Simon Cowell plans Grenfell charity single

Simon Cowell plans Grenfell charity single

Simon Cowell has said he intends to record a charity single to help the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. “We hope to confirm a record tomorrow which will raise some money for the many people affected by this tragedy,” the pop impresario wrote on Thursday. Cowell, who lives in the same London borough as the now burnt-out tower, called the blaze “heartbreaking”. It is not yet known which acts will appear on the single…

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Apple's Tim Cook confirms self-driving car plans

Apple's Tim Cook confirms self-driving car plans

Apple’s chief executive has confirmed it is developing a self-driving car system. But Tim Cook indicated that it is too soon to say whether it would license the tech to other carmakers or try to build its own vehicles. His interview with the Bloomberg news agency yielded his most detailed comments about the project to date. Until now, Apple had avoided publicly discussing its plans, although it had confirmed the scheme in US filings. There…

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Theresa May: Tory tax plans have not changed

Theresa May: Tory tax plans have not changed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May has insisted Tory tax plans have not changed after a senior cabinet minister signalled there would be no income tax increase for higher earners. The prime minister said it was her party’s “firm intention to reduce taxes on ordinary working families”. But Sir Michael Fallon said in the Daily Telegraph that there would be no rise in income tax for higher earners. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn…

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Manchester attack: Ariana Grande plans benefit gig

Manchester attack: Ariana Grande plans benefit gig

Ariana Grande is to return to Manchester to play a benefit gig for the victims of the attack at her concert on Monday. The American star said her “heart, prayers and deepest condolences” were with the victims of the Manchester attack. “I don’t want go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans,” the singer added. Twenty-two people were killed in the explosion at the Manchester Arena….

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Tories 'won't look again' at social care plans

Tories 'won't look again' at social care plans

Media playback is unsupported on your device Damian Green has said Conservatives will not “look again” at plans to fund social care in England, amid warnings they will be unpopular with voters. The Tory manifesto says elderly people requiring care at home would have to meet the costs but could keep £100,000. He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that it would still be “a reasonable inheritance to have”. But Labour said it would leave people…

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Samsung plans to relaunch refurbished Note 7 devices

Samsung plans to relaunch refurbished Note 7 devices

Samsung hopes to refurbish the 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 devices that it recalled after a battery fault led to some catching fire. If local authorities and carriers agreed, and there was demand, it may then resell the phones, Samsung said. It also unveiled two other proposals for recycling the devices, including detaching the components and retrieving the hardware’s precious metals. Samsung had faced pressure from environmental campaigner Greenpeace. The organisation had lobbied the technology…

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Ofcom plans instant payback for broadband woes

Ofcom plans instant payback for broadband woes

Landline and broadband customers who suffer poor service could get money back automatically under plans set out by the telecoms regulator, Ofcom. Under the proposals, they would no longer have to “fight tooth and nail” to get “fair compensation”, Ofcom said. The plan, which is now subject to consultation, could benefit up to 2.6 million customers, the regulator added. The payments would apply whenever services go wrong and are not fixed quickly enough. Slow repairs,…

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Microsoft plans convergence of PC, Xbox gaming, releases more details on Windows 10 Game Mode

Microsoft plans convergence of PC, Xbox gaming, releases more details on Windows 10 Game Mode

For the last few months we’ve heard tidbits and hints about Microsoft’s upcoming Game Mode for Windows 10. The new mode, which is part of the Creators Update, is supposed to help some games run modestly faster — and as we suspected, it’s all about tuning system resources to dedicate more game-specific work to the CPU or GPU. At GDC this week, Microsoft said Game Mode will dedicate a certain number of CPU cores to game…

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