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1. Dead Cells review – lightning combat with a fatal attractionПн., 20 авг.[−]

Plunge into ingenious shifting labyrinths to battle lethal beasts, in the knowledge that every gory failure makes you stronger

Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC/Mac, Xbox One; Motion Twin

Though superficially another imitator of the peerless Dark Souls (rapidly mutter “Dead Cells Dark Souls Dead Cells Dark Souls” and see how fast your tongue ties), this fluid, beautiful game has a vibrant life of its own. It’s a challenging, side-scrolling combat and jumping game, evoking the likes of Castlevania and Ghosts and Goblins for anyone who was around for the 1990s, but with the art amped up to animation quality and level layouts that fiendishly remix themselves each time you play.

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2. Why do American CEOs get paid so much? | James K GalbraithПн., 20 авг.[−]

‘Let the market decide’ has been the mantra for decades. This dysfunction and inequality is the inevitable result

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute calls attention to the hardy perennial of how much America’s corporate titans make: bosses of the top 350 firms made an average of $18.9m in 2017. That’s a ratio of 312-1 over the median worker in their industries. Big bucks to be sure. And a big change since 1965, when the ratio was just 20-1. But what does it mean? And if there’s a problem, what is it, exactly?

What it means, as the EPI economists carefully document, is that the top US corporate chiefs are paid overwhelmingly with stock options, and their income fluctuates with the market. About 80% of the pay packet is in stocks, and the rise of 17% in 2017 after two flat years surely suggests that the top CEOs (not unreasonably) sensed the market peaked last year. So they cashed in. On the other 20% of the pay packets, no gains occurred.

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3. Harsh headlines, failed festivals and, finally, friends: Pok?mon Go, two years onПн., 20 авг.[−]

John Hanke, the boss of developer Niantic, is as passionate as ever about getting players outside. And his strategy is working, as seen in the success of this year’s Pok?mon Go Fest in Chicago

Going to the gym meant something quite different in Chicago’s Lincoln Park one weekend in July. The Pok?mon Go Fest, returning to the city after a disastrous event in 2017 that ended with developer Niantic refunding tickets, handing out hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of in-game currency and settling a $1.5m (?1.18m) lawsuit, once again packed the US city with virtual collectible creatures and real Pok?mon trainers. The 20,000 players who took part were on a five-stage quest to catch a mythical Pok?mon, Celebi, and the soggy 30C weather didn’t put them off.

Yes, people are still playing Pok?mon Go. The mobile gaming phenomenon has quietly reached its highest player figures since it launched in 2016. In a moral panic not dissimilar to the one currently surrounding Fortnite, the summer of that year saw Pok?mon Go blamed for car crashes, trespassing incidents and even death. Two years on, though, the headlines have faded into memory and the augmented-reality monster-catching game has peacefully built a thriving community of passionate Pok?mon trainers.

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4. Gig economy demands raise Uber and Amazon drivers' risk of crashingПн., 20 авг.[−]

Research shows drivers getting work via apps are more likely to crash or break speed limit

Uber drivers and Amazon couriers may be at a higher risk of crashing because of the demands of gig economy work, a new study suggests.

Researchers from University College London (UCL) found that 42% of drivers who picked up work through apps had damaged their vehicle in a collision at work. Nearly half (47%) admitted breaking the speed limit because of “time pressure” in their job.

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5. The game changers: meet the creatives shaking up the gaming worldВс., 19 авг.[−]

On the eve of a new exhibition, we talk to six radical designers in an industry that’s evolving at exhilarating speed

Just as the kaleidoscopic dramas of Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina, the pseudo-non-fiction murk of Alan Moore’s comic From Hell and the domestic pragmatism of Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals meet under the fat banner of prose, so the body of video games becomes an ever broader church. It is impossible to enforce orthodoxy in a medium where shifting technology defines the canvas.

The artform now embraces work from a dizzying spectrum. A challenging time, then, for the Victoria and Albert Museum to stage its first major video game exhibition. Rather than reach into the primordial digital soup of the 1950s, or the gambling-adjacent squalor of the Pac-Man and Space Invaders arcade era, the V&A’s exhibition, titled Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt, begins in the mid-2000s. This was the moment at which technological advances began to alter dramatically the way in which games were designed, made and played.

