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If you’ve recently spotted a little secondary box underneath a Google News story that gives you a big-picture understanding of the news, you’re not alone: Google appears to be experimenting with a new “for context” feature in Google News that links to a second, broader story on the same topic.
Spotted earlier by Valentin Pletzer on Twitter, the feature appears to be live on mobile phones for some very specific search results:
new feature within the top stories carousel "for context"a second link to the same source (here Forbes and cnet)#google #mobile #serp #news pic.twitter.com/B7KDKSmChz— Valentin Pletzer (@VorticonCmdr) July 28, 2020
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The idea of a music festival in 2020 was an absurd thought only a month ago, when the general consensus was that festivals and live, large scale events wouldn’t return until 2021 at the earliest.Earlier this year, one by one, favourites of the UK festival circuit uploaded inevitable cancellation notices onto their social media accounts as the virus took hold. Glastonbury, Latitude, Wilderness and We Out Here were a handful that lamented the loss of the 2020 festival summer with heartfelt notes. Festivals, experts said, would be the last to reopen because of their scale, which meant social distancing was surely almost impossible: what would a socially distant mosh pit look like? Or a socially distant rave tent? It seemed a foregone conclusion.Fast forward to July, and restrictions were easing quicker than some predicted (quicker than some may have liked). Newly relaxed social distancing rules meant that although festivals still seemed unlikely, and perhaps made for an uncomfortable thought, they were now technically possible - if the right person fancied taking on the Herculean challenge of negotiating with their local council to forge a ‘covid secure’ venue.Enter events organiser and entrepreneur Robyn Isherwood. As restrictions lifted, Robyn, who grew up in Gisburne, created a blueprint for the UK’s first socially distanced festival on the Gisburne Estate in Lancashire in just a few days. No one had done anything like this before, but Robyn’s credentials meant she had a fighting chance: her day job as an organiser of lavish events for high-net-worth clients means she is used to finding solutions for seemingly impossible tasks.Usually reserved for weddings, the lush country estate became the Gisburne Park Pop Up festival only two days after outdoor events were given the go ahead. Only weeks ago, this would have all seemed impossible. “When the first headline hit, calling us ‘the UK’s first socially distanced festival,’ I thought, oh gosh, what am I doing? I’ve never done a festival before,” Robyn told HuffPost UK from the Gisburne Park Pop Up midway through the second weekend of events (the festival runs until the end of August across weekends and on selected midweek nights). We were slumped in soggy deckchairs on a Saturday afternoon, minutes after one of the family-friendly shows scheduled as a part of the festival’s line-up had finished.“I’ve never had such a large health and safety document, we worked together with the council to get it right,” says Robyn, her tone brightly confident. “They came down on the opening night!” View this post on InstagramA post shared by GISBURNE PARK POP UP (@gisburneparkpopup) on Jul 15, 2020 at 1:45pm PDTEtched onto the grass that forms the bank of a river in the valley on the estate are tens of newly-drawn hexagonal shaped pods, each designed to house six festivalgoers who stay inside their pods, socially distanced from other guests during their visit to the festival.In each pod are chairs, tables and umbrellas (it rains a lot up north...) facing a stage, which is located on the other side of the water. It’s a proper festival stage with pyrotechnics. The idea is for guests to book into socially distant yurts, located on the estate a few minutes’ walk away, and ferry themselves back and forth to the festival site on foot over the weekend. You book to see DJs and live bands play individual shows spread out throughout July and August, rather than buying a traditional all-in-one festival ticket.The vibe differs depending on the event you book, but throughout the three events HuffPost UK attended, ticket-holders stayed socially distant and the vibe was relaxed. On Saturday afternoon, a family musical show suffered from downpours but the children gazing across the river to the stage seemed to connect with the performances despite the weather.Parents kept warm with bottled cocktails. Musical numbers were from shows like Mary Poppins and Frozen and looked particularly pretty performed against the rugged limestone backdrop behind the stage and the water trickling along in front.For theatre shows like this, there’s a slight lack of intimacy, given the obvious challenges with the layout, but that feeling dissipates with the main live DJ shows at night, when there’s less of a need to watch performers and more of a broad audio-visual experience with pyrotechnics, like lasers and glitter cannons. The site was pushing towards full capacity for Hot Since 82, the main DJ act on the Saturday night, and the atmosphere felt energetic. In the evening you feel more restrained in your hexagonal pod, because people are dancing around you, so at