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  1. With great power comes great responsibility, sure. But with great money comes a whole lot of questions, and perhaps the most important one is âwhat should I be splurging on?â Thereâs a whole universe of choices out there if youâre an A-lister in Indian business, sports or entertainment - fast cars, luxury rides, finely crafted accessories and heck, why not throw in a private yacht or jet for the heck of it? Here are some of the most desirable purchases recently made by Indiaâs elite, and why we want to get our hands on them. Krunal Pandyaâs Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Rainbow Yellow Gold Oyster - Rs 89.90 Lakh © Instagram Like his younger brother Hardik, all-rounder Krunal Pandya has a fondness for bling of all kinds - fast cars, slick fashion and some seriously exclusive taste in timepieces. Heâs often been spotted wearing a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Rainbow Yellow Gold Oyster - a timepiece worn by international celebrity royalty ranging from comedian Kevin Hart to musicians John Mayer and Post Malone. Every time you flick your wrist to check the time, you also get a glimpse of Rolexâs proprietary platinum-gold alloy - studded with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds. Time is money, friends. Vikram Oberoiâs Ducati 1299 Superleggera - Rs. 1.2 Crore © Zigwheels Easily the most expensive bike purchase ever made in the country, this Italian crotch rocket was snagged by the Oberoi Group head honcho a few years ago in 2017. Lean, mean and weighing just about as much as a Bajaj Pulsar (while being over 10 times as powerful), this is just what youâre looking for if you want to go fast. Real fast. Gautam Singhaniaâs Ferrari 458 Challenge - Rs. 5 Crore © Overdrive It takes one kind of man to buy an expensive, exotic sports car - it takes entirely another to work hard at training under ex-F1 racers and become the first Indian to win a race at the coveted Ferrari Challenge Championships. The 458 is already one of the sexiest, fastest cars you can find on the road. And after slapping on some tuning upgrades and putting Raymond CEO Gautam Singhania behind the wheel, this car went on to decimate records at Buddh International Circuit. Mukesh Ambaniâs W222 Maybach S600 Pullman Guard - Rs 25 Crore © Mercedes-Maybach On the other end of the spectrum, thereâs luxury thatâs seriously out-of-this-world - the kind that Mukesh Ambani decides to treat himself with. The W222 Maybach isnât just the pinnacle of opulence on four wheels - itâs nearly indestructible as well, with bulletproof plating, underside protection against bombs or mines and even special tyres capable of running while flat. Itâs no wonder that along with the heavy price, comes a heavy weight - all this protection tips the scales at 5.1 tons. Mukesh Ambaniâs Boeing Business 2 Jet - Rs. 520 Crore © Boeing Screw first class - if owning the most expensive house in the world wasnât enough, the Reliance tycoon also happens to own one of the worldâs most exclusive and expensive private jets. Based on the Boeing 737-800, this incredible aircraft features all the luxury trimmings youâd expect, along with ultra-long ranges and extended space for passengers and baggage. Vijay Mallyaâs Indian Empress Yacht - Rs. 1400 Crore © Wikimedia If youâre looking for a way to fall asleep, start by counting off the zeroes in the net value of this luxurious behemoth. Bought in 2006 from the Qatari royal family, when adjusted for inflation, this thing is worth slightly more than a 100-strong fleet of Mercedes Benz S-Class sedans. Paintings from Mallya's personal collection adorn the walls of this mini-ship that has two master staterooms, three suites and 11 twin rooms, apart from a helipad, a gym, a salon, a massage room, a jacuzzi, an elevator and incase all of this doesnât impress you, a grand piano which once belonged to Elton John. Howâs that for bragging rights? View the full article
  2. Very recently, the German national women's football team produced an ad campaign ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in which they spoke about how after winning one of the most prestigious European Championships, every woman of the squad received a tea set as medals for their glorious achievement. This was exactly three decades ago in 1989. Not a lot of news was made out of this because back then women were supposed to be making some good tea and the tea set would only add to their skills. Now, maybe in order to celebrate 30 years of sexual discrimination and the dominance of the male gender in sports, one of Spain's squash tournament's management team decided to repeat history, but only making it 10 times more interesting. “This is the 21st century, women aren't only meant to be making tea” they might