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Naomi Klein: how big tech helps India target climate activists

Companies such as Google and Facebook appear to be aiding and abetting a vicious government campaign against Indian environmental campaigners Republished with permission from The Intercept The bank of cameras camped outside Delhi’s sprawling Tihar jail was the sort of media frenzy you would expect to await a prime minister caught in an embezzlement scandal, or a Bollywood star caught in the wro...

Gourmet to go! 17 brilliant, unexpected ways with a microwave – from risotto to profiteroles

Microwaves are not just for poaching eggs. You can make a vast array of gourmet meals in minutes – from steamed fish to vegetarian chilli and sponge puddings They were once regarded as technological miracles – machines that allowed you to travel back in time to a moment when your cup of tea was still hot. But the microwave oven was destined to become a tool of convenience rather than necessity....

'Facebook has a blind spot': why Spanish-language misinformation is flourishing

Researchers say Spanish-language content is less often and less quickly moderated for misinformation than English content In the last year, Facebook adjusted some of the most fundamental rules about what gets posted on its platform, halting algorithmic recommendations of political groups, banning lies about vaccines and removing a number of high-profile figures for spreading misinformation and ...

SoundCloud announces overhaul of royalties model to 'fan-powered' system

Streaming company says it will start directing money from subscribers to the artists they actually listen to SoundCloud announced on Tuesday it would become the first streaming service to start directing subscribers’ fees only to the artists they listen to, a move welcomed by musicians campaigning for fairer pay. Current practice for streaming services including Spotify, Deezer and Apple is to pool royalty payments and dish them out based on which artists have the most global plays. Continue ...

Alan Rusbridger says Oversight Board will ask to see Facebook's algorithm

Former Guardian editor, who is on board, says it intends to broaden its remit and examine network’s AI Facebook’s Oversight Board is trying to gain access to the social network’s curation algorithm to understand how it works, according to Alan Rusbridger, the former editor of the Guardian and a member of the quasi-independent body. Rusbridger, who is one of 20 founding members of the Oversight Board, said the body intended to broaden its remit beyond simply assessing Facebook’s decisions to r...

How to avoid 'Zoom fatigue' during the Covid pandemic

Constantly being confronted with an image of yourself while video conferencing can be exhausting, says expert Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Imagine you are walking around your workplace followed incessantly by colleagues holding a mirror that causes you to stare at yourself for large parts of the day. The bizarre scenario is in effect becoming the norm in the era of physically distanced video conference meetings and this “nonverbal overload” is leading to “Zoom...

Fitbit Sense review: a good smartwatch that fails on sustainability

Feature-packed health and fitness-tracking smartwatch has advanced sensors but failure to address screen and battery repairs is poor Fitbit is attempting to challenge the dominance of the Apple Watch with the Sense: a smartwatch packed with advanced health sensors for stress, heart rate and ECG wrapped up in a neat and tidy package. But be careful, because if you damage the watch, it appears yo...

Smile for the camera: dark side of China's emotion-recognition tech

Xi Jinping wants ‘positive energy’ but critics say the surveillance tools’ racial bias and monitoring for anger or sadness should be banned “Ordinary people here in China aren’t happy about this technology but they have no choice. If the police say there have to be cameras in a community, people will just have to live with it. There’s always that demand and we’re here to fulfil it.” So says Che...

Are you an older person who has become confident getting online during lockdown?

We would like to hear from over 70s who have become confident with the shift online since the start of the pandemic Are you aged 70 or older – and have you become a computer whizz during lockdown? The Guardian is looking to speak to older people who barely went online before the pandemic but are now confidently surfing the web, doing something wonderful online that has given them a fresh joie d...

'It’s an arms race’: the tech teams trying to outpace paedophiles online

As platforms pivot towards greater encryption, analysts are rushing to finesse child abuse prevention technology “Predators are often early adopters of technology,” says Sarah Smith, chief technology officer at the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), a UK child abuse hotline. “It’s an arms race, we have to be constantly horizon-scanning.” Smith and her team, based in an unassuming office in Cambri...

Apply liberally: the TikTok teens fighting political battles with makeup

Teenagers on TikTok are giving themselves makeovers based on their Republican or Democratic alter egos If you’re on TikTok, you’ll know Gen Z can tell if you’re a millennial from a side part and skinny jeans. Now, a new TikTok trend suggests teenagers on the app know someone’s political standing from the way they use eyeliner. Dubbed the “Republican-sona” makeover, Gen Z is creating their “conservative alter egos” to the ironic soundtrack of “God Made Girls” by RaeLynn. Continue reading...

10 virtual tours of spectacular buildings around the world

Mughal palaces, Egyptian tombs and modernist masterpieces can be experienced in VR tours that depart from your sofa While our lives have mostly shrunk to our own four walls – besides the sneak peek of others’ homes glimpsed via Zoom – we can still step into other worlds virtually. Stately homes and fortresses, from Blenheim Palace to Bran Castle (of Dracula fame) have opened digital portals all...

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold review: a glimpse at the future of folding PCs

Tablet PC screen that folds like book or as dual-screen laptop is incredible piece of technology but not ready for mass market Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold is an entirely new form – a tablet PC that closes like a book with a foldable screen. It may just be the future of the computer. The £2,500-plus X1 Fold joins a rarefied group of cutting edge folding-screen devices that include the reinvention ...

Canberra Enlighten festival: the Australian capital shines in the spotlight – in pictures

Canberra’s parliamentary triangle springs to life after dark with majestic projections and illuminations as part of the 11th annual Enlighten festival, which lights up the grounds and walkways and reimagines the buildings as giant canvases Continue reading...

Nintendo marks Pokémon's 25th anniversary with two nostalgic new games

Pokémon Legends Arceus and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl announced on the eve of the Nintendo series’ 25th anniversary Tomorrow marks 25 years since the first Pokémon titles debuted on Nintendo’s Game Boy in Japan – and developer Game Freak has announced two new games to mark the occasion, both inspired by 2006’s Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. The first releases are Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, remakes of the Nintendo DS originals for Nintendo Switch, out later this ...
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