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Revealed: 5G rollout is being stalled by rows over lampposts

May 19, 2019 at 04:37PM Exclusive: plans to put network transmitters on tall structures has caused dozens of disputesThe rollout of the 5G telecommunications network is being stalled by at least two years over legal wrangling about the control of millions of lampposts, the Guardian can reveal.Lampposts have suddenly become hot property because 5G requires… Continue reading Revealed: 5G rollout is being stalled by rows over lampposts

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Unions lobby investors to press Amazon over UK working conditions

May 20, 2019 at 06:01AM GMB tells shareholders that warehouse workers endure targets that cause sufferingTrade unions are lobbying City investors to put pressure on Amazon to improve conditions for its workers in the UK.At a meeting at the TUC’s head office this month the GMB union made presentations, including one from an Amazon employee,… Continue reading Unions lobby investors to press Amazon over UK working conditions

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Technology is messing with our emotions: Chips with Everything podcast

May 20, 2019 at 06:00AM Jordan Erica Webber chats to the authors of a new book which looks into why human emotions have changed so drastically in the last couple of centuriesSusan Matt is a professor of history at Weber State University in Utah. She recently collaborated with Luke Fernandez, an assistant professor in the… Continue reading Technology is messing with our emotions: Chips with Everything podcast

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Citroën C5 Aircross: ‘An SUV that’s determined to smooth out your drive’ | Martin Love

May 19, 2019 at 06:00AM A uniquely effective suspension means this easy-going family car will cope with all of life’s little bumpsCitroën C5 AircrossPrice £23,8300-62mph 10.5 secondsTop speed 117mphMPG 44.2CO2 118g/kmIn these bruisingly divisive times, there is one thing, at least, that we can agree on: potholes. “Craters”, as the tabloids call them, are a… Continue reading Citroën C5 Aircross: ‘An SUV that’s determined to smooth out your drive’ | Martin Love

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Minecraft at 10: a decade of building things and changing lives

May 19, 2019 at 11:45AM As the blocky exploration game and creativity tool reaches its first decade, our games writer – and the father of someone on the autism spectrum – reflects on the impact it has hadHidden away somewhere in my attic is an old Xbox 360 that I’ll never throw away. On its… Continue reading Minecraft at 10: a decade of building things and changing lives

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Pressure mounts on Google to pull ads for anti-abortion clinics that ‘deceive women’

May 17, 2019 at 05:28PM ‘Appalled’ Democrat urges action after Guardian revealed Google has given $150,000 in free ads to opaque anti-abortion groupGoogle is facing pressure in Washington to immediately remove online advertisements for “fake medical clinics” that are designed to “mislead” women who are seeking an abortion. Related: Google has given $150,000 in free… Continue reading Pressure mounts on Google to pull ads for anti-abortion clinics that ‘deceive women’

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Grumpy Cat dies aged seven: ‘Some days are grumpier than others’

May 17, 2019 at 12:14PM Internet’s most famous cat, with a face that launched a thousand gifs, has died in ArizonaGrumpy Cat – the most famous cat on the internet, whose downturned mouth and unimpressed expression was the universal digital shorthand for displeasure – has died.The seven-year-old cat, real name Tardar Sauce or Tard, became… Continue reading Grumpy Cat dies aged seven: ‘Some days are grumpier than others’

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Grumpy Cat: internet’s most famous cat dies aged seven – video obituary

May 17, 2019 at 02:26PM Grumpy Cat has died aged seven. She became an internet sensation in 2012 when images of her downturned mouth and unimpressed expression emerged on Reddit. She soon became the universal digital shorthand for displeasure, with thousands of memes and gifs of her being circulated online to communicate apathy or cynicism.… Continue reading Grumpy Cat: internet’s most famous cat dies aged seven – video obituary

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Minecraft Earth: block building game moves into the real world

May 17, 2019 at 02:01PM Microsoft has launched an augmented reality version of the bestselling game, which follows Pokémon Go on to the streetsSince its beta launch in 2009, the blocky, world-building adventure game Minecraft has been released on more than 20 different platforms, from PC to consoles to mobile phones, selling 176m copies. Now… Continue reading Minecraft Earth: block building game moves into the real world

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Pixel 3a XL review: the cheaper Google phone to buy

May 17, 2019 at 07:00AM Great camera, top software, OK battery and performance, in a plastic body that’s a bit too wideWith a price-tag of £469, the Pixel 3a XL tries to offer the best of Google, but costing £400 less than its top-end siblingThe bigger brother of Google’s other lower-cost phone, the Pixel 3a,… Continue reading Pixel 3a XL review: the cheaper Google phone to buy

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Total War: Three Kingdoms review – inside the soap opera of an empire

May 16, 2019 at 03:00PM PC; Creative Assembly/SegaThe battles are as gripping as ever but it’s the melodrama and petty politics that enlivens this first-rate strategy gameThis latest continent-sized strategy game from UK studio The Creative Assembly blends the hard graft of empire management with some pleasantly raucous personality politics. Taking its inspiration from Luo… Continue reading Total War: Three Kingdoms review – inside the soap opera of an empire

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Huawei poses security threat to UK, says former MI6 chief

May 16, 2019 at 11:08AM Report calling for 5G ban in UK comes as Netherlands said to be investigating Huawei espionageHuawei should be completely banned from supplying 5G mobile networks in the UK because its operations are “subject to influence by the Chinese state”, according to a report by a Conservative MP and two academics.They… Continue reading Huawei poses security threat to UK, says former MI6 chief

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How can I increase my laptop’s storage space?

