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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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Jurgen Klopp confident Liverpool will rediscover their goal scoring touch

A defiant Jurgen Klopp is confident Liverpool will rediscover their killer touch after passing up a series of chances to see off Newcastle. The Reds have now won only one of their last seven games in all competitions after their 1-1 draw on Tyneside and are currently seven points adrift of Premier League pacesetters Manchester City and Manchester United. However, Klopp, whose team are struggling to score as well as to keep clean sheets, said: “There are different ways to get one win in seven. “You can play really badly…

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Tabletop dancers and a touch of The Block: how David Jones launched summer

David Jones certainly gave a more sophisticated meaning to the term “tabletop dancer” at a summer launch that invoked both the spirit of post-war Dior and enough room transformations to rival an episode of The Block. Atop a raised catwalk set between a lavishly set dinner table for more than 300 VIP guests – a nod to the 1948 Dior parade held in the same venue – the department store launched summer 2017 with a host of new fashion faces, as well as its most diverse model line-up in recent…

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Steve Bruce says Aston Villa need to show clinical touch after Hull draw

Steve Bruce insists Aston Villa can not be over-reliant on Jonathan Kodjia to score goals again this season. Kodjia netted 20 times last term during his first campaign at Villa but the Ivory Coast international is set to miss the opening weeks of this season after undergoing ankle surgery during the summer. In his absence, Bruce saw his team squander a host of chances against his former club Hull at Villa Park on Saturday as Villa had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their opening game. He said: “We’ve…

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Clementine Ford: Isolation from platonic touch is a tragedy of modern manhood

Since becoming the parent of a son, I’ve become interested in looking at how men police each other’s expression of masculinity. It seems especially sad to me that men – and young men in particular – are conditioned against embracing the pleasures of a physically expressed platonic love with each other from fear that the authenticity of their manhood may be challenged.  You may have heard the homophobic rejoinder of “no homo” to anything that even vaguely implies an expression of affection or admiration between men determined to maintain their reputations of strict heterosexuality. Prior…

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David Jones to throw Australia's biggest dinner party, with a touch of Dior

They battle for brands and sales and now the department stores are also fighting for bragging rights over who can throw the best season launch. David Jones will up the ante next month by shelving the traditional canape-to-catwalk format and instead throw Australia’s biggest dinner party, inspired in part by a history-making Christian Dior parade the store hosted in 1948. David Jones ambassador Jesinta Franklin: “There have been a lot of great fashion moments [here] but for me also personal and career moments.”  Photo: Brook Mitchell The top floor of…

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