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Webuser 494

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.
take your finger off the button

A few years ago in Web User, we recommended an interesting free tool called Mousotron (bit.ly/ mousotron494 ), which counts how many times a day you click your left and right mouse buttons. Personally, I found it unnerving. Having your mouse clicks constantly tallied makes you self-conscious of them, so I tried not to click so much, which is no way to run an internet magazine. In this issue’s cover feature, we explain why you should be extra cautious about what you click online, and we’re not just talking about ‘Rickrolling’. The web is rife with innocuous-looking links, buttons and boxes that steal your data, infect you with malware and bombard you with spam. We reveal how to spot and avoid the sneakiest tricks before you press your finger down on…

5 min.
what’s new online

Browse 25 million datasets for free The web is a great source of data from universities, governments and research organisations, but finding what you want using traditional search methods isn’t always easy. That’s why Google has been encouraging institutions to describe their datasets using metadata and submit them for inclusion in its new Dataset Search tool, which is now out of beta. Type a query such as “crime in London” or “top paid television presenters” and any available data appears in an instant, placing close to 25 million datasets at your fingertips. The tool is aimed primarily at academic researchers, business analysts, students and data scientists, but we found an abundance of links to UK government and NHS-related data in our own searches, as well as lots of fun stats, including a…

1 min.
new voice commands

Start your day healthy Kellogg’s is offering health tips under its Special K brand. Say: “Hey Google, Ask Special K for Health Hacks”. You can also access this advice using the Alexa skill. Get Siri to beatbox Ask Siri “Can you beatbox?” and it gives a crazy reply involving the words “cats” and “boots”. Its efforts won’t top any charts but it certainly raises a smile. Meditate with Alexa A new skill from consumer neurotechnology specialists Muse lets you pick from 14 free guided meditations by saying: “Alexa, launch Muse Meditation”. If you have a Muse account, you can access more than 300 meditations.…

8 min.
need to know

Police to roll out facial recognition despite concerns What happened? The Metropolitan Police has revealed plans to use live facial-recognition technology on London’s streets, despite privacy concerns and criticism about the accuracy of such systems. The police force said the new system, built by tech firm NEC, won’t be used across all of London, but in specific locations where police expect wanted criminals to be. Rather than recording images of everyone who passes by, the system compares faces with a watchlist of people wanted for serious crimes. If the system finds a match, it will “prompt” police that the individual may be a suspect. It’s then up to the officers on site to decide what to do. In areas where facial-recognition is in use, people will be notified by signs and by officers handing…

2 min.
first look

Motorola Razr 2020 bit.ly/razr494 The original Motorola Razr, released in 2004, was an era-defining mobile phone. Leading the trend for thin clamshell designs, it went on to become one of the most popular and recognisable handsets available. Now Motorola hopes to repeat its success with the updated Motorola Razr 2020 – and this one comes with a significant difference. While it may look and feel like the older version when closed, crack open that nostalgic clamshell and you’ll find an Android smartphone with a stunning 6.2in flexible OLED screen. There’s also a small second screen on the front of the device that lets you see text, call and email previews when the case is closed. Opening this case is a little tougher than it was on the original device. Motorola has packed an insane…

1 min.
will the bank of england switch to cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrencies have so far been the preserve of technology enthusiasts, but they could soon hit the mainstream, if rumours are to be believed. It’s thought that the Bank of England will join the European Central Bank, the Bank of Canada, the Bank of Japan, the Sveriges Riksbank, the Swiss National Bank and the Bank for International Settlements in exploring the practicalities and pitfalls of using cryptocurrencies. The move comes as Facebook prepares to launch its controversial digital currency, Libra. The Bank of England has been outspoken about the move, saying Libra will need to be regulated, which goes against the ethos of the currency. The statement led many backers to pull their support. Now, it appears, the bank wants to pop its own finger in this particular pie. It may have taken some…