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The five: new uses for bacteria

July 21, 2019 at 08:00AM Eating plastic waste, cleaning up oil spills and detecting tumours… how these micro-organisms can help change the worldScientists have discovered a way of using bacteria to produce graphene – a nanomaterial composed of a single layer of carbon atoms with extraordinary properties. Graphene is strong, flexible and conductive with the… Continue reading The five: new uses for bacteria

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Six of the best: wireless headphones under £100

July 21, 2019 at 07:00AM You don’t have to spend a fortune on headphones to get noise cancellation, decent bass and fine detail at high volumeWhile you can pay hundreds of pounds for a pair of audiophile or status headphones, if you’re mainly going to be wearing them in the gym, listening to a podcast… Continue reading Six of the best: wireless headphones under £100

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Tetris Effect review – makes your skin tingle and your mind hum

July 19, 2019 at 08:51AM PC, PlayStation 4; Monstars/Resonair/EnhanceThis euphoric puzzle game pleasurably hijacks your neural pathways (and your emotions)There’s a phenomenon in video games that people call “the zone”: a state of mind-body oneness where your reflexes and senses feel that they are operating without conscious input. The zone isn’t the territory of blockbuster… Continue reading Tetris Effect review – makes your skin tingle and your mind hum

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Calling at all stations: tube passengers to get 4G reception from next year

July 19, 2019 at 12:01AM 4G mobile technology will launch on Jubilee line and will be extended to other linesLondon Underground passengers will be able to use their phones in tunnels between stations from early next year, removing one of the last major public places in Britain without phone reception and creating new challenges to… Continue reading Calling at all stations: tube passengers to get 4G reception from next year

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FaceApp row: UK watchdog monitoring privacy concerns

July 18, 2019 at 01:35PM Information Commissioner’s Office says people should check how apps use their data The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is considering allegations that FaceApp, the face-ageing photo app that has gone viral, is misusing personal data.“We are aware of stories raising concerns about FaceApp and will be considering them,” a spokesperson for… Continue reading FaceApp row: UK watchdog monitoring privacy concerns

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Automatic for the people? Experts predict how AI will transform the workplace

July 18, 2019 at 11:01AM As artificial intelligence is increasingly introduced into business, an expert panel – hosted by the Guardian – forecast how it will change our working livesWorkplaces should use automation technologies to enhance employees’ jobs rather than to replace humans, according to speakers at an event held by the Guardian on 11… Continue reading Automatic for the people? Experts predict how AI will transform the workplace

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Is this the future – five-year-olds designing smart technology? | Anna Bawden

July 18, 2019 at 09:46AM Mihika Sharma’s smart stick, which helps blind people cross the road, is one of the winning entries in this year’s Tech4Good awardsNine months since the government unveiled its social prescribing strategy to tackle loneliness, progress is still patchy. One in 20 adults in England feel lonely often or always, according… Continue reading Is this the future – five-year-olds designing smart technology? | Anna Bawden

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How the moon landings inspired a generation of game designers

July 18, 2019 at 12:30PM Some of the earliest video games were influenced by the space race and created using the same computers as NasaOn 20 July 1969, before an estimated television audience of 650 million, a lunar module named Eagle touched down on the moon’s Sea of Tranquility. The tension of the landing and… Continue reading How the moon landings inspired a generation of game designers

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What’s the best mini-laptop for YouTube and writing reports?

July 18, 2019 at 08:00AM Peter wants a mini-laptop to go with his old BlackBerry phone. What are his options? I’m old-school now at 71, but I’m still designing and working as a consultant. I had nothing but BlackBerry smartphones for years. Then it all went wrong. My boring Samsung J-something does most things but… Continue reading What’s the best mini-laptop for YouTube and writing reports?

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Is FaceApp an evil plot by ‘the Russians’ to steal your data? Not quite | Arwa Mahdawi

July 18, 2019 at 07:00AM Following the panic over this viral app, the moral of the story is: don’t worry too much about ‘the Russians’. You should worry about everythingOver the last few days the #faceappchallenge has taken over social media. This “challenge” involves downloading a selfie-editing tool called FaceApp and using one of its… Continue reading Is FaceApp an evil plot by ‘the Russians’ to steal your data? Not quite | Arwa Mahdawi

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Kindle 2019 review: Amazon’s cheapest e-reader gets adjustable frontlight

July 18, 2019 at 06:00AM Amazon’s basic Kindle lights up with a better screen to close the gap with the PaperwhiteAmazon’s cheapest, most basic Kindle now has a light and a better screen, which makes it very nearly the new default ebook reader. The new Kindle 9 – which is, confusingly, one of the new… Continue reading Kindle 2019 review: Amazon’s cheapest e-reader gets adjustable frontlight

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Instagram hides number of ‘likes’ from users in Australian trial

July 17, 2019 at 10:29PM Social media giant says the trial, which rolls out Thursday, will ‘reduce pressure’ on users of the platform Instagram users in Australia will no longer be able to see how many likes a post has a received under trial changes to “remove pressure” on the digital platform’s users.Instagram will on… Continue reading Instagram hides number of ‘likes’ from users in Australian trial

