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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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1 min.
make 2020 an app-ealing year

So, that was 2019, the year that Brexit didn’t get done, Thomas Cook went bust and the UK came last in the Eurovision Song Contest. Still, it wasn’t all doom and gloom – Greggs launched a vegan sausage roll and train stations stopped charging you to use the toilet! Over in the tech world, meanwhile, many of the biggest stories involved dangerous mobile apps, which users were urged to “delete now or pay the price” (bit.ly/delete491). There have been so many of these warnings that it’s difficult to keep up with exactly which apps you should be uninstalling. In this issue’s cover feature, we provide a handy guide tothe dodgiest apps of 2019, a selection of terrible tools that harvest your data, infect you with malware, bombard you with ads, steal your…

5 min.
what’s new online

See Google’s top searches in 2019 Brexit dominated the news over the past year but, judging by Google Trends’ roundup of the most popular search terms of 2019, our minds have been focused elsewhere. Its most prominent mention concerned the perplexing question of the backstop, but that was beaten by people keen to learn about Area 51 – a reaction to a call on Facebook to storm the top secret US air force base back in July. The Notre Dame fire and the iPhone 11 were also burning issues but the biggest searches were related to sport: the rugby and cricket World Cups were first and second overall, ahead of Game of Thrones and the hit Sky Atlantic series Chernobyl. People also wanted to know “how to floss dance”, “how to eat…

1 min.
new voice commands

Listen to a Frozen story Enthral children with a beautifully presented story related to the movie Frozen and choose a character to narrate it. Say: “Hey Google, tell me aFrozen story”. Type directly to Siri As of iOS 13, you can instantly use Siri without speaking. Swipe left on the homescreen and type your query in the search bar. Don’t press Search –scroll to the bottom of the screen and select Ask Siri. Get free Audible tales Audible now lets you listen to short stories read via Alexa by big-name narrators including David Jason, Andrew Scott and Juliet Stevenson. Say “Alexa, open Audible Stories” and select agenre.…

6 min.
7 most important questions for 2020

1 Will drones start making deliveries? • Long answer: They already are, in some places, but don’t expect them to be landing in your garden anytime soon. The use of airborne drones to deliver packages is happening in remote regions for emergency supplies, such as Zipline dropping off blood in Rwanda. In the US, drone deliveries are also being used in very limited ways for medical supplies and test samples. So far, the US Federal Aviation Authority has approved drone delivery permits for two companies. One is the Wing project from Google’s parent company Alphabet, which is allowed to use a single drone overseen by a pilot. The other is UPS, which can use multiple drones and fly them beyond line of sight, but is limited to medical deliveries. Here in the UK, Amazon…

2 min.
your smart tv may be spying on you

What happened? The FBI has warned owners of smart TVs to change the settings on their internet-connected televisions to improve security and ensure that they aren’t being spied on. In a press release (bit.ly/fbi491), federal agents in Oregon sought to raise awareness of the perils of smart TVs in the home. The agency highlighted the fact that when these TV sets are used straight out of the box, the microphones and cameras they’re equipped with can be used by makers to listen in and observe you while you binge-watch Netflix. But it’s not just that “your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you”. The Feds also stressed that, because it’s an online device, smart TVs are vulnerable to hackers. They stated that “it is possible that your unsecured TV…

2 min.
first look

Chuwi UBook Pro bit.ly/chuwi491 If you’ve ever fancied getting your hands on a Microsoft Surface but baulked at the ridiculous prices, then the Chuwi UBook Pro may be the answer. This Chinese-built 2-in-1 Windows laptop isn’t shy about positioning itself as the budget Surface but, while it may bear a passing resemblance to Microsoft’s dominant machine, corners have been cut to hit the sub-£400 price tag. The UBook Pro, a lightweight, souped-up version of the original UBook, features a 12.3in HD touchscreen that can be affixed to a Surface-like, backlit keyboard. This is all powered by an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor and 8GB of RAM. While that’s far from the best that Intel has to offer, you should be able to run most programs on the device. If you’re intending to use the device as…