HQ Trivia hosts final drunken quiz after investors pull plug: ‘My dogs are going to starve!’

Apps The app sensation has drawn millions of players and awarded $6m in prize money The final question of HQ Trivia’s quiz app was worth $5 – pulled from host Matt Richards’ pocket – and split between 523 contestants. Photograph: YouTube Online quiz app HQ…

German court orders Tesla to stop felling trees for Gigafactory

Tesla Ruling comes after state environmental office greenlit clearance of 92 hectares of forest Demonstrators protest against plans by Tesla to build a Gigafactory near Berlin. Photograph: Paweł Kopczyński/Reuters A German court has ordered Tesla to stop clearing forest land near Berlin to build its…

Bowers & Wilkins PX7 review: Bose-beating noise-cancelling headphones

Headphones 5 / 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars. Exquisite sound, effective noise cancelling, long battery life, future-proofed connectivity and comfortable to wear The Bowers & Wilkins PX7 might be big and expensive, but they’re top-end headphones that will be hard to beat and…

AI systems claiming to ‘read’ emotions pose discrimination risks

Artificial intelligence (AI) Expert says technology deployed is based on outdated science and therefore is unreliable A series of companies have been deploying facial recognition technology that claims to detect emotion. Photograph: izusek/Getty Images/iStockphoto Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems that companies claim can “read” facial expressions…

Internet privacy: the apps that protect you from your apps

The Observer Apps Worried about the data collected about you? A new generation of startups is making apps to put your privacy settings straight Illustration: James Melaugh/The Observer Tech companies don’t have favourite songs, but if they did, they would all pick Radiohead’s Just –…

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook must accept some state regulation

The Observer Facebook Co-founder says site sits between telephone company and newspaper as content provider Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook had been slow to understand the scale of foreign interference in elections. Photograph: Philipp Guelland/EPA Facebook must accept some form…

‘Can you post a meme?’: Facebook changes ad rules after Bloomberg exploits loophole

Facebook Policy change involves what Facebook calls ‘branded content’, sponsored items posted by ordinary users who are typically paid by companies Mike Bloomberg’s effort skirted many of the rules that tech companies have imposed on political ads. Photograph: Go Nakamura/Reuters Facebook decided on Friday to…

TikTok slammed for being too addictive in app’s first ‘I quit’ essay

TikTok It was the second most downloaded app of 2019 but in 2020 has acquired its first ‘why I deleted my TikTok’ essay [embedded content] Bust a move: A compilation of Tik Tok users doing the ‘Renegade’ dance. Perhaps you’ve just barely wrapped your head…

US urges Britain to take another ‘hard look’ at letting Huawei into 5G

Huawei Washington calls for rethink and claims Chinese firm has ‘back doors’ to mobile networks The remarks in Munich were the most direct public warning from the US to Britain to rethink its 5G policy. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters Britain needs to take a “hard look”…

Samsung launches Galaxy S20 range with up to 100x zoom camera

Samsung Super-sized Galaxy S20 Ultra has 108MP main camera and hybrid optical zoom lens Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: folding-screen flip-phone launches Samsung’s latest mainstream flagship Galaxy S20 smartphone line brings significant camera improvements. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian Samsung is launching its latest flagship Galaxy S20…