May 16, 2019 at 08:00AM Marex has run out of space for music and graphic design work; thankfully, adding an SSD is easy I use a Dell 15-5577 laptop with 8GB of memory for music production and graphic design. The problem is that its 256GB SSD is not enough to store all my projects. An… Continue reading How can I increase my laptop’s storage space?

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Leaders and tech firms pledge to tackle extremist violence online

May 15, 2019 at 07:52PM Jacinda Ardern and Emmanuel Macron host Christchurch Call summit in ParisWorld leaders and heads of global technology companies have pledged at a Paris summit to tackle terrorist and extremist violence online in what they described as an “unprecedented agreement”.Wednesday’s event, two months to the day since the Christchurch massacre in… Continue reading Leaders and tech firms pledge to tackle extremist violence online

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The secret trick used by firms helping cyberhacking victims: pay the ransom

May 15, 2019 at 10:00AM Four payments sent after SamSam ransomware targeted entities across the US were traced by ProPublica to Proven DataFrom 2015 to 2018, a strain of ransomware known as SamSam paralyzed computer networks across North America and the UK. It caused more than $30m in damages to at least 200 entities, including… Continue reading The secret trick used by firms helping cyberhacking victims: pay the ransom

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Sex, dragons and dirty tricks – video games for Game of Thrones fans

May 15, 2019 at 09:30AM From royal role-playing to battle simulators, these games will satisfy Westeros refugees as the TV saga nears its endPC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Continue reading... Sex, dragons and dirty tricks – video games for Game of Thrones fans ... Selected by softengoxford Search Web: Sex, dragons and dirty tricks –… Continue reading Sex, dragons and dirty tricks – video games for Game of Thrones fans

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Is Snapchat’s viral gender-swap filter problematic or just silly fun? | Arwa Mahdawi

May 15, 2019 at 07:00AM I, too, wanted to see male-me, but it’s ironic that an app that encourages you to play with gender has such a binary view of itYou may remember Snapchat. The app used to be hugely popular and then suddenly became irrelevant. Thanks to its viral new gender-swapping filter, however, Snapchat… Continue reading Is Snapchat’s viral gender-swap filter problematic or just silly fun? | Arwa Mahdawi

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OnePlus 7 Pro phone launch: massive screen and pop-up camera

May 14, 2019 at 05:00PM New model joins cheaper OnePlus 7 as Chinese firm goes after Samsung and Huawei Having made a name for itself for cut-price top-spec phones, OnePlus now has its sights set on the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Huawei P30 Pro with its new OnePlus 7 Pro.Costing from £649 the new premium… Continue reading OnePlus 7 Pro phone launch: massive screen and pop-up camera

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Rage 2 review – scintillating action in a trite wasteland

May 14, 2019 at 01:44PM PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4; Avalanche Studios/Bethesda SoftworksWith weapons including a firestorm revolver, the shooting is thrilling and stupendously violent – but the vast post-apocalyptic setting is a letdownI would say it’s been a long wait for Rage 2, but that presumes anyone was waiting for it. The original Rage… Continue reading Rage 2 review – scintillating action in a trite wasteland

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WhatsApp hack: have I been affected and what should I do?

May 14, 2019 at 11:27AM Time to make sure WhatsApp is updated on your iPhone, Android or Windows deviceUsers are being urged to update their WhatsApp smartphone apps immediately because of a security bug that allows hackers to take over your phone by simply calling it, whether or not you answer. Continue reading... WhatsApp hack:… Continue reading WhatsApp hack: have I been affected and what should I do?

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Huawei founder ‘would shut it down’ if China asked it to eavesdrop

May 14, 2019 at 09:32AM Telecoms firm insists it has never been asked to spy after political row over 5G networkThe founder of the Chinese telecoms equipment firm Huawei would “shut the company down” if he was asked by the country’s communist regime to eavesdrop on mobile phone calls, according to a senior executive at… Continue reading Huawei founder ‘would shut it down’ if China asked it to eavesdrop

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WhatsApp urges users to update app after discovering spyware vulnerability

May 14, 2019 at 08:21AM The spyware, developed by Israeli cyber intelligence company, used infected phone calls to take over the functions of operating systemsWhatsApp is encouraging users to update to the latest version of the app after discovering a vulnerability that allowed spyware to be injected into a user’s phone through the app’s phone… Continue reading WhatsApp urges users to update app after discovering spyware vulnerability

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Pixel 3a review: the people’s Google phone?

May 14, 2019 at 06:00AM Great camera and software make a bargain, let down only by middling performance and battery Google’s latest phone, the Pixel 3a, offers the firm’s fantastic camera and software for less than £400, cutting a few corners on the way.The pitch for the Pixel 3a is simple: everything that made the… Continue reading Pixel 3a review: the people’s Google phone?