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The store will also have repair services similar to Apple's Genius Bar, Google says. The new store will open this summer in Chelsea.
Google's Android 12 software has technically been around for a while — since February, in fact, when its first developer preview release plopped out into this musty virtual world. This week, though, we're getting our clearest look yet at what Google's next great Android version is actually all about.At a jam-packed online I/O convention, Google officially pulled back the curtain on Android 12 with the launch of its first public beta offering. And goodness gracious, is there a lot to digest about what's changing with this saucy little operating system of ours.To read this article in full, please click here
(Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST)) South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has presented the evaporation-driven transport-control of small molecules in gas-permeable and low-aspect-ratio nanoslits, wherein both the diffusive and advective mass transports of solutes are affected by solvent evaporation through the nanoslit walls.
Sure, you can book a summer holiday aboard now, but will you actually enjoy yourself when you get there?As Brits flock to the airport en masse, we take a look at the restrictions still in place once you step off the plane at some of the most popular green-listed destinations, from quarantines to curfews. Be warned: face mask suntan lines are very, very likely. Portugal Portugal has been touted as the holiday destination of choice right now, so the first thing you may have to contend with is hoards of British journalists at the airport asking for an interview.On top of a PCR test before leaving the UK, you’ll also need to undergo health screening (i.e. a temperature check) upon arrival. If you’ve got a temperature or are showing any signs of being unwell, you’ll have to do another PCR test and remain at the airport until you receive your test result.When you eventually break free, you’ll discover mainland Portugal is a little quieter than usual. Access to public spaces varies in different districts – depending on the Covid risk level – and the government’s website warns some shops and other commercial premises, restaurants and cafés may have shorter trading hours with reduced capacity. You can’t just move to an area with more going on, though, because the right to move between districts also varies. You may also be surprised to hear the rules on pubs and bars are stricter than in the UK. Bars and nightclubs remain closed across mainland Portugal and it’s illegal to drink alcohol outdoors in public places, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. Oh and booze can’t be sold after 9pm unless it’s with a meal, and there’s a 10.30pm curfew across all hospitality. On top of all this, you have to wear a mask while walking along promenades and in restaurants and cafés until you’re seated. There have also been reports of Brits being asked to wear masks at the beach – the government website states that masks are obligatory “on entry and exit from beaches and while using sanitary facilities,” meaning you can technically take them off while you’re sitting down, providing no one else is close by. Outside of mainland Portugal, restrictions also vary across Madeira and Porto Santo, plus The Azores, so do your homework first.Australia and New ZealandAustralia and New Zealand are both on the UK’s green list, but pretty pointlessly, as entry to both countries is closed to most arrivals.All international travellers entering either Australia and New Zealand need to undertake a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine at a designated facility – and you’ll need to apply for an exemption pass to even get into the country.Essentially, unless you need to travel to Aus or NZ for compassionate reasons, dream on. GibraltarYou’ll have to take a PCR test before travelling to Gibraltar, but you won’t be required to take any further tests on entry, or provide evidence of vaccination, or self-isolate, if you’ve come straight from the UK (and haven’t been anywhere else in the last 14 days). The good news for your holiday, is that most lockdown restrictions in Gibraltar have been lifted. A big difference to the UK is that bars and restaurants are permitted to open with no requirement for face masks and no limit on the number of people at a table. Places of worship and shops are also open.You’ll need to wear a mask in shops and on public transport, but there’s no requirement outside, so you can relax at the beach here and enjoy the sunshine. SingaporeAnother country that’s on the green list, but you can’t really travel to, is Singapore. You can’t enter Singapore without prior permission from the Singapore government and there are limited reasons why you might be granted a pass (travel for work in some instances is an example).Arrivals from most destinations will be issued with a Stay at Home Notice (SHN) for at least 21 days, which has to be completed in a hotel that you pay for. Again, probably not worth the hassle. IcelandEntry into Iceland is also tricky – commercial flights to and from Iceland remain limited and you’re only allowed to enter the country if you can present a vaccination certificate or a certificate of previous infection/recovery. You also have to have a bunch of tests on arrival. If you get that far, you’ll face some restrictions during your holiday. Restaurants serving alcohol have to close at 10pm each night, and alcohol must be served while you’re seated. Bars and nightclubs are open, but have a 10pm curfew and strict number limit, meaning you might be jostling for entry. You’ll need to wear a mask wherever the two-metre social distancing rule can’t be kept, plus always wear a mask inside shops, public transport and other indoor services. So, how about that staycation?Related...Can I Go On Holiday To Amber List Countries?How The UK's Covid Traffic Light System Will WorkWhich Covid Test Do You Need To Take To Travel?Is It Safe To Travel? What To Consider Before Booking Your HolidayTravel Insurance During Covid: 7 Things To Know Before You Go‘The Open Road Was Ours’ – This Will Give You A Serious Case Of WanderlustThese Hotels Were Voted 'Most Photogenic' On Planet And We Can't Disagree
