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Subject: 2020s: The Decade in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/09/20 at 3:53 am

Netflix rival will limit show times to 10 minutes

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51042676

deep-pocketed new streaming service has revealed it will launch in the US on 6 April. Quibi has raised $1bn (£763m) in funds and commissioned some of Hollywood's biggest names to make content for its mobile-only service. Each show will be 10 minutes or shorter. The firm intends to charge $4.99 (£3.80) per month for basic access and $7.99 for an ad-free version. But one industry-watcher questioned consumers' willingness to pay.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/10/20 at 12:35 pm

CES 2020: Segway’s prototype wheelchair crashes at tech show

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51058419

Segway's prototype wheelchair crashed during a demonstration at the CES tech show. The S-Pod - a self-balancing electric wheelchair - was being tested by a journalist at the time. The rider had accelerated the vehicle before accidently crashing into a wall. Its maximum speed is 24mph (38km/h). The company said no one was injured. The crash made the S-Pod unavailable for further demos, but analysts say the company should not face lasting damage.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/12/20 at 10:36 am

Sri Lanka elephants: 'Record number' of deaths in 2019

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-51076898

A record number of elephants - 361 - have died in Sri Lanka during 2019, environmental groups say. It is highest figure of elephant deaths to be reported since Sri Lanka became independent in 1948, conservationists said. Most were killed by people. There are an estimated 7,500 wild elephants in Sri Lanka. Killing them is illegal, but the animals often come into conflict with rural communities. Elephants are revered in Sri Lanka but some farmers view them as pests. Sajeewa Chamikara, an environmentalist from the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform, told the BBC that some 85% of elephant deaths last year may have been caused by human activity. He said communities had used electric fences, poison and explosives concealed as food to kill the animals.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/14/20 at 3:09 am

Using Huawei in UK 5G network 'madness', warns US

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51097474

The US has warned the British government it "would be madness" to use Huawei technology in the UK's 5G network. A US delegation presented the UK with new evidence claiming to show security risks posed by using the Chinese firm. US President Donald Trump has sought to pressure Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the issue. A decision is expected this month on whether to allow Huawei to supply some "non-core" parts for the UK network. A US delegation led by deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger met ministers in London on Monday.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/21/20 at 1:38 am

New China virus: Fourth person dies as human-to-human transfer confirmed

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-51185836

A fourth person in China has died from a new virus that has spread rapidly across the country, as authorities confirmed that it can be passed from person-to-person. A 89-year-old man was the latest victim of the new strain of coronavirus, which causes a type of pneumonia. He lived in Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak. More than 200 cases have now been reported across major cities in China including Beijing and Shanghai.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Sman12 on 01/21/20 at 6:19 am


New China virus: Fourth person dies as human-to-human transfer confirmed

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-51185836

A fourth person in China has died from a new virus that has spread rapidly across the country, as authorities confirmed that it can be passed from person-to-person. A 89-year-old man was the latest victim of the new strain of coronavirus, which causes a type of pneumonia. He lived in Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak. More than 200 cases have now been reported across major cities in China including Beijing and Shanghai.

Oh, man, that's not good. :( I hope Chinese doctors work as fast as they can to help suppress the virus.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/21/20 at 10:02 am


Oh, man, that's not good. :( I hope Chinese doctors work as fast as they can to help suppress the virus.
I fear for the neighbouring Far Eastern countries, there is one case of the same virus in South Korea.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/21/20 at 5:34 pm


New China virus: Fourth person dies as human-to-human transfer confirmed

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-51185836

A fourth person in China has died from a new virus that has spread rapidly across the country, as authorities confirmed that it can be passed from person-to-person. A 89-year-old man was the latest victim of the new strain of coronavirus, which causes a type of pneumonia. He lived in Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak. More than 200 cases have now been reported across major cities in China including Beijing and Shanghai.
The USA has reported the first case of a person infected with this virus.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Sman12 on 01/21/20 at 8:53 pm


The USA has reported the first case of a person infected with this virus.

Oh, no. And it was an American man who got it as well. Good thing he's quarantined, but who knows if he infected someone else around him? :o

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/22/20 at 1:18 am


Oh, no. And it was an American man who got it as well. Good thing he's quarantined, but who knows if he infected someone else around him? :o
The main worry of the authorities.

Latest:
A new virus that has killed nine people could mutate and spread further, Chinese health officials have warned, as they step up containment measures.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Howard on 01/22/20 at 4:58 am


The main worry of the authorities.

Latest:
A new virus that has killed nine people could mutate and spread further, Chinese health officials have warned, as they step up containment measures.