have thought in their giant heads. “Let's reward them with *** toys instead!” Brilliant! Spain's Asturias Squash Championship 2019 saw some of the most competitive women squash players battle against each other on the squash court. They had trained night and day, putting in their blood, sweat and tears in order to achieve greatness in their game one day. For the 37-year-old Elisabet Sado Garriga, the day had finally arrived when she won the squash tournament a couple of days ago. Her reward? A gift bag with a waxing set to make her skin smooth, a foot care device to make those ugly feet pretty again and a branded “Pure Fantasy” vibrator because… needs. La imagen de los trofeos con los aberrantes regalos que ha denunciado @Ganamosconellas #ELTOPDELMACHISMO #sexismo #discriminación #Squash @revistalideras pic.twitter.com/P84iBsdSyx — Cristina Gallo (@crisgallo2) May 19, 2019 We have no idea as to why Garriga and the rest of the four place holders of the tournament got so offended that they registered a complaint against the tournament's management team that led to the Royal Spanish Squash Federation cancelling all tournaments for the year and even ordered the Asturian Institute of Women to investigate the matter. It is also believed that three of the helpless, sexist officials from the tournament were also asked to resign. Honestly, we do not even understand what all the fuss is about. After all, the club that hosted the tournament came out in public to say that whatever they did, it was not “done from a sexist standpoint.” If you ask us, rewarding an athlete with *** toys is always a great idea. Regardless of their gender, we are sure, they would be super excited to receive a token of appreciation that screams “you need to get laid!”. If anything, the sports tournament was too kind, thinking about the athletes' *** life like that. Do not see an issue with that...
  3. SAN FRANCISCO: As Toys ?R? Us Inc stores across the United States marked their final day in business on Friday, the bankrupt toy retailer posted a farewell message to customers on its website next to an image of its iconic Geoffrey the Giraffe...
  4. Toys ?R? Us Inc, the iconic US toy retailer, is shuttering all its US stores after failing to find a buyer or reach a restructuring deal with creditors to push its indebted business out of bankruptcy. Photo; file NEW YORK: Toys ?R? Us Inc, the iconic US toy retailer, is shuttering all its US stores after failing to find a buyer or reach a restructuring deal with creditors to push its indebted business out of bankruptcy, the company said on Thursday. Toys ?R? Us is seeking approval to implement the liquidation of inventory in its 735 US stores. The closure of Toys ?R? Us and Babies ?R? Us is a blow to generations of consumers and hundreds of toy makers that sold their products at the chain?s 885 US locations, including Barbie-maker Mattel Inc, board game company Hasbro Inc and other large vendors like Lego. The company also said it is in discussions with some interested parties for a deal to combine up to 200 of its top performing US stores with its Canadian operations. The company will pursue a going concern reorganization and a sale process for its Canadian and international operations in Asia and Central Europe, including Germany, Austria and Switzerland. ?We no longer have the financial support to continue the company?s US operations. We are therefore implementing an orderly process to shutter our US operations,? Toys ?R? Us Chief Executive Dave Brandon said. Wayne, New Jersey-based Toys ?R? Us, with roughly 33,000 full and part-time US employees, was already in the process of closing one-fifth of its stores as part of an attempt to emerge from one of the largest ever bankruptcies by a speciality retailer. Efforts collapsed this month after lenders decided, absent a clear reorganization plan, they could recover more in a liquidation, closing stores and raising money from merchandise sales, sources with knowledge of the matter said.
  5. All 83 Toys "R" Us (Canada) Ltd stores will remain open for business as usual, said the president of the Canadian unit, Melanie Teed-Murch, in a letter to customers. Photo: file The Canadian arm of Toys ?R? Us Inc said on Tuesday that about 180 of its stores will be shut in the United States in the coming months, as the toy store chain tries to emerge from one of the largest ever bankruptcies by a speciality retailer. All 83 Toys "R" Us (Canada) Ltd stores will remain open for business as usual, said the president of the Canadian unit, Melanie Teed-Murch, in a letter to customers. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September, just ahead of the crucial holiday season, to restructure $5 billion of long-term debt, casting doubt over the future of its 64,000 employees and nearly 1,600 stores.
