A Bro’s Breakdown Of Hannah B’s ‘Bachelorette’ Contestants Betches

I’m Jared Freid. I’m a 34-year-old comedian who loves The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. I love it so much, I live Instagram story every episode: @jaredfreid. As you can imagine, my father is v proud. V.  This is my annual preview for the season. I’ve been doing this preview for years. When I first started, Snapchat was just an app to see boobs and Instagram couldn’t help a person pay rent. Also, ABC would only give me a picture, a name, an age, where they were from, and a profession. I’d make massive assumptions based on that small amount of information and that was my preview. Then ABC was like, “Let’s interview these monsters” and suddenly my job got easier. …

NHS fines for 1.7m people overturned

‘Unnecessary distress’ The National Audit Office has examined concerns about people being wrongly fined over claiming free treatment, particularly involving visits to the dentist, when they really were eligible. The public spending watchdog, examining penalty notices since 2014, found 30% of the fines levied were subsequently withdrawn, representing £188m in fines that had been wrongly issued. Dentists say fear of fines deterring poorer patients Go to the dentist and get fined £100 Your stories about getting fined at the dentist Dentists have warned it is often vulnerable people, such as those with learning difficulties and disabilities, those on low incomes or carers bringing relatives with dementia, who get caught in the fining system. “This is not a system that is …

Evans draws a million listeners to Virgin

Chris Evans launches new breakfast show Virgin Radio: Chris Evans move is ‘not about money’ Zoe Ball: ‘I’m such a different person now’ The new host of the Radio 2 breakfast show, Zoe Ball, kept the audience there relatively steady in her first three months in the job. She recorded 9.05 million listeners in the first quarter of this year – just 18,000 down on Evans’s last set of figures. Ball said she was “supersized giddy” over the figures and thanked listeners “for giving us a chance and for getting so involved in the show’s antics”. Lauren Laverne, who took over 6 Music’s breakfast show in January, delivered record figures for the timeslot, with 1.28m listeners tuning in every week. …

WhatsApp Was Hacked, Your Computer Was Exposed, and More News

Hackers got into pretty much everything, and Amazon is paying employees to quit. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Today's Headlines A phone call broke Whatsapp The messaging platform WhatsApp is well known for its end-to-end encryption, but recent news calls its security into question. The NSO Group, an Israeli spy firm, injected malware onto targeted phones in order to steal data by simply placing a phone call. The targets didn't even need to pick up, and there was often no trace in the call log. It seems the group targeted only a few high-profile activists—so you're probably safe—but you should download the latest update, just in case. Amazon is giving employees money to …

F1 car flown out to ill ‘spirit angel’ boy

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionF1 car visits home of terminally ill Lewis Hamilton fan A Formula One car was sent to the home of a five-year-old boy with a rare form of terminal cancer after he inspired Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. Harry Shaw, from Redhill, Surrey, sent Hamilton a good luck message on Instagram from his hospital bed. The youngster has since moved back to his home for his final days. Hamilton described Harry as his “spirit angel” as he dedicated his victory to him on Sunday. Mercedes later arranged for one of its cars to be flown to Harry’s home, where he is also expected to be presented with Hamilton’s winning …

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Episode 5 recap The Battle for the Iron Throne

In one corner, Daenerys of the house Targaryen. In the other, Jon of…well, also the house Targaryen!Image: hbo From the very first shot of its opening credits, Game of Thrones has visually and thematically stressed that the machinations of its characters and plot are all part of an actual game.  Westeros and Essos are the board, the powerful are its players, and those who get in their way are the unfortunate pieces whose lives tally the game’s victories and defeats.  It its eight seasons on TV, Thrones has shown how the maneuvers of the players have changed the board and the way the game is played. What began as a simple blood feud between the Lannisters and Starks evolved into …

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Episode 5 recap The Battle for the Iron Throne

In one corner, Daenerys of the house Targaryen. In the other, Jon of…well, also the house Targaryen!Image: hbo From the very first shot of its opening credits, Game of Thrones has visually and thematically stressed that the machinations of its characters and plot are all part of an actual game.  Westeros and Essos are the board, the powerful are its players, and those who get in their way are the unfortunate pieces whose lives tally the game’s victories and defeats.  It its eight seasons on TV, Thrones has shown how the maneuvers of the players have changed the board and the way the game is played. What began as a simple blood feud between the Lannisters and Starks evolved into …

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Episode 5 recap The Battle for the Iron Throne

In one corner, Daenerys of the house Targaryen. In the other, Jon of…well, also the house Targaryen!Image: hbo From the very first shot of its opening credits, Game of Thrones has visually and thematically stressed that the machinations of its characters and plot are all part of an actual game.  Westeros and Essos are the board, the powerful are its players, and those who get in their way are the unfortunate pieces whose lives tally the game’s victories and defeats.  It its eight seasons on TV, Thrones has shown how the maneuvers of the players have changed the board and the way the game is played. What began as a simple blood feud between the Lannisters and Starks evolved into …

