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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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git with the program!

When I download free software, I really don’t need to know how the sausage is made. Clicking Install and Run is technical enough for me, and the thought of being faced with raw code in a programming language such as C++ or Python is frankly terrifying. So it was with some trepidation that I embarked on this issue’s cover feature, in which we pick 20 brilliant open-source tools from GitHub. With its ‘pull requests’, ‘commits’ and ‘forking’, GitHub can seem as baffling as Love Island (even the jargon sounds the same!), but persevere and you’ll find the most cutting-edge free programs on the web – indeed, some are so cutting-edge that they’re not even finished yet. From privacy tools and system tweakers to messaging software and music streamers, we’ve chosen our favourite…

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what’s new online

Relive the era of the BBC Micro Anyone of a certain age will recall using a BBC Micro to learn the basics of computing. The 8-bit machine was commissioned by the Beeb to get people interested in emerging technology and it was launched in 1981 as part of the Computer Literacy Project, which ran between 1980 and 1989. The decade produced many TV series related to the project including The Computer Programme, Making the Most of the Micro and Electric Avenue, spanning 267 episodes in total. This new website from the BBC allows you to watch the lot for free, letting you marvel at the beginnings of the computing industry we know today, while giving you a laugh at the production values and fashion sense. Alongside the shows is a search facility that…

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new voice commands

Have a continued conversation Turn on Continued Conversation in Google Assistant’s Settings and you can keep chatting without asking another question until you say “thank you” or “stop”, or cease talking for a while. Ask for the weather As well as telling you today’s weather, Siri now gives a forecast for the weekend and the following week. To get the temperatures, just ask: “How hot will it be?”. Talk to Alexa on iPhone Amazon has updated its Alexa app to let you talk to its personal assistant on your iPhone. Ask her to play music, answer questions, check the weather and more.…

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facebook and google users manipulated into sharing data

What happened? The privacy complaints against big tech firms continue with accusations of “deception by design” and the use of “dark patterns” made against Facebook, Google and Microsoft. The Norwegian Consumer council made the claim in a report, called Deceived by Design (bit.ly/deceived453 ), saying that tech firms deliberately make their users’ privacy settings difficult to find or understand. The report analysed all three firms as they rolled out new privacy settings in response to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force in the UK in May, and means that websites and online services must now ask users for their consent to share their data. GDPR is meant to guarantee users better privacy options, but this isn’t always the case. The report found that privacy settings were confusing, and…

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tesco tests self-scan pay-as-you-shop app

What happened? Forget queuing for a till or a self-service checkout at the supermarket – Tesco is testing an app that lets you scan your groceries as you shop and pay via your smartphone, so you can leave without having to wait. The Scan Pay Go app is being tested by Tesco staff at a mock-up store at the supermarket chain’s Welwyn Garden City offices. How will it affect you? Just as we’ve got used to scanning our own groceries at do-it-yourself checkouts, supermarkets are mixing it up again. Although the Tesco app is still just a trial, similar technology has been tested by Amazon in the US and Sainsbury’s in the UK. The test is being run in an ‘express’ store, and is likely to roll out for smaller shops first. That’s not…

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hotel sites warned about false claims

What happened? Competition regulators are warning holidaymakers against the aggressive marketing tricks employed by hotel-booking sites, which use pop-ups and warnings claiming that, for example, there’s only “one room left” to create a false sense of urgency. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating booking sites since last year, raising concerns that customers are misled by such marketing and that there remain too many unexpected charges such as booking fees and taxes. The CMA is also looking at whether the size of the commission doled out to websites for successful bookings influences how hotels are ranked. How will it affect you? According to the CMA, seven in 10 Brits book hotels via such sites, so these aggressive and misleading tactics affect a wide range of people. “Booking sites can make it…