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Alexa could come to your Smart TV tonight! Update to bring Echo assistant to big screen

Amazon’s chatty AI assistant Alexa will be added to a range of Smart TVs overnight in a software update. When the new software is up-and-running on your telly, you’ll be able to speak into the remote to change channels, search for movies from specific directors, or ask general knowledge questions – exactly like an Amazon Echo.

The latest update comes courtesy of a partnership between Amazon and LG Electronics. Televisions from LG that ship with the LG Magic Remote will be able to use their channel-changer like an Amazon Echo.

According to LG, Alexa will be arriving on televisions powered by its webOS Smart TV platform. The update will start in North America, followed by Europe, including the UK, and Asia in the coming weeks and months. Unfortunately, there’s no definitive timeframe just yet, but hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long before the upgrade lands.

As well as LG TVs, other supported brands include Blaupunkt, Polaroid, Seiki, and Skytech.

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LG Home Entertainment Head of Content Services Jung Sung-hyun said: “The addition of Amazon Alexa to the long list of webOS features will enhance the user experience and boost the value of our growing smart TV ecosystem. Bringing together the capabilities of Alexa with the convenience of webOS to third-party TVs is a win-win-win for TV brands, customers and developers.”

If you don’t already own an Amazon Echo, but have an LG TV in the living room, you’ll be able to test out some of the best-selling smart speakers best features. That means you’ll be able to ask for the latest headlines, check the weather or traffic conditions, switch on smart lights, order takeaways and more with just your voice.

The arrival of Alexa should also be a boost to accessibility. The ability to switch HDMI inputs, find channels in the EPG, and launch streaming apps, like Netflix, with the press of a single button and your voice should help those who are a little less tech-savvie to uncover new features. 

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Amazon could bring Fire TV to YOUR CAR in dramatic streaming boost

Amazon’s hugely popular Fire TV streaming platform is already available in a huge variety of gadgets – from affordable HDMI dongles to pricier set-top boxes with hands-free voice controls, soundbars and built directly into Smart TVs. However, Amazon has big plans to continue expanding its telly empire.

And the next frontier for Fire TV could be in-car infotainment systems. Yes, really.

Pioneered by electric cars, but fast-becoming standard across the auto industry, expansive touchscreens are commonplace in modern vehicles. Amazon sees these screens as a good opportunity to bring blockbuster Prime Video shows like Clarkson’s Farm and The Boys to those on the road. Of course, these will be targeted at passengers – not the person behind the wheel.

Speaking about this emerging opportunity in an interview with Protocol, Amazon vice president Daniel Rausch said: “We do see interest in the auto segment. Screens are coming to autos in greater numbers, and I’m very interested in being where customers want to be entertained, which is frankly just about everywhere, including on the go.

“It’s not just about streaming in the living room. 5G connectivity is going to transform that as well, because you just get a high-quality connection anywhere you go in your car.”

Amazon has already announced its first partnership between the Fire TV team and Dutch automobile manufacturer Stellantis back in March, which has already resulted in new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models shipping with Fire TV in the entertainment systems.

The front infotainment screen can access Fire TV services when the car is parked.

Meanwhile, rear screens enable passengers in the back seats to access Amazon’s vast library of apps and streaming services throughout the journey. After all, Fire TV not only offers access to Amazon’s own Prime Video service, but also industry juggernauts like Netflix, Disney+, BBC iPlayer, Shudder, Apple TV+, and many more.

The screens offer touch controls as well as a dedicated Fire TV For Auto remote control, which also brings Alexa voice control.

Connected via mobile data, Alexa can be used to interact with smart home gadgets – setting thermostats, switching off lights – when travelling to and from home. Amazon sells a dedicated Alexa Auto device to retroactively bring the hands-free AI assistant to your vehicle. If you want Fire TV to watch on the road, you’ll need to upgrade to a new car.

“I would give a lot to go back and have that option for the rear-seat entertainment system in our car when I had three kids in 20-odd months,” added Rausch.

If you’re not in the market for a new car quite yet, it might be worth dusting off a portable DVD player, or investing in a tablet to keep impatient passengers entertained.

Next James Bond favourite James Norton shares what he’d bring to 007 after Daniel Craig

Asked what he’d bring to the role if cast as the next Bond, Norton added: “I’m a type one diabetic. How cool would it be to have a diabetic Bond?