The Corona virus.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/22/20 at 11:14 am


The Corona virus.
The Coronavirus discussion continues here: Coronavirus: UK to monitor flights from China as precaution

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/22/20 at 11:27 am

FBI 'persuaded Apple to halt iCloud encryption'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51207744

Apple reportedly abandoned plans to let customers fully encrypt back-ups of their iPhones on the company's iCloud following pressure from the FBI. Full encryption involves converting data into code so it is impossible to access without a password. Apple was working on the feature in secret about two years ago, according to Reuters, which broke the news. But it ditched the plan after FBI cyber-crime agents raised concerns it would hinder investigations.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/22/20 at 11:46 am

Jeff Bezos hack: Saudi Arabia calls claim ‘absurd’

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51171400

Saudi Arabia has denied that its crown prince was responsible for hacking Amazon boss Jeff Bezos' phone. A message from a phone number used by the prince has been implicated in the data breach, according to reports. The kingdom's US embassy said the stories were "absurd" and called for an investigation into them. Relations between Saudi Arabia and Mr Bezos - who owns the Washington Post - worsened after one of the newspaper's staff was killed in a Saudi consulate. Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi government, was murdered in Istanbul months after this alleged cyber-attack took place. In a blog post last year, Mr Bezos insinuated that the Saudi regime was unhappy with the "the Post's essential and unrelenting coverage" of the killing. "It is undoubtedly unpopular in certain circles," he wrote.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: 2001 on 01/22/20 at 3:19 pm


Jeff Bezos hack: Saudi Arabia calls claim ‘absurd’

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51171400

Saudi Arabia has denied that its crown prince was responsible for hacking Amazon boss Jeff Bezos' phone. A message from a phone number used by the prince has been implicated in the data breach, according to reports. The kingdom's US embassy said the stories were "absurd" and called for an investigation into them. Relations between Saudi Arabia and Mr Bezos - who owns the Washington Post - worsened after one of the newspaper's staff was killed in a Saudi consulate. Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi government, was murdered in Istanbul months after this alleged cyber-attack took place. In a blog post last year, Mr Bezos insinuated that the Saudi regime was unhappy with the "the Post's essential and unrelenting coverage" of the killing. "It is undoubtedly unpopular in certain circles," he wrote.


I 100% believe it.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/22/20 at 3:35 pm


I 100% believe it.
On hearing radio reports, it seems the evidence is there.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: exodus08 on 01/22/20 at 5:04 pm

It’s hard to trust Saudi Arabia.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Sman12 on 01/22/20 at 10:11 pm

I don't believe in what Saudi Arabia says with this story. I also believe the Saudi Arabia government had an involvement in Khashoggi's murder. They destroyed vital evidence in an attempt to cover-up their schemes.  >:(

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/28/20 at 6:57 am

Huawei set for limited role in UK 5G networks

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51283059

The UK has decided to let Huawei continue to be used in its 5G networks but with restrictions, despite pressure from the US to block the firm. The Chinese firm will be banned from supplying kit to "sensitive parts" of the network, known as the core. In addition, it will only be allowed to account for 35% of the kit in a network's periphery, which includes radio masts. nd it will be excluded from areas near military bases and nuclear sites. "Huawei is reassured by the UK government's confirmation that we can continue working with our customers to keep the 5G rollout on track," the firm's UK chief Victor Zhang said in a statement.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/29/20 at 4:14 am

Ring doorbell 'gives Facebook and Google user data'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51281476

Ring doorbells are providing customer data to companies such as Facebook and Google, an investigation suggests.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/30/20 at 2:40 am

BT (British Telecom) to charge people £50 for keeping old wi-fi routers

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51294395

Broadband provider BT will charge new customers up to £50 if they do not send their router back at the end of their contract, in an effort to reduce waste. Since December, BT's contracts have stated that the company retains ownership of the wi-fi routers and TV set-top boxes it sends to customers. The company told the Financial Times that it would "refurbish" the returned equipment so that it could be reused.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/04/20 at 2:09 am

Half of UK 10-year-olds own a smartphone

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51358192

Fifty per cent of the UK's 10-year-olds owned a smartphone in 2019, according to a report by media regulator Ofcom. The amount of young phone owners doubled between the ages of nine and 10, which Ofcom dubbed "the age of digital independence". In addition, 24% of 3 and 4-year-olds had their own tablet, and 15% of them were allowed to take it to bed. Ofcom's annual report looks at the media habits of children, and the types of devices they are using. The 2019 study was based on more than 3,200 interviews with children and parents around the UK.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/04/20 at 5:53 am

Petrol and diesel car sales ban brought forward to 2035

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51366123

A ban on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in the UK will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035 at the latest, under government plans. The change comes after experts said 2040 would be too late if the UK wants to achieve its target of emitting virtually zero carbon by 2050. Boris Johnson unveiled the policy as part of a launch event for a United Nations climate summit in November. He said 2020 would be a "defining year of climate action" for the planet. The summit, known as COP26, is being hosted in Glasgow. It is an annual UN-led gathering set up to assess progress on tackling climate change.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Howard on 02/04/20 at 7:17 am


Half of UK 10-year-olds own a smartphone

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51358192

Fifty per cent of the UK's 10-year-olds owned a smartphone in 2019, according to a report by media regulator Ofcom. The amount of young phone owners doubled between the ages of nine and 10, which Ofcom dubbed "the age of digital independence". In addition, 24% of 3 and 4-year-olds had their own tablet, and 15% of them were allowed to take it to bed. Ofcom's annual report looks at the media habits of children, and the types of devices they are using. The 2019 study was based on more than 3,200 interviews with children and parents around the UK.


Wouldn't that be a bit too young to carry one?

