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Telegram is introducing end-to-end encrypted video calls on its platform as the chat app completes seven years. Right now the feature will be available in alpha mode on its Android app, while iOS users might have to wait for a little while to get this feature. Currently, you can only do one-on-one video calls, but the company says that it will introduce group video chat in the coming months. Telegram‘s competitor, WhatsApp, already offers group calls with up to eight people on all mobile platforms. [Read: This AI simulation of Roger Federer helps him overcome his Wimbledon SHAME] Telegram says all… This story continues at The Next Web
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Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Twitter has finally given us the tool it’s been promising for months, namely the ability to restrict who replies to your tweets. Here’s how it works. The platform’s been testing this option for a few months. The intention behind it is to allow users to control their own conversations — and to ensure one doesn’t have to deal with the unfettered opinions of the entirety of Twitter. If you don’t fall into the group capable… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter
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More than a billion tons of it could enter the environment in the next 20 years. It's time, advocates say, to put a sin tax on single-use plastic.
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We'll show you how to build that one platform to rule them all Webcast  You’ll often hear arguments from IT pros over whether to embrace a hybrid cloud or multi-cloud for your next bold enterprise technology move. In case you’ve been living under a large rock formed of legacy server stacks and bundles upon bundles of Cat 5 cables for the last few years, yes, there’s a stark difference between hybrid cloud and multi-cloud.…
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Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said a US company should buy TikTok to keep US user data safe and out of the hands of the Chinese government. The Senate minority leader tweeted the comments Monday morning, saying in part, "A safe way must be found for TikTok to continue." The remarks come days after news surfaced that Microsoft was in talks to acquire TikTok's US business amid strained US-China relations. American lawmakers have said TikTok's ties to China through its parent company, the tech firm ByteDance, poses national security concerns. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sen. Chuck Schumer said a US company should buy the popular short video sharing app TikTok "so everyone can keep using it and your data is safe." The Senate's Democratic leader tweeted the remarks on Twitter Monday morning following a hectic weekend as talks of a Microsoft acquisition of the company picked up steam. "This is about privacy," Schumer wrote. "With TikTok in China, it's subject to Chinese Communist Party laws that may require handing over data to their government. A safe way must be found for TikTok to continue." A US company should buy TikTok so everyone can keep using it and your data is safe.This is about privacy. With TikTok in China, it’s subject to Chinese Communist Party laws that may require handing over data to their government.A safe way must be found for TikTok to continue. — Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 3, 2020 The comments come as ByteDance, the Chinese tech company that owns TikTok, continues to grapple with a potential US ban on the app. American lawmakers have been uneasy about such a ubiquitous social media platform with ties to China existing in the US.  One possible solution was for ByteDance to divest its US TikTok business, and news surfaced Friday that the Washington-based Microsoft has been in talks to purchase it. On the same day, President Trump said the US would be banning the app soon, a motion that TikTok's US office contradicted. But on Sunday, Microsoft wrote in a blog post that it was indeed moving forward with exploring a possible acquisition of TikTok in the US following a discussion between CEO Satya Nadella and President Trump.SEE ALSO: TikTok is at the heart of a wild geopolitical dogfight and it could result in Microsoft buying TikTok. Here's what's going on. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
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The notorious subreddit trafficked in violent rhetoric, growing a prodigious following over five years. Here’s how—and why—Reddit finally shut it down.
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Netflix has revealed its latest adaptation plans, stating that it will be turning Ubisoft’s Beyond Good and Evil into a feature film. The announcement was accompanied by an image that teases the style of the game and its main characters. Fans can expect a movie that sticks with the space pirates theme, one that is firmly in the adventure genre. … Continue reading
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This pilot fish gets an email from a user who can’t open the program used to track equipment calibration, so she takes the short walk to the user’s desk. There, she finds that the user is getting a “data file not found” message when he tries to open the program.Says fish: “I opened the sample data so I could determine the name and location of the file the program needed.”Turns out the data files are on the network drive, which is backed up daily, so fish asks when the user was in this program last.“About a month ago,” he says.Fish has already swapped the tape in for the nightly backup, so she checks to see if the two-week-old tape already in the drive has the file. Sure enough, it’s there, and fish restores the file and returns to the user’s desk — and now he can open the program and see his data.To read this article in full, please click here
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It may have a rather amusing name but this new security vulnerability is no laughing matter. Researchers have discovered a bug in software that runs even before any operating system starts up that could grant hackers unbridled access to a computer. And while Linux computers are directly at risk from this BootHole exploit, almost all Windows computers from the past … Continue reading
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On this Digital Trends Live, we dig into the top trending tech stories, including CES going virtual, and more.
