Britain’s Youth Will Never Forgive Us Over Brexit, Lord Heseltine Warns

Lord Heseltine has warned politicians over their approach to Brexit.

Former deputy prime minister Lord Michael Heseltine will warn politicians that Britain’s youth will “never forgive us” unless they are offered the chance to reverse Brexit.

The Tory veteran, 85, will address a rally calling for a second referendum ahead of Tuesday’s crunch Commons vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

He will claim that the Government appears to have “lost control” and there were signs that MPs were prepared to take action to “assert the authority” of Parliament.

Highlighting a generational split in the result of the 2016 referendum, he will say “those of a certain age who voted 70:30 to leave” are “rapidly being replaced by a younger generation who voted 70:30 to stay”.

At the rally in London’s ExCel centre, which will also be addressed by politicians including Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable, Tory former ministers Anna Soubry and Philip Lee and celebrities including Charles Dance and Jason Isaacs, Lord Heseltine will claim that those campaigning for a second vote are “British patriots” who are “proud of our Commonwealth and empire”.

The event, organised by the Best for Britain and People’s Vote campaigns, will feature politicians from the Tories, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Green Party and Plaid Cymru.

Heseltine will hit out at Brexiteers who have called pro-EU politicians “traitors”, saying: “May our opponents never be forgiven for their allegations that it is us who are letting Britain down.”

He will say: “Let us make our position clear. We are the British patriots.

“We want a Britain at the heart of Europe because we want the voice of Britain, the tolerance of Britain, the culture of Britain, at the heart of Europe. We are proud of our Commonwealth and empire. Our voice is their voice in Europe.

“It is the Brexiteers who seek to belittle us, to undermine our influence, to slam windows, to close doors with the suggestion that our membership of the European community blunts our influence.”

In comments echoing a youthful William Hague’s address to the Tory conference in 1977, when he told his ageing audience “half of you won’t be here in 30 or 40 years’ time” as he discussed the future, Heseltine is expected to add: “Let me repeat his warning. Let me paraphrase his words. ‘I certainly won’t be here.’ But neither will my generation.

“Those of a certain age who voted 70:30 to leave is rapidly being replaced by a younger generation who voted 70:30 to stay. The parents, the grandparent will have gone. The younger generation, they will be here. They will be here.

“They will never forgive us if we now exclude them from the corridors of European power. Offered a seat in an anteroom as others decide behind closed doors. Invited to submit their views in writing so others may decide behind closed doors.

“Trying to negotiate trade deals on behalf of the United Kingdom in competition with a European Union six times our size offering bigger, better deals behind closed doors.”

“No-one can predict the events of next week,” Hestletine will add, according to a transcript of his speech given to media. “Every news bulletin, every headline, every leak tells us of a Government that has lost control. These are the first promising signs that a growing number of members of the House of Commons are prepared to assert the authority and sovereignty of that place.

“Our country’s future depends on their judgment and will. They must act in the national interest. Their conclusions must be put back to the people for their endorsement.”

Forest is an app to help you focus [App of the Week]

Forest is a charming app that helps users stay focused by keeping them off of their phone.

The app has been out since the beginning of the year, and it’s recently been placed on Apple’s top apps of the year list.

The central concept behind Forest is to plant a virtual tree in the app every time you want to focus on something. The goal is to spend time focusing on things every day in order to grow a forest of virtual trees.

If you open your phone and navigate outside of the app then the tree dies.

To use the app, you have to select a limit for how long you want to focus and then the tree or shrub will grow within that time frame. The longer the time you set, the larger the tree will be.

Once the tree has grown, you can even set a timer for a break if you want to keep yourself on track.

You can also set tags to each tree to help keep track of the reasons you decide to focus for.

Users who pay for the premium version of the app can also earn achievements and coins to spend on new plants to populate your forest. You can also tap on the tree on the main screen to change the variety of the plant.

There is even an option to listen to ambient music from the app. The default sound is ‘Forest Rain,’ but users can unlock more by growing more trees to earn coins.

The app also plants trees in real life when users spend virtual coins. Forest is available on both iOS and Android, plus there’s a browser extension to use on your computer.

