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Listen in to the new hearing revolution with your wireless headphones
Apple’s AirPods may have grabbed the headlines but they’re only part of a whole ‘hearable’ revolution

Earlier this month, the internet got in a froth about Apple’s decision to drop the 3.5mm analogue audio jack from the new iPhone. Users took to Twitter to vent their outrage, while tech analysts, such as Paul Erickson at IHS Technology, suggested that the removal was money-driven: “It should be noted that wireless models are the highest revenue-generating products within the headphone market,” he told the Financial Times.

Further disapproval was directed at Apple’s replacement for wired earphones, the AirPod, essentially a wireless earphone and microphone – “like a tampon without a string” according to the Guardian – while the writers of US late-night talkshow Conan created a satirical Apple ad featuring the devices plopping from users’ ears to floor and being eaten by their pet dogs.

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The rise and rise of tabletop gaming

Gentler designs with an emphasis on teamwork are fuelling a boom in board game sales. Why, in the golden age of video games, are we choosing to play with counters round a table? Below, the best of the new wave

It’s a bright Thursday morning in Oxford, and the Thirsty Meeples cafe on Gloucester Green market is thrumming with activity. As we sit at a sun-warmed window table, the maitre d’, Gareth, introduces himself and presents a list of recommendations.

First, he suggests Forbidden Desert. It is not a cocktail. “You have all crash-landed in a desert where you are searching for a lost civilisation,” explains Gareth, who sports a purple Thirsty Meeples “Game Guru” T-shirt. “A sandstorm hits, and you have to find all the pieces of a mythical flying ship to escape.” Next he offers up Escape: The Curse of the Temple, in which we’ll become “Indiana Jones-type people” who have to flee a crumbling ancient tomb. “Or,” Gareth says, “how about fighting fires?”. Last, he recommends Flash Point, in which I, my wife and two sons would rescue people from a burning building. Pull enough of them from the flames and we all win. But if a certain number are lost to the inferno, we lose. We choose Flash Point.

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New to Snapchat? Here’s how to join the conversation
It began life as an app for sharing self-deleting photos with friends. These days, however, it’s a hugely popular social network. Here’s our crash course

Snapchat is used by more than 150 million people every day, according to latest estimates. Yet 2016’s big story with this social app is that those users are no longer just teenagers.Snapchat has expanded to older smartphone owners, and evolved well beyond its roots as an app for private sharing of self-deleting photos.

In 2016, it is as much a public social network, not to mention a new form of television, with its own daily menu of news and entertainment.

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On my radar: Jane Goldman’s cultural highlights

The screenwriter on a great festival, shock horror Train to Busan, hacking TV drama Mr Robot and immersive theatre to die for

Born in London in 1970, screenwriter, producer and author Goldman began her writing career aged 16 when she left school and became a journalist, initially working as a showbiz reporter for the Daily Star. That same year she met Jonathan Ross in a nightclub, married him in Las Vegas aged 18 and went on to have three children with him. While the children were young, Goldman published several nonfiction guides for teenagers and, in 2000, her first novel, Dreamworld, before making the switch to films as co-writer on 2007’s Stardust. The movie was the first of several successful screenwriting collaborations with Matthew Vaughn, namely Kick-Ass (2010), X-Men: First Class (2011) and Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015). Her latest project is an adaptation for director Tim Burton of Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, in cinemas this week.

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Subaru Forester: car review | Martin Love

Subaru’s sturdy Forester is so robust and uncompromising that it pays to have calloused palms before you drive

Price: £25,495
Top speed: 118mph
0-62mph: 10.2 seconds
MPG: 47.9
CO2: 156g/km

A few weeks ago, my wife’s uncle organised a family get together to commemorate 100 years since her great-great grandfather had died. We learned she’d had two relatives on the Titanic (neither survived) and another who’d thrown himself down a well when the family business collapsed. Cheery stuff. Most of her ancient relatives had been West Country farm workers. Great Uncle Fred told me: “Oi’ve been cow man, pig man and ditcher.” His friend Albert said he’d been “hedger ’n’ forester”. They were men hardened by decades of physical work. My soft palms felt clammy. I didn’t know what to say. I blurted out: “That’s funny. I’m test driving a Forester this week.” They looked at me in incomprehension. “It’s a new Subaru,” I explained. “Would you like a lift back to the village hall?”

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