first it’s strange not to join them - but that’s forgotten by nightfall: without the light reminding you of the white lines surrounding you in your pod, you forget the odd circumstances and just dance.Robyn designed evening events to start at 5pm and finish at 11pm, and in what she describes as the ‘witching hour’, from around 9.30 inebriated folk occasionally attempt to bumble into their friend’s socially distant pods. They’re quickly removed and warned by lurking security. Food and drink is available on digital menus, accessible by scanning a barcode left on tables, and everything’s comically delivered in brightly coloured wheelbarrows. Staff gently slide plates onto tables, their faces obscured by visors and masks. Colour-coded areas mean staff reduce their contact, and service is very good.You can only escape the pod to go for a quick wee, and on the Sunday, during an afternoon show from a local band playing greatest hits, I may have snuck off for one extra toilet visit than I truly needed, just to move my body and break things up. But the idea is a little bit of dancing, a little bit of sitting down, and with dinner in-between, you have enough variety to stomach the idea of being kept in a pod. And the general vibe is strong enough to make you not mind anyway: with no one else escaping their pods, it’s straightforward enough to adapt to this newly engineered form of socialising. In fact, Robyn’s idea for pods may transcend the lockdown and become a newly established way to do festivals.“The biggest amount of comments we’ve had back is guests asking why more festivals can’t be like this,” says Robyn. “It’s nice having your area, and your flag to order your drinks instead of queuing for an hour, you don’t want to dance the whole time…”It may allow for comfort, but Gisburne Park Pop Up doesn’t allow for getting blissfully lost with new friends, or going deep into a crowd to get nearer a band. And ticketed events don’t go on longer than five-and-a-half hours, so it’s all about getting immersed in the entertainment quickly. View this post on InstagramA post shared by GISBURNE PARK POP UP (@gisburneparkpopup) on Jul 17, 2020 at 6:36am PDTThis is certainly no ordinary festival experience, but there’s no doubt that Robyn Isherwood has achieved something genuinely iconic with her hexagonal social distancing pods, which allow staff and punters to co-exist safely - more than that, they provide the only way for festival fans to rave at all this summer. And she has a point about it being a luxury to have a comfy seat in front of a stage.On more of a mass scale, all sorts of logistical challenges may crop up with expanding this model to a bigger site - but on a small, luxury scale such as Robyn’s, Gisburne Park Pop Up offers perhaps the most hedonistic experience this side of 2021.Stumbling back through the fields to my yurt along the rows of twinkling lights and hearing the crackle of punters’ late night fires, I felt the first proper dose of freedom from the constraints of lockdown - and that’s worth the ticket price alone.Gisburneparkpopup.com, tickets start from £20READ MORE
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Amazon Prime Day has been delayed in the US, the company announced today. The annual shopping event, which promises discounts for Amazon Prime members, is usually held in mid-July, but Amazon has now confirmed that it intends to hold the event “later than usual” this year. The company did not set a new date, but said it would be “sharing more details soon.”
”This year we’ll be holding Prime Day later than usual, while ensuring the safety of our employees and supporting our customers and selling partners,” a spokesperson for the company told The Verge. They added that the company plans to go ahead with a discount event in India on August 6-7. “Members all around the world will experience Prime Day later this year,” the spokesperson said.
We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.If you’ve starting going out more since the easing of lockdown but are worried that people aren’t respecting the 2m rule, a new ‘distance aware’ badge could help offer a polite prompt for them to keep away.Those who are anxious about a lack of social distancing, or have been shielding, can now order a badge or lanyard which essentially tells other people: “Help me feel safe. Respect my space.”The ‘distance aware’ project is the brainchild of Helen Iliff, a trainee anaesthetist at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, who has been shielding since March and was worried about returning to work.Iliff spotted a need for some way to prompt others to maintain social distancing – especially as lockdown restrictions ease. So she teamed up with three advertising professionals who had been made redundant – Joe Dennett, Rob Donaldson and Dan Gaffney – to design messaging that encourages just that.Related...
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The ‘distance aware’ logo comes in the shape of a bright yellow shield with a striped border and a double-ended arrow to highlight the need for physical distancing.“As people go out and about more, and there are conflicting messages, it is easy for people to forget the importance of social distancing over time,” Joe Dennett tells HuffPost UK.“The badge acts as a gentle, non-confrontational prompt to respect distance.”Related...
