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1. Almost 50% of the world is online. What about the other 50%?19:00[−]

Connecting developed nations was relatively easy, but getting the rest of the world online will be far more difficult

There are two kinds of people in the world: those with internet access and those without. But the decades-long drive to convert the latter into the former is beginning to falter, the Guardian reveals today, prompting hard questions about whether connecting the world is even possible.

The reality, however, is far less black and white than the statistics make it sound. People access the internet in different ways, they use it for different things – and some of them even access different internets entirely. As William Gibson said, 25 years ago, the future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.

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2. Reigns: Game of Thrones review – death, disaster and dark magic on your phone16:00[−]

iPhone, Android, PC; Devolver Digital/Nerial
You decide the fate of the denizens of Westeros in this Game of Thrones tie-in, which is, appropriately, a bloody riot

An endearing, witty mix of card game, Game of Thrones fan fiction and dating app, this mobile game is another brilliant thing to emerge thanks to George RR Martin’s meandering tales of dragons, feasts and blue-eyed zombies. In contrast to the aesthetic opulence of the TV series, the art is minimalist, but the colour all comes from the writing. As the various nefarious denizens of Westeros and beyond come to you with their problems, you swipe left or right to decide how to deal with them, uncovering plots and secrets as you advance your reign.

Reigns: Game of Thrones lets you play out hundreds of potential futures for Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Cersei Lannister and other potential leaders of the Seven Kingdoms. These are nestled cleverly within Game of Thrones lore as visions in Red Priestess Melisandre’s fire – she of the flowing red hair and womb full of dark magic, perhaps best remembered as the only character in the entirety of the books and TV series who actually liked Stannis Baratheon. A round lasts just a few minutes, as you make quick decisions to try to stave off your inevitable demise for as long as possible.

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3. Inside Facebook's 'war room': can the social media company stop fake news?16:00[−]

Corporation shows off room of engineers, data scientists and other experts but offers reporters few new specifics

Facebook is promoting a new “war room” as a part of its solution to election interference, unveiling a team of specialists working to stop the spread of misinformation and propaganda.

It’s unclear how well it’s working.

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4. Millions of porn videos will not be blocked by UK online age checks15:48[−]

Clause means children will be able to view content on social media and image-sharing sites

Millions of sexually explicit videos will still be available online to children in the UK after new age verification rules come into force, due to a “commercial basis” clause that exempts social media and image-sharing websites.

Age verification (AV) regulations presented to parliament by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) last week do not include websites on which less than a third of content is pornographic material and where it is provided free of charge.

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5. Life at the bottom of the global league of internet access14:09[−]

In Somalia, to be caught with a smartphone in the wrong place can mean death

Somalia is not a place for web addicts. Even in the capital, Mogadishu, coverage is patchy, expensive and unpredictable. Things are slightly better in the north, but further afield, and anywhere the al-Shabaab militant group holds sway, there is no internet at all.

All of which means that in the global league of internet access, Somalia is at the bottom, with fewer than 2% of its people regularly online.

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6. What is the best computer monitor for under ?200?13:48[−]

Keith has just switched to a Windows desktop PC and needs a good monitor to go with it

I have just switched to a Windows desktop computer and need to get a good monitor – about 21 inches and under ?200. Do you have any advice? Keith

There are two ways to pick a monitor, and it’s worth using both approaches. The first is to go into a shop and see which one looks best. It’s much easier to compare screens side by side. The second is to compile a table of specifications and pick the monitor that meets your needs.

Reading spec sheets doesn’t guarantee that you’ll find a monitor that looks good, but this generally isn’t a problem nowadays. The quality of flat screens has improved dramatically over the past 10-15 years, and it’s quite hard to find a bad one, unless it’s a faulty product.

The prices of standard PC monitors and flat screen TVs have also fallen dramatically. Monitors start at less than ?100 and you can get a good one for less than ?150. Of course, you can pay up to ?1,000 for a bigger, faster, high-resolution screen, but you don’t need that sort of monitor unless you’re a keen gamer or a video editor.

There’s one specification to watch out for: some cheap monitors have TN (Twisted Nematic) LCD screens. They are not necessarily bad, but IPS (In Plane Switching) and LED backlit screens are brighter and have richer colours.

