Martin Latimer

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Remember the good old days when Freddos used to be 10p?For one week only, Tesco is rolling back the price of the frog-shaped bar to the original price.The price of Freddos has long been used as a way to complain about inflation.And rightly so, the 18 gram Cadbury bar cost just 10p in the nineties, reaching a peak of 30p in 2018 – an eye-watering 200% increase since 2000.Tesco said its temporary price reduction follows pressure from customers, who made repeated requests for the product to return to its former price, even after Cadbury reduced the cost from 30p to 25p in March of last year.Tesco’s special deal is part of a wider range of celebratory price drops which the supermarket has launched to mark its centenary year.
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Actor and body-positivity activist Jameela Jamil recently called Avon out for “shaming women” with marketing materials telling customers that dimples are not “cute” on their thighs.“The Good Place” star tweeted a page from a company brochure advertising a product that claims to combat cellulite.The ad features a photo of a woman smiling with the copy, “dimples are cute on your face (not on your thighs.To make us fear them and try to ‘fix’ them, is to literally set us up for failure.”And yet EVERYONE has dimples on their thighs, I do, you do, and the CLOWNS at @Avon_UK certainly do.To make us fear them and try to “fix”them, is to literally set us up for failure pic.twitter.com/78kqu3nHeE
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The iPhone time machine takes us back 36 years... to the Apple LisaFeature Dearly beloved, please join us in taking a moment to remember the Apple Lisa, a 36-year-old experiment in seeing just how much Apple could charge for hardware.Named for Saint Steve’s daughter, the Lisa project kicked off in 1978, finally making an appearance on 19 January 1983.It was pitched as a graphical competitor to the tiresome text-based computers dominating the marketplace.Featuring exotic hardware (including a mighty megabyte of RAM, considerably more than the 128 kilobytes of the IBM XT which would put in an appearance less than two months later) the Lisa was an exercise in seeing how much money Apple could squeeze out of the faithful.Even fully loading one of today’s Apple outdated dustbins (aka the Mac Pro) can’t get close, but the fruit-based firm had no such qualms back in the day.
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As of today the EU Settlement Scheme is open for all of us.A scheme developed to force millions to apply so they can continue to live in their home — such a scheme is a failure.Settled status was never about protecting our rights.What today also confirms is that Vote Leave got away with one of their biggest lies.In June 2016 they published a statement noting that “there will be no change for EU citizens already lawfully resident in the UK [...they] will automatically be granted indefinite leave to remain [...] and will be treated no less favourably than they are at present.”Settled status is nothing like that promise.
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Barclays funding follows earlier partnership…Barclays and Santander InnoVentures have raised £26 million for British fintech startup MarketInvoice, in the sector’s first significant funding round of 2019.The Series B funding round comes after Barclays earlier took a minority interest in the invoice trading fintech and announced a strategic partnership in August 2018.The bank has since rolled out the lending service to its large SME client base.Invoice trading allows businesses to rapidly raise working capital against their invoices.Companies like MarketInvoice act as a middleman in exchange for a service fee.
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Uber has had its fair share of troubles in its efforts to put self-driving cabs on the road, but before it tackles them all, it’s moving into new territory: building autonomous electric scooters and bicycles for its fleet of on-demand vehicles.TechCrunch noted that California-based 3D Robotics’ CEO Chris Anderson revealed Uber‘s plans to add self-driving capabilities to two-wheelers over the weekend.The Telegraph reported that the ride-hailing company is hiring engineers for this new department.Exciting announcement from @UberATG at today's @DIYRobocars event."Micromobility" = autononomous scooters & bikes that can drive themselves to charging or better locations.— Chris Anderson (@chr1sa) January 20, 2019
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Which are the startups that are on the path to becoming the next big thing?In this regular post, we give you an overview of the companies that have raised money in the past week, as well as those we think investors should look at.Momo, which is said to have been Vietnam’s most downloaded e-wallet app in 2018, has raised series C funding.The startup was founded in 2013 and has raised US$133.8 million to date.This content is exclusive to subscribers.Stay close to innovation in Asia by subscribing at just $0.27 per day.
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Google’s third-gen Pixels might be one of the best Android phones in the market, depending on who you ask.Butt like any other best Android phones today, they also cost a fortune.That’s why some would be buyers patiently wait for holiday deals like Black Friday or Cyber Monday to soften the blow.But if you’ve missed those days for one reason or another, Google is throwing you another shot at getting the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL at their lowest prices so far.Late last year, Google slashed $150 off the smaller Pixel 3 and $200 off the notched Pixel 3 XL.Now for some yet unknown reason, Google is bringing that promo back, though with one catch.
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Some things are too good to last.Then again, Tesla isn’t running a charity and it was only a matter of time before it actually started charging full price for the user of its Supercharger network.However, the sudden jump in price could very well be a rude awakening for those who’ve gotten used to dirt cheap charging prices.The good news is that Tesla’s might still be the best offer in town.Part of the hesitation in the adoption of electric cars is the worry of running out of charge along the way.Tesla has set up its network of Superchargers and Supercharging stations not only across the US but in other countries as well to help address those fears.
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The 13th episode of CGI animated series Star Wars Resistance focuses on character growth and fun and pushes the plot forward a little.Kazuda Xiono (AKA Kaz, played by Christopher Sean) -- an undercover Resistance spy -- finds himself in charge of the parts store run by the quirky Flix (Jim Rash) and Orka (Bobby Moynihan), assisted by BB-8 and Bitey the finger-munching gorg.This episode is a visual treat that sees BB-8 jump into action and Kaz bringing down a massive freighter as it leaves the Colossus refueling platform, but it would've been better if it developed the main plot more -- especially considering how little last week's episode did in that regard.Kaz is improving as a mechanicTeam Fireball is surprised when it arrives to find Kaz has already installed a new engine on the ship.Tam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath) points out that he's done it incorrectly, but clearly has a little more respect for her teammate after this.
