Mark Zuckerberg criticised by civil rights leaders over Donald Trump Facebook post

June 02, 2020 at 12:35PM Activists say Facebook boss’s decision to leave ‘shooting threat’ up sets dangerous precedent Civil rights leaders have criticised Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to take no action against a Facebook post from Donald Trump appearing to threaten to start shooting “looters”, after a Monday night meeting with the company’s executives ended inContinue reading “Mark Zuckerberg criticised by civil rights leaders over Donald Trump Facebook post”

Web wizard or net newbie? Take our quiz to see how much you know about the internet

June 01, 2020 at 11:36AM Test your knowledge of the online world – and discover how easy it is to launch a website for your business When did the world’s first website launch? 1991 1992 1997 What does SEO stand for? Super easy online Search engine optimisation Seek emails only What proportion of UK businessesContinue reading “Web wizard or net newbie? Take our quiz to see how much you know about the internet”

AI firm that worked with Vote Leave wins new coronavirus contract

June 02, 2020 at 08:00AM Deal may allow Faculty, linked to senior Tory figures, to analyse social media data, utility bills and credit ratings UK coronavirus updates – live See all our coronavirus coverage An artificial intelligence firm hired to work on the Vote Leave campaign may analyse social media data, utility bills and creditContinue reading “AI firm that worked with Vote Leave wins new coronavirus contract”

On the run: lack of sport drives fans to madcap world of marble racing

June 01, 2020 at 04:22PM Lockdown has been good for Jelle’s Marble Runs, which has acquired more than 1m YouTube subscribers Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage “Can’t believe I watched this all the way to the end,” Gary Lineker tweeted early into Britain’s coronavirus crisis. “The lack of live sport is clearly gettingContinue reading “On the run: lack of sport drives fans to madcap world of marble racing”

Cutting edge: Japanese paper art inspires a non-slip shoe

June 01, 2020 at 05:42PM Scientists use kirigami techniques to create a sole with pop-up, high-friction spikes The Japanese art of paper cutting and folding, or kirigami, has led to mind-bending 3D structures from 2D sheets, including spectacular pop-up designs. But now researchers have been getting to grips with the technique for a very down-to-earthContinue reading “Cutting edge: Japanese paper art inspires a non-slip shoe”

Facebook workers rebel over Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to act against Trump

June 01, 2020 at 12:09PM Employees in rare display of dissent after site left up post that was hidden by Twitter Facebook employees are staging a rebellion over Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to act against Donald Trump, expressing their dissatisfaction with their boss on social media in a rare display of dissent from within the company.Continue reading “Facebook workers rebel over Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to act against Trump”

When there’s an app that can save lives, there will be no need to download it out of a sense of duty

May 31, 2020 at 08:00AM The NHS test and trace app fails on several counts; no wonder ministers are resorting to peer pressure to encourage uptake Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The NHS Covid-19 alert app will be available nationwide in June. It’s voluntary, so those of us with smartphones mustContinue reading “When there’s an app that can save lives, there will be no need to download it out of a sense of duty”

Apple 13in MacBook Pro review 2020: going out on a high?

June 01, 2020 at 07:00AM Apple perfects its current laptop design, with great power, battery life and now an excellent keyboard The 2020 13in MacBook Pro is the last of Apple’s laptops to get its new and improved keyboard, banishing various issues to the rear view mirror and essentially perfecting this current design. Despite bothContinue reading “Apple 13in MacBook Pro review 2020: going out on a high?”

The five: robots helping to tackle coronavirus

May 31, 2020 at 05:35AM Automatons have been chipping in with the effort to beat Covid, from disinfecting hospitals to delivering groceries Singapore park-goers have been reminded of their social distancing obligations by Boston Dynamics’ yellow “dog”. The robot hound is equipped with numerous cameras and sensors, which it can use to detect transgressors andContinue reading “The five: robots helping to tackle coronavirus”

Twitter taking on Trump’s lies? About time too | John Naughton

May 30, 2020 at 04:00PM The platform’s moves to counter the president’s disinformation may be too little, too late, but it’s something In addition to washing your hands while singing the first two verses of The Internationale, it might be a good time also to clean out your Twitter feed. According to a recent reportContinue reading “Twitter taking on Trump’s lies? About time too | John Naughton”

Microsoft sacks journalists to replace them with robots

May 30, 2020 at 07:00AM Users of the homepages of the MSN website and Edge browser will now see news stories generated by AI Dozens of journalists have been sacked after Microsoft decided to replace them with artificial intelligence software. Staff who maintain the news homepages on Microsoft’s MSN website and its Edge browser –Continue reading “Microsoft sacks journalists to replace them with robots”

Twitter hides Donald Trump tweet for ‘glorifying violence’

May 29, 2020 at 09:39AM Warning on ‘when looting starts, shooting starts’ post risks further escalation of row between firm and president Twitter has hidden one of Donald Trump’s tweets behind a warning that it “glorifies violence”, further escalating the social media company’s row with the US president. The US president’s tweet, posted on ThursdayContinue reading “Twitter hides Donald Trump tweet for ‘glorifying violence’”

