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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.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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26 Issues


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how not to be seen online

In days of old, when you didn’t want to be disturbed, you could simply ignore the ringing phone and unwanted callers would assume you were out, asleep or soaking in a tin bath. Nowadays, people can see instantly when you’re available to chat, and whether you’ve received and read their messages, and even get a visual signal that you’re actively typing a reply. Claim that you’re somewhere else or otherwise occupied, and those giveaway ‘seen’ ticks will expose you as a liar and all-round bad egg. In this issue’s cover feature, we explain how to avoid the pressure of online social interaction by making yourself invisible on services including Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, so you can go about your business without being bothered by unwelcome attention and unwarranted intrusion. We also…

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what’s new online

See what the world is searching for If you like to keep abreast of what people are searching for online, there’s a good chance you’ve already come across Google Trends. Launched 12 years ago, it highlights what’s hot and what’s not around the world, and is a fascinating resource for anyone who wants to see which topics are preoccupying specific countries. Now, after a thorough makeover, Trends is even more comprehensive and easy to use. For a start, you can see what was trending on Google year by year, with annually compiled data that stretches back to 2001. You can also search for topics to view trends and data relating to them, and check out the Recently Trending section to see the most popular search terms from the past few hours. The trends…

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new voice commands

Play a World Cup quiz Test your World Cup knowledge by getting Google Assistant to ask you questions. Say “Ask Football World Cup Quiz” and see if you can get a result. Control your iPhone You can now use Siri to control your iOS devices and Mac, turning Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on and off, changing the display’s brightness, adjusting the volume and opening the Settings app. Rearrange a meeting If you use Alexa to schedule a meeting (by saying “Alexa, schedule a meeting…”) but you find you need to change it, you can now say, “Alexa, rearrange my meeting” to change the time and date.…

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need to know

Apple unveils host of features and improvement in iOS 12 What happened? Apple kicked off its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) by unveiling the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 12, promising performance improvements and lots of new features when the update arrives this autumn. Apple software VP Craig Federighi said the company was “doubling down on performance”, claiming iOS 12 will make apps launch 40% faster and the camera open 70% more quickly. However, iPhone and iPad fans are likely to be more interested in the new features in iOS 12. Perhaps most intriguing is a new option called Screen Time that tracks how much time you spend using specific apps, summarising your activity each week. If you want to cut back, you’ll be able to set a limit for how…

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first look

OnePlus 6 bit.ly/oneplus451 The eagerly anticipated OnePlus 6 features the design, performance and power of a premium smartphone, yet despite packing some top specs, it’s almost half the price of flagship rivals such as the Samsung S9+ and the iPhone X. Equipped with a 19:9 AMOLED screen measuring 6.28in, the OnePlus 6 looks like a smartphonetablet hybrid. It’s certainly not as pocketable as a standard 5-6in phone, but it’s slim and lightweight, and its glorious 2,280 x 1,080 Full HD+ resolution makes it ideal for watching videos and playing games. The bigger screen comes at a cost, though, with noticeable battery drain compared to last year’s OnePlus 5T. In our video rundown tests, we managed to squeeze 17 hours out of the device, whereas the older 5T managed 20. Crammed inside the OnePlus 6…

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is microsoft developing a surface phone?

Microsoft’s Surface Phone has more in common with the mythical island of Atlantis than it does the now-defunct Windows Mobile: folk tell you it’s real, but there’s no proof of its existence. Or at least there wasn’t, until serial Microsoft tipster WalkingCat stumbled upon references to a ‘Factory OS Andromeda Device’ concealed within the code of the Windows 10 17672 software-development kit (SDK). Andromeda, according to keen Microsoft-watchers, is the codename for the fabled Surface Phone, which runs the equally mythical Andromeda OS – a modular operating system that tailors itself to any device running it. The SDK reveals that the operating system supports both x86 and ARM64, with the so-called ‘Andromeda device’ running on ARM – hardware typically associated with mobile phones, tablets and low-powered computers. Digging deeper, WalkingCat also found…