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Spanish ‘anti-Uber’ taxi strike ends after government agrees new regulation

A national six-day taxi driver strike in Spain has ended after the government agreed to pass regulation that will allow the country’s autonomous communities to cap the number of private hire vehicle permits within their cities.<p>The VTC licenses are used by Uber and local ride-hailing rival Cabify to …

Online Life

5 Reasons You Should Switch From Windows To Linux Right Now

When I published the highlights of my journey switching from Windows to Linux on my everyday laptop, I was floored at the engagement it received across all corners of the web. I also voiced an admittedly wrong assumption within the article itself that it wouldn’t attract many eyeballs, and yet it …

Linux

How tech's richest plan to save themselves after the apocalypse

It’s a reduction of human evolution to a video game won by finding the escape hatch and bringing BFFs along for the ride<p>The very essence of what it means to be human is treated less as a feature than bug<p>Last year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I …

Singularity

Yelp wants the EU to launch new antitrust charges against Google

Google still gives its own products an unlawful advantage in search results -- that's what Yelp co-founder Jeremy Stoppelman said on <i>CBS' 60 Minutes</i>. That's also the crowdsourced reviews website's reason for filing another another complaint with the European Union's antitrust authorities, asking …

Are your phone camera and microphone spying on you? | Dylan Curran

Taping over the lens is just the first step in keeping online snoopers out of your business<p>Here is what the former FBI director James Comey said when he was asked back in September 2016 if he covered his laptop’s webcam with tape.<p>“Heck yeah, heck yeah. Also, I get mocked for a lot of things, and I …

Spying

Meet the tech evangelist who now fears for our mental health

In Belinda Parmar’s bedroom there is a wardrobe, and inside that wardrobe there is a safe. Inside that safe is not jewellery or cash or personal documents, but devices: mobile phones, a laptop, an iPod, chargers and remote controls. Seven years ago, Parmar was the high priestess of tech …

The Art & Business of Making Games

<b>August 16, 2018</b><p>Telltale Games <br>Associate Cinematic Artist<br>• Telltale Games <br>Character Modeler<br>• Telltale Games <br>Senior Animator<br>• Deep Silver Volition <br>Associate …

Game Design

Why Silicon Valley singles are giving up on the algorithms of love

By Drew Harwell<p>, Reporter<p>PALO ALTO, Calif. — Kate Chan, a 30-year-old digital marketer in Silicon Valley, first approached dating apps with a blend of curiosity and hope that they’d help her find a great guy.<p>But after six months of dead-end mismatches with guys she thought were boring or …

Devilman Crybaby is Netflix’s horniest, most shockingly violent show yet

And that’s exactly why you should watch it<p>Near the end of the first episode of Netflix’s new anime <i>Devilman</i> <i>Crybaby</i>, high schooler Akira Fudo and his best friend, Ryo Asuka, find themselves in a rave-lit orgy full of neon and nude characters whose body parts flap wildly. The party spirals into a …

Forget the backlash — we need #MeToo now more than ever

There’s a discussion to be had, but this isn’t it<p>My initial reaction to the #MeToo movement, the social media continuation of the sexual misconduct backlash that toppled prominent men like Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein, was surprise. I wasn’t shocked to learn that sexual harassment and assault …

Feminism

Tencent, the $500bn Chinese tech firm you may never have heard of

It’s overtaken Facebook, bought stakes in Snapchat, Tesla and Hollywood films, and has quietly risen to rival Google and Netflix<p>It is China’s web giant and has a string of high-profile investments spanning Snapchat, Spotify, Tesla and Hollywood film and TV. It is a sprawling corporate giant that …

China

10 top tips for taking amazing travel photographs

Get up early<p>Getting up early ensures that you have time to get to your chosen location and set up your equipment before the action starts. At Picos de Europa (pictured above) we had the tail end of a storm causing some dramatic clouds and fiery colour. The actual appearance of the sun in this case …

ASUS will use routers you already own for a mesh WiFi setup

Getting WiFi to every corner of your home is made much easier these days with a mesh network, which uses a specialized router and individual nodes that can configure themselves. Companies like Netgear, Samsung and ASUS all have kits of varying price that can help you make one in your own home, but …

Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws threaten PCs, phones and servers

By now you've probably heard about a bug Intel is dealing with that affects processors built since 1995. But according to the people who found "Meltdown" and "Spectre," the errors behind these exploits can let someone swipe data running in other apps on devices using hardware from Intel, ARM and …

