Struggling for shut-eye in lockdown? Sleep-tracking devices may help | Technology

Months in covd-19-induced lockdown have for many of us taken a toll on our sleep. From the late-night scrolling through news to the bizarre dreams and midnight wake-ups worrying, the stress of the coronavirus pandemic has been wreaking havoc on our collective sleeping habits. A recent survey found two in Continue Reading

$10bn of precious metals dumped each year in electronic waste, says UN | Environment

At least $10bn (£7.9bn) worth of gold, platinum and other precious metals are dumped every year in the growing mountain of electronic waste that is polluting the planet, according to a new UN report. A record 54m tonnes of “e-waste” was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21% in five years, Continue Reading

Finale risk: Rolling Stones, Lennox and McCartney among stars seeking music aid | Business- Tempemail

The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney and Dua Lipa are among 1,500 musicians and bands calling for the government to take urgent action to help live music in Britain avoid collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic. A letter signed by artists, including Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Coldplay, Annie Lennox and Continue Reading

Pokémon Go creator joins Punchdrunk theatre for interactive venture | Games

Immersive theatre company Punchdrunk, best known for its Macbeth production Sleep No More, and augmented-reality game developer Niantic, creator of augmented-reality smartphone games Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, are teaming up to create “interactive experiences”, the companies announced today. They are not working on extensions to existing games Continue Reading

UK government hints at U-turn on Huawei role in 5G technology | Technology

The government may be close to announcing a U-turn on its controversial decision to allow Huawei to supply 5G technology, the culture secretary has hinted by saying US sanctions appear likely to affect the Chinese company. Oliver Dowden told members of a special defence select committee scrutinising Huawei that an Continue Reading

Is it payback time for Apple as the EU goes after its licences to print money? | John Naughton | Opinion

On 16 June, the European commission opened two antitrust investigations into Apple’s App Store and Apple Pay practices. The first investigation will examine whether Apple has broken EU competition rules with its App Store policies. The second investigation is into whether restrictions imposed by Apple on the near field communication Continue Reading

Apple update to allow iPhone users to choose default apps | Technology

iPhone users will be able to set Gmail as their default email app, Firefox as their main web browser, and listen to Spotify on their HomePod speakers, after Apple announced concessions to competitors who argue the company is abusing its monopoly. The new openness will arrive with a wave of Continue Reading

The best keyboard and mouse for working from home | Technology

With many of us still stuck working at home because of the coronavirus crisis and some employers saying it could be months before they reopen offices, it is time to start seriously thinking about your home set-up and whether it could be more comfortable and efficient. A decent keyboard and Continue Reading

Give 1m UK children reliable broadband or risk harming their education, MPs say | Technology

The government must urgently ensure that more than 1 million children have reliable internet access at home or risk irreparable harm to their education, a cross-party group of MPs and former ministers has said. Tony Blair is among a number of prominent figures, including a Tory grandee, to back calls Continue Reading

Boris Johnson’s polarising statue tweets are pure Trump | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion- Tempemail

When Boris Johnson starts copying Donald Trump’s signature move – taking sides in a culture war by firing off a string of tweets – you know that America’s global domination remains so complete it can turn even one of the country’s most grotesque defects into a cultural export. In fact, Continue Reading