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Judges crack down on EU migrants selling The Big Issue

| May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments




Selling the magazine lets homeless people register as self-employed but a court said a woman earned too little for her work to be ‘genuine and effective’ and cut eligibility to benefits.

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QUENTIN LETTS on PM’s powerful Downing Street statement

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Theresa May was the one who had to make the decisions and find words to reassure the nation, writes QUENTIN LETTS. How to describe the indescribable?

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Ariana Grande school-age fans known as Arianators fanatic 

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A suicide bomber targeted an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday. She is among a wave of young female singers who are phenomenally popular with school-age girls.

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Here’s everything Google is rumoured to be launching in 2017 (GOOG)

| May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments



For years, Google was happy to be a software company.

It built the apps and services by other companies on their devices, and it the model worked well for Google. Its search engine is overwhelmingly the most popular way to find information online. Its mobile operating system, Android, is on more than two billion devices worldwide.

But that’s no longer enough.

The Californian technology giant is now increasingly developing its own hardware products, from high-end smartphones to AI-powered smart speakers designed to control your home. 2016 was the year Google really began to move into the hardware space, and it intends to double down on those initial efforts in 2017.

While Google, like many other tech companies, rarely talks about unannounced products, leaks and rumours still give us a glimpse at what it has in the pipeline.

Here’s a run-down on everything we think Google is planning to unveil this year …

A virtual reality headset

Google has been tinkering with virtual reality for years. First it had Cardboard, a super-budget version of VR that let users build a headset with nothing but their phone, two lenses, and a cardboard box. Then last year, it unveiled Daydream … which is basically the same as Cardboard, but with a fancier headset to put the phone in, a remote control, and some minimum technical requirements.

But earlier in May, at its annual I/O developers’ conference, it announced something much more exciting: A standalone virtual reality headset.

It’s working with partners HTC and Lenovo to build headsets (they’ll each release their own), and it’s slated to come out at an unspecified date later this year, costing in the “mid-hundreds range.” It’s a big deal — VR headsets have typically required expensive gaming computers to run. But Google’s new headset won’t require any other device to function.

If successful, it could be a big step in the slow march of virtual reality into the mainstream, so watch this space closely.

The Pixel 2 smartphone

Google’s iPhone killer is getting an update.

Last year, Google announced the Google Pixel. It’s a high-end smartphone, designed to go toe-to-toe with Apple and show off the very best of Android. And it largely succeeds, receiving rave reviews from critics.

Google has confirmed it will be launching a second-generation Pixel (and the Pixel XL, its larger-screened sibling) in 2017. Major slated changes include an almost edge-to-edge screen (like the one found in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and rumoured to be a feature of the forthcoming iPhone 8), waterproofing, and boosted internal specs.

It’s also rumoured to ditch the headphone jack, like the iPhone 7 did in 2016 — a move that may prove controversial.

The first pixel launched in October 2016, so around then seems like a solid bet for its successor too.

A third, larger phone (or tablet)

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL might not be the only only new phones Google takes the wraps off in 2017.

There rumours that Google will also be launching a third smartphone that’s bigger than the other two. Codenamed “Taimen,” it wil allegedly be a phablet device with a screen bigger than 5.5-inches, to cater for those in the market foe the largest screen possible.

Another option being considered by Google-watchers is that the Taimen will be a full-blown tablet.

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Pope Francis and Donald Trump Meet at Vatican

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It was the first face-to-face meeting of the two leaders, who symbolize starkly different views of the world.

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Use This Trick From Endurance Athletes to Manage Your Team’s Energy

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Successful leaders are learning how to manage their team’s energy with training secrets from endurance athletes.

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Use This Trick From Endurance Athletes to Manage Your Team’s Energy

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Bloody price paid for liberal weakness

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After the worst mass murder in Britain since 7/7, the first thoughts of this paper are with the victims and their families, viciously robbed of parents, beloved children and siblings.

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DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Bloody price paid for liberal weakness

10 things in tech you need to know today (GOOG, FB, AAPL, MSFT)

| May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments



Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.

1. The former CEO of Ve Interactive, an ad tech unicorn which fell apart spectacularly earlier this year, is being investigated over claims he spent £11.5 million of company money propping up his other ventures. His name is David Brown.

