Play it your way: how Twitch lets disabled gamers earn a living online

When epilepsy put Mackenzie out of work, she found a new way to make ends meet: streaming herself playing games. From Street Fighter experts with no arms to quadraplegic Diablo champions, a growing number are finding an unlikely source of income – and a real sense of community

In the summer of 2014, Mackenzie had just started working two minimum-wage jobs in Colorado when she suffered a major epileptic seizure at home, one that left her reeling and disoriented. She was home alone and, following the attack, too bewildered and drowsy to know to call in sick. The infraction was enough to earn Mackenzie, who was 22 at the time, a so-called “no call, no show” blot on her record from each employer – a restaurant, where she worked tables, and a gym. While both companies knew about Mackenzie’s history of severe seizures, this was, they said, grounds for dismissal. She was told not to return to work. “I’m in the process of fighting it,” she tells me. “But both companies have a lot of money … ”

Mackenzie’s seizures are so severe – she was featured earlier this year on MTV’s True Life: I Have Epilepsy – that she is unable to drive (or climb, or swim, or wield a knife, among many other things). Neither will she take the bus to work because, if she suffers a fit on board, well-meaning members of the public inevitably call for an ambulance to take her to the hospital – a costly trip in the US. Indeed, Mackenzie’s medical debts currently total more than $30,000. Jobs that are walking distance from her home are hard to find, and harder still to hold down.

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Apple meets California officials to discuss self-driving car

The meeting in California, which is developing regulations for driverless vehicles, suggest the technology giant is close to unveiling an autonomous automobile

Apple executives have discussed their plans for an “autonomous vehicle” with officials at California’s department of motor vehicles (DMV), the Guardian has learnt.

Related: Documents confirm Apple is building self-driving car

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Apple should have been awarded injunction against Samsung, court says

Court of appeals states lower court abused its right of discretion in blocking Apple from stopping Samsung sales of smartphones in the US

Apple should have been awarded an injunction against Samsung in their long-running smartphone patent war, the US court of appeals ruled on Thursday.

The court of appeals for the federal circuit in Washington DC said the lower court, led by US district judge Lucy Koh, abused its discretion by denying Apple an injunction against Samsung after a jury ordered the Korean company to pay $120m in May last year for infringing three of Apple’s patents.

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Tech Weekly presents Updog: when politics and tumblr collide

What happens when you combine teenage tumblr fandoms and the labour leadership election? You get the Lolitics community.

This week in our podcast dedicated to internet memes and all things digitally viral, Marie le Conte joins Elena Cresci and Alex Hern for a look at Britain’s most dedicated fans of George Osborne’s hands, John Major’s Cones Hotline, and dreamy mid-90s Peter Mandleson

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Whatever happened to Minority Report’s technology predictions?

As Leap Motion lays off staff and Project Soli remains unknown, wider adoption of computers that use gestural control proves more difficult than predicted

Somewhere on Steven Spielberg’s cutting-room floor are 20 minutes of footage shot for Minority Report, the sci-fi film from 2002 in which Tom Cruise memorably manoeuvred content around wall-sized computer screens by waving his hands. The 20 minutes were written by John Underkoffler, who also came up with the idea for the “gesture interface” used by Cruise, in his role as a chief of police catching criminals before they knew they intended to break the law.

The extra scenes – lost from the film – showed the back room: the people who processed all the data that was then routed upstairs to Cruise (playing police chief John Anderton) who would then waft them around the room.

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