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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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unlock your router’s awesome power

I’ve been binge-watching the US version of The Office on Amazon Prime Video, and was jarred to hear a character pronounce ‘router’ to rhyme with ‘shouter’, rather than ‘shooter’. As with similar American inflections of words such as ‘aluminium’, ‘tomato’ and ‘herb’, I was alarmed by this mangling of the English language, and fired off an email of complaint to the US ambassador (only to find he’d resigned). In this issue’s cover feature, the word ‘router’ is used correctly throughout, but we do reveal how you can mess with the device itself, tweaking its settings to increase speed, add useful features and boost your security. If you’ve ever wanted to install an ad blocker, VPN or cloud storage on your Wi-Fi network, we’ve got the hacks for you. Also in this issue,…

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EDITORIAL Editor Robert Irvine Technical & Reviews Editor Andy Shaw Features Writer Steve Clark Art Editor Laurence Hallam Production Editor Miki Berenyi Contributors Wayne Williams, Jane Hoskyn, Roland Waddilove, David Crookes, Jonathan Parkyn, Barry Collins, Nicole Kobie, Nik Rawlinson Editorial email: editor@webuser.co.uk ADVERTISING Tel: 0203 890 3824 Group Advertising Director Andrea Mason Senior Sales Executive Ashley Wood ADVERTISING PRODUCTION Group Production Manager Stephen Catherall, 0203 890 4050 Production Assistant Helina Ozyurt, 0203 890 3827 MARKETING Marketing Manager Rachel Hare Marketing Production Manager Gemma Hills MANAGEMENT Group Editor Daniel Booth Managing Director Dharmesh Mistry MD of Advertising Julian Lloyd-Evans Commercial and Retail Director David Barker CFO/COO Brett Reynolds Chief Executive James Tye Company Founder Felix Dennis SYNDICATION AND LICENSING Tel: 0203 890 4027 Endorsement Licensing Manager Ryan Chambers Licensing Content Manager Nicole Creasey…

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what’s new online

Get a glimpse of a dystopian web No one really knows how life will play out once the UK finally leaves the European Union, but that doesn’t rule out educated predictions such as Futurebook. This parody site from the Open Rights Group imagines social media in the UK stripped of the EU’s consumer and digital-rights legislation. Replicating the look of Facebook, the site paints a bleak picture of the future, with censored comments and videos, biased news and the inability to leave any posts that feature topics on a “restricted list”. Certain content has been blocked “to comply with UK laws and policies” and connection speeds are throttled by all but preferred ISPs – that’s presuming the UK won’t adhere to the current set of digital policy acts, of course. In the ‘[No]…

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new voice commands

Get the latest flight info Use travel-planning app TripIt with Google Assistant to get the latest on your flights. Connect the TripIt action via Google Assistant and say: “Ok Google, talk to TripIt”. Listen to the radio Siri can now play live national radio stations via Apple Music on iOS 12 as well as on HomePods. It sources the station from radio apps such as the ever-popular TuneIn. Hear Spider-Man secrets Sony Pictures’ new Alexa skill offers behind-the-scenes Spider-Man interviews with cast members, a phrase of the day, travel tips, quizzes and jokes. Start by saying, “Alexa, open Spider-Man”.…

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google admits listening to private google home chats

What happened? Google has admitted that contractors working for the company listen to recordings made by its voice-recognition system Google Assistant and the Home speakers that are powered by it. The news follows a similar admission by Amazon about its Alexa assistant earlier this year. Google Home, like Amazon’s range of Echo speakers, is activated by a ‘wake word’ such as “hey Google” or “OK Google”. In theory, it only listens to commands that follow these approved wake words, rather than hearing everything else said in its vicinity at other times. Those verbal commands are sent via the internet to Google’s own servers, where they’re transcribed into written speech by artificial-intelligence systems so that Google Assistant can formulate a response. Or that’s what’s supposed to happen, at least. In reality, Google Assistant sometimes…

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first look

Nintendo Switch Lite bit.ly/switch480 Since the 1989 release of the Game Boy, Nintendo has reigned supreme as the king of the handheld gaming system – beating off challengers such as the Sega Game Gear and Sony PS Vita, while still maintaining a foothold in the traditional console market. Then, along came the Switch. Nintendo’s 2017 console had an interesting twist: it was both a portable and a console, able to ‘switch’ between being played on the TV and on the move. The Switch Lite focuses on the latter function – it’s lighter, more compact and has fewer features than its big brother, but internally very little has changed. Both machines run on a Custom Nvidia Tegra graphics processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The only real upgrade here is…