Amazon’s new Astro robot is a ‘privacy nightmare’ that will ‘throw itself down stairs’, its own developers say

Developers reportedly said that the product is ‘absurdist nonsense’, ‘potentially dangerous’, and ‘not ready for release’


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Brexit LIVE: Boris set to be dragged to the High Court over his deal – if EU talks fail
BORIS Johnson could face a tense Brexit battle in the High Court over the Northern Ireland Protocol if talks with the EU do not end up with a solution.
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How Dalí’s ‘lips’ sofa began life … on the back of an envelope
Newly opened archive of art patron’s papers reveals a previously unseen sketch for the surrealist workOne of the world’s best-known pieces of furniture, Salvador Dalí’s Mae West lips sofa, started life as a sketch on the back of an envelope, research in the archive of a Sussex country house has revealed.The sketch was unearthed at West Dean near Chichester, the former home of Dalí’s patron Edward James, and experts say it reveals the extent to which James was involved in the creation of the 1930s sofa. Alongside the lobster telephone, also the result of a collaboration between Dalí and James, it is one of the emblems of the surrealist movement. Continue reading...
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Mino Raiola uses Chelsea as scare tactic to address £125m problem with Juventus
Mino Raiola has reportedly spoken to Chelsea, Barcelona and Manchester City over Matthijs de Ligt's future with the super agent 'threatening' to take him away from Juventus
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‘I can’t live without him’ – sister of man with aggressive glioblastoma brain tumour desperately appeals for funds to save his live
'He's always looked out for me. I can’t live without him.’
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Rami Malek sympathises with villains in opening SNL monologue: “In Lion King, I’m Team Scar”
Rami Malek made his debut as host on SNL this evening
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Meet the barmaid who's been pulling pints for so long that all the regulars call her Mother
'Younger customers often discuss things with you that they wouldn’t talk about at home'
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Manchester Christmas Markets 2021 - dates, locations, and everything else we know so far
The Manchester Christmas Markets will be back this winter - here's what you need to know about your visit
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23 eerie photos show abandoned Hyde Library reclaimed by nature
It has lain empty since 2015
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I went to the Oldham Toby Carvery that's been branded the 'worst place to eat ever'
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Russian film crew return to Earth after shooting the first movie in space
Actor and director land safely in Kazakhstan after spending 12 days on the International Space Station shooting the first movie in orbitA Russian actor and a film director have returned to Earth after spending 12 days on the International Space Station shooting scenes for the first movie in orbit.Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko landed as scheduled on Kazakhstan’s steppe early on Sunday, according to footage broadcast live by the Russian space agency. Continue reading...
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El Alamein, Dresden and a cold war spy: the incredible life of Victor Gregg
A celebration of the achievements of the Britain’s oldest para veteran, who died last week aged 101I first met Victor Gregg on a freezing afternoon in 2009 when we were to talk about his experiences in the second world war.He was 90 and had sent me an email saying he would pick me up at Winchester station. When I arrived there was no sign of him. After 10 minutes a car parked up the road flashed its lights. It was Vic practising a routine he had learned more than 50 years earlier in the Western Desert, when Rifleman Gregg was assigned to Vladimir Peniakoff, the founder of “Popski’s Private Army”, a unit of British special forces. Vic’s job was to drive thousands of miles, alone, through the dunes, carrying stores and intelligence to Popski’s contacts. Vic said Popski had told him: “Before you go in, suss out how you are going to get out.” This was a life lesson for Vic, I had just been “sussed out” by him before going further. Continue reading...
