The best multiplayer games to play on a single smartphone

There’s one great perk in having a really large smartphone display. With so much space, you can play great multiplayer games using just one device. Yes, that’s right. Developers are creating multiplayer games that are meant to be played on a single screen, and they’re great!

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Google’s Talk to Books: is the future of AI just a rambling pub bore?

The search engine’s new feature is being sold as a creative tool – but mainly it’s a collection of semi-coherent and accidentally profound sentences

I’m confuddled by Google’s new search feature. Talk to Books lets you ask whole questions, and pulls up a list of responses from 100,000 books in the Google Books database. In theory, this is incredible. We know the internet is a trash can of terrible people and misinformation – a kitten clutching a cat-print edition of Mein Kampf and aggressively selling you maxi dresses. But books! Books are portals to the greatest minds of recorded time. Why ask Jeeves when you can ask PG Wodehouse? Or Montaigne or Tolstoy or Woolf? They’re sure to know more than Reddit. And at times, the tool does seem strangely wise.

What’s the best way to live, I ask. “There is no one best way to live a life … There are penalties and compensations for being ‘good’ as well as for being ‘bad’,” I read. The advice comes from Robert K Greenleaf’s Servant Leadership: A Journey Into The Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness. Intriguing. I go a little more abstract. Who’s to blame, I wonder, and get an apt response from The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano: “To blame for what? His father asked, bewildered and slightly annoyed.” Touché. Will machines be kind to us? “We’ll probably never want to deal with machines that are too much like us,” says John McCarthy, from Formalising Common Sense.

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Apple poised to move further into media amid Wall Street ‘panic’

Analysts worry Apple could expose a weakness in consumer demand as the tech giant releases its first-quarter numbers

Last Monday at New York’s Beacon Theatre, Apple unveiled a product it hopes can help the world’s most valuable company maintain its cutting edge: the 71-year-old rock god Patti Smith.

Smith and her band took to the stage after a screening of an Apple Music documentary about her classic 1975 album Horses.

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