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6. Inside the British military base where young hackers learn to stop cybercrimeВс., 19 авг.[−]
As part of the Cyber Security Challenge UK, law enforcement agencies are putting ‘cyberdefenders’ through their paces

At the heart of a police operation to defend Britain from attack by cybercriminals, a 14-year-old boy was honing his skills to thwart hackers linked to a rogue state.

Ben Abrahmason was among a group who gathered at a military base in Wiltshire on Friday to counter fictional but sophisticated cyber-attacks.

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7. From the archive: Martin Amis on arcade gamesВс., 19 авг.[−]

An Observer Magazine cover story from September 1982 sees the novelist, 33, turn his attention to a ‘global addiction’

Martin Amis discovered Space Invaders at a bar near the railway station in Toulon. It was 1979. The console had been installed in the corner and resembled a fridge, and as soon as Amis slotted in his first coin he fell head over heels. ‘I knew instantly that this was something different, something special,’ he explains. ‘The bar closed at 11 o’clock that night. I was the last to leave.’

Amis is recounting this three years later, in the Observer Magazine’s 19 September 1982 cover story. He’s 33 now, a three-book novelist, though a few years off publishing Money. He might have written it sooner had he not found the arcades so enticing. ‘I was very good yesterday, and hardly played at all,’ he writes, describing, like a 10-year-old Fortnite fanatic, the early anguish of addiction. ‘So I had a long session this morning.’

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8. Timeline: Elon Musk's 'difficult and painful' 2018Вс., 19 авг.[−]

The Tesla founder confessed that the past year was ‘excruciating’ in an emotional interview that led to stocks falling sharply. Here’s a look back on his 2018

27 January

Elon Musk’s Boring Company launches a $500 flamethrower. Critics say it is more like a gun-shaped blowtorch than a flamethrower.

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9. The strange saga of Elon Musk: inside his 'excruciating' yearВс., 19 авг.[−]

The Tesla founder acknowledged that the past year has been ‘most difficult and painful’ time in his career – but what brought him there?

It’s been a horrible year for Elon Musk. One even he acknowledges couldn’t have been much worse. “This past year has been the most difficult and painful year of my career,” the billionaire entrepreneur said in an New York Times interview published on Friday. “It was excruciating.”

Related: Tesla founder Elon Musk says past year excruciating and 'worst is yet to come'

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10. Judge in Uber’s London legal battle steps aside over husband’s links to firmСб., 18 авг.[−]
Emma Arbuthnot, who gave a licence back to Uber, acts over potential conflict of interest

The judge at the heart of tech giant Uber’s legal battle to operate in London has stepped aside to avoid any perceived conflict of interest.

Emma Arbuthnot, the chief magistrate whose judgment reinstated Uber’s London licence after it was judged not a “fit and proper” private car hire operator, has withdrawn from hearing further appeals by the company after an Observer investigation raised questions into links between her husband’s work and the company.

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11. How to handle a troll … and neuter a sea lionСб., 18 авг.[−]

From asking innocent questions before mounting an attack to inciting online abuse by others, trolling is entering a new, subtler era. Here’s how to deal with it

The internet, almost everyone agrees, is a terrible place. You can’t move for trolls – malicious actors out to ruin your day with an argumentative tweet or Facebook post. Four in 10 Americans have experienced online harassment, according to the Pew Research Center.

The simple answer is to keep shtum. “Don’t feed the trolls” is a maxim many live by online. “There’s no benefit to it. You’re not going to be able to change anybody’s mind,” says Dr John Synnott, senior lecturer in investigative and forensic psychology at the University of Huddersfield. “There is no talking back to someone when they have made their decision.” But as Sarah Jeong, a tech journalist who will join the New York Times in September recently discovered, saying you’ll take a vow of silence is easier than actually keeping it. Her decision to fight fire with ironic fire backfired as trolls piled in, taking her joking responses to insults out of context in an attempt to get her into trouble with her new employers. She’s not unique.