“It would be wonderful for all those diabetic kids out there to think even a type one diabetic could be Bond!

“Other than that, I’d leave it to Daniel and the writers to carry on the legacy.”

Despite his popularity, the McMafia star has tough competition in the odds from the likes of Tom Hardy and Regé-Jean Page.

Euro 2020 final: Boris pens personal letter to Southgate’s team – ‘Bring it home’

The Prime Minister wrote to the manager, calling on him to “bring it home”. “We are not just hoping or praying,” he wrote.

“We believe in you, Gareth, and your incredible squad.”

The England team will play Italy at Wembley on Sunday at 8pm.

“On behalf of the entire nation, good luck, have a great game – and bring it home!” Mr Johnson wrote.

In the letter the Prime Minister wrote that Gareth Southgate’s team had “already made history”.

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“You have lifted the spirits of the whole country, and tomorrow we know you can lift that trophy too.”

Gareth Southgate’s team has been flooded with messages of support ahead of the final on Sunday.

The Queen presented the 1966 World Cup to the England team, unbeknownst that it will be the last time the team would reach a final in a major tournament for 55 years.

“55 years ago I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament,” the monarch wrote.

“I want to send my congratulations and that of my family to you all on reaching the final of the European Championships, and send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves.”

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‘Fury is my dream fight – but I bring pain!’

Tyson Fury would be a ‘dream’ opponent for rising contender Raphael Akpejiori who has warned Britain’s heavyweights that he intends to ‘bring pain’.

The unbeaten Nigerian has knocked out all 11 of his opponents inside two rounds and Akpejiori can resume his explosive rise up the rankings with another blistering win in Miami on Saturday.

Making a UK debut could be part of Akpejiori’s plans as he works towards a world title shot and he would welcome a future fight against WBC champion Fury or top British contender Dillian Whyte.

Raphael Akpejiori
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Raphael Akpejiori has swiftly knocked out all of his 11 opponents

“If I was going to name a dream fight for me in the next year, I would say Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte,” Akpejiori told Sky Sports. “Those are two guys I know I can step in the ring with and beat both of them.

“But my goal is to have the heavyweight belts in my hand. Once I’ve accomplished that, everything else will fall in place.

“He’s [Fury] developed his skills where he’s been moving around a lot, now he’s really trading punches, and using his weight behind things, which kind of brings him at a standstill, which is where I excel.

“That’s why I called [out] Dillian Whyte too, because Dillian Whyte is a guy who is going to stand there and trade punches, and bang, and is actually going to bring the war to the fight.

“I believe Tyson Fury is doing that too, because if you’ve seen a lot of the Deontay fight, he really sat down and used his weight behind the punches.

“I excel against guys like that, because that’s what I do very well. I bring pain and I believe that those guys are the kind of guys who believe they bring pain, and I believe I do that better than them.”

Akpejiori has refined his raw power with strength and conditioning coach Joey Scott, who has also helped Deontay Wilder prepare for world title fights.

The American’s third fight with Fury on July 24 has been thrown into doubt following reports of a Covid-19 outbreak, but Akpejiori is backing Wilder to display his destructive punching when the WBC title clash goes ahead.

“We’ll see revenge,” said Akpejiori. “I’ve been privy to some information from the Deontay Wilder camp. I know how hard he’s been working for the past year. I know what he will bring to the table.

“Based on what I know, I believe that Deontay Wilder will win this fight.

“I don’t know what Tyson Fury has been up to, but based on the corrections, the addition of [new trainer] Malik Scott, the strength and conditioning of Joey Scott, the mentality of Deontay Wilder, the things his eyes have been open to, I believe that Deontay Wilder will win this fight.

“I’m biased, because I’m on that side of the fence.”

But the truth is, we all know how my fight ends. I’m not going to act like I’m oblivious to that fact.

Raphael Akpejiori

The 30-year-old, with an imposing 6ft 8in frame, admits that he cannot just rely on his natural attributes if he wants to challenge the world’s best.

But Akpejiori is yet to find an opponent who can withstand his destructive punches.

“I never predict or promise a knockout, I only promise an improvement in the quality of boxing,” he said.

“But the truth is, we all know how my fight ends. I’m not going to act like I’m oblivious to that fact.

“At the end of the day, I have to train and work hard to go the distance with these guys. It’s pretty evident that when I touch people they kind of go to sleep. I’m not oblivious to that fact, but I’m not focused on that.