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I for one welcome our new emu overlords.
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Gabe Newell has made his feelings clear that he prefers Xbox Series X over the PS5. But why is that the case?
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Target is the latest retailer to rethink its holiday plans.
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A large plotter is being moved from one building to another at this government agency, and pilot fish in that building gets orders to do the installation.He goes downstairs to program the network information into it, then goes back to his desk to set up the print queue. That done, he calls the user to have him print a drawing to test it.User tells fish that he’ll meet him in the lobby in about 10 minutes, and fish figures he wants to finish something he’s working on. Fish waits but still gets to the lobby ahead of the user, who walks in after another minute — through the front door.Sorry, fish says, have you been out? If I’d known, I’d have arranged this for later.To read this article in full, please click here
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Wirecard's former chief executive Markus Braun has been rearrested in Munich as German prosecutors dug deeper into allegations of fraud at the fintech firm. Two other executives — revealed by the Financial Times as Wirecard's former finance boss, Burkhard Ley, and Stephan von Erffa, ex-head of accounting — were also arrested. Former chief operating officer, Jan Marsalek, has likely escaped to Russia with the "clear help of Russian intelligence," two officials told Business Insider.  Wirecard filed for insolvency a month ago soon after revealing an amount of 1.9 billion euros ($2 billion) was missing from its balance sheet, and likely never existed. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Former Wirecard CEO Markus Braun has been arrested for the second time as German prosecutors probed further into a fraud investigation surrounding the company's reputedly inflated balance sheet. Two other executives — named by the Financial Times as Wirecard's former finance boss, Burkhard Ley, and Stephan von Erffa, ex-head of accounting — were also arrested. The German fintech group, which was once an analyst darling, is suspected of falsifying income from third-parties since 2015. Wirecard filed for insolvency a month ago soon after revealing an amount of 1.9 billion euros ($2 billion) was missing from its balance sheet, and likely never existed. Wirecard borrowed funds amounting to 3.2 billion euros ($3.7 billion) from banks and investors in both Germany and Japan over the past five years. Due to the group's insolvency, the cash is likely lost, prosecutor Anna Leiding said, according to the FT. Read More: Warren Buffett isn't warning about sky-high stocks because he 'doesn't want to make people mad,' veteran investor Bill Smead says The arrests of Braun and his former colleagues reportedly follow prosecutors bringing up German Chancellor Angela Merkel's endorsement of Wirecard to Chinese officials back in September 2019, even though her top aides were aware of probes into its financial irregularities. Oliver Bellenhaus, the head of Wirecard's Dubai subsidiary, CardSystems Middle East, was arrested earlier this month as part of the investigation into the company. Alongside Braun's second arrest, mystery remains about the whereabouts of Jan Marsalek, the company's one-time chief operating officer. Two European law enforcement officials told Business Insider this week that Marsalek likely escaped to Russia last month as officials attempted to question him about the massive balance sheet hole.  He is said to have fled with the "clear help of Russian intelligence." Braun was first arrested at the time in relation to market manipulation and false accounting. Here's how Wirecard went from analyst darling to a $2.2 billion accounting scandal - and cost SoftBank hundreds of millions in the process Read More: A Wall Street expert details the hurdles that must be cleared before a bitcoin ETF is approved — and explains why other investing substitutes for the crypto fall shortSEE ALSO: Bill Ackman's blank-check company pops 9% in its trading debut Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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It seems that Microsoft is doing some light cleaning in preparation for the launch of its Xbox Series X console. It has retired the Xbox One X as well as the digital edition of the Xbox One S but it isn’t just the physical products that are being retired. Apparently, even the 12-month subscription tier of Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold … Continue reading
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Joker, Star Trek's Data, Dr. Moreau, Halloween's Michael Myers and more star in memes mocking the Facebook mogul's sunscreen-covered face.