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12. Tesla's stock falls sharply after Elon Musk reveals 'excruciating' yearПт., 17 авг.[−]

Musk says he has endured ‘the most difficult and painful’ time in emotional interview as confession wipes billions off Tesla value

Elon Musk has said the past year of his professional life has been “excruciating” and that stress over his business had caused his health to deteriorate. To make matters worse, the confession wiped billions off the value of Tesla, the electric car company he founded.

In an emotional interview with the New York Times, the founder of electric carmaker Tesla also revealed that the pressures of work had caused him to spend his birthday stuck in the Tesla factory and almost miss his brother’s wedding.

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13. 'The devil's aspirin': why do so many celebrities blame Ambien?Пт., 17 авг.[−]

Elon Musk, Roseanne Barr, Tiger Woods and others have all claimed the sedative was at fault for their strange behavior

Elon Musk’s erratic public declarations are reportedly worrying Tesla board members, and a main concern for executives is a sedative Musk says he has been using: Ambien.

“It is often a choice of no sleep or Ambien,” Musk told the New York Times in an interview published on Thursday, which came after the Tesla founder claimed on Twitter that he was considering taking the company private.

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14. What if your favourite Instagrammer isn't real? Chips with Everything podcastПт., 17 авг.[−]

Jordan Erica Webber delves into the world of the virtual celebrity, from live concert performances to social-media influencers

Subscribe and review on Acast, Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom and Mixcloud. Join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter

In April 2018, Instagram influencer, Miquela Sousa, had her Instagram account hacked. A fellow influencer, Bermuda, deleted all of the 19-year-old’s posts, replacing some with pictures of herself. The reason for the hacking was simple: Bermuda was blackmailing Miquela into telling her more than one million followers the truth.

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15. Foul play: tackling toxicity and abuse in online video gamesПт., 17 авг.[−]

Too many gamers have come to expect and accept offensive behaviour online but, as recent tweaks to some games demonstrate, players’ behaviour can be modified

Games culture is struggling with a pervasive lie: that it’s simply not possible to stop players from behaving like abusive jerks.

Log in to any online game or popular stream and there is a good chance you’ll run into hostility, trash talk and aggression from strangers over voice or text chat. As it does everywhere online, this hostility disproportionately affects the marginalised: women, people of colour, LGBT people. The common use of slurs and other demeaning language creates an unwelcoming space.

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16. I want to boycott US PC hardware, software and services. Is it possible?Чт., 16 авг.[−]

Ian doesn’t like the way the US is going, and wonders if he could avoid using the country’s PC products. Good luck with that

If I wanted to show my distaste for the direction the US is going by boycotting American PC hardware, software and services, could it be done? Ian

You could certainly eliminate a lot of American products, but you might be giving up features without getting any ethical benefits. For example, more than a billion people already manage without a lot of American technology because they live in China or Russia. While I share your distaste for the Trump regime, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin are not exactly choirboys.

And while Trump is scapegoating immigrants, more than half of America’s top technology companies were co-founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants. Do you really want to punish them for Trump’s misdeeds?

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17. How Grand Theft Auto created a virtual underground clubbing sceneЧт., 16 авг.[−]

Avatars of real-life DJs curate – and create – cool music and players have ownership of their nightclubs in the latest After Hours update, which puts GTA at the heart of pop culture

In 2002’s Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the first record you hear on a car radio is Billie Jean, no matter what you drive. Unseen code binds this piece of music to an important point in time and the experience of being behind the wheel. When I first got my driving licence, I recreated the moment in my crappy Vauxhall Astra, so strong was the association. In video games such as GTA, as in real life, music and memories are closely interlinked.

Sixteen years since Vice City, Rockstar Games has taken in-game musical experiences further in GTA Online, the immensely popular web version of its famous (and infamous) series. The latest After Hours immortalises four real-life DJs in the most successful entertainment product ever made; nearly 100 million people have bought Grand Theft Auto V, according to Rockstar’s latest figures, and millions of them play online. Now playing in GTA Online’s virtual clubs are Solomun’s pulsing crowd pleasers, Dixon powdery synthesisers, Tale of Us’s sweeping basslines and the Black Madonna’s infectious groove. Each act is debuting new music in nightclubs spread across Grand Theft Auto V’s satirical Los Angeles, Los Santos.