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/04/20 at 7:36 am


Wouldn't that be a bit too young to carry one?
Exactly, and it brings on the worries of being addicted to social media too.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/04/20 at 7:49 am


Petrol and diesel car sales ban brought forward to 2035

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51366123

A ban on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in the UK will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035 at the latest, under government plans. The change comes after experts said 2040 would be too late if the UK wants to achieve its target of emitting virtually zero carbon by 2050. Boris Johnson unveiled the policy as part of a launch event for a United Nations climate summit in November. He said 2020 would be a "defining year of climate action" for the planet. The summit, known as COP26, is being hosted in Glasgow. It is an annual UN-led gathering set up to assess progress on tackling climate change.
What is going to happen to Formula 1?

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Sman12 on 02/04/20 at 11:09 am


Half of UK 10-year-olds own a smartphone

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51358192

Fifty per cent of the UK's 10-year-olds owned a smartphone in 2019, according to a report by media regulator Ofcom. The amount of young phone owners doubled between the ages of nine and 10, which Ofcom dubbed "the age of digital independence". In addition, 24% of 3 and 4-year-olds had their own tablet, and 15% of them were allowed to take it to bed. Ofcom's annual report looks at the media habits of children, and the types of devices they are using. The 2019 study was based on more than 3,200 interviews with children and parents around the UK.

It's honestly sad that smartphone users are getting younger because as what Howard questioned, they could be addicted to social media at an early age.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/04/20 at 11:10 am


It's honestly sad that smartphone users are getting younger because as what Howard questioned, they could be addicted to social media at an early age.
...and parents now use the phone as a comforter.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Sman12 on 02/04/20 at 12:49 pm


...and parents now use the phone as a comforter.

Yeah. This is one of the insipid reasons why YouTube implemented their COPPA rule, because they're now catering to kids when they were supposed to cater to ages 13 and above, but no, they just had to collect kids' data, which was against the law in the first place.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/04/20 at 12:59 pm


Yeah. This is one of the insipid reasons why YouTube implemented their COPPA rule, because they're now catering to kids when they were supposed to cater to ages 13 and above, but no, they just had to collect kids' data, which was against the law in the first place.
O0

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Howard on 02/04/20 at 2:51 pm


It's honestly sad that smartphone users are getting younger because as what Howard questioned, they could be addicted to social media at an early age.



Even parents are teaching their kids how to use a smartphone.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/04/20 at 2:54 pm



Even parents are teaching their kids how to use a smartphone.
Technically, the phones are the children's future, but not so young.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Sman12 on 02/04/20 at 5:26 pm



Even parents are teaching their kids how to use a smartphone.

I mean, I don't have a problem with kids who are at least preteen age (11-12) getting smartphones, but they have to show responsiblity for it, like being a reliable caller in case of an emergency.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Howard on 02/05/20 at 4:28 pm


I mean, I don't have a problem with kids who are at least preteen age (11-12) getting smartphones, but they have to show responsiblity for it, like being a reliable caller in case of an emergency.



And I always see them looking down at them and doctors always say you shouldn't do that.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/12/20 at 1:46 am

Ofcom set to be given power to police social media in UK

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51446665

Regulator Ofcom is set to be given the power to make tech firms responsible for protecting people from harmful content such as violence, terrorism, cyber-bullying and child abuse, the government will confirm on Wednesday. Platforms will need to ensure that illegal content is removed quickly. They will also be expected to "minimise the risks" of it appearing at all. However it is not yet known what penalties Ofcom will be able to impose on those firms who fail to comply. "There are many platforms who ideally would not have wanted regulation, but I think that's changing," said Digital Secretary Baroness Nicky Morgan. "I think they understand now that actually regulation is coming."

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/12/20 at 7:50 am

Samsung Galaxy S20 and Z Flip launch under shadow of coronavirus

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51460977

Samsung is making all three models in its new flagship smartphone range 5G-compatible. The top-end Galaxy S20 also introduces a 100x zoom camera. The firm also confirmed a new foldable, the Galaxy Z Flip. It uses "folding glass" in its display and small fibres in its hinge to protect itself from damage. Several rivals plan their own handset launches over the coming weeks. But the spread of the coronavirus poses a threat to production. "The virus is going to affect the supply chain," said Ben Wood from the consultancy CCS Insight. "Although Samsung has diversified its manufacturing into places way beyond China, there will still be components in these phones sourced from China." Many factories in the country have delayed re-opening after its New Year break because of fears the virus could spread in the workplace. China is also the world's biggest smartphone market, and the outbreak has hit local demand.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/25/20 at 4:22 pm

Pets 'go hungry' after smart feeder goes offline

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51628795

Owners of a device designed to release food for pets say their animals were left hungry during a week-long system failure. Petnet allows owners to schedule and control feeding via a smartphone app. When the BBC contacted Petnet on its advertised email address, the email bounced back with a delivery failure notice. One pet owner tweeted: "My cat starved for over a week", while others complained about other hardware issues. "My three Gen2 feeders constantly jam and won't dispense food," wrote another. Some expressed relief that the feeders were now back online.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/27/20 at 1:42 am

Tesla Autopilot crash driver 'was playing video game'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51645566

An Apple employee who died after his Tesla car hit a concrete barrier was playing a video game at the time of the crash, investigators believe. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the car had been driving semi-autonomously using Tesla's Autopilot software. Tesla instructs drivers to keep their hands on the wheel in Autopilot mode. But the NTSB said more crashes were foreseeable if Tesla did not implement changes to its Autopilot system. The authority has published the results of a two-year investigation, following the crash in March 2018.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Sman12 on 02/28/20 at 6:32 am


Tesla Autopilot crash driver 'was playing video game'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51645566

An Apple employee who died after his Tesla car hit a concrete barrier was playing a video game at the time of the crash, investigators believe. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the car had been driving semi-autonomously using Tesla's Autopilot software. Tesla instructs drivers to keep their hands on the wheel in Autopilot mode. But the NTSB said more crashes were foreseeable if Tesla did not implement changes to its Autopilot system. The authority has published the results of a two-year investigation, following the crash in March 2018.