In general, a brightness of around 200 candela per square metre, “200 nits”, is enough for use in normal indoor lighting, and 120-200 cd/m2 used to be common. However, there’s a trend towards brighter screens, with 500cd/m2 being preferred for movies. HDTV sets go even higher.

If a screen is too bright, you can always turn it down. Only if it’s too dim do you have a problem.

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7. Exclusive: dramatic slowdown in global growth of internet access13:46[−]

Report showing dramatic decline in internet access growth suggests digital revolution will remain a distant dream for billions of people

The growth of internet access around the world has slowed dramatically, according to new data, suggesting the digital revolution will remain a distant dream for billions of the poorest and most isolated people on the planet.

The striking trend, described in an unpublished report shared with the Guardian, shows the rate at which the world is getting online has fallen sharply since 2015, with women and the rural poor substantially excluded from education, business and other opportunities the internet can provide.

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8. Google Pixel 3 review: raising the bar for the Android experience08:00[−]

New phone reaches Apple-level of polish, with top-notch performance, fantastic camera and attractive design

The Pixel 3 is Google’s third stab at making its own top-end phone, attempting to outshine the likes of Apple and Samsung with a terrific camera and a highly polished experience.

The Pixel 3 is the smaller of the two new Google phones, with a 5.5in FHD+ OLED screen that is bright, crisp and vibrant. It is a beautiful display that is a significant step up from last year’s Pixel 2, with wide viewing angles with minimal colour shift.

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9. Theresa May to urge EU leaders to take action on cyber-attacks00:30[−]

Prime minister wants tougher response to states responsible – including sanctions

Theresa May will urge EU leaders meeting in Brussels to create a new sanctions regime to crack down on governments found responsible for cyber-attacks.

Amid growing fears about Russian meddling in foreign elections, including in Europe, and attempted cyber-attacks, most recently on the chemical weapons watchdog in the Netherlands, the prime minister will call on her fellow leaders to take tougher action.

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10. Vast archive of tweets reveals work of trolls backed by Russia and IranСр., 17 окт.[−]

Two misinformation campaigns spent years sowing discord in US and elsewhere

More than 10m tweets sent by state actors attempting to influence US politics have been released to the public, forming one of the largest archives of political misinformation ever collated.

The database reveals the astonishing extent of two misinformation campaigns, which spent more than five years sowing discord in the US and had spillover effects in other national campaigns, including Britain’s EU referendum.

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11. Chinese search firm Baidu joins global AI ethics bodyСр., 17 окт.[−]

Company is first Chinese member of Partnership on AI, following, Google, Apple, Facebook and others

The AI ethics body formed by five of the largest US corporations has expanded to include its first Chinese member, the search firm Baidu.

The Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society – known as the Partnership on AI (PAI) – was formed in 2016 by Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft to act as an umbrella organisation for the five companies to conduct research, recommend best practices and publish briefings on areas including ethics, privacy and trustworthiness of AI.

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12. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review – a battle royale with military precisionСр., 17 окт.[−]

PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC; Activision
The shooter has gone multiplayer-only, bringing its own brand of exhilarating action and tactical warfare to the game modes popularised by Fortnite and Battlegrounds

It’s weird to think of Call of Duty as an underdog. It was once the world’s biggest entertainment franchise, earning billions of dollars every year for its publisher Activision. But in recent times the military shooter has fallen out of favour, usurped by the bright, glossy thrills of Overwatch and Destiny and the more family-friendly multiplayer charms of Minecraft and Fortnite.

At first glance, Black Ops 4 looks like a sad anachronism, desperate for relevance. The single-player campaign has been jettisoned, leaving us with just the multiplayer experience. Or, more accurately, three experiences: the traditional CoD array of deathmatches and domination matches; Zombie mode, in which four players attempt to survive as long as possible against ultimately insurmountable undead hordes; and the new Blackout mode, a variation on the battle royale genre explored so successfully by Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).

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13. Salesforce CEO: tech billionaires 'hoard their money' and won't help homelessСр., 17 окт.[−]

In Guardian interview, Marc Benioff calls out Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and others for failing to give back to city where they got rich

Marc Benioff, the Salesforce CEO, has escalated his attacks on fellow San Francisco billionaires, saying they are “hoarding” money and don’t want to help the homeless.