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Wearables have become extremely popular in recent years, with devices such as smartwatches becoming highly desirable and selling in significant volumes. Currently, the average wearable device is very expensive, putting them out of reach of some people who might benefit from the technology. Researchers have developed new printable inks that could enable high-performance inkjet-printed electronic circuits, providing a pathway to … Continue reading
Microsoft will likely abandon Windows 10X, the concept operating system that was to serve as a streamlined, simplified rival to the likes of Chrome OS, according to a recent report."Microsoft will not be shipping Windows 10X this year and the OS as you know it today, will likely never arrive," wrote Brad Sams in a piece on Petri.com last week. Citing "people familiar with the company's plans," Sams then added, "The company has shifted resources to Windows 10 and 10X is on the back burner, for now."Sams' account was not a huge surprise. Previously, reports about Windows 10X had claimed that the operating system would launch in the spring of 2021; in fact, its debut was to take the spot usually devoted to the year's first-half Windows 10 feature upgrade. That went by the wayside when earlier this year Microsoft announced plans to issue Windows 10 21H1 on the usual timetable.To read this article in full, please click here
The tabletop gaming industry has exploded over the last few years as millions discovered or rediscovered its joys, but it too is evolving — and The Last Gameboard hopes to be the venue for that evolution. The digital tabletop platform has progressed from crowdfunding to $4M seed round, and having partnered with some of the […]
SpaceX has been placing satellites in orbit to grow its constellation of Starlink satellites for a while now, and the service is available in beta for users in many areas. Early Sunday morning, May 9, 2021, SpaceX launched another Falcon 9 rocket into orbit packed with 60 Starlink satellites. The launch went off without a hitch, and SpaceX successfully recovered … Continue reading
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Whether it was the result of the vaccine “bounce”, big public spending during the pandemic or the enduring effect of Brexit, Boris Johnson has had a very good couple of days.But Tory success in the Hartlepool by-election and the personal popularity of the prime minister only tell part of the story of “Super Thursday” – hundreds of local, national and mayoral elections across the UK. Here’s what we know so far as counting is set to continue all weekend.Hartlepool by-election– The Conservatives won the north east constituency, with Jill Mortimer seizing the seat from Labour with a majority of 6,940.The first big result that defined the narrative for the next 24 hours. In a stunning victory, the Conservatives overturned a majority of 3,500 at the general election to take the seat – which had been Labour-held since it was formed in 1974. The bruising result – described as “absolutely shattering” by one shadow cabinet minister – prompted calls from across the Labour Party for a change of direction, especially from the Left of the party allied to former leader Jeremy Corbyn. However Peter Mandelson spins it, facts are stubborn things.Labour won 53% of the vote in 2017 in Hartlepool - a majority of all the votes. And we won with 38% last time - a 9% lead. This time we got 29% and we lost. The party is going in the wrong direction.— Richard Burgon MP (@RichardBurgon) May 7, 2021Labour leader Keir Starmer pledged to do “whatever is necessary” and told his party to “stop quarrelling among ourselves”.“I’m bitterly disappointed in the result and I take full responsibility for the results – and I will take full responsibility for fixing this,” he said.“We have changed as a party but we haven’t set out a strong enough case to the country.“Very often we have been talking to ourselves instead of to the country and we have lost the trust of working people, particularly in places like Hartlepool.“I intend to do whatever is necessary to fix that.” Mayoral races – Tory Ben Houchen was re-elected as Tees Valley mayor by a landslide on the first count, taking almost 73% of the vote.– Labour’s Ros Jones was re-elected Doncaster mayor while Joanne Anderson became Liverpool’s first black female mayor.There was further success for the Tories in the north east with Houchen comfortably winning a second term as Tees Valley mayor.Along with Hartlepool, that means two-thirds of the “hat trick” of results targeted by the Tories have been achieved – with the focus now on Andy Street remaining as West Midlands mayor.In Liverpool, the city elected its first black female mayor as Labour held on to the role despite corruption allegations.Joanne Anderson was named as the successor to Joe Anderson on Friday, after the former mayor chose not to stand following his arrest as part of a Merseyside Police fraud investigation.I can’t believe I’m writing this. But Tory sources say Shaun Bailey’s campaign now believe they can win the London mayoralty.