As the programme ended, presenters Justin Webb and Sarah Montague turned the microphone on the fifth in line to the throne, who spent Christmas at Sandringham with members of the Royal Family and his fiancée.
Prince Harry said he had an “amazing time” – Ms Markle “really enjoyed it and the family really loved having her there” although there were “plenty” of family traditions he needed to explain.
The 33-year-old said they had a “great time” with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and “running around with the kids”.
American actress Ms Markle’s presence at Sandringham was the first time someone yet to marry into the Royal Family has been invited to join their Christmas celebrations.
Prince Harry said: “She’s done an absolutely amazing job, she’s getting in there and it’s the family that I suppose she’s never had”.
Best man offer
Meanwhile, boxer Anthony Joshua, who was a guest on the programme, tweeted a picture of himself with Prince Harry and offered to be his best man.
The world heavyweight champion wrote: “Back to work this morning! Congrats on everything this year and no pressure on the R4 guest edit! P.S. Need a best man?”
BBC royal editor Nicholas Witchell said the prince had previously expressed doubts about his public role but the programme showed that was no longer the case and he “wants to make a real difference in the work that he does”.
However, he added Prince Harry was not able to ask genuinely probing questions in the interviews because, as a member of the Royal Family, he has to avoid areas that might be deemed to be political.
‘Big learning curve’
It is the 14th year public figures have been in control of Today’s output between Christmas and New Year.
Other guest editors include a robot, Bletchley Park code-breaker Baroness Trumpington, Tamara Rojo of the English National Ballet and poet and novelist Benjamin Okri.
Prince Harry’s programme also featured an audio diary recorded in Toronto at the Invictus Games, the Paralympic-style competition for injured service personnel he launched in 2014.
Another section saw Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick interviewed live in the studio as Prince Harry sat in the editor’s chair.
Prince Harry chose Abdurahman Sayed, from the Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in North Kensington, which has been helping people affected by June’s fire at nearby Grenfell Tower, to speak in Today’s Thought for the Day spot.
On his editing role, Prince Harry said: “I haven’t done that many interviews but it was quite fun, especially interviewing President Obama.
“It’s been a big learning curve, but also these are incredibly important topics that I think we all need to think about that need to be discussed and I’m incredibly fortunate to have a platform like this.”
Harry ‘bouncing towards the new year’
By Jonny Dymond, BBC royal correspondent
One claims to speak for the nation and one claims to speak to the nation. On Radio 4’s Today, the Royal Family and the BBC came together in a cosy embrace.
Few of the prince’s causes were unrepresented and he was himself dotted through the programme, encouraging and enthusing about nearly everything.
He is clearly bouncing towards the new year, a time he insisted would be full of “great change – good things are going to happen in 2018”.
There was little in the way of actual hard news – former US President Barack Obama has more time on his hands; the Prince of Wales – “Pa” as Harry called him – is concerned about the environment; Harry doesn’t drink coffee, or much of it.
But there were glimpses of the gilded cage. A note of wistfulness in his voice when he asked Mr Obama about “stepping off the treadmill” of constant exposure.
Prince Harry, who was in the Army for 10 years, said he wanted the armed forces to feature because “there’s a huge role they play and we must make sure it’s not sympathy but respect we show”.
In his interview, the Prince of Wales said he had “bored you [the prince] to tears over so many years” with discussions on the environment but the public was “beginning to realise that what I was trying to say may not have been as dotty as they thought”.
Prince Charles said he wanted to “ensure that you and your children, my grandchildren… have a world fit to live in, that provides them with opportunity”.
Mr Obama reflected on his time in office and voiced concerns about the direction of the US.
He warned social media was stopping normal conversations and talk about the responsibility of people in positions of leadership.
In one of his first interviews since leaving office, Mr Obama expressed concern about a future where facts are discarded and people only read and listen to things that reinforce their own views.
He also reflected on the day he handed over power to Donald Trump.
Despite feeling satisfied, he said it was “mixed with all the work that was still undone”.
NEW YORK (AP) — Teenagers spend nearly nine hours a day absorbing media and despite all the new options, music and television remain the favorites.
Common Sense Media released an exhaustive survey Tuesday outlining how young people spend screen time. One concern: the number of youngsters who feel comfortable multi-tasking while doing homework.
