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Australia – Naked Man Stuck In Washing Machine

Australia – Naked Man Stuck In Washing Machine

An Australian man put police officers in a spin when they had to free him from a washing machine after a game of hide and seek went wrong.

The man from Mooropna, north of Melbourne, became stuck in the top-loading machine as he tried to use it as an elaborate hiding place.

It took 20 minutes to free the man, with rescuers using olive oil to ease him out.

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Microsoft Windows 9 Will Launch In 2015

Microsoft Windows 9 Will Launch In 2015

Microsoft is reportedly on course to ditch its troubled Windows 8 operating system in 2015.

According to tech blogger Paul Thurrott, the world’s biggest software maker will confirm at its Build conference in April that a project titled “Threshold” will deliver a new operating system, Windows 9.

It was scheduled, he said, to launch in April 2015 following an update to Windows 8.1 this year which would also include phone software improvements.

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Cockroach Burrows Into Sleeping Man’s Ear

Cockroach Burrows Into Sleeping Man’s Ear

A man in Australia had to be rushed to hospital in terrible pain after a large cockroach crawled into his ear as he slept, and an attempt to suck it out with a vacuum cleaner failed.

Medical treatment initially only caused the inch-long insect to burrow further into the head of Hendrik Helmer.

The unwelcome invader was eventually extracted by a doctor with forceps, but only after Mr Helmer had endured the unpleasant sensation of it being in the “throes of death-twitching”.

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Parents Of Girl With Rare Cancer Launch Appeal

Parents Of Girl With Rare Cancer Launch Appeal

The parents of a one-year-old girl desperately sick with an extremely rare form of leukaemia have said time is running out to find her a stem cell donor.

Margot Martini’s form of leukaemia is so rare her consultant haematologist has only seen three cases in the last decade.

Her parents Yaser, 43, and Vicki, 38, from Roehampton, southwest London, are making an urgent, worldwide appeal to find someone with the right tissue type to save her life.

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Band takes interactive techno trip for fans

Band takes interactive techno trip for fans

The days of sitting passively watching a music video could soon be a thing of the past as a growing number of artists adopt an interactive approach to showcasing their songs.

Bombay Bicycle Club are among a small but growing number of groups making interactive music videos, a relatively recent phenomenon.

Their video for new single Carry Me allows users to take over and customise their visual experience by controlling what the group do.

“The technology perfectly matched what we were doing with other read more

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Australia bushfires – One dead

Australia bushfires – One dead

More than 80 bushfires are burning across Victoria and South Australia states as temperatures continued to top 40C (104F).

Both states have endured several days of scorching temperatures, with winds helping to increase the speed of the fires.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said one person died at their home in Roses Gap in the Grampians region, northwest of Melbourne.

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Google Glass – Motorist cleared in landmark case

Google Glass – Motorist cleared in landmark case

A woman who was issued with a traffic ticket for driving while wearing Google Glass has been found not guilty of watching television while driving.

Software developer Cecilia Abadie was pulled over for speeding in October last year, and the officer cited her for using a visible “monitor” – a charge usually issued to people driving while watching a television.

It is the first known alleged traffic violation for wearing Google’s computer eyeglasses while driving.

The verdict following a trial in a San Diego traffic court could help shape future laws on read more

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Drug Gang Sells Cannabis To School Children

Drug Gang Sells Cannabis To School Children

The boss of the south London firm claims the cannabis trade in Britain is “the biggest it has ever been” despite continued police efforts to disrupt the illegal trade.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the man in his twenties said he employs more than 30 workers.

He explained how they had at least three factories supplying people in south London and even claims he exports the class B drug to the Netherlands, Germany and Austria.

The boss said: “We have a type of weed over here called ‘English cheese’.”

“It was created over here – in Amsterdam they don’t have that so they try to create that but they just can’t because it is what we make and that’s what they want.”

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SMS Texts Abandoned For Instant Messaging Apps

SMS Texts Abandoned For Instant Messaging Apps

For the first time ever the number of text messages sent has fallen, with instant messaging apparently taking over as the way we communicate with our family and friends.

Deloitte‘s latest technology predictions report shows an estimated 145 billion SMS messages were sent in 2013 in the UK, seven billion less than in 2012.

In the same period 160 billion instant messages were sent, a huge jump from 57 billion in 2012.

In 2014 they predict the number of traditional texts will continue to fall, but a staggering 300 billion read more

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