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TL;DR: Order the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro and pay nothing upfront when you trade-in select handsets.


There is always quite a lot of fuss whenever Apple launches a new set of iPhones, and this year is no different. We’ve seen absolutely loads of impressive deals dropping since Apple’s announcement, and the latest option should appeal to dedicated fans of the iPhone.

You can now get your hands on the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro and pay nothing upfront if you trade-in the iPhone XS Max or iPhone 11 Pro respectively. This deal is offered by Mobiles.co.uk, with cheap monthly rates:

  • iPhone 12 (54GB data) — £30 per month and free upfront when you trade-in a working iPhone XS Max 

  • iPhone 12 Pro (54GB data) — £30 per month and free upfront when you trade-in a working iPhone 11 Pro

We realise that this deal is only really attractive to those with one of the select handsets, but if you’re looking to upgrade your iPhone, this could be your best option to save.

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Life after death: DeGrasse Tyson’s ‘intriguing’ observation after possibility of God probe

The idea centres around the belief that the essential part of a human’s identity continues even after the body dies. There are many different theories as to how this may play out, with different religions having their own ideas on whether it is a spiritual realm or through reincarnation. The foundation for such claims come from scores of witness testimonies from near-death experiences – where people recall events which prove difficult to rationally explain.

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And famed American astrophysicist Dr Tyson was asked where he stood on the matter during an interview with Robert Krulwich.

He said: “We have people who are in the act of dying and they come back from life and they report on mental experiences, that’s intriguing.

“But because it is in the realm of eyewitness testimony, you can establish it only as a personal truth, but it will take more than that for it to be an objective truth.

“An objective truth is the kind of truth science discovers and it’s true whether or not you believe in it.

Neil deGrasse Tyson shared his views on life after death

Neil deGrasse Tyson shared his views on life after death (Image: GETTY)

Dr Tyson was appearing at a talk in 2017

Dr Tyson was appearing at a talk in 2017 (Image: YOUTUBE)

“It exists outside of culture, religion and political affiliation.”

Dr Tyson went on to detail the evidence he would like to see that would prove this “personal truth”.

He added in: “So Jesus is your saviour, that’s your personal truth, you cannot convince someone else that Jesus is their saviour in an objective way.

“You have to persuade them, so if you can perform a miracle, that would be amazing.

“We would investigate that, it would be an amazing thing.

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Dr Tyson shared his views on God

Dr Tyson shared his views on God (Image: YOUTUBE)

“If we cannot account for that with no other known laws of physics and it’s only happening with you, it would be so easy to demonstrate divinity if you had the power you wanted to display.”

The question came after Dr Tyson was asked during another interview to detail his thoughts on God.

He admitted: “The more I look at the universe, the less convinced I am that there is something benevolent going on.

“If your concept of a creator is someone who is all-powerful, and all good, that’s not an uncommon pairing of creators.

“I look at disasters that inflict Earth – volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, disease, pestilence – you look at this list of ways life is made miserable by way of natural causes.

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Dr Tyson said he would be happy to be proved wrong

Dr Tyson said he would be happy to be proved wrong (Image: GETTY)

Humans have been fascinated with life after death for years

Humans have been fascinated with life after death for years (Image: GETTY)

“Philosophers rose up and said God is either not all-powerful, or not all good.”

But the Director of the Hayden Planetarium said he would not push his views on anyone else.

He continued to CBS in 2017: “I have no problem if as we probe the origins of things we bump into God, if that happens, we are good to go – not a problem.

“There’s just no evidence yet and that’s why religions are called faiths because you believe in them in the absence of evidence.

“So I remain unconvinced, but if you have evidence, bring it.

“But what I believe should be irrelevant to anyone.”

Alien hunters claim to spot shape-shifting UFO over Pennsylvania

Stunned residents of Reading, Pennsylvania, were shocked to spot a strange light floating in the sky. The object is not clear on first inspection, but by looking closer at the amateur footage, one can see a strange, bright dot moving erratically.

Onlookers were quick to claim the floating object was a UFO of extraterrestrial origin.

Pennsylvanian YouTuber The Life of Chris, captured the footage and posted it to the video media platform.

Alongside the footage, a caption said: “Woke up to look outside the window & looking up at the stars noticed this light so I started recording.

“In my eyes I could see a diamond shape, it was just staying still but you can see it’s fading away but in the camera lens it’s a bright light as you see.

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Alien hunters claim to spot shape-shifting UFO over Pennsylvania (Image: GETTY – UFO SIGHTINGS DAILY)

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The lights were seen over Reading, Pennsylvania (Image: UFO SIGHTINGS DAILY)

“You can see in the video that a star won’t be to close to the earth and near the buildings, that’s a strange thing.”

Seasoned conspiracy theorists spotted the video, and claimed it is proof of extraterrestrials.

Alien enthusiast Scott C Waring said on his blog UFO Sightings Daily that it is evidence that aliens are watching.

He said: “To see this UFO, you really need to make the video full screen. At that point you will notice when he zooms in, the UFO sometimes is a triangle, oval and diamond shape.

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“That is 100 percent a sign that this is an alien shape shifting ship.” (Image: UFO SIGHTINGS DAILY)

“You will also notice one and two thin propulsion lines on the bottom sometimes and also two on the right side of the craft.

“That is 100 percent a sign that this is an alien shape shifting ship.”