Two-thirds of teenagers said they listen to music every day, and 58 percent said the same about watching television, the study said. By contrast, 45 percent reported using social media every day and only 36 percent said they enjoyed that activity “a lot”; twice as many said they really enjoyed their music.
Television is the favorite activity of preteens, with 62 percent of respondents aged 8 to 12 saying they watched every day, the study said. Tweens said they spend just under six hours a day of media time.
Exactly half of the time teenagers spend with video involves watching a TV program at the time it originally airs. The rest is parceled out among time-delayed viewing, DVDs or online video, the study said.
Boys are much more likely to play video games than girls. The survey found male teenagers spent an average of 56 minutes a day gaming, while girls devoted only seven minutes. Girls spent more time on social media or reading than boys.
Half of the teenagers said they watch TV or use social media either “a lot” or “sometimes” while doing homework, and 76 percent said they listen to music while working. Half of the teens say that listening to music actually helps their work, while only 6 percent said they thought it hurt.
“As a parent and educator, there’s clearly more work to be done around the issue of multi-tasking,” said James Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, an organization that monitors youthful media use and gives recommendations to parents. “Nearly two-thirds of teens today tell us they don’t think watching TV or texting while doing homework makes any difference to their ability to study and learn, even though there’s more and more research to the contrary.”
More kids said their parents have talked to them about the content of what they watch or listen to rather than the time spent on media, the study said.
Poor children have less access to computers, tablets and smartphones than wealthier kids, but spend more time on devices when they have one, the study said.
Black teenagers spend more time with media than other ethnic groups, an average of 11 hours and 13 minutes each day. Latinos spend just over nine hours and whites eight hours, 48 minutes, the study found.
Common Sense Media conducted a survey of 2,658 young people between Feb. 6 and March 9. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus nearly 2 percent.
Photo-sharing app follows Twitter and Facebook in introducing formula that prioritizes photos based on a users interests, friends and other data
Instagram is overhauling its feed with a new personalized algorithm that means, in theory, that users will be subjected to fewer boring sunsets from random acquaintances, and more critical updates from celebrities (and close friends and family.)
The move announced on Tuesday follows in the footsteps of Facebook and Twitter and moves away from the traditional organization of posts in chronological order. Instead of having the most recent photos appear at the top of a feed, the app will prioritize photos based on a users interests, friends and other data.
To improve your experience, your feed will soon be ordered to show the moments we believe you will care about the most, the company said in a blogpost unveiling the new system, which marks a significant change in how the site tracks user trends. As we begin, were focusing on optimizing the order.
The site explained: If your favorite musician shares a video from last nights concert, it will be waiting for you when you wake up, no matter how many accounts you follow or what time zone you live in. And when your best friend posts a photo of her new puppy, you wont miss it.
The shift comes a month after Twitter sparked a major backlash organized under the hashtag #RIPTwitter when it announced that the site would be changing its timeline so that users see the best tweets first, not the newest ones.
The announcement has not yet inspired the kind of intense criticism that Twitter saw this year, though some loyal Instagram fans said on Twitter that they were not looking forward to seeing the photo site become more like Facebook.
On average, Instagram users miss 70% of their feeds, and as the site has grown, it has become more difficult to keep up with photos and videos, according to the sites announcement. This means you often dont see the posts you might care about the most.
Instagram has more users than Twitter, last year surpassing more than 400 million. If the shift to an Insta-algorithm is successful, it could help boost business, since the more time people spend on the site, the better it can serve advertisers.
The president helped the promotion rise at a time when it was struggling to survive, and Dana White has been a loyal friend
Earlier this month UFC president Dana White and interim welterweight champion Colby Covington visited the White House and met with Donald Trump.
Within a matter of hours, photographs showing White alongside a beaming Trump in the Oval Office began to circulate on social media. Trump’s meeting with White and Covington highlights a longstanding and friendly relationship between the UFC and the current administration. It also makes the case for why the UFC is a perfect platform for Trump’s politics.
The first significant contact between the UFC and Trump occurred in 2001. At the time, the promotion was seen as illegitimate and had been relegated to small venues in Mississippi and Louisiana. Arizona senator John McCain reflected the feeling of many politicians in 1996 when he referred to MMA as “human cockfighting,” a comment that tarnished the UFC’s reputation. At its nadir, mixed martial arts (and by extension UFC) was banned in 36 states and from pay-per-view – a major source of revenue – and the promotion was desperate to build new relationships at the turn of the millennium. Enter Donald Trump. He was the first businessman to take a chance on the promotion, and allowed White to showcase UFC 31 and 32 at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City at the start of 2001 (UFC 28 had also taken place at the venue but was under different ownership at the time).
