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Jeremy Clarkson unleashes fury on 'halfwits' as he vows to boycott IKEA amid GB News row

Andrew Neil, chairman of GB News, has since hit out at critics of his news channel as the veteran broadcaster claimed the opinion-led channel will “puncture the pomposity of our elites”.

Presenters include former Brexit Party candidate and The Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry, former Sky News presenter Colin Brazier, and The Sun’s former showbiz journalist Dan Wootton.

Planned segments on the show, including one called Woke Watch, have earned GB News comparisons with right-wing US TV channel Fox News which have been dismissed by Andrew.

According to the TV industry magazine Broadcast, GB News peaked in its opening minutes with 336,000 viewers.

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Sonos teams-up with IKEA again, and this one is unlike anything you've seen before

Flatpack furniture maestros IKEA and smart audio brand Sonos might seem like an unlikely friendship, but the two companies have teamed up to create a number of successful products under the SYMFONISK moniker. After the launch of a bookshelf speaker and table lamp with a Sonos speaker built into the base back in 2019, the next addition is here – the SYMFONISK picture frame.

The frame is designed to bring Sonos’ smart speaker technology to parts of your home where you might not want a speaker taking up room. For example, you can have two SYMFONISK picture frames on the wall behind a sofa that pair with a Sonos Arc or Sonos Beam soundbar to bring surround sound to your home cinema set-up. There are a number of different artworks to choose from, with IKEA promising to refresh the picture frame with new pieces of art in the coming months and years.

During the launch event, IKEA said that it “expects customers to personalise the picture frame” but wouldn’t confirm whether there would be a way for customers to add a single photograph from their own collection to the speaker-cum-frame.

IKEA’s new picture frame is designed to be secured to the wall, freestanding on a shelf, or lean against a wall. It ships with small rubber feet to help it stand on its end, with a small cavity around the back to store these feet if you decide to attach it to the wall – helping you to keep your options open. Of course, you’ll need to plug in the SYMFONISK picture frame to power it up.

Ingeniously, if you decide to have two frames beside one another, you can power the second from the first – saving on the number of cables trailing down from the wall.

Like all previous SYMFONISK products, the picture frame can be added and managed within the Sonos app. If you already have Sonos speakers or a soundbar at home, the IKEA products will sit right alongside them. You can add group together Sonos-branded speakers, like the Sonos One, with SYMFONISK-branded ones, like the bookshelf speaker and picture frame.

The Sonos app has a dizzying number of music services available – more than 100 if you’re including radio stations. So, whether you’ve got a subscription with Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, YouTube Music, or anything else, you’ll be able to bring in your favourite albums, playlists and podcasts to beam wirelessly to all of the speakers around your home.

The SYMFONISK picture frame also includes support for Apple AirPlay 2, which lets you stream with a single tap from a number of apps, including Apple Music and Podcasts. Friends and family on the same Wi-Fi network can add and re-arrange the tracks to collaborate on a playlist in real-time. Since Sonos uses Wi-Fi to stream your music, it has more range than Bluetooth speakers and you won’t have to put up with any interruptions from incoming calls or notifications on the smartphone.

Product Developer at IKEA Stjepan Begic said: “The space-saving picture frame speaker can hang on its own as an eye-catching piece of art, be coordinated with other wall art, placed on a shelf, or even on the floor leaning against a wall. The interchangeable fronts make it easy to choose a style that suits your individual home. As part of the growing IKEA Home smart range, this new speaker contributes to our ambition to enable the many to enjoy a smarter everyday life.”

The Sonos + IKEA SYMFONISK picture frame will be available next month, starting from £179 in the UK. You’ll be able to order online from July 15, 2021. The picture frame speaker ships in both black and white, with extra interchangeable sets setting you back £17 apiece.

It’s clear that the SYMFONISK picture frame looks the part. If you’re unsure about having speakers littered on shelves throughout your home, but still want room-filling sound in every part of your house – the IKEA collaborations provide an interesting solution.

While the SYMFONISK lamp and bookshelf speakers were praising for their surprisingly complete sound when they launched back in 2019, we’ll have to wait to get our hands on the picture frame to let you know whether it sounds as good as the Sonos One SL, which costs around the same. So stay tuned.

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M&S, Next, Primark, IKEA and Tesco shopping rules may change as lockdown restrictions ease

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has shared the next steps in easing the current coronavirus lockdown. New rules will be introduced from Monday, May 17.
He said: “I can confirm today that we have met our four tests for further easing of the lockdown in England.

“With deaths and hospitalisations at their lowest since last July and the four chief medical officers today agreeing a reduction in the alert level, the data now supports the moving to step three in England from next Monday, May 17.

“This means the rule of six or two households that is applied outdoors will now apply indoors. The limit for outdoor meetings will increase to 30.

“From next Monday you will be able to sit inside a pub and inside a restaurant.

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“You will be able to go to the cinema and children will be able to use indoor play areas.”

The Prime Minister continued to say hotels, theatres and conference centres will also all be allowed to open.

The rules state people can meet in groups up to six indoors for a number of reasons.

This includes meeting up with friends or family to visit shops.

Shopping trips to the likes of Primark, Marks & Spencer, Next and IKEA could be permitted as long as customers follow individual store guidelines.

