Nostalgia bait: mobile games designed to exploit you

Nostalgic franchises such as Harry Potter are constantly getting prequels, remakes and games set in the same universe. Yet, when it comes to mobile games the results are often disappointing. Lazy cash-grabs and pay-to-win games riddled with microtransactions are all here to capitalize on your nostalgia.

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EU stumbles in plan to levy 3% digital tax on major firms

Agreement to take action against companies such as Facebook and Google runs into opposition

A European Union plan to tax Google, Facebook and other internet firms risks failure after a handful of member states announced their opposition.

EU countries are studying proposals to levy a 3% tax on big internet companies that make money from user data or digital advertising, in a bid to level the playing field with bricks-and-mortar companies that pay more tax.

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Hello computer: introducing the Guardian Voice Lab

Bringing the authentic voice of the Guardian to Google Assistant through experimentation and innovation

Even before computers became a staple of our daily lives, we’ve dreamed of a more natural and intuitive way to interact with them.

Smart speakers and voice assistants are fundamentally changing the way we engage with technology. Talking to a computer could be a paradigm shift comparable to how we now use tapping and swiping our mobiles.

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