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25/03/2020 01:36:13  

You can still watch in HD, but, please, maybe not?

If you start noticing a slightly blurrier quality to YouTube videos, no, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you.…

25/03/2020 00:36:08  

You can still watch in HD, but, please, maybe not?

If you start noticing a slightly blurrier quality to YouTube videos, no, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you.…

20/03/2020 17:35:07  

Twitter accounts of England’s top-flight teams are working hard to engage supporters in the absence of live football

Friday is Fernando Torres’s birthday but forget about Chelsea’s Twitter feed celebrating that goal against Barcelona (cue Gary Neville’s “oooooooooooooooohhhhh!” co-commentary) and meet Sheldon Edwards, proprietor of HD Cutz, a “professional barber” and star of this week’s episode of Out of the Blue.

The YouTube show may be the current pick of the 20 Premier League clubs’ offering to fans in their quest to fill the void left by the suspension of football because of coronavirus. Here Twitter is king as the portal to sundry offerings. And Edwards is the ideal engaging character to spend a few minutes with as hair consultant to a plethora of Chelsea players – including Ethan Ampadu, N’Golo Kanté and Ross Barkley, who “keeps it fresh, with two or three [trims] a week” – and who at his Wandsworth premises recites a nice story about Callum Hudson-Odoi and the winger’s father.

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19/03/2020 14:34:27  

The European Union is urging Netflix and other streaming platforms to stop showing video in high definition to prevent the internet from breaking under the strain of unprecedented usage due to the coronavirus pandemic. From a report: With so many countries on forced lockdowns to fight the spread of the virus, hundreds of millions working from home and even more children out of school, EU officials are concerned about the huge strain on internet bandwidth. European Commissioner Thierry Breton, who is responsible for the EU internal market covering more than 450 million people, tweeted Wednesday evening that he had spoken with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Breton called on people and companies to "#SwitchtoStandard definition when HD is not necessary" in order to secure internet access for all. "Commissioner Breton is right to highlight the importance of ensuring that the internet continues to run smoothly during this critical time," the Netflix spokesperson said. "We've been focused on network efficiency for many years, including providing our open connect service for free to telecommunications companies."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

17/03/2020 17:34:46  

Looking for a burner blower?

Motorola Mobility has lifted the lid on its latest budget blower – the pocket-friendly Moto e6s, which offers the most compelling, er, screen-to-price ratios on the market. Just £99 gets you a phone with a 6.1-inch HD screen.…

26/02/2020 07:55:09  

New hide-away design, great remote, top performance and impressive HD to 4K upscaling make for a killer smart TV box

The Nvidia Shield TV is a refined version of the best Android TV box for years, packed with impressive new AI-based upscaling technology and a novel space-saving design.

The new Nvidia Shield TV comes in two versions: a £149.99 media streamer and a “Pro” alternative for £199 that is aimed more at gaming.

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12/02/2020 16:52:17  

From the Naked Chef to Bake Off, cooking shows used to be a treat to savour. But tears, food porn and class rows are turning them sour – and sickening

In the beginning, there was the green pepper and the red tomato. Contestants had a mere £5 to fill a carrier bag with ingredients, then 30 minutes to turn them into sumptuous dishes under the watchful gaze of Fern Britton or Ainsley Harriott. The resulting concoctions included the likes of ready salted crisp cookies, banana syllabub, and rice, with everything. This was Ready Steady Cook, the cooking show staple which ran from 1994 to 2010 and which is set for a comeback later this year. But the world it returns to is lightyears away from the one that it left. In the intervening decade, food TV has gone from the quaintly homespun to reaching an apex of ridiculousness.

Where once there was a fresh-faced, pukka-era Jamie Oliver extolling the virtues of mixing salad with your hands and making this thing called “ravioli”, or a wine-soaked Keith Floyd slow-cooking beef in red wine, chicken in white wine (or just drinking wine), now cooking shows have been edged out of the home kitchen and into the Michelin-starred world of molecular gastronomy. Recipes have stopped being practical and delicious and, instead, food is either an opportunity to shame – like Oliver’s classist comments on “eating well” being only a preserve of the middle classes – or an unattainable food porn fantasy streamed in Ultra HD on shows such as Chef’s Table.

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08/02/2020 14:51:20  

Top two meet with Leipzig looking to put criticism over visit of a celebrity barber on eve of a tame defeat behind them

Ralf Rangnick was not impressed. The day before RB Leipzig’s Bundesliga game against Eintracht Frankfurt on 25 January, the celebrity barber Sheldon Edwards, aka HD Cutz, had been flown in to the team hotel to cut nine of the players’ hair. Leipzig promptly lost 2-0.

Rangnick, who is head of sport and development at Red Bull in New York these days and a former coach of RB Leipzig, was perplexed. “If someone had asked me on Sunday, which of the 12 teams who played on Saturday had flown in a barber I would have put quite a lot of money on it not being RB Leipzig,” he told Bild. “If I am honest I am pretty stunned by this, because from a barber in the team hotel to a gold steak, the step is not too far.”

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