Victoria Beckham has admitted she will feel “left out” when the Spice Girls reunite on tour without her later this year, but has categorically ruled out joining them on stage.Last year, Posh Spice decided not to be part of the band’s upcoming summer stadium tour, but speculation has been rife she could join them for a cameo appearance at some point - something even Mel B has hinted at.But in an admission that will further disappoint fans, it seems she is standing firm on her decision.Neil Mockford via Getty ImagesAsked about a possible cameo, she told the Guardian: “No.Discussing if it was a difficult decision, she said: “Not at all.
Facebook's attempts to win back the eyeballs of teenagers aren't slowing down, if new reports are to be believed: the social network is apparently testing a meme-filled feature called LOL with selected users, based around short, shareable video clips.TechCrunch reported the trial run, which Facebook has since confirmed – the idea is to pack LOL with funny videos and GIF-style loops so that youngsters might be tempted to spend a little bit more time away from Instagram and Snapchat.Content gets pulled from the News Feed and the best meme pages on Facebook, apparently.For now only around 100 high school students in the US have access to LOL, and they're presumably giving feedback to Facebook engineers as to why this is the best or worst idea in the history of social networking.Facebook says the concept is in its "early stages".Of course we've been here before.
Celebrity chef Richard Corrigan has offered a £1,000 reward for information about a customer who “dined and dashed” at one of his upscale London restaurants.The restaurateur, 54, posted a picture on social media of a man who he said racked up a £1,500 bill and “finished with a Cuban (then) walked in to the night” after eating at Corrigan’s Mayfair on December 18.I'm still looking for Mr pimpernel who walked into the London fog with out paying before Christmas 1000corrigan eating pounds , if anyone knows him .— Richard Corrigan (@CorrigansFood) January 18, 2019Corrigan, who has won Great British Menu three times, renewed his appeal on Twitter on Friday, saying there was “1000 Corrigan eating pounds” on offer for anyone with information about the man he called “Mr Pimpernel”.Corrigan, who was awarded his first Michelin star in 1994 when he was head chef of Stephen Bull in Fulham and a second at Lindsay House in Soho in 2007, told The Times: “I was sitting near him at one point and thought there was something odd.
‘Dancing On Ice’ judge Jason Gardiner has hit out at contestant Gemma Collins, accusing her of being “lazy” and turning the show into a “circus”.The ‘TOWIE’ star has been at the centre of a number of reports about so-called diva behaviour behind the scenes of the ITV skating show this week, but despite her denying them on a number of occasions, Jason has now spoken out against her.Speaking to The Sun, the acid-tongued judge said: “I can always see who’s lazy.She doesn’t look like her heart is in it at all.”Admitting he was unaware of who The GC was prior to her appearance, Jason explained he was initially excited to see her perform as she had bigged herself up as being “better than Beyonce”, but quickly saw she couldn’t back up her claims.“She came out and did what can only be described as one of the most painful routines I’ve ever had to sit through because it looked so uncomfortable,” he said.
This year, I served on the judging panel for The Royal Statistical Society’s International Statistic of the Year.On Dec. 18, we announced the winner: 90.5 percent, the amount of plastic that has never been recycled.The judging panel accepted nominations from the statistical community and the public at large for a statistic they feel shines a light on today’s most pressing issues.That’s the annual number of Americans killed, on average, by lawn mowers – compared to two Americans killed annually, on average, by immigrant jihadist terrorists and the 11,737 Americans killed annually by being shot by another American.That figure, first shared in The Huffington Post, was highlighted in a viral tweet by Kim Kardashian in response to the proposed migrant ban.The chair of the judges and RSS president, Sir David Spiegelhalter, said: “It’s really concerning that so little plastic has ever been recycled and, as a result, so much plastic waste has leached out into the world’s environment.
This weekend will bring the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse, the last total lunar eclipse until 2021.The event will be visible throughout North America, assuming the weather doesn’t block the view.People unable to see the event due to cloud cover, an unwillingness to go out into cold weather, or simply being in the wrong location will still have the opportunity to watch the eclipse live.The name “super blood wolf” refers to multiple features of the upcoming eclipse.The term “super” is in reference to the fact that the moon will be near its closest distance to Earth during the eclipse, while the “blood” part is due the reddish color the moon will experience during totality — the moon won’t disappear entirely.As for the “wolf” part of the name, this lunar eclipse happens to coincide with the wolf moon, which is the name that has been traditionally given to the full moon experienced in the month of January.
Just yesterday I posted about a 43-inch Toshiba with built-in Fire TV for $200.(You might actually be able to get that for even less; click through to find out how.)And don't forget the current crop of big-TV deals, screens that should make your upcoming playoff and big game viewing mighty nice.Want something a little smaller, a little more den- or bedroom-friendly?For a limited time, Best Buy has the Insignia 39-inch 1080p Fire TV Edition for $149.99.It wasn't long ago that finding a 32-inch non-smart TV for this price was a big deal.
