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Webuser 511

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
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Dennis Publishing UK
Periodicidad:
Biweekly
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1 min.
go beyond the google graveyard

Issue 511 It’s always depressing when one of your favourite products disappears, after the parent company decides it’s “no longer financially viable” or has “reached the end of its lifecycle”. Little thought is given to the devoted fans of that ‘brand’ who have come to depend on it, because business is business. If you didn’t want Mars to stop making white chocolate Maltesers, you should’ve bought more of them at the time! Google is notoriously brutal about axing beloved software and services, consigning at least a dozen tools to its development graveyard every year. Our Technical & Reviews Editor, Andy Shaw, has never forgiven the 2013 scrapping of Google Reader and my Mum still mourns the loss of Picasa in 2015. Fortunately, as we explain in this issue’s cover feature, for every product…

5 min.
what’s new online

Conduct and compose music online Listening to an orchestra is one of life’s joys, and the BBC’s new Philharmonic Pick A Part experiment (bit.ly/2Fsce3o) lets you conduct your own. Simply connect audio devices using the Audio Orchestrator tool and you can hear them play different instruments at the same time. Since the orchestral music has been recorded in individual parts, all you need to do is start a new session and select Add Device, then use the link or QR code to connect computers, tablets and phones before entering the calibration mode. When you subsequently select a piece of music, it’ll play across all your devices, allowing you to select the instrument you want to hear on each one. The more devices you connect, the more engrossing the experience becomes. If you like…

3 min.
could the latest firefox cuts mean the end of mozilla?

What happened? Mozilla has had a tough year. In January, the company behind Firefox made 70 of its staff redundant. Over the summer, the open-source developer slashed another 250 jobs as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic forced it to cut investment in feature development. Now, it’s closed two of its popular products. Firefox Send was a browser tool and standalone website that let users send files to each other and encrypt the data. It launched in March of 2019, but was taken offline for repairs after reports that the tool was being used by hackers to distribute malware. Following the recent layoffs, Mozilla has confirmed that Send isn’t coming back. A similar fate has befallen Firefox Notes. This tool let users write quick notes on one device in the Firefox browser and…

2 min.
google bans stalkerware from play store

What happened? Google has changed the wording of its Play store rules to impose an official ban on stalkerware apps. Previously, the store’s terms prohibited the use of Android apps by parents to track their own children, but allowed such apps to be used to track an adult, such as a spouse or partner, without their knowledge. As of 1 October, that rule has been reversed, with Google claiming the wording had been corrected due to a typo. The move comes amid warnings of a rise in stalkerware – apps that let someone surveil another person’s online activity or physical location. Security firm Kaspersky reported a 373% increase in devices with stalkerware installed over the last year. How will it affect you? There are ways to check whether your handset is being spied on.…

2 min.
tiktok avoids us ban with oracle deal

What happened? The ongoing battle over TikTok has reached a temporary resolution, with Oracle set to buy a stake in the app and store TikTok’s data on its own cloud in the US. Over the summer, US President Donald Trump raised concerns about security and surveillance regarding two Chinese owned apps – social-video app TikTok and messaging app WeChat – saying both would be banned from app stores on 20 September. That would mean new users couldn’t download TikTok, but could still keep using it without updates until November, when a technical ban would limit the service. Thanks to the Oracle deal, which could also see retailer Walmart investing in TikTok, that ban has been avoided and the app will remain available, assuming negotiations go smoothly. How will it affect you? If nothing trips up…

2 min.
tech firms told to stop targeting teens

What happened? Stop advertising to teenagers. That’s the message being sent to Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple and Amazon in an open letter to the world’s biggest technology firms. MPs, academics and children’s-rights groups claim that web companies are abusing kids’ privacy and placing those “susceptible” to marketing under increased pressure. They also reiterate that UK law prohibits processing the data of anyone under 13 for the purpose of advertising. The letter, whose signatories include MP Caroline Lucas and Friends of the Earth, states: “The fact that ad-tech companies hold 72 million data points on a child by the time they turn 13 shows the extent of disregard for these laws, and the extraordinary surveillance to which children are subjected. There is no justification for targeting teenagers with personalised ads any more than…