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5 intelligent uses for smart plugs

Smart plugs can make even the dumbest appliance controllable through an app on your phone or through voice commands using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple Homekit. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate smart plugs into your life.

brazilian police sniper kills bus hijacker in rio de janeiro | world news

All 37 hostages onboard hijacked bus on bridge across Guanabara Bay survive ordealBrazilian security forces have shot dead a man who hijacked a bus on a bridge across Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro and took nearly 40 people hostage.The hijacking began at about 5am on Tuesday when a masked man commandeered a commuter bus on the bridge, which connects Rio with the city of Niterói. The man took 37 people in the bus hostage before freeing six of them, officials said. Continue reading...

albanian pm condemns 'barbarian' who chased tourists in viral video | world news

Officials move to protect tourism after restaurateur’s attack on Spanish familyAlbanian authorities have moved to minimise the damage to the country’s reputation as an emerging tourist hotspot after a video of a furious restaurant owner pursuing a group of Spaniards and attempting to smash their car’s windscreen went viral.The incident took place last week in Porto Palermo, in southern Albania. Video shot from inside a car rented by the Spanish tourists shows a man clinging to the bonnet and att...

xiaomi reports 60 million shipped phones in h1 2019

Xiaomi just released its financial report for the first half of 2019 and the numbers are good. Revenues stood at CNY 95.71 billion ($13.56 billion), a 20% improvement compared to the first half of last year. Adjusted net profits came out to CNY 5.72 billion ($810.36 million) which is a 49.8% year on year increase. Looking into phone shipments, Xiaomi managed to move 60 million units in the period despite stagnating global market. Outside of the smartphone business, Xiaomi's TV line also ...

kristen stewart's new film is nothing like alien – except for all the bits like alien | film

In the trailer for Underwater, Stewart runs around a dark base chased by a creature, but don’t for a moment think that it resembles a certain cult classicUnderwater is a forthcoming film where a lot of scared military-industrial workers led by a jaded short-haired female rush around a dingy-looking base, chased by a terrifying creature of unknown origin. But don’t for a moment think that it’s like Alien, because it is completely different in almost every way. Look, here’s the trailer. Let me sho...

un postpones anti-torture conference in cairo after backlash | world news

Human rights campaigners criticised ‘whitewashing’ of Egyptian government’s abusesThe UN has postponed an anti-torture conference due to take place in Cairo, following an outcry from human rights activists who accused the organisation of “whitewashing” the Egyptian government’s abuses.The conference on “defining and criminalising torture in the Arab region” was scheduled for 4 and 5 September. A draft copy of the agenda listed participants including the UN special rapporteur on torture, Nils Mel...

facebook launches 'clear history' tool – but it won't delete anything | technology

Feature ‘disconnects’ data from a user’s account and shows extent of tracking apparatusFacebook has launched its “clear history” feature more than a year after it was first promised by Mark Zuckerberg as part of damage control efforts after the Cambridge Analytica revelations.The new feature, part of a wider set of tools covering “off-Facebook activity”, will not delete anything from Facebook’s servers, instead simply “disconnecting” data from an individual user’s account. Continue reading...

was simone de beauvoir as feminist as we thought? | books

Seventy years after The Second Sex reinvented women’s liberation, her legacy has its contradictions – but it should not be overlookedSimone de Beauvoir is a feminist icon. She didn’t just write the feminist book, she wrote the movement’s bible, The Second Sex. She was an engaged intellectual who combined philosophical and literary productivity with real-world political action that led to lasting legislative change. Her life has inspired generations of women seeking independence, and this was lar...

why carbon offsetting is not the panacea harry and meghan might think it is | environment

Elton John claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private jet use was ‘carbon neutral’. The reality is more complicatedElton John has attacked the criticism of the use of private jets by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – reportedly four journeys in 11 days – by saying he not only paid for the plane, but also paid to offset its giant carbon emissions. “We ensured their flight was carbon neutral,” he tweeted.The world of carbon offsetting flights – where you can pay to have the equivalent of your...

fifa puskás award 2019: breakdown of the 10-strong shortlist | football

Fifa has released a 10-goal shortlist, featuring Billie Simpson of Cliftonville Ladies, Lionel Messi and Andros TownsendThe Puskás Award, named after the Hungary legend, is given to the best goal scored in the last 12 months. Notable winners include Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, while Premier League duo Olivier Giroud and Mohamed Salah won the trophy in 2017 and 2018, respectively.These are the 10 goals which Fifa has deemed the cream of the crop. Do you agree? Comment below the line or suggest ...

meet the bake off 2019 contestants – from the teacher to the terminator | television & radio

Who is most passionate about sponge – and who preferred the minibus they rode in on? We rank the bakers about to enter the tent, and predict the winner! Another year, another series of the Great British Bake Off. You know the deal by now. There’s a tent full of passionate home bakers, and week by week their will to live will be slowly eroded by impossible challenges that ask them to explain the quantum concept of particle-wave duality via the medium of biscuits.The new series of Bake Off begins ...

heard the one about the older comedian who was given a fair chance of success? | cally beaton | opinion

Incompetent, incontinent and too old to love, over-50s are laughed at all across Britain – except on the comedy circuitI’m writing this from a damp Edinburgh flat, having abandoned my comfortable London life for a month at the fringe, which is like a month-long freshers’ week, but with finals every day.My show Invisible, about life at an age when the world ghosts you, came about because I turned 50 and didn’t like the cut of Yann Moix’s jib – the French author said last year that women over 50 a...

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