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Cattails Review – Star-Mew Valley

Cattails Review

Cattails, new to the Switch from Falcon Development, offers a lot of the same appeal as Stardew Valley – a huge open world life-sim, some RPG elements and cute, colorful retro visuals – but with cats. Yes, you heard that right, but don’t cough up a hairball, because it isn’t as bad as it sounds. Cattails might have easily turned out to be a mediocre knock-off or even an unintentional parody, but amazingly it all comes together into a really engrossing and enjoyable experience that has really sunk its claws into me, despite a few rough edges.

In Cattails, you are a feral cat – once a part of a loving family but now lost, on your own out in the wilds. Using your skills in foraging and hunting, as well as your friendly connections with new feline companions, you’re tasked with starting a new life on your own as part of a colony. Survival elements like hunger and health meters keep you searching for food and herbal remedies, but it’s nicely balanced and I never found myself a slave to the survival wheel. Especially once you get the hang of hunting, you’re pretty free to explore the vast map and make friends and a new life at your leisure.

We’re Not Kitten Around

And it’s a big map. The cat colony of which you are a part occupies one section of it, but there are 2 other colonies as well, each with their own territory. Using your fighting abilities, you can help your adopted feline brothers and sisters fight enemy colonies for territory, with victory bringing rewards like XP and money that can be used to upgrade your skills and buy items. In addition to animals and plants for you to collect (yes, there’s catnip), the map also has some other secrets and goodies to reveal. As an open world, Cattails is maybe not as much of a vibrant and diverse ecosystem as Harvest Moon or Stardew Valley, but there’s still hours and hours of discovery awaiting.

The real fun of Cattails comes in the deeper life sim aspects – making friends, meeting companions and even getting married and having – ahem – kittens. This side of the game isn’t even revealed to you until many hours into the game, and moving a relationship with another cat from acquaintance to romantic partner takes a long, long time of talking, giving gifts and finally offering the red rose of love. Each companion will require specific gifts, which you’ll have to discover by studying them, and the kinds of gifts they like might not be easy to find. Mine required feathers from colored birds, and trust me those took me a long time to hunt down.

Cattails

The bottom line is that Cattails is built for the long-haul; if you’re looking for a quick game with immediate rewards for your time, this ain’t it. This is basically a second life you’re meant to put lots and lots of time into, and just enjoy the relaxation of inhabiting another world for its own sake. I personally found it mostly a lot of fun, and in a very stress-free way. There’s no real “end” to Cattails, and definitely no pressure to win or struggle against a tough challenge, unless you want to. Mind you, there are a few parts where I did feel my time was being wasted a bit – making me travel down 25 levels of a cave just to get a few gems to trade with a mole-merchant is one example that comes to mind.

The Bottom (Fe)Line

There is a kind of narrative to Cattails, involving the Temple at the centre of the map. Again, it is a long and involved process to move the story forward, usually by collecting vast amounts of rare items and animals found in scattered corners of the map. A few of the sea creatures and other exotic animals that I was asked to find seemed to be so rare that I literally never saw one in all of my hunting time – I got the sense that they, too, would only unlock after I put many more hours in. As much as I like the zero-pressure, low-stress style of Cattails, I would have liked the option to move a bit faster in the story. It’s almost as if the developers prefer that you just explore and run around the map, and they try to slow you down any chance they get.

Cattails is a surprisingly-polished and well-made game for a little indie title. The controls are easy to use, the mechanics are solid and the visuals are bright, colorful and cute. Again, it maybe lacks some of the vibrant detail of other open-world sims, and the fighting is a bit too simple. Dialogue with other cats can be fun but more response options could be added. Overall, though, the gameplay experience is an engaging one that will easily take 20-plus hours of your life away if you let it – but hey, you’ve still got eight more. If you love Stardew Valley, Harvest Moon, or just cats, you’ll find this game to be a near-purrfect choice.

** A Nintendo Switch code was provided by the publisher **

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Man, 47, Arrested After Alleged Kidnap Attempt Of Girl, 6, At Christmas Fair

The alleged kidnapping attempt happened near Egham's High Street, police said.

