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Now that I’ve finally played The Last of Us, who wants to talk about that ending? | Dominik Diamond

Urged on by his millennial daughter, Dominik Diamond is only eight or so years late to this particular party, and finds that an ending can really make or break a game ‘OK, Dad, this is an incredible essay on the effects of grief and grey morality in a postapocalyptic society,” says the eldest child, AKA the millennial. “It’s got proper female characters, progressive takes on sexuality and tonne...

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection review – victory tour for feelgood blockbusters

PlayStation 5, PC (forthcoming); Naughty Dog/Sony Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy get a joint re-release reminding us of the greatness of these bombastic action adventures It’s been long enough since 2016’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End came out that I kind of missed Nathan Drake, the breezy, globetrotting, treasure-hunting star of the Uncharted series. In contrast to developer Naughty ...

Spotify removes Neil Young music in feud over Joe Rogan’s false Covid claims

Musician condemned spread of misinformation on platform’s top podcast: ‘They can have Rogan or Young’ The music streaming platform Spotify is in the process of removing Neil Young’s music after the company refused to take down Joe Rogan’s podcast amid the musician’s objections that it spread vaccine misinformation. Rogan has been described by the New York Times as “one of the most consumed medi...

Tesla sees record profit as electric car deliveries soar

Elon Musk says continuing profitability ‘makes us a real company at this point’ Tesla posted record fourth-quarter and full-year earnings in what it called a “breakthrough year”, despite supply chain struggles. The company made $5.5bn last year compared with the previous record of $3.47bn in net income posted in 2020. It was the electric vehicle and solar panel maker’s third straight profitable...

Robot successfully performs keyhole surgery on pigs without human help

Machine was ‘significantly better’ than humans at tricky procedure to connect two ends of intestine The robot surgeon will see you now. For years, the world of medicine has been steadily advancing the art of robot-assisted procedures, enabling doctors to enhance their technique inside the operating theatre. Continue reading...

Covid lockdowns may have increased UK terrorism threat, says security minister

Damian Hinds says more people may have been radicalised online after being forced to spend more time indoors Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The terrorism threat to the UK may have been made worse by Covid lockdowns, a security minister has suggested. Damian Hinds, the MP for East Hampshire who became security minister in August, told the Daily Telegraph that peopl...

Why can’t BT connect me to broadband on the edge of London?

When I moved house the provider didn’t process the switch, and now it says the local fibre cabinet is full We have just moved into a house in Woodford Green on the edge of London but BT is unable to offer us broadband. The previous occupant had it, and as soon as I had a moving date I asked BT to switch us. However, it seems that this was not processed properly and the connection has been given...

Anti-vaxxers making ‘at least $2.5m’ a year from publishing on Substack

Center for Countering Digital Hate research calculates that anti-vaccine figures could be making $12.5m from the online platform A group of vaccine-sceptic writers are generating revenues of at least $2.5m (£1.85m) a year from publishing newsletters for tens of thousands of followers on the online publishing platform Substack , according to new research. Prominent figures in the anti-vaccine mo...

TechScape: everything you need to know about DAOs

In this week’s newsletter: meet the vehicle for newly-minted online millionaires to throw their influence into the real world – and the frontier for the next wave of crypto chaos Don’t get TechScape delivered to your inbox? Sign up for the full article here It’s a new year, so it’s time for a new cryptocurrency buzzword to escape the sector and become the latest fad that baffled news anchors tr...

‘Snake oil’: doubts loom over tech firm Darktrace’s high-octane sales strategy

The UK cybersecurity outfit has been on a rollercoaster ride from a meteoric share price rise to a plunge in market value Darktrace is a well-oiled sales and marketing machine, as slick and turbocharged as the multimillion-pound McLaren Formula One sponsorship deal it uses to entice prospective clients, and yet the cybersecurity company continues to be overshadowed by questions about its techno...

Angharad Yeo: the 10 funniest things I have ever seen (on the internet)

The new Double J Weekends host loves being online, be it watching a TikToker reading out court transcripts or enjoying strangely threatening tweets I am a child of the internet. I was always drawn to computers and tech, and used to beg my dad to bring us to his office on a weekend so we could use the high-speed internet to play Neopets games. As I got older it was all MSN, MySpace, Paramore fan...

Microsoft beats expectations with $18.8bn profit

The software company’s success can be attributed to its cloud computing business Microsoft reported a profit of $18.8bn for the last three months of 2021, ahead of analysts expectations, but its share price initially slumped over 5% after another rocky day on Wall Street. The Seattle-based software giant reported revenues of $51.7bn, an increase of 20% compared to the same period last year and ...

Tales from the crypto: lira crisis fuels Bitcoin boom in Turkey

Lack of trust in official currency has led to surging interest in cryptocurrencies – despite their volatility and government opposition In the offices of Altcointurk, a cryptocurrency hub tucked away in a sidestreet in Istanbul’s bustling Kadıköy neighbourhood, two wall-mounted TV sets showed the live value of currencies bitcoin and Ethereum, both graphs sloping downwards. Altcointurk’s all-mal...

Unsure about returning to the office? Perhaps don’t ask a billionaire for advice | Arwa Mahdawi

Airbnb’s boss says post-pandemic we could all enjoy being ‘untethered’ from workplaces while the architect of Googleplex thinks offices need to be reimagined. Perhaps it’s time to stop asking billionaires about the future of work Is the office dead? Or have rumours of its death been greatly exaggerated? The pandemic has already spawned a million think pieces on the subject. Now that Boris Johns...

Pushing Buttons: the Microsoft-Activision deal is a chance to transform game development

In this week’s newsletter: whatever reservations we have about the merger, it’s a chance to bring meaningful, positive change for the people who actually make games Don’t get Pushing Buttons delivered to your inbox? Sign up here Welcome to Pushing Buttons, the Guardian’s gaming newsletter. If you’d like to receive it in your inbox every week, just pop your email in below – and check your inbox ...
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