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Month: September 2019

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Facebook to launch new Portal smart displays in Europe



WhatsApp joins Messenger on camera-equipped photo frame-like device tied in with AlexaJust 10 months after launching its first voice-controlled, video-calling smart displays in the US, Facebook is trying again with new Portal, Portal Mini and Portal TV…

Fairphone 3 review: the most ethical and repairable phone you can buy



Dutch firm asks £200 above the norm for a smartphone that might help change the industryWhat if you could buy a phone that will last five years, can be easily repaired and is made as ethically as possible? That’s the aim of the latest Fairphone 3 – and…

To decarbonize we must decomputerize: why we need a Luddite revolution



Big tech claims AI and digitization will bring a better future. But putting computers everywhere is bad for people and the planetOur built environment is becoming one big computer. “Smartness” is coming to saturate our stores, workplaces, homes, cities…

The viral selfie app ImageNet Roulette seemed fun – until it called me a racist slur



During a strange week for Asian Americans, the app – which is part of an art project – achieved its aim by underscoring exactly what’s wrong with artificial intelligence How are you supposed to react when a robot calls you a “gook”?At first glance, Ima…

Tetris challenge: emergency services worldwide go flat-out in viral meme



From Switzerland to Singapore, police, fire and ambulance departments are laying down their tools, and their bodies, to take part in a new craze“If you’ve always wanted to know what’s in a traffic patrol car, here you go.” On 1 September, the police de…

iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro review roundup: buy the cheapest one



Early reviews of Apple’s latest suggest colour, battery and lower price make the iPhone 11 a winner The early reviews of Apple’s iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are in from publications with early access to the three models.While the iPhone 11 Pro…

Revealed: catastrophic effects of working as a Facebook moderator



Exclusive: Job has left some ‘addicted’ to extreme material and pushed others to far rightThe task of moderating Facebook continues to leave psychological scars on the company’s employees, months after efforts to improve conditions for the company’s th…

‘This industry has a problem with abuse’: dealing with gaming’s #MeToo moment



Workplace harassment was high on the agenda at the Women in Games European Conference, following a spate of allegationsSome say it is long overdue, some doubted victims would be ready to speak out, but now #MeToo has very much arrived in the video game…

WeWork delays $20bn IPO after struggling to interest investors



Office-sharing company’s value has been slashed since January but it says flotation will still take place this year WeWork, the US office-sharing company, has postponed its stock market flotation after receiving a lukewarm response from investors.WeWor…