In an interview with the Guardian on Tuesday, the tech entrepreneur intensified his criticisms of Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, saying: “He just doesn’t want to give, that’s all. And he hasn’t given anything of consequence in the city.”

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14. Facebook accused of censorship after hundreds of US political pages purgedСр., 17 окт.[−]

The removal of 800 pages and accounts came as a shock to many on the left and right

On Thursday, Facebook announced it had removed more than 800 political pages and accounts for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” and spamming.

This week, the people behind the pages Facebook purged for being inauthentic are angry. They feel they have been unfairly targeted for practices they say are common across the entire social network.

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15. Pepper the robot answers MPs' questions – videoВт., 16 окт.[−]

Middlesex University's resident robot, Pepper, has become the first robot to appear before a parliamentary select committee. After introducing herself, Pepper answered questions from MPs on Caresses, the artificial intelligence project that is developing culturally aware robots to provide support for elderly people

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16. Neon and corporate dystopias: why does cyberpunk refuse to move on?Вт., 16 окт.[−]

Repeatedly reproduced and reimagined since the 80s, the tropes of cyberpunk must evolve or die

The future has looked the same for almost four decades. A skyline of densely packed skyscrapers, corporate logos lighting the night sky, proclaiming ownership over the city below. At street level, a haze of neon shines down from the cluster of signs above and shimmers at your feet in the rain that runs down the filthy streets. Here, the have-nots, excluded from the safe, luxurious enclaves enjoyed by the super-rich, are preyed upon by hustlers dealing in illegal tech and street gangs composed of green-haired, leather-clad technopunks, decked out with cyborg enhancements and high on synthetic drugs.

You know this city. You’ve seen it a million times since it was first constructed in the 80s by the pioneers of cyberpunk, most notably William Gibson in Neuromancer and Ridley Scott in Blade Runner. Hollywood recently returned to it with Blade Runner 2049. In the first episode of Netflix’s Altered Carbon, an adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 novel, protagonist Takeshi Kovacs gazes upon it from his window; fire flickers from the top of a tall tower, just as it did in opening scene of Blade Runner, prompting a double-take where you wonder whether the window is actually a screen replaying Scott’s movie.

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17. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies aged 65 – video obituaryВт., 16 окт.[−]

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died aged 65 from complications with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was first treated for the disease in 2009 but it returned this year. A childhood friend of Bill Gates, the pair started Microsoft in 1975. Allen was also an avid sports fan and went on to buy several sports teams. He was ranked among the world's wealthiest individuals, with an estimated net worth of more than $20bn, and dedicated much of his later life to philanthropic work.

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18. From the Cookie Monster cat to ballistic missiles: when text and email alerts go wrongПн., 15 окт.[−]

The US embassy in Australia spammed recipients with a picture of a cat this week – but that’s nothing compared with other recent message fails

The US embassy in Canberra, Australia, sent out an email invitation this week to untold numbers of recipients, in Latin, with a picture of a cat holding biscuits in a turquoise Cookie Monster onesie. It was, of course, an error, though not one I can see any reasonable person being truly irked by. It also wasn’t the first of its kind. In 2014, the retailer Fab followed up its own subscriber-destined email of nothing but a cat with another, featuring two cats, explaining that it had been “purrrly a mistake”, and attaching an apologetic 10% discount code.

Messaging systems the world over seem to be having a bad year of it, spanning the full spectrum of societal anxiety, from A-level results to intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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19. Pict warriors and balloon-headed clowns: the 11 best games on Xbox OneПн., 15 окт.[−]

From the thrills of Forza Horizon and cartoon antics of Cuphead to the horrors of Hellblade, here are the Xbox One games everyone should play

Explore an astonishingly beautiful re-creation of Britain in an impressive roster of cars, taking in everything from rally racing in the Lake District to street races in a wintry Edinburgh. The ultimate driving game on Xbox One (or anywhere).
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20. Can-Am Ryker: 'A hell of a lot of trike for your money'Вс., 14 окт.[−]

Dirtch the denim and crystal tips, this is a trike that’s brilliant fun and is set to break the trend barrier