Such a preventable tragedy.  :-\\ :\'(

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/03/20 at 8:36 am

Smart camera and baby monitor warning given by UK's cyber-defender

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51706631

Smart cameras and baby monitors can be watched by criminals over the internet by default, security chiefs warn. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is advising people to tweak the settings after buying them. Easy-to-guess default passwords might let a hacker secretly observe a home through connected devices, it said. The NCSC's technical director, Dr Ian Levy, warned while the devices were "fantastic innovations", they were vulnerable to cyber-attackers. There are many examples of devices being accessed without permission.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/05/20 at 1:43 am

UK store and pharmacist Boots halts Advantage Card payments after cyber-attack

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51742079

Boots has suspended payments using loyalty points in shops and online after attempts to break into customers' accounts using stolen passwords. Customers will not be able to use Boots Advantage Card points to pay for products while the issue is dealt with. Boots said none of its own systems were compromised, but attackers had tried to access accounts using reused passwords from other sites. It comes days after a similar issue hit 600,000 Tesco Clubcard holders.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/11/20 at 3:42 am

Second patient cured of HIV, say doctors

A man from London has become the second person in the world to be cured of HIV, doctors say. Adam Castillejo is still free of the virus more than 30 months after stopping anti-retroviral therapy. He was not cured by the HIV drugs, however, but by a stem-cell treatment he received for a cancer he also had, the Lancet HIV journal reports. The donors of those stem cells have an uncommon gene that gives them, and now Mr Castillejo, protection against HIV. In 2011, Timothy Brown, the "Berlin Patient" became the first person reported as cured of HIV, three and half years after having similar treatment.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51804454

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/14/20 at 6:02 am

ExoMars Rosalind Franklin: Rover mission delayed until 2022

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51844030

Europe and Russia have decided to postpone their Mars rover mission. The ExoMars "Rosalind Franklin" vehicle was due to launch to the Red Planet in July/August but engineers aren't able to get the vehicle ready in time. Because an Earth-Mars journey is only attempted when the planets are favourably aligned, the robot's next opportunity won't occur until 2022. The Russian and European space agencies announced the delay on their websites on Thursday.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/14/20 at 7:39 am

Coronavirus: How hackers are preying on fears of Covid-19

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51838468

Security experts say a spike in email scams linked to coronavirus is the worst they have seen in years. Cyber-criminals are targeting individuals as well as industries, including aerospace, transport, manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare and insurance. Phishing emails written in English, French, Italian, Japanese, and Turkish languages have been found.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/16/20 at 5:38 am

Get coronavirus news on Alexa

From today, people can get regular coronavirus updates from the BBC on their Amazon Alexa enabled devices. These will be updated throughout the day, with all the latest news and information. All you need to do is say "ask the BBC for coronavirus update” or “coronavirus update from the BBC”.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: 2001 on 03/16/20 at 6:30 pm


Get coronavirus news on Alexa

From today, people can get regular coronavirus updates from the BBC on their Amazon Alexa enabled devices. These will be updated throughout the day, with all the latest news and information. All you need to do is say "ask the BBC for coronavirus update” or “coronavirus update from the BBC”.


I remember a similar feature for Google Home during the Canadian federal election. It was actually nice, because if you're reading about the results on your computer instead, you can easily get distracted by other news articles.  :-X

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/24/20 at 3:26 am

Coronavirus: Facebook cuts video quality to ease net strain

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52003035

Facebook is the latest platform to reduce its video quality in Europe, to reduce demand on internet service providers. Demand for streaming has increased while large parts of Europe are self-isolating at home due to the coronavirus outbreak. The change means each video will use less data, but viewers are unlikely to see a major change in picture quality. Amazon, Apple TV+, Disney+ and Netflix have also announced similar measures. Facebook's change will apply to both its main service and Instagram.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/30/20 at 9:35 am

Coronavirus: Fake news crackdown by UK government

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52086284

The government is cracking down on misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. A rapid response unit within the Cabinet Office is working with social media firms to remove fake news and harmful content. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said action was needed "to stem the spread of falsehoods and rumours, which could cost lives". The specialist unit is dealing with as many as 10 incidents each day. It will try to tackle a range of issues online, such as fake "experts" issuing false medical information and criminals running phishing scams.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Sman12 on 03/30/20 at 11:23 am


Coronavirus: Facebook cuts video quality to ease net strain

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52003035

Facebook is the latest platform to reduce its video quality in Europe, to reduce demand on internet service providers. Demand for streaming has increased while large parts of Europe are self-isolating at home due to the coronavirus outbreak. The change means each video will use less data, but viewers are unlikely to see a major change in picture quality. Amazon, Apple TV+, Disney+ and Netflix have also announced similar measures. Facebook's change will apply to both its main service and Instagram.