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Apple's iOS 14 update brings major updates like new home screen widgets and the App Library, but it also brings a bunch of small yet useful features. These updates span various parts of the operating system including Siri, Health, Memojis, and much more. iOS 14 is still in beta, which means it isn't finished and not every feature is available. The full version will be released in the fall, and it's usually timed to Apple's next big iPhone launch. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple's iOS 14 update will feel like a dramatic change for iPhone owners — mostly because they'll be able to change the home screen layout by adding widgets to it for the first time. Plus, Apple is also launching a new way to use app features without installing a full app through App Clips — which as its name implies lets you use just a slice of an app when needed. But aside from these larger changes, iOS 14 is also filled with less noticeable features that bring small but appreciated improvements across the camera, Siri, Memojis, and much more.  The update is launching this fall and will be compatible with the iPhone 6S and later, including the original and new iPhone SE. Apple hasn't shared a specific launch date for the final version of the software, but it usually rolls out in September to coincide with the company's new iPhone launch. Since the software is currently in beta, some features, like App Clips, aren't ready yet because developers have yet to optimize their apps. Similarly, the App Store doesn't seem to be updated to reflect the expanded privacy information Apple is requiring that developers disclose on their App Store listings.  Still, after spending a full week with the software, here are eight new features that I've come to appreciate. SEE ALSO: In a rare move from Apple, the new iPhone 12 could be cheaper than most other 5G phones Siri doesn't take up the entire screen anymore. Siri is far less intrusive in iOS 14. Rather than occupying the entire screen when summoned, Siri now appears as a tiny glowing orb near the bottom of the screen, making it easier to ask a quick question without disrupting whatever you were previously doing on your phone.  The iPhone can now tell me which apps I'm copy-and-pasting from. Apple is also making it easier to make sure you're copy-and-pasting the right content from your clipboard. When you paste text, you'll see a small message near the top of the screen telling you which app you've pasted from. More importantly, however, the feature could serve as a privacy measure for indicating when apps might be unknowingly accessing your iPhone's clipboard. Reddit and LinkedIn were found to be doing just that and have since updated their apps to stop this practice. There are more Memoji sticker options to choose from and you can customize your Memoji with a mask. I only really use Memoji in sticker form, which is why I was particularly excited to see some new sticker options in iOS 14.  Memoji stickers are exactly what they sound like — emoji that are meant to look like you. Apple added Memoji sticker packs last year in iOS 13 and has now added more options in iOS 14, including a fist bump Memoji. You can also customize your Memoji with new features like a face mask. My iPhone can tell me if the doorbell is ringing or if my cat is meowing. Apple is also adding some new accessibility features in iOS 14, one of which being the ability to set up Sound Recognition.  This feature enables your iPhone to listen up for certain sounds, such as shouting, police sirens, pets, and water running so that it can alert you accordingly. Although it's an accessibility-oriented feature, I could imagine it being useful during instances in which I may not hear the doorbell — such as when I'm wearing noise cancelling headphones, for example. I've noticed it working well in practice so far; as shown in the screenshot above, I received a notification telling me that my cat may have been trying to get my attention in the middle of the night. It's also gotten better at reminding me when it's time to go to bed. Apple wants to help you set a healthy sleep goal and stick to it in iOS 14. When the update rolls out, you'll be able to set a sleep goal and create a sleep schedule designed to help you achieve that goal. Apple has offered a Bedtime mode that dims the display and hides notifications on the lock screen until the morning for years. With iOS 14, however, Apple has folded this into the Sleep section of Health app and added more controls for managing a sleep schedule and setting goals.  I have mine set to kick into bedtime mode 45 minutes before my scheduled sleep time, which prompts my iPhone to dim the lock screen and displays a nice message wishing me a restful sleep.    Recording indicators show when the microphone or camera is being used. Apple also wants to provide more transparency about when the microphone and camera are being used. You'll now see a tiny colored dot near the top of the screen when the microphone or camera is being used. In the screenshot above, for example, you'll notice that there's a green dot in the top right corner to show that the camera is in use.  Selfies now look like your mirror image instead of being flipped. You may notice when taking a selfie that the result doesn't look quite the way it appeared in your iPhone's viewfinder. That's about to change in iOS 14, as there's a new setting that enables your iPhone to snap a selfie that looks like your mirror image. Just navigate to Settings > Camera > Mirror Front Camera.    It's much easier to set alarms. If you set dozens of alarms like I do, you're probably very familiar with the process of scrolling through the number picker to set the minute and hour. Thankfully, Apple is moving to a more convenient method for setting alarms in iOS 14. Rather than requiring you to scroll to find the right number, your iPhone will just pull up the number pad so that you can type it in. 