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18. Facebook struggling to end hate speech in Myanmar, investigation findsЧт., 16 авг.[−]

Misinformation has lead to violent attacks against Rohingya but report says company has been slow to respond

Facebook’s efforts to crack down on hate speech in Myanmar, which has contributed to violent attacks against the minority Muslim population, have been inadequate, according to a Reuters investigation.

The social media company has faced warnings from human rights groups and researchers that its platform was being used to spread misinformation and promote hatred of Muslims, particularly the Rohingya, since 2013. As Facebook has grown its user base in the country to 18 million, hate speech has exploded, but the company has been slow to respond to the growing crisis.

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19. Contribute to a podcast on the impact of artificial intelligenceСр., 15 авг.[−]

In our next We Need to Talk About podcast, we’ll consider the key questions surrounding AI. What are your views?

If 2017 was the year artificial intelligence rose to prominence, 2018 is when we’re seeing it go mainstream. Whichever area you work in, it’s likely AI will become increasingly prevalent in your everyday activity. Wherever you are in the world – whether you are an expert in AI, someone whose job increasingly uses AI or simply an interested reader we would like to hear from you.

Earlier this year, the Guardian published a long read that asked: Has technology evolved beyond our control? Its author, James Bridle, argued that “our technologies are extensions of ourselves, codified in machines and infrastructures, in frameworks of knowledge and action. Computers are not here to give us all the answers, but to allow us to put new questions, in new ways, to the universe.”

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20. Facebook buys rights to show La Liga games in IndiaВт., 14 авг.[−]

Company signs exclusive three-year agreement to screen all 380 Spanish top-flight football matches across south Asia

Facebook has bought the rights to show Spanish top-flight football in the Indian subcontinent in the latest move by a US technology company into sports rights.

The company has signed an exclusive agreement to show La Liga games featuring Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and other stars for the next three years. The deal will allow Facebook to show all 380 matches for the new season, which starts on Friday, to users in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

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21. How to turn off Google's location trackingВт., 14 авг.[−]

Turning off location history won’t hide where you are when you use search, Maps or weather. Here’s how to stop being tracked

When you turn off “location history” Google still tracks your location when you use several of its key services including Maps, search and the weather. Here’s how to really turn all of it off.

A report from the Associated Press has highlighted that the feature called location history is just one of the systems that Google uses to track your location for personalised services, local search and other purposes such as advertising.

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22. Why YouTubers are feeling the burnВс., 12 авг.[−]

From fashionistas to popular scientists, YouTube’s top video stars are crumbling under the relentless pressure of producing new content for the site

When Lucy Moon sat down with her therapist to discuss why she was feeling so low, she was on top of the world. A burgeoning career as a YouTuber was in mid-bloom: her subscriber count – an important metric on the site, and a sign of a creator’s popularity – was booming, and offers of work and brand tie-ins were rolling in. But all was not well. She wasn’t happy. The workload was rising; the pressure to be perfect in front of the camera was crushing. And the therapist was shocked.

“She was like: ‘I cannot believe you think this is normal, to be running this kind of operation for the first time with no career support,’” says Moon, a 23-year-old beauty-and-lifestyle YouTuber with more than 319,000 subscribers. “I meet so many YouTubers who say that.”

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23. Fortnite on Android: how it works and what it's like to playПт., 10 авг.[−]

The smash-hit game of the year is now on Android phones. What will the potential audience of 250m people make of it?

During a presentation of Samsung’s latest phones in New York on Thursday night, Fortnite developer Epic Games made its blockbusting online shooter available to hundreds of millions more potential players.

Related: Fortnite players using Android phones at risk of malware infections

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24. Does the banning of Alex Jones signal a new era of big tech responsibility?Пт., 10 авг.[−]

With the removal of the conspiracy theorist’s material from key platforms, firms have changed their tune on ‘free speech’ – but some see the move as more about money than morality

At this very moment, the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is almost certainly sitting in front of a camera, shouting that he has been silenced. If you are so inclined, you can easily watch and listen along, either by going to his website, downloading his iPhone and Android apps, or following him on Twitter.

