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‘So excited’ Anton du Beke speaks out on replacing Bruno Tonioli as judge on Strictly 2021

‘So excited’ Anton du Beke speaks out on replacing Bruno Tonioli as judge on Strictly 2021

“Darlings I’m kidding, I’m kidding!

“Seriously though, I have to tell you, Anton IS Mr Strictly and if anybody is filling in for me, it has to be him.

“I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way and I am so excited to see him waggle his paddle.”

Anton has been on Strictly since its first ever episode and he initially went for Len Goodman’s job but missed out, as Shirley was announced to be taking over the head judge role. 

When Dame Darcey Bussell quit the show, it was reported he applied to join the panel again but was also turned down. 

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WhatsApp confirms plans to fix its biggest shortfall, and here's why you should be excited

WhatsApp confirms plans to fix its biggest shortfall, and here's why you should be excited

WhatsApp has plans to fix its biggest shortfall, the Facebook-owned company has confirmed. In the coming months, WhatsApp will begin testing multi-device support for the first time – with a worldwide launch following a successful public beta.

What’s so exciting about that? As it stands, WhatsApp accounts are linked to your phone number and can’t leave that device. While WhatsApp has released messaging apps for Windows and Mac, these are essentially just a container for WhatsApp Web. That’s why – unlike the Mac version of Facebook Messenger, for example – you’ll have to occasionally scan a QR code from your phone to use WhatsApp on your PC. It also explains why WhatsApp Web lacks most of the features found on the smartphone version of the app – since everything is being beamed between your handset and the PC, ruling out video calls.

You’ll also need to make sure your phone has enough battery. As soon as your smartphone, with WhatsApp installed, conks out, you’ll lose access to WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp on Windows and Mac. Given that WhatsApp is comfortably the most popular messaging platform on the planet (2.5 billion active users and counting…) and many of its closest rivals have already solved this dilemma, it’s baffling that it’s taken this long.

However, WhatsApp has finales confirmed that it’s close to true multi-device support. In theory, this should enable WhatsApp to replicate features we’ve seen from other messaging services, like iMessage, where users can reply to a text message from their iPad, add a photo to the same thread from their laptop, and then answer a call on their smartphone or smartwatch.

Although WhatsApp didn’t outright confirm that an iPad version of WhatsApp is in development (although, based on these leaked screenshots, it seems impossible to believe it’s not almost finished), the messaging company did confirm that multi-device support would make an iPad app possible.

WhatsApp confirmed its upcoming roadmap in an interview with WABetaInfo – a blog that specialises in unearthing clues about as-yet unannounced features by digging through the latest beta versions sent to developers. WABetaInfo sat down to chat with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp boss Will Cathcart.

WhatsApp head Will Cathcart confirmed that beta versions of multi-device support would be coming “in the next month or two.” Unlike iOS, Android users can sign-up to the beta to receive the latest features before they’re finished. Given the scale of this feature, anyone who regularly finds themselves unable to join a video call from their tablet or PC and wants to test multi-device support before it rolls out to everyone, should consider signing up.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was keen to stress that using WhatsApp across a number of different gadgets would not compromise the end-to-end encryption.

“It’ll still be end-to-end encrypted,” Zuckerberg explained. “It’s been a big technical challenge to get all your messages and content to sync properly across devices even when your phone battery dies, but we’ve solved this and we’re looking forward to getting it out soon”

The news comes as WhatsApp backtracked over threats to restrict users who didn’t agree to its new terms and conditions, which some believed were designed to provide Facebook with access to some data from your WhatsApp messages. WhatsApp has denied that interpretation and launched a new charm offensive – with social media posts, pop-ups within the app – designed to persuade users that it can be trusted with their secure messages.

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Young teens excited to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine after new Pfizer approval

Young teens excited to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine after new Pfizer approval
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — After months of waiting, Bellaire High School sophomore Nina Wallach made her first appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine Monday.”I got a notification on my phone after English and I told my mom, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, we have to get an appointment really, really fast,'” said Wallach.

The 15-year-old said most of her friends have already received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, which was given emergency use authorization for people 16 and older last month.Monday, when the FDA extended that age group to everyone 12 and older, Wallach was ecstatic.

This group makes up about 5% of the U.S. population, but Dr. Michael Chang, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist with UTHealth and UT Physicians, says vaccinating adolescents is an important piece to stop spread of the disease.

READ MORE: FDA grants emergency use authorization for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12-15

“These 12-to-15-year-olds do seem to be as likely to transmit the disease as older adults, and they’re also more likely to be out doing school activities and sports and things,” Dr. Chang said.

Pfizer’s clinical trial included more than 2,200 participants ranging in age from 12 to 15. Their research shows the vaccine’s efficacy is 100%, and has similar side effects to adult patients.

“You should feel comfortable thinking that these 12-to-15-year-olds are going to be safe, and this vaccine is not going to behave differently in this age group compared to older adults,” said Dr. Chang.Xavier Academy, a private school near Upper Kirby, is already prepared. They’ve partnered with a pharmacy to hold a vaccine clinic for students 12 years and older on Thursday.

RELATED: Houston school plans vaccination event for students 12 and up

“This is a way out for us as educators, parents and students. That we can resume a more normal life at least being able to walk around without the mask, being able to hug,” said David Garner, the director of schools.

As for Wallach, after more than a year of virtual school and social distancing from her band friends, her vaccine will mean a return to high school life.

“I wasn’t able to travel or volunteer or go to band camp last summer, so I’m really excited to do them this summer,” she said.Both Pfizer and Moderna have children as young as 6 months old enrolled in clinical trials.

Pfizer has said it will seek emergency use authorization for kids between the ages of 2 and 11 in September.

