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Tim Berners-Lee urges Britain to fight 'snooper's charter'

Inventor of world wide web also advised developing world to ‘just say no’ to Facebook’s schemeTim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has urged Britons to fight the government’splans to extend the country’s surveillance powers, and act as a worldwide leader for promoting good governance on the web.Berners-Lee said Britain had “lost the moral leadership” on privacy

Fifa 16: it is not scandalous to include women's football

EA Sports has spent development time making its Fifa games more inclusive and representational – predictably, there has been an online backlashYou might not be aware of this, but there are currently two Fifa scandals going on. One is an astonishing tale of corruption, bribery and cover-up over many years.Sepp Blatter suggested that hotpants would significantly improve the women’s game by m

iPhone text crash bug hits Twitter and Snapchat

Unfixed iOS bug allows booby-trapped messages to break Snapchat text chat and can be sent via Twitter direct messages or mentions Apple’s text messaging bug that can crash iPhones with simple text also affects Twitter and permanently breaks Snapchat text chat.The bug, which causes Apple’s text handling system to choke on certain characters from Arabic, Marathi and Chinese and crashes the i

Google unveils Android 'M' software with focus on security and battery life

New version of Android software for smartphones, tablets, watches and TVs outlined at Google I/O developer conference and will be released later this yearGoogle’s next version of Android software for smartphones, tablets, watches and TVs is called “M” and will aim to beef up security while conserving battery life, the tech company announced on Thursday at I/O, its annual developer conference

Hatred: gaming's most contrived controversy

Soon-to-be-released Hatred has already garnered column inches and been banned from streaming service Twitch. Not bad for a schlock-horror clicheYou have to hand it to Polish studio, Destructive Creations – it set out to build a narrative of controversy and rebellion from the start, and it succeeded. In October 2014, the team released a ludicrous trailer for its isometric third-person shooter,

From MouthOff to Monument Valley: ustwo's path to apps fame

The inventive London-based studio is planning more games and music-industry moves, as well as investment in startups, in a drive to never be second-guessedIn January, creative studio ustwo made a splash by releasing sales figures for its Monument Valley mobile game.The game and its Forgotten Shores expansion had cost $1.4m to make, but more than 2.4m sales generated revenue of nearly $5.9m

Marauders Map: the Chrome app that stalks Facebook Messenger users

Privacy concerns over app that allows you to pinpoint location of anyone who is part of same messaging thread, and track them via time stampsAn extension for the Chrome web browser has been developed that allows people to pinpoint the precise location, to within a metre, of Facebook Messenger users.The app – named Mauraders Map after the magical map in the Harry Potter books that showed th

Google takes aim at the internet of things with new Brillo operating system

Search firm has designs on fully connected houses following its acquisition of smart-device company Nest and wants to be bigger than just AndroidGoogle intends to be the center of the connected home with its new “internet of things” operating system, Brillo.Google Brillo is designed to run on and connect multiple low-power devices, connecting anything from a washing machine to a rubbish bi

Fifa 16 to add women's teams for the first time

Electronic Arts has overcome ‘technical obstacles’ to add 12 female national sides to the latest edition of its multimillion-selling football seriesIn what is likely to be the only piece of positive PR that the world football governing body will receive this week, publisher Electronic Arts has announced it will be introducing female footballers into its Fifa video game series, beginning with

The return of virtual reality: 'this is as big an opportunity as the internet'

Twenty years ago the man who pioneered commercial VR saw his market shrink to zero. Now he’s excited again – and so are Microsoft, Google and Facebook …Dr Jonathan Waldern is standing in a meeting room in Silicon Valley, wearing a lab coat and grinning from ear to ear. “There will be people crying in this, people falling in love, people falling over. For all sorts of reasons, this strikes at

Could Jony Ive's promotion at Apple actually inch him closer to the exit door?

Industry watchers, who try in vain to decipher the secretive tech giant’s internal politics, are reading a lot into news of Sir Jonathan’s switch to chief design officerThe ever-growing group of people who scrutinise Apple’s internal politics are poring over the announcement that Sir Jonathan Ive has been promoted to chief design officer. For tech kremlinologists, it raises questions about th

FCC seeks to implement $1.7bn plan to benefit low-income internet users

“[B]roadband access is essential for access to education and information, for managing and receiving health care, and for daily tasks,” the agency saysThe Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday that it would be seeking to implement a $1.7bn subsidy plan to benefit low-income internet users. The plan would expand Lifeline, a program that has since its 1985 inception covered on

On the road: Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air – car review

‘In town, it darts and scuttles like a tiny, exotic insect’ Continue reading...