  6. The first time I heard of *** toys was in a book, in which a woman character living in a village had to be rushed to the doctor, because a cucumber she had been masturbating with had broken into half and gotten lodged inside her vagina. I realised that day how when we don't have access to something, we get creative. And that is what ancestors did too. If there's one thing as old as the creation of mankind, it's ***. Considering the fact that *** has been there for so long, there have been many innovations in how we go about the art of pleasuring oneself or a partner. Today we have a whole range of *** toys available at the click of a mouse – from dildos, vibrators, *** dolls, butt plugs to what not. If you thought it's a modern phenomenon, you're wrong. Turns out the ancients did much more than just make tools for building houses and hunting animals. Erotic tools with phallic similarities have existed for thousands of centuries and the oldest *** toy dates back to as long as 30,000 years. © Wikimedia Commons Made from stone, wood, leather, and even ivory, these phallic tools have belonged to various eras and regions of the world. The dildo (the term came into existence only in the 14th century AD), or the man-made phallus has been the most common *** tool in the history of mankind and the oldest one til date was found in Germany, at Hohle Fels Cave. Researchers haven't ruled out the possibility of the tool being used to light fires by cutting flints. The tool was made of siltstone (a type of sandstone made of silt) and was over 8 inches long and 1.1. inches in girth. Safe to say, the phallic standard thousands of years ago isn't too far from what it is today. © Tübingen University It's worth noting that there are many erotic tools that were meant for torture of the extreme kind. The dildo saddle, for example, was one such machine that was used to punish adulterous women, and should not be confused with a *** toy. There have been phalluses made from bronze, silver and even gold. The rich and famous might be flaunting their Ferraris and yatches today but there was a time when gold and silver dildos were the shizz and were often found being displayed by the wealthy as a marker of their classy hedonist choices. But all that shines is not gold and these were probably not very comfortable which is why they were not very popular. The fact that gold and silver *** aids would probably also be too cold for the skin is already giving us the chills. © Flickr_nikoretro/The Flying *****, displayed at the Ancient Erotica Exhibit, The British Museum, London Carvings and tools modelled after the phallus have been more common than we think. Besides the obviously phallic tools, charms and amulets resembling the phallic structure have existed as early as 2,000 years ago. Archaeologists found amulets carved in the shape of a ***** on the top of a 1,900-year-old Roman house in Israel. Phallic charms were believed to ward off evil spirits and bring in good luck. Back home, it's not much of a surprise concept – the unity of the male and female genitalia is worshipped as the symbol of purity and energy. © Phallic-shaped amulets_ Wikimedia Commons Excavations have unearthed the existence of *** toys in China as early as 220 CE. The exploration of 2000-year-old tombs of wealthy aristocrats revealed bronze dildos and jade butt plugs, among other things. Jade, which is today an expensive mineral, was considered as a spiritual stone that was known for its purity. These plugs made out of jade were also used to seal the body after death to prevent bodily fluids from leaking out. Scientists believe these jade butt plugs were more commonly used to seal bodies than for sexual purposes. More closer to contemporary civilization, rag dolls were created by French sailors in the 17th century to cater to the sexual needs of many a lovelorn sailor stuck at sea for months at end. Today, *** dolls come in a lot of sizes and are freakishly lifelike. © Twitter_ @DevonetteLady (Image for representational purpose only) There have been enough texts, carvings, statues and paintings around erotica to establish the fact that our ancestors weren't too prudish about life's more basic pleasures. Besides the very detailed and much celebrated ancient Indian erotic text 'Kama Sutra' and the explicit stone carvings of Khajuraho. The ancient Indian text 'Kama Sutra', that describes 64 different *** positions, doesn't stand far behind. © Flickr_Seba Della y Sole Bossio The source of pleasure and of creation of life – male and female genitalia have long been the subject of wonder, worship and celebration. From depictions in literature, on walls and paintings to being represented as deities in temples and on lucky charms and amulets, erotica has been much more than just *** in the ancient world. The celebration of desire in its most raw form is proof enough that prudence about *** is a much modern concept. Sources: H Youssef, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. “The history of the condom” Clara Moskowitz, Live Science. “Stone Age Carving: Ancient Dildo?” Mark Miller, Ancient Origins. “Ancient Jade and Copper *** Toys and Drinking Vessels Reveal Randy Chinese Royals” Laura Burnip, The Sun. “Archaeologists discover 2,000-year-old *** toys made of bronze and jade buried deep within ancient Chinese tombs”
