Yamatai; Lotus; New York Slice board games review – elegant and challenging

Our monthly guide to new board games features a mysterious archipelago kingdom off the coast of Japan, a magical gardening game and a chance to play pizza

Welcome to our monthly roundup of the best new board games. This time around we’re building shrines and palaces in ancient Japan, stuffing ourselves with delicious pizza and growing magical flowers in a surprisingly cut-throat gardening contest.

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Britain’s Iron Man: inventor takes flight in jet-powered suit

Gravity founder Richard Browning demonstrates his ‘Daedalus’ flight suit at TED conference in Vancouver

Richard Browning, the British inventor dubbed “Wiltshire’s Iron Man”, successfully demonstrated his personal flight suit on the shores of Vancouver harbour taking to the skies, with mini jet engines on his hands.

Inspired by the Marvel comic superhero Iron Man, Browning flew in a circle and hovered a short distance from the ground using thrusters attached to his arms and back, captivating attendees at the Vancouver TED conference.

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Nintendo announces 2DS XL – and doesn’t care about your rules

The unexpected new version of the multimillion-selling handheld features a larger display and clamshell design, and hits Europe in July

It seems as though Nintendo is trolling the entire games industry. Two months ago it launched the Switch, a strange hybrid of portable device and home console that everyone thought was filling a market gap that didn’t exist. It has now shipped almost 3m units, making it the company’s most successful roll-out since the Wii. It was thought that the Switch may well well replace Nintendo’s dedicated line of handheld consoles, or at least delay a new iteration. But no.

The ever-unpredictable hardware veteran has announced the Nintendo 2DS XL, a new version of the 2DS, which was itself a refreshed version of the 3DS. Featuring two enlarged displays, 4.88in on top and 4.18in on the bottom, and a clamshell design, the new format is lighter than the 3DS XL and of course lacks that machine’s stereoscopic capabilities.

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Facebook and Google were conned out of $100m in phishing scheme

Not even two of the biggest US technology are safe from fraud, as the social network and the search company named as victims of sophisticated attack

Google and Facebook were phished for over $100m, it has been reported, proving not even the biggest technology companies in the world are immune from the increasingly sophisticated attacks of online scammers.

Last month it was reported that two major tech companies were tricked by a Lithuanian man into sending him over $100m (£77m). Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, was charged with wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft for impersonating Quanta Computer – a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer that includes Google, Facebook and Apple as clients.

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The quest to crack and preserve vintage Apple II software – tech podcast

Why circumventing 1980s copy protection is the first step in saving part of tech history

Why has the quest to hack old Apple II software become the best hope we have of preserving a part of our cultural history? How do these floppy discs – still turning up in their box-loads – shine a light on the educational philosophies of the 80s? And do a new generation of gamers risk losing whole days of their lives by playing these compelling retro games in their browsers?

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