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When UKIP declared that "face-coverings" would be banned in public in Britain under their rule, they probably weren't thinking about beekeepers.But a heroic heckler at a UKIP election event at the Marriott County Hall in Lambeth insisted the party consider the full ramifications on their snap declaration, and its potential impact on people who keep bees.Brilliantly, UKIP deputy Paul Whittle said the suggestion was "ridiculous" – that is, the suggestion that beekeepers would be included, not that face-coverings should be outlawed – and that of course the ban would only apply to things like burqas, which the party claims are a barrier to 'integration.'Quite how a British woman wearing a burqa needs to 'integrate' wasn't made clear, and nor were the criteria for which face-coverings would and wouldn't be acceptable.For example, would a beekeeping veil be OK if worn by a brown person?Muslims keep bees too, y'know.
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Can Vodafone’s real time data tracking application help an athlete run a marathon in under 2 hours?At the weekend, Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru fended off a challenge from the favourite, Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, to win the Men’s London Marathon in 2:05:56.But Bekele, the 5,000 metre and 10,000 metre world record holder, has another target in his sights: to become the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours.“SUB2 is the first dedicated international research initiative made up of specialist multidisciplinary scientists from academia, elite athletes and strategic industry partners with the aim to promote clean sports,” said Yannis Pitsaladis, a professor of sport and exercise science at the University of Brighton and a member of the IOC’s Medical and Scientific Commission, who founded the project.“This innovative running project is envisaged to create a lasting positive legacy for sport.We want to work with Vodafone to harness their extensive knowledge to quickly, reliably and accurately deliver essential data to help our athletes train better and race faster.”
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By scaling back promotions, integrating digital capabilities and focusing on global expansions, Aldo has been able to stay afloat in a market particularly hostile to mid-priced retailers with vast fleets of brick-and-mortar stores and a hefty mall presence.The footwear and accessories retailer, which has 2,000 stores globally, expanded this week by redesigning its website for both mobile and desktop, and launching e-commerce in 10 additional countries.“We had been taking a new direction in smaller steps, so the sites were moving, but slowly,” said Grégoire Baret, general manager of omnichannel experience at Aldo.“Finally, we decided to take a stand to align our brand positioning with our customer needs.They needed to bring it up to date.”Aldo, a privately held company headquartered in Canada, has all the markings of a mall retailer, with a presence in an estimated 50 percent of America’s shopping centers.
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In a little over two years, a fleet of driverless cars will make its way from Oxford to London, completing the entire journey from start to finish without human intervention, including on urban streets and motorways.A driverless transport trial started this month in Greenwich, south-east London, with members of the public invited to climb aboard Harry – a version of the pod vehicles used at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, souped-up with lasers, sensors and £20,000 worth of autonomous technology.Harry was doing a careful 15mph beside the Thames when an oncoming jogger swerved right in front of us, forcing the vehicle to a sudden halt.Harry had saved him a trip to A, and had not even given him a self-righteous earful.In this GATEway – Greenwich Automated Transport Environment – experiment researchers will examine how humans will interact with completely autonomous vehicles, whether preconceptions shift and what might impede the introduction of the technology.The roadmap from here to autonomy, as defined internationally by engineers and transport authorities, locates car users now at level two, where some of the driver’s tasks are automated and assisted.
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Singapore’s largest renewable energy provider plans to shake things up when the energy market becomes fully liberalised next year, by offering households prices that are 15 to 30 per cent cheaper than current rates.Consumers can also buy clean energy with a touch of their fingertips using a mobile app, which will allow them to track their carbon footprint.Sunseap, which has already snagged several big solar-leasing contracts — including with technology giant Apple and the Housing and Development Board (HDB) — is among a growing number of licensed electricity retailers that have entered the fray in recent years, in anticipation of the government’s move to fully open up the market in the second half of 2018 — which will allow another 1.3 million consumers, mainly households, to have flexibility and choice in their electricity consumption.The market has been gradually liberalised over the years with the contestability threshold lowered in phases, but households have not been brought on board so far.Mr Phuan revealed that households may opt for hybrid plans, which will essentially be a mix of traditional and alternative energy.“They would be able to choose to, for instance, set 20 per cent of their energy needs to be served by alternative energy, with 80 per cent still met by traditional energy,” said Mr Phuan.
