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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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scrub the horror from your history

We’ve all been there – you browse for a quirky Halloween costume on Amazon, only for the store to deduce that you regularly dress up as, say, a vampire or zombie, and bombard you with further ‘recommendations’. Just as creepily, Google Maps will recall your exact journey to the Halloween party and Facebook will identify you in the ghastly photos. These days, whatever we do online – and off – leaves behind a permanent ‘footprint’, and risks our private data falling into the hands of evil hackers, state snoopers and potential employers. In this issue’s cover feature, Jane Hoskyn pulls on her rubber gloves and pinny to explain how you can stop this happening by scrubbing all the grubby personal info you’ve left spattered across the web. From details of your…

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listen to the bbc’s new sounds service

Millions of us still tune into the radio every day, but listening habits are evolving, particularly among the young. There’s been a steady drift toward on-demand content, with just 40% of 15 to 24-year-olds now listening to live broadcasts – which is why the BBC has replaced its iPlayer Radio service with BBC Sounds. We had our first taste of the new service in June, when it appeared as an app for Android and iOS devices. Now BBC Sounds has launched on the web, allowing you to choose from a wide selection of podcasts and radio highlights, receive recommendations based on your listening habits and create a list of your favourite shows. You can set programmes to autoplay, view full scheduling information and even tune into live radio broadcasts if you want.…

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what’s new online

Play Commodore 64 games in your browser bit.ly/comm461 If you’re a fan of retro games, you’ll love the Internet Archive’s vast new online collection of software developed for the Commodore 64. The site offers a whopping 18,000 titles, all of which you can play in your browser, thanks to built-in emulator support. The archive spans releases from the 1980s and 90s, and includes games written by hobbyists as recently as 2012, demos that push the boundaries of the age-old computer’s technology and digital versions of old software magazines. You can filter the catalogue by year, title and creator. Launching a game is as simple as clicking the Play button on a title’s page to start the emulator and load the data. There are no messy commands to type, although some games take a little…

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new voice commands

Get regular updates Google Assistant can offer regular updates on the weather, a fun fact or anything else. To set it up, simply say “Send Daily” when the Assistant tells you something. Find your keys If you own a Tile Bluetooth tracker for locating ‘dumb’ items such as your keys, you can now find them using a Siri Shortcut. Open the Tile app, select a Tile, choose Siri and record a phrase. Make chores fair Alexa’s new Fair by Fairy skill keeps track of who’s done the washing up. Say “Alexa, tell Fairy mum is doing the washing up” to log the event. You can set monthly goals and get washing-up advice.…

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need to know

Google will charge phone makers to include its apps What happened? Earlier this summer, EU regulators slapped Google with antitrust charges over Android, particularly regarding the tech giant’s bundling of Search, the Play Store and other Google apps with the mobile operating system. Google is appealing the ruling and the fine, but in the meantime it has to take action – and Android users may bear the brunt of this by paying higher prices. Under its new plans, Google will continue to offer the Android operating system for free to manufacturers, leaving it open-source. If phone makers want to only use the OS and nothing else, they can do so at no extra cost. However, if they want to include the Play Store and other popular apps such as Gmail and Google Maps,…

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first look

Google Pixel Slate bit.ly/slate461 Google’s new Pixel Slate is an ultra-thin, lightweight tablet that combines the power of a laptop with the always-on ease of a mobile device. It’s due to hit the shelves on 1 November, just in time for Black Friday and Christmas, and is Google’s answer to the iPad Pro and Microsoft’s newest Surface (complete with optional £189 detachable keyboard). Prices start at £549, but for that modest price you get a machine with only middling performance on a par with that of a cheap laptop. The high-end models cost at least a grand more. Like all devices in the Pixel line, the midnight-blue Slate is well designed, with curves in all the right places. The device measures just 202 x 7mm, making it barely 0.1mm thicker than the more…