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Indie game Townscaper is a delightful, relaxing escape from the real world as you build your own crisis-free city.
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You’re reading Sex Diaries, a HuffPost UK Personal series about how we are (or aren’t) having sex. To share your story, get in touch on [email protected]’d been with Neil for 16 years when he died.I would say it was love at first sight. He would smile and say “we got on okay”. I was pregnant with twins within two years of us meeting – which came as a surprise, but our girls couldn’t have been more loved. We made time for us, and for romance with date nights amid the chaos of a young family. Neil was always there for all of us.The pain of his loss was searing. Our twin daughters, by then 13, were my only priority. Once I was widowed, I was lonely for a long time – but lonely for no-one else but Neil. I was grieving for the intimacy we’d known in a fulfilling sex life and couldn’t bear the thought of anyone taking his place. We both loved sex, and would laugh about how suited we were as we navigated the demands of a young family to find time for each other.Nobody understood. Friends nagged me to give dating a go, and my support group of young widows and widowers told me of ‘widow’s fire’, a supposed attraction to lots of people, with flames of yearning often raging. I understood their longing for being close, for that skin-to-skin feeling that had been ripped from us. I empathised with the joy and release of orgasm, or just the chance to lose yourself in the enjoyment of sex. Some, I thought, were undoubtedly using sex to escape the pain of bereavement – though I would never judge any woman for quelling their widow’s fire, just as I would never judge anyone for enjoying a lively and fun sex life. Before him, I’d had several boyfriends and experienced one-night stands – which only seemed to damage my self-esteem more than they boosted it.But I didn’t envy them. I put this down to the fact that I’d settled down quite late, meeting Neil when I was 28. Before him, I’d had several boyfriends and experienced one-night stands – which only seemed to damage my self-esteem more than they boosted it. Grief hugely knocked my confidence, and I considered a fleeting liaison a toxic prospect. It was seven years before I returned to dating. I selected ‘nothing serious’ on my dating profile. This was a big mistake. Some men told me I looked a lot younger than 50. Others asked if I would watch them pleasure themselves, perform oral sex in a lay-by, or meet at a motorway service station so they could smack my bum. Would I let them sniff my underwear or my feet? Would I take a picture in my toilet? It was often vile, a Wild West without the horses. Sex still wasn’t my motivation: I wanted companionship. On my first date, a man told me how wonderful his not yet ex-wife was, then asked me back to his hotel room. I declined. On the next, the man exposed himself in his car. “I thought you’d like it,” he said, shrugging, when I protested.  I found it all far too soulless and depressing. I was terrified of sex, and pushed any thought of it out of my mind. I was scared of breaking down, crying. I’d read this could happen and felt I needed someone who understood the enormity of this. I wasn’t going to risk anything with some chancer off a dating site. I felt a responsibility to get it right, and avoid more emotional pain from making the wrong choice. I didn’t cry. It felt right. It didn’t feel like the massive deal step I’d imagined – I was happy and laughing when we first took tentative intimate steps.Still, I went back to the dating sites some months later. I ended up seeing a lovely man who was gentle and caring – but it transpired emotional health issues hindered his sex drive. I was devastated – I never got a chance to see if I’d break down like I feared. Our relationship remained unconsummated but our split remembered how important sex was to me. After weeks of dodging feckless potential partners back online I met Simon, an intelligent man and a breath of fresh air. When I kissed him on the cheek at the end of our date, he was so surprised he jumped. He had gone more than a decade without a physical relationship after his divorce.We took things slowly and helped each other to be ourselves, to remember what we love. Simon held me tenderly as I knew he would. I didn’t cry. It felt right. It didn’t feel like the massive deal step I’d imagined – I was happy and laughing when we first took tentative intimate steps, there was no thought of breaking down.  Sure, I was a little emotional but that was because I knew I was loved and secure. We’ve now been together two years and laugh lots, both in bed and out of it. If you’re reading this because you’ve been widowed and contemplating a physical relationship, I’ve learned the most important thing is to go at your own pace. Don’t feel pressured into anything, either while dating or from well-meaning friends who don’t understand why you’re scared to get back out there. Looking for love after loss isn’t easy, it can be fraught and complicated, but I know it can turn out okay. The best thing you can do is relax, do what feels right for you. It’s your life, and nobody else’s.Linda Aitchison is a journalist and agency owner. Follow her on Twitter at @LindaAitchisonHave a compelling personal story you want to tell? Find out what we’re looking for here, and pitch us on [email protected] HuffPost UK Personal Sex Diaries Lockdown Has Forced Me To Confront The Link Between Sex And My Self-Worth I Quit Watching Porn For My Wellbeing. 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Much as in 2015, US surveillance practices and EU privacy law don't mesh well.