It’s unclear when Moderna will seek approval for younger children.

A preliminary study finds their vaccine is safe and 96% effective in kids between 12 and 17 years old.

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‘Throw money at them’: Chelsea fans excited after rumors of interest in Dortmund whizzkid Jude Bellingham

‘Throw money at them’: Chelsea fans excited after rumors of interest in Dortmund whizzkid Jude Bellingham

Chelsea fans are getting excited over reports that the Stamford Bridge club could make a move for Borussia Dortmund teenage sensation Jude Bellingham.

The youngster is the talk of Europe at the moment, and fresh off the back of a top-class display against Manchester City in the Champions League.

Having one goal disallowed in the first leg, he scored another in the second, as Borussia Dortmund were dumped out of the quarterfinals 4-2 on aggregate, yet received compliments from City boss Pep Guardiola.

“I cannot believe it,” the Catalan coach said.

“Maybe he’s a liar! He’s so good for 17 years old.”

Dubbed by some outlets the best player in the world for his age, Bellingham – who apparently wears number 22 due to being able to play in the traditional No.4, No.8 and No.10 roles – is already wanted by a string of top clubs despite having only just joined from Birmingham City last summer.

Dortmund paid a meager $ 34.5 million for his services then, but it is already thought that the outfit widely-lauded as one of the best places for young talent to develop in football could already command four times that amount from one of several interested potential buyers.

According to transfer insider Dean Jones, Chelsea are are keenest on Bellingham and “have been thinking about their midfield situation for a while”.

While Frank Lampard viewed West Ham’s Declan Rice as the missing piece of the puzzle before being fired by Roman Abramovich, his replacement Thomas Tuchel, who once oversaw Dortmund, has added to a “growing feeling that Bellingham could be the better buy”.

The west Londoners “know a transfer this summer is going to be difficult,” it is said, “as Dortmund are already trying to figure out what happens with [Jadon] Sancho and [Erling] Haaland in the transfer market, and the club also plan to build around Bellingham.”

But still Blues fans are getting excited over the potential arrival of the youngster tipped to make England’s Euro 2020 squad under Gareth Southgate.

“Throw money at them and sign him up. Serious player,” demanded one, while elsewhere Bellingham was branded a “sensational signing”.

“Him and Mason [Mount] in a midfield with a defensive midfielder and we’re absolutely sorted,” someone claimed.

“People don’t realize this but Jude Bellingham could actually turn out to be a better signing than Erling Halaand. How good is that kid at 17,” said one other supporter looking into his crystal ball.
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We’ve got our first details about the next Sony Xperia 1, and it’s time to get excited

We’ve got our first details about the next Sony Xperia 1, and it’s time to get excited
Sony has been pretty focused on its stellar next-generation console – PlayStation 5 – of late, but it seems the Japanese firm is now turning its attention back to its smartphone line-up. While the Xperia series hasn’t troubled the best-seller charts for some time now, these handsets still have a very loyal fan base.
And with millions of people sporting a shiny new Sony console beneath their telly, it could be the perfect time for Sony to convince customers they need a smartphone from the same company. What is sure to make convincing people to switch back to the Xperia brand even easier is the unbelievable specs that are purportedly coming to the next flagship from Sony.

Recent leaks from ZACKBUKS, a prominent user on Chinese social network Weibo, have revealed what to expect from the successor to the Sony Xperia 1 II, which will apparently stick with the same naming convention and be branded Sony Xperia 1 III.

Sony believes this branding, which borrows a common convention with professional cameras, makes it easier for customers.

Regardless of the (somewhat) clunky name, the Xperia 1 III sounds like a real beast. According to ZACKBUKS, Sony is preparing a periscope zoom camera to provide lossless quality images from a distance. While the Xperia 1 II had a 3x optical telephoto camera, the addition of a periscope system – like those we’ve already seen on flagship phones from Huawei and Samsung – could allow Sony to support 5x or 10x zoom capabilities on its next handset.

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As well as enhanced zoom, Sony is also purportedly planning a 64MP wide-angle main camera and a 12MP ultra-wide sensor to boot.

Under the bonnet, ZACKBUKS claims we’ll find a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. We wouldn’t expect any less than this system-on-a-chip on a top-tier handset in 2021. Sony is coupling that chipset with either 12GB or 16GB of RAM, depending on which model you buy.

Frankly, that’s the amount of memory you’d expect to find in most laptops… provided the tipster is accurate, there should be no chance of seeing any stuttering or loading with the Xperia 1 III, regardless of whether you’re playing graphics-intensive games, editing video, or more.

Rounding off the rumours, ZACKBUKS expects Sony to ship a 6.5-inch OLED display with its flagship phone. Sony is widely-tipped to stick with the cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio, which is handy for running app side-by-side in portrait mode – and watching movies and (some) TV boxsets in landscape without any of those pesky black bars above and below the image. The leak suggests Sony will use a 4K Ultra HD quality panel with support for 10-bit colour and a refresh-rate up to 120Hz for silky-smooth scrolling.

Based on previous years, we had expected to see the Xperia 1 III announced sometime in June with a release date scheduled for a few months later. However, ZACKBUKS thinks Sony will shake things up this year, with the Xperia 1 III announced as early as this month alongside a new Sony Xperia 10 III and Sony Xperia 5 III.

Sony has announced a hardware event on April 14, 2021. The Japanese company updated the banner image on its official YouTube channel to reveal the date of the next showcase, however, there’s no confirmation of whether this is when we’ll get confirmation about the Xperia 1 III, or any of the other handsets reported by ZACKBUKS.

Don’t worry though, Express.co.uk will have all the news on the Xperia 1 III as soon as it’s confirmed, so stay tuned right here.