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    Box Office: ‘Good Boys’ Leads Crowded Weekend With $21 Million

    LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) – The Bean Bag Boys, the self-appointed nickname for the trio of best friends in Universal’s “Good Boys,” are conquering much more than sixth grade. They are also leading the domestic box office, exceeding expectations and collecting $21 million on opening weekend.

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    Chinese police investigate FedEx package containing handgun

    BEIJING – Police in South-east China’s Fujian province have launched an investigation after a FedEx parcel sent from the United States was found to contain a handgun, the latest Chinese-related problem to affect the US package delivery firm.

    Amid tense Sino-US relations, Memphis-based FedEx is already facing scrutiny in China on suspicion it illegally held back more than 100 Huawei packages after Washington in May placed the Chinese telecoms giant on a blacklist that effectively blocks US firms from doing business with it.

    Police in the Jin’an district of Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian, said on Sunday (Aug 18) on Weibo, a micro-blogging platform similar to Twitter, that an unidentified sporting goods company had received the parcel sent from a US customer via FedEx.

    “Inside was a gun,” the Jin’an police said on their official Weibo account. “At the present time, the Fuzhou police have already impounded the gun and started an investigation into the case.”

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    WhatsApp now testing fingerprint lock for Android Beta

    WhatsApp is testing a Fingerprint Lock feature for Android Beta users, which would grant access to WhatsApp only to the same fingerprint used to unlock the phone.

    The WhatsApp Beta blog reports that as the name suggests, the feature stops snoops from freely accessing WhatsApp on a user’s unlocked phone.

    However, even if Fingerprint Lock is enabled, users can still reply to messages from notifications and pickup WhatsApp calls without unlocking. Authentication is only required to open the app.

    The feature, previously called Authentication or Screen Lock, had earlier been tested with iOS beta users but is not available for general Android users yet.

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    5 bakeries selling artisanal sourdough and pastries in Singapore


    PHOTO: Mother Dough

    Naadhira Ismail worked in events and marketing before giving in to her passion for baking and setting up Mother Dough. Having done a couple of successful pop-ups in 2017, Ms Ismail took the opportunity to open the homely halal bakery along North Bridge Road in June 2018.

    The selection includes everything from almond croissants to whole wheat sourdough and grilled cheese sandwiches, made with organic flour sourced from environmentally-conscious grain mills. “You need quality ingredients for the end product to be good,” explains Ms Ismail, who honed her skills at the International Culinary Institute and four years at bakeries and restaurants in New York.

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    Robot traffic police now on the job in North China

    China’s first robot police have been put to work in the city of Handa in North China’s Hebei Province.

    The Handan Public Security Bureau announced the use of three types of traffic robot police in a ceremony held on Wednesday.

    Equipped with intelligent cameras, the robots can spot traffic violations, give offenders verbal warnings and take photos of incidents. The robots were developed using big data, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and laser-based navigation.

    The road patrol robot, which resembles a traffic police officer in a yellow uniform and white hat, can identify drivers and take photos of illegal behaviour through its automatic navigation system, as well as give reminders to jaywalkers.

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    French waiter shot dead for being ‘too slow with sandwich’

    BOBIGNY – A customer shot a waiter dead at an eatery on the outskirts of Paris, apparently enraged at being made to wait for a sandwich, a source close to the investigation said Saturday (Aug 17).

    The waiter’s colleagues called police after he was shot in the shoulder with a handgun in the Noisy-le-Grand suburb east of Paris on Friday night, the source said.

    Attempts to revive the 28-year-old failed and he died at the scene.

    The gunman, who a witness said lost his temper “as his sandwich wasn’t prepared quickly enough”, fled the scene.

    Police told AFP a murder investigation has been opened.

    With the shooter still on the run Saturday, shocked residents gathered outside the pizza and sandwich eatery.

    “He was killed for a sandwich?” one asked, unbelievingly.

    It is sad,” said a 29-year-old woman. “It’s a quiet restaurant, without any problems. It just opened a few months ago.”

    But others noted high crime levels in the area, notably drug-dealing and public drunkenness.

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    HK activists, Beijing supporters demonstrate in London

    LONDON (AFP) – Demonstrators backing the democracy activists in Hong Kong marched in London on Saturday (Aug 17), as counter-protesters staged a rival rally.

    More than a thousand people took part in the two demonstrations in the British capital.

    Protesters supporting the activists paraded banners reading “Will Britain hold China to its promise on Hong Kong’s freedom?”, “Power to the people: stand with Hong Kong” and “Will Boris surrender to China?”, referring to new Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

    Others said “The only place I want pepper is in my noodle soup”, “SOS: please save Hong Kong” and “No China extradition”.

    The gathering was organised by the StandwithHK and D4HK groups.

    The old British colonial Hong Kong flag was seen at the demonstration.

    Britain handed control of Hong Kong back to China in 1997 on the basis of the Joint Declaration it signed with Beijing, which guarantees freedoms in the semi-autonomous city until 2047.

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    Guest networks on routers are not as safe as they claim to be

    Security researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel have discovered that a router’s guest networking feature is not as safe as it seems.

    Most routers have this feature, which allows a user to create a separate network for guests (hence the name).

    This allows guests to connect to the router and enjoy an Internet connection but restricts them from accessing a user’s private network, which might contain computers or NAS systems.

    “All of the routers we surveyed regardless of brand or price point were vulnerable to at least some cross-network communication once we used specially crafted network packets. A hardware-based solution seems to be the safest approach to guaranteeing isolation between secure and non-secure network devices,” as mentioned by the researchers.

    They found that as long as the router hosted two networks, some level of cross-router covert channels exist and these can be exploited to steal data or to plant a malicious bug.

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    Cafe review: Antoinette launches souffle pancakes and new cakes at Penhas branch, Singapore

    A Chinese man making some of the best French pastries in Singapore sounds ridiculous, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Chef Pang Kok Keong is the brain behind Antoinette, a quintessential Parisian pâtisserie and restaurant that pays homage to Marie Antoinette – the last queen of France known for her love of excess. And with the cafe-bistro’s new menu, you’ll get the same indulgence that the monarch once enjoyed.

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    ‘You can still sense the love’: Baby boomers revel at Woodstock 50 years on

    Baby boomers dressed in tie-dye, rolling wheelchairs and chasing a memory of peace and love flocked to Bethel, New York, for the weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the music festival that defined 1960s counterculture.

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