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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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WE LIKE… Zoom adds end-to-end encryption Video-chat service Zoom has finally started rolling out end-to-end encryption to its free users, following pressure from privacy groups. The feature will need to be enabled by hosts or admins and turned on manually by all chat participants. YouTube bans antivaccine videos YouTube has banned misleading claims about coronavirus vaccines, including allegations that a vaccine will kill people, cause infertility or implant microchips. The site has already removed 200,000 videos containing COVID-19 misinformation. WE DON’TLIKE… Amazon dodges digital sales tax HMRC has admitted that Amazon will not be affected by the new Digital Services Tax, but smaller traders who use its online marketplace will pay 2% more in charges. Last year, Amazon reportedly paid only £14.4m in tax on £13.7bn of UK revenue. Google ditches Trusted Contacts app Google is shutting down its…

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mini workshop

nocode: www.nocode.works 10 mins Google Drive Nocode is a free online site-building tool that lets you build a simple website and host it on Google Drive. You have to sign in with your Google account but it can only access the files you’ve created through Nocode. + Email us your website building questions at webuser@webuser.co.uk…

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hardware, software & services

TABLET Apple iPad 10.2in £329 from bit.ly/ipad513 Tested: Issue 513 The superb quality of the 10.2in iPad makes it easily the best tablet available for the price. It’s wonderfully slim and light, has an excellent screen and easily connects to external drives and (for another £159) Apple’s Smart Keyboard. KEY SPECS Hexa-core 2.49GHz Apple A12 Bionic processor ▪ 10.2in Retina screen, 2,160 x 1,620-pixels resolution ▪ 1.2-megapixels front camera, 8-megapixels rear camera ▪ 32GB storage ▪ 3GB RAM ▪ 802.11ac Wi-Fi ▪ 251 x 174 x 7.5mm ▪ 490g MONITOR AOC 24B2XH £110.71 from bit.ly/aoc24b509 Tested: Issue 509 This monitor isthe cheapest IPS screen we’ve ever seen, and it’s phenomenal for the price, offering great contrast and colour accuracy. As long as your PC has VGA or HDMI connections, the AOC 24B2XH is afabulous upgrade. KEY SPECS 24in screen ▪ 1,920 x…

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take a screen break

CAN YOU GUESS THE HORROR STORIES FROM THE EMOJI? WIN A WEBUSER 2019 BACK ISSUES DISC! Emailyouranswers to editor@webuser.co.uk–one correctentry will winadisc GUESS THE WAYBACK MACHINE YEAR Can you work out which year the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine captured the following websites? COMPETITIONS WIN 1 OF 3 Corel Painter 2021 Painter 2021 is the latest version of this powerful and creative professional digital-painting software. For the first time, you can access an AI-based style transfer workflow that offers the customisation, control and Natural-Media realism professionals demand. To enter, email your address to webusercomp@dennis.co.uk with ‘Painter’ in the subject line. For more information, visit www.painterartist.com and follow @corelpainter on Twitter. WIN 1 OF 10 TP-Link Tapo P100 smart plugs Using TP-Link’s Tapo P100 smart plugs, you can turn connected devices on and off wherever you are through the Tapo app. Set up…

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best of the rest

Appetizer appetizer.cozic.net Running Appetizer provides you with a small box containing shortcuts to launch programs, files and anything else you can create an icon for. It looks a bit dated, with tiny control buttons and curved corners, and the few skins available only change the colour of the interface. We also found the portable version of the software slow, with a significant lag between clicking an icon and seeing the results. ObjectDock bit.ly/objdoc513 Given the £5 charge, we were expecting ObjectDock to stand head and shoulders above its free cousins. It has similar looks and configuration options to our Gold Award winner but, sadly, none of the standout features. There’s a free 30-day trial but, even so, we think you’ll be more content with Winstep Nexus. What’s more, its weather app failed to provide us…

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record and share your screen using the new obs studio

OBS Studio: obsproject.com 20 mins 8, 10 0.13+ OBS Studio is a free, open-source tool for Windows, macOS and Linux that lets you record onscreen activity, then edit and share the results or stream it live (OBS stands for Open Broadcaster Software). It’s primarily designed for capturing and broadcasting game play – Amazon’s Twitch (twitch.tv) is one of the main sponsors – but you can use it for other tasks, such as recording desktop activity or capturing video you’re playing. You can also mix together various video sources, with fades and transitions. The latest update includes controls for media/VLC playback, a virtual camera for using the OBS Studio output in other apps, such as Zoom, and a new toolbar.…