— Patrick Maguire (@patrickkmaguire) May 7, 2021And there was increased excitement over arguably the most significant mayoral battle. While many were expecting an easy victory for sitting Labour mayor Sadiq Khan, the Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey was doing much better at the ballot box than the polls suggested. A result is expected on SundayEnglish local council elections– With results available from 64 out of 143 councils, the Conservatives had a net gain of seven authorities and 155 seats, and Labour a net loss of four authorities and 142 seats.The governing party – and one that has been in power for more than a decade – is not supposed to win by-elections. It is also not supposed to do well in local authority elections, where a mid-term drubbing is often seen as a protest vote against the current national administration.But the rot continued for Labour. Not only did it lose seats but it lost overall control of councils, including Harlow, Dudley and Nottinghamshire. With the Conservatives continuing to make gains as council results poured in from across England, the prime minister hailed the results as support for his government’s “levelling up agenda”.“It’s a mandate for us to continue to deliver, not just for the people of Hartlepool and the fantastic people of the north east, but for the whole of the country,” Johnson said.Scottish parliament vote– In Scotland, the SNP gained East Lothian from Labour and Ayr and Edinburgh Central from the Tories.– Of the first 47 seats in the Scottish parliamentary contest to declare, 38 went to the SNP, four to Liberal Democrats, three to the Tories and two to Labour.The SNP made gains from its rivals as it edged closer to an overall majority – but Nicola Sturgeon’s hopes of a victory that would hand her a mandate for a second Scottish independence are hanging in the balance.The SNP picked up key seats in Edinburgh Central – where former SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson replaced the one time Scottish Tory boss Ruth Davidson – as well as as in Ayr and East Lothian.But under Holyrood’s proportional representation system, those successes could see it lose seats on the regional list ballot.Meanwhile, Labour’s Jackie Baillie held on to her Dumbarton constituency – which had been the most marginal seat in all of Scotland and a top target for the SNP.‘The most probable outcome is the SNP is going to be one or two seats short.’Prof Sir John Curtice believes Scottish Labour’s hold on the Dumbarton seat makes a SNP majority at this Scottish Parliament election unlikely.#BBCElections#SP21➡️ https://t.co/0G19ywXdFBpic.twitter.com/HjZBu1x8r9— BBC Scotland News (@BBCScotlandNews) May 7, 2021With some constituencies still to be counted on Saturday, when the crucial regional list results will also be declared, Sturgeon said it was “not impossible”. And while the majority of the 129 MSPs at Holyrood have still be declared, Sturgeon said it was “almost certain” the SNP would win its fourth term in power at Holyrood.Elsewhere, former first minister and Alba Party leader Alex Salmond said the measure of his party’s success would be “our existence as a political party”, adding it is “here to stay”, as the early counting suggested it was struggling.Welsh assembly count– In Wales, after 30 seats had been declared Labour had 19, the Conservatives seven and Plaid Cymru four.The picture was much brighter for Welsh Labour, where party leader Mark Drakeford declared its strong Senedd election performance as “an extraordinary set of results in extraordinary times” as the party look favourite to retain control of the Welsh government.The party has exceeded expectations, having so far lost just one of its seats and taking Rhondda from Plaid Cymru’s former leader Leanne Wood.Drakeford said earlier on Friday that signs of a strong Labour performance reflected the “real enthusiasm” he had encountered on doorsteps. It looks as if Labour has taken the Rhondda off Plaid so I want to pay tribute to Leanne Wood after 18 years as AM/MS for/in the Rhondda, which is a phenomenal act of dedication to our community. pic.twitter.com/3xlSIDOhyc— Chris Bryant (@RhonddaBryant) May 7, 2021Labour said Plaid Cymru had “imploded” in losing its Rhondda seat to Labour’s Elizabeth Buffy Williams and failing to take target seats Llanelli and Aberconwy.Rhondda’s outgoing MS, Wood, told ITV Wales the result was “disappointing”, but said her party ran a “clean and honest campaign”.Labour’s strong results will minimise its reliance on other parties in order to form a government, with Plaid previously thought as the most likely to enter into a coalition with them were Labour some way short of a majority.Only one of Wales’ so-called red wall seats, the Vale of Clwyd, fell to the Welsh Conservatives.Related...Conservatives Win Hartlepool By-Election In Stunning Defeat For LabourSix Reasons Labour Lost The Hartlepool By-ElectionLabour Reshuffle: Who Might Be In And Out Of Keir Starmer's Top Team
