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No parents allowed: The rise of American-style summer camps in Britain

If you want to turn your children into lifelong travellers, there is no better start than a summer camp. They’ll grow in confidence after spending a few nights under canvas, miles away from where you’re stuck in the office. They’ll make friends outside their school circle. They’ll take on new …

Kids

Why do mobile games get a 'free' pass?

Two very different games earned the same dubious honour this week - namely, the liberal use of scare quotes in media coverage about them. Scare …

Mainstream Media

18 Jokes About Marvel's Avengers That Are So Hilarious And True

"The Avengers go to Ikea, and Thor is the only one who can pronounce the name of anything."

Marvel Universe

Mark Reason: Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu's cocaine in rugby bomb makes perfect sense

Former Samoa midfielder Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu attends an IRB hearing at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.<p>World Rugby will be overdosing on fury. Eliota …

The True Story of the Only Underwater Submarine Battle Ever

<i>The Hunt for Red October</i> dramatized for the public one of the tensest forms of warfare imaginable: combat between submarines submerged deep under the …

Military

Charity ‘advised mum to force her son, 7, to live as a girl’

A transgender charity has reportedly been banned from contacting a family after the mother forced her seven-year-old son to live as a girl.<p>Mermaids …

BBC is launching an interactive radio show for Echo

The future of entertainment is here. The BBC, in collaboration with Rosina Sound, is working on an interactive radio play for artificial intelligence-enabled home chatbots, like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home.<p>The production will be the first of its kind, and the futuristic, high-tech play is slated …

Chatbots

No sex on the census: ONS proposes making 'intrusive' question voluntary

The "sex" question in the next census could be made voluntary after claims it discriminates against transgender people.<p>The "tentative" recommendation has been made in an Office for National Statistics (ONS) report on gender identity.<p>The move would make the UK one of the first countries in the world …

The number of pedestrians fatally or seriously injured in collisions with cyclists has doubled since 2006

The number of pedestrians left dead or seriously injured after being hit by cyclists has doubled in the past decade according to a <i>Telegraph</i> analysis of official data.<p>In 2016 three pedestrians died in such incidents across Great Britain while a further 108 sustained serious injury.<p>While this is a …

Scottish jobseekers offered free rail travel

<b>Jobseekers are being offered free rail journeys in an effort to remove one of the "barriers" to getting back into the workforce.</b><p>ScotRail Alliance said people seeking employment would be eligible for two free return journeys a month, for travel to and from an interview.<p>The firm will also provide …

Employment

Student wins praise for outsmarting teacher with audacious exam hack

A high school student has won online praise for outsmarting his teacher with an ingenious plan he put into practice during an accounting exam.<p>Teacher Reb Beatty explained how he failed to specify the exact size of ‘cheat sheets’ students were allowed to bring to an exam and one individual took full …

Education

Phil Mickelson asks kid if he should lay up. Kid delivers Phil-esque response

Inside the ropes and out, it was an inauspicious summer for Phil Mickelson. But for the first time in months, his game showed signs of life at TPC Boston, delivering four consecutive rounds in the 60s to finish T-6 at the Dell Technologies Championship. It was his best showing of the season, at a …

Golf

Video game developers confess their hidden tricks at last

First shots from an enemy in BioShock always miss<p>Jennifer Scheurle opened up a can of game-design whoopass on Thursday.<p>Scheurle, a designer with Opaque Space (whose current project is the virtual reality game <i>Earthlight</i>) tossed out an open question on Twitter that will make you question what really …

PlayStation Network and Xbox Live have a porn bot spam problem

It’s midnight and I’m watching <i>Ozark</i> on Netflix — as one does in the middle of the night when sleep is evasive — when I see three messages pop up on …

PSA: do not give out your information to the spam bots currently trolling PSN and Xbox Live

Spam bots have existed almost since the first day the internet came into existence, so it's no surprise that they're pretty much everywhere, from …

Watch this angry knight hurl a spear at a drone with pinpoint accuracy

Looking like a scene out of <i>Monty Python</i>, a guy in Russia dressed in medieval garb knocked a drone out of the sky with a spear.<p>The impressive feat was …

5 ways to win with passive-aggressive people

Passive-aggressive people. You know the type.<p>They never say they <i>won’t</i> do something. They agree but then, aw shucks, “the dog ate their homework” – …

A White Sushi Chef Is Mocking Japanese Accents. Here's Why It Matters.