YouTube limps into 2018 with bigger problems than Logan Paul

As 2018 was ushered in, Logan Paul, a 22-year-old YouTube star with 15 million followers—many of them teens and younger—posted a video of a dead body …

Severe Intel security issue may impact all Macs and Windows PCs

Purchased a Mac or Windows computer recently that’s faster than any PC you’ve ever owned? Well, we need to talk. All computers packing Intel chips …

7 new anime series you need to watch this winter

A good distraction from the cold<p>As a new year begins, so too does the 2018 winter anime season in Japan. Now, thanks to video streaming services like Crunchyroll, Amazon, and Netflix, they’re more accessible than ever. (Subtitled versions of most shows are available in America within a day of …

YouTuber Logan Paul's video of a dead body put his own audience at risk

Sensationalizing suicidal behavior risks spreading it<p>YouTuber Logan Paul posted a video on New Year’s Eve showing what appeared to be the body of a person who had died by suicide — and by doing so, he may have put his audience at risk. The video, which <i>Polygon</i> reports has been deleted from Paul’s 15 …

Logan Paul controversy highlights the carelessness of online celebrity in the YouTube era

On the last day of 2017, YouTube star Logan Paul posted a video of a dead body in Aokigahara, more commonly known as Japan’s “suicide forest.” The vlog followed Paul and his friends as they encountered the body of a man who, like hundreds of others, had taken his own life in the popular tourist …

Some Android games are quietly using your microphone to track your TV habits

Some smartphone games are listening to what your mic picks up — but not to hear what you say. Instead, they’re trying to hear what you’re <i>watching</i>.<p>This is something smartphone apps have been doing for a little while now: using microphone access to tell what shows you watch, which ads you hear, and …

In 2018, I want to find new music without using algorithms

A New Year’s resolution<p>In the December issue of <i>The Baffler</i>, journalist Liz Pelly wrote a fascinating, widely discussed dissection of how the algorithms employed by major streaming services — particularly Spotify — are changing music.<p>They’re making it less interesting, less diverse, and more …

Music

Google still exploiting tax loopholes to shelter billions in overseas ad revenue

The company is enjoying a grace period for now-closed loopholes to shave 16 billion euros from its tax bill<p>Google saved itself as much as $3.7 billion in 2016 by moving 16 billion euros between Ireland, the Netherlands, and Bermuda using infamous legal loopholes that allow it to skirt high tax …

A More Nuanced Three-Light Setup for Studio Portraits

The beauty of a studio space is the ability to carefully craft light exactly as you'd like it to be, giving you the opportunity to get as nuanced as …

France gives WhatsApp a month to stop sharing data with Facebook

After the EU slapped it with a €110 million fine over unlawful WhatsApp data sharing, you'd think Facebook would be eager to comply with local privacy laws. But France says it has not cooperated with data protection authority CNIL, and could face another sanction if it doesn't get its act together …

The FTC is reportedly looking into TripAdvisor after it censored users' reports of rape

The FTC is reportedly looking into TripAdvisor after the company censored reports of rape and sexual harassment at resorts around the world. The <i>Milwaukee Journal Sentinel</i> reports that in a letter sent last week to Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), the FTC said:<p>“When consumers are unable to post honest …

After a big gaming streamer’s suspension, Twitch community demands answers (update)

Streamers and viewers want more transparency from the platform<p>Two Twitch streamers came into the spotlight this weekend after Twitch suspended their accounts, reigniting questions about how the company doles out punishment.<p>Trainwrecks, a streamer on Twitch known for playing a number of games, …

The algorithms that are already changing your life

At Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, consultants are facing a familiar problem.<p>Patient numbers are surging. Age-related eye diseases are becoming more and more common, and as the British demographic gets ever older, numbers are predicted to increase by between a third and one half.<p>“We have …

Artificial Intelligence

Following backlash, Twitter clarifies what violates its policies

As promised, Twitter has made clarifications to its polices as part of its big push to curb harassment.<p>The social network on Friday outlined how it defines harassment and threats<b>,</b> and its policy toward adult content.<p>Twitter also said it will now send an email explaining which policy has been …

Wole Soyinka is worried about the threat of fake news but thinks technology will still help us

Johannesburg<p>Wole Soyinka does not tweet or Facebook, and yet still finds quotes and posts attributed to him all over the internet. The chaos the internet has brought is both a source of creative expression and political oppression, he says.<p>At 83, Africa’s first Nobel laureate for literature, has …

Fake News