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US lawmakers hammer Facebook exec over Libra’s threat to privacy

July 17, 2019 at 11:50PM House members challenge company over its plans to protect data and question its goals in latest clash on Capitol HillFacebook once again faced intense questioning from US lawmakers over the future launch of its cryptocurrency project Libra, in a combative hearing that highlighted deep skepticism over the tech firm’s possibly… Continue reading US lawmakers hammer Facebook exec over Libra’s threat to privacy

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#couscousforcomment: the hashtag shaming Instagrammers who demand free food

July 12, 2019 at 09:00PM Chefs around the world are fed up with so-called social media influencers offering ‘exposure’ – and they’re biting backOne day in April Duncan Welgemoed, chef and part owner of Africola, was checking his emails when he saw a request from a contestant on the Australian reality TV cooking show My… Continue reading #couscousforcomment: the hashtag shaming Instagrammers who demand free food

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Amazon faces EU inquiry over treatment of small retailers

July 17, 2019 at 12:43PM Investigation into possible anti-competitive behaviour is likely to spark US angerThe European Union has launched a formal investigation into Amazon, opening a new front against the US tech giants.Announcing the decision, the European commissioner for competition, Margrethe Vestager, said she wanted to take “a very close look” at whether Amazon’s… Continue reading Amazon faces EU inquiry over treatment of small retailers

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The 10 most beautiful video game consoles of all time

July 17, 2019 at 09:30AM The pastel-hued Nintendo Switch Lite, out in September, is far from the only beautiful console in video game history. These 10 were much more than unattractive slabs Continue reading... The 10 most beautiful video game consoles of all time ... Selected by softengoxford Search Web: The 10 most beautiful video… Continue reading The 10 most beautiful video game consoles of all time

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Elon Musk’s Neuralink unveils effort to build implant that can read your mind

July 17, 2019 at 07:06AM Startup plans to use small ‘threads’ to detect neuron activityMusk claims tests already show ‘monkey can control computer with its brain’ Elon Musk’s secretive “brain-machine interface” startup, Neuralink, stepped out of the shadows on Tuesday evening, revealing its progress in creating a wireless implantable device that can – theoretically –… Continue reading Elon Musk’s Neuralink unveils effort to build implant that can read your mind

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OnePlus 7 review: competition-beating performance for less

July 17, 2019 at 06:01AM A little less ‘Pro’ means the regular OnePlus 7 is smaller and lighter, offering a top experience for £500 The OnePlus 7 is basically the OnePlus 6T with the guts of the OnePlus 7 Pro, which sounds like a bad thing, but for £500 it is arguably the best bang… Continue reading OnePlus 7 review: competition-beating performance for less

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Big tech behemoths face grilling from US lawmakers as hearings kick off

July 16, 2019 at 06:00AM A Senate banking committee will question Facebook on its Libra project, while the House takes aim at Google, Apple and AmazonBig tech will be in the hot seat this week as US lawmakers turn their attention to the growing power of these corporate behemoths in two days of hearings.Facebook will… Continue reading Big tech behemoths face grilling from US lawmakers as hearings kick off

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Facebook launches UK reporting tool to clamp down on scam ads

July 16, 2019 at 07:53AM Social media firm to investigate users’ complaints and take down violating postsFresh efforts to tackle scam adverts across Facebook are being introduced in the UK following action taken by the consumer champion Martin Lewis.The social media company is releasing a scam ads reporting tool, with a specially trained team investigating… Continue reading Facebook launches UK reporting tool to clamp down on scam ads

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No more nerds: how Dungeons & Dragons finally became cool

July 13, 2019 at 01:00PM TV’s Stranger Things and Game of Thrones have brought millions of new players to the classic fantasy gameFor the past few days the ancient walls of Northumberland’s Langley Castle have resounded to the clang of clashing broadswords and the battle cries of angry goblins.A band of mercenaries emancipated a caravan… Continue reading No more nerds: how Dungeons & Dragons finally became cool

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Google whistleblower launches project to keep tech ethical

July 13, 2019 at 10:00AM Jack Poulson’s non-profit group Tech Inquiry aims to make it easier for coders to speak outEmployees of tech companies should have the right to know when they are working on projects they may find ethically unacceptable, a former Google whistleblower has said.In 2018, Jack Poulson hit headlines after he resigned… Continue reading Google whistleblower launches project to keep tech ethical

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Prime Day: activists plan protests in US cities and a boycott of e-commerce giant

July 15, 2019 at 06:00AM Immigrants and workers say Amazon should cut ties with federal deportation agencies and provide better work conditionsActivists, immigrants and Amazon employees are planning actions against the e-commerce giant on its annual Prime Day, to protest against its labor practices and its involvement with US authorities’ deportation efforts. The protests on… Continue reading Prime Day: activists plan protests in US cities and a boycott of e-commerce giant