Apple Just Announced a New iPad Air and iPad Mini

It's been a while since we heard from both the iPad Air and the iPad Mini, mainly because people seemed to have gravitated away from small light tablets - instead going for larger more powerful devices that could do more complex things. The last Mini (number 4) was released back in September 2015, and the Air 2 was discontinued back in 2017. But Apple has decided there's still a place for them both, announcing a new 7.9-inch iPad Mini and a 10.5-inch iPad Air, complete with Apple Pencil support. Read More >>

Luke Perry Has Died at the Age of 52

Luke Perry, star of Beverly Hills 90210 and Riverdale, has passed away at the age of 52. The actor had a massive stroke last week and had been under observation in the hospital ever since. Read More >>

Grand Canyon Museumgoers Exposed to Uranium for Years, Safety Manager Claims

Earlier this month, a US National Park Service safety manager sent a “rogue” email alleging the improper storing of radioactive material at a Grand Canyon facility frequented by children, the Arizona Republic reports. Read More >>

Actually, Secretly Filming Students’ Cleavage Is Illegal, Canada’s Supreme Court Rules

In 2015, a high school teacher in Ontario, Canada, Ryan Jarvis, was caught secretly recording the chests of female students with a spy pen. But Jarvis was acquitted after the Ontario Court of Appeal reasoned that the students didn’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy at the public school. Today, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled against this decision, declaring that the students did have a right to not be filmed with a spycam. Read More >>

BBC Decides We’re Better Off With Less News

The BBC is about to shorten its boring old News At Ten pre-bed stress trigger, deciding that what we all really need now is a bit less news and more, er, youth programming. Read More >>

Report: Apple Is Trying to Get Newspapers to Fork Over Half of Revenue From Planned Subscription Service

Tech giant Apple, which is trying to pivot to services as sales of some of its electronics slow, is reportedly working to launch a subscription-based news service that would get readers past paywalls and share the revenues with publishers. But according to a Tuesday report in the Wall Street Journal, many of those publishers aren’t thrilled with those terms – especially because Apple wants half. Read More >>

Offline Old Folk Telephone Randoms for Local News

An MP for one Essex constituency says his office has been besieged by phone calls from elderly local folk since the last regional newspaper covering the area closed, as members of the offline elder generation battle to stay informed of hyperlocal issues when all they have now is a landline and a TV. Read More >>

Report: Citizen Lab Targeted in Botched Sting After Researching Israeli Firm’s Ties to Saudi Arabia

“International undercover operatives” have been hounding members of the internet watchdog Citizen Lab, whose researchers helped reveal that an Israeli cyber-intelligence firm named NSO Group may have played a role in dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder at the hands of state-employed goons, the Associated Press reported Friday. Read More >>

Stonehenge-Like Circle Discovered in Scotland Not Ancient, Just Really Good 1990s Fan Art

Archaeologists were amazed when they first saw a newly-identified ancient arrangement of stones on a farm in Aberdeen in December. Read More >>

Upskirting Set to Be Criminalised in England and Wales, Thanks to Viral Facebook Post

A year and a half after Gina Martin began a campaign against taking invasive photos, the British Parliament’s House of Lords has approved legislation that would make taking upskirt photos a criminal offence punishable of up to two years in prison, in England and Wales, reports the BBC. Read More >>

Swatting Incident Reportedly Targeted Facebook Executive

Police in Palo Alto in the US state of California received a phone call last Tuesday night from a man who reportedly claimed to be a Facebook executive who had shot his wife and was holding hostages in his home. A rapid response team arrived at the scene and eventually determined the exec was the victim of a hoax. Read More >>

Teen Who Wrote ‘I Have a Bomb’ on In-Flight Messaging App Deported From New Zealand

Stuffing our bodies into a metal tubes to fly miles above the ground is already a pretty dehumanising experience. And “jokes” about bombs can make it a lot worse, as a teenager’s lawyer seemed to acknowledge, calling a recent incident in New Zealand the “grossly stupid event of the century.” Read More >>

The Guardian Now Comes Wrapped In Potatoes At Weekends

The Guardian's supplements came wrapped in a plastic substitute this weekend, but only in some areas. Read More >>

At Least 222 Are Dead After Tsunami Crashes Into Indonesia, With Death Toll Expected to Rise

A deadly tsunami that struck Indonesia unexpectedly has reportedly left hundreds of people dead and many more missing and injured. Read More >>

69-Year-Old Troll Loses Case to Make Himself 20 Years Younger

Emile Ratelband, a 69-year-old man who has insisted he should be allowed to legally change his age to make himself 20 years younger, finally had his day in court. As of Monday, 3 December 2018, he is still legally 69 years old, and time will continue to have its way with him, just as it does for all of us. Read More >>