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Month: November 2018

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No-deal Brexit would ‘devastate’ UK gaming industry, says report



Authors claim hard Brexit or no deal threatens videogaming’s status as British success story

A hard or no-deal Brexit threatens to cause serious harm to Britain’s gaming industry, which contributes almost £2bn a year to the economy, a report says.

Because the industry works across borders and competes for highly skilled international talent with other high-growth areas such as AI research, it stands to suffer in the event of a harsh Brexit that leaves the nation disconnected from the European economy, the campaign group Games4EU argues.

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New Yorkers won’t give up the fight to stop Amazon colonising our city | Arwa Mahdawi



Why is Jeff Bezos getting subsidies for his new HQ when one in 10 public school children is homeless and the transit system is crumbling?

I have come up with a cunning way to save money on my taxes. This year, I will simply tell New York’s tax authorities they should consider it a privilege to have me in the state – one they should jolly well pay for. After all, if I hadn’t moved to New York, they wouldn’t be getting a dime out of me. My decision to base my personal headquarters in NYC and pay taxes here, rather than one of the many other cities I vaguely considered living in, means I deserve an enormous subsidy.

Impeccable logic, right? New York governor Andrew Cuomo certainly seems to think so. Amazon’s decision to split its second headquarters across Queens, New York, and Arlington, Virginia, has led to considerable backlash. Many New Yorkers, myself included, are concerned about the uber-rich behemoth exacerbating gentrification, perpetuating unethical business practices and receiving enormous taxpayer subsidies.

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Grindr: app’s president says marriage is ‘between man and woman’



After backlash within gay dating app company, Scott Chen says he ‘supports gay marriage’ and was voicing his personal feelings

The president of Grindr wrote on Facebook that he believes “marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman”, sparking backlash inside the gay dating app company.

Scott Chen, who became the president of Grindr after it was bought by a Chinese gaming corporation, wrote and later deleted a lengthy post on his personal page that criticized Christian groups fighting marriage equality, but also suggested that his personal beliefs clashed with gay marriage.

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Facebook to require proof that political ads come from UK



Social network to act against ‘dark adverts’ with compulsory disclaimers saying who paid

Every political advert on Facebook will now be required to come from someone who has proved they live in the UK, and carry a disclaimer revealing who paid for it, the site has confirmed.

The requirement is the final step of a process started in October to crack down on political “dark adverts” on the social network. Initially, the clampdown was purely voluntary, with advertisers being offered the option to mark adverts as political, but not being required to. Now, adverts which do not come from registered advertisers will be removed from the site.

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What are the best keyboard shortcuts for Windows?



Sue knows some Windows keyboard shortcuts but is sure there must be more. Here are the ones I’ve found most useful

Could you provide some information on Windows keyboard shortcuts? I find them so useful, and am sure there are many that I don’t know about. I’m always shocked by the number of people who don’t even seem to know they exist. Sue

I recommend the use of keyboard shortcuts because they save a lot of time, and sometimes a lot of unsaved work. They are also important to people who cannot use a mouse for physical reasons, which can include repetitive strain injuries (RSI). Thanks to the “sticky keys” feature in Microsoft Windows, Apple’s MacOS and other operating systems, you can use keyboard shortcuts even if you’re typing with, for example, a head-mounted pointing stick.

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Take Zuckerberg’s name off our city’s hospital, says San Francisco politician



City leader cites ‘continued scandals’, as others begin to question the reputational cost of taking philanthropic funds from Facebook

Ever since he announced a jaw-dropping $100m donation to the Newark public school system, Mark Zuckerberg’s generous philanthropy has served as one of his key defenses against criticism of himself and his company.

But as Zuckerberg’s reputation has been bludgeoned by a seemingly never-ending string of scandals, some recipients of the billionaire’s largesse are beginning to raise concerns about what it means to be funded by Facebook.

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Elon Musk to scrap plans for Los Angeles tunnel after lawsuit settlement



Neighborhood advocates argued that the underground project required an environmental review, the Los Angeles Times reported

Elon Musk has scrapped his plans to dig through an affluent section of west Los Angeles after his tunneling company reached a settlement in an environmental review lawsuit.

The Boring Company “is no longer seeking the development of the Sepulveda test tunnel and instead seeks to construct an operational tunnel at Dodger Stadium”, the firm announced in a statement to NBC News on Tuesday.

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New York labor leaders: Amazon has ‘record of routinely mistreating workers’



As Amazon looks to come to town, labor leaders tore into the company’s record on worker treatment in a new report

As Amazon looks to come to town, New York labor leaders tore into the company’s record on worker treatment in a new report issued Wednesday.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) and city lawmakers said Amazon’s record of grueling conditions for warehouse workers and opposition to union organizing should make the tech giant unwelcome in the city.

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Sega Dreamcast at 20: the futuristic games console that came too soon



In 1998, the Sega Dreamcast changed the whole face of console and games design, but it was haunted by an unbeatable competitor

The Dreamcast looked like nothing else out there. A lighter box than the uniform black or grey, four joypad ports, a bizarre controller with a memory card that had its own screen and worked as a separate miniature games console. The name – a portmanteau of Dream and Broadcast – was strangely ethereal for a games console (Sega had apparently gone through 5,000 possibile monikers to get here). When a prototype was shown to the press in the summer of 1998, there was no Sega logo. This was a new dawn. This was the future.

Sega was the perennial underdog in the video game console market. When it launched its first consoles – the SG-1000 and Master System – in the early 1980s, it was dealing with a competitor that ruled 96% of the market via its ubiquitous Nintendo Entertainment System. Back then, people didn’t say they were playing on a console. They said: “I’m playing Nintendo.” The brand was utterly dominant.

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Battlefield V review – join the war effort on a thrillingly grand scale



PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC; EA/Dice
This technical tour de force throws you into realistic second world war battles – shame it felt only 70-80% finished at launch

With the advent of battle royale games like PUBG and Fortnite, there’s plenty of evidence that modern tastes in first-person shooters are changing and fragmenting, but Dice’s long-running Battlefield series has always catered for shooter enthusiasts who like to feel that they are participating in a realistic facsimile of a war. The good news is that Battlefield V takes that experience to new heights. It’s a technical tour de force, taking in second world war settings that vary from North African deserts and French villages to a Rotterdam reduced to rubble, with totally convincing looks, sound design and weapon-feel.

Related: Beyond the frontlines: how Battlefield V found fresh WWII battles to fight

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