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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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crumbs! it’s the new windows 10

It’s official: last month, Windows 10 overtook Windows 7 to become the most popular operating system in the world. Equally interesting (to me at least) is that in a recent survey, the chocolate digestive was voted the nation’s favourite biscuit (bit.ly/biscuit445 ). The parallels may not be obvious, but think about it – like a chocolate digestive, Windows 10 takes something plain but functional and makes it more interesting and palatable by applying layers of goodness on top. Naturally, you can’t dunk Windows 10 in your tea, but nor will McVities’ finest pester you with Cortana. In this issue’s cover feature, we reveal all the latest delights of the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, which is due for release just after Easter. From the long-awaited Timeline tool to file-sharing over Bluetooth,…

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5 things you’ll learn this issue

1 How to explore the Disneyland theme park in California in Google Street View 2 How to scan your PC for old versions of software and update them instantly 3 How to search for words and phrases across all your open tabs in Firefox 4 How to automatically translate what you write on your phone into a foreign language 5 How to run extensions in Microsoft Edge when you’re in private-browsing mode Subscribe to Web User! Never miss another issue – subscribe at subscribe.webuser.co.uk Share your knowledge at forum.webuser.co.uk…

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what’s new online

Make music in your browser You don’t need any musical talent to enjoy playing with Song Maker, the latest Chrome experiment from Google Creative Lab. Run it in your browser, then select two instruments – ranging from strings, synth and piano to conga, blocks and drums – and click the tiles to create a pattern that will hopefully play a pleasant little ditty. You can choose tiles individually or slide your mouse or finger over multiple tiles depending on whether you’re using Song Maker on a PC or mobile device. It’s also possible to adjust the musical notes, rhythm and tempo. Pressing the Settings button lets you change the length of your loop, the number of beats per bar, the scale of your song and the octave range. You can even add…

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new voice commands

Find Easter Eggs Google Assistant has lots of Easter Eggs – hidden commands that elicit funny and unexpected responses. Simply ask: “Ok Google, tell me your Easter Eggs”. Turn Siri off If your HomePod is picking up commands intended for your iPhone or Apple Watch, try saying: “Hey Siri, turn off Hey Siri” within earshot of the speaker. Ask what’s playing Bauer-owned radio stations can now tell you the name of the song being played: just say “Alexa, ask [station name] what’s playing”; and for the name of the DJ: “Alexa, ask [station] who is on air”.…

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need to know

Sir Tim Berners-Lee calls for regulation of the web What happened? Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the web 29 years ago and he’s still working to protect it today. The British inventor expressed concerns about the “weaponisation of the web” and outlined the major problems we need to overcome to wrest our internet back from monopolies and bring it closer to the utopian ideal he envisaged in 1989. In an open letter to mark the anniversary of the web’s creation (bit.ly/berners445 ), Berners-Lee said: “The web that many connected to years ago is not what new users will find today”. Instead of a wide selection of sources, its power has consolidated into the hands of a few tech giants – and those gatekeepers haven’t done enough to protect their users or ensure competition and…

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first look

Nokia 1 www.nokia.com Nokia’s big comeback has only just entered its second year, but its range of phones already covers every possible price bracket, and they don’t come more affordable than the Nokia 1. Priced at just $85 (£61), this simple handset runs a new, low-power version of Android called Android Go and seems designed for someone who’s never owned a smartphone. Considering its ultra-low price, the Nokia 1 looks and feels remarkably smart. Its rounded design is coated in a matte finish, which grips well, with a rear camera plonked in the centre of the back cover. As with Nokia’s classic phones, you can take off the plastic back panel and replace the battery, which – incidentally – lasts a full day on a single charge. The Nokia 1’s 4.5in, 854 x 480…