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Driven from home by a stalker's obsession: The women tormented by men who just wouldn't leave them alone
Each of these men terrorised women in Greater Manchester
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We taste tested eight pigs in blankets - and learned not to be sucked in by fancy packaging
We tried the Christmas staple from six different supermarkets
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Volunteers in the sky watch over migrant rescues by sea
A humanitarian effort seeks to monitor human rights violations and assist in the rescue of migrants fleeing Libya to Europe by boat on the Mediterranean Sea
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Daniel Craig appears as surprise guest alongside Rami Malek on SNL
Daniel Craig appeared alongside his ‘No Time To Die’ co-star Rami Malek on the show
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Billionaire Roy’s Club: Succession makes being rich look ridiculous – and we love them for it
With The White Lotus, the wealthy got a kicking but the Waystar Royco clan, who return to screens next week, are the squabbling, backstabbing siblings that it really feels great to hate, writes Philippa Snow
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UK weather: Sunny spells and temperatures could hit 18C amidst widespread showers
The Met Office is predicting more unusually warm weather for the UK over the coming days with temperatures getting as high as 18C but the bad news is that it will be mixed with rain and drizzle
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The big picture: Janet Delaney’s nostalgic New York painter
A street artist’s work seems to yearn for a less complicated time in this image from the photographer’s new collectionCities are made of sedimented strata of memory. Janet Delaney’s photograph of the New York street painter was taken in the mid-1980s, with a Rolleiflex camera from the 1960s. The artist’s painting, meanwhile, seems nostalgic for a SoHo scene of an earlier vintage – his depicted street ignores the presence of the lorry and street furniture and scaffolding of his present moment in favour of a more innocent kind of vanishing point.Delaney’s photographs of strangers in the city quite often work like that – immersing you in a sense of the world as it might look from inside other heads, under other hats. She developed this eye mostly in San Francisco, with celebrated photographs of the city’s Mission district during the culture wars of the Reagan era. Her occasional visits to New York from the west coast were generally unplanned – she worked for a while as a courier for DHL and would sometimes be asked to catch an overnight flight across the country with a package, stealing a few hours with her camera in Manhattan before heading home. The pictures from those visits, collected in a new monograph, retain that slightly disoriented quality, the visual surprise of being dropped somewhere new on the map, blinking yourself awake to a slightly changed reality. Continue reading...
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Art at their heart: homes that have become museums
A magical glimpse inside the house museums of five pioneers of art and designIf you are reading these pages, chances are you like nothing more than having a good snoop around other people’s houses. Below is a selection of five of the world’s best house museums – inspiring, creative, but ultimately delightfully domestic spaces that have been preserved as they were when the owners lived in them. Continue reading...
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Spies next door? The suburban US couple accused of espionage
Jonathan and Diana Toebbes’s story is like a fictional spy caper, blending an all-American couple with technology and betrayalWhen accused spies Jonathan and Diana Toebbe were escorted into a West Virginia court to be arraigned on espionage charges, they looked as any middle-aged, suburban couple might: struck by a dramatic turn in circumstances that comes when placed in an orange jumpsuit and restricted by manacles.But the story of the Toebbes, 42 and 45, is now about as far from typical suburbia as you can get. It’s a story that reads like a fictional spy caper, blending a seemingly normal couple with high technology and low espionage. Continue reading...
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Beyond a Fringe review - the rise and fall of Andrew Mitchell
An engrossing memoir charts the Tory MP’s ascent to cabinet, the disaster of ‘Plebgate’ and his subsequent reinvention as a scourge of Boris Johnson with honesty, insight and witHis CV reads like a caricature. Prep school, public school, army, Cambridge, investment banking, Conservative MP, government whip, cabinet minister. Andrew Mitchell has passed through many of the institutions of the Tory establishment. One of the several merits of this highly engaging memoir is the light it shines, often entertainingly and sometimes shockingly, on how ghastly that establishment can be.His prep school, which would later be attended by one Boris Johnson, was run by a casually sadistic headteacher with a “paedophile disposition”. On one occasion, this brutal tyrant sends for the collection of canes that he keeps in his study and proceeds to beat the entire school. Only Mitchell escapes because he is absent on an errand when the mass thrashing starts and then hides in a lavatory. The headteacher subsequently brags that the exercise has done wonders for his golf handicap. Mitchell says he doesn’t think the cruelty of his early schooldays did him any long-term damage, but tells us that his wife, a doctor, disagrees. Continue reading...
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Inside Insulate Britain: on the road with the disruptive climate protesters
Roadblocks have caused anger but members say only maximum economic disruption will make politicians listenThe riskiest time in Insulate Britain’s road block protests is before the police arrive, their activists say. When they targeted a busy junction of the A1090 in Thurrock, Essex, on Wednesday morning, just outside the eastern edge of London, the police didn’t appear for nearly an hour. No serious injuries were reported, but it was close.The first lorry, hurtling towards the T-junction, did not look like it was going to stop: it ground to a halt inches from the faces of three activists. Cars and vans mounted kerbs and central reservations to evade them. Motorists emerged from their vehicles, pink with rage, snatched protesters’ banners and dragged them from the road like ragdolls. Continue reading...
