Now you can use Alexa to send SMS messages

Amazon has announced a new feature for Alexa—now you can use Amazon’s smart assistant to send text messages using your voice. You just need to ask Alexa and it will take care of it for you, even to contacts without an Alexa device of their own. The catch? Well, so far Alexa can only send an SMS from Android devices.

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Facebook enables ‘fake news’ by reliance on digital advertising – report

Paper co-written by former company exec recommends switching news feed back to chronological listing

Another former Facebook executive has spoken out against the company’s current business practices, arguing that they directly enable electoral interference.

Dipayan Ghosh, once a privacy and public policy advisor for the social network, argues now that disinformation of the sort used to interfere in the US election and the EU referendum is strongly linked to the nature of Facebook as an advertising platform.

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Nintendo reports bumper profits as Switch sales soar

Hybrid console transforms firm’s fortunes, with operating profit forecast raised by a third

Nintendo has reported its most profitable quarter in almost a decade as global sales of its new Switch console soared in the run-up to Christmas.

Nintendo has raised its operating profit forecast for the year to the end of March by a third, from 120bn yen to 160bn yen (£780m to £1bn), after phenomenal Switch sales fuelled the company’s most profitable quarter since 2009.

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Facebook bans cryptocurrency adverts because so many are scams

Social network blocks initial coin offering ads as they are ‘frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices’

Facebook has banned all advertising for cryptocurrencies because they are “frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices”.

The company added the rule to its advertising policies on Tuesday, in an update to its list of “prohibited content”.

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Taming the beast: how to build a gaming PC for 2018

Buying a new computer for gaming can be a confusing endeavour. We asked a group of experts what you’ll need for a slick experience

Buying a new games machine is a major investment in these financially tricky times. A capable PC that will cope with the latest releases for at least 18 months will start at £600, but, whatever you pay, your quest will involve a series of challenging decisions and compromises.

So, if you’re thinking about splashing out this year, we’ve pulled together tips and recommendations from a group of highly experienced PC builders. James Hannett is a coder at Frozen Synapse developer Mode7; Nick Tannahill is marketing director at Firefly Studios, creator of the Stronghold series; Byron Atkinson-Jones runs Xiotex Studios; and Guardian reader Simon Beck has built dozens of PCs over the last 10 years.

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