You’re reading The Waugh Zone, our daily politics briefing. Sign up now to get it by email in the evening.When a Labour canvasser appeared on a doorstep in the Tooting area of London this week, they were greeted with a blunt “I’m voting Tory”. Given Sadiq Khan’s former parliamentary seat was a tight marginal not so long ago, that’s perhaps no surprise. But what was shocking was the Labour activist’s reply. “You need to check your values,” they told the astonished voter.That extraordinary exchange neatly sums up Keir Starmer’s problem this weekend. As he surveys a set of elections in which Labour was well and truly hammered in many of its heartlands, there’s a palpable sense that some voters have had enough of being patronised, ridiculed and ignored by the very party that needs their support.I’ve written elsewhere my early inquest into the Hartlepool disaster, but the results across the country are just as devastating. From Plymouth to Harlow, from Dudley to Nottinghamshire, Labour didn’t just lose seats and control of councils, it often lost by huge, huge margins. The vaccine effect, the Boris effect and the Brexit effect combined to reshape our electoral map.Labour wins over the weekend in Wales, London, Manchester, Bristol and Liverpool will take some of the edge off the awful performance in English small towns. Yet in some ways the May 6 performance is even worse than the 2019 general election result, precisely because Labour is nearly two years on and going backwards. It’s a reminder that William Hague’s 2001 disaster was more of a failure than the 1997 John Major wipeout.The difficulty for Labour is these defeats are becoming a feature not a bug. After a predictable wave of “we’re really going to listen to the voters”, will Starmer do what every leader since 2010 has done and simply carry on not listening? After the 2019 debacle, Tony Blair said the exit poll on election night was “like a flash of lightning that clarifies the landscape for you...the problem is the lightning goes, and if we are not careful we will just go back to the darkness again.”An extra, new problem for Starmer is that the voters are beginning to turn against him personally. The latest research from JLPartners shows that among those who switched from Labour to the Tories their number one reason was “Starmer”. After a year of pretty positive ratings on competence and ability to be PM, it seems the punters are just utterly uninspired by his leadership.For a year, his team have been saying that their task is to convert the 35% of voters who don’t know who Starmer is into committed converts. Once they see him up close, post-pandemic, they’ll come round, was the theory. The plan is to stage a series of ‘CameronDirect’ style events (although based more on Emmanuel Macron’s town hall meetings) this summer to properly “introduce” him to the public, as well as to listen directly to their concerns.It’s not a bad idea, but it will need Starmer to step up and bring some eloquence and energy that many feel he sorely lacks. While his PMQs performances have become punchy and polished, he still badly needs to learn the basics of delivering a crisp TV soundbite and a passionate stump speech. Everyone who knows him personally sees his private warmth, but that’s often missing from his media encounters.The problem was summed up by his pool clip for TV in reaction to the election results. The longer raw feed, shown live on BBC News Channel, was four minutes and forty seconds of rattled, robotic obfuscation that made Theresa May look human. He got across his message that “I intend to do whatever it takes to fix” the “lost trust of working people”. But then he said he would be “changing the things that need changing, that is the change that I will bring about”. It was a word salad with croutons of random verbiage.At the end, after several refusals to explain what exactly he planned to change – his policy themes, his shadow cabinet – the BBC’s Jessica Parker clearly couldn’t believe Starmer wouldn’t want to re-do the clip. “You happy? We can keep going if you like..” she offered. But he replied: “No, that’s fine.” Starmer had been candid enough to admit “we have changed as a party but we haven’t set out a strong enough case to the country”, but he couldn’t say what the case would look like. Saying “we” haven’t set out the case suggested a reshuffle of this team, though a culling of his frontbench may jar with his pledge to take personal responsibility for the defeats. Still, there’s no shortage of advice on who should go up and who should go down (as we report HERE).One old Labour hand told me recently that the job of leader of the Opposition is like that of England manager, in that everybody has an opinion and most think they could do it better. Starmer doesn’t need armchair punditry, podcaster chin-stroking or advice from Twitter. He can’t easily wave a magic wand when struggling against incumbency (Labour doing well in Wales shows how a sitting government can benefit from Covid competence) and long-term fissures in Labour’s coalition.He can however use the latest flash of lightning to rediscover just why he left the law for politics, and to map out how he will lead his party to power. That appalling “check your values” advice should be turned onto every Labour activist to make them listen to, rather than lecture, the voters. With a powerful mandate from his leadership victory, there’s no likely prospect of Starmer being ousted. He’s going nowhere for now. The danger is that unless he acts swiftly and boldly, his party is going nowhere too. Related...Labour Reshuffle: Who Might Be In And Out Of Keir Starmer's Top TeamConservatives Win Hartlepool By-Election In Stunning Defeat For LabourSix Reasons Labour Lost The Hartlepool By-Election
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The folks at Wyze sent an email to users of Wyze products this week warning of rising prices on products. They suggested that they’re seeing “huge cost increases” on “almost every material” they use to manufacture smart products of all sorts. Starting on May 18, 2021, Wyze will be increasing the cost of their products, including (but not limited to) … Continue reading
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Epic has pushed out some tweaks to Fortnite, including a couple of unvaulted weapons and, perhaps the best part for players invested in the crafting system, another big boost to the number of crafting parts in the game. The change addresses complaints from players who reported struggles getting enough bones or mechanical parts to upgrade their makeshift weapons. According to … Continue reading