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Use Microsoft Teams every day? You might want to avoid AirPods, Bose for new Surface cans

The Surface Headphones 2 Plus, which are priced at £289.99, also come with a beefy battery life that offers up to 15 hours of voice calling time, even when noise cancellation is turned on.

That will offer you more than enough juice to last you a few days before you need to recharge at the end of a working day. While Microsoft promised the Surface Headphones 2 Plus also offer all-day comfort, so they should seamlessly fit into your working day.

The new Surface Headphones also feature volume and noise cancellation controls as well as touch controls to easily answer and end calls.

Microsoft said the Surface Headphones 2 Plus are “certified for Microsoft Teams” and provide “the best meeting experience”.

Speaking about the new cans, the Windows 10 makers said: ” Empower employees with high-quality Microsoft Teams calls, a rock-solid connection with plug and play functionality, a dedicated Teams button, synchronised call controls to avoid the ‘you’re on mute’, and light states on the included dongle.

“Experience your calls, music, and shows like never before with rich, immersive Omnisonic sound and 13 levels of adjustable noise cancellation. Use the on-ear dials to easily turn up the volume or tune out background noise. Advanced microphones ensure you are heard loud and clear on calls. Enjoy music, podcasts, exceptional call quality, or peace and quiet all day.”

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Life and Style Feed
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Arthritis: Two 'surprising' conditions that might precede rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis

As a last resort, surgery might be considered to cure CTS, which has a downtime recovery of about four weeks.

What are urinary tract infections (UTI)?

UTIs affects the urinary tract, including the bladder, urethra, or kidneys.

Symptoms of a UTI include:

  • Pain or a burning sensation when peeing (dysuria)
  • Needing to pee more often than usual during the night (nocturia)
  • Pee that looks cloudy
  • Needing to pee suddenly or more urgently than usual
  • Needing to pee more often than usual
  • Blood in your pee
  • Lower tummy pain or pain in your back, just under the ribs
  • A high temperature, or feeling hot and shivery
  • A very low temperature below 36C

Antibiotics may be prescribed, which need to be completed in order for them to work.

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After saying he has “no plans” to run for governor, Beto O’Rourke quick to clarify he might

Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke[2] has not ruled out a run for governor after all.

Earlier Friday, The Dallas Morning News published remarks[3] O’Rourke made on an upcoming morning program that roused the Texas political class and suggested he no longer was interested in running for governor.

“I’ve got no plans to run, and I’m very focused on the things that I’m lucky enough to do right now — organizing, registering voters and teaching,” O’Rourke said on NBC DFW’s “Lone Star Politics,”[4] which will air Sunday. “I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing now.”

The O’Rourke camp then quickly reached out to The Texas Tribune to clarify his sentiment.

“What I said today is what I’ve been saying for months: I’m not currently considering a run for office,” he said in a statement. “I’m focused on what I’m doing now (teaching and organizing.) Nothing’s changed and nothing I said would preclude me from considering a run in the future.”

The El Paso Democrat flirted with a run[5] earlier this year when he said in an interview that running against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott[6] was “something I’m going to think about.” Last month, he stoked more rumors of his interest in the seat when he reemerged as an organizing force amid the Texas winter storm.

He’s also been a vocal critic of Abbott[7]‘s on various issues, including the winter storm, the 2019 mass shooting[8] by a white supremacist in El Paso and Abbott’s lifting of the state mask mandate.

O’Rourke is coming off an unsuccessful campaign for Democratic presidential nominee in 2019, and a narrow loss to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz[9] in 2018.

There will be no U.S. Senate race this year, so the person Democrats nominate for the gubernatorial race will have outsized impact on down-ballot races. The Democratic party came out of the 2020 election with dashed hopes, despite high expectations.

O’Rourke suggested suggested Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins as other potential gubernatorial candidates in the television interview. Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro[10] is another oft-mentioned potential contender, and Austin-based actor Matthew McConaughey is also publicly mulling a run[11].

“My plan right now is to run for reelection,” Hidalgo told Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith on his “Point of Order”[12] podcast last month. Asked if she would rule out running for something else in 2022, she said, “I wouldn’t say it’s something that I’m actively pursuing right now.”

Patrick Svitek contributed to this report.


