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Apple 'pulls 60 VPNs from China App Store'

Apple 'pulls 60 VPNs from China App Store' The creators of several Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have criticised Apple’s decision to remove their products from its App Store in China. The BBC understands that as many as 60 VPNs were pulled over the weekend. Apple said it was legally required to remove them because they did not comply with new regulations. It refused to confirm the exact number of apps withdrawn, but did not deny the figure. It added that dozens of legal VPN apps were still available. One provider…

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Gaming 

Halo 6 release date, trailer and news

Halo 6 release date, trailer and news Halo has long been Microsoft’s killer IP, and one of those franchises that acts as an incentive for people to upgrade their existing Xbox console. The series has had its ups and downs over the years, especially with Halo 5 proving to be a major disappointment for anyone who has a stake in the single-player campaign. Halo 6 will hopefully be a return to form, and remind people why Halo has been so highly regarded in the past. The third instalment of the…

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Social Networks 

Facebook Stories unlocks public sharing

Facebook Stories unlocks public sharing Facebook could jumpstart its Snapchat clone by letting social media stars and public figures post Stories publicly. When Facebook Stories launched globally in March, you could only share to all their friends or a subset of them. Now if you allow public followers, you can post your Story publicly so anyone can watch. Social media researcher Carlos Gil first pointed out the privacy feature, and now a Facebook spokesperson confirms to TechCrunch that “This is something we rolled out a few weeks ago. The Public setting…

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The “attention economy” created by Silicon Valley is bankrupting us

The “attention economy” created by Silicon Valley is bankrupting us Andrew KeenContributor Andrew Keen is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. He produces Futurecast, and is the host of Keen On. More posts by this contributor: Does Silicon Valley have a moral responsibility to stop developing robots? INNOVATE2017: Why tech should resist a Trump presidency Another week, another political crisis. We’ve had yet another few days of outrageous tweets from President Trump all designed, it seems, to monopolize the national…

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Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: 'Pay women well'

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: 'Pay women well' Fairer pay for women must be backed up by stronger policies at work, according to Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. But the firm’s chief operating officer, in an interview for BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, said the first step is to “start paying women well”. She chose Beyonce’s empowering Run The World (Girls) as her first song. She said: “We start telling little girls not to lead at a really young age and we start to tell boys [to] lead at a very young age….

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Power firms alerted on hack attack scenarios

Power firms alerted on hack attack scenarios Power firms around the world are being warned about how to spot if they are being targeted by hackers who shutdown parts of Ukraine’s electricity grid. The warnings have emerged from analysis of the malware used in an attack in Ukraine in December. That left about 230,000 people without power for hours after substations were shut down via implanted malware. The move comes as researchers at Black Hat and Def Con reveal ways power firms are lax on security. Immediate risk “Power grid…

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Gaming 

Top 45 best free games you should play in 2017

Top 45 best free games you should play in 2017 Best free PC games to play today Update:As the best free game on our radar, we’ve swapped out Gigantic for Fortnite on the next slide, with Gigantic now occupying an official spot on our list at number 28! Read on to find out more about both of these exceptionally promising new titles. There are few things in life more satisfying than fully enjoying a game you didn’t have to pay for. Especially in titles that revolve around an established community…

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Gadgets 

iRobot’s CEO says the company never planned to sell Roomba home mapping data

iRobot’s CEO says the company never planned to sell Roomba home mapping data This was not the conversation iRobot CEO Colin Angle expected to have this week. In the past few days, iRobot posted excellent Q2 earnings, thanks to brisk Prime Day Roomba sales, and acquired its largest European distributor in a $141 million deal. Yet the CEO and the company he founded were suddenly at the center of home privacy concerns over a report that he was looking to sell Roomba home mapping information to the highest bidder. Angle and…

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BT offers broadband for 99% of UK by 2020

BT offers broadband for 99% of UK by 2020 BT has offered to provide the infrastructure for 99% of premises in the UK to get broadband speeds of at least 10 megabits per second by 2020. It means government-imposed rules to allow those living in remote areas to demand broadband would be unnecessary. The universal service obligation (USO) was designed to help remote households get fast broadband more quickly. Around 1.4 million households currently cannot get speeds above 10Mbps, according to Ofcom. This figure is disputed by a group of…

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Kasparov: 'Embrace' the AI revolution

Kasparov: 'Embrace' the AI revolution Humans should embrace the change smart machines offer society, says former chess world champion Garry Kasparov. In a speech at Def Con in Las Vegas he said the rise of artificially intelligent machines would not be a huge threat to humanity. However, he said, there was likely to be huge social change as the “shaky hands” of humans were replaced. Mr Kasparov welcomed the change and said it would be good if the effects could be accelerated. Creative destruction In a wide-ranging speech that drew…

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