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Crisps fans go wild for the release of frozen Hula Hoops and Space Raiders

Mail Online - 3 hours 54 min ago
KP Snacks has sparked another frenzy with the announcement that their Hula Hoops and Space Raiders snacks will be available across the UK.
Categories: UK News

End of an iconic EYESORE: Bulldozers trample south London's Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

Mail Online - 3 hours 57 min ago
Developer Keltbray is set to demolish the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, and replace it with a £1billion development, including nearly 1,000 new flats - 116 of which are social rent home.
Categories: UK News

Prince Philip's commitment to the Commonwealth in pictures

Mail Online - 3 hours 59 min ago
The Duke of Edinburgh, who died last Friday at Windsor Castle aged 99, made 229 visits to 67 Commonwealth countries on solo visits without The Queen over 67 years between 1949 and 2016.
Categories: UK News

Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 now includes AMD options for biz customers, boasts up to 19 hours of battery life

The Register - 4 hours 2 min ago
Surface Headphones 2+ also available and a range of 'Modern' kit coming in the next few months

Microsoft has opened the order books on the fourth generation of its Surface Laptop, replete with Intel-baiting AMD chippery in the line-up.…

Categories: Technology

Facebook removes French town's official page because of its 'offensive' name 

Mail Online - 4 hours 5 min ago
Facebook has apologised to the town's mayor and restored the page. The mayor criticised an over-reliance on tech to detect offensive terms.
Categories: UK News

People who experience big dips in blood sugar levels eat more

Mail Online - 4 hours 8 min ago
People experiencing a 'big dip' in blood sugar levels saw a nine per cent rise in hunger and waited half an hour less than others before having their next meal.
Categories: UK News

Public inquiry into coronavirus response 'could take EIGHT YEARS'

Mail Online - 4 hours 13 min ago
Lord Saville said he would be 'amazed' if a full inquiry could be conducted in less than 'seven or eight years', insisting: 'You can't hurry these things.'
Categories: UK News

Microsoft Announces New Webcam and USB-C Speaker for the Work from Home Era

Slashdot - 4 hours 14 min ago
Microsoft's long-awaited new webcam is finally here, alongside a number of accessories designed for the work from home era. From a report: Rumors of a new Microsoft webcam have been circulating for years, and the result is what Microsoft calls the Modern Webcam. It's a fairly basic and affordable 1080p webcam that will start shipping for $69.99 in June. The Microsoft Modern Webcam will support up to 1080p HDR output at 30fps and connects via USB-A, not USB-C. It's not the 4K webcam found on Microsoft's Surface Hub 2, and it doesn't include Windows Hello support either. It's really a simple webcam designed for students or workers to quickly add a better video calling option to an existing laptop or PC. Microsoft is also including a privacy shutter and LED indicator to let people easily see when the webcam is active. Microsoft is also launching a new USB-C speaker. The Modern USB-C Speaker is designed primarily for Microsoft Teams, and it even includes a button to launch a control panel for Teams with quick actions for meetings.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Technology

Lonely mother jumped to her death from third-floor window, inquest hears 

Mail Online - 4 hours 16 min ago
Georgina Hindmarch, 62, told a police 'just let me die' as she lay on the ground after she fell out of a window of her third-floor flat in Slough, Berkshire, an inquest into her death has heard.
Categories: UK News

Develop a Linux command-line Tool to Track and Plot Covid-19 Stats

Linux Journal - 4 hours 17 min ago
Develop a Linux command-line Tool to Track and Plot Covid-19 Stats by Nawaz Abbasi

It’s been over a year and we are still fighting with the pandemic at almost every aspect of our life. Thanks to technology, various tools and mechanisms to track Covid-19 related metrics. This introductory-level tutorial discusses developing one such tool at just Linux command-line, from scratch.

We will start with introducing the most important parts of the tool – the APIs and the commands. We will be using 2 APIs for our tool - COVID19 API and Quickchart API and 2 key commands – curl and jq. In simple terms, curl command is used for data transfer and jq command to process JSON data.

The complete tool can be broken down into 2 keys steps:

1. Fetching (GET request) data from the COVID19 API and piping the JSON output to jq so as to process out only global data (or similarly, country specific data).

$ curl -s --location --request GET '' | jq -r '.Global' { "NewConfirmed": 561661, "TotalConfirmed": 136069313, "NewDeaths": 8077, "TotalDeaths": 2937292, "NewRecovered": 487901, "TotalRecovered": 77585186, "Date": "2021-04-13T02:28:22.158Z" }

2. Storing the output of step 1 in variables and calling the Quickchart API using those variables, to plot a chart. Subsequently piping the JSON output to jq so as to filter only the link to our chart.

