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The WHO calls video games addiction a disease
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The WHO calls video games addiction a disease 

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Microsoft is marketing the Files Restore feature as a good way to protect against ransomware attacks that lock files on a local PC, and often try to delete copies that are stored in synced folders – replicating those changes in the cloud. We’ve seen a number of these attacks recently, and victims have been forced to pay money to try and get their files back.

If OneDrive detects mass deletion of cloud files, Microsoft will alert users through an email or mobile / desktop notification and a recovery process will let you quickly restore to a time before the ransomware attack.

Google

Thousands of Google employees have signed a letter to CEO Sundar Pichai protesting the company’s work assisting the US Department of Defense to develop computer vision AI.

The employees in the letter wrote that Google is “already struggling to keep the public’s trust” due to fears about biased and weaponized AI.

The employees are trying to make the point that Google will now be joining defence companies like Raytheon, and General Dynamics. Other tech companies like Microsoft and Amazon, are also participating in defence related technologies so why can’t Google be involved?

Video games

In the June update of its International Classification of Diseases, the WHO will include “gaming disorder”. This is a pattern of behaviour according to the WHO that is “characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”

A study that was done in Ontario in 2016 estimated that 13 per cent of Ontario students — or almost 123,000 children — have experienced symptoms of a “video gaming problem,” which was up from nine per cent in 2007. About one in five boys reported having “problematic symptoms” linked to their video gaming.

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From the rest of the team at WRLWND Radio, this is Marcello Sukhdeo, in light of the news we’ve covered today, saying, stay safe in the technology WRLWND.

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