The Atlantic City events were an immediate success, and allowed the UFC to reestablish legitimacy under new leadership. By late 2001, they began hosting events in Las Vegas, which would later become the promotion’s home. While the UFC’s business relationship with Trump had already come to an end, White was always quick to compliment the billionaire mogul turned president.
“When we first bought this company, no venues would even take us,” White said at a UFC 53 press conference in Atlantic City four years later. “Donald Trump was the first guy to say, ‘We’ll do the fights here.’ Trump gave us our first shot over at [Taj Mahal], and then when we left and went to a bigger arena at the Meadowlands, he was one of the first guys there in his seat.”
White’s loyalty towards Trump continued. In 2016, White stood in front of the Republican National Convention and praised Trump in a bombastic speech before endorsing his run for president. Over the course of four minutes, White spoke of Trump as a “fighter and I know he will fight for this country.” He repeatedly praised the candidate’s business savvy and rehashed the tale of Trump’s magnanimous support for the UFC during the promotion’s dark age.
While notable combat sports figures – including former UFC champions Miesha Tate, Tito Ortiz, and Chris Weidman have backed Trump – White’s brash support raises questions about the UFC’s politics as a whole. His defence of Trump’s actions — many of which are racially charged — can be seen as an extension of the UFC’s continued support of the president.
“[Trump] is one of those guys that if he was sitting in this room and we were hanging out, he would completely change your opinion about him. I don’t agree with everything he says and I think some of the things that he does say isn’t exactly what he means. ‘Let’s build a wall’ and all this stuff – what he’s really saying is all these people coming from different countries need to do it the old school way,” White told UFC Unfiltered in 2016. “You register and you get your paperwork done. He is talking about people that are sneaking into the country. It is like when he gets in front of the camera, he gets a little too hyped up.”
Given the UFC’s close ties to the current administration, it comes as little surprise that Trump laid out the red carpet for White upon his arrival at the White House. After the formal meeting and photo op with the president in the Oval Office, White described the treatment he received later that evening.
“I went back to the hotel, picked up my wife, and we came back and had dinner with the president in the residence,” White said. “We had dinner for three hours, and then he personally toured my wife and I around the White House.”
In many ways, the UFC is the perfect sports stage for Trump to promote his political platform with minimal resistance – there are no kneeling fighters, White House boycotts or stars like LeBron James calling him out (Ronda Rousey was critical of Trump but has now left for a career in wrestling).
During a recent interview, White revealed that the UFC is planning a series of documentaries to celebrate the promotion’s 25th anniversary. One of the those documentaries will focus on Trump’s history with the promotion, which was part of the reason for his visit to the White House: “[Trump] and I went to the residence after that, and he and I both shot for the documentary,” said White.
This trend emphasizes the importance of athletes in bolstering politicians’ image and legitimizing their respective rules. In Trump’s case, the support of a sports organization, its executives, and a handful of its athletes helps enhance his image, cement his popularity, and promote his policies across an entirely different platform.
Prada’s bowling shirt is so ugly the New Yorker called wearing it an act of “performance art.” The Frankenstein-style mash-up of garish prints, with a flame motif creeping up the bottom, costs $1,200 and happens to be the shirt of the summer, sported by actor Jeff Goldblum, rapper Pusha T and street-style bloggers at fashion weeks around the world.
If that price raises eyebrows, consider this: A padded, boxier version with a banana pattern costs $500 more. Why would anyone pay $1,700 for it? Because the Prada banana is the stuff of legend, and if you didn’t know it, the shirt probably isn’t for you.
Prada SpA has returned to growth this year after three years of slipping sales and a collapse in profit. While much of the turnaround is due to a buoyant Chinese market that’s also lifted French luxury conglomerate LVMH and Gucci owner Kering SA, it’s also thanks to an effort to reinforce Prada’s unique brand identity. The label has reissued its most iconic products, including nylon belt bags, block-heeled loafers, comic-book images and even more recent successes like the banana print.