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Hong Kong has a growing number of developers which are making our stylish life easier, one app at a time.The online street-style magazine has taken the millennial generation by storm.The app keeps you up to date with everything, from the latest sneaker launches to the hottest gadgets available.Shopping made easy – the snap and shop app combines celebrity style with e-commerce.What’s not to love about the winning combo?Snaptee turns your Instagram shots into wearable art.
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Where Google co-founder Larry Page is going we don’t need roads.Because he’s got a flying car that’s going to be available to everyone by the end of the year.The Kitty Hawk start up, of which Page is a significant backer, today released video footage of its flying car, which actually looks a bit like Luke Skywalker’s speeder spliced with a Florida Everglades air boat.The Kitty Hawk Flyer weighs 220lbs, can carry a single passenger, and can reach an altitude of 15-feet thanks to the 8 battery-powered propellers that keep it airborne.And today, we can see it on video for the first time ahead of its 2017 commercial debut.In a statement given to the New York Times, Page said: “We’ve all had dreams of flying effortlessly.
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The series is unconventional, but that could work in its favorMartin, the soulful-looking mutt that stars in the upcoming ABC show Downward Dog, is a navel gazer with an attitude.That much is obvious from his soliloquies about his place in the household hierarchy and his thorny relationship with the cat.See, Martin is a talking dog who’s as prone to existential crises as he is to oversharing.He speaks directly to the camera and narrates the half-hour series about his life with his owner Nan, played by Fargo breakout actress (and Emmy nominee) Allison Tolman.The fact that Downward Dog is a different breed of talking-animal show—not a broad, slapstick comedy—poses a unique marketing challenge for its network and producers.
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Oracle doesn't want to be accused of missing the boat when it comes to the next wave of tech.It is launching two new Solution Engineering Centers where it plans to build out all kinds of cutting new technology, such as "artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality and many other exciting technology trends that interest us all," according to an employment ad first spotted by Bloomberg's Brian Womack.The company calls this plan a "startup inside Oracle."The centers will be in located in Reston, Virginia and Denver, Colorado, the ad says and will involve, "a unique and rare opportunity to join the ground floor of building a truly transformational organization inside Oracle North America."And it's looking for people now, including directors of each center.The unit will apparently build custom cloud apps and work on other new-age tech for Oracle customers, the ads imply.For instance, engineers might build virtual reality apps for the resort industry, artificial intelligence apps for the retail industry and so on.Oracle is best known for its popular database and enterprise software that helps companies do everything from run their finances, to manage suppliers to market their wares.But companies are increasingly not buying software the old-fashioned way and installing it in their own data centers.They are renting it all from cloud computing vendors.
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LONDON — LoveCrafts, the UK-headquartered marketplace for craft products, announced on Tuesday that it has raised £26 million in new funding from Scottish Equity Partners, as well as previous investors Balderton Capital and Highland Europe.LoveCrafts isn't a traditional e-commerce site — it favours building communities around different kinds of crafts rather than
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The folks at Unroll.Me are in hot water for selling user data to Uber this week – but as they are, I’m reminded to do a check.While it does not appear that Unroll.Me really sold any personal data to Uber, the angry mob has spoken.If you’re going to sell user data to 3rd-party companies, you need to make that clear in the user agreement nobody reads anyway!The folks at Unroll.Me offer a fairly valuable service for users of email – basically everyone on earth.They organize emails that come from subscriptions into a single list.Instead of seeing a dozen emails each day, a user might only see one.
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Flying a drone and using it to record video or take pictures is a pretty exciting experience all its own, but if you want to make it more exhilarating, then DJI‘s new Goggles might be for you.Though DJI Goggles don’t really have much of an inspired name, they’ll give you a birds-eye view of the action as your drone flies through the sky.If any of the many drone accessories are worthy of your consideration, it sounds like it might be these.Originally revealed alongside DJI’s Mavic Pro, it initially sounded like DJI Goggles wouldn’t be available separately.We now know that isn’t the case, with listings for standalone Goggles appearing on DJI’s website.This listing is accompanied by a list of technical specifications, so today we’re getting a better idea of what we can expect from this headset.
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The constant rain in the capital didn’t dampen the spirits of the tens of thousands of marchers who slogged through the mud to cheer for science this weekend.“Hi, my name is Dana from the University of Maryland.“I’m not going to crowd you, but I’ll be here if you have any questions.”Fisher is a sociologist who studies protest movements.Those results will be compared with similar surveys at other protests around the world.Is it for science or for people concerned about Black Lives Matter or immigration and this is a chance to protest the president?”