2. The first employee hired to work on the Oculus Rift at Oculus VR — the virtual reality headset company Facebook paid $2 billion (£1.5 billion) for — is quitting. “Chris Dycus, employee number 1, out,” he wrote in a Facebook post on May 15.

3. Google DeepMind beat world Go champion Ke Jie in China. Go is an ancient two-player board game that was invented in China some 3,000 years ago.

4. Facebook responded to the leak of its moderator rules. “We get things wrong,” admitted Monika Bickert, the company’s head of global policy management.

5. Apple is working on a technology that will increase the iPhone’s internet speeds. An application for an experimental license to use new 5G wireless technology, called millimeter wave, was signed on Tuesday by Apple and made public by the FCC.

6. Google’s parent company Alphabet is sitting on a potentially huge self-driving car business, Morgan Stanley analysts wrote in a research note. They peg Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car division, as a potential spin-out company worth at least $70 billion (£54 billion).

7. Instagram is copying yet another feature that Snapchat pioneered. It’s the ability to see crowdsourced photos and videos from a specific location or event, like a concert or daily highlights from New York City.

8. Microsoft has taken the wraps off the new Surface Pro, a long-awaited upgrade to 2015’s well-received Surface Pro 4 tablet/laptop hybrid. It’s the company’s Windows 10-powered rival to the Apple MacBook Air.

9. Hewlett Packard Enterprise has frustrated its sales people with issues over their pay. The company’s internal software, which tracks how much each person has sold and their sales commissions that form the bulk of their pay, did not work properly, a top HPE exec confessed matter-of-factly.

10. The VC firm that made early bets on Uber and Snap is investing in a marijuana company. Hound Labs, a California-based startup that makes a breathalyzer for marijuana, announced a new $8.1 million (£6.2 million) round of funding led by Benchmark Capital.

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A startup which lets you book medical appointments online has raised £13 million

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DocPlanner, which lets you book an appointment with a doctor online, has raised €15 million (£13 million) in a Series D round led by London’s One Peak Partners, and existing investors Target Global and Enern Investments.

The round brings DocPlanner’s total funding to €46 million (£40 million).

DocPlanner will use its new funding to expand into Latin America, add new software for doctors, and do more sales and marketing. The startup will open new offices in Brazil and Mexico.

The startup was founded in 2012 in Poland by Mariusz Gralewski, who previously build GoldenLine.pl, a Polish rival to LinkedIn. DocPlanner lets you search for a doctor by specialism — type “acne”, for example, and the site will show you dermatologists. In the UK, DocPlanner only seems to show private doctors.

DocPlanner merged with a Spanish-owned rival called Doctoralia last year, and operates in the UK under that name. Doctoralia was kicked off an NHS list of approved third-party apps in 2015, after a privacy campaign group complained about inaccurately listed information.

Most of DocPlanner’s customers are in southern Europe, the company said. It isn’t clear how many British customers the startup has, given most people use the NHS rather than private services. The startup claims 340,000 bookings per month, and 20 million patients signed up to its platform.

Gralewski, founder and CEO of DocPlanner, said: “We continue the process of integrating the DocPlanner and Doctoralia teams and have already developed a very coherent and well-functioning organisation with a common mission and strategy.

“We have been able to take the best practices and capabilities from each business to create something that is way beyond the sum of its parts.”

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Taboola intros Facebook-style ‘news feed’ to target mobile users with more links

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 Taboola, the startup that works with hundreds of publishers to provide a set of links at the bottom of pages directing readers to more content on the site and elsewhere, has long positioned Facebook as the big competitor. Consumers scanning articles on Facebook, especially on mobile, are less likely to ever visit a publisher’s own site, even more so now with the introduction of… Read More


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Healthcare booking platform DocPlanner raises €15M Series D

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 DocPlanner, the European online booking platform for healthcare appointments, has raised €15 million in Series D funding, just ten months after announcing a larger Series C round of $20 million (~€18m). Leading the round is existing investors Enern Investments, and Target Global, in addition to London-based One Peak Partners. Read More


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Flynn: ‘Common ground’ key to Trump’s meeting with the pope

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Former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See


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Rocket Internet sells 51% of fashion site Namshi to Dubai’s Emaar Malls for $151M

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 Emaar Malls missed out on a bid to buy Souq when Amazon picked up the Dubai-based online retailer for about $650 million in March. Now, the retailing giant of the Middle East is making another acquisition to step up its game in e-commerce. Today Rocket Internet — the Berlin-based e-commerce incubator — announced that it has sold 51 percent of Namshi, its Middle Eastern Amazon clone,… Read More


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Rocket Internet sells 51% of fashion site Namshi to Dubai’s Emaar Malls for $151M

Keith Richards is auctioning off his antiques in New York

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Richards, 73, and his glamorous 61-year-old wife Patti Hansen will hold the auction on June 24 at the Hudson, New York auctioneer Stair Galleries, with all proceeds set to go to charity.