A man has been arrested after allegedly attempting to kidnap a six-year-old girl at a Christmas fair in Egham, Surrey.

The man is suspected of trying to grab the young girl on Egham High Street at around 12.40pm Saturday, after trying to lure her with toys and sweets.

A 47-year-old man from Egham is currently in custody, Surrey Police said.

An investigation is currently under way, and police have called for anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any other information, to come forward.

Dominic Raab Criticised For Foodbank Appeal After ‘Cash Flow’ Comments

Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has been criticised for appealing for donations to his local foodbank – after previously describing those in need of emergency supplies as merely suffering “cash flow problems”.

Raab, who left government amid the backlash to Theresa May’s Brexit deal last month, recently shared his support for a Trussell Trust donations appeal on social media.

In a tweet, Raab wrote: “Thank you to Tesco in Molesey and the Trussell Trust for partnering to encourage customers to generously provide food collections for families in our community, who are struggling at this time of year.”

But his championing of the charity appeared to contrast sharply with his previous comments about those who attend foodbanks.

During a March 2017 debate on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, Raab told a stunned audience he had studied data which suggested those receiving food parcels were bad at managing money.

“The typical user of a food bank is not someone who’s languishing in poverty, it’s someone who has a cashflow problem episodically,” he said.

Raab’s historic comments were highlighted by Derbyshire in a tweet shared hundreds of times on Saturday.

Latest statistics from the Trussell Trust show 28% of those referred to its foodbanks cite “low income” as the cause of their hardship, while debt accounts for 8% of referrals.

But benefit delays and benefit changes were the reason citied for a combined 40% referrals, the same statistics show.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told May this week that soaring foodbank use, predicted to reach record highs this year, should not see the facilities used for publicity purposes.

“I’d just gently say to her and the members behind her. Foodbanks are not just a photo opportunity for Conservative MPs,” he said.

May responded: “We now see wages growing faster than they have for nearly a decade. We see employment at record levels, but what the right honourable gentlemen wants to do, he talks about scrapping Universal Credit.”

MobileSyrup Holiday Gift Guide – Wearables and audio [2018 Edition]

Wearables and audio

Connected devices can make for excellent gifts. There is such a diverse selection of great products. Better yet, there are options to fit almost any cost.

When it comes to wearbles, there are many great options. The Apple Watch is great for iPhone fans, and Fitbit makes fantastic fitness trackers for everyone — athlete or not.

We also compiled several excellent headphones and Bluetooth speakers for the audiophile in your life.

Check out our list of the best wearable and audio gifts for the nerds in your life.

 

Withings Steel HR Sport

Withings makes some of the most unique fitness trackers in the world. The brilliant melding of traditional watch faces with e-ink displays and fitness tracking components make for a stylish watch unlike any other.

Buy from Withings

$263

Buy from Amazon

Fitbit Versa

For the fitness nerd that wants more out of their wearable, the Fitbit Versa is the best activity tracker and smartwatch combo. And it plays well with Android and Apple

Read the Review

$249.95

Buy from Fitbit

Fossil Explorist

One of the newest Google Wear OS smartwatches, the Fossil Explorist has a premium design and great software, making it one of the most promising smartwatches on the market right now for Android users.

Read the Review

   $365

Buy from Fossil

Fitbit Charge 3

The Fitbit Charge 3 is a fantastic fitness tracker for the athlete in your life. With a refreshed design and great new features, the Charge 3 makes for an excellent wrist-companion.

Read the Review

    $199.95

Buy from Fitbit

Apple Watch Series 4

If you’re buying for someone in the Apple ecosystem, then the new Apple Watch is the premiere wearable for them. It’s designed from the ground up to work with an iPhone. It’s hard to beat that experience with any other wearable.

Read the Review

$519

Buy from Apple

Apple AirPods

When it comes to true-wireless earbuds, there’s few that compare to Apple’s AirPods. The ease of connection, the stability, the recognizable style are all pros. These are a great accessory for any iPhone fan.

