Martin Latimer

Martin Latimer

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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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Variety is good, so I'm always interested in testing out wearables that don't run the most popular OSes.Huawei's latest smartwatch, the Huawei Watch GT, falls into this category, as it runs the company's LiteOS rather than WearOS.While the Chinese company has primarily focused on its smartphone business this year, going the extra mile to put its own OS on this smartwatch shows that it's serious about wearables (at least, for the time being).The 46mm case features a ceramic bezel and a stainless steel shell, and it was a massive presence on my wrist.My review unit came with a brown leather band, and combined with the large case, it gave the watch what some would consider to be a traditionally masculine aesthetic.They also suit the device's 5 ATM water resistance that lets you to swim with it.
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Casey Neistat wrote an article back in 2014 how he ‘fixed’ his Facebook by unfriending people who shared too much.I tried this in 2017… and it absolutely didn’t work!People still share way too much and every time I go on Facebook it feels like like a whole plague of negativity that’s trying to give me cancer.Facebook really isn’t the ‘cool’ platform it was back in 2008.Having lived abroad, there’s a whole lot of connections with people and photos I uploaded over the years, that I don’t wanna lose.But thankfully there’s a way to do both:
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Here are our best picks:Doctor Who Lego Set, £variousThe Lego Ideas Doctor Who set was discontinued a couple of years ago, but there are still plenty of them going on eBay for around the old retail price (£50).The set covers the Tardis interior and exterior, and has minifigures of the 11th and 12th Doctors, Clara, a Weeping Angel, and two daleks.It doesn't include the Christmas finale Twice Upon a Time, but Capaldi was a great Doctor and he deserves to be appreciated properly.Twice Upon a Time (4K), £15
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The first unboxing video for Google’s 6DOF controllers hit the Web as the first wave of developer kits appear to be shipping out.VR and AR developer Alex Coulombe posted the following video showing the complete contents of the developer kit, including AAA batteries and a charger for them as well as the controllers, the “tracking faceplate” and a cord to connect it to the Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone VR headset.The USB-C connector on the controllers is for “flashing” them, not for charging, according to a paper in the unboxing video.We’ll update this post as hands-on impressions start to show up.If Google is developing a standalone VR headset with the same controller tracking technology built into the headband, it is possible the company could provide robust inside-out tracking in a next generation system.Google’s investments in VR so far suggest its efforts have been focused on the unique capabilities of 6DOF hand controllers, and I think this kit could be a hint that the company is doubling down on standalone VR in 2019.
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MacOS Mojave has been available for a while now, and as updates to the latest MacOS continue the pressure builds for users to make the switch, enjoy the new dark mode, and get the latest features.If you haven’t downloaded the software yet, you can find it here at the Mac Store and start whenever you are ready.This could lead to disappointment if you excitedly boot up the download and then get a message that says, “This version of MacOS cannot be installed on this computer.” Ouch!Everything else is manageable, but if your Mac is too old, there’s not much you can do except prepare to buy a new computer.Note: You can find your model info and the age of your Mac at any time by heading to the upper left corner of MacOS, selecting the “Apple” logo, and then selecting “About this Mac.”MacBooks came to the compatibility game pretty late.
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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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Subnautica, the underwater survival game that recently won PC Game of the Year at the 2018 Golden Joystick Awards, is being offered as a free download on the Epic Games store.Epic Games, which is looking to attract more PC players to its recently launched online store, promised to offer a new free game every two weeks.Subnautica by Unknown Worlds is the first free download for the Steam competitor.In Subnautica, players take on the role of a human whose spaceship crashed into a hostile, underwater planet.To survive and get back home, players will need to collect resources and create equipment, while either fighting or studying the alien creatures in the water.PC gamers interested in taking the plunge with Subnautica may simply head on over to the Epic Games store, sign up for an account, and download the open-world title for free.
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Researchers at the University of Washington have come up with a novel way to create a wireless platform: using bumblebees.The team was working on ways to deploy sensors, but they found problems with mechanical drones as the batteries ran out too fast.Instead, they decided to make use of a “biology-based solution”, using living insects to create a mobile Internet of Things (IoT) platform.The issue with using regular mechanical drones is that the length of flight time that can be achieved is based on the size of the battery pack that can be carried.For small drones, the tiny battery size creates a problem with the energy density of current batteries — and at the size required for this project, most drones only last for about 20 minutes.Instead of relying on mechanical drones, the team decided to investigate the potential of insects for carrying sensors to be used in projects like smart farming, in which sensors are used to collect data on crop yield, topography of terrain, the level of moisture in the atmosphere and soil, and so on.
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And we poisoned their asses— Flight of the Conchords, “Robots”Robots will take over the world.Maybe not today and maybe not tomorrow.What’s the best way to avoid Robo-pocalypse?Well, by being one of the rampaging automaton’s creators, of course.
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The 1,500-year-old Pumapunku temple in western Bolivia is considered a crowning achievement of Mesoamerican architecture, yet no one knows what the original structure actually looked like.Archaeologists have studied the site for over 150 years, but it wasn’t immediately obvious how all the broken and scattered pieces belonged together.The surprisingly simple approach devised by Vranich is finally providing a glimpse into the structure’s original appearance.Pumapunku, which means “door of the puma,” was a temple designed and built by the pre-Incan Tiwanaku culture, who lived and thrived in what is now western Bolivia from 500 AD to 1,000 AD.And in fact, the Incas believed it was at Pumapunku that the world began.Inspired, the Incas attempted to integrate the style of the Tiwanaku stonework in their own architecture, as seen in structures at the capital city of Cusco and the “lost city” of Machu Picchu.