With older generations turning away from Facebook after a litany of fake news, privacy, and security-related debacles, Facebook has renewed its efforts to capture and monetise the memes of teens in hopes of raking in future revenue streams.So following in the footsteps of Lasso, Lifestage, and Slingshot comes LOL, which might be Facebook’s most doomed app yet.Discovered by TechCrunch while still in private beta featuring around 100 high school student testers (who agreed to NDAs with parental consent), LOL appears to be a desperate attempt to centralise the amusing GIFs, videos, and memes teens share on other networks or through disappearing formats like Stories.(Facebook confirmed it was testing LOL to TechCrunch.)Based on screenshots sent to TechCrunch, memes are categorised into a range of collections such as “Dailies” and “Look Mom No Hands,” with additional loathe-inducing filters like “Wait For It,” “Savage,” and more.And in a classic Facebook-style move, there’s also a “For You” section that attempts to rustle a kids’ jimmies by using an algorithm to pick specific memes to suit their tastes.
After a series of hiccups that forced Microsoft to halt its October 2018 Update for Windows 10 shortly after the initial rollout late last year, Microsoft is resuming the automatic update experience for the latest build of Windows 10.The Windows 10 October 2018 Update will be pushed out to all PCs in a phased rollout now that Microsoft has addressed all the widely reported problems related to file deletions and incompatible drivers caused by the software last year.Additionally, Microsoft is using artificial intelligence to help deploy the rollout this time around.The October 2018 isn’t the first Windows 10 update that leans on artificial intelligence.Microsoft’s April 2018 Update also similarly used A.I.to target compatible machines first.
A pair of New Jersey sisters were convinced they stumbled upon something "out of this world" during a stroll along the beach last week.Nora and Jean Muchanic were at Silver Beach in Toms River when they spotted a giant, crater-like hole in the sand.Curious, the siblings walked over to investigate what they estimated to be a 5-foot-wide hole.They found something peculiar sitting in the center: a single black rock."We found this 5-foot crater and a rock embedded in the middle that smells like it's burned.Trying to figure out if it's the real deal," Nora wrote in a Facebook post, creating a buzz in the local community.
Racism in football is a controversial topic, but it’s one that has recently been brought to the fore by Manchester City player, Raheem Sterling, after he was the victim of racist abuse during a game against Chelsea.I welcome Chelsea’s response, and of course, instances such as this must be challenged.We might not tolerate racist language or blatant discrimination against BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) people in the same way that we used to, but at all levels of football, as well as in wider society, racism has evolved to persist in more covert, subtle ways.This is a phenomenon that psychologists refer to as “modern racism,” and it’s something that Sterling has actually spoken out about himself.Just the day after the Chelsea incident, he took to social media to address the incredibly negative way that his purchase of a house for his mother had been reported in the media, making the case that it would have been portrayed very differently for a white player.This is a perfect example of modern racism, whereby a BAME person’s actions are perceived as negative when a white person’s would not be.
When Breville first sent me the Smart Oven Pizzaiolo to review, the company anxiously inquired if I planned to consult my professional pizzaiolo friend.Wood-fired pizza seems like a simple dish, but it’s challenging to get right.I could forget to let the dough warm up and rise, or not check to make sure the pizza isn’t sticking to the pizza peel—the wide paddle that holds the pie—before sliding it into the oven.(Try drained, blended canned tomatoes instead.)The upshot is that even for pizza novices, the Pizzaiolo is a remarkably easy, foolproof way to turn out restaurant-quality pie.), slide the pizza in, and tap the timer knob to start the countdown.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has repurchased more than 6 million shares as investors sell after a lockup period.The company bought the Class B shares at an average price of HKD 9.76 ($1.24), totaling nearly HKD 60 million.The company closed at HKD 10.16, up just over 4% compared to Thursday.“The board believes that the current financial resources of the group enable it to implement the share repurchase while maintaining a solid financial position,” Xiaomi said in a statement to TechNode, adding its brand proposition with cost-efficient products “will be even more compelling in current market conditions.”In an annual meeting earlier this month, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun announced a RMB 10 billion (around $1.5 billion) investment plan in artificial intelligence (AI) and smart devices over the next five years.The company said it has confidence in its business outlook, which is driven by its smartphones and AIoT strategy—a term used to describe the convergence of AI and internet of things technologies.
As Ariana Grande fans eagerly await the arrival of her upcoming fifth album, ‘Thank U, Next’, the star has given us something to whet our appetite, in the form of new track ‘7 Rings’.The track debuted on Friday morning at the same time as its accompanying music video, and as is usually the case with Ariana’s videos, there are subtle details that might take one or two plays before you actually spot them.Here are seven things to note from the ‘7 Rings’ video...And there are some noteworthy number plates in 7 Rings’ tooAriana has been known to tease future releases in her music videos (the track listings for her last two albums have been hinted at in the videos for ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ and ‘Breathin’), but in the ‘7 Rings’ video, several number plates could be alluding to when we’ll hear her next album.Two license plates read ‘0626’ and ‘1993’ – Ariana’s date and year of birth – while they both feature the number ‘25’ above them, which many fans have claimed is a hint the full ‘Thank U, Next’ album is coming on 25 January.
