Investidating: why deep photo analysis has become part of online hook-ups

Scouring photos for a conversation starter has become standard on Tinder, as a woman’s viral post about toilet paper proves

The perfect Tinder photo: yes, it has to get you on your good side and disguise that double chin, but is there more to it than just looking good?

Hana Michels, a comedian and writer from LA, who shared a screengrab of her Tinder profile to Twitter this week, found that a lot of men whom she matched with weren’t interested in her at all but in her toilet paper holder. She explained that she had been chastised by no fewer than 23 men in a year for the direction in which her toilet paper was facing – a small detail in the background of the photo.

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What is the notch? Is it a necessary evil?

The notch, or display cutout, is one of the biggest smartphone trends this year since it allows for smaller bezels. It’s taking the Android world by storm, but what is it for? What components are housed there? You can find out everything you need to know about the notch in this article.

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What should I do about all the GDPR pop-ups on websites?

Barbara is constantly being interrupted by pop-ups about the new GDPR. Is there anything she can do?

Because of GDPR, it feels as though my internet access – my access to information – is now more restricted. I am constantly being interrupted by pop-ups that want me to agree to the website’s privacy policy, use of my data and so on, in order to “personalise my experience”. After recent revelations about unauthorised use of personal data, I’m wary of agreeing without checking what their proposals are, but I often just close the page because there are too many options and it’s too much of a bother. Am I being too paranoid? Barbara

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) only came into force on 25 May and it will take a while for some websites to adapt. Breaking the rules can result in fines of up to €20m, so at this point, information providers are probably more paranoid than you are.

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Defunct Jawbone fitness trackers kept selling after app closure, says Which

When Jawbone liquidated its assets, its wristbands became useless without companion app

Fitness trackers made by the defunct wearables company Jawbone were still on sale at Amazon, Selfridges and Groupon more than a month after they were rendered useless by the closure of a companion app, according to research by the consumer magazine Which.

The Jawbone UP2, first released in 2015, is a wrist-worn fitness tracker. It connects to iOS and Android phones through Bluetooth, and uploads its data to a companion app, also branded UP. But in 2017, after a run of bad financial results, the company liquidated its assets, and earlier this year it disabled the app entirely.

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