Some retailers ask shoppers to visit alone or in small groups to avoid overcrowding so checking stores rules is important.

What are the current shopping rules?

Marks & Spencer

A statement said: “To keep all our customers and colleagues well, our stores will have additional social distancing measures in place. Please be kind and give everyone space.”

IKEA

The IKEA website states: “Everyone’s health and well-being is our top priority, so we ask you to continue to follow these simple rules: wear a face covering, use hand sanitiser and keep a safe distance from each other.”

Primark

“Safety remains our top priority so that employees and customers can return to Primark with confidence,” a statement explained.

“Limits on the number of customers allowed in store at any one time to allow for the appropriate distance in between customers and employees, following local Government guidelines.”

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s

The popular supermarket chains currently urge customers to shop alone where possible.

However, this could change in line with Government restrictions and shoppers are encouraged to check with the retailer before visiting.

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Sonos is working with IKEA on new never-before-seen speakers

Sonos is teasing its next collaboration with Swedish furniture supremo IKEA. The first team-up between IKEA and Sonos launched back in 2019, when the companies unveiled the Symfonisk, which was available as a bookshelf speaker and built into the base of a tablet lamp. Unlike what we’ve come to expect from Sonos, both of these products were remarkably affordable.
Starting from £89, around half the price of the Sonos One – despite sharing almost all of the same speaker components inside to power its sound, the Wi-Fi connected bookshelf speaker is designed to be positioned horizontally or vertically on (surprise, surprise) a bookshelf. A mount, sold separately, lets you secure the speaker to the wall horizontally to use it as a shelf or a bedside table. Coloured front panels to customise the look of the speaker are also available.

Both the bookshelf and the lamp variants are controlled using the same Sonos app as the Sonos Five, Sonos Beam, and other gadgets from the company. The collaborations with IKEA will also tie-in to any existing Sonos kit set-up around your home, which makes them massively appealing to those who have already invested in the ecosystem as well as first-timers browsing the shelves of IKEA looking for a bargain.

And now, the two firms are back with more.

As spotted by the sharp-eyed team at Pocket-Lint, Sonos’ Instagram account is now teasing a new iteration of the design-led speakers. “Looks Like Symfonisk,” reads a tagline in their latest Instagram Stories video, before presenting both company logos. And that’s it.

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When confronted about the teaser trailer, a spokesperson for Sonos confirmed there were definitely “products we’re working on together,” but neglected to reveal what exactly is in the pipeline for the Symfonisk range, or when we’re likely to see it.

However, a source within the company speaking to gadget blog The Verge has revealed that a second-generation table lamp is one of the products being worked on by the two companies. Sonos and IKEA are also planing a picture frame that packs Sonos’ trademark speaker technology inside – so you can mount your favourite wall art or family photo onto the wall and also use it to blast your favourite playlist during the next house party you’re planning.

Codenamed “Titan” by the two companies, it’s unclear whether this will be sold as a standalone wall frame, or whether it will be an attachment that works with IKEA”s existing – and pretty extensive – range of frames.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for a new Sonos speaker to add to your smart home, the company recently launched its second portable speaker, the Sonos Roam, which lets you add to your speaker set-up at home, and then take the tunes with you into the garden, by the poolside, or the beach. With a 10-hour battery and water-resistant design, the Roam is squarely aimed at the likes of the UE Boom and JBL Flip ranges.

Marks & Spencer, Next, Primark and IKEA shopping rules when stores reopen – what to know

Non-essential stores have been temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, many parts of the UK have set out plans of when these are set to reopen, with stores potentially opening in England on April 12.
Branches had limits on how many people could enter a store at one time and the layout was changed to allow social distancing measures in stores.

Hand sanitising stations were available at the entrance of Primark stores with safety equipment being provided to colleagues and in place at till points.

Next

Most Next branches are currently closed, with a number offering Click & Collect services.

Customers using Click & Collect have to follow safety measures and similar rules are likely to be put in place when branches reopen.

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A statement said: “Please note click and collect is available in many England or Wales stores.

“When you arrive at the store, please stand on the designated two metre roundel on the floor. If there is a queue, please observe two metre social distancing at all times.”

Marks & Spencer

While retailer stores are closed, M&S Foodhall branches have stayed open to sell essential groceries.

Social distancing rules have been enforced as well as safety equipment such as hand sanitising stations.

A statement said: “To help keep our customers and colleagues well, our stores will have additional social distancing measures in place. Please be kind and give everyone space.

“Colleagues across our stores and supply chain have been provided with additional hygiene products to use – from hand sanitisers and Perspex screens at till points – and extra cleaning is taking place to keep up our excellent standards for you and our team.”

IKEA

IKEA has introduced a number of measures to make sure all customers are safe while it currently offers Click & Collect.

A post on Ikea’s website stated: “There will be a queue system at the store to manage Click & Collect orders.

“We appreciate your patience, and will do everything we can to keep your wait as short as is safely possible.

“Our co-workers will be there to guide you, contact-free. Hand sanitisers will be available, and do please wear a face mask, for yourself and for others.”

Similar safety measures are sure to be put in place when branches reopen fully.