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Your Sky Q box gets a new upgrade today but it’s probably not what you were hoping for

Sky Q users are being treated to an update today with the satellite TV firm announcing the launch of another new app on its set-top box. Now, before you start rushing to switch on this device in the hope that Apple TV+ is finally coming to Sky Q we have some bad news for you. Despite recent rumours that this latest streaming service is set to join Netflix, Disney+ and Prime Video on Sky’s Q service this latest news isn’t about watching movies or endless episodes of Ted Lasso.

Instead, it’s all about golf. Yes, Sky is launching something called GolfPass on its platform which is aimed at helping customers improve every aspect of their game. This app, which can be found by simply saying “GolfPass” into your Sky Q voice remote, has been created by legend Rory McIlroy and includes top tips and hundreds of exclusive videos.

In fact, there are more than 4,000 hours of golf lessons and instructional content from the world’s best players and coaches all available at the press of a button.

The app is divided into two sections; WATCH and LEARN and gives GolfPass members access to a raft of golf content on their TVs.

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If you fancy giving it a try then you will have to reach for your wallet with GolfPass costing £4.99 a month or £49 if you pay upfront for a year. Sky VIP members can get £20 off the price meaning it costs just £29.

There is a 7-day free trial of the service which lets you try before you buy.

Speaking about the service, Four-time Major Champion and GolfPass Founder Rory McIlroy said: “We’re thrilled that GolfPass has launched on Sky Q, giving aspiring players top tips from pros and leading coaches from across the world. Over the last year we have seen a large uptake in the game from a grass-roots level which is great to see – and it’s fantastic to be able to provide golfers old and new with tips to improve their game from their living room”. 

And Fraser Stirling, Group Chief Product Officer, Sky added: ”Perfect for anyone golf obsessed like me, GolfPass joins some great fitness entertainment apps already on Sky Q and is packed with tips and exclusive content to help you improve your technique, so you can say goodbye to Duffs and keep it on the Fairway.”    

GolfPass now joins a swath of other apps on Sky Q including FiiT, Peleton and ROXi.

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Zelda Breath of the Wild 2: Boost for fans hoping for E3 2021 update

Grubb has previously correctly revealed dates of unannounced Nintendo Directs and also was bang on the money once again this week, revealing a new Elden Ring could appear at Summer Game Fest before the event kicked off.

And sure enough that ended up being the case, with the highly anticipated Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R R Martin mash-up being showcased at the Geoff Keighley-fronted event.

What will lead to GameStop expecting a “rush”, as Grubb said, on the day of the Nintendo Direct remains to be seen.

Could it be the reveal of the heavily rumoured Nintendo Switch Pro, with pre-orders open for the console that day?

Maybe it’s to do with the long overdue Zelda 35th Anniversary celebrations, which Nintendo had been expected to announce around the time of the series’ birthday in February?

Or, as Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 fans are surely hoping, could we be getting a new trailer and a release date announcement for BoTW 2?

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2: Bad news for fans hoping for E3 2021 update

One hotly tipped unannounced game from Square Enix that could get revealed at E3 2021 is Final Fantasy Origin.

This is reportedly an action-focused spin-off developed in collaboration with Team Ninja.

Final Fantasy Origin is believed to be a Souls-like game with a setting that ties into the original Final Fantasy game that kickstarted it all.

Final Fantasy Origin is reportedly a PS5 exclusive as well.

News on another PS5 exclusive, Final Fantasy 16, is also due to drop in 2021.

Towards the end of last year Yoshi-P said fans could look forward to news on FF16 dropping in 2021.

However, it’s unclear if an update will come during Square Enix’s event at E3, or if news could be saved up for a future PlayStation stream.

