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How to tell when your phone is listening to you or watching you

This is creepy…

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Have you ever wondered whether your phone is listening in to you, or even watching you?

Well, Apple’s latest update for the iPhone means you won’t have to wonder anymore, you’ll actually be able to know for sure if it is.

Apple has added a ‘warning dot’ that will alert you if your microphone or camera is activated, meaning that if an app is recording you, you’ll know.

The change to iPhones comes with the new iOS 14 update, and as part of it an orange dot will appear in the upper right corner of the screen when your microphone or camera is activated.

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You can then head to your Control Centre to find out which app is using the microphone.

If you suspect something’s not right, you can check the app’s permissions in Settings and deny it access to your microphone or camera, or even delete it.

Apple said: “Privacy is a fundamental human right and at the core of everything we do. That’s why with iOS 14, we’re giving you more control over the data you share and more transparency into how it’s used.

“An indicator appears at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. And in Control Center, you can see if an app has used them recently.”



There’s been rumours that apps like Facebook have been listening in to us for years, with many users saying they’ve spoken about something, only for ads for that product to appear soon after – even though they’ve never searched for it on their phone.

Facebook has denied that it uses the phone’s microphone to snoop on its users.

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Asda is giving emergency service workers a Christmas discount to say thank you

‘We really want to say thank you to our members for doing everything they can to help protect the most vulnerable this year,and every year

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Asda has announced that emergency service workers will be getting a special discount on their shopping in all of its stores throughout the festive period.

The retailer is offering a 10% discount for anyone who holds a Blue Light Card, a nationally-recognised scheme giving discounts to certain key workers and armed forces personnel. 

The 10% discount can be used in any of Asda’s 633 stores across the UK from today until Sunday, January 2nd, and is applicable on all food and drink, George at Asda clothing, optical and homeware, as well as toys and gifts. 

Asda said the discount has been launched as recognition of the valued work emergency service workers do each day to keep the public safe.

Speaking on the launch of the discount, Derek Lawlor, Chief Merchandising Officer at Asda, said: “Blue Light cardholders work in difficult and dangerous situations every day of the year to provide support to people across the UK who need it the most [and] we wanted to recognise this and thank them for everything they do by offering a discount in our stores this Christmas.

“We really want to say thank you to our members for doing everything they can to help protect the most vulnerable this year, and every year.”

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Employees of the following services can apply for the discount:

  • 4×4 Response
  • Ambulance Service
  • Blood Bikes
  • Border Force
  • British Army
  • Cave Rescue
  • Community First Responders
  • Fire Service
  • Highways England Traffic Officer
  • HM Armed Forces Veterans
  • HM Coastguard
  • HM Prison Service
  • Immigration Enforcement
  • Lowland Search and Rescue
  • MoD Fire Service
  • MoD Police
  • Mountain Rescue
  • NHS
  • Police
  • Red Cross
  • Reserve Armed Forces
  • RNLI
  • Royal Air Force
  • Royal Marines
  • Royal Navy
  • Search and Rescue
  • Social Care Workers
  • St Andrews Ambulance
  • St John Ambulance
  • UK Visas and Immigration

The discount is valid in-store only; to read the full terms and conditions, head over to the Asda website

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Line of Duty creator mocks Boris Johnson after he was pictured in police uniform

He’s no Ted Hastings…

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been roasted by Line of Duty’s creator Jed Mercurio after he was seen in full police gear for a press photo shoot.

Johnson became the laughing stock of the nation yesterday when photos from his early morning drugs raid with Merseyside Police started circulating on social media.

The PM could be seen in full police get-up, including a stab vest, an oversized police jacket and a gnome-like police beanie. 

Of course, the Twitter community was quick to roast Johnson on his unusual attire, as was the creator of police drama series Line of Duty Jed Mercurio, who went as far as ‘thanking’ him for his Line of Duty audition. 

He wrote: “Thank you for submitting your audition for the next series of #LineofDuty but we’re looking for a character with at least one redeeming moral principle and a performance that places even just a scintilla of doubt in the audience’s mind that he might not be totally bent.”