  7. YouTube star Ryan. Photo: YouTube At just six years of age, a boy named Ryan has become a multi-millionaire by reviewing toys, according to Forbes list of highest-paid YouTube stars. Ever since the boy was three years old his parents have been capturing videos of him dismantling toys, playing with them and reviewing them, stated Washington Post. Ryan?s parents posted the videos on their YouTube channel, Ryan ToysReview. An international news outlet reported that Ryan?s channel took off after a video of him opening and reviewing a toy went viral. Ryan?s parents are putting the YouTube earnings into a college savings account for their boy and a trust fund for him and his twin sisters Emma and Kate, reports stated. The child has achieved what many adults are struggling for on YouTube, an American video-sharing website. Ryan has become the world?s eighth YouTube celebrity in the list of Forebes? annual report. According to reports, Ryan?s YouTube channel has earned about $11 million in 2017.
  8. I find a lot of YouTubers annoying, but this one might be an exception. It's a little kid, having the time of his life playing with toys. So adorable, so wholesome. Recently, we've seen so many controversies about kids being bullied and mistreated by their parents in YouTube videos, and they should all learn something from Ryan's parents. It's a kid being a kid, talking about his favourite toys, and trying out new toys. Now, this is the kind of quality content everyone should put up. © Ryan ToysReviews For kids out there, Ryan is not just some stranger on the internet, he is their friend. Since he was 3 years old, Ryan's parents have been capturing videos of him opening toys, playing with them and “reviewing” them for videos posted on their YouTube channel 'Ryan ToysReview'. His parents direct and produce the videos, and originally started the channel back in 2015. But, what made 'Ryan ToysReviews' take off was a viral video in July 2015. The viral video that triggered such a drastic viewership was of Ryan reviewing a 'Giant Egg Surprise' box containing over 100 toys from Pixar's 'Cars' animated movie series. As of now, the video has over 800 million views. While most of us can just dream of becoming a millionaire one day, Ryan has already achieved that at the age of 6. According to Forbes' annual list of the highest-earning YouTube celebrities, Ryan's channel has generated close to $11 million in pre-tax income in 2017. He's ranked at number 8, and has tied with the comedy channel Smosh, created by Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox. © Ryan ToysReviews The channel, which has around 10 million subscribers now, shows reviews of new toys or kids' food products, and the videos usually feature earnest and enthusiastic commentary from Ryan with off-camera guidance from his parents. Ryan is an inspiration for all of us. If a 6-year-old can become a multimillionaire doing what he loves, then we can do too.
  9. British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday called for tougher rules governing MPs? conduct after a government minister was accused of asking his secretary to buy *** toys. Photo: AFP file LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday called for tougher rules governing MPs? conduct after a government minister was accused of asking his secretary to buy *** toys. Expressing her concern in a letter to the House of Commons speaker ? a lawmaker who acts as its impartial chief officer ? May said current disciplinary procedures lack "the required teeth". "I do not believe that this situation can be tolerated any longer. It is simply not fair on staff, many of whom are young and in their first job post-education," she wrote. The premier?s letter was prompted by allegations against Mark Garnier by his former secretary in The Mail on Sunday. Caroline Edmondson told the newspaper that the Conservative party lawmaker gave her money to buy two vibrators from a London *** store in 2010. The paper also reported that Edmondson, who now works for another lawmaker, said Garnier also described her in lewd terms on one occasion, in front of witnesses. The Cabinet Office ? responsible for ensuring effective government ? will investigate if Garnier?s behaviour violated ministerial codes of conduct, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Sunday. "These stories, if they are true, are obviously totally unacceptable," Hunt told a BBC political programme. The prime minister went further, saying the current suggested disciplinary procedure for MPs needed to be overhauled to make it contractually binding for lawmakers. "I would be grateful if you would be able to use your office to assist me in doing all we can to ensure that the reputation of Parliament is not damaged further by allegations of impropriety," May said in her letter. Garnier, a minister for international trade, could not be reached by AFP for comment on Sunday but has admitted the accusations, according to the paper, calling the *** toys purchase "high jinks". A Cabinet Office spokeswoman confirmed the investigation into Garnier ? a married father of three ? but declined to comment further. Garnier is the most senior of several British politicians named in media reports at the weekend accused of inappropriate behaviour or sexual harassment. They are in the spotlight following the avalanche of harassment and rape allegations against disgraced Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Former Conservative party cabinet minister Stephen Crabb, a devout Christian, apologised on Saturday after a newspaper investigation found he had sent sexually explicit messages to a young female job applicant. On Friday Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, called for an end to the "warped and degrading culture" at Westminster. "The problem doesn?t stop with those who make unwanted advances on women, it extends to a culture that has tolerated abuse for far too long," he said.