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WhatsApp fans get news they've been hoping for as chat app makes dramatic U-turn

WhatsApp users will no longer be blocked from sending messages or answering voice or video calls if they refuse to sign-up for the US company’s new terms and conditions. The world’s most popular messaging service has confirmed that it’s backtracking on its original plan to block anyone who hadn’t signed up to its new privacy policy by May 15, 2021. This controversial new small-print has been a long-running saga for the Facebook-owned firm, with the original change (and block for those who refused) due to come into force back in February.
However, after mass protests from its users – not to mention millions flooding rival messaging apps, WhatsApp pushed the deadline back into May 2021 to allow users more time to digest the new terms and conditions. Originally, those who refused to agree to the small-print would face a ban on sending messages and making calls.

Then, with just days to go until the block came into force, WhatsApp changed its mind yet again saying it would slowly start limiting features after the cut-off date to give users even more time to agree.

Now, things have taken yet another turn with a new post on WhatsApp’s website confirming that nobody will lose access to the app or any messaging features if they don’t agree to the terms.

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In the update to its blog post, WhatsApp says: “No one will have their accounts deleted or lose functionality of WhatsApp on May 15th because of this update. Considering the majority of users who have seen the update have accepted, we’ll continue to display a notification in WhatsApp providing more information about the update and reminding those who haven’t had a chance to do so to review and accept.

“We currently have no plans for these reminders to become persistent and to limit the functionality of the app.”

After a number of U-turns over this seemingly small update to the app, WhatsApp has saved the biggest until last. Why has WhatsApp removed its threat to block users and is allowing those who haven’t agreed to the small-print even more time to consider the changes? Well, if we had to guess, we’d think millions have yet to agree to its demands.

In fact, it really doesn’t take much detective work to find out there are many WhatsApp users who still aren’t happy with the proposed changes. Social media sites, like Twitter, are packed with people saying they simply won’t sign on the dotted line.

So, what’s the big deal with these new T&Cs?

When WhatsApp first announced its updated terms towards the end of last year, many loyal users were concerned that it signalled more data-sharing between the chat app and its parent company Facebook.

However, WhatsApp is keen to point out that this is not the case. In the new message, the company says, “We can’t read or listen to your personal conversations, as they are end-to-end encrypted. This will never change. We’re making it easier to chat with businesses to ask questions and get quick answers. Chatting with businesses is optional.”

The upcoming changes do not enable Facebook to access any more data from your personal chats. In fact, it will only impact conversations with a business account – like a customer care line for an online brand, for example.

Even then, the data that can be accessed between these optional interactions with business accounts will not apply in the UK or mainland Europe, thanks to tough EU regulations on data-sharing practices.

So, if you haven’t signed up you can breathe a sigh of relief for now …just be warned that WhatsApp may change its mind in the future.

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Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 release date latest: Good news for fans hoping for 2021 launch

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The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 fans have been given fresh hope of a 2021 release date for the Nintendo Switch sequel.

According to a fresh new report online, production has ramped up on the new Breath of the Wild game.

As reported by VGC, Nintendo studio Monolith Soft is currently on a hiring spree, advertising for 40 positions.

Interestingly, at least five of the jobs are for a Zelda game, which is almost certainly Breath of the Wild 2 on Nintendo Switch.

With around 40 jobs being advertised, Monolith Soft is likely working on a big project alongside Breath of the Wild 2.

As for Breath of the Wild 2, the Nintendo Switch sequel was announced during E3 2019.

Unfortunately, however, little is known about Breath of the Wild 2, other than the fact that it’s coming to Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo also previewed the game with a new story trailer, teasing a dangerous new enemy for Link and Zelda.

Indeed, the game is said to be darker in tone than previous Zelda entries – especially compared to Link’s Awakening.

That’s according to producer Eiji Aonuma, who previously said: “The new Breath of the Wild or the sequel to it, it’s not necessarily going to be related to Majora’s mask or inspired by it… What we showed you currently is a little darker.”

Things certainly looked pretty bleak in the trailer, so let’s hope we see more footage soon.

There’s a good chance we’ll find out more in June, especially as 2021 represents the 35th anniversary of the franchise. 

Based on a new trademark filed by Nintendo, the company has plans to celebrate the anniversary in style.

The trademark filing – which can be seen below – covers everything from video games and downloadable content, to clothing, key rings and even bedding.

