Top tech stories you may have missed during this crazy week

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first_imgThis is one of the busiest weeks of the year in tech. Though we’ve been giving you all of the biggest CES 2012 announcements, there are some other stories that slip through the cracks. Here are some of the coolest, geekiest things happening on the web this week…Han Solo Mimobot Flash DriveIt may not be the most realistic interpretation of Han Solo that we’ve seen, but this 2.5-inch tall USB flash drive depicts everyone’s favorite space pirate excellently nonetheless. The flash drive itself is a caricatured “big-head” version of Han, but the real fun arrives when you place it in its carbonite carrying case. Pick up the Leia Mimobot (sold separately) to reenact the “I love you,” “I know” scene every time you pack up your drive.The Han Solo Mimobot comes in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB sizes, ranging in price from $29.95 to $49.95.Check GeekSugarHow Intel’s Medfield will disarm ARMExtremeTech’s Sebastian Anthony takes a look at how Intel’s move to enter the smartphone market can shake things up. His rationale: Motorola obviously saw something that it liked in Medfield (enough to enter into a multi-year agreement with Intel), so a) Intel has something great in Medfield, and b) ARM will be in trouble.Check the editorial at Extreme TechForget SOPA: Build a better BitTorrentJon Brodkin of Ars Technica examines one man’s view that copyright holders would be wiser to drop Draconian approaches like SOPA, and focus more on providing easier ways for users to pay for content. He believes that BitTorrent provides the model that the copyright industry should be emulating, not trying to squash.The real kicker? The piracy expert with this view works for Envisional, a company that helps copyright owners protect their content.Check out Ars Technica’s coveragelast_img

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Aryzta announces plans to raise £715m in capital

first_imgAryzta is aiming to raise around £715m as part of plans to strengthen its presence in the frozen bakery market.The move follows a profit warning in May and announcement of plans to reduce costs over the next three years as the business comes under pressure from increased labour and ingredient costs.In a statement issued this morning (13 August), the company said it had undertaken a detailed review of its capital structure and would now approach shareholders with a view to raising €800m (£715m).The additional funding will be used primarily to reduce debt, which Aryzta said would give it the strategic and financial flexibility it needed to implement its business plan and focus on the frozen bakery market.Aryzta also reported that trading in its fourth quarter had been in line with expectations and with the guidance it gave in its profit warning in May.The company added that it remained committed to its previously announced €1bn deleveraging plan, made up of a combination of cash flow generation and at least €450m of asset disposals. Aryzta said it had made solid progress with disposal of non-core assets and that it still planned to dispose of its stake in French retail group Picard.“A significantly improved capital structure will provide Aryzta with the means to continue to take the necessary steps to reposition the business and deliver on our strategy,” said Aryzta chief executive Kevin Toland.“Over the medium term, we expect to generate significant cash flow, which will be applied towards continued net debt reduction and to resource selective growth opportunities.”In April, Aryzta appointed former Frieslandcampina chief operating officer Gregory Sklikas as CEO of its European business.last_img

Scottish bakery introduces graduate celebration platter

first_imgScottish bakery Fisher & Donaldson has unveiled a celebration buffet platter for university and school graduates during the Covid-19 pandemic.With university and school graduations cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, graduating university students, year six (P6) and sixth-year pupils are missing out celebrating their academic achievements, said the firm.This led to the creation of the Class of 2020 buffet platter, targeted at pupils, students and families at home.The platter (rsp: £8.99) comprises filled rolls, savoury pastries and a selection of mini cakes, including the bakery’s popular fudge doughnut and a cupcake with a ‘Class of 2020’ edible scroll.“We can all remember how special that last day of school before summer was, and after years of hard work at university, a graduation ceremony is a really important part of moving forward into the working world,” said Chloe Milne, marketing manager at Fisher & Donaldson.The buffet platters are available for delivery in St Andrews, Cupar, Dundee and the surrounding villages, and can also be collected from the bakery’s St Andrews or Cupar branches.“We recognised how sorely missed these occasions would be by pupils and students in our local area and decided to make something extra special, so they could celebrate in style at home,” added Milne.“We hope these treats will be enjoyed and help make an occasion out of what could have been a disappointing day.”last_img

Los Monologos de La Vagina Begins Off-Broadway

first_img Kate del Castillo and Angélica Vale will appear in the show May 6 through June 1. They will be joined May 6 through May 11 by Miriam Colón. From May 14, Vale’s mother, Angélica María, will board the production. Further casting will be announced at a later date. Based on interviews with a diverse group of women—from a Long Island antique dealer to a Bosnian refugee—The Vagina Monologues brazenly explores the humor, power, pain, wisdom, outrage, mystery and excitement hidden in vaginas. The original production played over 1300 performances from 1999 to 2003 at the Westside Theatre. Los Monólogos de la Vagina will be modeled after the current Mexico City production, now in its 14th year. Los Monólogos de la Vagina, a Spanish version of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, begins performances on May 6 at the Westside Theatre, the show’s original off-Broadway home. Opening night is set for May 18. The production is directed by Jaime Matarredona. Los Monologos de la Vagina View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 15, 2014 Related Showslast_img

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