Related: Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify ban Infowars' Alex Jones

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25. Samsung launches Galaxy Note 9 with big screen and FortniteЧт., 09 авг.[−]

Top-of-the-range Android smartphone has new Bluetooth stylus and intelligent dual camera system with dual aperture lenses

Samsung’s latest flagship Android smartphone is the productivity-focused Galaxy Note 9: a larger, longer-lasting version of its stylus-touting phablet.

Announced at an event in New York the Note 9 resembles last year’s Note 8, replete with glass front and back, curved edges and slide-out S Pen stylus.

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26. From Virgin to Tesla: why companies go cool on public ownershipЧт., 09 авг.[−]

There are many reasons why entrepreneurs get frustrated by the demands of the markets

Elon Musk’s announcement that he was considering taking Tesla off the stock market should not have been a total surprise.

Related: Tesla shares soar after Elon Musk floats plan to take company private

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27. What’s the best gaming PC for under ?1,000?Чт., 09 авг.[−]

BML wants to buy her son a gaming PC that will also be good for school work, but doesn’t want to pay over the odds

My son has an Xbox but would like a gaming computer. I would like a PC that he can use for his school work. He is starting his GCSEs this year. I don’t want to spend more than ?1,000. Could you recommend something which will do both jobs? BML

PC manufacturers love the gaming market, which is growing strongly and worth more than $30b n a year. Most PCs outperform their users, and the processor goes to sleep between keystrokes. Gamers, by contrast, never have enough power, and will pay more for better performance. This translates into higher prices and better profit margins. They also like cases that look like props from science-fiction movies.

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28. Can Silicon Valley workers rein in Big Tech from within? | Ben TarnoffЧт., 09 авг.[−]

In our undemocratic digital world, people have little power to shape the tools that affect their lives. But tech workers could change that

An unprecedented wave of rank-and-file rebellion is sweeping Big Tech. At one company after another, employees are refusing to help the US government commit human rights abuses at home and abroad.

At Google, workers organized to shut down Project Maven, a Pentagon project that uses machine learning to improve targeting for drone strikes – and won. At Amazon, workers are pushing Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial recognition to police departments and government agencies, and to cut ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice). At Microsoft, workers are demanding the termination of a $19.4m cloud deal with Ice. At Salesforce, workers are trying to kill the company’s contract with Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

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29. Android 9 Pie: everything you need to knowВт., 07 авг.[−]

Google’s new mobile OS is rolling out to a select group of phones. Here’s the lowdown on the new features

Google’s next version of Android finally has a name: “Pie”. It’s rolling out right now and is packed with new features, from extended battery life to new gesture navigation.

Pie marks one of the biggest changes in the way Android looks and feels in some years, with a more colourful interface, a collection of new movement animations and rounded edges on almost everything. Thankfully, it’s still as fast as Android Oreo, at least on Google’s Pixel smartphones.

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30. The future of smart cities is up for grabs: Chips with Everything podcastПт., 03 авг.[−]

What happens when our smart toaster and smart fridge tech is scaled up to create entire smart cities – and what are the limits to this expansion?

Subscribe and review: Acast, Apple, Spotify, SoundCloud, AudioBoom, Mixcloud. Join the discussion on Facebook, Twitter or email us at chipspodcast@theguardian.com.

The term “smart city” is widely used and recognised – but there’s some disagreement over what exactly makes a city smart. If you take the core concept of a city that is made more efficient, sustainable, or just more enjoyable based on information gathered, most are cities smart already. When it comes to gathering the data that enables these improvements, what are the limits?

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31. Apple's six defining products - in picturesЧт., 02 авг.[−]

As Apple becomes the first company to break $1tn market cap barrier its progress from garage-based startup to the all-conquering global company it is today can be charted in six products. Here are the computers, music players, smartphones and tablets that made Apple

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32. Which ThinkPad should I buy to replace my MacBook Air?Чт., 02 авг.[−]

AB wants a new laptop for his studies and has narrowed the choice to two Lenovo ThinkPads. Which would suit him best?

I enter grad school this fall, and plan to upgrade my 2015 MacBook Air. After a lot of research, I’ve narrowed it down to the ThinkPad T480 and the sixth-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon. With modifications and warranties, both fall within my €1,800 (?1,599) budget, with the T480 being marginally cheaper. However, being a student, portability is a major priority. The X1 is certainly lighter at about 1.2kg, but how much of a difference will this make in practical terms?