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Shops and charities can also download posters and social media images to tell customers they are distance aware. If businesses use them, says Dennett, it might also give people confidence to get out more and interact with those organisations, “knowing that others care and want to keep them safe”,The ‘distance aware’ scheme, launched through the Bevan Commission think tank, is already taking off in Wales where several charities have taken on the designs and created badges or lanyards for people they support.Kidney Wales is one of them. The charity identified a need for such a scheme after a poll of 1,749 people in June, including people with kidney disease, found that more that 91% thought it was a good idea to have a badge or similar available to enable individuals to self-identify as vulnerable.Almost all (99%) of those polled said that if they saw a badge or pin they recognised, they would respect someone’s space and keep their distance.While the ‘distance aware’ scheme isn’t specifically for shielders, it may help bring peace of mind to the 2 million people for whom shielding will be ‘paused’ from August onwards.Related...
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Among this group, the easing of restrictions has been met with a lot of understandable anxiety. Research by Scope found only 5% of disabled people feel safe about shielding being paused and a fifth said they won’t go out until a Covid-19 treatment is available.Currently, the badges and lanyards are available through NHS Wales health boards to staff and patients – as well as through Kidney UK, Marie Curie and Lymphoma Action. The ‘distance aware’ creative team are also in contact with major retailers to try and make them more readily available.In the meantime, if you can’t get hold of a badge or lanyard, images of the shields are available to download here – or Dennett recommends making your own badge or lanyard using ‘create your own’ websites.There has been “overwhelming support” for the initiative so far, with backing from Wales’ first minister, health minister and NHS Wales, he says. “Thousands of requests have come in. This is clearly filling a huge need.”Related...
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the Client is the focus of Atlas Copco is to create innovative solutions for the smart factory.the collection of data, it helps its customers to optimize production already in the concept phase of development.It offers mounting solutions in which the development of the software provides the ability to take a more holistic view of the production process, which creates a higher value for the customer. "We are premium and have to compete to be the most innovative, customer-focused," says Hannah Jones, the Voice of the Customer Manager of the year.Atlas Copco's kunderstår the face of the great challenges of Industry 4.0, among other things, an increase in the production mix and to make use of the available data.an in-depth understanding of the challenges customers are facing and what needs they have, they can create solutions and innovations, the result is that most of the customers.
The Motorola Razr 2019 does an admirable job reviving an iconic design into a new foldable form factor that defines what it meansGreat execution reviving flip phonesSmall closed form factor is a nice sizeFront screen great for selfiesThe Motorola Razr 2019 is a foldable phone that’s also a throwback to one of the most iconic phone designs of all time, the original Razr V3 that launched in 2004 - the future wrapped in the past.It makes sense that Motorola would drape its most ambitious experiment in its most historically popular design: the company’s midrange and budget smartphones are lauded for their utility and value but not their flash.
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It's been a minute, but Disney has finally cast the role of Prince Eric three months after Harry Styles turned down the live-action Little Mermaid movie gig.Ariel's seafaring prince will be played by Jonah Hauer-King, CNET sister site ET reported Tuesday night.The 24-year-old actor had two screen tests to get the role, Variety reported.He previously starred in PBS' Little Women TV series alongside Stranger Things' Maya Hawke, according to IMDb.When Styles declined to be the Eric to Halle Bailey's Ariel, the internet began debating who could be the prince in Disney's upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.We even put together a list of our Prince Eric hopefuls, headlined by Dev Patel, Gavin Leatherwood, Kota Ibushi, Chace Crawford, Joe Keery and John Cena.
with the Expansion of the subway in Stockholm, sweden looks set to become a nine-billion more expensive than had previously been assumed, and a 32 billion, instead of 23 billion dollars, writes the daily Dagens industri.who should take on the bill is anyone's guess.the minister for infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth (S), now calling themselves the representatives of the Stockholm region and the involved municipalities. " It's too early to even draw such conclusions.I would like to have a record of the fördyringarna of the projects and to see what lies behind it.and Then we'll have to start from the fact that we have it on the table properly, " says Tomas Eneroth told the newspaper.
Microsoft rose to dominance during the '80s and '90s thanks to the success of its Windows operating system running on Intel’s processors, a cosy relationship nicknamed “Wintel”.Now Microsoft hopes that another another hardware–software combo will help it recapture that success—and catch rivals Amazon and Google in the race to provide cutting-edge artificial intelligence through the cloud.Microsoft hopes to extend the popularity of its Azure cloud platform with a new kind of computer chip designed for the age of AI.Starting today, Microsoft is providing Azure customers with access to chips made by the British startup Graphcore.Graphcore, founded in Bristol, UK, in 2016, has attracted considerable attention among AI researchers—and several hundred million dollars in investment—on the promise that its chips will accelerate the computations required to make AI work.Until now it has not made the chips publicly available or shown the results of trials involving early testers.
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