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Gotta catch ’em all … in your sleep: Chips with Everything podcast

June 17, 2019 at 06:00AM The Pokémon Company has announced the 2020 launch of Pokémon Sleep, a mobile game that will reward users based on how well they slumber. Jordan Erica Webber looks at why sleep experts are worried about the idea. She is joined by Dale Berning Sawa and Laura Dale Continue reading... Gotta… Continue reading Gotta catch ’em all … in your sleep: Chips with Everything podcast

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Trans children’s charity apologises after parents’ emails published online

June 16, 2019 at 01:23PM Data breach included names, addresses and phone numbers of parents who asked for adviceA charity that supports transgender children has apologised and referred itself to the information commissioner’s office following a data breach that led to the publication of parents’ personal emails online.Mermaids, a UK charity providing support and advice… Continue reading Trans children’s charity apologises after parents’ emails published online

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The best gadgets under £30

June 16, 2019 at 10:00AM Whether you’re making a call or a smoothie, our pick of gizmos at giveaway prices shows hi-tech needn’t mean high priceGilobaby smart robot, £24Feeling anxious about robots taking over the world? For 24 quid, allay your anxieties by barking simple commands at this gory plastic bot and experiencing triumph as… Continue reading The best gadgets under £30

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Crypto is coming: get ready to spend Facebook’s money

June 16, 2019 at 07:00AM The social network is likely to release details of its cryptocurrency this week: and it won’t be much like BitcoinFirst it had your friends, then it had your pictures, then it had your diary. Now, in the latest effort to entwine its systems still further into the everyday lives of… Continue reading Crypto is coming: get ready to spend Facebook’s money

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How Silicon Valley’s whiz-kids finally ran out of friends | John Naughton

June 16, 2019 at 06:59AM The tech founders said they were not like the evil capitalists of old. We should have known betterRemember the time when tech companies were cool? So do I. Once upon a time, Silicon Valley was the jewel in the American crown, a magnet for high IQ – and predominately male… Continue reading How Silicon Valley’s whiz-kids finally ran out of friends | John Naughton

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How I made the Bondi-to-Manly hyperlapse | David Fanner

June 13, 2019 at 10:56PM I walked 80km around Sydney Harbour in the middle of a heatwave ... and filmed the entire thing Bondi-to-Manly: experience Sydney’s spectacular harbour walkWhat is the Bondi-to-Manly?The Bondi-to-Manly is a new 80km coastal walk that links two of Australia’s favourite beaches and takes in Sydney’s iconic landmarks. About 60km of… Continue reading How I made the Bondi-to-Manly hyperlapse | David Fanner

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Twitter removes thousands of accounts linked to Iran government

June 13, 2019 at 08:08PM Nearly 4,800 accounts taken down by microblogging platformStep aims to prevent election interference and misinformationTwitter has removed nearly 4,800 accounts with ties to the Iranian government in a continuing effort to prevent election interference and misinformation on the platform, the company said on Thursday.Since October 2018, Twitter has been publishing… Continue reading Twitter removes thousands of accounts linked to Iran government

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Canadian minister dismisses suggestion to block Huawei CFO’s extradition

June 13, 2019 at 07:59PM Chrystia Freeland said move would set a dangerous precedent while Meng Wanzhou will challenge extradition requestCanada’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, has dismissed a suggestion that Ottawa block the extradition of a top executive from China’s Huawei to the US, saying it would set a dangerous precedent.Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng… Continue reading Canadian minister dismisses suggestion to block Huawei CFO’s extradition

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Hong Kong’s digital battle: tech that helped protesters now used against them

June 14, 2019 at 06:51AM Wary of being tracked and targeted like activists inside China, protesters are keeping a low profile onlineIn early June, Ivan Ip, 22, joined a public chat group on Telegram called “Parade 69”, named for a mass demonstration planned in central Hong Kong to protest a bill allowing for the transfer… Continue reading Hong Kong’s digital battle: tech that helped protesters now used against them

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12 Minutes: time loop thriller rewrites the rules of adventure games

June 14, 2019 at 01:00PM The rules of one of E3’s surprise standouts this year are recognisable – fail to solve the mystery, the loop restarts – but the knowledge you accumulate is keyOne of the surprise standouts at E3 this year was the indie time-looping point-and-click adventure 12 Minutes. In this stylish thriller, players… Continue reading 12 Minutes: time loop thriller rewrites the rules of adventure games

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Keanu, comebacks and a new console: the 10 biggest stories of E3 2019

June 14, 2019 at 12:00PM Keanu Reeves lent Hollywood glamour to Cyberpunk 2077, Final Fantasy VII wowed everyone and Microsoft revealed (limited) details about Xbox One successor Project ScarlettNext to some of the games console announcements of E3s past – such as Sony’s $599 PlayStation 3, or the Wii U’s confusing reveal, which left attendees… Continue reading Keanu, comebacks and a new console: the 10 biggest stories of E3 2019

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Cybersecurity giant Symantec plays down unreported breach of test data