$ curl -s -X POST \ -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \ -d '{"chart": {"type": "bar", "data": {"labels": ["NewConfirmed ('''${newConf}''')", "TotalConfirmed ('''${totConf}''')", "NewDeaths ('''${newDeath}''')", "TotalDeaths ('''${totDeath}''')", "NewRecovered ('''${newRecover}''')", "TotalRecovered ('''${totRecover}''')"], "datasets": [{"label": "Global Covid-19 Stats ('''${datetime}''')", "data": ['''${newConf}''', '''${totConf}''', '''${newDeath}''', '''${totDeath}''', '''${newRecover}''', '''${totRecover}''']}]}}}' \ | jq -r '.url'

That’s it! Now we have our data plotted out in a chart:

LJ Global-Stats-Track-And-Plot-Covid19-Stats

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Categories: Technology

Couple claim their home CCTV has captured proof a PUMA is prowling the Cheshire countryside

Mail Online - 4 hours 17 min ago
Chris and Wendy Bebbington caught the large black cat-type creature on camera when they were in the garden of their Cheshire home and a Puma Watch group said it's the 'best evidence yet'
Categories: UK News

Surrey dogs able to use a special doorbell when they want to come into the house

Mail Online - 4 hours 23 min ago
Joss Neighbour, 32, and his fiancee Nikki Elvin, 38, fitted the doorbell app to their home in Surrey so their dogs Dolly, 2, and eight-month-old Kevin could alert them when they want to come inside.
Categories: UK News

Cold-case murder detectives search new patch of woodland in hunt for body of Steven Clark

Mail Online - 4 hours 23 min ago
Police cut back undergrowth on Saltburn Bank in North Yorkshire as they continued to look for the missing 23-year-old (pictured).
Categories: UK News

Brandon Lewis brands Northern Ireland riots 'unacceptable'

Mail Online - 4 hours 27 min ago
Brandon Lewis said the violence over the past week was 'tragic and deeply concerning', while attacks on officers were 'utterly reprehensible'.
Categories: UK News

Police cordon off Essex home after 2 people found dead inside

This Is Total Essex - 4 hours 31 min ago
Police remain at the property
Categories: Essex News

The Simpsons star Hank Azaria says he should apologize to 'every single Indian' for voicing Apu,

Mail Online - 4 hours 39 min ago
The Simpsons actor Hank Azaria, 54, left, says he needed to educate himself about how Apu, right, contributed to 'structural racism' and he wants to apologize to 'every single Indian person'.
Categories: UK News

You know what? Fork this: AWS renames its take on Elasticsearch to OpenSearch following trademark fight

The Register - 4 hours 47 min ago
Beta expected in a matter of weeks, production release planned for summer

AWS has introduced the OpenSearch project, the new name for its open-source fork of Elasticsearch and Kibana.…

Categories: Technology

Apple Will Hold a Special Event on April 20

Slashdot - 4 hours 54 min ago
If you're wondering when Apple will hold its next event, Siri may have the answer. From a report: Ask the digital helper: "When is the next Apple event?" and it will respond with "the special event is on Tuesday, April 20, at Apple Park in Cupertino, CA. You can get all the details on" MacRumors, which spotted the reply, says the virtual assistant is providing it in certain instances on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and HomePod. While it's an open secret that Apple is planning an event for later this month where it's expected to debut a new iPad Pro, Siri has seemingly leaked the date ahead of confirmation. We won't have to wait long to find out if the info is correct, though. Apple normally sends out invites to the press a week ahead of the proceedings, so it should make it official later today. The event itself is expected to be a virtual affair starring the iPad Pro (in two sizes) and possibly featuring the AirTags Bluetooth tracker. Apple's next premium slate reportedly features a Mini LED display on the flagship 12.9-inch model, but supply chain issues could see it ship later than planned and in limited quantities.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Technology

Cute children melt M&S shoppers hearts' modelling new clothes

This Is Total Essex - 4 hours 54 min ago
They're also raising awareness for a rare condition
Categories: Essex News

Waste workers begin 3 week strike with bin collections disrupted

This Is Total Essex - 5 hours 11 min ago
The union says the strikes are over proposed pay cuts between £2k and £3k a year
Categories: Essex News


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