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Amazing Grace review – euphoric vision of Aretha Franklin’s gospel glory

There’s an oceanic swell of euphoria and joy in this extraordinary film, effectively a rediscovered concert movie showing the creation of Aretha Franklin’s gospel LP, Amazing Grace, recorded over two nights in 1972 in front of a live congregation and accompanied by the Southern California Community Choir. The concert was at the New Temple Missionary Baptist […]

May 10th, 2019 | Posted in Art & Ents,Films | Read More »

Poignant, exuberant, gripping: Alan Hollinghurst on the 2019 Desmond Elliott shortlist

I’d never judged a prize before, but felt, as I worked cautiously on my seventh novel, that judging a first-novel prize might give me a shot in the arm. The Desmond Elliott prize — £10,000 for the best first novel of the year — must be an exciting one to win. It’s also a very nice […]

May 10th, 2019 | Posted in Art & Ents | Read More »

Crowning glory: the Globe’s triple helping of Henrys – in pictures

The Globe theatre, London, kicks off its new season with Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V, performed back to back on 10 and 11 May. Photographer Tristram Kenton captured the rigours of rehearsal and the backstage buzz Sarah Amankwah and Helen Schlesinger in rehearsals FacebookTwitterPinterest Cast and crew warm up for […]

May 10th, 2019 | Posted in Art & Ents,Theater | Read More »

Trade war: US raises tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods

The US has more than doubled tariffs on $200bn (£153.7bn) worth of Chinese products, in a sharp escalation of the countries’ damaging trade war. Tariffs on affected Chinese goods have risen to 25% from 10%, and Beijing has vowed to retaliate. China said it “deeply regrets” the move and will have to take “necessary counter-measures.” […]

May 10th, 2019 | Posted in World | Read More »

Android Q: everything you need to know about Google’s update

Google took the wraps off the next version of Android 10 Q at its IO developer conference in California this week, introducing a whole range of new features, gestures, AI and privacy advances. Android Q doesn’t yet have a full name, but it marks a shift-change in Google’s attitudes to how things should work on a smartphone. […]

May 10th, 2019 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

Huawei P30 Pro review: game-changing camera, stellar battery life

uawei’s latest top-end phone, the P30 Pro, has a genuinely groundbreaking new quad camera system on the back with amazing low-light performance and the first 5x optical zoom enabling a practically spycam-like 50x digital zoom. The new £900 phone, from the firm that continues to be at the centre of a political storm, has the familiar […]

May 10th, 2019 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

Best true wireless earbuds: AirPods, Samsung, Jabra and Anker compared and ranked

It wasn’t long ago that true wireless earbuds, those that don’t need any wires even between the earphones, weren’t very good. Solid connectivity was a challenge, dropouts were infuriatingly common and battery life was woeful. But they all offered that taste of freedom from wires that is like a ratchet – once you’ve experienced tangle-free […]

May 10th, 2019 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

Facebook cofounder calls for company to break up over ‘unprecedented’ power

A cofounder of Facebook has called for the government to break up the company, warning that Mark Zuckerberg’s power is “unprecedented and un-American”. Chris Hughes, who helped established Facebook after meeting Zuckerberg at Harvard, wrote in the New York Times that Facebook’s acquisition of rival platforms had given Zuckerberg unparalleled power over speech and that, from the early days of Facebook, […]

May 10th, 2019 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

Meng Wanzhou: Huawei CFO seeks halt to extradition after Trump comments

Huawei’s chief financial officer intends to seek a stay on extradition proceedings, in part based on statements by Donald Trump about the case that her lawyers say disqualifies the United States from pursuing the matter in Canada. Meng Wanzhou, 47, who faces charges related to Iran sanctions violations, was appearing at a Vancouver courthouse on Wednesday to […]

May 10th, 2019 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

My data security is better than yours: tech CEOs throw shade in privacy wars

Privacy cannot be a luxury good offered only to people who can afford to buy premium products and services,” declared Sundar Pichai, the chief executive officer of Google, in a New York Times op-ed this week. “Privacy must be equally available to everyone in the world.” Pichai’s column, published in conjunction with Google’s annual developer conference, […]

May 10th, 2019 | Posted in Technology | Read More »