More models, more applications: 2015 set to be the year of the smartwatch

An estimated 36m smartwatches are predicted to be sold by the end of 2015, as more consumers allow smart techonology to grace their wrists Continue reading...

Silk Road operator Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison

Thirty-one-year-old behind illegal online drug emporium handed five sentences – including two for life – to be served concurrently with no chance of parole Continue reading...

James Watt and the sabbath stroll that created the industrial revolution

On a spring Sunday in May 250 years ago, the Scottish engineer had a stroke of mechanical inspiration – and changed the world Continue reading...

Ross Ulbricht begs judge: 'Please leave light at end of tunnel' with sentencing

Convicted Silk Road operator asks judge for leniency as prosecutors demand lengthy sentence to set example for would-be deep web entrepreneurs Continue reading...

Destiny: House Of Wolves review

PS3/4, Xbox One/360; Activision; £19.99 Continue reading...

Google makes Android more family-friendly with new features for parents

Apps for kids have own sections on the Google Play store, plus pages for Peppa Pig, Frozen, Star Wars and other brands Continue reading...

Apple publishes recovery instructions for bug that crashes iOS devices

iMessage issue solved by asking Siri to read and reply to unread messages – but it’s only a temporary fix in advance of full software update Continue reading...

Fifteen drivers to be prosecuted for filming lorry collision on A14

Figures show tenfold increase in six years in number of people facing charges for using a mobile phone behind the wheel Continue reading...

National Portrait Gallery unveils sculpture of Tim Berners-Lee

First commissioned portrait of the inventor of the world wide web is a bronze made by Sean Henry in honour of his 60th birthday Continue reading...

Desalination: the quest to quench the world's thirst for water

Technological advances have made removing salt from seawater and waste water less energy-intensive, but will they simply encourage us to use more?The average Briton uses 150 litres of water a day; the average American gets through 570 litres of the stuff. The world is getting thirstier and the global demand for fresh water is rising by 640bn litres a year. Population growth is one factor,

Stockbait? BuzzFeed plots IPO as clicks and videos keep public hooked

Chief executive Jonah Peretti has not offered a timeline for the move, but investors will want to know after site was valued at $850m in AugustBuzzFeed is planning an IPO, the company’s CEO, Jonah Peretti, announced at a tech conference on Wednesday. It’s a long-expected move from the wildly popular site, which in recent years has moved from simple aggregation and funny listicles into video,

Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade: five questions answered

Last week’s column on Windows 10 resulted in many more readers’ questions. Here’s a handful, though nothing is certain until Microsoft launches the code_Can you please tell me how to go about obtaining the free Windows 10 for my laptop, which is currently operating on Windows 8.0? _Eric Continue reading...

Hashtag named UK children's word of the year #important

Oxford University Press analysis reveals under-13s use the Twitter search term as a device for adding comment and emphasis in stories#interesting? #greatnews? #aaaaaaaargh? Regardless of your opinion, there is no getting away from the ubiquity of hashtag – today named children’s word of the year.An annual analysis of Radio 2’s 500 Words short story competition reveals the huge increase in

More than 10,000 websites 'blackout' Congress in protest of NSA surveillance laws

Fight for the Future provides code to block access from congressional IP addresses amid debate to re-authorize Patriot Act or pass USA Freedom Act Continue reading...

Russian internet 'troll' sues former employer

Lyudmila Savchuk says lawsuit will shed light on secretive practice of paying people to post political comments online. The Moscow Times reports Continue reading...

First Minecraft magazine to launch in the UK

Dennis Publishing strikes deal with Mojang, creator of building game, with first print run set for 45,000 copies Continue reading...

Popularity of 'hookup apps' blamed for surge in sexually transmitted infections

Health officials in Rhode Island and Utah attribute an uptick in STDs including syphilis, gonorrhea and HIV cases to use of apps like Grindr and Tinder Continue reading...

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