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Are ‘swipe left’ dating apps bad for our mental health?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Too many rejections on dating apps can lower our self-esteem, psychologists say Dating apps have taken the world by storm, but has the trend for swiping right or left to like or reject potential matches contributed to many people's unhappiness and low self-esteem?Following the end of her last relationship, Kirsty Finlayson, 28, did what many people do - she turned to dating apps
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Twitter bans Alex Jones and Infowars for abusive behaviour

[ad_1] Twitter says it has permanently suspended the accounts of Alex Jones and his Infowars website.It made the move after a number of tweets that violated Twitter's abusive behaviour policy, the company said.A number of tech giants, including YouTube and Facebook, deleted the right-wing conspiracy theorist's content last month, citing hate speech.The radio host is best known for spreading unsubstantiated allegations about tragic events, including 9/11.He is currently being sued
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State data to be used to limit child gamers in China

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Honour of Kings is popular with children and is China's top grossing mobile game Chinese technology giant Tencent is introducing tough new rules to identify under-age gamers, amid a crackdown on gaming addiction in the country.From mid-September it will introduce a real-name registration system for its Honour of Kings games, which will be linked to China's public security database.It will identify children and restrict
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Twitter: Algorithms were not always impartial

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey has told US law-makers that the company's algorithms have not always been "impartial".He said the platform "unfairly" reduced the visibility of 600,000 accounts, including some members of congress.But he was unable to immediately say whether a majority of them were Republican, Democratic or otherwise.Mr Dorsey is being questioned by senators over allegations that Twitter censors conservative voices.Several republicans, including US
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Facebook, Twitter grilled on election meddling

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Jack Dorsey and Sheryl Sandberg arrive at the hearing in Washington DC Facebook and Twitter are being questioned by US senators, to find out how they will prevent meddling in upcoming elections.Facebook is being represented by its chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, while Twitter sent chief executive Jack Dorsey.As anticipated, Google did not show up.Opening the hearing, Democratic senator Mark Warner said he was
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Samsung: Time for folding smartphones

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Samsung's head of mobile has said it is "time to deliver" foldable smartphones, fuelling speculation the company is about to reveal a bendable device.In an interview with CNBC, DJ Koh said Samsung's consumer research suggested there was demand for a foldable phone.Several phone-makers are rumoured to be developing devices with flexible screens that can be folded in half, without a hinge or seam in the
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Urban wind turbine wins UK James Dyson award

[ad_1] Image copyright Dyson Image caption The inventors hope their urban turbine can generate sustainable energy for cities where traditionally it has been difficult to capture wind power A turbine that can capture wind from any direction has won the UK's 2018 James Dyson Award.The O-Wind Turbine aims to capture inner-city wind and turn it into electricity in cities struggling to produce enough renewable energy for increasing populations.The portable, low-cost
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Esports ‘too violent’ to be included in Olympics

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A gamer plays 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' while competing at an esports tournament The President of the International Olympic Committee says esports are too violent to be part of the Olympics.Thomas Bach said the "so-called killer games" which promote violence or discrimination cannot be accepted into the Games."If you have egames where it's about killing somebody, this cannot be brought into line with our Olympic
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West Midlands 5G ‘testbed’ to trial connected ambulances

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption 5G is expected to provide much faster connections High-speed mobile internet is expected to revolutionise healthcare and public transport in a "testbed" region of the UK.The West Midlands has been chosen as the UK's first 5G area, testing the technology before a national rollout. Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton will receive up to £75m of public investment to develop 5G coverage.Plans for 5G include