Double world champion James retires from cycling

Double world champion James retires from cycling

Double track world champion and Olympic silver medallist Becky James has retired, at the age of 25. The Welsh athlete won the world sprint and keirin titles in 2013 and took silver at the same events at the 2016 Rio Olympics. “I have had time to think about my future and have decided to retire from international track sprint racing,” James said in a statement. She intends to set up a baking business “along with…

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Hellblade is One Patch Away From Greatness on PS4

Hellblade is One Patch Away From Greatness on PS4

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Historically, there has been a stigma associated with budget game releases. If there wasn’t enough confidence to charge full price, there was a good chance the game was a real stinker. Thankfully, that paradigm has changed completely, and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is an excellent example of what can be achieved in a half-price game with a smaller scope. Set in…

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DeepMind AI Moves on from Board Games to StarCraft II

DeepMind AI Moves on from Board Games to StarCraft II

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. There is a long and storied history of machines beating humans at games we once dominated. There was Deep Blue beating humans at chess, then Watson winning Jeopardy!, and most recently, Google’s DeepMind AI branch created a computer that can win the deviously complex game Go. Now, DeepMind is moving on to its biggest challenge yet: StarCraft II. I wonder…

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Arts suffering from 'class-shaped hole', Labour inquiry finds

Arts suffering from 'class-shaped hole', Labour inquiry finds

The arts industry is suffering from a “class-shaped hole”, a Labour Party inquiry says. The Acting Up report suggests the high audition costs for drama school is one of several factors deterring people from working class backgrounds from entering the arts. It also recommends more school trips to the theatre to encourage young pupils. The government said it was a “priority” to ensure everyone can take part in the arts and culture, including in schools….

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Criticism of Prevent 'stems from ignorance'

Criticism of Prevent 'stems from ignorance'

One of Scotland Yard’s most senior police officers says criticism of the government’s Prevent programme is based on “ignorance”. It was set up to stop people being drawn into terrorist activities, but has been labelled “toxic” by critics. “They don’t understand properly how Prevent works,” Commander Dean Haydon told the BBC’s Asian Network. He added that some criticism came from parts of the community that “don’t want Prevent to work in the first place”. The…

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Moeen takes game away from South Africa – video & report

Moeen takes game away from South Africa – video & report

Media playback is not supported on this device Fourth Investec Test, Old Trafford, day three England 362 & 224-8 (66.2 overs): Moeen 67*, Root 49, Olivier 3-38 South Africa 226 (72.1 overs): Bavuma 46, Anderson 4-38 England lead by 360 runs Scorecard Moeen Ali’s thrilling, unbeaten 67 cemented England’s stronghold over South Africa on day three of the final Test at Old Trafford. The home side, leading by 136 on first innings, wobbled to 153-7…

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WannaCry ransomware bitcoins move from online wallets

WannaCry ransomware bitcoins move from online wallets

More than $ 140,000 (£105,000) worth of bitcoins paid by victims of the WannaCry ransomware outbreak have been removed from their online wallets. It has been nearly three months since infections struck organisations worldwide, including the NHS, which faced days of disruption as a result. The bitcoin activity was noticed by a Twitter bot set up by Quartz journalist Keith Collins. The balance of all wallets known to be associated with WannaCry is now zero….

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Apple 'pulls 60 VPNs from China App Store'

Apple 'pulls 60 VPNs from China App Store'

The creators of several Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have criticised Apple’s decision to remove their products from its App Store in China. The BBC understands that as many as 60 VPNs were pulled over the weekend. Apple said it was legally required to remove them because they did not comply with new regulations. It refused to confirm the exact number of apps withdrawn, but did not deny the figure. It added that dozens of legal…

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