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You are probably spreading misinformation. Here’s how to stop.

Starbird learned from studying Russia’s Internet Research Agency — a major manipulator of social media around the 2016 US election — how these groups turn people’s desires to be part of a movement against them. It starts with appealing messages that earn shares and follows, slowly building an audience. “They …

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Minecraft spin-off a dungeon-crawling loot-fest for all ages

For example a crossbow with a chance to fire five arrows at once, plus a chance for each arrow to send enemies into a blind rage, makes for excellent crowd control. Meanwhile a pair of daggers that create a shockwave every fourth hit is great, but pair with an artifact …

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Facing the home theatre FOMO

My ageing DTS-less amp left us watching Star Wars with lowly 2-channel stereo sound, so it looked better than DVD but actually sounded worse, unless I wanted to turn it into a spaghetti western and watch it in Italian: “Luke, io sono tuo padre!” My high school Italian is rusty, …

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Federal Court orders another 86 piracy sites blocked

A Federal Court judge has ordered Australian internet service providers to block access to an additional 86 piracy-focused websites and has also allowed a new process that may result in those sites being reblocked more quickly if they change their name or web address. In the latest legal win for …

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Zoom boss says it’s winning the video conferencing race

The coronavirus pandemic has turned the company into a verb with 300 million daily meeting participants in April, up from 10 million in December. Zoom has ended the April quarter with 265,400 corporate customers with at least 10 employees, up approximately 354 per cent from the same period last financial …

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After Arab Spring, social media is the battleground

Loading The claims of executives such as Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s boss, that unfettered free communication between all people is unambiguously good now seem somewhat laughable. Now, as then, it’s undeniable that social media has been a huge help for spreading events, images and educational resources. The original video showing the …

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At-home exercise can still be virtual fun and games

As someone who lifts weights and runs regularly I consider myself a fairly fit person, but at the end of the one hour VR session I’m a sweaty mess and completely wiped. Thankfully, you can easily remove the foam inserts on most VR headsets for washing or swap it out …

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Phishing boom shows no sign of stopping as lockdown starts to lift

One technique commonly used by hackers involves inserting a link in an email that leads to a website that looks like a legitimate login page. The details entered by the user are then picked up by the hackers. Mr Kerr warned that the gradual return of workers back to their …

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Galaxy Z Flip comes with an unexpectedly low-tech vibe

Outside of work hours I was surprised to find I kept it closed most of the time, thanks to a genius little display on the outside cover that lets you access some features of the phone without exposing you to all the distracting notifications and infinitely scrolling feeds. There’s definitely …

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Privacy fears as China expands use of monitoring tech beyond COVID-19

Or that was the case until the eastern city of Hangzhou proposed on Friday permanently assigning each of its residents a coloured health badge and giving them a score from 0-100 based on their medical records and lifestyle habits. Images published by Hangzhou’s health authority showed people would be rated …

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