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Joe Sugg has appeared to confirm he is dating his ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ partner Dianne Buswell.The YouTube star was romantically linked to his professional dance partner during their time on the show but had played down the rumours they were an item.But on Sunday evening, Joe shared a picture of him and Dianna gazing into each other’s eyes on Instagram, which he captioned: “I may not have won the glitter ball, but I’ve won something a million times more special.”When rumours of a romance between them first surfaced at the start of the competition, Joe’s representative insisted his relationship with Dianne was strictly professional, saying the claims were “absolutely not true”.Just days before the ‘Strictly’ final, Joe expertly dodged a question about the chances of a kiss between him and Dianne during an appearance on ‘Strictly’ spin-off show ‘It Takes Two’.After host Zoe Ball observed their routines during last Saturday’s semi-final had contained two moments that saw them get close, she said: “You teased us twice on Saturday and it didn’t go unnoticed.
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HuffPost: HumanKind brings you an advent calendar of kindness, celebrating good deeds and the people doing them, in order to inspire and bring hope this festive season.Find out more about the series, and uncover new stories daily here.We have an 11-year-old and a seven-year-old, but we always include our late son Charlie in our Christmas traditions.Every year, without fail, we have three stockings hanging up on the fireplace and a decoration with his name on up on our tree.My Dad always sends a card for Charlie and hangs a ribbon on the Meningitis Now tree in memory of him.It is gestures like this that make us feel he is still recognised as part of our family.
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At Gathering of Spy Chiefs, U.S., Allies Agreed to Contain Huawei – Wall Street JournalWhat happened: At a meeting in July, spy chiefs from an intelligence alliance known as the “Five Eyes”—made up of Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand—agreed they needed to contain Huawei.Soon afterward, the chiefs began speaking out against Chinese-made gear, especially related to 5G networks.The discussion focused on how to protect telecommunications networks from external interference.Why it’s important: Huawei has faced an increasing number of roadblocks outside of China, particularly when it comes to 5G infrastructure.Most recently, the Japanese government put a plan in motion to block the company from government procurement.
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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.Barghest Building Performance (BBP) (Singapore)BBP uses a combination of sensor tech, software, and engineering design to cut the amount of energy used by air-conditioning systems in commercial and industrial buildings.It claims that its technology can cut electricity consumption by as much as 35 percent, and major brands including IT giant HP and Shangri-La Hotels are on its client list.Amount raised: US$33 million series B
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An electric-powered robot that delivers meals to folks at the University of California, Berkeley, suddenly caught fire on Friday.The blaze was quickly extinguished by a passer-by, the Daily Californian reported.Kiwi, the firm that makes the small wheel-based machine, said no one was injured in the incident, which is thought to have been caused by a faulty battery.In response to the fire, the company has pulled its KiwiBots from service until it finishes its investigation.The first KiwiBots arrived in the city of Berkeley, California, in 2017, allowing anyone with a smartphone to order meals from nearby restaurants.The fleet of 100 machines has already made more than 20,000 deliveries around the university campus and in the nearby area.
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Traveloka has acquired three online travel agencies (OTAs) – Indonesia’s Pegipegi, Vietnam’s Mytour, and the Philippines’ Travelbook – for US$66.8 million earlier this year.It’s a sign of Traveloka’s expanding presence in the region and increasing dominance of the OTA sector at home.Before the acquisition, all three companies were subsidiaries of Japanese company Recruit Holdings.In a statement from January, Recruit Holdings stated that its entire holdings of the three companies are transferred to Jet Tech Innovation Ventures Pte Ltd, a company registered in Singapore.That company’s sole shareholder is Jet Tech Ventures Pte Ltd, which is wholly owned by Traveloka and counts CEO Ferry Unardi as a director.We have reached out to Traveloka for comment.
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With the Internet being people’s primary gateway to today’s services, web browsers have often been the target of hackers and security researchers trying to discover potential vulnerabilities.One such vulnerability has been discovered by Tencent’s Blade security team and nicknamed “Magellan”.While it affects a large chunk of browsers that use the open source Chromium engine, including Google Chrome itself, this time it isn’t the web browser that’s at fault.Instead, it’s the SQLite database that’s used not just by Chromium but by hundreds if not thousands of apps as well.SQL a type of relational database that is used in a large number of applications, from holding data served up in websites and blogs to the pieces of data stored by mobile apps on your smartphone.There are many implementations of SQL, including heavyweights like MySQL and PostgreSQL, but SQLite has been favored by many apps and developers precisely because it is lightweight, simple, and easy to use.
