Why the centuries-old Ordnance Survey is still going places

Rumoured to be heading for George Osborne’s sell-off list, the mapping agency has plotted a route through the digital age to remain a unique asset

On a housing estate in Southampton, surveyor Alyson Whiting is painstakingly recording the outline of a curved flowerbed. One of a small army of field workers for the Ordnance Survey, she is using a tablet computer wirelessly linked to a satellite antenna atop a long pole – affectionately known among the national mapping agency’s staff as a “Gandalf stick”.

The agency’s headquarters previously stood on this site, but now red-brick family homes have sprung up. With them have come new roads, new pavements, new addresses. Whiting diligently records the shape and size of them all.

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The Great British meme off – Tech Weekly presents Updog podcast

In the wake of the big cultural event that was Bake Off we celebrate the human meme that is Nadiya Hussein

The Bake Off final is the biggest TV event of the year. And these days, it’s also the biggest thing on the internet in the UK. So on this week’s episode of Updog, the Guardian’s podcast celebrating all things internet-y, Elena Cresci wanted to celebrate the memes of Bake Off, and pay tribute to its winner, one-woman-emoji-keyboard Nadiya Hussein. But first, she had to convince Alex Hern that this baking show is worth all the fuss…

I can and I will: the best acceptance speeches ever

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Caleb Bratayley’s death is not a mystery – online sleuthers should stand down

The 13-year-old YouTuber’s sudden death has led to much speculation – yet more evidence that internet detectivism rarely ends well

Caleb Logan Bratayley – real name Caleb LeBlanc – was the eldest child of the Bratayley family, based in Maryland: a dad, mum, and three kids vlogging (video blogging) since 2011.

The family is a sort of online middle-class version of the Kardashians, and has modelled its success on another YouTube family, the Shaytards.

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Trendspotting: early-access games to play now

Some are underdeveloped, but others are fun even in their unfinished state

Survival games are in vogue, and there are plenty in early-access, with zombie survival game DayZ a successful example. Currently popular is ARK: Survival Evolved, in which you’re stranded on an island populated by dinosaurs and other prehistoric wildlife. For a more thoughtful, less fantastical experience, try The Long Dark.

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Forza 6 review: All the thrills and spills of driving to the limit on the wet

Forza 6 takes simulation of the racing track to a new level as players grapple with aquaplaning

“It is like driving down the M1 three metres behind a truck with your wipers switched off. But at 200mph,” explains Allan McNish on the experience of piloting a top-end prototype sportscar in the rain. And he speaks from experience. The former Formula One driver, three-times winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours and the 2013 FIA World Endurance champion with Audi, drove, during his extensive career, in every permutation of wet weather conditions imaginable.

Two of the cars in which he competed , the 2012 R18, in which he won the 12 Hours of Sebring and the R8 that was part of his American Le Mans Series title in 2006, both feature in the recently released Forza 6, as does, for the first time, racing in the wet and at night, now that developer Turn10 believes it can do the conditions real justice. But it has also gone further and simulated an even greater level of realism – that of standing water and the aquaplaning it can induce in cars.

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Superguns give classic arcade games a new lease of life

Computer gamers looking to relive their memories of space invaders and Pac-Man can now play the original arcade versions at home

Playing arcade games on original hardware is the ultimate way to enjoy the arcade experience at home. But the cost – and size – of an arcade cabinet can be prohibitive. Yet there is a relatively unknown console that lets you play arcade hardware on a TV: the supergun.

Inside the arcade cabinet
Where games consoles have individual formats, such as PS4, SNES or Dreamcast, so do arcade cabinets. JAMMA is the most prolific. A JAMMA game comes on an arcade PCB: a slab of circuit board typically containing a single game that is “plugged in” inside a cabinet.

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The pressure’s on Priv: BlackBerry may quit handsets if new phone doesn’t sell

The pressure’s on Priv, BlackBerry’s new and first ever Android-powered smartphone. Speaking at an event on Thursday, CEO John Chen said if the company’s handset business fails to turn a profit in the next year, it could exit the mobile phone market.

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Apple says battery life difference in new iPhones not reflected in ‘real-world use’

Whether your iPhone processor chip was manufactured by Samsung or TSMC, Apple says battery life will only vary by 2-3%

Claims that the battery life of the new iPhones can vary by up to two hours depending on which third-party supplier manufactured the central chip don’t reflect real-world usage, according to Apple.

The chip at the heart of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, named the “A9” chip by Apple, comes in two forms, one manufactured by Samsung and the other by Taiwanese company TSMC. Since the phones started hitting shelves last week, users have reported that the phones containing Samsung chips significantly underperform those with TSMC chips in intensive battery-life tests.

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