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Liberty mounts latest court challenge to 'snooper's charter'

Rights group argues powers of MI5 and GCHQ to obtain and store data breach human rights The legality of the intelligence services’ bulk surveillance activities under which personal data is obtained from social media companies as well as through hacking and interception is being being challenged in court. Monday’s action by the civil rights organisation Liberty follows revelations last week that...

Best true wireless earbuds 2019: AirPods, Samsung, Jabra and Anker compared and ranked

Our updated list of great bluetooth truly wireless earbuds – at the best prices right now It wasn’t long ago that true wireless earbuds, those that don’t need any wires even between the earphones, weren’t very good. Solid connectivity was a challenge, dropouts were infuriatingly common and battery life was woeful. But they all offered that taste of freedom from wires that is like a ratchet – on...

Gotta catch 'em all … in your sleep: Chips with Everything podcast

The Pokémon Company has announced the 2020 launch of Pokémon Sleep, a mobile game that will reward users based on how well they slumber. Jordan Erica Webber looks at why sleep experts are worried about the idea. She is joined by Dale Berning Sawa and Laura Dale Continue reading...

Trans children's charity apologises after parents' emails published online

Data breach included names, addresses and phone numbers of parents who asked for advice A charity that supports transgender children has apologised and referred itself to the information commissioner’s office following a data breach that led to the publication of parents’ personal emails online. Mermaids, a UK charity providing support and advice to transgender or non-gender-conforming children...

The best gadgets under £30

Whether you’re making a call or a smoothie, our pick of gizmos at giveaway prices shows hi-tech needn’t mean high price G ilobaby smart robot, £24 Feeling anxious about robots taking over the world? For 24 quid, allay your anxieties by barking simple commands at this gory plastic bot and experiencing triumph as it bends to your every command, from: “Go back” to: “Can you dance?” Continue readin...

Crypto is coming: get ready to spend Facebook’s money

The social network is likely to release details of its cryptocurrency this week: and it won’t be much like Bitcoin First it had your friends, then it had your pictures, then it had your diary. Now, in the latest effort to entwine its systems still further into the everyday lives of its users, Facebook wants to get into your wallet. On Tuesday, the social media behemoth is expected to reveal its...

How Silicon Valley’s whiz-kids finally ran out of friends | John Naughton

The tech founders said they were not like the evil capitalists of old. We should have known better Remember the time when tech companies were cool? So do I. Once upon a time, Silicon Valley was the jewel in the American crown, a magnet for high IQ – and predominately male – talent from all over the world. Palo Alto was the centre of what its more delusional inhabitants regarded as the Florence ...

How I made the Bondi-to-Manly hyperlapse | David Fanner

I walked 80km around Sydney Harbour in the middle of a heatwave ... and filmed the entire thing Bondi-to-Manly: experience Sydney’s spectacular harbour walk What is the Bondi-to-Manly? The Bondi-to-Manly is a new 80km coastal walk that links two of Australia’s favourite beaches and takes in Sydney’s iconic landmarks. About 60km of it is on public land, with the rest on suburban footpaths. Conti...

'Being mean is lucrative': queer users condemn YouTube over homophobic content

Site’s waffling over harassment during Pride month was ‘not surprising’, YouTuber says YouTube’s haphazard response to an anti-gay harassment controversy this week underscores the company’s continuing failure to protect creators from hate speech, queer users say. The platform’s initial refusal to discipline Steven Crowder for years of sustained anti-gay and racist harassment of Carlos Maza, a v...

Ford GT Le Mans preview: ‘The hype is matched by the roar of the engine’ | Martin Love

As the 87th edition of Le Mans prepares to get under way next weekend, all eyes will be on the last of the factory Ford GTs Ford GT Price £320,000 Engine 3.5-litre V6 Top speed 216mph Consumption 17mpg (if you’re lucky) Next weekend marks the 87th running of the world’s most famous 24-hour endurance race. Le Mans is a test of stamina for both the drivers and the cars, not to mention the hundred...

12 Minutes: time loop thriller rewrites the rules of adventure games

One of E3’s surprise standouts puts you at the centre of a Groundhog Day mystery One of the surprise standouts at E3 this year was the indie time-looping point-and-click adventure 12 Minutes. In this stylish thriller, players are cast as a nameless everyman. Sitting down with his wife at the beginning of the game he gets some big news: they’re having a baby. But minutes later, a cop bursts thro...

Keanu, comebacks and a new console: the 10 biggest stories of E3 2019

Keanu Reeves lent Hollywood glamour to Cyberpunk 2077, Final Fantasy VII wowed everyone and Microsoft revealed (limited) details about Xbox One successor Project Scarlett Next to some of the games console announcements of E3s past – such as Sony’s $599 PlayStation 3, or the Wii U’s confusing reveal, which left attendees wondering whether it actually was a new console – Microsoft’s Project Scarl...

E3 2019: the future of video games is complicated

The end of consoles, the dawn of streaming subscriptions and a lack of clarity. E3 might not be changing but the way we play is Despite the absence of Sony PlayStation , this year’s annual Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles delivered the usual whirlwind of new game announcements, trailers, marketing bluster and performative fandom. For years the entire thing has been streamed on YouTu...

Cricket 19 review – exemplary sports sim steps up to the crease

PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC; Big Ant Studios/Maximum Games Delivering all the funky play any bowler or batsman could desire, this virtual leather-on-willow is the best cricket game yet Gamers rarely get to hear the thwack of virtual leather on willow these days. But in the midst of a huge summer for cricket in the UK, with the World Cup followed by an Ashes series, Australian developer Big Ant ...

Seven ways to make Windows 10 work better

FlintyMcQwerty asked for tips to fix or avoid problems with the operating system Please share all your favourite tips, tricks and techniques for harnessing the power, panache and pulchritude of Windows 10. (Apologies, Jack, for my ineluctable tendency to alliterate.) FlintyMcQwerty Last week’s answer provoked a lot of discussion about Windows 10. I can’t do anything about the more hysterical co...
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