Nintendo filed a similar trademark covering many of the same items for the Mario series last year.

Series producer Eiji Aonuma recently gave fans an update on Breath of the Wild 2, but it’s not exactly good news.

“Regarding the sequel, in order to make the vast world you enjoyed exploring in the original game even more impressive, the team is working hard on its development, so you’ll have to wait a bit longer before we can provide more updates,” Aonuma said during a recent Direct conference.

Guy Martin claims Battle Of Britain show bosses were hoping he’d 'throw up' on camera

Guy Martin, 39, believes the bosses of his latest series Battle of Britain, hoped he would “throw up” during his “tough” training to become a fighter pilot. The Channel 4 show, which began on Sunday night, sees the presenter take on one of his toughest challenges yet, with a near disaster upon take-off.
In a new interview, the motorcyclist admitted the experience was like nothing he’s ever done before in his career, pointing out the distinct differences between transport on the ground and the air.

“It sounds daft,” he said, “But the hardest thing is that in a plane, it’s all in 3D.

“On motorbikes and in cars, I’ve been used to going left and right and back and forward. Simple. But in an aeroplane, you’ve got all that plus you go up and bloody down, which was weird for me.

“The slightest touch on the controls and it moves and dips all over the shop.”

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And he thinks that the series bosses knew he may have a slight issue above the clouds.

“When we were looping the loop and doing evasive manoeuvres, you have to withstand incredible G-forces,” Guy explained.

“I ended up pulling 5G, which really makes you feel sick. The production team put a sick bag in the cockpit because I think they were hoping I’d throw up on camera!”

But that just made him more determined to pull it off perfectly.

But the fact he had an instructor with him throughout reassured him that he “wasn’t going to die”, despite being “b****y tough.”

Guy’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.

The final episode of Battle of Britain airs Sunday at 9pm on Channel 4.

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Shades of 2016: Republicans Stay Silent on Trump, Hoping He Fades Away

It was a familiar scene on Sunday when Senator John Thune, Republican of South Dakota, tried to avoid giving a direct answer about the caustic behavior of former President Donald J. Trump.

Mr. Trump had called Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, “dumb” and used a coarse phrase to underscore it while speaking to hundreds of Republican National Committee donors on Saturday night. When Mr. Thune was asked by Chris Wallace, the host of “Fox News Sunday,” to comment, he chuckled and tried to sidestep the question.

“I think a lot of that rhetoric is — you know, it’s part of the style and tone that comes with the former president,” Mr. Thune said, before moving on to say Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell shared the goal of reclaiming congressional majorities in 2022.

Mr. Thune was not the only Republican straining to avoid confrontation with Mr. Trump, no matter how outlandish the former president’s public comments. The same day that Mr. Trump was delivering broadsides against Mr. McConnell, former Vice President Mike Pence and a host of other perceived enemies from both parties, Senator Rick Scott of Florida, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, presented Mr. Trump with a newly created award for his leadership.

And Nikki Haley, the former ambassador to the United Nations under Mr. Trump who enraged him when she criticized his actions in connection to the Jan. 6 riot, and indicated the party needs to move on, has also been trying a delicate dance to work back into a more neutral territory.

This week, she told The Associated Press that she would not run if Mr. Trump did, a display of deference that underscored the complications the former president represents to Republicans.

Like many Republicans, Mr. Thune, Mr. Scott and Ms. Haley were navigating the impulses of a former president who talks privately about running again in 2024, and who is trying to bend the rest of the party to his will, even after the deadly riot by his supporters at the Capitol on Jan. 6. He retains a firm hold on a devoted group of Republican voters, and party leaders have discussed the need to continue appealing to the new voters Mr. Trump attracted over the past five years.

To some extent, their posture recalls the waning days of Mr. Trump’s first primary candidacy, in 2015 and 2016. While Mr. McConnell and a few other Republicans have been directly critical of Mr. Trump’s conduct following the Capitol riot, most are trying to avoid alienating the former president, knowing he will set his sights on them for withering attacks, and hoping that someone or something else intervenes to hobble him.

