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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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time to tell buzby to buzz off

It’s that time of year when we wail at the annual rise in our energy and council-tax bills, the cost of renewing our TV licence and the apparent reduction in the number of Walkers’ crisps in a packet. Yet millions of us still happily pay every month for a service we don’t really need – one that infiltrates our walls, invades our rooms and was once propagated by a sinister yellow bird called Buzby. Yes, I’m talking about your BT landline, which may be the most redundant piece of technology in your home. In this issue’s cover feature, we explain how you can cut off your phone line without going offline, by getting your internet from a separate source. We look at the best broadband-only deals from major and lesser-known providers,…

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what’s new online

Make cashless purchases with Google Pay Until now, Apple Pay has led the way in phone-based payment systems, but Google seems determined to catch up. It has now rolled all its payment apps and services into one single Google Pay product, which replaces both Google Wallet and Android Pay. Google hopes it will become the go-to payment method in high-street stores, on the internet and within lots of apps. To use Google Pay, you need to download the new Android app. Once it’s set up with a payment method, you can tap your phone at an NFC terminal in a shop to make a payment or tap a button on websites that read ‘Buy with Gpay’, Google Wallet or Android Pay. All your recent purchases appear in a Home tab in the app,…

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new voice commands

Get better sleep If your sleep is frequently disturbed by external noises, put Google Home by your bed and say “Hey Google, play white noise” to tune out and doze off. Find specific podcasts Say “Hey Siri, play the podcast [X]” – where X is the name of the podcast – to find it in iTunes. If you like what you hear, say, “Hey Siri, subscribe to this podcast”. Get insulted by Gordon Enable the new Gordon Ramsay skill (“Alexa, enable Gordon Ramsay”) and ask the foul-mouthed chef for his opinion on your dish by saying, “Alexa, ask Gordon Ramsay what he thinks about [X]”.…

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need to know

Social networks are failing to tackle cyberbullying What happened? Social-media companies have been accused of failing to protect young people online, amid research that suggests websites and apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat are damaging mental health. Tech firms are said to have offered only a “tokenistic” response, according to MPs and leading charities. A cyberbullying inquiry by Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham, and the charities The Children’s Society and YoungMinds (bit.ly/children444) found that half of young people have been targeted with abusive or threatening messages online. One in 10 youngsters said they logged in after midnight every night, with one respondent saying that social media was “like a drug”. Two-thirds of those surveyed who said they had been cyberbullied admitted that they wouldn’t tell their parents. In the most extreme cases,…

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first look

Matrix PowerWatch www.matrixindustries.com The Matrix PowerWatch’s unique selling point is that you don’t have to charge it – ever. Thanks to a built-in thermoelectric generator (TEG), the watch converts your body heat into energy, so you’ll never be subjected to the maddening experience of glancing down at your wrist and finding your trusty timepiece is about to run out of juice – a daily occurrence with smartwatches such as the Apple Watch. The TEG recognises the difference in temperature between your skin and the watch’s casing – the greater the difference, the more energy it generates. Glance at the device to check these temperatures and, by turning the crown, you can see the ‘real-time power’ that’s being generated. If you remove the watch from your wrist, it will automatically enter Power Save mode…

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will android 9 be called pistachio ice cream?

Android 9 is being referred to as Android Pistachio Ice Cream within Google, according to reports. Around this time each year, rumours begin to swirl about what the next version of Google’s Android operating system will be called. Since 2009, Google has named its mobile operating system after a sweet treat, in alphabetical order (Cupcake, Donut, Eclair and so on). Last year’s release was Oreo, so we can be confident that the next version’s codename will begin with ‘P’. But what could the P stand for? There’s pecan pie, peanut butter-flavoured chocolate – even pear drops and peppermint creams could get a look in. However, according to Bloomberg, Google’s upcoming Android release isn’t going to be any of these. Instead, it’s being referred to internally as ‘Pistachio Ice Cream’, which fits…

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