Can-Am Ryker
Price
?8,699, can-am.brp.com

Looking like a Transformer crossed with a luxed-up ride-on lawnmower, the Ryker is the start of what might be called Can-Am’s diffusion line. For years, the motorcycle arm of the Canadian firm – which also makes Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Sea-Doo jet skis and a range of awesome Mad Max-style all-terrain vehicles – has been on a one-brand mission to make motorised trikes cool. And, as you can imagine, that has not been easy. But research shows the main sticking point isn’t actually a deep-seated crystal-tips-and-denim prejudice against three-wheelers, it’s the price! So, let’s hear if for the Ryker. It starts at less than ?9,000 and for that you get a hell of a lot of trike. It’s comfortable, fun and easy to ride. You can use it with your standard driving licence and, legally, you don’t need to wear a helmet – though clearly you’d be a bit of a helmet not to. It’s also a real head-turner. The futuristic styling means you’ll leave a trail of gawping pedestrians wherever you go. The twist-and-go throttle and automatic gearing means you don’t need any biking know-how to enjoy it. Just hop on, sit back and you’re off. The unique Y-architecture, two wheels at the front and one at the back, means it feels stable and has great stopping power. Think of it as a ‘safe motorbike’ – two words you rarely see together.

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21. Citizen journalists – the fighters on the frontline against Russia’s attacksСб., 13 окт.[−]

We can no longer count on our governments to protect us from a tide of disinformation. Our security rests in the hands of open source intelligence, as pioneered by Bellingcat

When the story of 2018 is told, historians may be hard pressed to say which was weirdest: that a deadly nerve agent was deployed in a quiet cathedral town on the edge of Salisbury Plain, at the heart of our military establishment. Or that the Russian suspects were identified not by British intelligence but a group described last week as “ armchair investigators”.

Because we now know not just the identities of the two men who travelled to Salisbury with a military-grade chemical weapon but also the arm of the Russian army that deployed them – thanks to Bellingcat, a citizen investigation site founded by Eliot Higgins, a former blogger who started it from a laptop on his sofa in breaks from caring for his daughter.

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22. Twitter and Salesforce CEOs bicker over who is helping the homeless moreСб., 13 окт.[−]

‘How much have you given’ Marc Benioff asked Jack Dorsey as the two sparred over proposed tax to assist those on the streets

The CEOs of two of the world’s most prominent tech companies got into an online spat on Friday over who was doing the most to address homelessness.

The Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff, and Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, were tweeting at each other about a proposed tax on high-earning San Francisco businesses. It would redirect millions of dollars to help thousands of people who live on the streets, including outside the headquarters of both companies.

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23. Why tech’s gender problem is nothing newПт., 12 окт.[−]

Decades after women were pushed out of programming, Amazon’s AI recruiting technology carried on the industry’s legacy of bias

A recent report revealed Amazon’s AI recruiting technology developed a bias against women because it was trained predominantly on men’s r?sum?s. Although Amazon shut the project down, this kind of mechanized sexism is common and growing – and the problem isn’t limited to AI mishaps.

Facebook allows the targeting of job ads by gender, resulting in discrimination in online job advertisements for traditionally male-dominated jobs from construction to policing. The practice has long been illegal in traditional print media – but Facebook’s targeting tools encourage it. Not only can this affect whether women and non-binary people can see ads; it also affects male job-seekers who are older and therefore viewed as less desirable by many employers. Facebook has come under fire for illegal advertising practices in the past: notably, it scrapped thousands of microtargeting categories after a 2016 ProPublica report showed how it allowed racial discrimination in housing ads.

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24. Tech suffers from lack of humanities, says Mozilla headПт., 12 окт.[−]

Mitchell Baker says firms should hire philosophy and psychology graduates to tackle misinformation

Technology companies need to diversify their hiring practices to include more people from backgrounds in philosophy and psychology if they want to tackle the problem of misinformation online, the head of one of the biggest internet charities has warned.

Mitchell Baker, head of the Mozilla Foundation, has warned that hiring employees who mainly come from Stem – science, technology, engineering and maths – will produce a new generation of technologists with the same blindspots as those who are currently in charge, a move that will “come back to bite us”.