A prominently placed industry insider within the drone universe saw all the Gatwick fuss coming, he says, adding that Gatwick should've done more to prevent the airport outage from happening and really ought to have got up and running again in less than three days.These are the after-event wise words of professor Iain Gray from the Drones Industry Action Group, who said: "For it to have been closed for three days implies there was not a good resilience plan in place.At some point that type of incident was going to happen.The question is why weren't people better prepared?His thinking is that whatever unnamed technology Gatwick had in place to detect and mitigate rogue drone men wasn't particularly advanced, as we don't yet have any news on what mini flying device was used to disrupt flights.Although he sort of undid his own argument at the same time, explaining that in his opinion the Gatwick issue was caused by a "rogue drone operator" and added that "...whatever laws, whatever technologies you do put in place, there will be people out there who want to try and disrupt, and do bad," so... it would've happened anyway?
When I signed off my Gizmodo UK editorship last October, I was sad to go.Clarkson, May and Hammond continue on having learned nothing since last year, with digs at “vegan, hippy, peace beans” grown in urban allotments, and at one point James May really goes for the zeitgeist and – in a tone of unclear seriousness – accuses his co-hosts of being “snowflakes”.The only difference is that Jeremy Clarkson is looking slightly more… portly than he did last season.The meat of the episode is a film set in Detroit, the birthplace of the car industry which in more recent years has faced unrivalled decline and now a tentative rebirth.“This isn’t a racetrack, it's a Whole Foods market”, says Clarkson, cruising through a regenerated downtown Detroit, adding “We need to get out of here, it's the enemy”.Perhaps this was true, but that doesn’t really explain why we could see the barriers that were clearly closing off the street to other traffic on screen in one shot, and a cherry-picker that was clearly being used for wider aerial shots in another.
Vodafone Business and IBM are creating a new joint-venture to help drive digital transformation among their customers and to create new services that combine their respective strengths.As part of the agreement, Vodafone Business customers will have access to IBM’s portfolio of cloud services, giving them access to multi-cloud technology and IBM’s cognitive capabilities, while IBM will provide managed services to Vodafone Business’s cloud and hosting unit.The two companies have worked together for more than 20 years but say the expansion of this partnership is a response to the growing complexity of IT.They claim that more than two third of organisations use more than 15 cloud environments – something that can prevent the free flow of data and applications.“IBM has built industry-leading hybrid cloud, AI and security capabilities underpinned by deep industry expertise,” said IBM Chairman CEO Ginni Rometty.“Together, IBM and Vodafone will use the power of the hybrid cloud to securely integrate critical business applications, driving business innovation – from agriculture to next-generation retail.”
Potty training is never easy – so parents often find themselves using unusual and creative ways to make the process a little easier.Now, one mum has gone to extreme lengths to stop her daughter having accidents as she gets to grips with her new potty – by covering the floor in tissue.Shona McLoughlin, a photographer from Lancashire, shared a photo of her whole living room covered, with a potty stood in the middle.“Am I doing it right?” she joked on Facebook.“Sat here waiting for her to pee.I’ve no idea what I’m doing!”
Over the past four months in the run up to Star Trek: Discovery’s return, CBS All Access released four excellent mini-episodes under the Short Treks banner.Except they had a problem that was not quite as mini as the episodes: none of them were actually available outside of the U.S. and Canada.As a surprise announcement today – spotted by TrekMovie – confirmed that Netflix will now air all four Short Treks episodes starting... well, right now basically.You won’t find them by searching for “Short Treks” however – here they are sitting all pretty in the “Trailers & More” section of Star Trek: Discovery’s Netflix page in my UK account:It’s pretty much the perfect way to get set up for Discovery’s season 2 premiere, which drops on Netflix internationally today.But even if you weren’t looking for something to get you in the Trek mood ahead of Discovery’s return, you should watch Short Treks anyway.
'Net greybeard Douglas Comer talks SDN with El RegInterview Software Defined Networking (SDN) has changed the landscape of networking, but along the way it has created its own problems.Doug Comer of Purdue University thinks disaggregating SDN controllers like the Open Source Network Operating System (ONOS) could be a way forward.Comer's name should be familiar to most of The Register's readers: he has been around since the early days of the internet, has served on the Internet Architecture Board, is the author of a small library of books discussing networking, and created the Xinu embedded operating system.And he's concerned that SDN might be getting too heavy to be scalable, which is why his name is on this paper at arXiv, as co-author with one of his PHD students at the comp sci department of Purdue University, Adib Rastegarnia.The paper, "Externalization of Packet Processing in Software Defined Networking", proposes doing to SDN what SDN has done to the world of proprietary networking: disaggregating it.