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Christmas party revellers have been urged to wear earplugs to protect their hearing.As the festive party season gets into full swing, charity Action on Hearing Loss is encouraging people to take steps to protect their hearing while in noisy pubs, bars or concerts.Earplugs do not block out the music but can protect people from being exposed to dangerous noise frequencies, the charity said.Partygoers should also avoid standing for too long near speakers and take breaks from the noise, it added.After a night out, many have experienced ringing in their ears but the charity estimates that some six million Britons are living with this sensation permanently.The condition, called tinnitus, is often described as ringing in the ears but many people hear different sounds including buzzing, clicking, whooshing or humming.
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Intel just gave us a peek behind the curtain about what’s to come.These all feel like direct responses to criticisms Intel has faced lately.Its integrated GPUs simply can’t compare to those on AMD chips or to discrete graphics from Nvidia.Meanwhile, Intel publicly struggled to get its first 10nm processors, codenamed Ice Lake and based on its Skylake architecture, out the door.Intel needs to confront all these issues, and in a series of announcements today it looks like it has.The new integrated graphics will appear in 10nm chips next yearThe second prong is a new microarchitecture to replace the Skylake one that powers most of our servers, laptops, and desktops.
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The data privacy scandals just keep coming for Facebook: the social network has revealed a flaw in its code that could have exposed the private photos of up to 6.8 million users.The security hole has now been patched, but was open for 12 days.According to Facebook, the bug worked like this: if affected users granted apps access to their timeline photos, those apps could then get at pictures they weren't supposed to be able to see, including images from Facebook Stories and Facebook Marketplace.Even worse, they could see images uploaded to Facebook and not yet posted.That's right – Facebook keeps copies of pictures you upload to the app and then don't get around to posting... just in case you want to come back and finish off the post.These images are kept for three days before being removed, Facebook says.
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An explosive new report by Reuters released Friday may upturn the narrative surrounding the potential cancer risks of talcum powder.According to the report, Johnson & Johnson—the makers of the most popular consumer talc product, Baby Powder—knew for decades that its products at times contained carcinogenic asbestos, but did everything possible to keep its findings shrouded from the public and even health officials.The report’s allegations are sourced from hundreds of internal company documents, according to Reuters, which the news agency has also made available to the public.Many of the documents were obtained during the course of legal battles waged against Johnson & Johnson over the years by customers alleging its products had caused their cancers; others were obtained by various journalists and news organisations.Collectively, the documents seem to paint a damning picture of the company’s actions—and inaction—surrounding its products.Talc is a soft white clay pulled up from the earth in mines.
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A woman who pretended to have cancer and claimed over £250,000 from her then husband, his family and the public has been jailed for four years.Jasmin Mistry, from Loughborough, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday December 14, after pleading guilty to one count of fraud by false representation on October 24, according to the Metropolitan Police.Mistry first told her husband she had cancer in 2013, using a different Sim card to send herself fake WhatsApp messages pretending to be her doctor confirming the diagnosis in order to support her claim.In December 2014, the 36-year-old told her husband she had six months to live after being diagnosed with brain cancer.Using further fake messages from her doctor, she said she could be treated in the US but it would cost around £500,000.Her husband then contacted family and friends to ask for donations for her treatment.
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Over the past five years, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have released a trio of amazing low-budget sci-fi/horror films: Resolution, Spring, and The Endless.Science fiction author Christopher Cevasco says that what sets these films apart is their focus on compelling characters.“The performances have to be really strong to pull off movies like these,” Cevasco says in Episode 339 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.“They’re not reliant on special effects or crazy visuals.For writer Sara Lynn Michener, that’s a welcome change from horror movies in which the characters are both disposable and detestable.“We see a lot of stereotypical male behavior in film, and it’s really lovely to see a film about a man taking care of his friend.”
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Other highlights include Kiera Knightly’s hats and the vast quantity of roll neck jumpers.but it always seems to be on TV and does really get into What Christmas Is All About.Picked by Vicky Frost (Executive Editor, Life)Things that have stayed with me about childhood Christmasses: having to wait for my tree presents until late afternoon (what!?It gets a big-screen revamp this Christmas but unless that involves Dick Van Dyke doing his chim chim cher-ee turn – mercilessly copied by high-pitched children for bloody hours, my poor parents – I’m not sure it will be replacing the original in my affections.What’s more, ‘The Grinch’ is one of those kids films whose jokes take on completely new meanings as you get older.
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Android device owners have another alternative to Apple’s AirPods with audio device company 1More’s .The Stylish TWS are 1More’s first pair of .In terms of design, the Stylish TWS are in-ear earbuds with circular silicone hooks that help them stay in your ears.The earbuds include three different sized ear tips and silicone hooks just in case the installed ones don’t fit.Each earbud features a multi-functional button near the back.The left earbud’s button lets you play, pause, skip, and rewind your music.
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As someone who sits in the middle of that particular venn diagram, I was thrilled when Fnatic offered me the chance to review their miniSTREAK compact gaming keyboard.The Fnatic miniSTREAK is ideal for gamers who want an authentic mechanical keyboard experience, yet lack the desktop real-estate for something bigger, like Alienware’s chunky AW768 Pro Gaming Keyboard.Punters also get a choice between red, blue, and brown Cherry MX keyswitches.There’s an unfortunate tendency for gaming hardware to be – in a word – hideous.Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, of course, but far too many gaming products look like the unholy lovechild of a PCB board and a can of Monster energy drink.This means that it’s appropriate for more conservative environments, like a shared office, where more elaborate keyboards look distinctly amiss.
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