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In the coming years, most wars will be waged via computers, servers, and digital weapons.In early centuries, wars were fought with hands, fists, sticks, and stones.You had to be close to your enemy to kill.As weapons become more advanced, things like slingshots, bow and arrows, and catapults gave armies the opportunity to attack from a small distance.The first guns allowed for mass killing at a distance – though single-shot rifles were inefficient and time-consuming to use.As automatic guns and long-distance rifles entered the picture, it became possible for battles to be waged at distances.
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London-based fintech business lender Marketinvoice has today closed a £56m round made up of equity and debt funding, led by Barclays and Santander's venture arm Innoventures.The series B-stage equity funding, which amounted to £26m, also received significant participation from European venture capital firm Northzone, which has previously backed the likes of Spotify, Trustpilot and fellow fintech lender Zopa.The remaining amount raised is a debt facility of up to £30m, provided by Israeli fund Viola Credit.Marketinvoice said this funding will be used to scale its business lending solution, which works alongside its core invoice financing operation.Established in 2011, the series B round takes Marketinvoice's total equity funding to date to more than £45m.The news comes after Barclays took up a minority stake in the fintech firm in August last year, as part of a partnership deal that gave Barclays' small business customers access to lending through Marketinvoice's platform.
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Machinima, the popular gaming channel on YouTube, has seemingly shut down, with its content no longer accessible, and without any public announcement.Machinima was founded in 2000, and its official YouTube channel, which was launched in 2006, has accumulated more than 12 million subscribers over the years.It remains one of the biggest gaming channels on the video-sharing platform, which is why both fans and content creators were stunned when Machinima’s entire library was set to private without warning.Warner Bros. acquired Machinima in 2016, before AT acquired Warner Bros. in 2018.In a statement, Otter Media said that it remains focused on working with the Machinima team to create new content that will distributed on new channels over the coming months.“In the meantime the Machinima network of creator channels continues to showcase the talents of the network.
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While it was leaked numerous times beforehand, this year’s Detroit Auto Show brought the official debut of the 2020 Toyota Supra.The long-awaited return of the Japanese two-door coupe has been welcomed by Toyota fans and Supra enthusiasts, and that excitement has culminated in this weekend’s auction of the very first production model.The new Supra has base price that starts at just over $50,000, but the very first one was sold for a whopping $2.1 million by the Barrett-Jackson auction house.All the proceeds are going to charity of course, specifically the American Heart Association and Bob Woodruff Foundation.The unnamed buyer will be getting the first production Supra in the US, featuring a VIN of 20201 — with “2020” marking the year and “1” designating the first model.Aside from being the very first one, the auctioned Supra has a number of unique details.
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Well, computers programmed by AI-wielding bio-boffinsThe human genome is hiding secrets that point to a mystery ancestor alongside our hominid cousins the Neanderthals and Denisovans, according to AI software.Homo sapiens, the only surviving species in the homo genus, once bred with its extinct relatives homo neanderthalensis and denisova hominins hundreds of thousands of years ago.The evidence is in our genes todya, and from fossil records unearthed in caves across the world.It is estimated that people of European and Asian descent have about two per cent Neanderthal DNA, while people from the Pacific Islanders are more likely to have inherited some Denisovan DNA.But there are gaps in our knowledge, for example, some fragments of our genetic blueprint don’t match up to any known homonid species, and these have left scientists scratching their heads.
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Boo, the 12-year-old Pomeranian pooch often dubbed the "world's cutest dog," has died, his owners reported on social media Friday."Boo passed away in his sleep early this morning and has left us to join his best friend, Buddy," the post says."Our family is heartbroken, but we find comfort knowing that he is no longer in any pain or discomfort."Buddy was Boo's canine chum who passed away in 2017."Shortly after Buddy died, Boo showed signs of heart issues," the post read."We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us."
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He dismissed warnings about the impact of a no-deal Brexit, and said it was “overwhelmingly likely” that Brussels will offer better terms, ie the UK to have the right to decide unilaterally to leave the backstop.Finally, he proposed that we up the ante by threatening to withhold half of the £39billion agreed as the divorce payment until the terms of a deal are met to our satisfaction.MPs that represent manufacturers know how worried these companies are about the possibility of no-deal.With complex supply chains involving components manufactured across Europe and “just in time” manufacturing meaning that some manufacturers have as little as two hours worth of components on site at any one time, companies large and small are united in condemning the prospect of leaving the EU without a deal.Most of the attention being paid to the prospect of leaving without a deal has been on the short-term consequences; I am equally concerned about the long term.Global companies, with manufacturing facilities across Europe and beyond, will look less favourably on the UK as the destination for the manufacture of their next model – or a new model altogether – if we leave the EU without access to the single market having been negotiated.
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If it seems like ages ago since ESPN announced that it had won the rights to broadcast UFC, that's because it is.It was way back in May 2018 when the organisations revealed a five-year deal worth around $1.5 billion for ESPN to show Ultimate Fighting Championship events.Taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York tonight, Fight Night is being main evented by what looks like a cracker.Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw are duking it out for the former's championship belt.While former footballer Greg Hardy makes his debut further down the card against fellow heavyweight Allen Crowder.The broadcasting giant's online subscription platform only launched in 2018, but has already made waves by hosting big-ticket tennis, soccer and boxing events.
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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.
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‘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.
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