David Bouhadana trained in Japan for three years. Does that give him a right to make fun of an accent?<p>Over the past few years, New York City has celebrated David Bouhadana as one of its youngest and most talented sushi chefs. And the Florida native has the résumé to prove it.<p>Bouhadana has trained …

Japan

A Cool Short Film Made Using Grand Theft Auto V

<i>Not Normal</i> is a short film made using <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i>. Come for the chilling tale of murder on the streets of Los Santos, stay for the absolutely …

B-17 Flying Fortress Ride - World War II Planes

My father flew a B-17 Flying Fortress during WWII. Now it's my turn.<p>My father flew 36 missions over Europe during World War II before he was 20 years old. He lived for 81 years, yet rarely talked about his service as a U.S. bombardier. I learned everything I know about the war studying books, …

E3 2017: Kingsway Preview - Windows 95: The RPG (Yes, it's Actually Fun)

Kingsway is not to be ignored…<p>E3 2017 is a place of big budget video games backed by millions of dollars of marketing power. It’s also a fertile …

Everything We Want From the Nintendo Switch Pokemon Game

So last week at E3 Nintendo has announced the development of a Switch Pokemon game. While we’ve had games like Pokemon Snap and Pokemon Stadium in …

'Need For Speed Payback' Trailer: Are You Hot, Cold Or Indifferent?

The <i>Need for Speed</i> franchise will be 23 years old in August. The newest release in the series will be available in November and it’s called <i>Need for Speed Payback</i>.<p>A trailer for the game released on Friday, and as my colleague Paul Tassi said, it looks like a cross between <i>Grand Theft Auto</i> and <i>The Fast</i> …

Gaming Industry

Far Cry 5 a 'White Genocide Simulator'? You're Joking, Right?

The So-Called Controversy of Far Cry 5<p>Controversy is not a new concept in video games. In the last few decades, video games have held some of the …

Judge Dredd TV Series: 9 Things We Want

Mega-City One is coming to the small screen, and we’ve got some ideas on what should be included in the series.<p>Although Judge Dredd has been dealing …

Comics

SNL just came up with a hilarious version of Alexa designed for senior citizens

While the White House was definitely the focus of tonight’s episode of Saturday Night Live, the show managed to fit in a great sketch on Amazon’s Alexa. The sketch was an advertisement for a (faux) device called Alexa Silver, touted as the only smart speaker built specifically for “the greatest …

Can Google’s 20% time really work for your startup?

Google’s 20 percent time is one of the most famous, and arguably successful, management practices of all time. In their 2004 IPO letter, Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin revealed that the policy of allowing employees to take time out of their core jobs to be creative and experimental …

Employment

Tunbridge Wells jobseeker's horror at 'oddball' comments

<b>A graduate jobseeker has spoken of her horror at being called a "home-educated oddball" by a prospective employer.</b><p>Anna Jacobs read the description by Tecomak Environmental Services in an email inviting her for interview.<p>Attached seemingly by accident, the comments suggested Ms Jacobs, of Horsmonden …

Employment

11 of the best cars from gaming classic V-Rally

V-Rally. I remember that.<p>In July 1997, a game was released on the PlayStation. It was called V-Rally, and it was really rather good. It was developed …

World Rally Championship

The joy of RPG cooking: why games shouldn't abandon the culinary arts

Above: Skyrim's Advanced Cooking mod by Corpsehatch.<p>I love to eat. This is hardly a secret. For the better part of a decade someone could have just …

PC Gaming