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25. 'Playing on national pride': eSports is coming home at the Overwatch World CupПт., 12 окт.[−]

We saw the UK and France face off to defend their undefeated records in the Overwatch World Cup, competitive gaming’s answer to the global football tournament

It’s a Friday morning in late September and 2,000 fans are packed into the underground arena of La Grande Arche de la D?fense, ready for the Paris stage of the Overwatch World Cup. It’s a fairly mixed-gender crowd, predominantly young adults, mostly French, many wearing game-themed clothing. Overwatch is one of the world’s most popular competitive video games: matches are fast-paced, chaotic battles between two teams of six players. Using colourful characters with outlandish powers, they take turns to attack and defend objectives. Fights can be over in seconds or turn into minutes-long scraps. The sense of unpredictability makes for very exciting viewing.

The Overwatch league works like football’s Premier League, with teams signing players across nationalities, but the Overwatch World Cup evokes a sense of home pride among viewers. Each of the Paris leg’s 15 matches had their share of intense moments as national teams fought for the two remaining places at the finals, which will take place later this month in Anaheim, California. The previous group stages in Incheon, South Korea; Burbank, USA; and Bangkok, Thailand.

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26. Big tech v democracy: Chips with Everything podcastПт., 12 окт.[−]

Is the brave new digital world affecting our politics? Could it render democracy obsolete? Jamie Bartlett joins Jordan Erica Webber to discuss

There are plenty of ways to consider the power the Silicon Valley giants have: their financial power, the compulsive hold they have on consumers, the sheer volume of users and the data that comes along with them. One area in which this power has come under particular scrutiny recently is in the influence big tech has on elections worldwide.

To discuss the growth in tribalism and explain the age of “Tinder politics”, Jordan Erica Webber speaks to author and tech blogger Jamie Bartlett, whose book The People Vs Tech explores the “bitter conflict” between technology and democracy. They address how the internet has turbo-charged human behaviour to expect instant gratification in areas where it does not belong and how, as a result, citizens, as much as governments, need to change the way they interact with data.

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27. Do decentralised web programs use as much energy as cloud-based services?Чт., 11 окт.[−]

Martin is interested in using a DWeb alternative to Google Docs, but worries about the energy use associated with blockchain

I recently read a piece about decentralisation. As I am looking for an alternative to Google, Microsoft and the other big names, Graphite stood out. However, it uses blockchain, and one thing that I do not find encouraging is the amount of energy it consumes.

So my question is: from an energy point of view, is there much difference between cloud and blockchain?

The main aim of the decentralised web (DWeb) is to remove the power of centralised “gatekeepers” such as Facebook and Google, who hoover up the world’s data and monetise it by selling advertising. It reminds me of the original concept of the web, where every computer would be both a client and a server, sharing information on a more or less equal basis.

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28. Weaponised AI is coming. Are algorithmic forever wars our future? | Ben TarnoffЧт., 11 окт.[−]

The US military is creating a more automated form of warfare – one that will greatly increase its capacity to wage war everywhere forever.

Last month marked the 17th anniversary of 9/11. With it came a new milestone: we’ve been in Afghanistan for so long that someone born after the attacks is now old enough to go fight there. They can also serve in the six other places where we’re officially at war, not to mention the 133 countries where special operations forces have conducted missions in just the first half of 2018.

The wars of 9/11 continue, with no end in sight. Now, the Pentagon is investing heavily in technologies that will intensify them. By embracing the latest tools that the tech industry has to offer, the US military is creating a more automated form of warfare – one that will greatly increase its capacity to wage war everywhere forever.

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29. Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Tablet review: as good as Surface Pro but with USB-CЧт., 11 окт.[−]

Great screen, robust design, brilliant keyboard and Thunderbolt 3 make the third-generation ThinkPad X1 Tablet a potent combination

Lenovo’s third-generation ThinkPad X1 Tablet aims to be a no-compromise Windows 10 detachable that gives users what Microsoft’s Surface won’t: USB-C and Thunderbolt 3.

The form factor is familiar. The actual computer is squeezed into an 8.9mm thick tablet with a kickstand out the back and a magnetically attached keyboard that sits up on an angle for better typing.

