There were long queues for cricket fans heading to Edgbaston this morning for the Australia v England ICC Champions Trophy. The Edgbaston road was closed this morning from 8am till 11am and will be closed again for two hours at the end of the match1 between 6pm – 8pm. Armed police were dotted along the roads as people headed into the ground and strict security checks were in place at the gates.
No change to the teams today with Worcestershire’s Moeen Ali, Nottinghamshire’s fast bowler Jake Ball and Alex Hales included. England: Roy, Hales, Root, Morgan (captain), Stokes, Buttler (wicketkeeper), Moeen, Rashid, Plunkett, Wood, Ball. Australia: Warner, Finch, Smith (captain), Henriques, Maxwell, Head, Wade (wicketkeeper), Starc, Cummins, Zampa, Hazlewood.
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Security has been tightened at this year’s Staffordshire County Show but that didn’t put off thousands of families attending one of the most popular events in the agricultural calendar. The two-day rural celebration at Staffordshire County Showground2, near Stafford, opened its gates today to visitors from across the country. Organisers from Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society have worked with Staffordshire Police to increase security measures in the wake of last week’s bombing in Manchester with the 100-acre site covered by more than 40 CCTV cameras.
Drug dealer caught tryinto to smuggle cocaine and MDMA into V Festival3 Staffordshire County Showground chief executive Richard Williams said: “We have put on extra security and bag checks on arrival at the showground . We have metal detectors that are being used as well, extra foot patrols by uniformed police and sniffer dogs. VIDEO: Ten Green Bottles expands into Stone – there’s 60 different beers to try (& a few gins too)!4 The move was introduced in some cattle classes this year to enable farmers who may be otherwise unable to attend for reasons such as staffing or TB movement restrictions to showcase their herds.
Pictured: John Hartley from Farm to Shop in Leek
In total 35 animals were videoed on their farms ahead of today’s judging and the footage was broadcast in one of the livestock rings.
Dan said: “I watched a bit of the video footage and it was good to see quite a few people who have never shown here before . Hopefully it will encourage them to come to the show next time round.” Dad-of-six held knife to ex-wife’s neck – during holiday to Pontins5
Pictured: Joel Dart and Dan Weaver, from Stone, at the show
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Alphabet s smart home unit Nest is launching a high-definition update to its internet-connected home security camera, powered by Google s artificial intelligence technology, a year after the departure of its co-founder Tony Fadell1. This week s unveiling of the $299 ( ‘ 349/ 299) Nest Cam IQ, which will ship in late June, marks the beginning of the end for a relative dearth of new device introductions at the smart-home pioneer . Other new products are anticipated later this year. Nest Cam IQ draws on computer-vision technology from its Alphabet sister company Google to introduce new features such as face recognition, to improve the relevance of security alerts pushed out through its companion smartphone app. Last July, Nest launched a new version of its existing home camera that was designed for outdoor use . At that point, it had been more than a year since the company first released the Nest Cam, a home security camera based on technology it acquired with start-up Dropcam in 2014. The launch of the Nest Cam Outdoor came just weeks after Mr Fadell had been replaced by Motorola veteran Marwan Fawaz as the company s chief executive, amid criticism about the pace of new product innovations after the company was acquired by Google for $3.2bn in early 2014.
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The learning thermostat for which it is best known was first introduced in 2011, followed by its Protect smoke alarm in 2013 . Greg Duffy, founder of Dropcam, criticised Mr Fadell s leadership of the company, saying that dozens of the start-up s employees had left soon after its acquisition by Nest, amid a continued lack of output . Mr Fadell pointed to several upgrades to both its hardware and software in the year leading up to his exit, telling the Financial Times in an interview last year: It takes a long time to innovate . You can t just redo one thing, you have to rebuild from the ground up. That is what Nest now says it has done with the Cam IQ, which includes an overhaul of its hardware design, as well as a new 4K sensor that allows images to be enlarged 12-fold, for a clearer look at potential intruders. Nest s new camera promises to be able to tell the difference between a person moving in a room and a pet or another shadow, reducing the frequent false alarms that can occur using simpler motion-sensing technology . Subscribers to Nest Aware, a premium service costing $100 a year, will also be able to receive familiar face alerts when family members return home. Our philosophy is that a security camera should be an intelligent camera a guard watching for you but thinking before they pick up the phone to call you, said Maxime Veron, Nest s director of product marketing. Over the past year, Nest s camera has seen growing competition from both lower-priced Chinese devices, such as Yi Technology, and newer entrants touting advanced AI technology behind the lens, including Amazon s new Echo Look2 and start-up Lighthouse.
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The camera market is definitely our most competitive market, Mr Veron said. Lighthouse, which has raised $17m from Android founder Andy Rubin s3 hardware investment fund Playground Global, uses 3D depth-sensing technology originally developed for self-driving cars to offer what Alex Teichman, chief executive, calls an interactive assistant for your home , allowing users to search a visual history of when family members or pets come and go, using their voice. We do see this fundamentally different to a home security camera, in the same way Amazon s virtual assistant Alexa was fundamentally different to a Bose speaker, Mr Teichman said in a recent interview with the FT . There has been some disappointment in the smart home generally . Somebody just needs to deliver on it. Ben Bajarin, tech analyst at Creative Strategies, said that consumer adoption of internet-connected cameras for the home was starting to pick up , largely driven by security . He pointed to the recent success of Ring, a smart doorbell that incorporates a video camera to let people see who is trying to get in. He added: You re seeing consumers adopt these cameras purely for security and for other things that might qualify as peace of mind, such as baby monitoring. Despite the proliferation of new start-ups in the sector, Mr Bajarin said that Nest, backed by the Google brand, could have an advantage because consumers were more likely to trust a brand they know: They are letting a camera or a smart lock into their house .
If Nest can keep that trust, they can make the most of that opportunity better than a no-name brand.