From Street Fighter to Sonic the Hedgehog: 10 of the best retro games

May 29, 2020 at 09:00AM Tired of high-res graphics and cinematic story arcs? Here are some of the best old-school video games you can play today In difficult times, nostalgia can be a balm, and sometimes you want your games to be totally uncomplicated. Currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, the original iteration of Pac-Man stillContinue reading “From Street Fighter to Sonic the Hedgehog: 10 of the best retro games”

Zuckerberg says Facebook won’t be ‘arbiters of truth’ after Trump threat

May 28, 2020 at 04:28PM President announced plan to strip social media companies of liability protections after Twitter factchecked his tweets Two years after admitting under political pressure that Facebook must do more to prevent disinformation campaigns on its platform, founder Mark Zuckerberg told Fox News on Thursday that the company should step away fromContinue reading “Zuckerberg says Facebook won’t be ‘arbiters of truth’ after Trump threat”

Donald Trump’s move against Twitter factchecking could backfire

May 28, 2020 at 01:31PM President’s planned weakening of social media law may not have effect he thinks it will Donald Trump’s apparent plans to punish Twitter for appending a factcheck to his claims that mail-in ballots would be “substantially fraudulent” could reshape the web – but not necessarily in the ways he or his supportersContinue reading “Donald Trump’s move against Twitter factchecking could backfire”

Move over, Fortnite: how Valorant became the next big competitive game

May 28, 2020 at 08:00AM Riot Games’ new shooter is already being hailed as a threat to Fortnite, Counter-Strike and Overwatch – and barely anyone has played it yet 25 best video games to help you socialise while self-isolating On a Tuesday in early April, viewers around the globe watched streamers on Twitch play oneContinue reading “Move over, Fortnite: how Valorant became the next big competitive game”

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review: a runner’s best friend

May 28, 2020 at 07:00AM Practically every running stat, great battery life, offline Spotify and comprehensive health-tracking in a small and light sports watch The Forerunner 245 is Garmin’s excellent performance running watch and sets a new benchmark against which the competition should be measured. Two versions are available: one which can download music andContinue reading “Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review: a runner’s best friend”

YouTube investigates automatic deletion of comments criticising China Communist party

May 27, 2020 at 03:39AM Video platform blames deletion of criticisms on an error in its automated systems YouTube is investigating the apparently automatic removal of comments critical of the Chinese Communist party amid complaints of censorship. The company said the filtering appeared to be “an error” amid a greater reliance on automated systems duringContinue reading “YouTube investigates automatic deletion of comments criticising China Communist party”

First iPhone jailbreak in four years released

May 26, 2020 at 04:24PM Newly discovered vulnerability allows users to bypass limitations built in by Apple A newly discovered vulnerability in iPhones allows users to bypass Apple’s built-in limitations – known as “jailbreaking” – for the first time in four years. The release of a functional jailbreak for iOS 13.5, the latest version ofContinue reading “First iPhone jailbreak in four years released”

Minecraft Dungeons review – hours of fun for locked-down families

May 26, 2020 at 01:05PM Mojang Studios; Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One (version tested)This retro-tinged hack-and-slash spinoff has plenty of Mojang character and humour – not to mention baby zombies and charming references to the original Minecraft When the idea to make a Minecraft spinoff was first batted around at Mojang Studios, a dungeonContinue reading “Minecraft Dungeons review – hours of fun for locked-down families”

Elon Musk and Grimes change baby’s name: ‘Roman numerals look better’

May 25, 2020 at 02:29PM Tech entrepreneur and musician have changed their child’s name from X Æ A-12 to X Æ A-Xii, without much explanation The tech entrepreneur Elon Musk and the musician Grimes have changed the unusual and largely unpronounceable name of their firstborn child. But anyone hoping that X Æ A-12 might beContinue reading “Elon Musk and Grimes change baby’s name: ‘Roman numerals look better’”

Pizzas in the post: Shopify challenges Amazon for slice of lockdown trade

May 25, 2020 at 01:23PM Firms becoming more inventive to survive, and increasing numbers turning to the e-commerce platform When the lockdown forced the Pizza Pilgrims chain to close, the company came up with an unusual solution to stay in business. The company, with restaurants in London and Oxford and run by brothers Thom andContinue reading “Pizzas in the post: Shopify challenges Amazon for slice of lockdown trade”

Elon Musk’s SpaceX to launch first astronauts from US soil since 2011

May 24, 2020 at 05:26PM Falcon 9 rocket to make history as billionaire seeks to commercialise space travel Elon Musk’s SpaceX company hopes to make history on Wednesday by launching the first astronauts into space from US soil in nine years, as the billionaire takes the next step in his dream to commercialise space travel.Continue reading “Elon Musk’s SpaceX to launch first astronauts from US soil since 2011”