Unpacked will be a snooze-fest, Samsung spoiled it for all of us

The lack of interest in Samsung’s new top-of-the-range products can also be seen in the lack of interest in launch events. Why be excited about a new smartphone if we already know everything? You can already make a summary of the event of August 9 thanks to the many leaks that circulate on the net.

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The Guardian view on the fight against fake news: neutrality is not an option | Editorial

The culture select committee of MPs has published a report that ought to galvanise the public debate about online giants and their political influence

House of Commons select committees often do useful work. Yet very few of them produce reports with the potential to reshape the political landscape. The weekend report by the Commons digital, culture, media and sport committee on disinformation and “fake news” is one of these exceptions. What started in 2017 as a herbivorous munch through some of the issues surrounding fake news, the future of journalism and digital advertising has evolved into part of the tooth-and-claw battle for power with the digital tech companies and partisan campaigners over the future of democracy. The result is a report that deserves to be described as essential reading because it deals with issues demanding essential action. For this is subject-matter on which neutrality is not an option. The government’s reaction to it will be a defining statement of its own moral seriousness and worthiness to govern.

The issues raised in the report are existential for parliamentary democracy and for rational public policy-making. As the report confesses, the all-party committee has learned a truth about which too much of the political and media class, as well as the public itself, remains in denial. “What became clear,” the report says, “is that, without the knowledge of most politicians and election regulators across the world, not to mention the wider public, a small group of individuals and businesses had been influencing elections across different jurisdictions in recent years.” As that implies, this is an internationally aware report about an international problem that ultimately will require an international solution.

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G-Sync vs. FreeSync

There are some subtle differences between the two adaptive refresh technology offerings, and they affect cost, performance, and compatibility. Nvidia may have released it’s feature first, but in recent years AMD has stepped up to the plate as well.

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‘I thought, what do I have to offer?’ The woman digitalising the Democrats

After hi-tech won Trump the presidency, Jessica Alter wanted to put the Democrats on a stronger footing. She shares what she has learned

Jessica Alter is the co-founder of Tech for Campaigns, a 7,000-strong volunteer organisation that enables Silicon Valley employees to use their digital skills to help Democratic election candidates. “The aim is to become a permanent digital arm for progressive and centrist campaigns, and give access to campaigns at any level to the people, technology and resources they need,” she says.

What led you to start Tech for Campaigns. Was it the aftermath of the 2016 election?
It was the aftermath of the Muslim travel ban. I had been travelling during the election and returned around the time of the inauguration and, within a week, the ban was announced. I had already been very bothered but that really pushed me over the edge and I wanted a way to feel as if I was doing something that made a real impact. When you think about that, you think: what do I have to offer? I understand tech and digital, and I know a lot of other people who do, too. I reached out to my co-founder Pete Kazanjy and we decided to find out if our friends would be interested in something like this. And they were, and that’s how it started.

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Wikipedia biases

Research exposes the male-dominated, pro-western worldview of the online encyclopedia

Over the last year, scientist Jess Wade has taken to the keyboard to rectify gender bias on Wikipedia. She has written more than 270 entries about forgotten but influential women in science – such as Susan Goldberg, the first female editor of National Geographic. Research shows just 16% of Wikipedia editors are female and only 17% of entries dedicated to notable people are for women.

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The robot will see you now: could computers take over medicine entirely?

They already perform remotely controlled operations – now robots look set to be the physicians of the future

Like all everyday miracles of technology, the longer you watch a robot perform surgery on a human being, the more it begins to look like an inevitable natural wonder.

Earlier this month I was in an operating theatre at University College Hospital in central London watching a 59-year-old man from Potters Bar having his cancerous prostate gland removed by the four dexterous metal arms of an American-made machine, in what is likely a glimpse of the future of most surgical procedures.

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