Your Google security system could be spying on you after it has a secret microphone built-in

Google found itself at the centre of a new privacy scandal yesterday, after it emerged that it has buried a secret microphone in its Nest Secure alarm system. The microphone is not listed on the specifications for the Nest device, which is designed to keep users safe and protect their privacy and belongings. It came to light after Google launched a software update allowing users to control the Nest devices with their voices.  The voice activation requires a microphone to work. Yesterday, the web giant insisted that it had kept the…

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Schoolboy, 15, convicted of sex assault on girl in classroom is allowed to stay at SAME school

A 15-year-old boy convicted of sexual assault againsnt a girl in a classroom has been allowed to continue to attend the same school as his victim who is forced to ‘pretend he is not there’. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons was put on the sex offenders register after being found guilty of two counts of sexual assault. The boy was allowed to remain at the school whilst awaiting prosecution and was then tried at a youth court almost a year after the assault. He was given…

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‘Joan Ryan Gone – Palestine Lives’: Young Labour tweet after MP quit

The Labour Party’s youth wing is facing criticism for tweeting ‘Joan Ryan Gone – Palestine Lives’ after the Labour Friends of Israel chair quit the party.   Ms Ryan announced she was resigning to join the breakaway Independent Group in protest at Jeremy Corbyn‘s leadership, saying the party has become ‘infected with the scourge of anti-Jewish racism’. Criticisms of Corbyn’s leadership include allegations of anti-Semitism, bullying and his approach to Brexit.  Young Labour’s chairwoman said she ‘utterly condemns’ the now-deleted tweet, which appeared on the verified account @YoungLabourUK.  Young Labour’s chairwoman…

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Elon Musk says he’s ‘certain’ self-driving Teslas will be ready by the end of this year

Self-driving Tesla vehicles could be ready to hit the road sooner than expected.  Billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk said he’s ‘certain’ the technology needed for self-driving Teslas will be ready by the end of this year.  However, he cautioned that it take a while longer before humans will be able to safely fall asleep behind the wheel while their Tesla zooms down the highway.  Scroll down for video  A fully self-driving Tesla could soon be ready to hit the road. Tech mogul Elon Musk said he’s ‘certain’ the tech needed…

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Maintenance man, 62, blacked up and ‘singled-out’ black colleague while singing ‘racist’ song

Brian Davies, 62, blacked up and sang ‘Mammy’ at Loretta Doyley, a court heard A 62-year-old maintenance man blacked up and performed a black-and-white-minstrel routine aimed at a black colleague, in order to humiliate her during a works Christmas party, a court has heard. Brian Davies allegedly caused the woman ‘alarm, distress and offence’ during the party at Coopers Carvery in Ely, Cardiff, on December 19. Cardiff Magistrates’ Court heard catering manager Loretta Doyley was ‘singled out’ when Davies directed the black and white minstrel song ‘Mammy’ at her, leaving…

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‘Extinct’ Giant Tortoises found in the Galapagos Islands

A species of giant tortoise believed to have gone extinct more than 100 years ago has been spotted in the Galapagos Islands.  Ecuador’s environment minister Marcelo Mata made the announcement that an adult female Fernandina Giant Tortoise had been discovered.   Many species of giant tortoises were over-hunted for their meat by European and other colonists who travelled to the Galapagos archipelago.   Scroll down for video  A specimen of the giant Galapagos tortoise Chelonoidis phantasticus, thought to have gone extint about a century ago, is seen at the Galapagos National Park on…

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Stem of Henry VIII’s favourite warship the Mary Rose to go on display

Key features of the Mary Rose are set to go on display for the first time – 474 years after it was sunk during an attempted invasion of Britain by the French.  The ship’s stem was discovered by divers in 2003 and has undergone significant conservation work in preparation of its addition to the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth.  It was crucial to the structure of the Mary Rose and is a piece of timber that curved upwards from the keel to define the ship’s bow.  Mary Rose’s stem will…

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Noah Wall boy six who grew a brain from Cumbria defies odds

The mother of a boy who was born with just two per cent of his brain has spoken of how her ‘extraordinary’ son defied the odds.  When Shelly Wall, of Abbeytown in Cumbria, developed a rare condition called hydrocephalus in the womb, she and her husband Rob were told on five different occasions that they could terminate the pregnancy. When their son Noah finally came into the world in 2012 doctors found he only had two per cent of his brain.  They were desperate to give their boy the chance…

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Police issue warning over dangerous drug craze involving wheelie bins

Police issued a warning today about an ‘extremely dangerous’ drug craze that sees youngsters sniffing the ‘highly toxic’ fumes of burning wheelie bins. The bizarre trend, most recently seen in Bolton, Greater Manchester, sees young people setting fire to the plastic bins then inhaling the fumes to get high. Certain dyes used in the manufacturing of waste bins, depending on the colour of the plastic, are thought to create the fumes which cause a buzz. Remnants of a wheelie bin fire in a playground at Longsight Park in Bolton, Greater…

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Family of British tourist, 20, who disappeared from a NSW beach say they are in a ‘living nightmare’

Authorities have been desperately searching for Hugo Palmer and Erwan Ferrieux (right and left), both 20, after their abandoned rental car was found at Shelly Beach near Port Macquarie on Sunday A 20-year-old British tourist had delighted his family with images of a picturesque coastline as he travelled through Australia on a trip of a lifetime. But Hugo Palmer’s aunt says his grand adventure has become ‘a living nightmare’ since he and his French schoolmate Erwan Ferrieux, 21, disappeared from Shelly Beach in Port Macquarie on Sunday.  Mr Palmer had…

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