Facebook extends lead as news gateway

Facebook has become an important news source for close to half of American adults, a study showed Thursday amid increased scrutiny over the social network’s gateway role. The Pew Research Center survey showed 62 percent of US adults get news on social media, and 18 percent do so often. That shows a growing role for […]


ISIS propaganda collected in real time

University of Exeter experts will collect large amounts of propaganda put on the internet by Islamic State terrorists in real time to understand how it radicalises people. The group is well-known for its use of social media to elicit fear and communicate and promote its ideology. Academics will harvest and analyse this content, and use […]


Slap on the wrist: can new wearables help tackle problem drinking?

How many units of alcohol do you drink each week? It’s a question most people stumble over. It’s not easy to monitor alcohol intake. So often a doctor asks and the patient tries to quickly calculate the recommended weekly units, before settling on a slightly lower figure. It’s an issue too for those who want […]


The secret army of cheerleaders policing China’s internet

If you ever wanted an illustration of why academic research is not just important but vital, then the work of Gary King, professor of sociology at Harvard, could serve as exhibit A. Why? Well, one of the more pressing strategic issues that faces western governments is how to adjust to the emergence of China as […]


CIA ex-boss: secretive spooks tolerated in UK more than in US

British people are not demanding more transparency from the intelligence services as loudly as Americans, the former director of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and CIA has said. Michael Hayden played a pivotal, leading role in American intelligence until he was replaced as director of the CIA shortly into the presidency of Barack Obama. […]


Battleborn is already 40% off on Steam

I challenged myself to get through this whole post without mentioning Overwatch once, and apart from when I mentioned it just then, I reckon I’ll fulfil that challenge admirably. Battleborn is that other colourful shooter about a bunch of madcap, zany heroes, and it’s a fairly good one, according to Jem Alexander. On the whole, […]


Fabular: a medieval spaceship roguelike RPG

Fabular: Once upon a Spacetime takes the old tales of chivalrous knights and derring-do and transplants them from medieval Europe to outer space. Described as a “top-down medieval space adventure”, it mixes physics-based combat with choose-your-own-adventure-y bits; pixel art with pretty lighting techniques; pixel art (again) with lovely illustrated character art. Shove some RPG and […]


Total War: Warhammer is the fastest-selling Total War

‘Total War meets Warhammer’ might be the most successful intermingling since I introduced whiskey to my cheerios, and if my mum’s reading this, that was obviously – hic! – a joke. Total WaWarhammer maker Creative Assembly, and publisher Sega, have announced that success in a press release, stating that the orcwardly titled strategy game has […]


15 best 4K games: the must-play titles to punish your PC

Update: Our latest entry is the fast and furious shooter Overwatch in at #15. The 4K revolution has arrived on PC, and if your eyes haven’t yet dined at the table of Ultra HD gaming, we’ve tracked down the best 4K games sure to give them a visual feast. Packing four times as many pixels […]


At least one Xbox One virtual reality game is already in the works

As we brace ourselves for E3 2016 (14-16 June, gaming fans), the speculation is ramping up about what we can expect to see. With the Xbox One trailing Sony’s PS4 in the console race, the pressure’s on Microsoft to come up with something of note. The logical next step is virtual reality, what with the […]