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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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streaming with your eyes wide open

As someone who is old enough to remember the launch of Channel 4 in 1982, with its exciting schedule of Countdown, Brookside and The Paul Hogan Show, I find the choice of viewing these days both astounding and overwhelming. Just as I think I’m up to date with the latest Netflix shows, it adds every episode of a classic comedy series – or BBC iPlayer chucks on a load of free box sets, or Amazon Prime Video starts streaming the US Open tennis. It’s enough to make you close the curtains, mute your phone and never leave the house again. Even if you’re flummoxed by what to watch, you can take control of how you watch, using the eye-opening tips we provide in this issue’s cover feature. From improving the video…

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what’s new online

Play a Chrome game with your voice Any fan of the classic movie Blade Runner will recall the scene in which the bounty-hunter Rick Deckard – played by Harrison Ford – sits in front of a monitor and mumbles “enhance” to clean up an image on the screen. He then proceeds to zoom in, move around and pull back, all in the hope of solving a crime. You can now try your own hand at being a futuristic detective thanks to a fun but tricky new Chrome game from New York-based coder Nicole He. The aim is to find a secret four-letter code hidden within an image by shouting commands such as “enhance”, “zoom in”, “zoom out” and “move”, then triumphantly declare “the code is” and utter the answer before the time…

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new voice commands

Play music on Deezer You can now use Google Assistant to play songs from music-streaming service Deezer through your Google Home device. Say: “Hey Google, play my [X] playlist on Deezer”. Request a radio station With Siri, you can now request a radio station by saying: “Siri, Play Beats 1” or “Siri, Play Radio [X]”. Siri will confirm the name of the station and begin to play. Say “Siri, stop” to end. Get updated answers If you ask Alexa a question and it doesn’t know the answer, you’ll be prompted to enable Answer Updates. If and when Alexa finds the answer, you’ll be notified.…

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need to know

Google keeps tracking you – even when you tell it not to What happened? Google faces a lawsuit over claims it tracked users of its services even when they disabled location-data collection. The search giant has previously stated that when Android and iOS users turn off its Location History feature, “the places you go are no longer stored”. However, it has emerged that Google does still track your location – if you want Google to ignore all your geographical data, you need to disable a second setting. Now, Google faces a class-action lawsuit for tracking users against their express wishes. In a further privacy misstep, researchers from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee revealed that Chrome users can be tracked even when they’re browsing privately in Incognito mode. Google is not supposed to be watching…

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first look

Samsung Galaxy Watch bit.ly/watch457 We all knew there was a new Samsung smartwatch in the works and, at this year’s Galaxy Unpacked event, the company unveiled its worst-kept secret: the Galaxy Watch. The company’s previous Gear smartwatches were designed with athletes in mind (or, at least, those with a heavy interest in sport and healthy living). Consider this a rebrand: the Galaxy Watch, with its clean, round bezel and unobtrusive buttons has broader appeal; a fitness-tracking timepiece that you can wear at home, the gym or the admiral’s annual garden party. Compatible with Android 5.0+ and iOS 9.0+, the smartwatch bursts with ‘keep-fit features’ including a heart-rate monitor, accelerometer and gyroscope – all running on Samsung’s Linux-based Tizen 4.0 operating system and a dual-core 1.15GHz processor. There are two versions of the Galaxy Watch: the…

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is amazon launching a tivo killer?

Amazon may be expanding its TV services with a new digital-video recording (DVR) device. That’s the rumour from an Amazon insider, who claims that the company is developing a set-top box capable of recording live TV or streaming it direct to smartphones. The device, codenamed ‘Frank’, uses the same wireless technology that allows Amazon Echo speakers to connect to the Fire Stick. In addition to entering the live TV market, the insider detailed Amazon’s plan to update its Fire Stick and place more of its video content directly on new TVs. It’s thought that ‘Frank’ will directly compete with the world’s leading DVR manufacturer TiVo, which partners with Virgin Media in the UK. On the back of that rumour alone, TiVo shares dropped 10%. It’s not entirely clear why Amazon has set…