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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) isn’t here just yet, but LG is already excited to show what it’s been working on.The electronics manufacturer will spend the event showing off new partnerships with a number of companies that will help expand the smart kitchen beyond just appliances.LG has developed a partnership with Drop, the makers of the Drop Kitchen OS platform designed to create a unified smart home experience.The companies plan to integrate the operating system into appliances to make the smart kitchen even smarter.LG SmartThinQ ovens and ranges already come equipped with technology built on the Drop platform, and more appliances are expected to come in the future.In addition to working with Drop, LG is also working with Innit and SideChef, two popular recipe and meal plan solutions.
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Dell kicked off the tiny-bezel trend with the XPS 13, creating a 13-inch notebook that takes up the same space as a notebook with an 11-inch display.The industry has followed along, making small bezels the most recognizable modern trait.Now, Asus is working hard to beat Dell at its own game with a line of ZenBooks with smaller bezels than ever.And indeed, Asus beat Dell at its own game by creating a machine with a 92 percent screen-to-body ratio versus 80.7 percent.One notable difference is that although both Dell and Asus built in some tiny bezels, the ZenBook 14 has its webcam up top where it belongs while the XPS 13’s webcam creates an up-the-nose video conferencing experience.Aesthetically, the ZenBook 14 is a Royal Blue with gold trim and the iconic Asus concentric swirls on the lid, and there’s a textured gold bar above the keyboard that looks like a sound bar but is only ornamental.
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Rumors of the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III being announced by early 2019 could hold a grain of truth, with images of the upcoming compact appearing online late last week.Rumor site Nokishita has published the images, which were revealed by certification agencies, along with a short list of specifications.The leaked snapper is the successor to the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II – one of our favorite travel compacts – and if rumors are to be believed, it will feature built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for a easy transfer of images to a smartphone for uploading to social media.It has also been suggested that the camera will boast a 24.1MP 1.0-inch CMOS sensor with a burst speed of 10fps.According to Nokishita, the lens on the upcoming snapper will be a 8.8 - 36.8mm f/1.8 - 2.8 lens (the current Mark II model sports a 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8), along with a NB-13L battery that’s already in use in the PowerShot G7 X Mark II and gives up to 265 shots.Unlike the older version, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is rumored to be capable of 4K video.
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SnapLogic won't stage an IPO anytime soon because CEO Gaurav Dhillon wants to take his time and get it right, he tells Business Insider.Many tech companies have gone public only to see their share prices collapse.The secondary market for privately traded equity is now so well-developed that investors can still sell their stock, reducing the pressure to go public, he says.Backed by $136 million in investment from the likes of Andreessen Horowitz, Vitruvian Partners and Capital One, the enterprise cloud-software-integration platform is likely worth more than $1 billion.There are now efficient secondary markets for privately traded equity, so investors and employees can still sell their stock for cash if need be, reducing the pressure to go public."I've seen horrible things happen to companies that went out too quickly"
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Nothing says Christmas quite like 500 sausage dogs dressed up in Santa outfits and tinsel on a festive walk.The horde of Dachshunds and their owners donned Christmas jumpers, Father Christmas jackets and tinsel for the event in central London’s Hyde Park on Sunday.They all braved frosty December conditions, with some owners sporting jumpers emblazoned with the words “Dachshund through the snow”.Cassandra Williams, 30, who brought her sausage dog Rupert, said: “It’s a good excuse for us all to get together, all the slightly mad people, and have a day.It’s a good opportunity for her dog to “make friends” and learn to be more sociable, she added.But it wasn’t all smooth sailing, with several scraps breaking out among the pups, forcing owners to pull them apart.
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Cydia, a store for applications that run on jailbroken iPhones and other Apple devices, is shutting down the ability to buy and sell apps on its platform, TechCrunch reported on Saturday.In a Reddit post, Cydia founder Jay “Saurik” Freeman said he had initially planned to shut the entire store after years of frustration running it, but had bumped up the timetable after a serious security issue was discovered:The reality is that I wanted to just shut down the Cydia Store entirely before the end of the year, and was considering moving the timetable up after receiving the report (to this weekend); this service loses me money and is not something I have any passion to maintain: it was a critical component of a healthy ecosystem, and for a while it helped fund a small staff of people to maintain the ecosystem, but it came at great cost to my sanity and led lots of people to irrationally hate me due to what amounted to a purposeful misunderstanding of how profit vs. revenue works.The bug in question “let someone buy apps through your account if you were logged in and browsing untrusted app repositories,” per Engadget.But Freeman said the bug only impacted a small number of users, and it looks like the decision was made prior to its discovery.Freeman wrote in the post that while he had previously been able to hire staff to help maintain Cydia, revenues have declined to the point where he is now funding hosting out of his own pocket.
