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- Number of women studying computer science drops 50% since '80s 02/Aug/15 08:01pm
- Rare blue moon comes Friday 02/Aug/15 08:01pm
If anything unusual happens to you Friday, you'll be right to say it was "once in a blue moon."
- Motorola Moto G (2015, Unlocked) 02/Aug/15 08:01pm
The new Motorola Moto G doesn't cost much for an unlocked handset, and it's all the smartphone many people will need.
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- Will a 50/50 pledge help fix gender equality in tech? 02/Aug/15 08:01pm
Sandi MacPhersonâ€™s 50/50 Pledge is indicative of a movement thatâ€™s aiming for a fair proportion of men and women at tech events â€“ and eventually in the industryWomen are woefully under-represented in the tech industry. A study last year found that of 6,517 companies that had raised venture funding in the US only 183 had a female chief executive. Now one of those is setting out a simple, practical idea that might actually move the dial.Launched this week by Sandi MacPherson, founder of the San Francisco-based social networking startup Quibb, the 50/50 Pledge aims to get an equal proportion of men and women on stage at tech events by connecting organisers with a directory of relevant female experts. Since the directory was tweeted out by MacPherson â€œwith no expectationsâ€ in May it has already accrued over 1,100 names, with candidates ranging from software engineers to chief marketing officers at companies such as Google, Facebook and BuzzFeed. Continue reading... Guardian - Technology
- Internet of things: the greatest mass surveillance infrastructure ever? 02/Aug/15 08:01pm
Does the expanding network of connected devices herald a brave new compact for our digital lives â€“ or the end of politics?The word â€œthingâ€, in Old English, means a meeting or assembly. In the epic poem Beowulf, the eponymous hero declares heâ€™ll â€œalone hold a thingâ€ with the monster Grendel, who is terrorising the Danes in the great hall of Heorot. Beowulf uses â€œthingâ€ euphemistically â€“ it is a meeting that immediately descends into a fight.The Icelandic parliament is still called Althing (Alþingi). But over the ages, â€œthingsâ€ have gradually evolved from meetings to matter. Today, we primarily use the term â€œthingâ€ to refer to objects. Even in this sense, however, things are still core to our political and social lives. Continue reading... Guardian - Technology
- Batman Arkham Knight review â€“ a richly empowering comic book fantasy 02/Aug/15 08:01pm
Rocksteady Studios proves its mastery of the Dark Knight with this third and apparently final gothic adventureNote: this is a review of the PlayStation 4 version of Arkham Knight. The PC version has been withdrawn from sale by Warner Bros owing to technical issues. This review should not be considered a reflection of the PC version of the game.If Arkham Knight really is the end for developer Rocksteady Studios and the Dark Knight, at least the two are parting on a high. Not only has this development team polished its series game mechanics to near-perfection, it has also reached a perfect understanding of this grimy comic book world. Continue reading... Guardian - Technology
- Patched from the dead: the classic games we'd like to see fixed 02/Aug/15 08:01pm
As classic Star Wars game Knights of the Old Republic II is patched for the first time a decade, what other games should be fixed for the modern era?Released in 2005, Obsidianâ€™s Knights of the Old Republic II is still hailed by many fans as one of the greatest Star Wars games ever made â€“ so perhaps itâ€™s appropriate that, like the greatest Jedi Masters, it has been given life after death.The PC version of the game, originally released in a notoriously buggy, unfinished state, has just received its first official update in over 10 years. And itâ€™s huge. Continue reading... Guardian - Technology
- 20 best new Android apps and games this week 02/Aug/15 08:01pm
RE: Shakespeare, Crayola DJ, Halo Channel, Hooks, Alphabear, Fearless Fantasy, Democracy vs Freedom, Atomas and moreWelcome to this weekâ€™s roundup of the latest, greatest Android apps and games, covering smartphones and tablets.All these apps have been released for the first time â€“ ie not updates â€“ since the last roundup. All prices are correct at the time of writing, with â€œIAPâ€ indicating use of in-app purchases. Continue reading... Guardian - Technology
- Our charity's gaming-style video helps show conflict through a child's eye 02/Aug/15 08:01pm
Instead of shock tactics War Child aims to reflect the reality of what children in war zones witness and experience as part of their daily livesThe reality of what children face in conflict emergencies is stark, shocking and unacceptable. And, when campaigning about this issue, you have a choice: relay the facts or convey a story. While the first option is educational, the second is motivational. And, if it is to have an impact, an advocacy campaign has to do the latter. For us at War Child, it is about promoting childrenâ€™s voices that are neglected. Continue reading... Guardian - Technology
- Technology still has a problem with women â€“ but change is in the air 02/Aug/15 08:01pm
The number of women in tech hasnâ€™t increased in decades. But the tide is starting to turn when it comes to attitudes to the sectorâ€™s gender inequalityWhen I left school at 16, in March 1979, my first job interview was for an admin position at a garage in Chelmsford. I was extremely nervous as I walked into a yard of men in greasy overalls, and as I was being interviewed I blushed as my eyes skipped around the office to the calendars of topless women on the walls. I loved Top of the Pops on a Thursday evening all those years ago, but wondered why there were so few women singing or presenting. â€œWomen are no good at singing â€“ if they were any good they would be on there,â€ said one. â€œWomen donâ€™t like singing in public or on TV because itâ€™s not natural or feminine,â€ said another. I thought at the time those opinions were wrong, but kept my opinions to myself unless I was talking to one of those rare people who seemed to feel the way I did. Continue reading... Guardian - Technology