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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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cross the atlantic by vpn

When the Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth on the Mayflower in 1620, their voyage to the New World took 66 days, during which they lost five passengers and several flat-topped hats. By the 1970s, Concorde got you from London to New York in just three and a half hours, probably while sharing a bottle of bubbly with Joan Collins.Now, thanks to the miracle of VPNs, you can be – or at least pretend to be – in America in a matter of seconds. But what will you do when you get there? Visit a Wendy’s restaurant? Send a letter to The Proclaimers? Or download lots of stuff that’s unavailable in the UK?If you said the latter, then you’ll love this issue’s cover feature, which explains not only how to use…

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boost your broadband with ofcom

Average broadband upload and download speeds have increased significantly over the years, but Ofcom says only half of the 94% of the UK homes and offices that could be receiving superfast broadband are taking advantage of it. In a bid to change this, it has launched a new consumer campaign and accompanying website that lets you enter your postcode to discover the type of broadband available to you.The site highlights how fast your broadband should be, based on what you use it for. Basic broadband users require a speed of just 10Mbps, for example, while for heavy household use it apparently should be 30 times faster. A link points you to a speed checker to measure your current speed, and from there the site reveals the questions you need…

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what’s new online

Conduct your own orchestra  semiconductor.withgoogle.comForget strumming an air guitar or tapping your toe in time to the music. With Google’s fun new artificial intelligence experiment in your browser, you can wave your arms around in front of your webcam to control a virtual orchestra.Semi-Conductor uses hundreds of audio files from recorded instruments and a machine-learning library called PoseNet to map your movements. It asks you to position your head and arms within a frame before playing Mozart’s ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ and vibrating to your tune.Moving from side to side controls which section of the orchestra plays, affecting the instrumentation in real time. The faster you move your arms, the quicker the orchestra plays, while raising or lowering your limbs makes the music louder or quieter. Just be careful…

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new voice commands

Get flight prices Tell Google Assistant to “show me flights to [destination]” and it displays a list of airlines and costs, then ask you for dates and offers to email you price changes. Check order status A new Siri Shortcut integrated with the Apple Store app lets you check the status of an order without opening the app. Look for ‘Add to Siri’ on your order page. Get rid of furniture Alexa can help you arrange free collection of unwanted furniture to the British Heart Foundation. Say: “Alexa, ask British Heart Foundation to collect my furniture” and the charity will contact you within 72 hours. ■…

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facebook ends 2018 with yet more data scandals

(Credit:FredericLegrand -COMEO /Shutterstock.com) What happened? Facebook has once again been accused of being reckless with our data, with a report in the New York Times claiming the social network offered its business partners access to its users’ private data. A separate report revealed that a bug meant photos uploaded to but not shared on the site were publicly leaked.Records obtained by the NYT (bit.ly/nytimes466) from 2017 showed Facebook shared data with its partners, including Microsoft, Netflix and Spotify, potentially breaking its own privacy rules. Amazon was allowed to see names and contact information, while Yahoo could access posts that were otherwise not shared. Netflix and Spotify were allowed to view private messages, while Microsoft’s search engine Bing was given access to friend lists, without users being asked first. …

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windows 10 adds a sandbox – for some

What happened? Microsoft is introducing a useful new security feature for Windows: a sandbox. Windows 10 will be updated with Windows Sandbox, a miniature, protected version of the operating system that’s isolated from your own files.A sandbox provides a self-contained environment where you can open a file that may be suspicious without worrying about it infecting the rest of your PC. For example, if you’ve been sent a EXE file as an email attachment, opening it isn’t safe; but if you run it inside the sandbox, any damage will be limited. Once you’ve run the program to check it out, the sandbox will delete everything associated with the EXE file, so there’s no fear of malware infecting your system. How will it affect you? Sadly, this welcome…

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