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And you've told your users their info may be harvested by Amazon, right? Across regions, yeah? Did you know if you upload pictures, text, audio, code, and other content to some Amazon Web Services' AI systems for processing, the internet giant may quietly keep your data to retrain and improve its current and future technology?…
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The planned next release of the JetBrains-sponsored Kotlin language, version 1.4, has reached its last milestone preview stage, with a change to the standard library to better take advantage of Java modularity.With the M3 update, standard library artifacts now include module-info descriptors, derived from Java 9’s module system. Kotlin runs on the JVM. The Kotlin 1.4 release adds module-info.java module information to default standard library artifacts, so developers can use modules easily with the jlink tool, for generating a custom Java runtime image containing platform modules required for an application.To read this article in full, please click here
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The UK will completely remove Huawei from its 5G network by 2027, Boris Johnson's government announced on Tuesday. The UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the decision was due to major sanctions imposed on the Chinese firm by the US government. The decision will delay the roll-out of 5G across the UK by at least two years, and cost hundreds of millions of pounds, Dowden said. The UK had previously ignored warnings from the Trump administration against agreeing a 5G deal with Huawei. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The UK will completely remove Huawei equipment from its 5G network by 2027, Boris Johnson's government announced on Tuesday. The Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told the House of Commons that the UK will impose a ban on the purchase of all new 5G infrastructure from Huawei by December 31, 2020, with all existing equipment removed by 2027. Dowden said the UK "can no longer guarantee the safety" of the deal with Huawei and said that recent US sanctions on the Chinese firm represented "a significant material change" which meant the UK had to change course. Boris Johnson's government earlier this year ignored US warnings against agreeing to hand Huawei a "limited" role in setting up the UK's 5G network. However, Johnson's official spokesman said on Tuesday that sanctions imposed on Huawei this year by the Trump administration were a "game-changer" which meant that the UK has no choice but to change course. Dowden on Tuesdsay said: "5G will be transformative for our country, but only if we have confidence in the security and resilience of the infrastructure it is built upon.  "Following US sanctions against Huawei and updated technical advice from our cyber experts, the government has decided it is necessary to ban Huawei from our 5G networks.  "No new kit is to be added from January 2021, and UK 5G networks will be Huawei free by the end of 2027. This decisive move provides the industry with the clarity and certainty it needs to get on with delivering 5G across the UK. "By the time of the next election we will have implemented in law an irreversible path for the complete removal of Huawei equipment from our 5G networks." Despite the phased removal of Huawei from the UK's 5G network, the government has no plans to remove the company from 2G, 3G, 4G, or its broadband network. The decision will delay the roll-out of 5G acro the UK by at least two years, Dowden told Members of Parliament, while creating additional costs of up to £2 billion. Dowden, the UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, announced the decision on Tuesday afternoon after Johnson chaired meetings with his Cabinet the UK's National Security Council in the morning. The UK government announcement came just a couple of hours after Huawei announced that its UK chairman Lord Brown was stepping down from his role earlier than expected. Johnson has in recent weeks been under growing pressure to undo his decision earlier this year to grant Huawei a limited but significant role in developing the UK's 5G. The prime minister riled MPs in his own Conservative party when he struck a deal with Huawei. In March, he suffered a rebellion from Conservative MPs — and the first real challenge to his power since winning the UK's general election in December — when almost 40 voted against his government in Parliament. Opposition to the deal with Huawei has grown since then, amid fury over China's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and its recent decision to defy the UK and others and impose national security laws on Hong Kong. Backbench Conservative MPs have set up parliamentary bloc called The China Research Group that is calling for the UK government to loosen ties with Beijing. The government's announcement on Tuesday could yet face further resistance from Conservative MPs, however. Those leading calls for the Huawei deal to be scrapped have this month warned that the firm should be totally removed from UK networks in 2023, before the UK goes to the polls for its next general election. Around 60 Conservative MPs are reportedly threatening to complicate Johnson's legislative agenda by attaching amendments to multiple pieces of legislation until he agrees to accelerate the removal of Huawei. The UK deal with Huawei also angered allies in the White House, with President Trump hanging up on Johnson in an "apoplectic" phone call. The US warned that the deal with Huawei would give China a back door into western intelligence sharing. Recent sanctions on Huawei by the Trump administration played a big part in the UK decision to phase out the firm.  