  10. People walk past Toys R Us in Times Square the day after Christmas in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, December 26, 2015. Photo: Reuters Toys ?R? Us Inc, the largest US toy store chain, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, the latest sign of turmoil in the retail industry caught in a viselike grip of online shopping and discount chains. Toys ?R? Us said it received a commitment for over $3 billion in debtor-in-possession financing from lenders including a JPMorgan-led bank syndicate and certain of the company?s existing lenders. The new financing, subject to court approval, is expected to immediately improve the company?s financial health and support its ongoing operations during the court-supervised process, Toys ?R? Us said. The company?s Canadian unit intends to seek protection in parallel proceedings under the Companies? Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Toys ?R? Us said in a statement. The retailer?s operations outside of the United States and Canada, including about 255 licensed stores and joint venture partnerships in Asia, which are separate entities, are not part of the Chapter 11 filing and CCAA proceedings, Toys ?R? Us said. The filing is among the largest ever by a specialty retailer and casts doubt over the future of the company?s nearly 1,600 stores and 64,000 employees. It comes just as Toys ?R? Us is gearing up for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for the bulk of its sales. Toys ?R? Us filed the petition in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia.
  11. Since we have promised you an ultimate guide that is what you will get today. An ultimate guide (not necessarily detailed for each product), for your ultimate pleasure. Definitely don't miss the suggestions at the end designed based on your specific needs. Sadly, *** toys are still not considered a part of sophisticated conversation, which also restricts the knowledge we have of the available products and companies which produce them. Most of the sales of adult toys happen online in India even though there is a surprising number of offline stores (though they can't legally sell *** toys in India) with a decent collection of the same in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Lucknow, Bangalore, et cetera. *** TOYS FOR WOMEN Although in the international markets, toys for women are equally popular, if not more than men, but in India, it isn't as big a deal. The reason being, demand equals production. But, we've got the best products right here: © Thinkstock/Getty Images Vibrators: Dildo, Luxury vibrators and egg vibrators ( strongly suggested *wink*). Anal toys: These usually include vibrators or beads. Ben Wa Balls: For strengthening your Kegel muscles ( also called, love muscles). Others: Pumps, Strap-ons (for Lesbian or Bi experiences) *** TOYS FOR MEN The most popular ones are strokers which are a tunnel-shaped, skin-textured toy that slides over your erect ***** to perfectly simulate the feeling of intercourse. You might also know them by their other name i.e. Fleshlights which is also the brand that produces them. © Amazon C-rings (or cock-rings) are stretchy bands that attach to the base of the *****. It is not for a solo act. It heightens your sensation and prolongs an erection. © Wikimedia commons ***** pumps are vacuum suction devices which pull more blood into the vessels for a harder, possibly larger-than-normal erection and temporarily enhanced *****. © Thinkstock/Getty Images *** dolls or *** doll faces or mouths or half a body. Various options are available. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Condom sleeves can be used to enlarge the size of the *****, for the pleasure of your partner. Also, butt plugs if you wish to try something new. © Thinkstock/Getty Images What do you need to know about these sites? Most of them offer discretion in their billing services as well as delivery, which removes the embarrassment of buying the products. Which Sites do you trust? Adult *** Toy India is one of the most trustworthy and first sites in India. While Onbedroom and imbesharam (whose brand ambassador is Sunny Leone) are the closest runner ups. Which toy to start with? © Thinkstock/Getty Images You won't know what works for you unless you have tried it, but the safest bets are Vibrators (please pay close attention to the sizes, maybe start with a bullet vibrator) for women and fleshlights for men or cock-rings (cheaper option). Tip: TENGA products are the cheapest and a great first buy. Also available on Amazon India. Which material should you look at? Glass: Changes temperature pretty quickly. Won't shatter when dropped. Gives the feel of metal toys. Jelly Rubber: Cheapest. If can contain the harmful chemical, phthalates. It has been replaced by Skin-safe rubber. Latex: For the real kinks and requires a considerable amount of maintenance. Metal: It is non-porous, waterproof, skin-safe, compatible with all lubricants and extra