Digital images can’t be trusted, says famed war photographer Don McCullin

Best known for moving pictures of Vietnam, McCullin says photography has been hijacked by digital cameras and art world

One of Britain’s most celebrated and respected photographers has lamented the digital domination of his field calling it “a totally lying experience” which “cannot be trusted”.

Don McCullin, known as one of the finest photographers of war and disaster, said the digital revolution meant you could no longer trust the truthfulness of images we see.

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Bill Gates to launch clean energy project on sidelines of Paris climate talks

Microsoft co-founder will announce multi-billion-dollar Initiative Cleantech on opening day of two-week climate summit alongside Barack Obama

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative on Monday, the opening day of the United Nations climate change summit in Paris, it was reported on Friday.

Gates and a group of developing and developed countries will agree to double their research and development budgets to boost clean energy deployment and work collaboratively, according to GreenWire, an energy and climate trade publication which cited government and business officials familiar with the agreement.

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JK Rowling recalls ‘amazing’ moment she met her idol Morrissey

Harry Potter author remembers the shock of her encounter with the Smiths singer, in a Guardian interview that touches on Twitter trolls and the joy of being an undiscovered writer again

JK Rowling has said that she wishes she could go back to her 16-year-old self, “who’s lying there in the dark with the joss sticks, listening to Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”, and tell her that one day she will meet Morrissey – and that the Smiths singer will know who she is.

The novelist, who has sold over 450m copies of her Harry Potter books and whose almost 6m followers on Twitter regularly fall into paroxysms of delight when she responds to them personally, was speaking to Lauren Laverne for Saturday’s Weekend magazine. Rowling told Laverne that she understood why the Harry Potter book “still means so much” to adults in their 20s, “because I know how much it meant to me to meet Morrissey”.

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VW labour boss says fresh emissions crisis has hit new car orders

Works council chief says would-be buyers growing cautious about Volkswagen cars after the carmaker admitted to understating fuel usage and CO2 output

Volkswagen is facing slowing orders for new cars, with consumers shunning the carmaker after it admitted to understating fuel usage and carbon dioxide emissions, VW’s top labour representative said.

“There is caution in buying,” the German company’s works council chief Bernd Osterloh told reporters. “The CO2 issue has triggered a greater crisis of confidence [in VW products] than the nitrogen [emissions] issue.”

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Do pop-up dialogue boxes drive you potty? You’re not alone

It might seem trifling in our uncertain world, but the plague of dialogue boxes stealing our focus make me want to hurl my computer out of the nearest window

There’s little more frustrating for a regular computer user than a pop-up that demands your undivided attention right when you’re in the middle of something crucial.

No one wants to deal with pop-ups. They’re a bane of the modern life, from ads to irritating dialogue boxes, and should be put out to pasture. But it isn’t necessarily the pop up that’s actually the problem – it’s more the fact that it steals focus.

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Aurion: the mission to create African video-game heroes

A Cameroonian developer hopes to ignite Africa’s burgeoning game scene with a rich and fantastical Kickstarter-funded release

When Madiba Guillaume Olivier was a boy in the bustling city of Douala, Cameroon, he was the envy of all his friends. His father owned a video rental shop, and that gave him access not only to the latest movies, but also to video games; when a new title came in, he would rush around the neighbourhood and invite all his mates over to play. “I had the classic Final Fantasy 7 on PC, and I had a Nintendo, PS1, PS2 and Sega Mega Drive,” he lists over a Skype call. “I played a lot of Metal Gear Solid, Mass Effect and Sim City. I think my all time favourite was Total War 2 … but I only had one controller so we all had to be very patient.”

There was one thing he noticed about the games he played, however: “There weren’t a lot that depicted African heroes”. He’s right of course. Search around and you’ll find Elena, a warrior princess from Street Fighter III, the ruthless Ugandan arms dealer Drebin 893 in Metal Gear Solid 4, the reincarnated warrior Zasalamel from Soul Calibur … it’s not a huge or varied roster. When Africa itself has been depicted in mainstream games (beyond the many safari and wildlife hunting sims), it is often through the lens of war and horror: Far Cry 2 depicted gangland battles in a Malaria ravaged wasteland, while Resident Evil 5 provoked controversy for seemingly portraying a colonialist view of the continent as a place of threatening savagery. None of these really explore African mythology, anime or music. “There are not a lot of African creators,” says Olivier. “It seems like creators focus on white heroes because they are white. They create heroes like them”.

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