Football Manager 2016 review – a dangerously accessible return

The moreish management sim is back featuring its usual tactical depth, but with a more user-friendly road to success – which is bad news for your loved ones

It’s July and the rotund avatar representing me in Football Manager 2016 is unhappy. Leeds United’s pre-season friendly against Dutch side Heracles is going badly. Considering the pounding we’ve taken, the 1-1 score line is flattering to say the least. At least is should raise the value of our goalkeeper, Marco Silvestri, considerably.

Changes are necessary then and, after a dash through the stats and tactics screen, a decision is made. Stuart Dallas, who seemingly can’t resist making ambitious punts from 30-yards out, is hauled off in favour of pacey forward Lee Erwin; Lewis Cook comes on to add a sense of calm to the midfield; we also push the defensive line up, depriving Heracles time on the ball.

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YouTube streams less lucrative than vinyl sales for UK labels, says BPI boss

UK record labels earned more last year from vinyl than they did from the 14bn music streams on YouTube

The boss of British music industry body the BPI has claimed UK labels make less money from YouTube than from vinyl sales.

Speaking at the Music Futures conference in Gateshead, Geoff Taylor said vinyl revenues were worth more than the “14bn music streams on YouTube”.

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Fossil watches snaps up fitness-tracker maker Misfit

Traditional watchmaker plunges into the wearable technology market with new fitness tracker power and smartwatch launches

Traditional watch manufacturer Fossil Group has acquired US fitness-tracker and connected device maker Misfit for $260m (£171m), illustrating just how keen watchmakers are to get into the wearable technology market.

The move will see Misfit’s technology, which includes accelerometer-based fitness tracking, connected lights and bed-based sleep trackers, integrated into Fossil’s watches across its 16 brands, including Fossil and Skagen.

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Google’s self-driving car gets pulled over for driving too slowly

Automated vehicle caused traffic jam while travelling at just 24mph in a 35mph zone, causing police to pull the car over

They’ve driven 1.2m miles, and haven’t managed to get a speeding ticket yet – but a self-driving Google car got in trouble with the law on Thursday. .

The car was stopped by a Mountain View traffic officer on the El Camino Real, a public road near Google’s main campus in California, not for breaking the speed limit or erratic driving, but for travelling 24mph in a 35mph zone and causing a big queue of traffic.

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