The US sanctions are designed to stop Huawei using US-produced equipment to make semiconductors, creating concern in London that the firm would use different technology with an additional security risk. Sir John Sawers, former head of MI6, last week boosted Conservative MPs calling for the deal to be binned when he wrote that US sanctions meant Johnson's government would have to exclude the telecoms firm from UK networks.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why YETI coolers are so expensive
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You’re reading The Waugh Zone, our daily politics briefing. Sign up now to get it by email in the evening.Deputy dawgBoris Johnson and Michael Gove have always had much in common, not least their shared expression of grey-faced shock the morning after the Vote Leave triumph in the 2016 EU referendum. Both Oxford Union-presidents-turned-journalists-turned-MPs, both responsible for what Remainers remember as “the column that went wrong” of Brexit, both had a prickly relationship with Theresa May.Despite Gove’s famous political knife crime in the subsequent Tory leadership race, Johnson actually handed him the job of Cabinet Office minister three years later when he finally got to No.10. The role was an important one, and since the 2019 election Gove has effectively been appointed Brexit secretary, in charge of sorting the nuts and bolts of the UK’s future relations with the EU.Much closer to Dominic Cummings than Johnson, Gove still has a big role in shaping ‘the centre’ of this government even after Brexit trade phases kick in next year. But he still lacks a big spending department all of his own, and everything that comes with it. Although his admirers like to see him as on a par with Rishi Sunak in importance, the Cabinet Office will never be the Treasury.‌Don’t forget too that in his first Cabinet appointments last summer, Johnson gave the plum post of foreign secretary, and the prestigious title of sirst secretary of state, to Dominic Raab. That title took on huge new significance when Raab became stand-in prime minister during the PM’s Covid illness. Any illusion that Gove was ‘the real deputy PM’ were shattered quite quickly.‌So, maybe those Gove barbs back in 2016 - that Johnson could not “provide the leadership” or unity needed to be PM, that he wasn’t really a true believer in Brexit - have indeed never been forgotten. Johnson, after all, did provide both the leadership and unifying skills his party sadly lacked under May and then went on to win a thumping majority. Even Gove’s closest friends would struggle to argue he could have pulled off such an audacious feat as smashing the ‘Red Wall’ last December.Today’s events confirm the rawness of their power relationship. While Gove was on the defensive in the Commons - trying to explain how Pet Passports would work next year and that Kent would not become a lorry park costing business £12.8bn in red tape - Johnson was on the offensive. Yes, just a day after Gove had appeared to contradict the PM on face coverings, Johnson put him firmly in his place on the issue.Gove had gone on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday to declare that the wearing of facemasks should not be made mandatory. Only on Friday, Johnson had hinted at forcing the public to comply, saying “I do think we need to be stricter in insisting people wear face coverings in confined spaces”. But here was one of his senior cabinet ministers saying it should instead be a matter of “basic good manners”.Well, compulsion is on its way, with Matt Hancock set to annouce on Tuesday that face covering will be mandatory in England from July 24. As with Brexit, Gove may have purer credentials as a libertarian unkeen on the state regulating our behaviour, but once again Johnson sees the task of getting the public on his side. Getting people out and about and driving the economy, while stressing safety, is seen by No.10 as the priority.Today’s latest King’s College London study suggesting Covid-19 antibodies don’t last more than a few weeks, severely undermining any hope of a “herd immunity” strategy, emphasises the case for extra vigilance. Mass mask wearing could do more to clarify the government’s vague slogan “Stay Alert” than the actual slogan itself.The expected new compulsion will be seen as another sign of Gove’s lack of clout, or that the PM never lets anyone forget who is the boss, or both. The lingering