You guys aren't even gonna have 4K?  That's too bad. I bet the US could face the same situation if bandwidth gets too high here.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/02/20 at 5:05 am

UK government defends PM's use of Zoom

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52126534

The UK government has defended using Zoom to hold cabinet video conferences. Questions had been raised about potential security risks after the prime minister tweeted a picture in which a meeting ID was visible. "In the current unprecedented circumstances, the need for effective channels of communication is vital," a government spokeswoman told BBC News. A source added the app was quick to set up between the varying systems used by different government departments. Over time, a more coherent system was expected to be introduced, the person said.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/06/20 at 12:55 pm

Video games add 'stay at home' Covid-19 adverts

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52172578

Three of the UK's leading video games developers are to display coronavirus safety advice within their titles. Candy Crush Saga, Dirt Rally 2.0 and Sniper Elite 4 are among the games that will feature the messaging. The initial ads will focus on the theme: "Stay home. Save lives." Rebellion - one of the companies involved - also publishes 2000AD among other comics, and has also offered space in these for the government's campaign. "I reached out to DCMS a few days ago to say is there anything we can do," Jason Kingsley, chief executive of Rebellion and chair of the games trade body Tiga told the BBC. "A lot of people spend hundreds of hours in computer games. "And in this case, we thought we could help society by reminding people of their obligations to others."

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Sman12 on 04/07/20 at 7:16 am


Video games add 'stay at home' Covid-19 adverts

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52172578

Three of the UK's leading video games developers are to display coronavirus safety advice within their titles. Candy Crush Saga, Dirt Rally 2.0 and Sniper Elite 4 are among the games that will feature the messaging. The initial ads will focus on the theme: "Stay home. Save lives." Rebellion - one of the companies involved - also publishes 2000AD among other comics, and has also offered space in these for the government's campaign. "I reached out to DCMS a few days ago to say is there anything we can do," Jason Kingsley, chief executive of Rebellion and chair of the games trade body Tiga told the BBC. "A lot of people spend hundreds of hours in computer games. "And in this case, we thought we could help society by reminding people of their obligations to others."


It's nice of them to acknowledge the coronavirus. Video games are a form of escapism, and staying at home is what us gamers do best.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/07/20 at 11:51 am

Short-form streaming app Quibi launches to rival Netflix

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52193311

The mobile-first streaming service Quibi launched in the US on Monday, despite concerns the coronavirus outbreak might impact its viewership. The company has raised $1.8bn (£1.47bn) for the project intended to rival Netflix and YouTube. Quibi's shows are 10 minutes or shorter and movies are broken into segments. It has lined up a host of Hollywood and showbiz stars including Idris Elba, Sophie Turner, Steven Spielberg, Chrissy Teigen and Jennifer Lopez. Viewers are meant to watch the shows on their mobile phones, and a feature called Turnstile allows the video to stay full screen in both portrait or landscape.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/08/20 at 12:31 pm

Covid-19 detecting apps face teething problems

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52215290

Two leading universities are trying to develop apps that listen to users' coughs and voices to predict whether they are infected with the coronavirus. But the two projects are taking different approaches to privacy. The Cambridge University effort seeks to keep volunteers anonymous, but says this is currently limiting its work. Meanwhile, a team at Carnegie Mellon University says it is critical that users register themselves, but it has had to temporarily go offline. The two initiatives are independent of one another. Both rely on machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence in which computers analyse large amounts of data to find patterns that can be used to solve problems. In this case, the goal is to be able to distinguish the Covid-19 from other illnesses including the flu. Both teams acknowledge that the resulting software would not replace the need for other medical tests.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/10/20 at 3:17 am

After Singapore scraps classroom Zoom after hack

Zoom is in everyone's living room - how safe is it?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52033217

Zoom, the video-conferencing app that has seen a huge rise in downloads since quarantines were imposed around the world, is now being used by millions for work and social gatherings. This week Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted a picture of himself chairing a Cabinet meeting via the app. This led to questions about how secure it was for government meetings. Zoom has angrily defended its security record, saying it would answer any questions the government had.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/21/20 at 10:52 am

DForce hacker returns $25m in 'stolen' crypto-currencies

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52368511

A mystery hacker allegedly stole $25m (£20m) in crypto-currencies - and then returned the funds two days later.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/30/20 at 6:50 am

US blacklists five Amazon foreign websites

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52482379

Five of online retail giant Amazon’s foreign websites have been placed on a blacklist by the Trump administration. Its e-commerce platforms in the UK, Germany, France, India and Canada have been added to a “notorious markets” register. The US trade representative’s office said the sites facilitated the sale of counterfeit and pirated products. Amazon said the move was politically motivated and that it has invested heavily to prevent illegal activities. The trade representative’s office said that the adding of the Amazon sites was the result of complaints from US businesses over the sale of fake goods.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/06/20 at 10:45 am