Even as Mr. Trump makes clear he will not leave the public stage, many Republicans have privately said they hope he will fade away, after a tenure in which the party lost both houses of Congress and the White House.

“It is Groundhog Day,” said Tim Miller, a former adviser to Jeb Bush, the only candidate to repeatedly challenge Mr. Trump during the early stages of the Republican presidential primaries in 2016.

“I always thought that was like a rational choice in 2015,” Mr. Miller said, referring to the instinct to lay back and let someone else take on Mr. Trump. “But after we all saw how the strategy fails of just hoping and wishing for him to go away, nobody learned from it.”

Throughout that campaign, one candidate after another in the crowded field tried to position themselves to be the last man standing on the assumption that Mr. Trump would self-destruct before making it to the finish line.

It was wishful thinking. Mr. Trump attacked not only Mr. Bush but several other candidates in deeply personal terms, including Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and the businesswoman Carly Fiorina. Only Mr. Bush sustained a response, though he eventually left the race after failing to gain traction; Mr. Cruz, in particular, told donors during a private meeting in late 2015 that he was going to give Mr. Trump a “big bear hug” in order to hold onto his voters.

They all tried to avoid being the target of his insults, while hoping that external events and news media coverage would ultimately lead to his downfall. Instead, Mr. Trump solidified his position as primary voting began.

“He intimidates people because he will attack viciously and relentlessly, much more than any other politician, yet somehow people crave his approval,” said Mike DuHaime, who advised former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey in that primary race. Mr. DuHaime recalled Mr. Trump attacking Mr. Bush’s wife in one debate, only for Mr. Bush to reciprocate when Mr. Trump offered a hand-slap later in that same debate.

“Trump did self-destruct eventually, after four years in office,” Mr. DuHaime said. “But he can still make or break others, and that makes him powerful and relevant.”

Even John Boehner, the former speaker of the House whose criticisms of Mr. Trump in his memoir, “On the House,” have garnered national headlines, told Time magazine this week that he voted for Mr. Trump in 2020 — well after the former president had spent months falsely suggesting the election would be corrupt.

In his speech before Republican National Committee donors on Saturday night, Mr. Trump, in addition to attacking Mr. McConnell, also criticized Mr. Pence, whose life was in danger on Jan. 6 because he was in the Capitol to certify the electoral votes. Mr. Trump reiterated that Mr. Pence, who recently signed a book deal, should have had “the courage” to send the electoral vote tallies back to the states, despite the fact that the vice president had made clear that he did not think he had the authority to do so.

Jason Miller, an adviser to Mr. Trump, disagreed with the comparison to 2015, saying that Mr. Trump had more dominance over the base of the Republican Party now than he did then, according to public polling, and a greater number of senior Republican officials speaking out against him.

“In 2021, there are no candidates trying to take out President Trump, just some occasional sniping from menthol-infused nitwits like John Boehner,” he said.

Still, Mr. Trump does not have the complete control over the party that he did during four years in office.

And not all Republicans think that ignoring Mr. Trump is a mistake. One senior party member, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he didn’t want to engage in a lengthy back and forth with Mr. Trump, said that with the former president out of office and off Twitter, his reach is limited.

The Republican said there had been anecdotal evidence from members of Congress during the recess that Mr. Trump was less omnipresent for voters in their districts than he had previously been.

While Mr. Trump was ascendant in 2015 and 2016, said an adviser to another Republican who may run in 2024, that wasn’t the case now. And if party leaders fight with him publicly or try to take him on, it could only strengthen him, the Republican argued, giving him more prominence.

What’s more, the first senior Republican argued, Republican lawmakers have found common cause not just in battling President Biden’s policies but in the backlash to the Georgia voting rights law. Those fights have continued without Mr. Trump, and will accelerate, the Republican said, without being driven by the cult of personality around the former president.

Other Republicans are privately hopeful that the criminal investigation into Mr. Trump’s business by the New York district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., will result in charges that hobble him from running again or even being a major figure within the party. People who have spoken with Mr. Trump say that he is agitated about the investigation.