Keyboard quality is another prerequisite, with reviews proving inconclusive. Which device would be a better bet?

These two 14in laptops should not be comparable, because they are based on completely different design philosophies. It’s a testament to the progress made in reducing the size and weight of traditional laptops that they are now surprisingly close.

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33. A withering verdict: MPs report on Zuckerberg, Russia and Cambridge AnalyticaСб., 28 июля[−]

Select committee criticises Facebook response and urges tighter internet regulation

The DCMS select committee’s far-reaching interim report on its 18-month investigation into fake news and the use of data and “dark ads” in elections offers a wide-ranging, informed and sustained critique that carries with it the full weight of parliament. The verdict is withering: Facebook failed. It “obfuscated”, refused to investigate how its platform was abused by the Russian government until forced by pressure from Senate committees and, in the most damning section, it aided and abetted the incitement of racial hatred in Burma, noting that even the company’s chief technical officer, Mike Schroepfer, called this “awful”.

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34. Tech firms fear regulation nightmare if MPs get their wayПт., 27 июля[−]

Report into fake news could put legal burden on firms such as Twitter and Facebook to remove harmful and illegal content

Facebook, Twitter and Google could face their worst regulation nightmares if the recommendations of parliament’s report into fake news, based on a leaked version published on Friday by the former campaign strategist for Vote Leave, come to pass.

The report is expected to call for the creation of a new legal framework for regulating technology firms, tightening their liabilities and imposing a requirement for them to take down “harmful and illegal content”. It will argue for the end of “safe harbour” provisions, whereby platforms are not liable for content hosted by them until it is flagged to them as problematic.

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35. The panic over Facebook's stock is absurd. It's simply too big to failПт., 27 июля[−]

Despite some critics’ glee at the latest earnings report, the planet’s most powerful business remains unstoppable

Imagine running a business that generated $13.2bn in revenue in one quarter – a 42% increase over the same quarter a year before. And imagine that it reported a 31% jump in profits over the same quarter last year.

Now watch as many allegedly smart people dump your stock because they think the future of your company looks bleak. We live in stupid times. Only dupes pay attention to one-day moves in any stock, or even whole sectors. I can guarantee you no one inside Facebook is panicking. No one on its board of directors is worried or is demanding a shift in course or Mark Zuckerberg’s resignation. If anything, institutional investors are getting ready to buy Facebook at a bargain.

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36. What is 'shadow banning', and why did Trump tweet about it?Пт., 27 июля[−]

Conservatives believe they’ve found proof of anti-rightwing bias in social media. Twitter says they haven’t. An explainer

“Twitter ‘SHADOW BANNING’ prominent Republicans,” Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning. “Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints.”

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37. Which stereo speakers should I buy for my old hi-fi set?Чт., 26 июля[−]

Maggie would like some affordable loudspeakers to work with her retro amp, CD player and TV

I have a Rotel RA-810A amplifier – recently serviced and in good working order – and a Yamaha CDX-730 CD player but no speakers. They were originally linked to some Tannoys but I didn’t bring them with me from South Africa.

I want to be able to play my CDs and DVDs with the speakers linked up to the TV. I’m not a purist and don’t want to pay top price. If you could point me towards a few alternatives, I can then make the decision what to pay. Maggie

The Rotel RA-810A is a classic stereo amplifier from the late 1980s. I remember it as being well made and having a decent sound. However, it does have a couple of drawbacks.

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38. OnePlus 6 review: top-end smartphone for half cost of iPhone XПн., 21 мая[−]

Great screen, improved camera and dual-sim support make this high-performing ?469 phone feel like a bargain

The new OnePlus 6 holds true to a winning formula: a premium smartphone with top-end specs that costs less than half the price of an iPhone X.

Seen next to last year’s OnePlus 5 and 5T, the OnePlus 6 looks like a logical extension of the design trend for ever larger screens fitted into the same size bodies.

