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TED 2019: The online campaign that ended a beard ban

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Workers wanted the right to have "a neatly trimmed beard" Three years ago workers at US grocery chain Publix began an online campaign to reverse a ban on facial hair.Seventeen-year-old Brandon Wesley started his Let Us Have Beards campaign on coworker.org, a platform aimed at giving workers who might not be in a union a way to express grievances.Some 12,000 fellow employees, about
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Samsung’s folding phone breaks for reviewers

[ad_1] Image copyright Samsung Image caption Samsung's folding phone was shown off for the first time earlier this year Earlier this week, Samsung sent out its remarkable new folding smartphone to a number of media outlets, including the BBC.Perhaps now it wishes it hadn’t. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman: The Verge’s Dieter Bohn: CNBC’s Steve Kovach: Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. We’re still waiting on a statement from Samsung about this.
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TED 2019: Prize to online classes project causes controversy

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Upstart offers online lessons, and says it is something children should do with their parents The TED talk organisers have announced the Audacious Project, a $280m (£215m) prize fund to be shared across eight projects it feels tackle the world's toughest challenges.But already one of the recipients of the funding has been criticised.Waterford Upstart plans to provide online pre-school education to 250,000 children
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Assassin’s Creed’s maker pledges aid to help Notre-Dame

[ad_1] Image copyright Ubisoft Image caption Notre-Dame cathedral as it appears in the Assassin's creed game The maker of the Assassin's Creed games will donate €500,000 ($565,000; £433,000) to the reconstruction of the fire-damaged Cathedral of Notre-Dame.A digital version of the building, which featured in its 2014 release Assassin's Creed Unity, was modelled over a period of 14 months.The company told the BBC that it would share the design with
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Xbox One with no discs: ‘The way forward’ or ‘bad timing’?

[ad_1] Image copyright xbox/getty Microsoft has announced a version of the Xbox One aimed at "digital natives" (basically, it doesn't use discs).The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is identical - inside and out - to the current Xbox One S console except for a lack of a drive.Due out on 7 May, the makers want the £199 device to appeal to people who have "grown up without the discs".So as
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Google to police new app developers more closely

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption Google has said that it will take longer to vet apps from new developers on its Android app store Android developers new to Google's phone platform could have publication of their apps delayed for days as more rigorous checks are done on coders.Google said it was stepping up checks on app-makers it had not seen before to thwart "bad faith" developers.These malicious developers often
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UK to introduce porn age-checks in July

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images An age-check scheme designed to stop under-18s viewing pornographic websites will come into force on 15 July.From that date, affected sites will have to verify the age of UK visitors.If they fail to comply they will face fines of up to £250,000 or being blocked by internet service providers.But critics say teens may find it relatively easy to bypass the restriction or could simply turn
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‘Why I write fake online reviews’

[ad_1] Image copyright Iain Taylor Image caption "Payment can be as little as £4 plus the cost to cover the product they are selling," Iain says "I've learned never to rely on reviews for anything," says Iain Taylor, from East Sussex.In his spare time and to supplement his income, the 44-year-old writes fake online reviews in exchange for money and free products."I have written reviews from numbing creams to eBooks
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TikTok: Apple and Google block video sharing app in India

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Apple and Google have removed TikTok, which allows users to create and share videos, from their app stores in India.The move follows a ruling by the Madras High Court, which ordered its removal from app stores over concerns that it was being used to spread pornography.India's Supreme Court on Tuesday refused an appeal by its owner, Chinese company ByteDance, to stay the order.TikTok has more than