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Abuse, threats, aggression: the fear that stalks MPs on Britain’s streets
Spending on security increased hugely in the wake of Jo Cox’s murder – but the problem is growingThe constituent who “sidled up” to an MP to describe his make of car and where he had been driving it over the weekend… Another who warned an MP that they knew which school her children attended… An MP forced to act as a security guard at his own constituency surgery, ejecting someone who had become aggressive and abusive… Family members confronted … Staff regularly abused.As MPs contacted each other to discuss the horrific news that another of their number had been killed while fulfilling their basic duties, the list of their own grim experiences flowed immediately and at length. “Talking with colleagues this afternoon, there isn’t one of us, not one of us, who couldn’t give you a list of alarming examples of things that have been said or done in a constituency surgery,” said a cabinet minister. Continue reading...
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Gen Z on how to save the world: young climate activists speak out
With courage and ambition, those born into the reality of global heating are leading the way in confronting it. Ahead of the crucial Cop26 conference, we talk to young activists around the world. Introduction by author Olivia LaingWhen I was 20, I dropped out of university to live on a road protest. I was terrified by the oncoming apocalypse of climate change, and loathed the short-term, environmentally catastrophic logic that prioritised road-building over trees. The data, even in 1997, was clear: human activity was heating the globe, with increasingly devastating effects. Time was short, and a sea change in behaviour was required.Nearly a quarter of a century has passed since then, and very little has been achieved, thanks in large part to corporate interests invested in maintaining our dependence on non-renewable resources. Far more people understand and accept the reality of anthropogenic climate change, and yet we seem paralysed by despair, caught in a spell of inertia, even as the most lurid of predictions – floods, fires, plagues – come to pass. Continue reading...
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Coronation Street spoilers: Shocking videos shows huge prison van crash but who dies?
Lives are on the line in the shocking scenes.
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Could ‘slow living’ make you a better person – or is it another unattainable lifestyle goal?
'The biggest wake-up call was realising I would die with an unfinished to-do list.'
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I'm A Celeb's Ruthie Henshall says upcoming surgery is most expensive purchase she's made
I'm A Celebrity's Ruthie Henshall has opened up about preparing to undergo eye surgery admitting it's the most expensive thing she's bought
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How Liverpool, Man Utd and Big Six spent big in first window under current ownership
Newcastle United are experiencing their first few days under new ownership, but what can we expect from the Public Investment Fund in the January transfer window?
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'Boss stopped me seeing my sick child - so I quit and launched £1.5m business from home'
Omotayo Adebisi, 33, battled racism at work and an incident with her sick daughter before quitting to start her business from scratch - now it's worth more than £1.5million
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Man's internet search history made him No.1 suspect after girlfriend shot dead
Brandon Theesfeld didn't want to be a father so he lured his student girlfriend Ally Kostial, 21, at the University of Mississippi, in Oxford, USA - who he believed to be pregnant - to her death
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Clare Balding shares her secret to happy marriage after six years with wife Alice
Clare Balding has revealed the secret to her marriage with her wife of six years Alice as well as finding herself without a job in the pandemic
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EastEnders star Kellie Bright says new miracle baby is 'definitely' her last
EastEnders star Kellie Bright has said that she won't be having anymore children after recently having her miracle son Rudy
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Will I be cut off if my energy supplier collapses? Expert answers your questions
The soaring price of wholesale gas has resulted in eighteen suppliers going under in just six weeks. Here, Martyn James at Resolver talks you through your rights
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Five ways to reduce your mortgage as one in 10 struggle to afford monthly payments
The number of people having issues with monthly mortgage costs has more than doubled, but options are out there to help reduce how much you pay in housing outgoings
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I was told at my 36-week scan: "Your baby isn't moving - it happens"'
Hannah Read Baldrey, 41, from London, opens up on coming to terms with the devastating stillbirth of son Bertie and campaigning to help other mums-to-be
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Rishi Sunak's nightmare Autumn Budget 2021 - and what the Chancellor could cut
Creaking public services, climate change and the Government's pledge to "level up" – the occupant of 11 Downing Street faces some tough choices at October's multi-year spending review
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Cristiano Ronaldo reaction shows why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure at Manchester United
Man Utd were beaten 4-2 by Leicester City in the Premier League to continue their disastrous start to the season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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Joao Cancelo sets new Man City pace but exposes familiar dilemma for Pep Guardiola
Manchester City's playmaking defender shows what he brings to the team and what he probably never will bring
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Japan's Kishida sends offering to controversial Tokyo shrine
Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has donated religious offerings to a Tokyo shrine viewed by Chinese and Koreans as a symbol of Japanese wartime aggression
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Send Covid vaccines to low-income countries now to save lives – Gordon Brown
The former prime minister said it could help prevent thousands of deaths.
