Dec.08

Minecraft blocks used to make virtual Atari 2600 console

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The Atari 2600 is still fondly remembered by retro gamers

A YouTuber has recreated the Atari 2600 games console – by building a virtual version of the device’s hardware out of Minecraft blocks.

Seth Bling, from Seattle, described his project online in a video.

The ones and zeroes used by computers as the basis for all programming are represented by alternating blocks – either dirt or stone.

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Dec.03

Fake news detector plug-in developed

As pressure mounts on firms such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to do more to tackle fake news, some are taking things into their own hands.

Technologist Daniel Sieradski has developed a plug-in – known as BS Detector – that flags up “questionable” websites on Facebook and Twitter.

The plug-in – has appeared in dozens of news feeds, leading some to think it was an official Facebook feature.

It appears Facebook is currently blocking links to the site.

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Dec.02

Okay Google, you need a cuter name

The first thing I say when I wake up every morning is “Okay Google”.

Now don’t worry - it’s not shrieked amidst some kind of panicked, cold sweat. I’m not having nightmares about search engines, or even the prolonged suffering of Google+ (though someone surely should be).

For the past month, saying “Google” is the way I’ve been turning off my alarm, ever since being sent a review unit of Google Home, the new smart assistant.

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