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How to avoid scammers posing as NHS contact tracers

The next step of the UK’s battle against coronavirus has been rolled out, months after it was abandoned because the system couldn’t cope with the influx of cases. Contact tracing, where anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 is quizzed about their recent movements, and people who have been in close proximity with them are contacted and told to self-isolate, has been launched.

But people have questions. There are fears that the way in which the system works, with potentially at-risk people contacted by email, phone or text message, could be an easy way for scammers to con victims out of

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Google Meet is free. Here’s how to master its most useful features

As the world continues to hunker down inside their homes, people are having to get used to socialising and hosting work meetings in an entirely different way. Remote video calls have become a part of everyday life, while ‘Zooming’ has become the phrase most commonly used to refer to video calls under lockdown. As Zoom has risen meteorically in popularity, legacy platforms like Skype and Google Hangouts Meet (now Google Meet) have fallen behind or become obsolete altogether.

But Google, clearly trying to reverse this shift in power within video conferencing, has struck back. Google Meet is now free

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This is what the OnePlus 8 Lite should look like

The first OnePlus phone arrived in 2014 at £279, less than half the current cost of the OnePlus 8. Its higher end OnePlus 8 Pro is more expensive than the iPhone 11.

OnePlus has been accused of losing its original value-packed appeal, which saw it rise with the viral intensity of the most popular Kickstarter projects at crowdfunding’s peak. But unlike the £599 jetpack you “ordered” and never received on Kickstarter, the OnePlus One was real, quite brilliant, and the best value phone you could buy in 2014.

OnePlus repeated the same successful formula several times, turning a lack of

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Trump’s feud with Twitter might change the internet as we know it

Donald Trump should be careful what he wishes for. He wants to do away with Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a piece of legislation that shields internet companies from liability for user-generated content on their platforms. But while the move is chiefly intended to antagonise Twitter, with which the US president is engulfed in an ongoing flame war, the consequences of tampering with Section 230 would be way more far-reaching.

“Section 230 says that websites aren’t liable for third-party content. And that basic legal principle has provided the legal infrastructure for the modern internet,” says Eric Goldman, a

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