Technology

Germany bans children’s smartwatches

A German regulator has banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children, describing them as spying devices. It had previously banned an internet-connected doll called, My Friend Cayla, for similar reasons. Telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency urged parents who had such watches to destroy them. One expert said the decision could be a “game-changer” […]

Technology

Fullscreen ‘YouTube Red rival’ to close in January

Online talent management firm Fullscreen is closing the subscription video platform it set up last year to rival YouTube’s premium tier. The service promised to produce “higher quality” programmes featuring popular YouTube and social media stars. Fullscreen said it had attracted “hundreds of thousands” of paying customers but wanted to focus its investment in areas […]

Technology

Unilad Facebook account blocked

Facebook appears to have blocked an account for the hugely popular viral news website The account which has 34 million followers and posts viral videos and news stories, appears to be inaccessible with any attempt to load the site’s Facebook page generating an error message. It is unclear why the account has been down since […]

Technology

Net filters help avoid dodgy domains

A free service that helps stop consumers visiting websites known to be malicious has been set up by IBM and two other industry bodies. The Quad 9 service requires people to change the settings on their home router so web addresses can be checked. It uses 19 separate lists of web-based threats to spot those […]

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Charles Manson dies aged 83 after four decades in prison

Charles Manson, the notorious head of a cult which he directed to commit murders, has died in hospital aged 83. He was admitted to Bakersfield hospital in California earlier this month, US media reported. In 1969, Manson followers, known as the Manson family, killed seven people. Among the victims of his killing spree was heavily […]

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Ceylon Petroleum Corporation says no petrol shortage

Amidst scenes of queues building up at filling stations fuelling fears of another petrol shortage, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CP) said on Sunday all its depots had been provided with ample stocks of fuel and therefore there was no reason to panic. CPC Chairman Dhammika Ranatunga informed Daily Mirror that 27,479 tonnes of 92 Octane […]

Sports

SA club batsman smashes 490 in 50-over

Records are meant to be broken. Every game of cricket witnesses some record or the other. In a recent club match, South African club batsman Shane Dadswell entered the record books after smashing a whopping 490 runs alone in an innings. In a 50-overs game, he reached the landmark for his club NWU Pukke against […]

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Serena marries Alexis – couple shares wedding day pic

Serena Williams, tennis superstar, married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in a private ceremony at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans on Thursday night. Despite the media frenzy, the happy couple released few details of their ceremony. But according to various media reports some 250 guests were invited to the festivities. The following day, Serena […]

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Drastic drop in organised crime

The rate of organised crime has been reduced by 37 percent in comparison to 2014, Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said in Parliament. He made this observation on Friday, taking part in the Committee Stage debate on the Budget 2018, under the expenditure Head of Defence Ministry. He also said that […]

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Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe vows to stay on despite party pressure

Zimbabwe’s embattled leader Robert Mugabe has vowed to stay in power for several weeks, despite mounting calls for him to stand down now. In a live TV address, Mugabe said he would preside over the ruling party’s congress in December. Zanu-PF earlier sacked him as party leader, and gave him less than 24 hours to […]