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Webuser 482

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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
Frequency:
Biweekly
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1 min.
open-source of constant delight

A side from a non-Microsoft web browser, CCleaner used to be the first program I’d install on a new PC, to prepare for the junk to come. With its simple interface, powerful cleanup tools and sweeping-brush logo, CCleaner was free software that you could trust. How times have changed! Over the past few years, CCleaner has been caught collecting user data, bundling unwanted junk and even spreading malware. So now when people mention CCleaner to me, I say “Ha! Overrated,” and with a swish of my cloak I direct them to an open-source alternative. In this issue’s cover feature, we look at the tragic tale of CCleaner and other programs that are past their prime, and recommend the best open-source equivalents. The tools we’ve picked are not only free to download,…

4 min.
what’s new online

Find and compare images faster in Google Google has redesigned the desktop version of its image search, making it easier to find relevant pictures and view information about them. Now when you search for an image and click a result, it appears in a separate panel on the right-hand side of the page and remains there while you continue scrolling. Google says this makes it easier to compare images without losing your place. If the item you are searching for is a product that you can buy, the information below the image preview will include its price, availability and a retailer, along with two lines of description. The search engine also flags up any reviews, and you can share or save the image with a single click. Google’s aim is to get…

1 min.
new voice commands

Listen to your messages Google Assistant can now read messages from third-party apps such as WhatsApp. With app notification access switched on, say “Hey Google, read my messages”. Delete your recordings Apple contractors can no longer listen to your Siri recordings, and you can remove past data. Go to Settings, Siri & Search. Turn off the Ask Siri options, then go to Settings, General, Keyboard and turn off Enable Dictation. Enjoy a history podcast Historian Dan Snow’s popular podcast attracts a million listens every month. Say “open history hit” and you can choose to listen to the latest episode or pick a past one. Check how your city’s temperature will change bit.ly/temp482 The UK hit record temperatures in July, and the future is likely to be even warmer. Use this tool to search for a city, then view…

8 min.
need to know

Intel processors hit by another massive security flaw What happened? Yet another vulnerability has been discovered in Intel’s processors, following the severe Spectre and Meltdown flaws that hit the hardware maker’s products over the past couple of years. Researchers from security firm Bitdefender who discovered the latest flaw have named it the SWAPGS Attack, after the particular instruction it affects (bit.ly/swapgs482). Bitdefender says any computer that uses an Intel chip and runs Windows or Linux could be at risk. The SWAPGS Attack takes advantage of a system in Intel’s processors called speculative execution, which guesses which instructions will come next to help speed up processing. Some of those guesses turn out to be incorrect, in which case the system should set them aside and ignore them. However, in some instances, the predicted instruction…

2 min.
first look

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus bit.ly/note482 Samsung has just unveiled its latest smartphone, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, and it could be the company’s best handset yet. The phone’s most obvious feature is that it’s massive. It’s easily Samsung’s biggest smartphone to date, which is either a selling point or a problem. The screen is a near-unmanageable 6.8in, and we’re not sure anyone has pockets big enough for it. If you think that seems like overkill, you may be better off with the Galaxy Note 10, which has a mere 6.3in screen. Despite its size, the phone is pleasingly light and slim: the Note 10 Plus weighs 196g and measures 77 X 162 X 7.9mm. Like its closest competitor, the new iPhone, Samsung’s otherwise stainless-steel device has a delicate glass back – so be…

1 min.
is google play introducing a subscription?

Google Play is the latest in a long line of online services that’s rumoured to be introducing a subscription. The company confirmed it has been secretly testing the option for the Play store, and refused to rule out a full launch. Ever since Netflix went mainstream, every company in the world seems to be chasing those lucrative subscriptions. From video games to razor blades, no business is above trying to charge you a monthly fee for products you’d usually buy outright. Not content with earning megabucks flogging data about you to advertisers, it seems even Google wants a slice of that subscription pie. The idea behind the service, dubbed Play Pass, is to charge mobile users a flat fee to download select games and apps from the Play Store. A real selling…