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A hacker is waging war on ISIS, with porn.WauchulaGhost — who formerly pointed out security flaws in President Trump’s Twitter account, as well as those of his cabinet members — claims to have hacked over 250 Twitter accounts known to be associated with ISIS.We started hijacking their accounts, taking over their accounts, basically just to troll them.To annoy them and make fun of them.Take screen shots, phone numbers, IP addresses, the whole nine yards.I have all that information on all the accounts I’ve ever taken.
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this past Saturday with profile picture frames from nonprofit organizations and an Earth Day-themedNearly 1.6 million users planned to participate in Earth Day activities via Facebook events.More than 1 million are members of Earth Day-related groups.People used nature-related emojis twice as much during Earth Month (April) than in March.The top topics co-occurring with Earth Day were happiness, love, climate change, Earth and environmentalism.The top languages used to celebrate Earth Day were Spanish (Día de la Tierra), German (Tag der Erde), Italian (Giornata della Terra), French (Jour de la Terre) and Vietnamese (Ngày Trái Đất).
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Mark Zuckerberg revealed the newest video project for the social network’s Oculus VR virtual reality unit, announcing the release of documentary Step to the Line for Facebook 360 video in aStep to the Line, a look “deep inside” the prison system, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last Friday.One of the most powerful side effects of VR is empathy—the ability to understand other people better when you feel like you’re actually with them.Step to the Line is an Oculus VR for Good film made with Defy Ventures, and it premiered Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival.It puts you face-to-face with real inmates so you can experience their stories first-hand and understand what it’s like to be a part of the criminal justice system today and how hard it can be to build a better future.When I was in Alabama two months ago as part of my “Year of Travel” challenge, one of the most powerful experiences for me was meeting , a man who was exonerated and released after 30 years on death row.
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Ganondorf as depicted in 'Zelda: Twilight Princess'.In an interesting twist, the ongoing antagonist Ganondorf from The Legend of Zelda games has recently had his surname resurface on one of Nintendo’s official sites.Specifically, that his full name of Ganondorf Dragmire is now in wider circulation again, as Nintendo has included the name on its online guide to the Zelda games.To understand why this is a bit weird, you need to realize that the last time Nintendo acknowledged Ganondorf’s full name was back in the instruction manual for A Link to the Past during the 90’s.Even in the incredibly thorough Hyrule Historia, Ganondorf’s full name is omitted, so the fact this was added on an official Nintendo site only a few days ago is indeed curious.For those not versed in Zelda lore, Ganondorf is the name of the character when he is in human form.
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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.Recent elections around the world have suggested that young people don't vote in enormous numbers.When a candidate they don't like gets elected, however, the young declare "how could this be?"Still, one South Korean politician believes he's found a way to get young people to vote for him: Starcraft maps.Human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in, the Minjoo Party's candidate in the upcoming presidential elections, clearly thinks this will inspire those obsessed with their screens.So, as Kotaku reports, he's decided to celebrate the original version of the very popular sci-fi game going free.
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There are moments in life when your phone's camera is crucial: your child's first steps, or their graduation from high school, for instance.But your phone is likely full of stuff, and you could end up facing this obnoxious message:There are few things as frustrating in our convenience-filled world as repeatedly running into your phone's storage limit.It means an action as simple as taking a photo is delayed while you free up space ... often by deleting old photos.For most people hitting that storage limit, there's one culprit: photos.They take up a lot of space, and you take a lot of them — you might even be taking "HDR" photos (which are even larger files than standard photos).You have two main options:Buy a phone with more internal storage, which costs more money.Regularly offload photos and delete them from your phone, which costs your time.But there's a third, totally free, amazingly simple option: Google Photos.Here's everything you should know about Google's secret-best service.
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In a sign of the times, a Dutch architect has adorned their latest building with emoji gargoyles.The building in Amersfoort, Holland, has a range of the iconic digital symbols around its sides and was designed to memorialise contemporary society."In classical architecture they used to put heads of the king - or whatever - on the facades," Changiz Tehrani, the architect who made the emoji building, told the Verge."We were thinking, what can we use as an ornament so when you look at this building in 10 or 20 years you can say, 'Hey, this is from that year'."The answer, for Tehrani, as to what symbols capture the current age was emoji.Tehrani, who works for Attika Architekten, created the emoji gargoyles using a template from WhatsApp, which he converted into a 3D model.
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