“As Anthony Joshua says, ‘The right hand can take you around the block, but a jab can take you around the world.’ That is an absolute truth in boxing.

“You cannot be looking for a power punch every time, even though you pack a power punch.

“We’ll find out if he’ll [next opponent] go to sleep or not on Saturday night.”

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ADA Guidance: Bring Type 1 Diabetes in Adults Out of the Shadows

A new draft consensus statement from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) addresses diagnosis and management of type 1 diabetes in adults.

Type 1 Diabetes in Adults Out of the Shadows

The impetus for the document comes from the “highly influential” EASD-ADA consensus report on the management of type 2 diabetes, which led to the realization that a comparable document was needed for adults with type 1 diabetes, said writing panel cochair Anne L. Peters, MD, professor of clinical medicine at Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

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Breastfeeding Olympians allowed to bring babies to Tokyo

The move comes after a Canadian basketball player made a plea last week to challenge a “no families, no exceptions” rule for the Tokyo Games.

TORONTO, ON — Canadian basketball player Kim Gaucher, who is breastfeeding her infant daughter, has won in her quest to bring the baby to the Tokyo Olympics, which she called “the right decision for women in sports.”

The International Olympic Committee announced Wednesday that nursing mothers will now be allowed to bring their babies to Tokyo. The move comes after Gaucher made an emotional plea via Instagram to have 3-month-old Sophie travel with her to the Games.

Gaucher, a 37-year-old from Mission, British Columbia, said the IOC was forcing her to make a tough choice: skip the Olympics or spend 28 days in Tokyo without her daughter.

“We very much welcome the fact that so many mothers are able to continue to compete at the highest level, including at the Olympic Games,” the IOC said in a statement. “We are very pleased to hear that the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee has found a special solution regarding the entry to Japan for mothers who are breastfeeding and their young children.”

Gaucher said she heard the news from her husband Wednesday morning as she was at training camp in Florida.

“I’m incredibly happy and very thankful for all the people who fought for this and helped out with this,” she said. “There can be moments of frustration, but I think women’s sports is evolving and sometimes it takes a little bit of time for everyone to get on the same page. I’m happy that this decision has been made. The right decision for women in sports and we can move forward.”

The IOC had stipulated that no family could travel to Tokyo due to COVID-19 restrictions, but Gaucher pointed out that international media and sponsors may travel to Tokyo and a capped number of Japanese spectators will be allowed in venues.

“Japanese fans are going to be in attendance, the arenas are going to be half full, but I will not have access to my daughter?” Gaucher said in her video. “We’ve tried appeals. Everyone says they’re on board, but nobody can do anything. Let’s see if we can make a difference. It’s 2021. Let’s make working moms normal.”

The new policy affects other athletes who have qualified for Tokyo, including U.S. soccer star Alex Morgan, whose daughter, Charlie, was born in May 2020 and has been able to accompany her mother on the road.

Morgan told reporters in April that it was important “to allow mothers the option to have their kids with them while they compete. . . if a child is under 1 or 2, they might still be breastfeeding, so that’s a huge piece of it.”

Gaucher and Morgan will both be competing in their third Olympics in Tokyo.

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‘Controlling and suffocating!’ Britons furious at EU plot to bring nation 'to its knees'

The former Brexit Party leader warned Brussels is plotting to bring errant members to heel amid an ongoing row over domestic legislation with Hungary. Currently the Netherlands is leading attempts to rein in the country over its an anti-LGBTQ law which has been championed by the country’s leader Viktor Orban.

It successfully passed through Hungary’s parliament earlier this month.

News that Brussels was allegedly trying to dictate domestic policy to EU members quickly sparked outrage from many Brits.

One raged: “When will this habit of telling another country what it should and should not do (end)?

“Why the EU thinks it is in charge of everything a country does is beyond comprehension.

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“Guess not – it’s still happening today. The EU is trying to bring the UK to its knees just like Hitler tried to.”

And a fourth simply said: “The world has gone crazy and the EU are draconian with their laws. Hungary should leave and trade with us.”

Mr Farage – a leading Eurosceptic who helped bring about the historic 2016 referendum – was equally scathing.

He told GB News: “The other story that’s not making big news but it’s a huge story is a bust-up in the EU of epic proportions between Hungary and in particular the Netherlands.

“The Dutch Prime Minister (is) saying he wants to bring Hungary to its knees over its LGBT policy.