Line of Duty fans revelled in Mercurio’s scathing joke, with one person replying, “This is the best thing I’ve seen for a while,” and another writing: “And today Jed Mercurio owns Twitter, the end.”

The Prime Minister was shadowing officers on their raid in a bid to promote the Government’s new ten year drugs strategy aimed at cracking down on crime related to drugs gangs and to addicts funding their habits.

He told broadcasters in Liverpool: “I take the view that it is a long time really since you heard a government say that drugs – Class A drugs – are bad and bad for society, bad for opportunity, bad for kids growing up in this country.

“That’s my view, and I think it is something we can tackle, something we can deal with.”

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Gary Neville praised for calling out Boris Johnson over alleged Number 10 Christmas parties

Neville has even written to his local MP to find out who attended the alleged parties

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Gary Neville has slammed Boris Johnson and his ‘cronies’ for allegedly partying in Downing Street last Christmas while the rest of the country remained under Covid restrictions.

The Prime Minister was reported to the police by Labour MPs last week over allegations there were at least two parties in Downing Street during lockdown restrictions last Christmas.

The Daily Mirror also reported that two events had taken place in No 10 in the run-up to the festive season, where officials are said to have ‘knocked back glasses of wine during a Christmas quiz and a Secret Santa’. 

It was claimed that around ‘forty or fifty’ people were ‘crammed cheek by jowl’ into a medium-sized room in Number 10 for each of the two events.

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The Prime Minister has not explicitly denied that the parties took place, but No 10 has insisted that ‘all Covid rules were followed’. 

And now, as the allegations continue to be investigated by the Metropolitan Police, former Manchester United footballer Gary Neville has called out Boris Johnson and his government, slamming them for ‘partying in a tax payer funded residence’.

He wrote: “Are we really going to let this Number 10 party go? No chance! Last Xmas was a misery. Listening to him standing up there telling us what we couldn’t do.

“Families not seeing each other , loved ones dying alone. Whilst him and his cronies party in a tax payer funded residence!”

His impassioned tweet was quick to go viral, with thousands of people rushing to applaud him for speaking out. 

One social media user urged the former footballer to not let the issue go, writing: “Last [Christmas] we lost so many loved ones and couldn’t say goodbye in person. We were not allowed to pay respects at funerals due to the restricted numbers.

“Gary, don’t let this go, we are with you. I am extremely angry, upset & saddened. I want this corrupt govt held accountable.”

Another person wrote: “Keep asking, @GNev2, and keep the pressure on. We also need to know WHO was at @BorisJohnson’s Christmas shindig. Somebody knows.”

Neville has since followed up his tweet with a copy of a letter penned to his local MP, Mark Logan, wherein he enquires for an explanation as to why Bolton residents were forced into lockdown over Christmas ‘while the Prime Minister was partying with his colleagues and friends’.

In the letter, Neville explicitly asks Logan if he had attended any Christmas party related events with the Prime Minister or Cabinet, asking him to also ‘state your position on this matter’ and to get access to the attendee list. 

His letter continued: “We need MPs to stand up and show the courage to do the right thing and speak out against wrongdoing and admitting when it has taken place… Hancock, Johnson and no doubt many others are living by different rules.”

The former footballer has encouraged his followers to each write a letter to their own local MPs on the matter.

Though this isn’t the first time Neville has waded into the messy world of politics; back in October, he went head-to-head with former Tory politician Edwina Currie in a heated debate about the government’s plan to axe the Universal Credit uplift.

He slammed the Conservative’s language as ‘always divisive’ and ‘not helpful’, saying that it’s ‘really dangerous to remove Universal Credit payments at this moment in time, it’s brutal’.

He said: “I trust the population of this country, I work on the theory that people aren’t sitting there lazy, they really want a good job. They want to get good pay, they want their mental health to be sorted.

“They’re not sitting there thinking, ‘I’m going to take the chancellors money and live off of their money for the next ten to fifteen years.”

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