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06/12/2019 14:30:38  

NVM, we'll give you a toggle to deactivate UWB... in the future-ture-ture

For a company that prizes itself on its privacy credentials, Apple received a bit of a bloody nose earlier this week when long-time security journalist Brian Krebs revealed the iPhone 11 Pro intermittently seeks the user’s location — even when there are no applications with location permissions in use.…

06/12/2019 14:30:37  

Save yourself a few quid and we'll see you in May 2020

Event If DevOps, containers, CI/CD and serverless are on your agenda for next year, grabbing a blind-bird ticket for our Continuous Lifecycle London conference should be top of your end-of-year todo list.…

06/12/2019 14:30:22  

Tory anger after tweet shows PM saying ‘people of colour’ instead of ‘people of talent’

Channel 4 News has apologised after a subtitling error wrongly claimed Boris Johnson had discussed whether “people of colour” should be allowed into the UK, prompting the Conservatives to accuse the channel of being campaigners rather than journalists.

In a clip of the prime minister uploaded to Channel 4’s social media accounts, Johnson was captioned as saying: “I’m in favour of having people of colour come to this country but I think we should have it democratically controlled and have it done that way.”

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06/12/2019 14:30:20  

The Guardian’s picture editors select photo highlights from around the world

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06/12/2019 14:30:19  

It’s usually champagne all round on Christmas Day, but what about alternatives, and are they any better value?

I don’t know how your Christmas Day kicks off, but once we’ve opened our stockings, had a caffeine injection and put the turkey on, it’s fizz all round (well, not for the kids, obviously, but their sleep-deprived parents and grandparents are well in need of the boost after the night before).

That’s always meant champagne, but does it have to? Everyone has their own family traditions, so absolutely not, but a bottle of champers undoubtedly marks the celebratory nature of the day, and the truth is that, when it’s on special offer (and I can’t emphasise that strongly enough), it’s better value than a lot of comparable sparkling wines.

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06/12/2019 14:30:18  

I’m wearing a beanie in a lollipop-lady-referencing shade of fluro. With neon, a little goes a long way

Hi-vis used to be reserved for cyclists, or fans of the early Lady Gaga looks. Then Instagram happened and an Insta-worthy outfit became all about the standout visual – and so the neon boom began. Menswear designers, from the more traditional (Calvin Klein, Burberry) to the purveyors of cutting-edge streetwear (Off-White, Vetements), have incorporated it into their designs. You can see its domination everywhere: on the ’Gram, where too-cool-for-muted-blue pop stars like Bad Bunny and J Balvin unabashedly push the neon agenda; and on Love Island, where it loomed large via the eye-popping swimwear. Back here on terra firma, however, wearing hi-vis could simply mean you’re holding a sign for a golf sale.

Perhaps the best approach to cracking the “how to work neon” conundrum is via a well-thought-out accessory, such as a scarf or hat. Here, I’m wearing a beanie in a lollipop-lady-referencing shade of fluoro, twinned with a muted blue twill jacket. This feels like a good way of raising the fun stakes: my hat provides a not-so-subtle way of lifting a boring winter outfit without frightening the oncoming traffic. With neon, a little goes a long way (see also: gloves and socks). The multicoloured sports shoe is also an option but, be warned, you could look a bit “dad on the lash”, which might not be what you’re gunning for. What I’m wearing, AKA “the rave beanie”, is an undersung member of the winter hat family – think of it as the crazy aunt of the bucket hat and the acid house bandana.

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06/12/2019 14:30:17  

Whether you’re recovering from a festive night out or a stressful vote, what’s needed is a reliable pick-me-up

Before a BNO (Big Night Out) recently, I forgot to adjust the thermostat, which sets the heating to start at 6am. This meant that soon after coming home at 2am, merry and hot from booze, I began to dehydrate, dry heat wrinkling my wine-soaked body like an expensive cured sausage, although I didn’t feel so tasty.

I have been working on my hangovers for years (tinkering, testing), trying to optimise them. I’ve tried it all – pickle juice, milk thistle – because if I can just remove the nausea and the nagging feeling that my colleagues hate me, hangovers could be wonderful. They are, as friends with children can attest, an immense privilege: lie-ins, fry-ups and binge-watching. Of course, the only true cure is abstinence, but the search has led me to discover “emotional hangovers”.

