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UK government hints at U-turn on Huawei role in 5G technology

Culture secretary tells defence committee US sanctions likely to affect Chinese firm’s viability The government may be close to announcing a U-turn on its controversial decision to allow Huawei to supply 5G technology, the culture secretary has hinted by saying US sanctions appear likely to affect the Chinese company. Oliver Dowden told members of a special defence select committee scrutinising...

Signs of the Sojourner review – playing cards in faraway places

PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch; Echodog Games Navigating a world of wonder, an intrepid trader encounters a succession of strangers in this engaging narrative card game Card games typically pit players against each other. Signs of the Sojourner is more like matching dominoes, asking players to lay out their cards to map conversations with those they meet along the road. The game follows a travelling ...

Mark Zuckerberg: advertisers' boycott of Facebook will end 'soon enough'

We will not change our policies or approach, says Zuckerberg More than 500 companies are protesting against hate speech Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed the threat of a punishing boycott from major advertisers pressing Facebook to take a stronger stand on hate speech and said they will be back “soon enough”. According to a report by tech news site the Information , the Facebook founder and CEO see...

What's wrong with WhatsApp

As social media has become more inhospitable, the appeal of private online groups has grown. But they hold their own dangers – to those both inside and out. By William Davies In the spring, as the virus swept across the world and billions of people were compelled to stay at home, the popularity of one social media app rose more sharply than any other. By late March, usage of WhatsApp around the...

Tesla becomes world's most valuable carmaker without making a profit

Elon Musk’s company outstrips Toyota on stock market as demand for electric cars soars Tesla has overhauled Japanese rival Toyota to become the world’s most valuable automotive company. Despite never having made a profit, the billionaire Elon Musk’s electric car manufacturer has been tipped by some pundits to achieve a valuation of more than $1tn (£800bn) as demand for electric vehicles soars. ...

Facebook bans extremist 'boogaloo' group from its platforms

Although the term is not banned, the network has been designated as a dangerous organization similar to white supremacists Facebook has banned an extremist anti-government network associated with the term “boogaloo”, a slang word supporters use to refer to a second civil war. Tuesday’s move by Facebook designates the rightwing “boogaloo” network as a dangerous organization similar to the Islami...

As a kid I loved Pro Evolution Soccer 5 – now it's won me a new comedy audience | Bilal Zafar

My standup career stalled when the pandemic arrived. But I get my kicks as a football manager on Twitch – and giving each player a storyline I began 2020 full of optimism, excited about returning to the Edinburgh fringe in August with a new show and feeling quite good about my standup. Then the pandemic arrived. As well as worrying about the health of family and friends, all my work disappeared...

Pokémon Go creator joins Punchdrunk theatre for interactive venture

Immersive theatre company and augmented-reality game developer Niantic team up to explore ideas that fuse ‘physical and digital worlds’ Immersive theatre company Punchdrunk, best known for its Macbeth production Sleep No More , and augmented-reality game developer Niantic, creator of augmented-reality smartphone games Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, are teaming up to create “interac...

Third of advertisers may boycott Facebook in hate speech revolt

‘Stop Hate for Profit’ campaign gathers momentum as ad boycott spreads outside US Almost a third of advertisers are considering joining a month-long boycott of Facebook as the social network struggles to convince advertisers that it is doing enough to fight hate speech on its platform. The unprecedented corporate snub has been revealed in survey by the World Association of Advertisers, whose bi...

‘Being online has helped us survive’: how e-commerce can kickstart your small business in lockdown – and beyond

Many SMEs have had to ramp up their digital activity in response to the challenges of Covid-19, learning as they go. Here, three businesses share what they’ve discovered Starting a business and planning for its future once involved bricks and mortar, shelves, tills and customers walking through your door. Not so today. Even before the coronavirus lockdown limited people’s trips to retailers in ...

Freeze-dried fruit and brownies: how having a website kept these businesses thriving when lockdown hit

A website can do far more than provide basic information and a platform for sales. It’s an essential part of your burgeoning brand – as these small businesses have shown Picture the scene. You’re keen to find out more about a product so you google it, and the search results bring up various mentions … but there doesn’t seem to be any online links to the company that produces it. After a few mor...

Brands, fans and influencers: why social media for small business is about more than sales

Standing out online can transform a business, but it takes focus and strategy. Here, three stars of social share what they’ve learned Most businesses these days will have some form of social media presence, but many may not be making the most of the opportunities it provides. Not only does it open up a huge potential customer base – half the world’s population is now on social media – it also g...

From promotions to gift cards: how a great website keeps customers coming back again and again

Customer loyalty is something companies crave, but how do they make it happen? Smartphone shopping, augmented-reality changing rooms, same-day delivery (perhaps soon by drone) – with so much innovative e-commerce out there, you would think that small and micro businesses were tooled to the hilt with technology. In reality, nearly half of UK small businesses lack even the most basic of 21st-cent...

Is spyware technology helping governments hack phones?

WhatsApp has accused an Israeli spyware company of hacking 1,400 of its users, including journalists, human rights activists and diplomatic officials. As new allegations emerge, Guardian US investigations correspondent Stephanie Kirchgaessner discusses how she first discovered the story In October 2019, the encrypted messaging app WhatsApp filed a lawsuit against a little known Israeli technolo...

The Last of Us Part II: the blockbuster game breaking LGBTQ+ barriers

The bestselling sequel features a gay central character, challenging the last taboo for representation in gaming A withdrawn-looking 19-year-old leans against the bar in a rustic barn decorated with fairy lights, watching other people dance, taking nervous sips. She is looking at another young woman who is spinning around the room with a couple of different guys. “I hate these things,” says a f...
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