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Europe’s next privacy war is with websites silently tracking users

European data protection watchdogs publish guidance on web tracking using device fingerprinting that could result in more ‘I agree’ formsThe pan-European data regulator group Article 29 has issued new opinion on how websites and advertisers can track users and the permissions they require.The new opinion dictates that “device fingerprinting” – a process of silently collecting information a

MPs say they need 'serious discussion' with social networks over users' data

All-party committee demands clearer terms and conditions, and suggests global ‘kitemark’ for responsible servicesSocial networks should simplify their terms and conditions, to ensure that their users fully understand how their personal data will be collected and used, MPs have concluded.A report by the Commons science and technology committee calls for the British government to work with t

How the boundary between board and video games is blurring

Innovative games in both mediums are borrowing mechanics from each other. And this time, it seems to be working out• Vandalism, insults and sex - a day in the life of a games designer• Machi Koro review: quick, light and full of charmIt’s easy to paint board games and video games as natural enemies. At one end of the stereotype are the traditional gamers arguing over increasingly obscur

Europol arrests 118 people using stolen credit cards to pay for flights

Officers at 84 airports have arrested scores of people implicated in global crime rings, targeting sites that sell stolen and fake credit card detailsPolice have arrested 118 people at 84 airports around the world as part of a global investigation into plane tickets paid for with stolen or fake credit card details.Troels Oerting, director of Europol’s European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3), tol

Vandalism, insults and sex - a day in the life of a games designer

Holly Gramazio has a curious life, designing games that reflect human behaviour and intrigue her players. But is that really a proper job?I’m a games designer, and I design games that are really annoying to describe. Games where people move around, games made with choreographers or artists or museums or city streets, for children or adults or both.Last month, I worked mostly on Games for P

Instagram users turn flash into cash, as companies eye new advertising market

Growing number of users making career of photo-sharing hobby as brands see app as gateway to younger audienceSeen through the filter of Instagram, the world is a beautiful place: high-contrast blue skies; sepia-tinted sunsets; exquisite plates of food and raindrops sliding down windows in perfect formation. It may be a manipulated perspective on life, but 200 million people across the world now

MixRadio prepares for post-Nokia life with Adidas smartwatch deal

Streaming music service’s first wearable partnership will enable Smart Run owners to cache playlists for offline play when joggingStreaming music firm MixRadio is taking its playlists on the run, thanks to a deal with Adidas to embed its service on its miCoach Smart Run smartwatch.Owners of the device will get a six-month free trial to MixRadio, and the ability to download its playlists fo

YouTube star The Diamond Minecart launches app for his Minecraft videos

With 4.3m subscribers and 1.6bn views so far, British gamer Daniel Middleton is following peers PewDiePie and The Yogscast onto smartphones and tabletsYouTube channel The Diamond Minecart is one of the most popular Minecraft-focused channels in the world, with 4.3 million subscribers and more than 1.6 billion lifetime views.Now there’s an app for that, released for iPhone and iPad by multi

Serial podcast: why is sponsor MailChimp getting so much attention?

The advert for the true-crime podcast has become a hit with fans – and much parodied – but what exactly _is_ MailChimp? It’s the cultural phenomenon everybody is talking about. It’s loved, it’s hated, it’s intriguing, it’s annoying and it’s genius. It’s … the MailChimp advert.The 19-second ad is the first thing everyone hears at the beginning of Sarah Koenig’s Serial podcast, and while the

What have we learned from the Uber privacy debate? Open thread

Have your say on the American Civil Liberties Union’s lessons, plus eBay’s magic mirrors, Anita Sarkeesian, and a new way to respond to rape threats on FacebookTaxi-app firm Uber has been fielding plenty of criticism this month, after one of its executives’ claims that the company might plough money into investigating its critics within the media were reported, then another was caught accessi

Twitter scanning users' other apps to help deliver 'tailored content'

Social network stresses that its new data collection initiative can be turned off by people who feel uneasy about itTwitter’s moves to insert tweets into people’s timelines from accounts they don’t follow have been controversial enough, but now it has emerged that the company is collecting data on their other smartphone apps to help do it.In a post on the company’s support website, Twitter

Sony Smartwatch 3 review: great design, good screen and decent battery

The latest waterproof smartwatch from Sony runs Android Wear and lasts three days on a single charge Continue reading...

Dragon Age: Inquisition – Mike Laidlaw on the creative process, part one

We speak to the creative director of BioWare’s latest fantasy adventure about the challenges of multiplatform development and the importance of water cooler moments Continue reading...

