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Dating sim meets survival horror: the game that exposes pick-up artists

August 16, 2019 at 06:00PM A dating sim with a difference, artist Angela Washko’s The Game: The Game exposes the manipulative horror of extreme seduction by getting the player to experience it from the woman’s point of viewIt’s Friday night, and it’s been a long day. You’re a young woman walking into a bar, looking… Continue reading Dating sim meets survival horror: the game that exposes pick-up artists

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Beats PowerBeats Pro review: Apple’s fitness AirPods rock

August 19, 2019 at 07:00AM Bluetooth earbuds have long battery life, rock-solid connectivity and stay firmly planted on your earThe PowerBeats Pro are Apple-owned Beats’ first true wireless Bluetooth earbuds that cut the cable and seek to be the ultimate running and gym earphones.As with Apple’s original AirPods, which looked like a set of the… Continue reading Beats PowerBeats Pro review: Apple’s fitness AirPods rock

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Domestic abuse meets big tech: Chips with Everything podcast

August 19, 2019 at 06:00AM This week, Jordan Erica Webber talks to Anna, whose ex-partner surveilled her every move by using ‘stalkerware’ apps. Jordan also talks to MIT Technology Review journalist Charlotte Jee about what tech companies like Apple and Google could be doing to stop the proliferation of these apps Continue reading... Domestic abuse… Continue reading Domestic abuse meets big tech: Chips with Everything podcast

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AI can read your emotions. Should it?

August 17, 2019 at 04:00PM Advertisers, tech giants and border forces are using face tracking software to monitor our moods – whether we like it or notIt is early July, almost 30C outside, but Mihkel Jäätma is thinking about Christmas. In a co-working space in Soho, the 39-year-old founder and CEO of Realeyes, an “emotion… Continue reading AI can read your emotions. Should it?

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Hundreds of Google employees urge company to resist support for Ice

August 16, 2019 at 03:37PM Petition demands that the company not provide any technical services to US immigration agencies, citing ‘system of abuse’Tech giant Google is facing a demand from hundreds of employees for an assurance that it will not bid on a government cloud computing contract that could be used to enforce US immigration… Continue reading Hundreds of Google employees urge company to resist support for Ice

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Sega Genesis at 30: the console that made the modern games industry

August 16, 2019 at 11:00AM In 1989, the machine the rest of the world called the Mega Drive was launched in the US with a new name and a bold new idea: that gaming could be coolThe US launch of the Sega Genesis, on 14 August 1989, probably didn’t seem like a huge deal outside… Continue reading Sega Genesis at 30: the console that made the modern games industry

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Privacy campaigners warn of UK facial recognition ‘epidemic’

August 16, 2019 at 12:49PM Investigation uncovers widespread use in museums and shopping centres Privacy campaigners have warned of an “epidemic” of facial recognition use in shopping centres, museums, conference centres and other private spaces around the UK.An investigation by Big Brother Watch (BBW), which tracks the use of surveillance, has found that private companies… Continue reading Privacy campaigners warn of UK facial recognition ‘epidemic’

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Metal Wolf Chaos XD review – unreconstructed mad mech trash

August 15, 2019 at 02:06PM PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One; FromSoftware/Devolver DigitalIn this slightly upgraded 2004 game, you rampage as a robot President – discharging your bazookas, missile launchers and railguns in the name of freedomIn 2004, when Metal Wolf Chaos was first released on the original Xbox, it didn’t have a snowball’s chance in… Continue reading Metal Wolf Chaos XD review – unreconstructed mad mech trash

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Instagram to let US users report false content

August 16, 2019 at 03:01AM Facebook-owned company seeking to stem spread of misinformation by removing dubious posts from searchesInstagram is adding an option for users to report posts they think are false, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing site has announced, as tries to stem misinformation and other abuses.Results rated as false are removed from places where users… Continue reading Instagram to let US users report false content

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Huawei boss: UK ‘won’t say no to us’ over 5G rollout

August 16, 2019 at 08:01AM Ren Zhengfei confident of UK deal with Chinese company, but security concerns remainThe founder and chief executive of Huawei has said Britain “won’t say no to us” over the Chinese firm’s involvement in the rollout of 5G mobile internet infrastructure.The UK is considering the inclusion of Huawei equipment in the… Continue reading Huawei boss: UK ‘won’t say no to us’ over 5G rollout

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Honor 20 Pro review: it’s all about the camera

August 16, 2019 at 07:00AM The best camera in the mid-range market, backed by good performance and long battery lifeThe Honor 20 Pro is the new flagship phone for Huawei’s cheaper offshoot, offering some of what made the Chinese firm the camera master but at £550 it is a little overpriced.The Honor 20 Pro is… Continue reading Honor 20 Pro review: it’s all about the camera

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Japanese researchers build robotic tail – video

August 15, 2019 at 12:28PM A team of researchers at Japan’s Keio university have built a robotic tail. Dubbed ‘Arque’, the grey one-metre device mimics tails such as those of cheetahs and monkeys, used to keep balance while running and climbing Continue reading... Japanese researchers build robotic tail – video ... Selected by softengoxford Search… Continue reading Japanese researchers build robotic tail – video

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What’s the best laptop for a student for under £500?