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39. Huawei P20 Pro review – the three-camera iPhone killerСр., 25 апр.[−]

The Chinese smartphone maker has hit a home run with this top-end smartphone that’s on a par with the best

With the P20 Pro, Huawei has not only proved that it can compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung, but it can beat them in many ways. Three cameras really are better than one (or two).

Having established its name in value smartphones, Huawei has recently made inroads into the premium market with the likes of the Mate 10 Pro and last year’s P10. They were of high quality, and had all the features you’d expect from an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S. But until now they’ve not quite captured the same luxurious feel.

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40. Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: the best big-screen smartphone by milesЧт., 08 марта[−]

Gorgeous screen and excellent camera are highlights of this top-end phone, but battery life could be improved

Having ushered in a new super-slim bezel design at the beginning of 2017 with the S8, has Samsung’s new dual-aperture, dual camera enough to entice people to upgrade?

It’s fair to say the Galaxy S9+ looks practically identical to its predecessor. It’s got the same curved glass design, metal sides and lump-less camera on the back, and while it is 1.4mm shorter, 0.4mm wider and 0.4mm thicker than the S8+, you’ll need a ruler to notice.

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41. Sonos One review: the best smart speaker for audiophilesЧт., 15 февр.[−]

The company’s first foray into smart tech adds Amazon’s Alexa to a great wireless speaker to create a formidable combo

Having practically invented the multi-room wireless speaker category in 2005, Sonos has lagged behind in the race to become smart. Now the Sonos One is here, packing Alexa in the top and premium audio in the bottom.

The Sonos One is very deliberately designed to look, feel and sound like the company’s successful Play: 1 – a compact wireless speaker launched in 2013 at about ?150 that was arguably the best for the money for years. Side-by-side they look identical apart from the top of the speaker, which is flat on the One, perforated by holes for the microphones that enable the voice assistant to hear you.

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42. Apple HomePod review: Siri lets down best sounding smart speakerВт., 13 февр.[−]

It’s the wifi speaker to beat in terms of audio but being locked in to Apple services is frustrating and its voice assistant is lacking

After much anticipation, and speculation that Apple has missed the boat and handed victory to Amazon’s champion Echo, the HomePod smart speaker is finally here. But is it actually any good? And why exactly does it cost four times as much as an Echo?

The HomePod is a voice-controlled speaker that listens out for its wake word “Hey, Siri” and then starts streaming what you say to Apple to interpret your commands and play whatever it is you wish. The fabric-covered cylinder stands an iPhone X-and-a-bit tall (172mm) with a diameter of an iPhone X (142mm), weighing 2.5kg (14.4 times the iPhone X).

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43. Amazon Echo Spot review: cute smart speaker with a screenПн., 05 февр.[−]

The firm’s latest Alexa-powered addition to its Echo range adds a clock and touchscreen interface to the mix

Amazon’s new Echo Spot is one of the most novel takes on a smart speaker yet, and while it is certainly more than just a smart clock, that’s what it’s best at – an attractive voice-assisted smart desk or bedside-table accessory.

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44. Ring Video Doorbell 2 review: deal with doorsteppers from your sofaЧт., 01 февр.[−]

This smart doorbell connects to your phone – but you might want to disable notifications when at work

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 adds the convenience of a front-door intercom to pretty much any home, and with minimal DIY skills required, meaning it’s never been easier to get rid of doorsteppers.

There have long been wifi-connected doorbells, for those envious of flat-dwelling friends with video intercoms adding that extra barrier between them and the outside world, but most of them require some sort of wiring to install.

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45. iPhone X review: Apple finally knocks it out of the parkПт., 10 нояб. 2017[−]

The company’s most important smartphone in years does not disappoint, with Face ID and an all-screen design that spells the end of the home button

The iPhone X is Apple’s most important – and most expensive – new smartphone in four years, bringing with it a significant change to the design, dumping the home button to usher in a full-screen experience. Thankfully, Apple nailed it.

After four years of the company recycling the design of the iPhone 6, the iPhone X is a breath of fresh air. The beautiful OLED screen takes up pretty much the whole front of the device. It’s one of the best displays I’ve ever seen on a smartphone, and while it’s not quite as bezel free at the sides as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Note 8 devices, it’s a giant leap forward for Apple.

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