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Hi-tech 'bum-warming' bench with built-in WiFi installed at London train station

CHILLY commuters were delighted when their journey to work was made more bearable this morning (Monday) – thanks to a high-tech heated bench.The bench has been installed at Coulsdon South train station – which has temporarily been renamed Warmsdon South – to celebrate the new feature.It comes complete with Wi-Fi so those on their way to work can catch-up on the latest news, social media or download music ahead of their journey to work.And for those who forgot to charge their devices, the bench also comes with charging facilities – all this while they warm their bottoms.British Gas installed the bench to give commuters a reprieve against the ice cold morning weather when waiting for their train to arrive.Dave Kirwan, British Gas managing director, said: "Mornings – and commutes – are tough, and in winter they can be even tougher."At British Gas we’re committed to keeping our customers’ homes running smoothly, and this week we wanted to help outside the home."The bench wa…

WA cannabis hopefuls pass the hat around to grow operations

The first two months of 2020 have seen a flurry of activity as West Australian-based medical cannabis companies hunt for cash to grow their businesses to meet booming patient demand.February will see two the public listing of two Perth medical cannabis companies, while a third startup has gone down the crowdfunding route to fund its African grow operation and the development of new medicines.Little Green Pharma’s top secret facility in WA’s south west.Credit:Marta Pascual JuanolaEmerald Clinics, which has established four medical cannabis access clinics across the country, floated on the ASX on February 12 after raising $6 million through its initial public offering.WA-based Little Green Pharma was the first Australian company to produce medical cannabis from its own plants and will list on the ASX on Thursday after raising $10 million in an oversubscribed IPO.Perth-based TetraMed is using crowdfunding campaign site OnMarket to raise $3 million, with a minimum buy-in set at $420. Curr…

How to stop Alexa spying on you – settings to change NOW to stop strangers listening in

WORRIED that Alexa is listening in to your private chats? You're not wrong – complete strangers can end up listening to you without your knowledge.The good news is that it's possible to shut out snoopers, so read on to find out how.Is Alexa spying on me? The truth revealedAs far as we know, Amazon isn't using your Alexa to eavesdrop on everything you do.But there is a big exception: Amazon will sometimes send your voice clips off to "graders".They will listen to clips to make sure Alexa is working as intended – improving the system all round.However, Alexa will sometimes record you without your knowledge, because she thought you said her name.This can result in her saving audio from your home – and you'll have no idea she's doing it.The Sun recently revealed how Amazon-funded "graders" have heard family rows, conversations about money and audio from steamy romps.Stop Alexa sending your voice clips to strangersThe good news is that you can stop A…

Armoured car used in Cold War that is completely road legal could be yours for £20,000

AN ARMOURED tank used in the Cold War that is completely road legal is set to go under the hammer for £20,000.The Mark II Ferret comes with a replica machine gun and thick armoured plating which can protect drivers from landmine explosions.Built by Daimler, the scout car was used by the British Army of the Rhine in Germany during the 1960s and 1970s.After it decommissioned in the 1990s, the model was picked up by private collector Andrew Adams.The hulking motor was originally equipped with a machine gun on its turret to protect occupants, but has since been replaced with a replica.It boasts a 4.25-litre Rolls Royce engine that can propel it to speeds of 50mph, with the vehicle only having 7,000 miles on the clock.

The tank is even classified as a classic vehicle, meaning it's tax exempt and doesn't require an MOT certificate.The driver sits in a seat low to the ground with a front hatch to look through, while the passenger can peak through the turret.The four-tonne machine is e…

Harley-Davidson Street Bob is practical and you don’t need to rob a bank to own one – The Sun

STREET Bob and Fat Bob sound like they could be characters in a Guy Ritchie movie.You know, the crime capers where dodgy Cockney geezers order a pint and a pickled egg before robbing a bank.But Harley-Davidson aficionados will recognise them as classic bikes in the firm’s fleet of bikes.Apart from the big tourers, these are the kind of machines most people – bikers and non-bikers – will associate with the iconic US brand.So what’s new for the Street Bob in 2020?Well, not an enormous amount that’s visible to the naked eye.The reinvented frame retains the classic Softail lines but its lightweight design and stiffness improves the ride. You get digital instrumentation, keyless ignition, a USB charging port and LED lights.The mono shock rear suspension is adjustable and the front has racing-style cartridges to reduce weight.And the 107-cubic inch Milwaukee-Eight engine provides the soundtrack and all the power you need for real world roads.So nothing too revolutionary has changed. But the…