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06/12/2019 14:30:17  

Pristine beaches, Insta-pretty towns, Game of Thrones locations, the majestic northern lights – from Derry to Cork, these island of Ireland experiences are a must

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06/12/2019 14:30:16  

How do you go from disastrous gift-giver to bringer of yuletide joy? Stacey Duguid explains how we can all inject some wonder into our presents

I won’t lie, up until very recently, I’ve been monumentally bad at gift giving. I mean, sure, I give gifts, but they were never particularly well thought through or well considered (or well received, for that matter). When it comes to gifting, especially at this time of year, there is nothing I haven’t been through. I’ve oscillated between high praise to raised eyebrows within the space of an hour. One minute I’m basking in the glow of a good gift, recipient cooing, hugs of thanks galore, the next I’m pulling myself out of the slippery muddy hole that is a friend opening officially the World’s Worst Gift Ever. And that, my yuletide friends, is precisely why I’m the perfect person to help you navigate the next few weeks. If I can learn the art of gifting great gifts, anyone can.

I’d rate Christmas Eve as one of the most stressful days of my life. The idea of leaving all my Christmas shopping to the day before the big day used to feel like bungee jumping from the roof of Harrods. In fact, forget about going out early, why not have a quick, lunchtime tipple, before joining the throngs of bodies forcing themselves down Oxford Street? And this is how I came to purchase the World’s Worst Gift Ever. I knew my friend Kate, sophisticated, elegant, together, wouldn’t wear (or want) a pair of “duck slippers”. But, hey, when you find yourself careering through Liberty wearing a grimace and a headache at 3pm on Christmas Eve, believe me, the duck slippers were calling my name. But that was the old me. I am now transformed. I am reborn. I am the best gift-giver of all time! Well, not quite. I’m still not convinced my husband has entirely forgiven me for the neon pink wallet he received last year – but I liked it, so …

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06/12/2019 14:30:15  

World poetry slam champion Harry Baker and jazz musician Chris Read on the things that make them laugh the most

Harry: This National Poetry Day I performed alongside [poet] Paul Cookson, who at one point had a roomful of primary school children joining in with a poem about bums. By the end of it, they were rolling on the floor unable to breathe because they were laughing so much.

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06/12/2019 14:30:14  

House speaker said inquiry ‘is about patriotism’ hours after announcing Democrats would move forward with articles of impeachment

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Authorities said a shooter who opened fire on multiple people at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, is now dead.

The AP reports:

News outlets are reporting that 10 people have been taken to area hospitals.

Pensacola Police spokesman Mike Wood has confirmed that law enforcement responded to the active shooter. Base spokesman Jason Bortz said both gates are closed and the base is on lockdown.

Good morning, live blog readers!

After a historic day on Capitol Hill, Nancy Pelosi took questions from audience members last night at a CNN town hall, where the House speaker dubiously claimed the impeachment inquiry isn’t political.

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06/12/2019 14:30:13  

Staff in Plymouth say they are being asked to train workers in Philippines to replace them

John Lewis is to offshore hundreds of call-centre jobs to the Philippines as part of a cost-cutting move that has already led to 300 UK workers being laid off just before Christmas.

Staff at John Lewis’s outsourced call centre in Plymouth were told in October to expect large-scale redundancies on 20 December. The Guardian understands that at least 20% of that work is being switched to contract workers in Manila, with the offshoring of further roles in the pipeline.

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06/12/2019 14:30:11  

Pledging a monsoon of extra funding won’t help a service in complete flux, where almost one in 10 clinical posts are unfilled

The general election comes as every part of the NHS in England is in flux and social care waits for a reform plan.

The two main parties are promising a monsoon of extra funding for the health service. But while Conservative commitments lack credibility, Labour’s ideological tinkering risks getting in the way of service delivery.

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06/12/2019 14:30:11  

I’ve been trying to hold Boris Johnson’s Tories accountable for their anti-Muslim members. Here’s what I’ve learned

• Miqdaad Versi is head of public affairs at the Muslim Council of Britain

Islamophobia is apparently a “natural reaction” to Islam, with the faith being “the most viciously sectarian of all religions in its heartlessness towards unbelievers”. So wrote Boris Johnson in the Spectator in 2005.

Related: Sayeeda Warsi on Tory Islamophobia: 'It feels like I'm in an abusive relationship'

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06/12/2019 14:30:10  

I know abuses have given online ads a bad name, but banning them isn’t the answer

Most people celebrated when Twitter announced its ban on political ads in October, and for good reason – there’s a lot wrong with the current state of political campaigning online. But as the first Facebook employee who worked on paid political marketing in Europe, I am convinced that simply banning political ads on social media fixes nothing; in my opinion, it encourages inflammatory, polarising rhetoric and drives campaign money elsewhere. I believe that digital platforms are legitimate campaign spaces, and politics could actually be improved – through increased democratic participation and civic engagement – if big tech made the efforts to fix digital political advertising, rather than just banning it. Here are three steps Twitter, Facebook, Google and the like could take today.