Commenting on first-half results last week, Chairman Carlo Mazzi said Prada was working to “adapt to rapidly changing times and to interpret the spirit of new generations without losing sight of our roots.” The brand increased spending on social media to educate new customers about its aesthetic, he said.
Miuccia Prada, the creative director, majority shareholder and co-chief executive officer, has been using her ugly-chic designs to market insider cool for decades. From stiff, pea-green shift dresses to $700 sandals, Prada built a $3.5 billion business dressing people in clothes designed to make them look interesting or cool rather than rich or beautiful. The items don’t always look like much to the untrained eye, but for the fashion set, wearing a look from the Prada catwalk sends a powerful signal: you’re in the know.
“The clear talent of Prada is to be able to make itself desirable only by the people they covet as clients,” said Elodie Nowinski, professor of fashion studies at EM Lyon Business School.
In recent years, Prada may have been too insider-oriented to grow. As Gucci used social media to push designer Alessandro Michele’s maximalist revamp of the brand into the fashion spotlight, Prada mostly snubbed the digital sphere. The brand was slow to realize the importance of Instagram, and it sold a limited selection of products online until last year.
Now faith in the turnaround is gathering among investors. The shares have risen nearly 40 percent over the past 12 months, though they’re still trading at roughly half the value of their 2013 peak. Analysts at MainFirst wrote Thursday that they expect growth to accelerate later this year, supported by the relaunch of another iconic line, Prada’s sports-inspired collection Linea Rossa, recognizable for its red tag logo.
The banana motif harks back to a 2011 show that underlined Prada’s ability to set the fashion agenda. It proposed an improbable mix of strictly tailored pencil skirts, ruffles and tropical prints, with smears of blinding highlighter hues. Within a few months the collection had landed on the covers of more than a dozen top magazines — sported by the likes of actress Amanda Seyfried, singer Robyn and Vogue editor Anna Wintour — and banana earrings, leggings and blouses invaded retailers from London’s upmarket Harvey Nichols to the Topshop chain.
It was “one of those rare shows that becomes permanently imprinted into the fashion consciousness,” said Yasmin Sewell, vice president of style and creative for the luxury e-commerce platform Farfetch. “I still speak to editors who regret not having bought something from that collection.”
Prada isn’t the only brand tapping into customer nostalgia by pushing classic looks online: LVMH’s Christian Dior this summer announced the return of its early-2000s saddle bag line by asking style bloggers from around the world to post snaps of the satchel on Instagram at the same time. In September, Versace showed a “tribute” collection with updated versions of founder Gianni’s most memorable looks, closing the show with a reunion of 1990s models including Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and former French first lady Carla Bruni.
Prada also isn’t the only brand doing ugly anymore. From crystal-studded platform Crocs and clunky sneakers at Kering’s Balenciaga to thigh-high Ugg boots at Y/Project to swaddling prairie dresses pretty much everywhere, the current fashion zeitgeist is little concerned with glossy elegance or flattering the body.
Bringing back the house’s most challenging prints “is a way of asserting Prada’s domination” in the current climate, said EM Lyon’s Nowinski. “They did ugly first.”
Exclusive content is how creators get patrons to pay them a monthly subscription fee on Patreon, so the startup is equipping them with a Snapchat-like tool to turn their private lives into “behind-the-scenes” footage. Patreon Lens launches today within Patreon’s iOS and Android apps so creators can share photos and videos that disappear in 24 hours just with those who pay them at least a $1 a month. And to tempt fans to subscribe, they also can make some Lens content public.
Lens could help Patreon and its creators retain paid patrons by strengthening their connection to the artists, comedians, pundits and game developers they love. It also could make it much simpler for artists to figure out how to generate exclusive patron content without massively interrupting their workflow. Both could assist as the $107 million-funded startup attempts to break even despite charging just a tiny 5 percent fee on subscriptions.
“A painter for example might have had trouble stopping what they were doing and creating a YouTube video,” says Patreon product manager Johnny Winston. But shooting quick clips with the familiar Snapchatty Lens feature is easy to do between brushstrokes. And fans don’t have to hunt down the content elsewhere. It’s right in the Patreon app alongside their other exclusives.
Some online content creators had already been building their own clumsy workarounds for offering exclusive Stories. Some would set up a special Snapchat or Instagram account and only approve followers who paid. But that required a ton of manual checking of who should and shouldn’t have access. Patreon does it all for them, and notifies followers when new content is posted rather than burying it in a big list of Stories. A simple privacy setting lets creators expose some content to the public to show them what they’re missing if they don’t subscribe.
