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Webuser

Webuser 508

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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2 min.
fake it easy on yourself

In the days before social media, if someone asked for your phone number but you didn’t particularly want them to call, you could change one of the digits when you gave it to them. Should you ever bump into that person again, and be accused of sharing false information, you could reassure them that it was a simple error. You can use this same change-one-digit trick when signing up for websites, but in both cases your ‘fake’ number could be an innocent party’s real one, which means they’ll be bothered by calls intended for you. In this issue’s cover feature, we explain the benefits of faking your data online, in an ethical and legal manner, so nobody else gets duped or pestered, but you still maintain your privacy. Websites are constantly…

5 min.
what’s new online

Get inspiration for your next holiday The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made planning a holiday rather difficult, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about your next trip abroad. If you’re wondering where you should go, Google Arts & Culture’s latest exhibition is sure to provide bags of inspiration. ‘It’s a Wonderful World’ covers cultural trips, adventures and spiritual journeys, exploring notable sights and delving into the heritage of locations across the globe. This is no online holiday brochure, however. The site takes you on virtual tours of five must-see landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty – and even shows you how to build your own versions out of paper. Scroll further down to watch an online scavenger hunt or listen to an American couple as they…

10 min.
need to know

Fears arise that Trump vs TikTok could split the internet What happened? The ongoing trade war between China and the US has now infiltrated the world of social media – specifically, TikTok. The Chinese-owned app is a teen favourite around the globe, but has caught the attention and ire of US President Donald Trump. After weeks of threatening to ban the app because of fears over the Chinese government’s influence, Trump signed an executive order against ByteDance, the company that makes TikTok, effectively banning the app in the US. The ban comes into effect on 15 September, but this doesn’t mean the app will disappear from US smartphones. Microsoft is working to buy some or all of TikTok from ByteDance, for a price that could hit $50bn. Completing such a massive deal before the…

1 min.
is amazon opening high-street shops in the uk?

Given this year’s pandemic, you’d have thought that we’d all be migrating to an online-only world. But Amazon, which has done rather well out of the boost in internet shopping, could have other ideas. Rumour has it that the retail giant already has the go-ahead to build 10 Amazon Go convenience stores across the UK, and it’s thought to be holding secret talks to open a further 20. These shops will target major transport hubs. Shoppers will be asked to scan an Amazon code on their phone to enter, then cameras and trackers will monitor what they pick up. When they exit, their Amazon account is automatically billed and a receipt emailed to them. It’s not all robots and machines, though. Old-fashioned non-virtual human shop assistants are on hand to help, too. This…

1 min.
what’s new on kickstarter

Smartipresence bit.ly/smart508 | From £50 Smartipresence lets you connect your phone to a cardboard robot on wheels. The caller then manoeuvres this remotely to move about and look around, so their presence is more interactive than just a face on a screen. They control the Smartipresence robot using their phone, tablet or computer using the on-screen buttons. All you need to do is fit the cardboard robot together and send an invite via the app. A £50 pledge gets you a full Smartipresence kit, though cheaper expansion packs are also available.…

1 min.
webometer

WE LIKE… LastPass adds dark-web monitoring Password manager LastPass has a new Security Dashboard that lets you check the security of all your accounts in one place, and offers dark-web monitoring (for paid-for users) to tell you if your email address has been compromised in a data breach. LibreOffice releases seventh version Open-source office suite LibreOffice has released a major new version that offers better compatibility with Microsoft Office formats. The redesigned LibreOffice 7 also adds useful new features to the suite’s word processor and spreadsheet tools. WE DON’TLIKE… Malicious extensions hijack searches Chrome users have been warned about 295 malicious extensions that hijack and insert ads in Google and Bing search results. The fake ad-blocking add-ons were discovered by AdGuard (bit.ly/adguard508) and have been installed by 80 million users. Microsoft stops users uninstalling Edge Windows 10 users will…