August 15, 2019 at 08:00AM Ruqayyah needs a laptop costing up to £500 for her teacher training course. What are her best options?I’m due to start my teacher training in September. Which laptop should I buy on a £500 budget? RuqayyahThis question comes up every year. Obviously, the answers change as technology moves on. What… Continue reading What’s the best laptop for a student for under £500?

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Facebook’s crackdown on dangerous content in groups could backfire, experts say

August 15, 2019 at 12:23AM Critics say ‘proactive’ approach could make questionable content harder to detectFacebook is changing its rules on private groups amid growing criticism that some closed communities on the platform are uniting extremists and spreading fake news.The company announced in a blogpost on Wednesday that it would take a more “proactive” approach… Continue reading Facebook’s crackdown on dangerous content in groups could backfire, experts say

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‘We can’t reach the women who need us’: the LGBT YouTubers suing the tech giant for discrimination

August 14, 2019 at 05:14PM The platform made stars of Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers. But now the duo, along with other gay content creators, say they are losing their voice and their living because of the unfair way an algorithm works‘It happened again today,” Bria Kam tells me, throwing her arms up in frustration.… Continue reading ‘We can’t reach the women who need us’: the LGBT YouTubers suing the tech giant for discrimination

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WeWork files for IPO amid investor skepticism over deep losses

August 14, 2019 at 02:10PM Office rental company filed for initial public offering, publishing statements showing loss of almost $700m in the first half of 2019WeWork, the office rental company, became the latest Silicon Valley “unicorn” to file for an initial public offering on Wednesday and published detailed financial statements that showed it lost almost… Continue reading WeWork files for IPO amid investor skepticism over deep losses

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Power Stone: the Dreamcast brawler that foresaw Fortnite and Overwatch

August 14, 2019 at 12:30PM Sega’s joyful, rule-breaking gameplay laid the groundwork for today’s multiplayer shooters. Its producer and designer tell us how they did itFrom the very beginning, developers saw the Dreamcast console as a place to experiment. Sega set the tone with innovative outliers such as Shenmue, Jet Set Radio and Seaman, but… Continue reading Power Stone: the Dreamcast brawler that foresaw Fortnite and Overwatch

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Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

August 14, 2019 at 08:11AM Fingerprints, facial recognition and other personal information from Biostar 2 discovered on publicly accessible databaseThe fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and personal information of employees, was discovered on a publicly accessible database for a company used by the likes… Continue reading Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

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Facebook admits contractors listened to users’ recordings without their knowledge

August 14, 2019 at 02:35AM Company says ‘human review’ of audio conversations on Messenger has been ‘paused’Facebook has become the latest company to admit that human contractors listened to recordings of users without their knowledge, a practice the company now says has been “paused”.Citing contractors who worked on the project, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday… Continue reading Facebook admits contractors listened to users’ recordings without their knowledge

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People at King’s Cross site express unease about facial recognition

August 13, 2019 at 08:28PM One person reassured by the technology but most echo the complaint that ‘it’s unjustified’Members of the public have said there is no justification for the use of facial recognition technology in CCTV systems operated by a private developer at a 67-acre site in central London. Related: London mayor writes to… Continue reading People at King’s Cross site express unease about facial recognition

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Teen’s tweets from her smart fridge go viral after mother confiscates phone

August 13, 2019 at 11:48PM Fifteen-year-old resorts to drastic measures after action taken ‘so I’d pay more attention to my surroundings’A resourceful teenager has taken the rise of increasingly powerful smart home devices to its logical conclusion – tweeting from her family’s smart fridge after her mother confiscated her phone.The 15-year-old Ariana Grande fan known… Continue reading Teen’s tweets from her smart fridge go viral after mother confiscates phone

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Sony WF-1000XM3 review: updated noise-cancelling earbuds sound great

August 14, 2019 at 07:00AM True wireless buds are Sony’s best yet, but where is the volume control?Sony’s latest true wireless WF-1000XM3 earbuds offer both noise cancelling and top-end sound quality while undercutting premium rivals on price.The replacement for the WF-1000X, which were some of the first noise cancelling true wireless earbuds available, the new… Continue reading Sony WF-1000XM3 review: updated noise-cancelling earbuds sound great

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Deepfake shows Bill Hader morph into Tom Cruise in CBS interview – video

August 13, 2019 at 04:36PM The creator of the mind-melding video says he wants to raise awareness of the potential of deepfake technology in the age of fake news and doctored footageWhat do we do about deepfake video? Continue reading... Deepfake shows Bill Hader morph into Tom Cruise in CBS interview – video ... Selected… Continue reading Deepfake shows Bill Hader morph into Tom Cruise in CBS interview – video