Loot boxes aren’t gambling, says EA

Image copyright Getty Images A vice president of EA games has defended the company’s use of loot boxes, saying they’re just the same as Kinder Eggs. Kerry Hopkins was speaking in front of UK MPs this week about video game addiction. In 2018, computer scientists from York found a strong link between loot boxes and […]

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Fortnite makers grilled by MPs over game safety

Image copyright PARLIAMENT.TV Image caption Video game industry representatives faced tough questions from MPs The makers of Fortnite, one of the most popular video games ever, have been quizzed by MPs over what measures are taken to protect players of the game. Epic Games representatives were asked how it ensured users did not spend too […]

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China loses ground in top supercomputer list

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The second most powerful supercomputer in the world, Sierra, is owned by the US Department of Energy China has fallen behind slightly in the list of the world’s top 500 supercomputers, which is published every six months. The US maintained its position, holding first and second place with the […]

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Gambling: Four ads banned from Looney Tunes app

Image copyright Google Play Gambling ads that appeared on an app “appealing to under 18s” have been banned by the advertising watchdog. The ads for LottoGo EuroMillions, William Hill Vegas, Betfair Bingo and Dunder came up in the Looney Tunes World of Mayhem app in February. All four firms say they have since stopped working […]

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Should we dislike the ‘Like’ button?

Image caption Like many people, comic artist Leah Pearlman uses Facebook to promote and share her work Leah Pearlman draws comics about ideas like “emotional literacy” and “self-love”. When she began posting them on Facebook, her friends responded warmly. But then Facebook changed its algorithm – how it decides what to put in front of […]

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Inside Heathrow’s high-tech baggage system

Heathrow’s luggage system can handle 180,000 items per day but it’s already straining at the seams. It’s just one of the parts of the airport which will need an upgrade once the third runway is complete. Tom Burridge takes a look inside. Filmed and edited by Neil Drake. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48667833

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