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Instagram down: App and website inaccessible according to hundreds of user reports3h Instagram down: App and website inaccessible according to hundreds of user reports
The Independent
Instagram went down on Thursday evening, according to hundreds of reports from users.
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‘People have no idea how big a deal it is’: the Australians pushing the gaming world forward4h ‘People have no idea how big a deal it is’: the Australians pushing the gaming world forward
The Guardian
From presenter and critic Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen to 3D animator Delaney King, these are some of the faces behind the multibillion-dollar games industry More than 70% of Australians play video games, and I’m one of them. With its spread from computers to TVs to mobile phones, the global games industry is now worth over $100bn, with an Australian market alone worth $3bn. But the value of games goes beyond just money. Interactive entertainment and the “serious games” that share lessons and skills have psychological and social benefits. We play to bond with other players, to build communities, to learn, to experience worlds beyond our imagination, and –
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Google tests auto-play videos in search results4h Google tests auto-play videos in search results
BBC
Some users are seeing movie trailers automatically start in their search results.
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Premier League wins anti-piracy court order6h Premier League wins anti-piracy court order
BBC
Will allow the league to combat the use of illicit devices, such as pre-loaded IPTV and Kodi boxes.
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What will the car of 2040 be like?6h What will the car of 2040 be like?
The Guardian
Following the announcement petrol and diesel engine cars will be banned from sale in 2040, the car of the future is up for grabs What will the car look like by the time the
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Bitcoin fraud suspect arrested in Greece8h Bitcoin fraud suspect arrested in Greece
BBC
He is said to be part of a gang accused of laundering billions of dollars using the digital currency.
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Google is testing autoplay videos directly in search results8h Google is testing autoplay videos directly in search results
The Guardian
Divisive multimedia feature adopted by Facebook, Twitter and others could soon be a feature of Google search results Google has begun testing putting one of the most divisive features of the modern web experience, the auto-playing video, directly into search results.
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New diesel and petrol vehicles to be banned from 2040 in UK8h Updated New diesel and petrol vehicles to be banned from 2040 in UK
BBC
Ministers have also unveiled a £255m fund to help councils introduce steps to deal with pollution.
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Apple faces $506m patent dispute payout8h Apple faces $506m patent dispute payout
BBC
A judge more than doubles an existing fine after Apple fails to abide by the verdict.
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O2 admits slowing down customers' internet speeds dramatically when roaming9h O2 admits slowing down customers' internet speeds dramatically when roaming
The Independent
'We have put temporary measures in place to protect the service experience'
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US Uber will charge for lost item return11h US Uber will charge for lost item return
BBC
Passengers will face a $15 (£11.50) fee if they want lost property returned.
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Google SOS Alerts help keep users safe during a disaster11h Google SOS Alerts help keep users safe during a disaster
The Independent
'Technology plays a vital role in providing information to help keep you and loved ones safe and informed'
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Watchdog extends reach over crypto-cash investment11h Watchdog extends reach over crypto-cash investment
BBC
US crypto-currency investments or Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are facing stricter regulation.
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Building Prey: how artists shape video game worlds11h Building Prey: how artists shape video game worlds
The Guardian
With exclusive access to concept art and sketches we look at how developer Arkane envisaged one of the most visually spectacular games of the year Think of the most impressive, memorable video games of the last 40 years and they tend to have one thing in common: a unity of vision. From the sludgy corridors of
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Overwatch trolls face tougher penalties11h Overwatch trolls face tougher penalties
BBC
Players reported for constant "bad behaviour", such as verbal abuse or time-wasting, will be banned.
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WhatsApp scam steals users' banking information12h WhatsApp scam steals users' banking information
The Independent
An increasing number of users are receiving the fraudulent message
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Elon Musk says Mark Zuckerberg's understanding of AI threat is 'limited'14h Elon Musk says Mark Zuckerberg's understanding of AI threat is 'limited'
The Independent
Two billionaires continue to spar over prospect of robot apocalypse
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Dream Daddy: why a gay dad dating sim is the hit game of the summer14h Dream Daddy: why a gay dad dating sim is the hit game of the summer
The Guardian
How did a title about fathers dating each other become number one on Steam? It seems previously niche genres are suddenly hitting the mainstream Robert is a bad boy who enjoys whisky, leather jackets and skulking in alleyways. Brian is a large, jolly chap who looks a tiny bit like the Ghost of Christmas Present from The Muppets Christmas Carol. Damien is a cape-wearing goth who loves blood, hates garlic, and wonders why Hot Topic would describe a ruffled blouse as “Victorian” when it’s so clearly Edwardian. Ugh, the savages. All of these seemingly disparate men have one thing in common: they’re dads looking to date other dads in a new game called
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Adobe Flash to be killed off by 2020, killed off by the iPhone and new web technologies15h Adobe Flash to be killed off by 2020, killed off by the iPhone and new web technologies
The Independent
Steve Jobs famously hated the plug-in and refused to let it come to the iPhone
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What are the best MacBook Pro alternatives?16h What are the best MacBook Pro alternatives?