suspicion among the Cabinet Office minister’s allies will be that he is yet again being treated like a “performing dog” by another Etonian PM who sees him as not really ‘one of us’.That was the complaint against David Cameron by Gove’s pals, back when he was demoted from education secretary. The pair’s kids were at school together, Gove was the captain of their school quiz team, their families went on long walks, yet ultimately (even before their final schism over Brexit) Cameron ruthlessly plonked him in the job of chief whip, a role for which he was pretty unsuited.At the time, Gove joked that while others talked of “demotion, emotion, locomotion” it was “exciting to be given a role at the heart of government”. And here he is again “at the heart of government” but without any real authority. The “performing dog”, given the grunt work of sorting that new Brexit arrangement of customs, borders and the Northern Ireland sell-out, may be forgiven for thinking he’s in line for his very own pet passport out of government at some point next year.The danger is of course greater than any harm to Gove’s personal feelings. The risk is the mixed messaging, not just over the past few days but over the past few weeks, will leave the public cold when the PM wants them running hot down to the shops. Why are masks compulsory now, when there are fewer cases and deaths since lockdown started, but they weren’t at the height of the pandemic?Sadiq Khan spent weeks calling for compulsory masks on transport before it was finally agreed. Nicola Sturgeon enforced it in Scottish shops last Friday. Yet Rishi Sunak served meals last week without one, then the PM finally wore his own £2 mask two days later. There is also the practical problem of who in shops should actually police this mask-wearing. Although police will have the power to issue fines, where does that leave security guards in supermarkets?‌On the wider issue of where people should work, the confused and chaotic messaging was again evident in the past few days. Justice secretary Robert Buckland neatly summed up the problem in one interview with ITV: “The guidance is work from home if you can..That’s still there….[But] the message is, yes, come back to work.” Okayyyy.Maybe that’s why the black and white clarity of face coverings is what appeals to No.10. Even this government can’t tell people to wear them and not wear them at the same time. Can it?Quote Of The Day“We in Scotland intend to take him exactly at his word, although perhaps not quite in the way he intended.”The SNP’s Pete Wishart ridicules Michael Gove’s ‘Let’s Get Going’ Brexit slogan.Monday Cheat SheetBoris Johnson used a visit to London Ambulance Service to say an announcement on whether face coverings should be compulsory in shops will be made “in the next few days”.Chris Grayling, Sir John Hayes, Stewart Hosie, Diana Johnson, Kevan Jones, Julian Lewis, Mark Pritchard and Theresa Villiers were approved by the Commons as members of the Intelligence and Security Committee.The UK’s post-Brexit border regime will take place over three stages next year, with most businesses able to delay filling out any customs declaration forms until July. Up to 12 inspection sites will be built near ports like Dover. Labour’s Rachel Reeves warned the new red tape could cost business £12.8bn.Labour revealed it has received the draft findings of the Equalities And Human Rights Commission’s report into anti-Semitism in the party.Home secretary Priti Patel unveiled the new health and care visa of her points based immigration system, but sparked a row when it emerged care workers would not be included.BT’s chief executive Philip Jansen told the BBC would be “impossible” to remove Huawei from the whole of the UK’s telecoms infrastructure before 2030.What I’m ReadingElon Musk’s Big Tech Bubble Ride Isn’t Forever - BloombergGot A Tip?Send tips, stories, quotes, pics, plugs or gossip to [email protected] Subscribe To Commons PeopleEach week, the HuffPost UK Politics team unpack the biggest stories from Westminster and beyond. Search for Commons People wherever you listen to podcasts and subscribe.Related... 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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has captured a remarkable image of the NEOWISE comet that was discovered in March.
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I’m a big fan of IEEE’s coverage of the emerging cloud computing space. The technical depth of the articles won’t tempt the average IT reader to subscribe, but I like their focus on new innovations, followed by the detailed solutions that prove the innovations—sometimes too much detail. I recently came across this article titled “Energy-Efficient Decision Making for Mobile Cloud Offloading.” It triggered a mental note that mobile computing devices have lived with clouds for more than 10 years. We have yet to put a stake in the ground or a best practice around the tiering of mobile device processing and data storage. Perhaps it’s time.To read this article in full, please click here
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