Read the Review

$219

Buy from Apple

Amazfit Bip

The Bip is an excellent budget smartwatch. This little watch has GPS and can last for over a month on a single charge. Plus, it has an e-ink display for anyone that loves the retro futurism of its look.

Read the Review

$130

Buy from Amazfit

Loop True Wireless Earbuds

Looking for great truly wireless earbuds but don’t want to fork out a huge amount of money? The Loop wireless earbuds are a solid option with good sound and a great build.

Read the Review

$130

Buy from Loop

Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Sony makes some of the best headphones out there, but its noise cancelling WH-1000XM3s are the best. They’re a premium product with a premium price, but once you put them, on the world just disappears. There really isn’t a price on that.

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$449.99

Buy from Best Buy

OnePlus Type-C Bullets

OnePlus offers great value on its phones and accessories, and the Bullets earbuds are no exception. The Type-C Bullets are excellent for the music-lover on a budget. However, the Bullets Wireless are fantastic as well, for a higher price.

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$26.95

Buy from OnePlus

UE Boom 3

Bluetooth speakers are almost a dime a dozen at this point. Finding one that will last, has great features and great sound is harder than ever, but the latest UE Boom 3 hits all the right boxes without breaking the bank.

Read the Review

$199.99

Buy from UE

Aukey SoundTank

Aukey’s rugged SoundTank Bluetooth speaker offers solid sound and durability in a light, portable package — and at a great price too. It’s also got an AUX input for a wired connection. For the music lover on the go, this speaker will make a great companion.

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  $49.99

Buy from Amazon

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EA Ireland Director Fired Over Dick Remarks

Did This EA Director Go Too Far?

Philippe Grenet, who was director of global delivery service for Electronic Arts’ Irish office, has been fired for making penis remarks while talking to a female colleague. Grenet is accused of saying he was not “going to pull my dick out and put it on the table… to see who has the bigger dick.”

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The conversation was reportedly made in a video conversation between Grenet and the colleague in EA’s Austin, Texas office. After the woman filed the complaint, Grenet was dismissed. In High Court, Grenet and his defense counsel said that he used “I don’t want to compare the length of my dick” as a clumsy expression that was meant to mean he “did not want to challenge” the person that he was referring to.

Grenet and his defense counsel also claim that English is not his first language and his words were “twisted out of context.” In addition, they argue that there was no proper investigation into the complaint and no fair procedure prior to his dismissal.

Grenet also says that the colleague was previously not accepted for the job he held and claims that she is motivated by malice.

EA’s counsel said that Grenet admitted wrongdoing and the publisher is within their legal rights.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Is Already This Year’s Best-Selling Video Game on Amazon

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Is Already a Massive Success

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is all but one single day old and while it’s already a massive success receiving a very positive response from critics, it’s also already showing very strong sales numbers. Today it is officially the best-selling item from the video game category to date on Amazon.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Though Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was only released yesterday it has landed itself firmly at the top of Amazon’s annual best-selling charts. Between the combination of pre-orders and the huge day one sales, it’s no wonder this Nintendo exclusive has landed in the top spot as the best-selling item in the video games category for all of 2018. While no sales numbers have been revealed yet, the Amazon website boasts the top selling items within video games right here

By taking the top spot this means that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has outsold every PS4, Xbox One, and Switch console, and accessory, every online card currency or subscription, and every other game this year. This includes some massive titles like GOTY winner God of War (24th), Spider-Man (21st), and Red Dead Redemption 2 (18th). If this success on Amazon is any indication of just how well their latest game will do, Nintendo certainly has a surefire hit on their hands. You can check out the top 10 items below.

1) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

2) $20 PlayStation Store Gift Card (Digital code)

3) $10 PlayStation Store Gift Card (Digital code)

4) PlayStation Plus: 12 Month Membership (Digital code)

5) amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector (Nintendo Switch)

6) $50 PlayStation Store Gift Card (Digital code)

7) $10 Xbox Gift Card (Digital code)

8) $60 PlayStation Store Gift Card (Digital code)

9) Nintendo Switch – Neon Red and Neon Blue Joysticks

10) $25 Xbox Gift Card (Digital code)

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It will be interesting to see if Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will end out the year in the top spot, though with Christmas and Boxing Day on the horizon, it’s a strong possibility. Plus, with the recent announcement of Persona 5’s joker being the first DLC character, Nintendo may have roped in some more fans from the Persona franchise. Have you picked up Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Are you surprised by this Amazon domination? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to keep it locked for updates. 