  1. ^ Sign up for The Brief (www.texastribune.org)
  2. ^ Beto O’Rourke (www.texastribune.org)
  3. ^ published remarks (www.dallasnews.com)
  4. ^ “Lone Star Politics,” (www.nbcdfw.com)
  5. ^ flirted with a run (www.texastribune.org)
  6. ^ Greg Abbott (www.texastribune.org)
  7. ^ Abbott (www.texastribune.org)
  8. ^ the 2019 mass shooting (twitter.com)
  9. ^ Ted Cruz (www.texastribune.org)
  10. ^ Julián Castro (www.texastribune.org)
  11. ^ also publicly mulling a run (www.texastribune.org)
  12. ^ “Point of Order” (www.texastribune.org)

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Why your Sony 4K TV might not always be the best option for a Sony PS5

When it comes to next-generation consoles, there’s only one brand on everyone’s lips – Sony. Yes, the PlayStation 5 has been a runaway success for the Japanese firm with the console almost always sold-out from every retailer in the UK. Those who have been lucky enough to snag the games machine can resell their new toy at a hugely inflated profit thanks to the low stock levels across the globe. But if you’ve been thinking of treating yourself to a new telly to go with your new PlayStation, the obvious choice might not be the best.
While it might seem like it makes sense to stick with Sony for the ultimate gaming experience… you might be better off with one of its rivals.

Believe it or not, Sony has been a little behind the curve when it comes to supporting one of the core technologies that powers the next-generation of gaming. Yes, while other manufacturers, including Samsung, LG, and Panasonic have added HDMI 2.1 to their sets for some time, if you treated yourself to one of Sony’s 2020 line-up during lockdown last year, you’ll be lucky if you have one of these all-important ports.

While Samsung included at least one HDMI 2.1 on its priciest models and LG included four with every OLED model, Sony only fitted a single HDMI 2.1 to one of its 2020 8K line-up. When it comes to 4K sets, only the mid-range Sony XH90 enjoyed support following a software update months after its initial launch.

So, what’s the big deal with this port? Well, think of HDMI 2.1 as a freshly-tarmacked four-lane motorway – it offers much more bandwidth than previous standards. As such, you’ll be able to enjoy higher resolutions, higher frame-rates, and more from your Blu-ray players and game consoles. From the outside, an HDMI 2.1 connection looks identical to its predecessors, so you don’t need to worry about buying a truckload of new cables to take advantage of the speeds.

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Likewise, if you don’t have any HDMI 2.1 kit yet, you’ll still be able to use the new port for slower, HDMI 2.0 cables.

However, if you do have a console that can leverage that expanded bandwidth (48Gbps compared to 18Gbps with HDMI 2.0) then you’ll be able to play fast-paced action games at 120 frames-per-second and enjoy titles in stunning 8K picture quality. Clearly, for those who want to eke the most out of their new console… it’s a must-have.

Thankfully, Sony seems to be correcting its lack of support for HDMI 2.1 with its 2021 line-up of TVs. Multiple HDMI 2.1 ports have been confirmed for the A90J OLED. The next model down, the A80J OLED, will have a single 2.1 port. A number of the new mid-range TVs coming soon from Sony, including the XJ95 and XJ90, will have at least one HDMI 2.1 too.

Use Chrome, Edge or Firefox? Your private browsing might not be as safe as you think

Microsoft’s Edge browser, which is built with Google’s Chromium source code, has a private browsing mode known as inPrivate.

Like with Chrome, Edge’s private browsing mode will hide your browsing activity on your device.

And the Privacy Statement for this mode says Edge will only collect data that you’ve consented to providing.

But despite this, VPNOveriew says Edge’s inPrivate mode won’t hide your browsing activity from your internet provider, school or workplace.

While collections, favourites and downloaded files will be saved and synced across all your signed-in devices.

Safari, once again, won’t save a user’s search history when they’re surfing the web in Private Mode.

But a user’s IP address can still be visible to any website or service you use, your ISP can still see your search history and your private browsing session will still leave your internet activity exposed to your school or your employer, the study says.

Gary Lineker swipes at Naga Munchetty Union flag row amid BBC backlash ‘Might buy a flag’

“This do not represent the views of me or the BBC. I apologise for any offence taken. Naga.”

Following the presenter’s apology, a BBC source told The Sun that bosses “reminded” Munchetty of her “responsibilities” over impartially concerns.

