Even though our casual shortening of 7 Days on the Internet to '7doti' failed to click with my fellow staff, I'm going to labour on under the assumption that our readers are infinitely cooler than all the people in the office and flog this dead horse for all its worth.So welcome to 7doti – your round-up of the web of our wide world, browsing casually into the corners of your minds to bring you the hottest, coolest, longest and possibly cuddliest news, views and, for one week only, mews.Amazon Prime Day deals: see all the best offers right now!Stuff that happenedLet's start with the story hot off the press (our printer broke) on Google's 'zeitgeist' which any German GCSE student will tell you means time ghost.So, oh ghost of time, what exactly has the UK searched for on Google in 2008?Apparently it's 'Facebook' and 'BBC'. Now we know what you cunning people are doing here – you know darn well that facebook.com in the URL bar would take you to the page, but those extra four … [Read more...] about 7 Days on the Internet: From Stephen Fry tweets to LOLCats
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Blockbuster games like DOTA, Counter-Strike and DayZ have are all connected by the fact that they started off as total conversion mods. These are labours of love created by code-savvy fans who one day thought ‘What would ARMA be like with zombies?’ or ‘How would Warcraft III play if I controlled just the one hero?’ From these little kernels of inspiration, a phenomena were born.But we’re going to put aside those success stories for now, and look at the best total conversion mods that are still completely free. After years of work and hundreds of hours of development, these mods are so well crafted that if you squint just a little, you may just mistake them for full standalone games.The ability to completely transform your existing game into an entirely new one using total conversion mods is yet another reason why gaming on PC is so good. So, as part of our PC Gaming Week 2018, here's our pick of the best total conversion mods you can install and play … [Read more...] about 10 best free total conversion mods for PC
Apple is going ever greener in China, with the launch of two clean energy projects designed to reduce the carbon footprints of its supply chain and manufacturing partners.The first initiative involves building 200 megawatts of solar projects that will produce energy to offset energy expended in Apple's supply chain. The second project will see Apple work with its manufacturing partners to become more energy efficient, installing more than 2 gigawatts of clean energy production over the next few years. It did not reveal what percentage of its energy use that represents.Between them the projects will prevent 20 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gases pouring into the atmosphere between now and 2020. Apple claims this will have the equivalent effect of taking 4 million passenger vehicles off the road. Since Tim Cook took over as CEO of the Cupertino, California-based company, Apple has been keen to show the world it has a social conscience. Over the past two years it has been working … [Read more...] about Apple wants its manufacturers and supply chain to go green in China
HONG KONG -- Debby Chan may not have the answer to the terribly complex issues facing workers at the giant Chinese contract manufacturing plants where iPhones are assembled. But she has plenty of questions. Chan's modest office here, shared with another human rights activist, is cluttered with books and papers. Posters hang from the walls, questioning the legitimacy of Burma's 2010 elections. There's another of an iPhone with a graphic on the screen, a worker carrying the Apple logo on his back with blood flowing from his mouth, under the words "No more iSlave." And on a cabinet, there's a picture of Chinese dissident Li Wangyang, who spent 11 years in prison for "counter-revolutionary propaganda and incitement," and died on June 6 under suspicious conditions. The government called his hanging a suicide, though his family and other activists suspect authorities, threatened by his activism, are responsible. More than any activist, Chan has been calling attention to the labor rights … [Read more...] about ‘No more iSlave:’ An activist fights for iPhone workers
With less than two weeks before the nation goes to the polls, PC Mag UK has examined the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos from a general tech, security and start-up perspective. There’s no partisan point scoring or finger pointing here; this article looks at what each of the main parties is planning in terms of extending superfast (and ultrafast) broadband coverage, mobile coverage, security, helping small businesses, science research and development, and tech in general. That said, policies will be viewed in context of recent events including the loss of NHS data thanks to WannaCry and previous efforts in certain sectors including broadband rollout and data retention. Superfast broadband rollout Prior to this election being called, the government had already agreed to updating what’s called the Universal Service Obligation (USO). This currently means that BT is legally required to offer a phone line that’s at least capable of supporting voice … [Read more...] about UK Election 2017: Labour, Tory, Lib Dem, which party has the best tech manifesto?