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Microsoft’s new photos app for iOS and Android lets you quickly transfer pictures to a PC

Microsoft is releasing a new Photos Companion app for iOS and Android today, designed to make it much quicker to get photos from a phone to a PC. The new app is available immediately, and it’s being released as part of Microsoft’s Garage project which lets employees release experimental apps. Microsoft’s own photos team has been working on the app for several months, and it links directly to Windows 10’s built-in photos app. If you’re a OneDrive user or you already backup phone photos to another cloud […]

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How to roll your own VPN on Windows

A virtual private network (VPN) service is a good way to secure your web traffic and keep it private from snoops like a nosy internet service provider or passive government surveillance. One problem with VPN services, however, is that you have to implicitly trust that your VPN provider isn’t doing something shady such as monitoring the sites you visit. [Further reading: The best VPN services of 2018] That’s why for the extra privacy-conscious a third-party VPN won’t do. The alternative then is to create your own VPN […]

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This restaurant’s egg-themed ‘pun’ is so spectacularly bad it’s good

Most adverts are largely terrible, but every now and then a piece of marketing comes along that just absolutely hits the nail on the head. Well step aside, inferior breakfast venues, because Lenwich restaurant has only gone and come up with the pun to end all puns:  Yep: “Egg Morning”. Perhaps the most beautiful example of the “so bad/meaningless/confusing it’s actually good” pun ever put into practice. Nobody on Twitter knew quite what to make of it. “How’s it going?”“Egg, you?”“Egg.” — Dan Barra-Berger (@danbarraberger) February 14, […]

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus says FU to cancer in defiant post-surgery Instagram photo

Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced her breast cancer diagnosis in September 2017. Image: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic By Rachel Thompson2018-02-15 10:41:35 UTC Julia Louis-Dreyfus has posted a stunningly defiant photo of herself following surgery for breast cancer, alongside a “fuck you cancer” message.  In September 2017, the Veep star announced her breast cancer diagnosis, and called for universal health care.  Louis-Dreyfus has shared updates on Instagram throughout her treatment, including a video her sons made to celebrate her last day of chemotherapy.  Now, months after her diagnosis, Louis-Dreyfus has shared her […]

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Quantum computers ‘one step closer’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the development of a programmable quantum processor made with silicon. The team used microwave energy to align two electron particles suspended in silicon, then used them to perform a set of test calculations. By using silicon, the scientists hope that quantum computers will be more easy to control and manufacture. The research was published in the journal Nature. The old adage of Schrödinger’s Cat is often used to frame a basic concept of quantum […]

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People are getting into snow volleyball at the freezing cold Winter Olympics

Snow volleyball. Get into it. Image: Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images By Shannon Connellan2018-02-15 07:45:35 UTC The average temperature Pyeongchang right now is 23° F (-5 °C), but some athletes still thought it the perfect time for a spot of… beach volleyball? On Valentine’s Day, a snow volleyball match took place outside the Austrian Olympic team’s lodgings at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. According to Reuters, Wednesday’s exhibition match, which featured volleyball players from South Korea, Austria, China, Brazil and Serbia was meant to showcase a sport hoped by […]

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Australia’s government bans politicians from sleeping with their staff

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister has been under pressure following revelations of his affair with a staffer. Image: Michael Masters/Getty Images By Johnny Lieu2018-02-15 07:56:47 UTC Sleeping with a co-worker is pretty much a no-no in all workplaces, especially so in the sensitive world of politics. Not that Australia’s deputy prime minister stuck to the unspoken rule. Barnaby Joyce been under significant pressure in the past week after it was revealed he had an affair with one of his staff, ultimately leading to the break-up of his 24-year […]

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UK blames Russia for ‘malicious’ NotPetya cyber-attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Reckitt Benckister said firms which do business with Ukraine had been targeted The Russian military was directly behind a “malicious” cyber-attack on Ukraine last summer that spread across Europe, British ministers have said. The UK government has taken the unusual step of publicly accusing Russia of June’s NotPetya ransomware attack. Reckitt Benckiser – maker of Dettol, Durex and Strepsils – was among the UK firms whose sales were affected. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said Russia was “ripping up the rule book” and […]

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People are mesmerised by this snake’s elegant movement along a fence

Snakes move in mysterious ways, but perhaps not always as mesmerisingly as this. A video posted on the Facebook page of Bangor Vineyard Shed in Australia shows a Tasmanian tiger snake trying to navigate a thin fence line, which looks to be pretty challenging. “I guess when you are a snake for a living then it’s quite cool to get a perspective from a new angle now and then. But that really does look like an awkward way to get around!” the post reads. Matt Dunbabin, the […]

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Here’s another sneak peek of the forthcoming ‘Incredibles 2’

[embedded content] Your favourite superhero family is back on the big screen. Disney’s Pixar has just released a new trailer for Incredibles 2, set to release on Jun. 15. The sequel comes 14 years after the original film, with Bob, Helen, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack making their return. There’s also the addition of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk, as well Jonathan Banks. Excellent.

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