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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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26 Issues

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the answer to your vpn question

On the rare occasion that someone recognises me from this page, they invariably ask me one of three questions: “Why do you always wear that awful blue shirt?”, “What’s number 4 in the emoji quiz?” or “How can I encrypt my connection to browse the web anonymously and access blocked content online?”. To which I respond, respectively: it’s part of the uniform, say what you see and use a VPN. This prompts the follow-up query: “But which VPN should I use?”, and in this issue’s cover feature, we provide the answer. We’ve thoroughly tested 10 virtual private networks, to see which offers the best features, performance and value for money. So if someone asks you which VPN they should use, say: “see page 43 to find out!”. Also in this issue, we…

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what’s new online

Create a selfie sticker using Gboard Google has salvaged the popular selfie-stickers feature from its flop messaging app, Allo, and made it available in its mobile keyboard Gboard. Now renamed Minis, the feature allows you to take a photo of yourself and have artificial intelligence create a cartoon likeness, which you can then tweak and personalise. The results are similar to Snapchat’s Bitmoji (www.bitmoji.com) and not a million miles away from Apple’s new Memoji, but with the bonus that Minis can be created and used across multiple apps on both iOS and Android. It only takes a few minutes to produce a sticker resembling yourself. Your face is then placed in different situations, such as singing or giving a thumbs-up. To get started with Minis, download Gboard from the Play Store or App…

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new voice commands

Talk in different languages Switch between speaking in two languages with Google Assistant – perfect if you live in a bilingual home. Options include English, German, French and Japanese. Use Siri in low-power mode If you run iOS 12 on your iPhone or iPad, you can now call on Siri even if your device is in low-power mode. Play BBC kids games Alexa’s new BBC Kids Skill, aimed at pre-schoolers, lets kids play a series of games populated by CBeebies characters. Say, “open CBeebies” and choose from Little Monster’s Hide and Seek, Andy’s Adventure Dance Party and more. Listen to nature’s sounds bit.ly/park458 To celebrate its 102nd birthday, the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the National Park Service in the US has compiled 12 minutes of audio. Taken from across its parks, it’s a peaceful mix…

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need to know

New-look Chrome improves passwords and searching What happened? To celebrate Chrome’s 10th anniversary, Google unveiled its biggest ever redesign of the browser. The new version (numbered 69) is styled with Google’s “Material” aesthetic, which is the design language that runs across Android, Gmail and now Chrome. It’s like a design rulebook for making all Google services look consistent. In Chrome, this translates to rounded edges for the search bar and tabs (see main screenshot), and new icons and colours. Overall, it’s a subtle change that makes the browser look even more sparse. Some tweaks are intended to make it easier to use, such as changing the shape of tabs so you can always see the website icons clearly, which is useful when you have a lot of them open. Google has added features, too,…

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is instagram developing its own shopping app?

Instagram is rumoured to be planning a standalone shopping app. Dubbed IG Shopping, it reportedly lets users browse and buy from companies they follow, without navigating to an external website or third-party app. Instagram already has standalone app experience: earlier this year, the Facebook-owned company unveiled IGTV, a YouTube-inspired video app for smartphones (basically, all videos are shot vertically in portrait mode). The social network also dipped its toe in the ecommerce pool last year with ‘product tagging’. The feature, rolled out this summer to the popular Stories, lets businesses showcase purchasable items in their posts. And IG’s parent company runs the eBay-Gumtree hybrid Marketplace, where users flog secondhand items locally. It’s no wonder this has become a trend, given that 80% of Instagram users follow at least one ‘brand’ account. Tech-watchers believe…

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likelihood rating

✓✓✓✓ As audiences tire of intrusive ads powered by personal data, Facebook has turned to shopping to make money. From the company’s perspective, a dedicated shopping app promises ceaseless benefits: greater user engagement, increased business revenue and the remorseless destruction of all online rivals. It’s a good fit for a platform defined by lifestyle – particularly, luxury lifestyle. Many Instagram posts already resemble glossy magazine ads so adding product placement isn’t that far-fetched. And with ‘product tags’ already in place, IG Shopping feels less a leap of logic than an inevitable step.…

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