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    Orange, Butternut and Poppy Seed Loaf

    Orange, Butternut and Poppy Seed Loaf Wheat free, gluten free and dairy free Makes 1 loaf, serves 4-6 Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 450g loaf tin with coconut oil and line with baking parchment. Sift together 70g rice flour, 20g finely ground oats, 65g ground almonds, 1tsp baking powder, 1/8tsp bicarbonate of soda and 1/8tsp Xantham gum and set aside. Peel and coarsely grate half a butternut squash. Weigh out 150g and scatter over the zests or one large orange and half a lemon, 1tbsp lemon juice and 1tbsp poppy seeds. In a separate bowl, whisk 2 eggs and 85g golden caster sugar until thick and doubled in…

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    Purity of honey being questioned as retailers accused of selling ‘fake’ product

    AUSTRALIA’S biggest listed honey company and some of the country’s largest supermarket chains are facing accusations of selling fake honey, according to tests. A report led by leading international scientific lab that specialises in honey fraud, found that almost half the samples selected from supermarket shelves was “adulterated”, meaning it had been mixed with other substances. The ABC reported that the adulterated samples were all products that blend local and imported honey. Capilano’s Allowrie branded Mixed Blossom Honey, which sources honey from Australia and overseas, and markets itself as 100 per cent honey, showed up as “adulterated” in the majority of samples tested, the publication reported. However, it strongly denied…

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    Slack’s new logo is weird

    Changing your well-known logo can be a risky move, and I’m still not sure if Slack’s revision makes sense. I came in on a Monday morning, fired up the work MacBook Pro, and found odd new icons replacing the familiar hash logo on my Chrome browser. Slack, the instant messaging app that makes it easier to talk to your colleagues, had switched its logo last week to a brand-new one that well, kinda sucks. If there’s anything I really hate, it’s the humid Singapore weather, but new logos are up there. Slack’s new logo makes no sense. Why did the company replace the comfortable and familiar ‘#’ logo with what…

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    Joe Hildebrand: Politicians eat junk food to make them seem normal

    John Brogden may be the only politician in history to have been beaten by a sausage roll. The year was 2003 and the little-known Liberal leader was up against the eccentric Labor titan Bob Carr running for his third consecutive premiership at the NSW state election. Carr had almost twice the approval rating of the baby-faced Brogden, who was new, naïve and unknown. And his hero was Bobby Kennedy, which placed him about two steps to the left of the Labor Right. In short, the conservatives were muddy and muddled while Labor was direct and disciplined. The campaign had walkover written all over it. A long, boring walkover. Stuck on…

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    New KitKat flavour you can get for free

    IN a world first for the humble KitKat, a new flavour has arrived in Australia. While it has hit supermarket shelves, chocoholics are getting the chance to sample it for free for one day in two of the nation’s major metropolitan cities. Nestle has launched a limited edition flavour called KitKat GOLD, which contains the famous chocolate’s crisp wafer fingers covered in a new, creamy golden white, caramelised chocolate. Nestle’s Head of Marketing Confectionary Anna Stewart told News Corp Australia that the flavour creation came through the company’s development work in Australia. “We have a lot of fun exploring different flavour profiles, and when we tasted this one, we knew…

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    Hotel fires half its robot staff for sucking at their jobs

    Humans worried about the robot revolution threatening their jobs can relax. Japan’s Henn na Hotel prided itself on its all-robot staff, but it turns out they weren’t up to the job. Henn na’s robot staff was first employed in 2015 with the aim of becoming ‘the most efficient hotel in the world.’ But four years later, it seems that the 243 robots are less of a novelty and more of a nuisance. As a result, the Henn na Hotel has fired half of them, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. One guest complained that the virtual assistant robot Churi placed in every hotel room kept waking him up by…

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    Uber, Lyft IPOs to mint next batch of Bay Area millionaires

    Along with sourdough bread, impossibly steep hills and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is known for having more billionaires than any US city west of the Mississippi. Seventy-four to be exact. That’s not to mention the nearly 150,000 millionaires that live in the Bay Area. And those numbers are about to multiply. If all goes as planned, 2019 will be a year of tech IPOs. San Francisco-based companies including Airbnb, Pinterest and Slack are expected to issue initial public offerings, along with ride-hailing rivals Uber and Lyft.  Analysts think Uber, the world’s highest valued private company, could pull in as much as 20 billion from public funding, making it…

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    Overhauled Brave browser beta gets max privacy with Tor-powered private tabs

    Brave, the ad-blocking browser in the midst of a major overhaul, once again has an option for private tabs augmented by the Tor Project’s technology for keeping websites from tracking you online. Brave earlier this month launched an overhauled version, Brave Core, that looks a lot more like the Google Chrome browser on whose open-source foundation Brave is built. The new version, though, lacked support for the Tor privacy technology. On Thursday, Brave released the first Brave Core beta and added that Tor technology to the new version. Brave’s incorporation of Tor technology spotlights the increasing assertiveness of browsers to protect us from online prying and spying. Brave blocks ads…

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    This dress measures how many times the wearer was groped

      Too often, women who tell stories of being sexually harassed are met with doubt or disbelief. Now, they have a smart dress to back them up. The Dress For Respect by advertising agency Ogilvy has sensors sewn in that measure where on the body, and when, the wearer is touched. The information gets transferred via Wi-Fi to a control unit in real time. ‘It gives us a broader vision of harassment,’ said Nagib Nassif, a developer who worked on the garment’s technology. The dress got a test run in Brazil, where 86 percent of women have been harassed in nightclubs, according to data from Think Olga, a feminist collective…

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    Every series of Power Rangers, explained

    Power Rangers, that show about teens who turn into superheros in colorful helmets, has been on the air in one form or another since 1993. That’s 25 years of TV shows and three movies. Let that sink in for a second. As the series celebrates its 25th anniversary, former CNET editor Luke Lancaster, who watched Power Rangers as a kid, and associate editor Mike Sorrentino, a longtime fan, cast their gaze back over those decades of morphin’ action. By which we mean, Luke tries to guess what’s going on based on the show’s increasingly obscure titles, and Mike tells us what each version of the show was actually about. Let’s…