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Valentine's Day prompts mini baby boom, NHS data shows

It is a day known for ostentatious displays of romance. But it appears Valentine’s Day really does lead to love in the air after new figures, for 2015, showed an increase in conceptions around the day. NHS England data shows there were an estimated 16,263 conceptions in England in the week of Valentine’s Day and 16,344 the following week. That number was higher than the weekly average of 15,427 conceptions and second only to the Christmas period. Christmas conceptions lead to baby boom Biggest UK population rise for 70 years…

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Ban sale of mini mobile phones, justice secretary says

Online retailers should ban the sale of miniature mobile phones designed to be smuggled into prisons, the justice secretary has said. David Lidington said the devices were advertised as being able to go undetected by the body orifice security scanners used in England and Wales. “Beat the BOSS” phones can be bought for £25, but are reportedly changing hands for up to £500 inside jails. About 20,000 illicit phones and Sim cards were recovered by guards in 2016. Some as small as a lipstick, the mini mobiles are readily available…

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‘Hola Hola’: KARD’s debut mini album is a valiant effort

[unable to retrieve full-text content] KARD Hola Hola DSP Media Can boys and girls really be just platonic K-pop group members? Newcomer KARD is the latest addition to a relatively limited list of co-ed groups in the genre. After releasing three pre-debut singles (Oh NaNa, Don’t Recall and Rumor), the quartet finally pushes out its first mini album. Half of […] Entertainment –

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Mini phone maker admits performance shortcomings

The Chinese firm behind a palm-sized 4G smartphone has admitted that the handset’s performance may fall short of expectations in certain circumstances. Unihertz says the Jelly phone battery has up to three days of working time and lasts seven days on standby. But chief executive Stephen Xu told the BBC that “heavy use” could reduce battery life to three or four hours. This included keeping wi-fi and Bluetooth switched on all the time, he said. “If you use a phone quite a lot even an iPhone can’t last a day,”…

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Google disables touch function on Home Mini

Google has stopped its Home Mini speakers responding when users touch them. It permanently turned off the touch activation feature after it found that sensors primed to spot a finger tap were too sensitive. Early users found that the touch sensors were registering “phantom” touches that turned them on. This meant the speakers were recording everything around them thousands of times a day. Google said it disabled the feature to give users “peace of mind”. Google’s Home Mini gadgets were unveiled on 4 October as part of a revamp of…

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Electric Mini to be built in Oxford

A fully electric version of the Mini will be built at the Cowley plant near Oxford, BMW has said. The carmaker said the model would go into production in 2019, with Oxford the main “production location” for the Mini three-door model. However, the electric motor will be built in Germany before being shipped to Cowley for assembly. BMW said it had “neither sought nor received” any reassurances from the UK on post-Brexit trading arrangements. Last year, the government faced questions about the “support and assurances” given to Nissan before the…

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