durable. Plastic: Velvety touch with metal firmness. Realistic Feel: Has the texture of human flesh. Silicone: Most popular material for *** products. How to buy your first product? There are certain specifications which need to be considered. Like, for men, these 3 specifications are most acute. How it measures up: Not the overall length but the insertable length. Also, check the girth of the toy. How it feels: Always check the material you desire and keep the place of action in mind. If you prefer bathroom then make sure that your product allows water play. Power and speed: Check the charging mode and the types of batteries. We would suggest you buy a product with multiple vibration modes. P.S.: We discovered the most interesting product during research, it is this artificial hymen. Did we say interesting? We meant creepy. Let's make our Kamasutra obsessed ancestors proud and explore our sexuality with extreme but SAFE methods. And yes, PLEASE CLEAN THESE PRODUCTS REGULARLY.
  12. Take away a vampire's teeth and he's just a goth that can't handle garlic. Wait for some decent cloud cover and your average werewolf is about as scary as Lassie. But there is one enduring horror trope that can have grown men and women gnawing at their fingernails when things go bump in the night: the creepy, haunted child's toy. From malevolent teddy bears and possessed clowns to murderous porcelain dolls rocking menacingly in their chairs, these evil characters have become a multi-million dollar staple adored by fans and studio executives alike. The killer toy resonates so profoundly because of the cognitive dissonance involved in the idea of a child's cuddly toy going rogue, according to film experts. "There's something very primal about absurdist fears, which is something I posit that most of us never completely grow out of," Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at film industry number-cruncher Boxoffice.com, told AFP.number cruncher Boxoffice.com, told AFP. "In a twisted way, that just makes it more fun for adults when it comes to these types of movies." "Annabelle: Creation," which has blown away critics and earned a 100 percent rating on reviews website Rotten Tomatoes ahead of its summer release, is the latest example of a genre-spanning more than 100 movies. Origin story But killer toys have been scaring the bejesus out of theatregoers since Lionel Barrymore played a cross-dressing fugitive selling life-like dolls that were actually shrunken humans in "The Devil-Doll" in 1936. "Child's Play" (1988) introduced perhaps the most famous evil doll of them all, Chucky -- a crude, hard-drinking misogynist who went on to appear in four theatrical sequels and two straight-to-DVD movies. After a fallow period, Australian filmmaker James Wan resurrected the creepy toy trope to huge success with Billy, the Jigsaw Killer's puppet in "Saw" (2004) and its sequels, as well as in "Dead Silence" (2007). His most significant contribution, however, has been Annabelle, a haunted porcelain doll first seen in "The Conjuring" (2013). Based on a real, supposedly haunted "Raggedy Ann" doll that can be visited in a museum in Connecticut, Annabelle -- an altogether darker prospect than Chucky -- is regarded by many as the creepiest doll in cinema history. "Annabelle," a commercially successful but critically unadmired spin-off, came out in 2014. Wan is the producer on the much more impressive origin story "Annabelle: Creation," due out on August 11. Boxoffice.com says the movie's impressive latest trailer has increased optimism for a healthy $25-30 million domestic opening weekend. "It looks like a film that could help out what's initially been thought of as a very mixed August slate of releases," Robbins told AFP. Extra creepy Filmed over the summer of 2016 at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, the deliciously bloodcurdling prequel focuses on a dollmaker and his wife, whose daughter died 20 years earlier. Murder and mayhem ensue as they decide to open their home to several girls from a shuttered orphanage, only to reawaken the doll maker?s possessed creation. "Annabelle just has such a rich history," 36-year-old Swedish director David Sandberg told reporters at a preview screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival this week. "She's based on a real doll, and James did such a good job setting her up in 'The Conjuring' that people just associate her with evil." Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Australian actor Anthony LaPaglia, who plays the dollmaker, said he chose not to get to know the movie's talented young female cast -- led by Lulu Wilson, 11, and 15-year-old co-star Talitha Bateman -- so that he "could be extra creepy" on set. "I always like implied violence as opposed to seeing a sword go through someone's head, and this has a lot of implied violence that is way scarier," he told reporters on the red carpet. "For me the best part was going to work and just scaring these kids every day."