Updated Impreza still remains impressive

Subaru has sold more than three million units of its Impreza since the first generation was launched in 1992. The fifth-generation car, which was launched three years ago, has just been given a facelift.And the makeover is timely, as rivals such as Mazda and Toyota have rolled out some impressive cars in the past year.The Impreza has always exuded a quiet elegance, but the cosmetic enhancements will go some way in fending off more youthful competition.Changes include new LED headlights, radiator grille, fog lamps and a front bumper with a lower grille that now stretches across its entire width.The car also wears new 17-inch wheels to complete the transformation. Petrolheads have the option to top up for STI accessories, such as the front bumper lip, side skirts and boot lip spoiler which came with the test car. STI stands for Subaru Technica International and is Subaru’s high-performance tuning and motorsport division.It takes a keen eye to spot the difference on the inside. But that …

Valentine’s Day just got boozier with this chocolate whiskey

The bottle: 8-Ball Premium Chocolate Whiskey, $29.99The back story: A box of bonbons is a classic Valentine’s Day offering. But what about gifting chocolate in boozy form?There are plenty of options available, including chocolate liqueurs and a chocolate-flavored wine. But 8-Ball, a newer offering, combines two different favorites in one — chocolate and American-made whiskey.Brand founder Paul Thomas says he was looking to create a breakthrough spirit and had an “epiphany” that this pairing could be just that. But the actual reality of making the product proved difficult due to the science involved. That is, the molecules in whiskey and chocolate don’t easily bind together, he explains. “I took as a challenge for myself to crack the case and obsessed with it in the lab for a year,” he says.Eventually, 8-Ball was born and the spirit, which is produced and packaged in San Diego, Calif., hit the shelves last September. Thomas’ timing may be right, at least on the boozy side: Sales of Ame…

Netflix Valentine's Day movie codes – enter these to reveal the best rom-coms and romantic films for you

IF YOU'RE looking for a rom-com to cuddle up in front of this Valentines Day, The Sun has got you covered.We've tracked down secret codes that unlock hidden lists of romantic movies on Netflix, and have put together a guide on how to find them.How to use hidden Netflix codesNetflix has tens of thousands of hidden codes that give you access to specific movie categories.Unless you get lucky and have one show up in your feed, these codes are the easiest way to access the hidden genres.All you need to do is make a slight tweak the the Netflix URL on your computer to get them.Simply enter the correct number at the end of this, replacing "INSERTNUMBER": http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/INSERTNUMBERIf you're using a TV or mobile app to watch Netflix, you don't have to miss out either.Simply type the exact genre name into your search bar to unlock it.Netflix Valentine's Day codes revealedThere are loads of romantic genres to try out – and The Sun has compiled …

Activists gain ground as boardrooms move to take environment seriously

Activism has had an impact in boardrooms as environmental issues rocket up the list of concerns of Australia’s top dealmakers, with a shift in public perception over sustainability and social responsibility set to change the merger and acquisitions landscape in 2020.Accounting and advisory firm Pitcher Partner’s 2020 survey of 60 Australian dealmakers revealed social and environmental activism or unrest was now perceived as a challenge for 50 per cent of respondents, compared to 10 per cent in 2019.Extinction Rebellion protesters shut down the Hay St intersection in the Perth CBD last year. New research shows environmental activism is having an impact in boardrooms.Credit:Cameron Myles Corporate finance lead Michael Sonego said the survey took place prior to the December and January bushfires that ravaged the east coast – meaning those concerns had likely heightened.“There is unprecedented pressure now for change and if this event can’t do it, nothing will,” he said.“The more people a…

Five Things That Will Redefine the Way You Fly

From Star Wars-like flying machines to aircraft that track how long passengers spend in thebathroom, the world of aviation and the way we travel is changing fast. Some hints about the future came at this week’s Singapore Airshow, where new concepts catering to the shifting demands of airlines and passengers were on display.New DesignsAirbus SE unveiled a model of a sleek jet namedMaveric, which it describes as a game-changer. The aircraft’s wings and main body merge into one, a design that Airbus says can reduce fuel consumption and provide more space in the cabin. Back in October,Boeing Co. and Porschesigned an agreement to explore making a machine capable of vertical takeoff and landing as part of a push into urban flights. That’s an area thatToyota Motor Corp.,Hyundai Motor Co. andUber Technologies Inc., among many others, are investing in too.Elsewhere, German startup Volocopter GmbH, backed by Daimler AG and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, completed a test flight of a prototype tha…

