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NBA players are making a fortune from NFTs. UFC fighters may not be so lucky

The lack of a union at the elite level of mixed martial arts means fighters will very likely miss out on a digital gold rush In the last year, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) – effectively one-of-a-kind digital collectibles – have boomed in areas as varied as adult entertainment and the arts. Even sports leagues have started to take advantage of the NFT explosion. So it makes sense that the UFC, a body that has never been slow to sniff out a quick profit , reportedly filed several new trademark ap...

Apple accused of breaking UK competition law by overcharging for apps

As many as 19.6 million users could be eligible for compensation, with damages of £1.5bn sought Apple is facing a billionpound legal claim after being accused of breaking UK competition law by overcharging millions of people for apps on its App Store. The tech company has been accused of deliberately shutting out the competition in the store and forcing people to use its own payment processing system, generating “excessive” profits for itself in the process. Continue reading...

Melinda Gates began divorce moves at time Bill’s meetings with Jeffrey Epstein revealed

Wife of world’s fourth-richest man explored options almost two years ago, roughly at time sex criminal Epstein died in jail Melinda Gates reportedly began exploring options for divorce from Bill Gates almost two years ago, around the time the world’s fourth-richest man was revealed to have met many times with Jeffrey Epstein, the philanthropist and sex offender who killed himself in jail in 2019. Related: Melinda Gates could become world’s second-richest woman Continue reading...

Back up pictures – and don’t forget prints: nine ways to organise your photographs

Most of us have phones, computers and boxes full to bursting with our snaps – and will probably only ever look at a fraction of them. So how do you work out what to keep? If you’re anything like me, then your phone is full to bursting with unsorted photographs. If I were to die tomorrow, and my loved ones used my photo roll to better understand me, they’d be confronted by several shots of exact...

Dogecoin’s value tumbles after Elon Musk calls the virtual currency a ‘hustle’

Price falls by as much as a third after billionaire’s comments on US comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live The price of dogecoin tumbled by as much as a third on Sunday, after billionaire Elon Musk, one of its biggest supporters, appeared to call the virtual currency a “hustle” while hosting Saturday Night Live. Cryptocurrency watchers had high expectations of what Tesla chief executive and crypto-enthusiast Musk , who has called himself the “Dogefather” , would say while hosting the America...

She broke her NDA to speak out against Pinterest. Now she’s helping others come forward

Ifeoma Ozoma has co-sponsored a bill to protect workers who speak out on discrimination or harassment. ‘Coming forward should not carry as much risk,’ she said For months, Ifeoma Ozoma couldn’t tell anyone – not even her closest friends and family – why she had left her high-profile job at Pinterest. Even as she gave speeches about her work at the tech company, a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) ...

Smartphone is now ‘the place where we live’, anthropologists say

A UCL study has found people around the world feel the same about their devices as they do about their homes Smartphone users have become “human snails carrying our homes in our pockets”, with a tendency to ignore friends and family in favour of their device, according to a landmark study . A team of anthropologists from UCL spent more than a year documenting smartphone use in nine countries around the world, from Ireland to Cameroon, and found that far from being trivial toys, people felt th...

The lockdown habit that’s hardest to break: using an iPad as a babysitter | Emma Brockes

How am I supposed to wean my children off screens when they know I’m addicted too? It started, last March, as an act of necessity – sticking the kids on iPads all day so I could make a hard deadline that fell six weeks into lockdown. There was no way around this; at five years old, my kids couldn’t manage their Zoom schedules or self-entertain for long without fighting, and I couldn’t break off every two minutes to help them. Overnight, kindergarten and after-school disappeared, to be replace...

Anker Soundcore Life Q35 review: budget headphones with good noise-cancelling

Long battery life, comfortable fit, Bluetooth 5 with decent sound and features for the money The latest Bluetooth headphones from Anker offer very long battery life and surprisingly effective noise-cancelling on a budget. The Soundcore Life Q35 cost £129.99 and replace the Life Q30 as the brand’s top headphones, significantly undercutting leading models from rivals that often cost in excess of ...

David Hockney on joy, longing and spring light: ‘I’m teaching the French how to paint Normandy!’

While enjoying an idyllic lockdown in France, the 83-year-old artist has created perhaps his most important exhibition ever – offering hope to an injured world ‘I think it looks terrific,” says David Hockney. “It’s all on one theme, isn’t it? And there’s not many exhibitions like that, really, a show all about the spring.” The 83-year-old artist is taking a look around his new exhibition at the...

No shame: the podcast taking on the Arab world’s sex and gender taboos

Eib is now in its seventh season, fearlessly tackling subjects from Beirut’s drag queen scene to Jordanian widows’ rights Rude, fault or blemish; flaw, disgrace or shame. The word has many shades, but nearly every woman who grows up in Arabic-speaking households knows its singular weight. “Anything related to women is eib ,” says Tala El-Issa, from her home in Cairo. “If they want to talk about...

Royal Marines test jet suit between moving ships – video

Jet suit developer Gravity Industries has joined forces with the Royal Marines to test its latest product for maritime boarding operations. The company said it spent three days with 42 Commando Royal Marines off the south coast of the UK. The suit was tested in exercises between two moving vessels as an alternative to boarding via helicopter fast-roping Continue reading...

How private is your Gmail, and should you switch?

You might be surprised how much Google’s email service – and others – know about you. Here’s how to set some boundaries Most people are aware of the cookies that track them across the web, and the privacy-invading practices of Google search, but did you know Google’s email service, Gmail, collects large amounts of data too? This was recently put into stark focus for iPhone users when Gmail published its app “privacy label” – a self-declared breakdown of the data it collects and shares with ad...

‘A wonderful escape’: the rise of gaming parents – and grandparents

Video game popularity soared during the pandemic, as people sought distraction and ways to connect with loved ones Helping his seven-year-old daughter Romy set up the Nintendo Switch she got for Christmas, Paul Cliff managed to get himself hooked on Animal Crossing. “I’ve somehow played over 600 hours on it since January,” says Paul, 56, of the life simulation game where villagers carry out dai...

Resident Evil Village review – nerve-shredding descent into horror

PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X; Capcom The action careers superbly through spooky gothic castles and underground complexes where monsters and a bloodsucking femme fatale lie in wait It has been four years since Resident Evil 7 rescued the series from its action-heavy nadir and returned to the roots of survival horror: jump scares, and elaborate puzzles involving una...
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