Malaria 'completely stopped' by microbe

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52530828

Scientists have discovered a microbe that completely protects mosquitoes from being infected with malaria. The team in Kenya and the UK say the finding has "enormous potential" to control the disease. Malaria is spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes, so protecting them could in turn protect people. The researchers are now investigating whether they can release infected mosquitoes into the wild, or use spores to suppress the disease.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/07/20 at 4:37 am

Virgin Media and O2 join forces to take on BT

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52570593

Mobile operator O2 and broadband giant Virgin Media are to merge, creating one of the UK's largest entertainment and telecoms firms and a major rival to BT. Liberty Global, which owns Virgin Media, and Spain's Telefonica, which owns O2, said they had agreed terms for joining forces. O2 is the UK's largest phone company with about 34 million users. Virgin has about six million broadband and cable TV customers and another three million mobile users. As well as having its own subscribers, O2 provides the network for Tesco Mobile, Giffgaff and Sky Mobile. The tie-up will create a major rival to BT by bringing together different platforms.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/19/20 at 11:37 am

Climate change: Scientists fear car surge will see CO2 rebound

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52724821

Daily global emissions of CO2 fell by 17% at the peak of the shutdown because of measures taken by governments in response to Covid-19, say scientists. The most comprehensive account yet published says that almost half the record decrease was due to fewer car journeys. But the authors are worried that, as people return to work, car use will soar again. They fear CO2 emissions could soon be higher than before the crisis. They are urging politicians to grasp the moment and make real, durable changes on transport and personal mobility.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/26/20 at 10:41 am

Coronavirus: First Google/Apple-based contact-tracing app launched

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52807635

The team developing Switzerland's coronavirus contact-tracing app says it has become the first to have launched a product incorporating a technology provided by Apple and Google.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/01/20 at 1:03 pm

Google delays Android 11 launch

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52877792

Google has delayed the launch of the latest version of its Android operating system, which had been due to take place on Wednesday, 3 June. The release of Android 11 for testers has also been delayed. In a statement on the Android Developer website, it said: "Now is not the time to celebrate," and more details would be shared "soon". It comes as dozens of cities in the US deal with large-scale civil unrest over the killing of a man in police custody. Google did not, however, specify whether this was the reason for the delay. The company revealed some details about Android 11 in a preview blog aimed at developers. "For developers, Android 11 has a tonne of new capabilities for your apps, like enhancements for foldables and 5G, call-screening APIs , new media and camera capabilities, machine learning, and more," it wrote.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: 2001 on 06/01/20 at 4:52 pm


Climate change: Scientists fear car surge will see CO2 rebound

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52724821

Daily global emissions of CO2 fell by 17% at the peak of the shutdown because of measures taken by governments in response to Covid-19, say scientists. The most comprehensive account yet published says that almost half the record decrease was due to fewer car journeys. But the authors are worried that, as people return to work, car use will soar again. They fear CO2 emissions could soon be higher than before the crisis. They are urging politicians to grasp the moment and make real, durable changes on transport and personal mobility.


Watch as nobody listens until it's too late, lol.  :-\\

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/02/20 at 10:32 am

Largest seahorses numbers at Studland Bay for 12 years

https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/live-experience/cps/624/cpsprodpb/vivo/live/images/2020/6/2/af9ba7c5-37b5-47eb-a825-99326e85b84d.jpg

The reduction in boat traffic, anchors and people using the waters off the Dorset coast has seemingly helped certain wildlife thrive once again. The largest number of protected spiny seahorses since 2008 has been seen at Studland Bay, the Seahorse Trust has revealed. During a single dive, 16 seahorses - including pregnant males and two babies - were discovered. Previously, no seahorses had been seen in dives since 2018, when only a dead one was found. "We have seen so many seahorses because the food chain has recovered, giving seahorses plenty of food to eat, and crucially, somewhere to hide," trust founder Neil Garrick-Maidment said. He added the seagrass had also "started to repair itself". The Seahorse Trust and Dorset Wildlife Trust previously said boat moorings were damaging seagrass bed habitats.

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/11/20 at 7:02 am

Scammers using Covid-19 to prey on victims

People are being warned about scammers using the Covid-19 crisis to con them out of their money. Reports of attempted scams have been among the 360 complaints and inquiries received by trading standards officials in East Sussex since lockdown began. In May alone, residents across Sussex were conned out of about £1.2m, East Sussex County Council said. In one incident, an elderly resident received a phone call saying workers were in the area and could visit her home to “test the air for Covid-19”. Another received a bogus text message saying he was eligible for free groceries and was asked to give his personal details to receive a voucher.

Subject: Re: 2020s: The Decade in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/22/20 at 11:01 am

Arctic Circle sees 'hottest-ever' temperatures

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-53140069

Temperatures in the Arctic Circle are likely to have hit an all-time record on Saturday, reaching a scorching 38C (100F) in Verkhoyansk, a Siberian town. The record still needs to be verified, but it appears to have been 18C higher than the average maximum daily temperature in June. Hot summer weather is not uncommon in the Arctic Circle, but recent months have seen abnormally high temperatures. The Arctic is believed to be warming twice as fast as the global average. Verkhoyansk, home to about 1,300 people, sits just inside the Arctic Circle, in remote Siberia. It has an extreme climate with temperatures plunging in January to an average maximum of -42C and then surging in June to 20C. But a persistent heatwave this year in the Arctic Circle has worried meteorologists. In March, April and May, the Copernicus Climate Change service reported that the average temperature was around 10C above normal.