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Back in September, Amazon announced a huge number of new Echo products, without filling in too many details about when they would be available.It looks like the launch of one of these gadgets, the Amazon Echo Auto, has now been pushed back to 2019.While Amazon hasn't said anything officially, the product page for the Echo Auto has scrubbed any mention of "this year" from the listing, AFTVnews notes.Interested punters can still sign up to try and nab an exclusive invitation, but now there's no promises as to when those invitations are actually going to go out.Another tweak to the Echo Auto description suggests only Google Maps is going to be supported at launch, with Apple Maps and Waze support following at some point later on – worth bearing in mind if you're thinking of signing up.The Amazon Echo Auto is currently being promoted at a knock-down price of $24.99, with a full retail price of $49.99 (at the moment only US customers can sign up for an invite).
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‘I’m A Celebrity’ star Emily Atack has revealed she had a psychiatrist on standby during her time in the jungle, after suffering a panic attack just days before entering the camp.The 28-year-old ‘Inbetweeners’ star told The Sun On Sunday that she was struggling with her mental health just before she joined the show.The actress said: “I’ve only had one panic attack in my whole life and that was just before I left for the jungle.“I was getting my eyelash extensions done and I’d had a really stressful few weeks in the build-up to doing the show.“I didn’t know what was happening.“I saw the psychiatrist before and after the show, and they’re still checking in to make sure I’m OK.”
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Certain robotic components have been 3D printed to ensure that each body part is identical and precisely sized for each model that’s produced.However, DS Dolls customers won’t be able to request their own human face for the gynoid to replicate a celebrity or another woman of their choice.In terms of its sexbot offerings, DSDolls/Robotics is currently only offering an AI head to complement a silicone sex doll, similar to RealDoll’s Harmony model.This isn’t to say DS isn’t planning to develop its robotic body to become a fully-functioning sexbot in the future – the only thing we’re waiting for is a release date, which it says it will be announcing in 2019.Will using 3D printing become the norm for mass-producing sexbots?What we know right now is that DSDolls has proved that sexbots can be mass-produced and retailed at an affordable price, while looking more lifelike than ever.
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Welfare benefits helped save Louise from sex work – but it was their latest incarnation, Universal Credit, which nearly forced her back onto the streets.After years of selling her body in Leeds, she had managed to find some stability with the help of a charity and had become a carer for her mum.But amid the chaotic roll-out of the government’s new benefits system, Louise was sent a letter demanding she set up an online account for Universal Credit within a matter of days, or her money would be stopped.Struggling to provide the documentation required, Louise frantically told support workers near where she lived in Holbeck, Leeds: “If I don’t get any money sorted soon, I am going to be back on the streets selling sex for money.”The Holbeck area of Leeds is home to ‘managed approach’ dubbed as Britain’s first ‘legal red light zone’.The scheme has been highly controversial since it was set up in 2014 with some critics claiming it is causing more women in the area to enter sex work.
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Uber's main rival in Europe, Taxify, has rebranded in the UK to try and ease its path to a relaunch in London.Taxify has rebranded as Hopp because it legally can't have the word 'taxi' in its name.Taxify launched in London last year but had to suspend its service because the local transport regulator had questions about its licence.Taxify said it was optimistic about winning back its licence.Uber's main rival in Europe, Taxify, has rebranded to Hopp in a bid to appease London's transport regulator and win back its operating licence in the British capital.Taxify is hoping the name change will ease its path to a relaunch in London after it was forced to suspend operations last September.
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Long battery life and fast charging supportIf you’ve seen one laptop, you’ve seen them all, or so it seems.HP has challenged that notion with a new take on laptop design, eschewing metal and plastic lids, visible hinges, and port-lined edges for something completely different: a large, premium leather portfolio.Convertible laptops — that is, models that can be used as a tablet and as a laptop — typically come in two varieties: with a removable display featuring a kickstand for support or with a 360-degree hinge that enables the display to be folded back as a “tablet.”The Spectre Folio avoids both of those designs, instead offering a unique hinged display that pops forward and lies flat.The hinge is very stable, the display can be positioned at any angle, and the device avoids the top-heavy pitfall that plagues many convertible systems.
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New deals on interesting, fun and practical electronic gifts under $100 from major online retailers can convert last-minute shoppers to savvy bargain hunters.The Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse Combo won’t do the work for you, but it can relieve some of the strain if you spend a lot of time pounding on the keys.The battery life is rated up to two years for the mouse and three years for the keyboard, which may sound crazy but I’ve been using the same model since early 2016 and have not needed to change the batteries on either.If you want to give your hands a break while keyboarding, take advantage of a low price.Big Mouth Billy Bass is a classic joke gift updated for smart homes.Use Bluetooth to pair the mounted bass with an Alexa device and Billy will raise his head when you say Alexa and then move his mouth when Alexa responds.
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