Why Do We Have Three Genjis? A Guide to ‘Overwatch’ Team Composition

There’s more to Blizzard’s ‘Overwatch’ than simply picking a character. Check out our guide for a few pointers on how to build the most effective team for any scenario, along with a couple suggestions for putting together the perfect, readymade loadout.

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From political coups to family feuds: how WhatsApp became our favourite way to chat

The messaging app already has more than a billion users, including plotters against Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson. It is changing the way we communicate – and its level of encryption would make the FBI weep

There is something reassuringly traditional about the neatly typed resignation letters, with a House of Commons letterhead and an attack on the Labour leader within. They are solid and permanent, when everything else seems to be falling apart. And old-fashioned, even if one does tweet a picture of it afterwards, as many MPs have done. But according to reports, those conspiring against Corbyn were far more modern. They used the messaging service WhatsApp. And it wasn’t just Labour. There was thought to be at least one WhatsApp group of Conservative MPs exploring ways to stop Boris Johnson becoming leader. Gone are the days of machinations in back rooms and hushed conversations in corridors; the leaders of the two main political parties could be decided on a mobile app more often used by teenagers wondering where to go on a Saturday night.

If you don’t already use WhatsApp, you probably soon will. A few months ago, WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, went past its billionth user, and it will get bigger (“We still have another 6 billion people to get on WhatsApp,” the company wrote in a blogpost). Last year, it delivered more messages than traditional SMS text messages. Since 2010, it has been possible to make voice calls from WhatsApp, which could, predict some tech watchers, spell the end of mobile networks such as Vodafone or O2. It probably won’t be long until we can use video calling on it, too; but for now it remains primarily a texting service, only better. Messages are sent over the internet and it is efficient and easy to use. You can message one-on-one, or set up a group in your phone contacts list – family, say, or friends. Or Labour politicians. Among my groups are different bands of friends, two British family groups and a Turkish one, and a group of old housemates.

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YouTube turns to the human touch as it nurtures the next generation of stars

Video service is augmenting new tech with real people to help guide the successors to Zoella and PewDiePie

YouTube wants to provide more of a “human touch” for its community of video creators, while also doing more to help them tackle trolls and avoid exploitative deals with multi-channel networks. And while its plans to do so inevitably include changes to its technology, they involve real-life humans as well. As YouTube’s VP of operations Sebastien Missoffe puts it, it’s a necessary part of being “a digital media company of the 21st century”.

“We need to balance the great technology we have and bring this human access for every single creator,” Missoffe says. “They can reach a human being at YouTube.” So as it consolidates its creator tools in a revamped online “hub” and improves its comment-moderation and copyright tools, it is providing more direct access to its support staff too, with four tiers of support based on how many subscribers a creator has.

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Extreme online security measures to protect your digital privacy – a guide

Mark Zuckerberg uses tape over his webcam. Even if you’re not worried about industrial espionage, there’s no such thing as too much security

Outlook and other email clients let you install a personal security certificate, which you can use to encrypt email so that only trusted recipients can read it, or digitally sign your messages to prove that they came from you. You can get your own certificate from comodo.com and it doesn’t cost a penny. The catch is that your recipients will need to be using a compatible email system – if they’re using Gmail on their smartphone, they’ll just be annoyed when you keep sending them unreadable strings of garbled data. “It also means you’ve got to protect your laptop,” points out Tony Anscombe, security “evangelist” at the antivirus firm AVG. “If your laptop’s stolen and your password is written on a Post-it note on the screen, then what’s the use of the encryption?”

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If only Brexit had been a game

Current real-world politics remind us why so many prefer the ordered fairness of gaming

During the run-up to the general election, my children and I took our new puppy for a walk around the block. A campaigner for Ukip, presumably spying a happy scene ripe for spoiling, approached. If there was, as the prime minister once suggested, racism in the Ukip pamphleteer’s closet, its whiff did not dampen the generosity of our dog’s greeting. As the man handed me a sticky leaflet, the puppy peed in excitement on his shoes, before trying to hump his leg, wetly.

The scene was a cause of great hilarity for my children, none of whom will be able to vote for another two general elections. “Barney peed on the Ukip man,” they’d tell bewildered visitors during the following days and weeks. It was a minor victory for a generation to whom so much worse has been done by this political class.

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China puts finishing touches to world’s biggest radio telescope

Five Hundred Metre Aperture Spherical Telescope, or Fast, is the size of 30 football fields and has been cut out of a mountain in Guizhou

China has hoisted the final piece into position on what will be the world’s largest radio telescope, which it will use to explore space and help in the hunt for extraterrestrial life.

The Five Hundred Metre Aperture Spherical Telescope, or Fast, is the size of 30 football fields and has been cut out of a mountain in the south-western province of Guizhou.

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