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What should you expect from Sony PlayStation at E3? GamesBeat Decides

| May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments



We only have a couple of episodes of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, a hilarious show about a man and his mischievous pet ape, before we’re in Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show. That means our preview shows now feature more leaks and rumors. This week, hosts Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb decide […]


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How The Arrow-verse Is Like The Avengers, According To One Star

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Superheroes are all the rage on the big and small screens nowadays. One Supergirl star has revealed to CinemaBlend just how the Arrow-verse and The Avengers are very similar.


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Game engine maker Unity raises $400 million in private equity from Silver Lake

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Game engine maker Unity Technologies isn’t hurting for money. The company has raised $400 million in private equity from Silver Lake, according Unity CEO John Riccitiello, as quoted in Bloomberg. The investment values San Francisco-based Unity at $2.6 billion, but regulators still need to approve the deal, Riccitiello told Bloomberg. Part of the money will go […]


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Dancing With The Stars Just Awarded Its Mirrorball Trophy And Twitter Is Pissed

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Well, Season 24 of Dancing With The Stars finally wrapped up tonight, and a new star now gets to take a mirrorball trophy home. Unfortunately, Twitter fans are up in arms over not so much who won, but who didn’t win tonight. Read on to see how people reacted.


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Europe Edition: Manchester, Roger Moore, Donald Trump: Your Wednesday Briefing

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Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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An Up-Close Look at the Notorious APT32 Hacking Group in Action

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Cybersecurity company Cybereason has shared new details about how one of the world’s most mysterious hacking groups operates. The post An Up-Close Look at the Notorious APT32 Hacking Group in Action appeared first on WIRED.

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How to Make Sure Your Kids Catch Your Entrepreneurial Spirit

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Learning how to raise children to be smart and successful can be difficult. Happy kids learn from their parents.

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Uber’s Simple Math Mistake Will Cost It Tens of Millions of Dollars

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It’s so much money! No wait, it’s basically a rounding error.

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Uber’s Simple Math Mistake Will Cost It Tens of Millions of Dollars

Moody’s Downgrades China Over Worries About Its Growing Debt

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The ratings firm’s action underlines the difficulty Beijing faces in pushing economic growth while tackling problems in its financial system.

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Unity, whose software powers half of all new mobile games, lands $400 million from Silver Lake

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 Unity Technologies, a 13-year-old, San Francisco-based company that makes development tools for video game creators, has raised $400 million in fresh funding from the private equity firm Silver Lake. A “big chunk” of the round went toward purchasing the shares of longtime employees and earlier investors, John Riccitiello told Bloomberg earlier today, explaining that he thinks… Read More


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How to Instantly Reduce Stress, According to Science

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It’s your brain that’s creating the stress so your brain can also reduce or even eliminate it.

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Artist of the Day: Hajime Asahi

| May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments



Discover the art of Hajime Asahi, Cartoon Brew’s Artist of the Day.

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The Amazing Office Prank That Was Cut Out Of The Series Finale

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As any fan of The Office knows, Jim pulled some epic pranks on his oddball desk mate Dwight over the years. Now we’ve gotten word that one amazing prank almost made it into the finale. Here’s what happened.


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Watch The Beauty And The Beast Musical Scene That Was Cut From The Movie

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One of Beauty and the Beast‘s songs went through some major changes, and now you can see how it originally began.


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Trump Praises Duterte for Philippine Drug Crackdown in Call Transcript

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A Philippine account of the phone call includes President Trump commending a program in which the government has sanctioned the killing of drug suspects.

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Confirmed deaths of the Manchester Arena terror attack

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Megan Hurley died in last night’s attack after watching singer Ariana Grande at the MEN Arena, while her brother Bradley was injured.

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