How Microsoft reinvented itself as a master of the tech universe | John Naughton

Long written off by as a parable of missed opportunities, Bill Gatess firm has become the third in history to be valued at $1tn It may have escaped your attention, but Microsoft recently became the third company in history to The ruthless monopolist who missed the world wide web and then set out to exterminate the one company Netscape that hadnt? Yes, that Microsoft. Given the companys history, this is surely the greatest comeback since Lazarus. But with one difference: where Lazaruss resurrection was (according to the New Testament) instantaneous, Microsofts took longer. How this happened is a story that will keep MBA students occupied for decades, but with the benefit of hindsight, we can now see that it has …

Dozens Of Severely Neglected Lions Confiscated From South African Captive Breeding Facility

More than 100 severely neglected lions, tigers, and other animals living in poor conditions were confiscated from a South African breeding facility in what rescuers are calling a “deploring” and “horrific” situation. According to Humane Society International in Africa (HIS/A), authorities were tipped off by an anonymous source who captured photos of the 27 lions almost entirely bald from acute mange in overcrowded, poor living conditions. Two of the lion cubs appeared to be suffering from a neurological condition that left them unable to walk. “Other issues such as small enclosures and inadequate shelter, no provision of water, overcrowding, and filthy and parasitic conditions were noted in the camps that contained the lions, caracals, tigers, and leopards,” said NSPCA’s senior …

How the Wu-Tang Clan Took Over the World

You have to wait until the end of the final episode of Showtimes four-part miniseries Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men (premiering May 10) to hear the famed rappers discuss Method Man doesnt hold back. Once Upon a Time on these nuts, Meth jokes, with barely a trace of humor in his voice. Speaking for myself, I dont give a fuck about that fucking album. He continues, The issue is, when youre a group, and certain things happen to individuals in the group, it reflects on the whole group. So this album, it does make us look like a circus act. And I dont want no part of that. With RZA sitting beside him, Inspectah Deck backs Meth up. Ever …

Why the Mint stopped making 20p coins

Image caption The old, round £1 coin was withdrawn from circulation in 2017 The nation emptied savings jars, checked piggy banks and looked down the back of the sofa for all their loose change that had been lost or hoarded. As a result, there was a glut of coins as people banked or spent all denominations, not just the outgoing £1 coin. The Mint had expected it, given evidence from similar cases overseas. It was the main issue that meant enough 20p and £2 coins could be re-circulated and that none needed to be minted that year. “The quantities of UK coins the Royal Mint is asked to produce each year varies according to UK demand for specific denominations at …

The astonishing disappearing act of Beto ORourke

#Betomania became #Betofatigue in six short months can the Texas Democrat rise again and show voters what type of president hed be? When Beto ORourke travelled to Yosemite in California to $5tpunk past, Beatnik road trips and fondness for NFL players taking largest 10-year investment in history and a goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 caught many off guard. We were pleasantly surprised, said David Turnbull of the climate advocacy group Oil Change US. When you see someone like Beto ORourke calling for the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies and an end to fossil fuel leasing on public lands thats moving in the right direction. There was another group of people hoping to be pleasantly surprised by the Yosemite announcement …

‘Heartbeat’ Laws Could Ban Most Abortions Across Deep South

Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia. State governments are on a course to virtually eliminate abortion access in large chunks of the Deep South and Midwest. Ohio and Kentucky also have passed heartbeat laws; Missouri’s Republican-controlled legislature is considering one. “For pro-life folks, these are huge victories,” said Sue Liebel, state director for the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion advocacy group. “And I think they’re indicative of the momentum and excitement and the hope that’s happening with changes in the Supreme Court and having such a pro-life president.” Already, Mississippi mandates a 24-hour wait between an in-person consultation. That means women must make at least two trips to her clinic, often traveling long distances. Lawmakers sponsoring …

Thinking of Buying a New Camera? Go Mirrorless

You may think that your phone's camera takes incredible pictures—and it does. But no matter how capable your smartphone camera is, the quality of the photos it takes can't come close to those you'd get from a full-fledged camera. One of the biggest determining factors of image quality is the size of the camera's sensor—the chip that captures the light coming through the lens. The iPhone XS Max, which has the best camera of all of Apple's phones, uses a sensor that's more than 20 times smaller than the chip inside a pro-quality full-frame camera. That vastly larger sensor earns you visibly superior dynamic range—the ability to retain detail in the brightest and darkest subjects—as well as better low-light pictures, …

Amazon’s Best Kindle Is $40 Off This Week

Say what you will about Amazon's growing retail dominance, but the company makes a damn fine ebook reader. Kindles are the most eye-friendly way to read digital books, and their battery life is outstanding. Some of Amazon's services, like Kindle Unlimited and Audible audiobooks, are also excellent values. We like the Kindle so much we've made a Kindle Buying Guide to help you figure out which model is best for you. If you're looking to buy one, do it now: Amazon doesn't discount its Kindles as often as other devices, and it may be a few months before it's discounted again (and the Paperwhite is usually only $30 off). Note: When you buy something using the retail links in our …