Machi Koro board game review: quick, light and full of charm

This pint-sized game from Japan cuts city-building into easy, bite-sized chunks Continue reading...

EU divided on issue of net neutrality

European commission vice-president for single digital market has criticised Italian proposals to weaken net neutrality within the common market Continue reading...

European parliament votes yes on ‘Google breakup’ motion

Parliamentarians have called for European commission to consider unbundling Google’s search from other services as part of antitrust regulation Continue reading...

Hosam Zowawi: antibiotic resistant superbugs the greatest threat to humans - video

As Ebola is predicted to infect up to 1.4m people by January, Hosam Zowawi warns that antibiotic resistant superbugs are the greatest threat to humans now and in the future. The 2014 Rolex Young Laureate for Science & Health tells an audience at the Every Second Counts Forum about his ambitious goal: to reduce the number of infectious diseases globally. Continue reading...

Arthur Zang on bringing cardiac medicine to remote Africa - video

The fact that Arthur Zang does not have a medical education has not hindered his quest to bring cardiac aid to rural Africa. When he discovered in 2010 that there were only 50 cardiologists serving 20 million people in his home nation of Cameroon, he looked to his background in computer engineering for an answer. The result is the Cardio Pad, which as Arthur explains in this session at the Every

Earth's caves are a hidden continent ripe for exploration - video

Our planet's massive, hidden continent of caves could hold the key to the history of life and could help secure its future, predicts Francesco Sauro, a speleologist, at the Every Second Counts Forum. The 2014 Rolex Young Laureate for Exploration says cave systems measuring hundreds of thousands of kilometres could offer up bacteria and minerals for significant developments in medicine and material

Olivier Nsengimana on creating a culture of conservation in Rwanda - video

Olivier Nsengimana tells the tale of the grey crowned-crane, a beautiful African bird whose future has been in peril ever since it was adopted as a status symbol by Rwanda's urban elite and as a source of income by its rural poor. Olivier, the 2014 Rolex Young Laureate for Environment, explains at the Every Second Counts Forum why a change of culture is essential if the bird and Rwanda's other end

Neeti Kailas on screening babies for hearing loss in India - video

In the first Young Laureate session at the Every Second Counts Forum, Neeti Kailas explains that detecting hearing loss at an early stage is essential in ensuring speech, language and cognitive development in children. As the 2014 Rolex Young Laureate for Science & Health, Neeti tells the story of how she created a portable diagnostic device to pioneer hearing loss screening in India. Continue rea

GCHQ's 'jihad on tech firms' can only fail

Bullying the US tech firms could disrupt constructive ways to track terrorism - and force companies to channel requests through lengthy international legal processesSome will have assumed this week’s headlines blaming Facebook for Lee Rigby’s murder were just the usual spin, diverting the attention from the agencies’ own incompetence. Yet it is part of a growing pattern. Continue reading...

Intelligence authorities 'fail to understand data', say ISPs

Too many requests are made by people who ‘don’t understand what they’re doing’, according to the industry’s trade association Britain’s internet service providers are struggling to deal with an intelligence community which doesn’t understand how to use the information it receives, according to the head of the industry’s trade association.That lack of understanding is compounded by a lack o

Boris Johnson calls for drones to solve London congestion

Mayor urges financial technology sector to find solution to problem of growing number of online shopping delivery vans Continue reading...

Syrian electronic army 'hacks' Independent, OK Magazine and NHL

The SEA is claiming to have hacked a number of sites, but evidence points to an ad network at the heart of the attacks Continue reading...

EU to Google: expand 'right to be forgotten’ to Google.com

The US search company comes under pressure from European data regulators who say the ruling on visibility of search results should apply internationally Continue reading...

Gaming communities can self-police against bigotry, research shows

Games industry professionals and other respected content-makers can foster tolerance and inclusivity Continue reading...

BitTorrent takes on Netflix and Amazon with its first original TV series

Sci-fi show Children of the Machine will be a free, ad-supported download, with options for fans to buy it ad-free Continue reading...

GoPro tipped to launch consumer drones as FAA mulls aviation risks

Camera-maker set to diversify into drones, but near-collisions with planes are worrying aviation authorities Continue reading...

Destiny DLC trailer divides fans with its 'dudebro' character

‘If you wanna level up, you gotta go below,’ is just one of the lines chanced by fourth wall-breaking character DrCrispy93 in Bungie’s new teaser Continue reading...


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