June 13, 2019 at 07:00PM Hacker accessed passwords and list of purported clients, including Australian government agencies – but company says these were only demonstration accountsThe American cybersecurity giant Symantec has downplayed a data breach that allowed a hacker to access passwords and a purported list of its clients, including large Australian companies and government… Continue reading Cybersecurity giant Symantec plays down unreported breach of test data

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Jordan Peterson launches anti-censorship site Thinkspot

June 13, 2019 at 02:57PM Rightwing academic enlists failed Ukip MEP candidate Carl Benjamin to test subscription-only platformJordan Peterson, the controversial academic, has launched a new anti-censorship website that will only take down offensive content if specifically ordered to by a US court.The psychology professor from Toronto said that Carl Benjamin, the failed Ukip MEP… Continue reading Jordan Peterson launches anti-censorship site Thinkspot

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E3 2019: the future of video games is complicated

June 13, 2019 at 02:12PM The end of consoles, the dawn of streaming subscriptions and a lack of clarity. E3 might not be changing but the way we play isDespite the absence of Sony PlayStation, this year’s annual Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles delivered the usual whirlwind of new game announcements, trailers, marketing bluster… Continue reading E3 2019: the future of video games is complicated

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Facebook emails seem to show Zuckerberg knew of privacy issues, report claims

June 12, 2019 at 08:48PM Firm has uncovered emails that appear to show chief executive’s connection to potentially problematic practices, WSJ reportsFacebook has uncovered emails that appear to show Mark Zuckerberg’s connection to potentially damaging privacy practices at the company, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.The emails were uncovered as part of a Federal… Continue reading Facebook emails seem to show Zuckerberg knew of privacy issues, report claims

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Seven ways to make Windows 10 work better

June 13, 2019 at 08:00AM FlintyMcQwerty asked for tips to fix or avoid problems with the operating systemPlease share all your favourite tips, tricks and techniques for harnessing the power, panache and pulchritude of Windows 10. (Apologies, Jack, for my ineluctable tendency to alliterate.) FlintyMcQwertyLast week’s answer provoked a lot of discussion about Windows 10.… Continue reading Seven ways to make Windows 10 work better

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Policeman arrested after student uses Snapchat’s ‘gender swap’ filter to pose as underage girl

June 12, 2019 at 10:13PM Officer Robert Davies is on paid leave after being charged with communicating with a minor to commit a felonyA California student used a “gender swap” filter on Snapchat to pose as an underage girl in a vigilante effort that led to a police officer’s arrest.After a friend told him she… Continue reading Policeman arrested after student uses Snapchat’s ‘gender swap’ filter to pose as underage girl

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Uber Air announces Melbourne as trial city for flying taxi service

June 11, 2019 at 11:54PM Ridesharing company says test flights of Uber Air’s helicopter-like ‘flying car’ will begin next yearMelbourne will be the first city outside the US to host trials of Uber Air, a service the company describes as “aerial ridesharing” that will shuttle people from rooftop to rooftop for the price of an… Continue reading Uber Air announces Melbourne as trial city for flying taxi service

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Doctored video of sinister Mark Zuckerberg puts Facebook to the test

June 12, 2019 at 01:49AM Last month Facebook declined to remove a manipulated video of Nancy Pelosi even after it was viewed millions of timesA doctored video of Mark Zuckerberg delivering a foreboding speech has been posted to Instagram, in a stunt that put Facebook’s content moderation policies to the test. Videos known as “deepfakes”… Continue reading Doctored video of sinister Mark Zuckerberg puts Facebook to the test

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Facebook launches app that will pay users for their data

June 12, 2019 at 01:21AM New app comes months after Apple cracked down on Facebook for similar apps that paid users for extensive data on phone usageA new Facebook app will allow users to sell the company data on how they use competitors’ apps.Facebook announced Tuesday that it is recruiting participants to download its new… Continue reading Facebook launches app that will pay users for their data

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E3 2019: Nintendo teases Animal Crossing and a Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel

June 11, 2019 at 06:34PM The Japanese video game giant leans heavily on its established hits for the Nintendo Switch’s 2019-20 lineupIn a Nintendo Direct broadcast today, the Japanese video game giant laid out the lineup for its Switch console for the rest of 2019 and early 2020. Introduced by newly installed Nintendo of America… Continue reading E3 2019: Nintendo teases Animal Crossing and a Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel

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FTSE 250 firms exposed to possible cyber-attacks, report finds

June 11, 2019 at 01:00PM Cybersecurity company says keeping older versions of software online can pose risksThe average FTSE 250 company exposes 35 different avenues of attack for would-be hackers, according to a report, despite the vast majority having “serious issues” with keeping business-critical systems up to date.According to the cybersecurity company Rapid7’s report, created… Continue reading FTSE 250 firms exposed to possible cyber-attacks, report finds

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Huawei security threat derives from its sheer scale, says analysis

June 10, 2019 at 03:00PM Cybersecurity report warns Chinese tech firm’s breadth exposes customers to riskHuawei’s threat to national security is inextricably linked to the company’s sheer scale, according to an analysis of the Chinese tech company from threat intelligence firm Recorded Future.Rather than focusing attention on any one area of the company’s business, analyst… Continue reading Huawei security threat derives from its sheer scale, says analysis