Subject: Re: 2020s: The Decade in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/23/20 at 8:43 am

Coronavirus: Warning thousands could be left with lung damage

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-53065340

Tens of thousands of people will need to be recalled to hospital after a serious Covid-19 infection to check if they have been left with permanent lung damage, doctors have told the BBC. Experts are concerned a significant proportion could be left with lung scarring, known as pulmonary fibrosis. The condition is irreversible and symptoms can include severe shortness of breath, coughing and fatigue. NHS England said it was opening specialist rehabilitation centres. Retired taxi driver Anthony McHugh, 68, was admitted to hospital on 6 March with coronavirus symptoms. His condition deteriorated and he was transferred to intensive care and placed on a ventilator for 13 days. "I was feeling breathless, then I just remember being rushed into ICU, and after that it was all just a blank," he said.

Subject: Re: 2020s: The Decade in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/23/20 at 9:00 am

Facebook bans 'loot-to-order' antiquities trade

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-53140615

Facebook has banned users trading in historical artefacts on the site. It follows a campaign by academic researchers and an investigation by BBC News, exposing how items looted from Iraq and Syria were sold on Facebook. One expert welcomed the move but said for anything to change, Facebook should invest in "teams of experts to identify and remove networks rather than playing whack-a-mole with individual posts". Facebook says all trade in ancient artefacts is banned on its platforms. The changes are included in a new set of Facebook Community Standards published on Tuesday. They ban content that "encourages or attempts to buy, sell or trade historical artefacts" or "attempts to solicit historical artefacts". Items sold in this way can include ancient scrolls, manuscripts, mummified body parts and ancient coins.

Subject: Re: 2020s: The Decade in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/02/20 at 11:42 am

Hundreds of elephants found dead in Botswana

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-53257512
Warning: Some people may find the following images upsetting

Mystery surrounds the "completely unprecedented" deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana over the last two months. Dr Niall McCann said colleagues in the southern African country had spotted more than 350 elephant carcasses in the Okavango Delta since the start of May. No one knows why the animals are dying, with lab results on samples still weeks away, according to the government. Botswana is home to a third of Africa's declining elephant population.

Subject: Re: 2020s: The Decade in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/07/20 at 1:37 am

TikTok to exit Hong Kong ‘within days’

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-53317015

TikTok has said it will quit Hong Kong after China imposed a new security law on the city. "In light of recent events, we've decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong," a spokesman told the BBC. The company's exit from the city will come "within days," according to the Reuters news agency. Facebook and Twitter said this week they were "pausing" co-operation with Hong Kong police over user information. The short-form video app was launched by China-based ByteDance for users outside mainland China as part of a strategy to grow its global audience. The tech company operates a similar short video sharing app in China called Douyin.

Subject: Fertility rate: 'Jaw-dropping' global crash in children being born

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/15/20 at 5:04 am

The world is ill-prepared for the global crash in children being born which is set to have a "jaw-dropping" impact on societies, say researchers. Falling fertility rates mean nearly every country could have shrinking populations by the end of the century. And 23 nations - including Spain and Japan - are expected to see their populations halve by 2100. Countries will also age dramatically, with as many people turning 80 as there are being born.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-53409521

Subject: Gadget-makers face ban on easy-to-guess passwords

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/16/20 at 4:31 am

Internet-connected gadgets will have to come pre-set with a unique password, or require the owner to set one before use, as part of plans for a UK cyber-security law. Manufacturers could face being forced to recall non-compliant products and could also be fined. The government is now seeking feedback from consumer groups and industry experts to shape its final legislation.
One expert said the new rules would need "strong enforcement". The "call for views" is the latest step to introduce a cyber-security bill, which was first outlined in May 2019. Other proposals include a requirement that manufacturers state the minimum amount of time they will continue to provide security updates for a product after purchase. Digital infrastructure minister Matt Warman said that until the law was passed, households should ensure they had changed all internet-linked devices' default passwords to "protect themselves from cyber-criminals".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-53421658

Subject: Virgin Galactic set for last key rocket test flights

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/28/20 at 4:45 pm

Virgin Galactic is about to start a key series of powered test flights of its passenger rocket plane. The company's Unity vehicle has so far conducted only glide flights after moving into its operational base in New Mexico earlier this year. The powered ascents will see Unity ignite its hybrid rocket motor to climb to the edge of space. These tests will set the stage for Virgin Galactic to introduce its commercial service.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-53566483

Subject: Neuralink: Elon Musk unveils pig with chip in its brain

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/30/20 at 2:18 pm

Elon Musk has unveiled a pig called Gertrude with a coin-sized computer chip in her brain to demonstrate his ambitious plans to create a working brain-to-machine interface. "It's kind of like a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires," the billionaire entrepreneur said on a webcast. His start-up Neuralink applied to launch human trials last year. The interface could allow people with neurological conditions to control phones or computers with their mind. Mr Musk argues such chips could eventually be used to help cure conditions such as dementia, Parkinson's disease and spinal cord injuries. But the long-term ambition is to usher in an age of what Mr Musk calls "superhuman cognition", in part to combat artificial intelligence so powerful he says it could destroy the human race.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-53956683