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30. Red Dead Redemption 2: three hours with the most anticipated game of the yearСр., 10 окт.[−]

Rockstar Games’ upcoming wild west adventure is a step forward for virtual world realism – and a reminder that cowboys, too, had to face up to modernity

Left to my own devices with Red Dead Redemption 2 for a few hours, I was expecting to see sweeping open plains interrupted by mesas, dusty frontier towns with swing-door saloons and wary inhabitants, and a gang of crusty outlaws sharing stories around a campfire then riding through the woods on their way to a shootout. This astounding virtual wild west models itself on the classic Hollywood image of that time, the same fantasy as depicted in Westworld. What I wasn’t expecting in my brief preview was a city, Saint Denis, modelled on turn-of-the-century New Orleans.

Riding into town as an outlaw frontiersman, I suddenly felt like a tragic anachronism. A tram rolled past, and I tied up my horse to board the next one

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31. Should I replace my old PC or upgrade it with an SSD?Чт., 04 окт.[−]

Iain has an unusably slow desktop. Will a ?300 upgrade revive it, or should he put the money towards a new machine?

I have a Dell an all-in-one desktop PC from 2012. It has become painfully slow. It takes so long to boot up and run Google Chrome, Microsoft Office and Apple iTunes that it’s almost useless. (It also does photo and video storage, accounts and school work.)

A local computer business will upgrade the hard drive to an SSD, and clone it so I don’t have to reinstall everything, for about ?300. According to them, this should give it an extra year or two of life. I like the style of this machine, and discarding it would be a waste if it still worked fine. However, the poor performance is critical and I am worried the hard drive will die and I’ll lose everything.

Your worry filled me with dread. Hard drives are increasingly likely to fail after five years of use. Every PC should be backed up, and you should have multiple copies of irreplaceable data. If you don’t, please buy a USB external hard drive as soon as possible and back up both your PC and your data – photos, music, documents, accounts etc.

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32. Apple iPhone XS review: two steps forward, one step backЧт., 04 окт.[−]

The iPhone XS hasn’t broken mould like the iPhone X, and it has weaker battery life, but its camera, design and performance are class-leading

The iPhone XS isn’t the only all-screen iPhone on the block this year, but with its balance of large screen and small body, is it still the iPhone to buy?

To say that the iPhone XS looks exactly the same as the iPhone X is somewhat of an understatement. Apart from a pair of new antenna lines and asymmetric holes in the bottom, the phone is an identical metal and glass sandwich. Unless you buy the new gold colour.

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33. Supreme court rejects California billionaire's 'private beach' caseПн., 01 окт.[−]

Vinod Khosla bought $32.5m property south of San Francisco and cut off public access to popular surf spot

Beach lovers were celebrating on Monday after the US supreme court declined to hear a case brought by the billionaire Vinod Khosla that threatened the public’s right to access beaches across California.

Related: 'Privatizing the coast': are wealthy Californians seizing public beaches?

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34. Should I buy a PC with Intel Optane drive acceleration?Чт., 27 сент.[−]

Ruth wants to replace her old desktop PC and is trying to decide between one with an SSD and one with an Optane accelerator

I’m looking to replace my eight-year-old desktop PC. Other things being equal, should I go for an AMD processor with a 128GB SSD or an Intel PC with 8GB of memory, a 1TB HDD and Optane? A comparison of processor performance shows very little difference, and the two options have very similar prices.

I typically run a browser with multiple tabs, Acrobat Reader with large pdf files, one or more of the Microsoft Office suite, plus the proprietary software for my business. I don’t do high-end graphics processing or gaming, but would your advice be different if I did? Ruth

The difference between the two PCs boils down to how much storage you need and the performance of the Optane accelerator in the Intel-based machine.

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35. Is a tablet or 2-in-1 laptop with a stylus useful for a student?Чт., 20 сент.[−]

Matt’s daughter already has a laptop for university, but will a lighter device with a smartpen be better for taking notes?

My daughter will be starting university and already has a more-than-adequate laptop for essay writing and Netflix. But rather than carry it to and from lectures all the time, we wondered if it would be worth investing in a tablet or smaller 2-in-1 laptop with a stylus for note taking. Or do you think it would be better to stick with a small screen laptop? Matt

There are two issues here that go well beyond product choice, and can only be decided by you and your daughter. The first is whether a change in circumstances – going to university – requires the adoption of a new technology, whether it be a tablet or stylus or both. I’m assuming that your daughter doesn’t use either of these, or you would already know the answer.