“Naga has been reminded of her responsibilities in relation to her liking some tweets about the comment,” the source said. 

“It was a light-hearted, off the cuff comment. No offence was intended,” a spokesperson added. 

BBC impartiality rules state: “Nothing should appear on your personal social media accounts that undermine the perception of the BBC’s integrity or impartiality.”

EE, Three and Vodafone customers might want to switch network once they see these prices

If your monthly mobile phone bill feels a bit excessive right now then it might be worth shopping around for a better deal. With most of us stuck at home, we’re not eating through anywhere near as much data as normal so it could be a good time to look at exactly what you are paying for each month. There are some serious bargains to be bagged and one of the best new offers we’ve seen in a while comes from SMARTY.
This network, which is actually powered by Three Mobile, has just cut prices with things now starting from as little £6 per month.

That’s very good value especially as one of the big bonuses of using SMARTY is that the firm doesn’t lock you into any long-term contracts which means you can leave at any time for another provider or a better deal. Basically, you can sign up now for the lowest 4GB of data then leave SMARTY as soon as we get out of lockdown and you need more internet allowance each month.

All of the plans also feature unlimited calls and texts plus there’s no block on tethering your phone to another device or using it in European countries.

Here are all the new prices from SMARTY

£6 per month • Includes 4GB data plus unlimited calls and texts

£8 per month • Includes 12GB data plus unlimited calls and texts

£10 per month • Includes 30GB data plus unlimited calls and texts

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Vodafone is also offering its unlimited data with prices starting from £22 per month which is a saving of £96 over the term of the contract.

Finally, O2 has a deal that features 150GB of data for £20 per month. This also includes six months of free Disney+ or Amazon Prime Video.

Holidays: Skyscanner expert warns May restart might not 'go to plan' – advice for booking

Many Britons may be eyeing holidays after the suggestion some international travel may resume from May if Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “roadmap” out of lockdown goes to plan. However, this decision will be led by “data”, as well as restrictions and entry requirements decided by international governments.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Martin Nolan, a travel rules and consumer advice expert from Skyscanner shared his advice for Britons who are keen to get something in the diary now.

“Most people are still booking short term, which is a continuing trend from 2020. However, we are seeing interest for later in 2021 growing, especially following the announcement from the Prime Minister last week,” he told Express.co.uk.

“We expect to see the travel situation will change as infection rates, vaccination rates and a host of other key factors change throughout 2021.”

However, Mr Nolan warned the course to unlocking the UK and travel may not “go to plan”.

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“The recent announcements on travel from around the world have given travellers a much-needed injection of hope and positivity,” he said.

“We are confident about travel’s return in 2021 but, the last year has taught us all that life is unpredictable, and I think it is safe to assume that not everything will go to planned on the way back to ‘normal’ life.”

In 2020, travel providers and airlines were hit with a slew of cancellations and refunds amid ever-changing restrictions on travel.

As a result, many have since implemented special Covid policies, allowing consumers the opportunity for more flexibility when booking their next trip.

These policies are crucial for those eyeing a holiday in 2021.

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“Travellers are keen to make bookings which protect their money should the rules change,” continued Mr Nolan.

“We’ve seen keen travellers embracing flexible airfares from travel providers who have been combining flexibility with low prices to stimulate bookings.

“Flexible air fares paired with a hotel booking with free cancellation means that travellers can delay their trip or simply change their destination and keep their travel dates should they need to.”

The expert continued: “There are a few ways travellers can protect their bookings.

Furthermore, the Skyscanner expert suggests combing flex-fares may even help cut costs.

“This can sometimes be much cheaper than package holidays and of course, allows for a personally tailored trip,” he said.

Even with the emergence of more flexibility within the travel industry, it seems there is still one safety measure which trumps the rest.

“It’s key to purchase a travel insurance policy that suits your needs; there are policies which have been designed for post-coronavirus travel and it’s important to read the small print,” Mr Nolan urged.

“If you’re able to make the booking on a credit card you will get additional protections via your card issuer.” 

While the exact date overseas holidays will resume remains unknown, the Government’s Global Travel Taskforce is set to be reinstated next month.

Throughout the process of loosening restrictions, the Prime Minister has warned the nation will be lead by “data” rather than “dates”.