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The ‘father of Pac-Man’ dies

The Father of Pac-Man Masaya Nakamura, who pioneered the release of Pac-Man and founded the Japanese video game company behind the iconic game, has died at the age of 91. Nakamura, who died on January 22, founded Namco in 1955, which started out as just two mechanical horse rides on a department store rooftop but went on[…]

Google Tilt Brush: Impossible now a reality?

Artists, put down your brushes. It’s time to step into the world of virtual reality. Google has unveiled Tilt Brush, its new app set to revolutionize the definition of painting and push the boundaries of what it can represent. With the swipe of a digital brush users wearing a connected HTC Vive headset can paint[…]

Trump executive order pulls out of TPP trade deal

President Donald Trump has fulfilled a campaign pledge by signing an executive order to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The 12-nation trade deal was a linchpin of former President Barack Obama’s Asia policy. “Great thing for the American worker what we just did,” said Mr Trump as he dumped the pact with a stroke[…]

Madonna says White House comments ‘taken out of context’

A row has erupted over Madonna’s comments about US President Donald Trump during a speech at the weekend. While taking part in a protest march in Washington DC on Saturday, the singer said she had thought “an awful lot about blowing up the White House”. Trump supporters reacted angrily, claiming that there would have been[…]

Will Finland’s basic income trial help the jobless?

“I was so surprised when I got the letter, and a bit sceptical too,” says Liisa Ronkainen, one of 2,000 Finns chosen for a government experiment to provide unemployed people with a basic income. Out of work for half a year, Liisa, 26 and from Helsinki, has been looking for a job without success. “While[…]

Why I want my home to watch me

As I step into the hallway in Simon Daykin’s New Forest home, his smartwatch goes into overdrive. He is receiving messages from the house itself, warning him there is somebody inside it doesn’t recognise. “As you come in, you’ve already been spotted by some of our tech,” he says. “There are cameras in the burglar[…]

Pope Francis is waging a war on Christmas. Christians should join him.

Last week, Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly had good news for his viewers — the war on Christmas had finally ended. “We won!” O’Reilly declared. What were O’Reilly’s metrics for measuring this great victory over the secularists who he saw as so hell-bent on ruining Christianity’s great feast? Simple: The number of stores using “Merry Christmas!” instead[…]

Carrie Fisher, Star Wars actress, dies aged 60

US actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, has died aged 60, days after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was taken ill on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday and was taken to hospital when the plane landed. A family statement announced she[…]

Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick are joining Trump’s economic advisory team

Elon Musk and Travis Kalanick, the chief executives of Tesla and Uber, are joining US President-elect Donald Trump’s new economic advisory board. The two tech-transportation executives have been named as members of Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, it was announced on Wednesday, alongside PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi. Launched in early December, the forum[…]

Being close to the boss is as dangerous as being enemies

Having a bad relationship with the boss can create all kinds of angst. But, it turns out, a close and cosy connection can actually be just as stressful — sometimes more so. Gabby Sullivan, a design professional in northern California, in the US, knows first-hand how stressful it can be. Sullivan and her boss were[…]

German refugee murder arrest in Freiburg heightens tensions

For days now photographs of a smiling young woman have haunted newspaper headlines and online news sites. Maria L was 19 when she was murdered in October. The circumstances of her death are horrifying enough. But Germans have been sickened by revelations that a teenage Afghan asylum seeker may have been responsible for the rape[…]