“As ever, there’s often so many stories out there that don’t get covered but that really matter.”

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has warned Mr Orban to either ditch the legislation or withdraw his country from the bloc.

Speaking in Brussels, he said: “It was really forceful, a deep feeling that this could not be. It was about our values; this is what we stand for,

“I said ‘stop this, you must withdraw the law and, if you don’t like that and really say that the European values are not your values, then you must think about whether to remain in the European Union’.”

Mr Orban has insisted that the law was not an attack on gay people but aimed at guaranteeing parents’ right to decide on their children’s sexual education.

When introduced it would see the Government ban the use of material in schools seen as promoting homosexuality and gender change.

Both the EU and UN are calling for it to be repealed.

Independent expert Victor Madrigal-Borloz said that the legislation was challenging the “values base” of the EU.

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Talking Point: What's That One Switch Game You Can't Bring Yourself To Delete?

Deleting Games

I’ve finally reached the point where almost every new game I download onto my Switch gives me the same response. “There’s no room,” it says, gesturing around the virtual space cluttered with games I haven’t touched in months, or even years. “Where am I supposed to put this? Why don’t you get rid of something old?”

Listen, Nintendo Switch. You’re not my mother. And even if you were, I would tell you that you just don’t understand — all of these games are sacred to me in some way. I’m only 2/3 of the way through Luigi’s Mansion 3, and I might finish it some day! I know I haven’t finished Paper Mario: The Origami King, but I want to return to it when I’m not so annoyed about the combat! And don’t even talk to me about Breath of the Wild. As long as I don’t delete it — all 13 space-hogging gigabytes of it — there’s still the promise of more beautiful adventures in that stunning open plain.

Archive software? Or delete?

But keeping old games even when I know I won’t play them is just another type of virtual hoarding, isn’t it? It would be a little hypocritical of me to keep a bunch of gigantic games just because when, just last month, I said that Resident Evil 4 had taught me not to hold on to things. I’m a sucker for keeping things around just in case, but that rainy day never turns up. I don’t think I’ll be returning to Breath of the Wild any time soon, and if I do, I don’t think I’d mind having to start over with a new save file, anyway.

I just can't do it!

So, am I alone in keeping these games around, taking up precious space on my SD card? Why do we even do it, anyway? My theory is that deleting games (or archiving them) feels like definitively sending them into the past, turning them into memories and nostalgia. Once we’ve done that, we’re leaving that part of our lives behind us, and moving on — and admitting that life itself is moving on. By clinging to our most precious memories — represented by gigantic amounts of data, in this case — we’re refusing to move on, refusing to admit that we’ve changed, and we’re not kids any more.

Or, maybe, I’m just avoidant. It’s probably that.

But perhaps I’m not alone in this quest to refuse to pack away my toys forever! Tell me: do you have at least one Switch game that you just won’t delete, or — even worse — do you have a whole PILE of games you refuse to let go?

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Tesco and Asda urgently recall contact lens solution over chemical fault – ‘bring it back’

A product recall is issued when there is a discovery made about a certain product that is deemed unsafe to the consumer. The latest recall comes from Tesco and Asda who are recalling certain contact lens solutions. 

The company said the recall was voluntary.

In a separate recall, Asda also issued a warning about Bausch + Lomb products.

The supermarket said: “There is a low risk of infection with these products, Bausch + Lomb has chosen to voluntarily recall potentially impacted batches of product because they cannot confirm their bottle suppliers conformance to its sterilisation process compliance requirements.”

Products sold in Asda being recalled:

– Renu (product lot numbers: MPS ME3025, ME3025, MF1594)

– Boston Conditioner (product lot number: MD1926, MD2511, MD2639, MD3209, MD4221, MD4368, ME2978, MF0511, MF0682, MF1170)

– Boston Cleaner (product lot number: MF0104, MF0679, MF0680, MF1593, MF2110)

“Instead, return it to a Tesco store, and we’ll give you a refund. No receipt is required.”

Customers should look for the best before dates up to and including May 2022.

Morrisons is also recalling certain batches of the quinoa puffs including the Mediterranean, white cheddar and quinoa kale puffs jalapeno and cheddar flavours. 

Again, the best before dates being recalled are all dates up to and including May 2022. 

The supermarket said: “No other products are affected by this issue. Eat Real apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and assure customers of their continuing commitment to the highest standard of product quality and safety.”

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