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36. Nest Hello review: Google's smart facial-recognition video doorbellЧт., 20 сент.[−]

Excellent smart device comes with optional 24/7 video recording with facial recognition – and works as a doorbell too

Google’s new Nest Hello is a video doorbell that aims to be smarter than the rest with constant recording, face and object recognition.

The Hello is a direct replacement for a wired doorbell, working with an existing chime and requiring constant power, making it one of the high-end options for smart doorbells.

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37. Microsoft Surface Go review: tablet that's better for work than playЧт., 06 сент.[−]

It’s fine to watch films on but this tablet transforms into a gutsy work laptop when paired with the Type Cover keyboard

The Surface Go is Microsoft’s new, lower-cost detachable Windows 10 tablet that looks to reinvent what a budget PC can be.

The brief was pretty straightforward: make a smaller and lighter machine that has all the premium feel and experience of Microsoft’s category-defining Surface Pro, but at about half the cost.

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38. Big tech's double trouble: political heat from Trump and the left may signal reckoning aheadВс., 02 сент.[−]

Trump’s timing of attacks on Google, Facebook and Twitter could not have been better, as the three come under scrutiny in hearings

Trump and Russia may have dominated the political discourse all summer, but last week the attention turned again to America’s internet technology giants. They had enjoyed a few months out of the spotlight following grueling congressional hearings in Washington late last year, after evidence emerged of Russia’s use of social media fake accounts to try to influence voters in the 2016 US presidential election.

But that respite ended last week after a tweet from Donald Trump that electrified the news agenda from Silicon Valley to the capital when, seemingly out of the blue – he posted a bizarre tweet. “Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD,” he tweeted. Trump went on to allege that Google was censoring right-wing voices and privileging voices from the left.

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39. 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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40. 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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41. Sonos Beam review: a great, compact, jack-of-all-trades upgrade for your TVСр., 27 июня[−]

The new, cheaper, more compact Sonos soundbar has full-range, room-filling sound, wifi and smart speaker functionality with built-in Alexa

The Beam is the new, more compact and cheaper soundbar from multi-room audio specialists Sonos, which promises to be a great one-box upgrade for your TV sound, with Alexa and smart speaker functionality built in.

On the surface the Beam appears to be a relatively simple product. It’s an all-in-one soundbar that connects to your TV via HDMI or optical cable and is controlled by the volume buttons on your TV’s remote.

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42. Honor 10 review: premium phone that punches above its priceВт., 29 мая[−]

Huawei has another hit on its hands with a good balance of features, price and feel for ?400 – if you forget the AI camera

The Honor 10 is Huawei’s cut-price premium smartphone offering that hopes to go toe-to-toe with iPhones and Samsungs for about one-third less than the average price.

Strangely, the Honor 10 is the second Honor phone with 10 in its name launched this year, following the Honor 10 View released in February, which has essentially the same specifications. The Honor 10 View is still on sale for ?450, which is ?50 more than the Honor 10, and has a slightly bigger screen.

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43. 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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44. Huawei Mate 10 Pro review: say hello to two-day battery lifeЧт., 02 нояб. 2017[−]

Latest in series of powerhouse devices is best yet, with dual cameras, latest Android, fast performance and excellent stamina between charges

Huawei’s Mate smartphones have made a bit of a name for themselves as powerhouse devices that come with long battery life and a big screen. With a 50-hour battery life and premium design, the Mate 10 Pro ( find here) is no exception.

Huawei has tried to tread the fine line between being good value for money and offering a top-notch experience, but the Mate 10 is the Chinese firm’s first real winner.

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45. Google Pixel 2 XL review: the best big-screened Android experience yetВт., 17 окт. 2017[−]

The fastest and smoothest Google Android device has a cracking camera, squeezable sides, great battery life and baked-in AI

Google’s direct challenger to the iPhone 8 Plus and upcoming iPhone X is the Pixel 2 XL, and you may be blown away by the sheer speed of the thing.

The Android-maker has removed the gloves, thrown down the jacket and is seemingly ready for a straight-up fight with Apple, despite the ramifications of inevitably competing directly with Google’s partners such as Samsung and other key Android smartphone manufacturers.

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