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Call me Mr Monster Hunter: the man who guided a Japanese curiosity to global success1h 54m Call me Mr Monster Hunter: the man who guided a Japanese curiosity to global success
The Guardian
Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World is now the fastest selling game in its history. But for 10 years, the series struggled to find success outside Japan. What changed? Wherever you looked in Japan in 2008, someone was bent over a tiny PlayStation Portable games console (PSP) – and that someone was probably playing Monster Hunter. From clusters of young people playing on groomed lawns outside universities to suited salarymen on packed trains, the game had friends, family and work colleagues banding together to track and fight gigantic fantasy creatures. You had a good chance of finding a game to join if you pulled out your PSP in any public place. More than 40m Monster Hunter games, by Japanese developer Capcom, were sold between 2004 and 2017, but its success was confined almost entirely to its home country. Everything changed this year, though. When
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Growth of AI could expand security threats if no action taken, report warns5h Growth of AI could expand security threats if no action taken, report warns
The Guardian
Artificial intelligence tech could lead to new forms of cybercrime, political disruption and physical attacks within five years say experts Wanton proliferation of artificial intelligence technologies could enable new forms of cybercrime, political disruption and even physical attacks within five years, a group of 26 experts from around the world have warned.
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MPs investigate impact of social media and screens on youth10h MPs investigate impact of social media and screens on youth
BBC
MPs launch an inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people's health.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Visual effects revealed11h Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Visual effects revealed
BBC
The visual effects team behind the film has been nominated for an Oscar.
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Artificially intelligent bots are threatening the world and more needs to be done, experts warn11h Artificially intelligent bots are threatening the world and more needs to be done, experts warn
The Independent
Threats include possibilities that are hard even to imagine, like the ability to generate entirely believable, but completely fake, videos
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AI ripe for exploitation, experts warn11h AI ripe for exploitation, experts warn
BBC
AI could be used by rogue states, criminals and terrorists for malicious purposes in the near future.
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Samsung Galaxy S9: Colours and specs revealed in new picture leak16h Samsung Galaxy S9: Colours and specs revealed in new picture leak
The Independent
The handset will launch on Sunday, at the Mobile World Congress technology tradeshow in Barcelona
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16h Venezuela launches oil cryptocurrency
BBC
The "Petro" is intended to help country's crumbling economy evade tough US sanctions.
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Petro: What is Venezuela's new bitcoin alternative and why is it so controversial?18h Petro: What is Venezuela's new bitcoin alternative and why is it so controversial?
The Independent
The digital currency has been described as being 'tailor-made for corruption'
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Letter: John Perry Barlow obituary19h Letter: John Perry Barlow obituary
The Guardian
“I’d rather pump septic tanks,”
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19h Russian bots debate US gun control laws
BBC
Russian bots are believed to have taken part in debate about gun control following Florida shootings.
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Replika app provides chats with dead friend21h Replika app provides chats with dead friend
BBC
An entrepreneur makes an app that lets her have conversations with a virtual version of a deceased friend.
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Facebook ads boss in fake news Twitter storm22h Facebook ads boss in fake news Twitter storm
BBC
The vice-president of ads is criticised for tweeting Russian-bought ads were not designed to sway the US election.
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23h Apple rushes out fix to Telugu letter text bomb bug
BBC
Messages containing a letter from India's Telugu language caused devices to crash.
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Is Spotify getting ready to challenge Apple with its own speaker?24h Is Spotify getting ready to challenge Apple with its own speaker?
The Guardian
Music streaming service is gearing up to make its first physical products as it faces blockade from rivals Spotify is working on a line of “category defining” hardware products and is ready to start setting up the manufacturing process. The streaming music company intends to create a hardware category “akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles”, according to job adverts posted over the past year.
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Exposed Amazon cloud storage clients get tip-off alerts26h Exposed Amazon cloud storage clients get tip-off alerts
BBC
US firm's clients told to update their settings and lock down data before it is stolen.
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iOS update: New Apple software stops iPhones breaking if they see just one letter26h iOS update: New Apple software stops iPhones breaking if they see just one letter
The Independent
There are no other meaningful changes in the update, though a big one is coming very soon
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Florida school shooting: Russian bots pounce on high school massacre in bid to manipulate gun control debate27h Florida school shooting: Russian bots pounce on high school massacre in bid to manipulate gun control debate
The Independent
Automated Twitter accounts rush to comment in aftermath of tragedy to capitalise on deeply divided sentiment over Second Amendment
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19 Feb 8:20pm Bringing solar power to a remote community in the Himalayas
BBC
A team of engineers trek into the remote region to bring a community electricity for the first time.
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Fin tech 19 Feb 7:20pm Fin tech
BBC
Fish farming is big business and producers are adopting new technologies to expand and cut costs.
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