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Sunday with Felicity Kendal: ‘If I don’t stay active, I’ll fossilise’
When not so busy, the actor likes to spend time with the familySunday morning… Isn’t currently the weekend for me, I’ve got a performance of Anything Goes at 2.30pm. I’m not asleep until past midnight after Saturday night’s show and I wake up at 8am exhausted and drink coffee. At noon a car comes to collect me.Do you enjoy it? I can’t unwind if I’ve worked, especially in a show full of cheering and music. I’ve more adrenaline by the end than I do at the start – it’s a problem with working weekends. But there’s something special about a cheeky Sunday matinée. But I miss family time, so it’s a mixed blessing. Continue reading...
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Details of Adele's Vegas 'residency' finally revealed – but it's one night only
For months rumours have swirled that Adele would be setting up home in Sin City for a string of intimate gigs. But while the superstar is indeed setting course for Vegas, it is for a one-off show only.
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Man pays £18K for private knee op due to 2-year wait then gets NHS call to get it free
John Peake, 75, was put on a two-year waiting list for a knee replacement and due to the pain he went privately paying out £18,000. When he got back home he had a call from the NHS to offer him a slot
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Bare shelves, no holidays… At last, a biblical kind of Christmas
There’s nothing to buy and no chance of going anywhere anyway. Thank goodness for Boris Johnson and his empty promises“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” says Jo at the start of Little Women. BoJo is going one better. This Christmas, not only will there be no presents, but there will be no anything. After cancelling Christmas altogether last year, this time around he is creating a kind of half-Christmas, Christmas methadone, to ease us back into the festival. There is nothing the man will not do to get himself compared to Churchill. Thanks to his foresight and the happy accidents of the global economy, we will be able to wallow in our beloved blitz spirit, making do and mending, with a safe low dosage of consumerism to tide us over.There will be no PlayStation 5 under where the Christmas tree used to be. There will be no jokes in Mrs Brown’s Boys, as usual, but none in the Christmas crackers either. There’s no petrol or HGV drivers, of course, but correspondents also report shortages of tennis balls, merlot, white bread, sardines, M&S chicken kievs, fish sauce, frozen apple strudel, tinned sardines, spring onions, fire alarms, an effective opposition, chocolate Hobnobs, cat vaccines, cat worming pills, bubble bath, Leon fish-finger wraps, marmalade, butter beans, dog-poo bags, goats, crisps, decaf coffee, bulbs (plant), bulbs (light), pigs, blankets, pigs-in-blankets, roofing lead and Harry Potter merchandise, especially wands. The last is hard to take; usually there are more wands than you can shake a stick at. Continue reading...
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Jamie Lee Curtis: ‘Can you imagine being married to me? Can you imagine being my child?’
Fresh from receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival, the ‘Halloween Kills’ star talks to James Mottram about MeToo, getting sober, and returning to the franchise that kickstarted her career 43 years ago
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Up to 17 US missionaries and family members kidnapped in Haiti – reports
Children were reportedly among those abducted by gang members on their way home from an orphanage As many as 17 American Christian missionaries, including children, were kidnapped in Haiti on Saturday, according to US media reports that cited security officials.The kidnapping happened as the missionaries were leaving an orphanage in the crisis-engulfed Caribbean nation, according to the New York Times. Continue reading...
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Princess Anne ‘riled’ after Charles went back on his word -‘Camilla will never be a queen’
PRINCESS ANNE would not be pleased to see Camilla receiving the title of Queen, a royal insider has said.
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You’re betraying your Quaker roots: fury at Clarks’ ‘fire and rehire’ plan
The shoe firm was founded in Street in Somerset in 1825. Now workers there are on strike and feel a proud history is being erasedWarehouse workers for Clarks have accused the 200-year-old shoemaker of betraying its philanthropic roots by threatening them with the sack if they don’t accept significant pay cuts.More than 100 staff in Clarks’ main distribution centre in Street, Somerset, where the brand was founded by two Quaker brothers in the 19th century, claim the firm is seeking to cut their wages by almost 15% from the average of £11.16 an hour to £9.50 an hour by using controversial fire and rehire tactics. Continue reading...
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