What’s a Pokémon Go gym and how do I master them?

Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask about Pokémon Go gyms, battles and how to win them

Half of Pokémon Go is collecting the little beasts, you’ve got to “catch ‘em all!” after all, but the other half is a little more daunting: gym battles. But they needn’t be overwhelming or scary. Here’s a complete guide to what gyms are, how to battle in them and, most importantly, how to win.

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Thirty of the best gadgets under £30

From innovative media streamers and VR headsets to super-compact memory storage devices and chargers, we select the best bargain gadgetry

Sennheiser HD 201 (£16.99)
Arrestingly reasonable offering from the stately German brand, and they ain’t too hard on the ears either.

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Thousands of women unknowingly have intrusive photos shared on Twitter

Covert photos taken of women on beaches, public transport and elsewhere in public have been shared to two hashtags, one since 2012 with Twitter under pressure to act

Thousands of women have had intrusive photographs, taken of themselves without their knowledge, circulated on Twitter for years.

Covert photos taken of women on beaches, public transport and elsewhere have been shared to two hashtags for several years with apparent impunity.

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Places you shouldn’t play Pok​émon Go: during a government briefing on Isis

At a state department briefing on the anti-Isis coalition, a spokesman called out a journalist for playing the popular game but later asked, ‘did you get one?’

Pokémon Go has ruffled feathers everywhere from Gettysburg to Auschwitz. Those bored by the Republican national convention in Cleveland this week turned to the game to while away the lengthy pauses between dystopian speeches.

But on Thursday, the game ventured into rarefied territory.

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Most Wanted: San Francisco flyers name and shame Airbnb hosts

Posters in the city’s Chinatown claim Airbnb landlords are ‘destroying affordable housing for immigrant, minority and low income families’

San Francisco’s gentrification wars have long fostered a certain element willing to make the debate over affordable housing extremely personal.

During the first dot-com boom, members of the “Mission Yuppie Eradication Project” posted flyers encouraging residents of the once working-class Latino neighborhood to “vandalize yuppie cars”. During the current tech boom, as evictions soared, activists began using stencils to paint the sidewalks in front of certain buildings with an image of a suitcase and a message: “Tenants here forced out.”

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iOS flaw lets hackers access iPhones using an iMessage

Users urged to update their iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch to prevent attackers taking over devices with malicious images

A flaw in the way Apple software handles images allows hackers to take over an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac or Apple TV with a simple iMessage or email.

The vulnerability in Apple’s picture-handling Image I/O API means that a malicious Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) file can force a so-called buffer overflow, which allows a hacker to break through Apple’s security and run their own code on a device.

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If the future of video games is VR, it needs to stop making us feel sick

E3 2016 saw a range of virtual reality demos, from Resident Evil to Star Trek. But with problems from motion sickness to uncertainty over formats, is the industry floundering?

One of the big stories to come out of this year’s E3 video games conference was that virtual reality was definitely there. Not hiding in little booths at the peripheral of the main halls, but there, front and centre, with big publishers and big franchises on board.

We saw demos of Resident Evil 7 (RE7) and Fallout 4 running in VR, we saw standalone VR experiences in the form of Star Trek: Bridge Crew and Batman: Arkham VR and we had the promise of virtual reality modes for major releases such as Final Fantasy XV and Star Wars: Battlefront. Meanwhile, Sony promised that 50 titles would be available for its PlayStation VR headset by the end of the year, showing that its (comparatively) accessible, wallet-friendly device had major developer support. Suddenly, over the course of four hot June days in Los Angeles, we seemed to have the killer apps that every consumer technology needs and that VR had arguably been missing.

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Edward Snowden designs phone case to show when data is being monitored

Snowden and co-designer Andrew ‘Bunnie’ Huang’s ‘introspection engine’ knows when a cellular, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection is being used to share data

Edward Snowden has helped design a mobile phone case called the “introspection engine” that, he claims, will show when a smartphone is transmitting information that could be monitored.

Presenting via video link to event at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Snowden and co-designer Andrew “Bunnie” Huang showed how the device connects to a phone’s different radio transmitters, showing its owner knows when a cellular, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection is being used to share or receive data.

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BT Broadband, Plusnet and others face second day of outage

Britain’s largest internet service provider continues to struggle with power issues, causing outages across the country

BT Broadband and Plusnet customers are facing a second day without internet access, as the UK’s largest internet service provider, and its competitors, struggle with further power issues.

After a day of disruption on Wednesday, which had 1 million of BT’s 10 million customers without internet access for hours, the ISP has been struggling to maintain normal service again this morning, leading users to vent frustration on social media.

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Google South Korean offices inspected in Android antitrust probe

Korean Fair Trade Commission visited company’s Seoul base over allegations that it abused its market dominance

Google is facing an investigation by the South Korean antitrust regulator into Android and the company’s alleged abuse of market dominance, according to local reports.

Yonhap news agency reported that officials from the Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) inspected Google’s Seoul offices last week. This is part of a probe into whether the company is unfairly forcing smartphone makers to use its Android operating system.

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