeable or replaceable battery, the system uses a coil around the edge of the Firefly Hyperflux mat to deliver wireless power directly to the mouse. Don’t confuse this with wireless charging; it isn’t that at all. If you take your mouse off the mat for more than 10 seconds or so, it’ll lose charge and switch off. The…

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are pdas making a comeback?

In the days before smartphones, PDAs (personal digital assistants) such as the Palm Pilot and Psion were all the rage among gadget fiends. Now, thanks to an Indiegogo crowdfunding project called Gemini, they could be set to make a comeback. Described as an “ultra-thin clamshell mobile device with fully integrated tactile QWERTY keyboard thatt fitss in your pocket”, Gemini’s prototype was displayed at CES 2018 (which we’ll be covering in more depth next issue), where it certainly got people talking. In almost every sense, Gemini is an updated version of a device from a bygone era. Rather than running an antiquated operating system, Gemini dual-boots Android and Linux, and has 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. The 5.99in touchscreen display is similar in size to the original Psion PDAs, and you can connect…

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what’s new on kickstarter

Charggee bit.ly/charggee441 | From £10 The convenience of rechargeable batteries is offset by the electricity wasted if you leave them plugged in indefinitely and the damage that could be caused to your gadgets if there’s a power surge. Charggee solves this problem by letting you specify how long you want to charge your device for and then disconnecting it once the time is up. Just connect your phone, tablet, wireless keyboard or other device to Charggee, then plug it into your wall charger or computer’s USB port and control it via the Charggee mobile app. The Charggee team hopes to raise £30,000 by 2 February.…