While all of that may represent just a slow turn away from Mr. Trump, those Republicans believe the turn has begun.

David Kochel, a Republican strategist and supporter of Mr. Bush during the 2016 campaign, sounded less optimistic.

He noted that even the horror of Jan. 6 did not break the hold Mr. Trump has on other elected officials, and that several anchors on Fox News — the largest conservative news outlet — had consistently downplayed the attack on air, numbing viewers to what took place as time passes.

In an interview on Fox News with the host Laura Ingraham late last month, when asked about the security around the Capitol, Mr. Trump said: “It was zero threat right from the start. It was zero threat.”

He added: “Some of them went in and there they are hugging and kissing the police and the guards. You know, they had great relationships. A lot of the people were waved in and then they walked in and they walked out.”

Mr. Kochel said Jan. 6 was “being stuffed down the memory hole” with the help of Fox News, noting that the strategy of waiting out Mr. Trump and hoping he fades away has had a less-than-perfect history of being effective.

“We’ve seen this movie before — a bunch of G.O.P. leaders all looking at each other, waiting to see who’s going to try and down Trump,” he said.

Maggie Haberman
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Holiday warning: Grant Shapps claims April 12 will give 'answers' to Brits hoping to book

Grant Shapps today issued a caution to those booking holidays when he appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain. The Transport Secretary warned the “way forward” for international travel will only be made clear on April 12. This is the date the Global Travel Taskforce will report back on how safe it is to resume jet-setting.
While May 17 has been earmarked as the “unlock” date for foreign travel, this is, in fact, only the “earliest” date, said Shapps.

“The travel sectors obviously had a terrible time of it,” the minister told GMB.

“But of course people are desperate to get a break after the year we’ve had.”

When asked if Britons can have a summer holiday, Shapps replied: “I’ve got something called the Global Travel Taskforce set up right now.

“What we’re doing is looking into all these questions, in order to be able to report back.”

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He continued: “So, two dates for the diary – April 12, is when the Global Travel Taskforce will report back on the practicalities of restarting international travel.

“It won’t be legal until at least (this is the earliest date) May 17 – that’s step three of the unlock before people will be able to travel abroad.”

Shapps warned that other nations’ stances on opening up tourism were irrelevant while the non-essential travel ban remained in the UK.

“That’s the earliest possible date,” he said, “so it doesn’t matter whether other countries say yes you can come, it wouldn’t be legal to go and take that holiday until then.”

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Quizzed about whether it was safe to book a summer holiday, Shapps responded “What I was going to suggest is, it’s not too long now until April 12 when we’ll be able to describe what we think the way forward is.”

He warned that one big problem with opening up international travel is that other countries aren’t rolling out the Covid vaccine as successfully as the UK.

“Just to explain the complexity of this, we know that the UK has this world-leading rollout of vaccines, ” he said, “43 percent of the adult population have now be vaccinated which is incredible.

“But there’s nowhere else in beta economies and nowhere else in Europe at all that have got to those sorts of levels.

“So one of the things we’re going to have to look at is how vaccinated are the destinations.”

Shapps added: “April 12 will give people a lot of the answers that they’re looking for.”

The Government website explains what this date will bring in terms of clarity.

It states: “The Global Travel Taskforce will report on 12 April with recommendations aimed at facilitating a return to international travel as soon as possible while still managing the risk from imported cases and variants of concern.

“Following that, the government will determine when international travel should resume, which will be no earlier than 17 May. ”

The statement continues: “A decision on the reopening of international travel will need to consider:

– the global and domestic epidemiological picture

– the prevalence and location of any variants of concern

– the progress of vaccine rollouts here and abroad

– what more we’ve learnt about the efficacy of vaccines on variants, and their impact on transmission, hospitalisation and deaths

“This taskforce will be led by the Department for Transport (DfT) and report to the Prime Minister.

“Its aim – in the context of the decision above – will be to work in partnership with industry and international partners to develop a risk-based framework that could facilitate the return of international travel, while still managing the risk from imported cases and variants.”