UK inflation surges to highest level in 30 years

UK consumer price inflation has surged to the highest level in three decades, heaping pressure on households already facing a huge increase in energy costs. Inflation increased to 5.4% in December, the Office for National Statistics said on Wednesday, the highest rate since 1992. The biggest price rises were for transportation, food and beverages, furniture, housing and household goods. Prices are now rising much faster than pay, making it more difficult for households to make ends meet. Wages…

Andrew Garfield Lied To Ex Emma Stone About His Spider-Man Cameo. Her Reaction…

Highlights They co-starred in The Amazing Spider-Man Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield broke up in 2015 Andrew had a cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Home New Delhi: Turns out Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire did not just sneak into a theatres with their faces covered to keep the Spider-Man: No Way Home spoilers intact. They also lied or let's just say, hid the facts from their friends. Andrew Garfield, during Josh Horowitz's Happy Sad Confused podcast revealed that his ex-girlfriend Emma Stone…

Asia-Pacific markets fall after overnight sell-off on Wall Street; Sony shares tumble over 12%

Asia-Pacific markets fell across the board on Wednesday following an overnight sell-off on Wall Street. The Nikkei 225 in Japan dropped 2.8% to 27,467.23 while the Topix index fell 2.97% to 1,919.72. South Korean shares also tumbled: the Kospi gave up earlier gains and closed down 0.77% at 2,842.28 and the Kosdaq fell 1.06% to 933.90. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index bucked the generally downward trend and rose fractionally higher to 24,127.85 while the tech-focused Hang Seng Tech index fell 0.98% to 5,642.91.…

All the questions (and answers) we have about Valve’s Steam Deck

Following a significant delay amid supply chain issues and material shortages, Valve's Steam Deck is still on track for a February release. In a Jan.13 update, the company said it's on schedule for the device's launch. It's a hot commodity. Valve introduced its Nintendo Switch-like portable PC gaming device on July 15. The next day, Valve's site was bombarded with people trying to snag reservations. Get the CNET Culture newsletter Explore movies, games, superheroes and more with CNET Culture. Delivered…

Should Have Slapped You: Britney Spears Calls Out Sister Jamie Lynn And How

Highlights Britney has taken aim at her sister in several Instagram posts Jamie Lynn had been given her own show on Nickelodeon Britney Spears is now engaged to boyfriend Sam Asghari The gloves are off on Britney Spears'  Instagram. Freed from a controversial conservatorship, the singer is now going after those she sees as having been complicit in a system that robbed her of agency over her own financial affairs and life decisions. Top of Britney's list is sister Jamie Lynn Spears who has…

Is Electronic Arts the next to get bought in the gaming deal frenzy?

It's game on for video game mergers. Microsoft's nearly $69 billion acquisition of the controversial game maker Activision Blizzard comes just one week after Grand Theft Auto developer Take-Two Interactive announced that it was buying FarmVille owner Zynga. Gamers (and investors) are now betting on which company might be the next to get scooped up. Wall Street seems to thinks that Electronic Arts, which makes the super popular Madden NFL franchise of football video games, could be the most likely…

Ksenia Efremova: 12-year-old Russian tennis prodigy has ‘incredible potential,’ says Patrick Mouratoglou

One afternoon when her older brother was practicing on the tennis court, Efremova picked up one of his rackets -- as she would often do -- and began hitting a basket of balls. "She started to throw the balls to herself," Julia Efremova, a former professional tennis player, tells CNN. "I looked at it and I was amazed because all the balls were flying over the net and she did the motions perfectly. I said to myself that was the time to work with her because she had so much passion and she wanted it. "It was not…

Feds’ Website for Free At-Home COVID Tests Launches Day Early

Jan. 18, 2022 -- Americans can now have free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their homes.The Biden administration’s new no-cost, at-home testing program launched today, a day ahead of schedule.The administration said 500 million tests are available to be delivered to homes across the country. This accounts for half of the president’s recent pledge to purchase 1 billion free at-home COVID-19 tests to distribute to the American public.On a Jan. 14 call with reporters, senior White House officials offered some…

US basketball player Sonny Weems racially abused by fans in China

In a video circulating on social media, fans can be heard repeatedly shouting the "N" word and "get out of China" at 35-year-old Weems, who plays for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association. The incident happened after the Southern Tigers' game against the Liaoning Flying Leopards last Thursday. During the game, a fight broke out between Weems and Chinese player Han Dejun which resulted in both players being ejected. In the video, Weems is seen exiting the team bus along with the rest of…

Next-gen Toyota Sequoia likely teased in shadowy image

It appears Toyota is hard at work on some sort of new SUV. On Tuesday, the automaker tweeted out a mysterious image of a future utility vehicle, a shadowy picture that was also posted on its media site. For now, it's unclear exactly what we're looking at, but it's a good bet this is our first glimpse of a redesigned Sequoia. The current generation of this large, three-row SUV has been around for quite a while, about 15 years, which in automotive terms means it's an absolute dinosaur. Not terribly competitive…