Subject: US election 2020: TikTok gets pulled into the campaigns

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/06/20 at 6:18 am

President Trump may be threatening to shut TikTok's US operations and Joe Biden's campaign squad have effectively been barred from using the video-sharing app - but that hasn't stopped their fans using it to connect with young voters.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54374710

Subject: Black hole breakthroughs win Nobel physics prize

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/06/20 at 6:33 am

Three scientists have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for work to understand black holes. Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez were announced as this year's winners at a news conference in Stockholm. The winners will share the prize money of 10 million kronor (£864,200). David Haviland, chair of the physics prize committee, said this year's award "celebrates one of the most exotic objects in the Universe". Black holes are regions of space where gravity is so strong that not even light can escape from them. UK-born physicist Sir Roger Penrose, from the University of Oxford, demonstrated that black holes were an inevitable consequence of Albert's Einstein's theory of general relativity. He receives half of this year's prize, with the other half going to Genzel and Ghez.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54420240

Subject: Google reveals Mineral crop-inspecting robots

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/15/20 at 6:28 am

Google's parent company, Alphabet, has unveiled prototype robots that can inspect individual plants in a field, to help farmers improve crop yields.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54538849

Subject: Nasa's Osiris-Rex probe aims for daring 'high five' with asteroid Bennu

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/20/20 at 12:27 pm

An American spacecraft is about to attempt the audacious task of grabbing rock samples from an asteroid.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54592163

Subject: YouTube suspends US news channel for Covid 'cure'

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/25/20 at 8:17 am

YouTube has suspended the One America News Network (OANN) for sharing misinformation about a Covid-19 "cure". The channel, which is a favourite of President Trump, is also suspended from making any money on YouTube. The suspension will last a week, during which time no new videos can be put up. To make money in future, the channel must rectify the issues. YouTube is attempting to clean up its platform and has also removed QAnon and pizzagate-affiliated accounts.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-55071344

Subject: Apple unveils £549 over-ear headphones

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/20 at 3:55 pm

Apple has unveiled its new over-ear headphones dubbed AirPods Max, with a hefty price tag of £549 ($549 in US), making them more expensive than both the new Xbox and PlayStation consoles.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-55230656

Subject: Re: 2020s: The Decade in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: 2001 on 12/08/20 at 4:19 pm

That is not that hefty for good noise-cancelling headphones. I got my pair of noise-cancelling Sennheisers for CA$500 or thereabouts, so it's in the ballpark of its product category.

They're great if you work in a noisy environment, take public transport, or listen to music while vacuuming or using a blender.

Subject: Ex-Rugby Union Internationals to sue for brain damage

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/20 at 4:30 pm

Rugby World Cup winner Steve Thompson and seven other former players claim the sport has left them with permanent brain damage - and are in the process of starting a claim against the game's authorities for negligence. Every member of the group has recently been diagnosed with the early signs of dementia, and they say repeated blows to the head are to blame. Thompson, 42, played in every England match when they won the 2003 World Cup, but says: "I can't remember any of those games. It's frightening."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/55201237

Subject: Re: 2020: The Year in Science, Health and Technology

Written By: nally on 12/21/20 at 10:42 pm

The Great Winter Solstice Conjunction

https://www.space.com/great-conjunction-winter-solstice-2020-jupiter-saturn-webcasts

Saturn and Jupiter pass close to one another. According to Wiki, it's the closest they've been in nearly 4 centuries.

Subject: Re: Ex-Rugby Union Internationals to sue for brain damage

Written By: Elor on 12/22/20 at 9:32 am


Rugby World Cup winner Steve Thompson and seven other former players claim the sport has left them with permanent brain damage - and are in the process of starting a claim against the game's authorities for negligence. Every member of the group has recently been diagnosed with the early signs of dementia, and they say repeated blows to the head are to blame. Thompson, 42, played in every England match when they won the 2003 World Cup, but says: "I can't remember any of those games. It's frightening."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/55201237

I don't know... no one forced them to do a sport in which full contact is the normal way to go.... blaming that now on the authorities seems a bit dishonest.

Subject: Re: Ex-Rugby Union Internationals to sue for brain damage

Written By: karen on 12/22/20 at 1:07 pm


I don't know... no one forced them to do a sport in which full contact is the normal way to go.... blaming that now on the authorities seems a bit dishonest.


At least one other player has said that he won’t blame the authorities if he should develop dementia or whatever later on, as he knew the risk of injury when started playing.

I think it is right that the rules change if necessary now that the risk has been identified. The same way they have introduced a two week no playing rule if you get concussion.

Subject: Netflix raises UK prices to cover cost of content

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/07/21 at 4:46 am

Netflix is raising the cost of some of its UK subscriptions from next month, its customers have been told. The streaming service said the price rises reflected money spent on content. Its standard monthly package will go up from £8.99 to £9.99 and its premium one will rise from £11.99 to £13.99, but its basic plan remains at £5.99. However, comparison site Uswitch said the timing of the price rises was unfortunate with UK citizens living under new national lockdowns.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-55563970

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