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06/12/2019 14:30:08  

Many of you feel hopeless and in despair, but some have been spurred into action

As the general election looms, life can feel saturated by news, with social media morphing into a personalised political battlefield.

From the climate crisis to the NHS, few stones remain unturned as politicians compete to offer the most attractive package of policies, and the most damning condemnation of their opponents.

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06/12/2019 14:30:07  

Sharp rise in wholesale pork prices prompts warnings over cost of bratwurst, chorizo and other seasonal fare

The “schnitzel alert” sounded by German meat producers earlier this week has been echoed in other European countries, as wholesale pork prices rise by as much as 40%.

BVDF, the federal association of the German meat industry, warned consumers that price rises meant some of their favourite national specialities, such as schnitzel and bratwurst, were going to be more expensive over Christmas.

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06/12/2019 14:30:06  

  • Ten have been taken to area hospitals, according to news outlets
  • Shooter opened fire on multiple people in Pensacola

Authorities say a shooter is dead after opening fire on multiple people Friday at the Naval air station in Pensacola.

Escambia sheriff’s spokeswoman, Amber Southard, told the Associated Press that the shooter is dead.

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06/12/2019 14:29:49  

Like some evil twin of its producer’s earlier film ET, this sharp and wacky 1984 kids’ horror movie makes fun of American materialism and Christmastime commercialism

In 1984, Steven Spielberg produced this cheeky horror movie for kids, directed by Joe Dante and written by Chris Columbus – now on rerelease. It is a wacky, satirical spectacle of chaos. It consciously alludes to other films, such as It’s a Wonderful Life, The Wizard of Oz and Indiana Jones, and has characters watching Clark Gable and Barbara Stanwyck in To Please a Lady on TV. But on the unconscious level, or semi-conscious level, it surely alludes to Spielberg’s own ET. In fact, Gremlins is ET’s late-spawning evil twin.

Hoyt Axton plays Randall Peltzer, an inventor who lives in a sweet, Bedford Falls-type small town, one of whose local characters is an old drunk who rails against foreign automobiles and foreign things generally and claims that US planes in the second world war were sabotaged by evil alien sprites called “gremlins”. On one of Mr Peltzer’s sales trips in a far-off city, he stops by an exotically imagined Chinatown to buy a Christmas present for his teenage son Billy (Zach Galligan); this turns out to be a mogwai, a sweet little bat-eared creature that everyone adores. But Billy breaks the rules about caring for the mogwai, and it is transformed into a horrifying Mr Hyde-type thing called a “gremlin”, which spawns other gremlins, and soon the town is in anarchy, culminating in an uproarious visual gag involving an old lady’s stairlift going haywire.

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06/12/2019 14:29:32  

Netflix is plowing 30 billion rupees ($420 million) this year and next to produce more local content in India, one of the biggest and most-crowded markets for the worldâ(TM)s largest paid streaming-service provider. From a report: "You'll start to see a lot of stuff hit the screen, big investment," Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said at an event in New Delhi on Friday. "We're really trying to invest in that becoming more Indian in the content offering." The Los Gatos, California-based company is jostling with other giants such as Walt Disney Co.-owned Hotstar and Amazon.com Prime for a slice of the growing market as more Indians use smartphones to view videos. The companies are offering relatively cheaper packages to lure paying subscribers in a country used to free YouTube offerings. Hastings has said Netflix's goal is to attract 100 million customers in India -- almost 25 times its estimated subscriber base there as of this year. The world's second-most populous country is a priority for company, which is effectively blocked in China. Disney's Hotstar, which is already the leader in India, will get a boost soon when the entertainment giant eventually introduces Disney+, a new streaming service it started last month in some markets.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

06/12/2019 14:29:05  

At Boris’s rally yesterday, (yes, that one), he was handed a scarf saying ‘Get Brexit Done’ from Derbyshire-based knitwear company John Smedley. Naturally, Remainers went absolutely bananas… Immediately, furious FBPEers took to Twitter, disgusted a business might disagree with their economic outlook that more dither and uncertainty with a second referendum is precisely what companies […]

The post Remainers Demand Stormzy Boycotts Brand after it Backs Brexit appeared first on Guido Fawkes.

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