  13. THE HAGUE: An 11-year-old "cyber ninja" stunned an audience of security experts Tuesday by hacking into a teddy bear via bluetooth to show how interconnected smart toys "can be weaponised". American wunderkind Reuben Paul may be still only in 5th grade at his school in Austin, Texas, but he and his teddy bear Bob wowed hundreds at a timely cyber security conference in The Netherlands. "From airplanes to automobiles, from smart phones to smart homes, anything or any toy can be part of the" Internet of Things (IOT)," he said, a small figure pacing the huge stage at the World Forum in The Hague.smart phones to smart homes, anything or any toy can be part of the" Internet of Things (IOT)," he said, a small figure pacing the huge stage at the World Forum in The Hague. "From terminators to teddy bears, anything or any toy can be weaponised." To demonstrate, he deployed his cuddly bear, which connects to the icloud via wifi and bluetooth smart technology to receive and transmit messages. Plugging into his laptop a rogue device known as a "raspberry pi" -- a small credit card size computer -- Reuben scanned the hall for available bluetooth devices, and to everyone´s amazement including his own, suddenly downloaded dozens of numbers including some of top officials. Then using a computer language programme, called Python, he hacked into his bear via its bluetooth address to turn on one of its lights and record a message from the audience. "Most internet-connected things have a bluetooth functionality ... I basically showed how I could connect to it, and send commands to it, by recording audio and playing the light," he told AFP later. "IOT home appliances, things that can be used in our everyday lives, our cars, lights, refrigerators, everything like this that is connected can be used and weaponised to spy on us or harm us." They can be used to steal private information such as passwords, as remote surveillance to spy on kids, or employ a GPS to find out where a person is. More chillingly, a toy could say "meet me at this location and I will pick you up," Reuben said. Timebombs His father, information technology expert Mano Paul, told how aged about six Reuben had revealed his early IT skills, correcting him during a business call. Using a simple explanation from dad on how one smart phone game worked, Reuben then figured out it was the same kind of algorithm behind the popular video game Angry Birds.smart phone game worked, Reuben then figured out it was the same kind of algorithm behind the popular video game Angry Birds. "He has always surprised us. Every moment when we teach him something he´s usually the one who ends up teaching us," Mano Paul told AFP. But Paul said he been "shocked" by the vulnerabilities discovered in kids´ toys, after Reuben first hacked a toy car, before moving onto more complicated things. "It means that my kids are playing with timebombs, that over time somebody who is bad or malicious can exploit."timebombs, that over time somebody who is bad or malicious can exploit." Now the family has helped Reuben, who is also the youngest American to have become a Shaolin Kung Fu black belt, to set up his CyberShaolin non-profit organisation. Its aim is "to inform kids and adults about the dangers of cyber insecurity," Reuben said, adding he also wants to press home the message that manufacturers, security researchers and the government have to work together. Reuben also has ambitious plans for the future, aiming to study cyber security at either CalTech or MIT universities and then use his skills for good. Failing that maybe he could become an Olympian in gymnastics -- another sport he excels in.
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