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season Will Return In January 2019

With the sudden closure of Telltale Games this past September, there were many doubts about the conclusion of the Final Season of the developer’s seminal adventure game series The Walking Dead. During the Kinda Funny Games Showcase, however, it was revealed that next episode of The Final Season will arrive on January 15, 2019, with many of the core developers returning to finish out the conclusion to Telltale Games’ seminal adventure game series.

In the trailer for Episode 3: Broken Toys, we saw Clementine looking after another survivor during the zombie apocalypse, with a voiceover from the first season’s protagonist Lee reflecting on her growth. Over the course of the four seasons, Clementine has grown from a vulnerable character that needed guidance, to one of the series’ most hardened survivors. The trailer closed out with the twitter hashtag, #StillNotBitten, referencing a line said by Clementine during trailer.

In the weeks after the closure of Telltale Games last September, Robert Kirkman–the creator of The Walking Dead– and his studio Skybound Entertainment announced at New York Comic Con 2018 that they were able to work out a deal to ensure that former developers could return to the same office to continue work on the closing season.

“We’ve successfully negotiated with Telltale Games for our company Skybound to come in and see Season 4 of the Telltale game to completion,” said Kirkman during NYCC 2018. “We can’t lose Andrew Lincoln and Clementine in the same year.”

Skybound Entertainment has brought on 40 of the original developers to ensure that the same creatives are involved in the finish of the season, which had already been written prior to the closure. In our review of Episode 2: Suffer the Children, Justin Clark gave the game an 8/10, praising the game’s story and events, while also lamenting on the game’s cliffhanger–which came close to never being resolved.

“We leave The Walking Dead on a Telltale firmly willing to make mechanical and tonal risks, nearly all of which pay off well in this episode, hinting towards a bright future we may never get to see. If this is the last time we see her, the fact that she, and this series, have become what they’ve become is maybe the closest thing to a Happily Ever After as can be expected from The Walking Dead.”

James Gunn Reimagines Superman As A Horror Story In Brightburn Trailer

During 2018’s San Diego Comic-Con, everyone was abuzz with James Gunn’s next secret, non-Marvel project. However, details about it and a potential trailer were never revealed, after his Twitter scandal caused him to cancel his appearance at the yearly event. However, the first trailer was released today, and the story is essentially the same as Superman’s, but with a horrific twist.

The movie is titled Brightburn, and it’s written by Brian and Mark Gunn, produced by James Gunn, and directed by David Yarovesky, who worked with Gunn on the video short Guardians of the Galaxy: Inferno. In the trailer–which you can see above–a wife (Elizabeth Banks) and husband (David Denman) were unsuccessful at having a child, but one night, a meteor hits near their farm, and they find a baby. This sounds familiar, right? That’s because it’s the story of the iconic DC superhero, Superman.

However, from there, it takes a horrific twist. As this child–Brandon Breyer–grows older, into his teen years, something awakens in him, and it’s more than just superpowers. He puts on a mask, has a cape, and starts tormenting and stalking people, using his powers–in a sense–for evil. It’s an age-old tale we know that takes things in a really interesting direction.

The first trailer is an unsettling mixture of the superhero tale with a supernatural slasher horror film. This unique take on the superhero genre has my attention, which is especially tough with movies like Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame being the talk of the town as of late. While comic book fans have seen Superman as the villain before, like in Red Son, I can’t think of a story that’s tapped into the potential horror of the character.

Brightburn comes out on Monday, May 27, 2019. Seeing as it’s a Monday release, we are unsure at this time if it will be a theatrical or streaming release. However, those in the UK and Ireland get to see it a few days earlier, when it opens at cinemas on May 24, 2019.