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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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“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch,” goes the old adage, which (says Wikipedia) dates back to the 19th Century, when saloon owners in the US would offer complimentary grub to patrons buying alcohol. The saying even has its own acronym – TANSTAAFL – which is worth remembering if you find yourself back in the Old West, and is especially pertinent to free VPNs. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of free VPNs available, which is great news if you want to save a fiver a month on a subscription but not so good if you value your privacy, security and peace of mind. In this issue’s cover feature, we explain the risks of using a ‘free’ VPN, and why signing up for a service because it has a…

4 min.
what’s new online

Stream hi-res music with Amazon Stealing a march on Apple Music and Spotify, Amazon’s music-streaming service now offers listeners CD-quality audio. It uses the FLAC format for more than 50 million tracks, encoding them at 16-bit 44 kHz rather than compressing into AAC or MP3. It is also more than doubling the bitrate of standard services by streaming at up to 850 kilobytes per second (kbps). Amazon Music HD is making a couple of million tracks available in ‘ultra-HD’, too, encoding them at up to 24-bit 192 kHz and streaming at 3,730kbps. You can listen to the higher quality tracks in the Amazon Music app for iOS or Android, as well as Echo devices, Fire TVs, Fire tablets and a desktop app, with the option to download songs for offline enjoyment. In…

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new voice commands

Wind down with Headspace Counter the stress with Headspace’s daily meditations and sleep exercises. Start by saying, “OK Google, talk to Headspace”. Add multiple reminders With iOS 13, Siri can add multiple items to a list in your reminders. Say “Hey Siri, add Web User and milk to my shopping list”, for instance, and it will pop each item on a separate line. Ask Alexa to speak at a different speed Alexa can speak at different rates – two slower and four faster than its default. Say “Alexa, speak slower/ faster”. To reset, say “Alexa, speak at your default rate”. Agree on what to watch bit.ly/telly485 The BBC’s Tellybox 5-2-1 helps you agree on a show to watch. One person picks five programmes from a small selection, then a second person narrows the choice to two. The first…

9 min.
need to know

Apple unveils iOS 13, but it’s riddled with bugs What happened? Apple unveiled and released the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 13. But alongside its new features – including faster app downloads, expanded Dark Mode and an improved Photos app – the new version of iOS has a few bugs. First, the good news: the free update is expansive, with updates to many aspects of the operating system. It should run more efficiently and quickly, Apple said, with faster app launching and downloads. The Photos app has new editing tools, Maps has a Google-Street-View-like ‘Look Around’ feature and Siri has a more natural voice. Apple has also added intriguing privacy features, including a way to sign into online services with Apple so you can keep your data away from other…

1 min.
first look

Apple Arcade bit.ly/arcade485 As if there aren’t enough subscription streaming services to sign up for, Apple has now launched Apple Arcade, which offers ‘unlimited access to 100+ new games’. The main draw of Apple Arcade, besides the wealth of games available, is the removal of adverts and microtransactions – both of which have, in recent years, ruined gameplay on mobile devices. Like Netflix, your subscription can be used by up to five other family members. That alone makes Apple Arcade a solid investment for an iOS-dominated household. Similarities with the premiere video-streaming service don’t end there, either – you can play on multiple devices, starting a game on your tablet, for example, then seamlessly jumping across to your phone, and games can be downloaded for the morning commute, so they don’t gobble up…

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is google adding an incognito mode to maps?

Google Maps is reportedly testing a full incognito mode that lets you privately browse its popular Maps app. The search giant mentioned the concept back at the Google I/O event in May. Since then, however, the company has remained tight-lipped. Now, XDA Developers believes it’s found evidence that the tool has quietly been released to select Google Map preview members. Apparently – not to mention unsurprisingly – these tests are only available to Android users. In a tweet revealing the news (bit.ly/ xda485 ), the website’s editor-in-chief, Mishaal Rahman, showed a GIF detailing how the app could work. You’ll launch Maps as standard, then press the Profile button. This should present an option to switch to incognito mode. After confirming your selection, the app reopens in incognito mode, complete with an distinctive…