Entertainment

vivoboard May 26, 2018

Complaints have been filed against Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp within hours of the new GDPR data protection law taking effect. The companies are accused of forcing users to consent to targeted advertising to use the services. Privacy group noyb.eu led by activist Max Schrems said people were not being given a “free choice”. If […]

vivoboard May 26, 2018

Popular video game critic John Bain – known as TotalBiscuit and the Cynical Brit – has died aged 33. He had 2.2 million YouTube subscribers, but retired from reviewing games in April after bowel cancer spread to his liver. In a lengthy post on Reddit, he wrote that he did not “have long left” and […]

vivoboard May 26, 2018

Britain’s first-ever Dota 2 major tournament wants to “offer inspiration” to UK fans, organisers say. The event, being held in Birmingham this weekend, see teams from across the world compete for a $1m (£750,000) prize pool. There are only a few top level British players of the game, but tickets for the event sold out […]

vivoboard May 26, 2018

Two more gamers accused of being part of a “swatting” hoax that led to a fatal shooting have been charged. A man renting a house owned by one of the men allegedly involved in the swat – a hoax call requesting armed police – was shot dead in the subsequent raid. Tyler Barriss, who is […]

vivoboard May 26, 2018

Media playback is unsupported on your device Some high-profile US news websites are temporarily unavailable in Europe after new EU data protection rules came into effect. The Chicago Tribune and LA Times were among those saying they were currently unavailable in most European countries. Meanwhile complaints were filed against US tech giants within hours of […]

vivoboard May 26, 2018

After 17 years, RuneScape Classic, the original version of the online game, will shut down. The creators have shared the news three months in advance so that players have time to say goodbye. The multi-user game, set in a fantasy world, was released in 2001 and will stop running at 8am on 6 August, 2018. […]

vivoboard May 25, 2018

Netflix formally claimed the title of most valuable media company in the world on Thursday, at least for a bit. Shares in the online streaming giant rose more than 2% in mid-afternoon trading, pushing the firm’s market value to more than $153bn (£114bn). The ascent briefly eclipsed rival Walt Disney, which has been shaken by […]

vivoboard May 25, 2018

Several tech firms have opted to block EU residents from using their services because of concerns they are not compliant with a shake-up to the 28-nation bloc’s data privacy laws. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on Friday. It gives the public more rights over how personal information is used and raises […]

vivoboard May 24, 2018

Google has enraged a leading film-maker by using his footage in a corporate video that later leaked online. The technology company used material from more than half a dozen of Philip Bloom’s films to make a provocative presentation about ways it could exploit users’ data in the future. Mr Bloom makes a living from selling […]

vivoboard May 24, 2018

A “school-shooting simulator” video game has been described as “appalling” by an anti-gun violence charity. According to its listing on the Steam video game store, the software lets players “slaughter as many civilians as possible” in a school environment. Charity Infer Trust called on Valve – the company behind the Steam games store – to […]