One problem might be teaching creators to save their best behind-the-scenes content for Lens instead of blasting it out for free on Instagram and Snapchat. Some creators like comedians and visual artists might be better suited to the format than game developers or novelists.
The startup began beta testing Lens with 50 creators as a separate app back in June. Patreon’s VP of platform Brent Horowitz says one writer told him “I’d never publicly post unfinished work on a public platform like Facebook,” but they were happy to share them on Lens where only supportive fans had access and the content would disappear. Winston added that the writer would use Lens to break through writer’s block, discussing plot points with their patrons to help them finish the chapter.
Patreon reached 1 million paid subscribers paying an average of $12 per month to 50,000 creators last year. But it’s struggled with backlash after changes to content moderation and censorship, and how to handle credit card processing fees. Patreon needs all the tools it can muster to keep artists from going independent, and to recruit more creators to its subscriber-based monetization platform that supplants low ad revenue shares and erratic content sales.
Lens encapsulates a massive shift in how art is made. Once upon a time, all a musician had to do was play an instrument well. Painters just had to paint. A professional industry of managers and promoters took care of the rest. But the age of social media and the explosion of creatorship has forced every artist, no matter the discipline, to perform in other ways. You have to be people’s friend via social media, an actor in video clips, a product designer dreaming up merchandise, a tour manager organizing meetups and a technologist wielding a variety of software.
Perhaps that detracts from the time that creators spend working within their aptitude or chosen field. But it also breaks down the walls between them and their fans. That relationship is what gets people to pay. And those payments are fostering a new creative economy where niche artists can earn a living.
Instagram is testing a grace period to allow its users to revert back to their old username after changing it.
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Instagram is about to give its users some time to think over that name change.
An automatic username lock feature has been discovered in the latest alpha version of Instagram’s Android application. The change, which is currently in testing, would give the previous owner of an Instagram handle up to 14 days to revert back to their old username after changing it.
Instagram will start locking old usernames for 14 days after changing so the previous owner can revert to it within the grace period
The feature was by Jane Manchun Wong, a developer well known for reverse engineering apps in order to find unreleased features. Wong recently uncovered a slew of other features currently being tested by Instagram such as , , and via Instagram for the web.
Wong pointed out how this new Instagram feature will also affect people who use “.” These bots basically track high-quality handles in case its owner changes usernames, allowing another user to grab the recently available name as soon as possible. Often, these usernames are squat on, unused, until its new owner can find a buyer for the handle on social media .
According to Wong, who is completely unaffiliated with Instagram and its parent company Facebook, she received from Instagram username sellers after posting about the username locking feature.
It should be noted that unless a user decides to revert back to their old name within the grace period, the unused usernames would still eventually make its way back into the pool of names available to register.
The new feature would also not stop Instagram’s ongoing issues with hackers . Instagram users should turn on two-factor authentication to help avoid being hacked.
A man with a long criminal record who’d reportedly planned to target cops was arrested Monday in the shooting death of an Ohio police officer.
Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell was gunned down shortly before midnight behind the Danville Municipal Building, Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer said. His service weapon and cruiser were missing. Cottrell’s cruiser was later found approximately half a mile from his body.
The suspected gunman, Herschel Ray Jones III, was taken into custody around 1:30 a.m. after he briefly ran from officers.
Court records show Jones, 32, has multiple convictions dating back to 2001 for breaking and entering, burglary, receiving stolen property and carrying a concealed weapon. In a 2011 case, he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity before changing his plea to guilty. Ohio prison records show he served nearly four years for the 2011 convictions of receiving stolen property and possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs. He was released last April.
Shaffer said authorities received a call at approximately 11:20 p.m. from a woman saying police officers in Danville were in danger, and her ex-boyfriend, Jones, had weapons and was looking to kill an officer.
Shaffer said dispatchers tried to make contact with Cottrell, but were unable to do so. That prompted the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to search the village.
Franklin County Sheriff Chief Deputy Jim Gilbert confirmed the officer’s death on social media.
Prayers for Ohio’s first fallen officer for 2016 a Danville PD Officer was shot/killed this evening in Knox County. pic.twitter.com/s0gW5nKYqS