Apple finally releases eye-roll Memoji with latest iOS 13 update

APPLE has confirmed it's finally launching an eye-roll Memoji to join its cast of animated characters.It's one of a selection of nine new Memojis coming to iPhones this year with the latest update to Apple's mobile software, iOS.As well as an eye-roll Memoji, Apple will release a face with a tipping hand and a praying gesture.We don't yet know when iOS 13.4 will roll out to users, but it's expected in the coming months.Launched in 2018, Memojis are animated versions of yourself you can design and send to your mates on iMessage.They mimic your expressions as you pull wacky faces or perform pre-set moves such as a face-palm, wink or shocked expression.Apple tends to release new Memoji moves for users to play around with alongside major iOS upgrades.We got our first look at the moves coming with iOS 13.4 this week after Apple opened up an early version of the software for public tests.Other new expressions coming to iPhones are blowing a party streamer, surrounded by …

Trish Regan: Conflict of interests rampant in Iowa caucus

Trish Regan: Brokered convention could encourage Clinton to run againIf there’s not a Democratic frontrunner for president, will Hillary Clinton run yet again?President Trump, fresh off his best week ever, is in New Hampshire, stealing the spotlight from the Democrats in the Granite State.Continue Reading BelowAs the president celebrates with his supporters, Democrats are still duking it out less than 24 hours ahead of the first primary in the nation.The president gained 1 million new donors and raised $117 million since the whole impeachment charade began.Meanwhile, the only Democratic candidate the party establishment sees as having a chance against the president is former vice president Joe Biden. Biden is still struggling and looking for maybe a fourth-place finish in New Hampshire on the heels of his fourth-place finish in Iowa.BLOOMBERG ONLY DEMOCRAT TO TOP TRUMP IN 2020 SURVEY OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERSBiden was in my hometown of Hampton on Sunday when this odd exchange took plac…

'Nightmare' scenario: Tech giants brace for virus chaos as factories restart

As Chinese-based manufacturers begin to restart factories, no one knows for sure when they'll be back at full-speed – or what sort of chaos may ensue.Tech producers led by Foxconn, which makes the majority of the world's iPhones from Zhengzhou a few hundred miles from the coronavirus outbreak's epicentre, had begun preparing investors for the potential bedlam when hundreds of thousands make their way back to factories.Foxconn makes the majority of the world’s iPhones from Zhengzhou, a few hundred miles from the coronavirus outbreak’s epicentreCredit:Thomas LeeApple's most important partner warned investors of the daunting task of securing enough workers despite widespread transport blockades, quarantining thousands, and the "nightmare" scenario of an on-campus epidemic that could shut down production altogether. Last week, it took the unprecedented step of warning workers to stay away from its Shenzhen headquarters till further notice as government inspectors…

Netflix FORCED to remove nine movies after 'government objections' – including boozy Jesus party film

NETFLIX has revealed which films it was told to remove from its library due to complaints from governments across the world.Nine controversial movies and episodes came under fire and have since been axed in certain regions due to outcry.The countries which demanded Netflix remove certain content include Germany, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia.Netflix's admission was part of its first ever Environmental Social Governance report.The company stated: "We will publish a report each year covering our environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance."It will look back at the previous year and give investors as well as other third parties information about our broader impact in society."Netflix has said it only takes down a film or TV show in this manner if a government specifically writes and requests them to.It also aims to work with authorities to keep content online if possible.Below are the nine films and episodes that Netflix was forced to ban…

Martin Lewis reveals first thing to do with inheritance to maximise savings interest

Martin Lewis, who has made his name as the Money Saving Expert, often shares his thoughts on some of the latest options out there when it comes to money during This Morning. The founder of the Money Saving Expert website also regularly takes the time to help out members of the public, who may be left unsure about what route to take when it comes to making their money work for them.READ MOREMartin Lewis: How to earn higher interest rates for your savingsOn Monday, a This Morning viewer contacted the ITV show, and asked the financial journalist what she should do with a lump sum of inheritance money which she has.Diane, who said she is in her late 80s, said the amount is approximately around £100,000.“I don’t know what to do with it,” she said. “The thing is, I’m having to cancel any benefits that I get like Pension Credit and things.“I need to just know what to do with it.”Diane explained she has some children and grandchildren, and she wondered whether she should give them an early in…