The Guardian
Want a premium and powerful yet small and light laptop that isn’t an Apple product? Here are the best 13in alternatives It used to be that if you wanted a premium, powerful but relatively small and light laptop, there weren’t many good options apart from Apple’s MacBook Pro. These days that certainly isn’t the case with loads of excellent options from the world of Windows 10 PCs. With Apple’s new
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How long until Ukraine is hacked again?23h How long until Ukraine is hacked again?
BBC
A month on from the NotPetya attack, many in Ukraine are ready for further cyber-strikes.
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How facial recognition could replace train tickets23h How facial recognition could replace train tickets
BBC
A system designed to replace the need for tickets on trains is being tested in the UK.
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Ransomware spike blamed on easy-to-use malware builders23h Ransomware spike blamed on easy-to-use malware builders
BBC
Experts blame a spike in ransomware on user-friendly versions that are free to download.
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Adobe to pull plug on Flash after years of waning popularity27h Adobe to pull plug on Flash after years of waning popularity
The Guardian
The media-powering technology was once inescapable – but it began to fall out of favor after Apple decided not to use it on the iPhone Adobe Flash, a once ubiquitous technology used to power most of the media content found online, will be retired at the end of 2020, the software company announced Tuesday. Adobe – along with Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Mozilla – said support for Flash would ramp down across the internet in phases over the next three years.
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11 useful Instagram features you didn't know existed29h 11 useful Instagram features you didn't know existed
The Independent
There are a number of tools and shortcuts that can make the app even better for you
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Adobe to kill off Flash plug-in by 202029h Adobe to kill off Flash plug-in by 2020
BBC
Adobe is phasing out its Flash plug-in as newer technologies offer better security and reliability.
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Ed Sheeran fever helps drive rise of more than 10% in UK music sales30h Updated Ed Sheeran fever helps drive rise of more than 10% in UK music sales
The Guardian
Singer’s Divide album is bestselling entertainment product this year, shifting more than Rogue One: A Star Wars Story The popularity of Ed Sheeran, elevated by the launch of his latest album, Divide, and his headline Glastonbury spot, helped drive total UK music sales 11.2% higher to £564m in the first half of 2017. Sheeran continues to divide critical opinion, not least with his
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Uncharted: Moving on from Nathan Drake31h Uncharted: Moving on from Nathan Drake
BBC
The creative director of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy tells Newsbeat about making a game without the franchise's lead character Nathan Drake.
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Nasa plane might halve the length of flights by finally overcoming sonic boom32h Nasa plane might halve the length of flights by finally overcoming sonic boom
The Independent
Until now, the sonic boom has kept faster flight from being possible. But the space agency might have the answer
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Musk and Zuckerberg clash over future of AI32h Musk and Zuckerberg clash over future of AI
BBC
Musk has hit back at comments that his doomsday view of AI is irresponsible.
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Robot vacuum company mulls selling maps of homes32h Robot vacuum company mulls selling maps of homes
BBC
The creator of the iRobot Roomba says it could help make homes smarter.
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Music, video and games growth doubles in UK – helped by Ed Sheeran33h Music, video and games growth doubles in UK – helped by Ed Sheeran
The Guardian
Singer’s Divide album is best-selling product this year as entertainment industry reports rising revenue The popularity of Ed Sheeran, boosted by the launch of his album, Divide, and his Glastonbury headlining turn, helped drive total UK music sales 11.2% higher to £564m in the first half of 2017. Sheeran continues to divide critical opinion, not least with his
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Google adds autoplaying videos to search, making YouTube clips play no matter what people enter33h Google adds autoplaying videos to search, making YouTube clips play no matter what people enter
The Independent
Somewhat confusingly, the content appears to come from random, unofficial sources
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India says no to driverless cars to protect jobs34h India says no to driverless cars to protect jobs
BBC
Transport minister says the country will not be developing autonomous cars in order to protect jobs.
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Google SOS alerts added to search results and maps35h Google SOS alerts added to search results and maps
BBC
Internet giant assembles helpful information about unfolding disasters in its Search and Maps tools.
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Amazon to double number of R&D staff in London35h Updated Amazon to double number of R&D staff in London
The Guardian
Company will increase number of workers focusing on Prime Video service in capital from 450 to 900 Amazon is to double the number of research and development staff it employs in London. The company is increasing the number of workers at its development centre in the capital from 450 to 900 as part of a drive to
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Microsoft Paint saved after outpouring of love – sort of37h Microsoft Paint saved after outpouring of love – sort of
The Guardian
Microsoft says that it will put 32-year-old program on the Windows Store, but that won’t help office workers pining for some impromptu creative sessions After the tremendous
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Microsoft Paint avoids brush with death38h Microsoft Paint avoids brush with death
BBC
Iconic graphics programme will remain available on the app store, says Microsoft.
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