However, although the object appears to be shape shifting and moving erratically, it is more likely just a plane, unfocused in the camera lens.

While there is no official evidence of any aliens of extraterrestrial space ships on Earth, or anywhere for that matter, Mr Waring believes they are out there.

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What is the Drake Equation? (Image: EXPRESS)

In fact, the alien hunter believes NASA and other space agencies know about said extraterrestrials, but is hiding the revelation from the public.

But Mr Waring said the coronavirus pandemic has hardened humanity, and the common person is ready for aliens.

He said: “Much like COVID-19 did to the people in each country as it spread, because the public once believed that such a pandemic would be impossible, and yet, the human race has changed their perspective on that very fast.

“That’s how disclosure of intelligent aliens would be, but it would not kill people or frighten them as much.”

Near death experience: Woman sees entire history of the Universe in an instant – claim

Humans tend to think of time in a linear fashion – all flowing from past, to present to future. But a woman who temporarily died believes the entire history and future of the Universe is all happening at once – and she believes in the afterlife we will get to see all of the cosmos at once. A person named Cynthia was clinically dead – cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function – following a severe asthma attack.

While Cynthia was only dead for a very brief period, she believes she saw the entire 13.8 billion year history of the Universe, all in one shot.

Cynthia now believes everything is happening all at once, with each perception of the present occurring in a new pocket of the Universe.

Sharing her extraordinary account on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Cynthia said: “I was enveloped in darkness, like all dark, cave dark, and I was still me but in an empty space.

“A minuscule amount of energy the light of a synapse, the light created from the electrical impulse of your thought.

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Near death experience: Woman sees entire history of the Universe in an instant – claim (Image: GETTY)

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Cynthia now believes everything is happening all at once (Image: GETTY)

“When I hit this light, I was shot backwards and from this energy source, the Universe was created right in front of my eyes.

“I saw everything, the whole universe from the beginning of time. And time is something humans made up, there is no such thing as time this is all a series of events.

“It was like a big paisley of cosmos being formed in front of me and I had superman vision.

“I was hanging in the dark space and our universe was below me like a teacup saucer inside of a thirty-three gallon trash bag.

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“It was like a big paisley of cosmos being formed in front of me and I had superman vision” (Image: GETTY)

“I was in the bag still. I was beyond the far reaches of the universe.

“Beyond the universe looking at it with superman vision and I could see earth and my house and inside it and all from a bazillion, gazillion, light years past the edge of the Universe. It was really amazing.”

Researchers, however, attribute visions such as Cynthia’s to a sudden surge in brain activity as one approaches death.

Scientists from the University of Michigan clinically induced cardiac arrest in rats while monitoring their brain activity, and found that brain activity surged in the final 30 seconds of their life.

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There is a surge in brain activity as one approaches death (Image: GETTY)

Jimo Borjigin, PhD, associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology and associate professor of neurology, said: “This study, performed in animals, is the first dealing with what happens to the neurophysiological state of the dying brain.

“We reasoned that if near-death experience stems from brain activity, neural correlates of consciousness should be identifiable in humans or animals even after the cessation of cerebral blood flow.”

Essentially, if the brain is more active, one might have vivid visions, leading them to believe they had seen the afterlife.

Dr Borjigin added: “The prediction that we would find some signs of conscious activity in the brain during cardiac arrest was confirmed with the data.”

Chris Evans Goes All Captain America On Trump During Biden Fundraiser

Who besides Thanos could get the Avengers to assemble together? Well, apparently there’s one person.

The Avengers took on President Donald Trump on Tuesday in a fundraiser for Democratic nominee Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris — with the “fate of the universe once again on the line,” as “Avengers” director Anthony Russo said in his opening remarks.

The virtual event, called “Voters Assemble,” included Chris Evans, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana and “Avengers” directors Joe and Anthony Russo as well as California Sen. Harris.

Early on in the conversation, the cast asked one another questions sent in by fans, with Evans tackling a question about how playing Captain America affected his personal life and his role in politics. 

The actor first downplayed the idea that he had any role in politics — again, he said this while at a virtual fundraiser for Biden — but got candid when pushed by his cast mates.

“It’s tough right now because I have strong political opinions, but what I see happening right now, as I’m sure we all see it happening, is that we’re just such a divided country,” he said. “And not to start throwing bombs this early in this thing, but I think the fish rots from the head down, and I think we certainly have someone who is actively trying to divide us, so my involvement in politics these days is more about trying to just get people engaged.”

Shortly after, Harris joined the chat and added to Evans’ comments while comparing the presidential election to the Marvel superhero films.

“Chris, I heard you talking before I came on, right? And I couldn’t agree with you more about the fish, by the way. But the importance of honor and courage and unity and those being some of the, I think, guiding principals among many in the ‘Avengers’ series, right?” Harris said, adding, “Joe and I, of course, are committed to honoring the dignity of work, protecting the most vulnerable, respecting science and truth in the White House, and of course we all know honor and decency matters, and it matters whether you are saving the universe from Thanos or fighting for the soul of our nation, but the integrity that should come and be in any leader in terms of valuing that principal I think is very important.”

Harris also went on to talk about the Avengers coming together at the end of “Endgame” to take down supervillain Thanos, saying there’s “symmetry” around that and this current moment.

“That was about the fate of the universe and he held the fate of the universe in his hand and right now we are looking at somebody who is denying science,” Harris said, later wrapping up her statement by adding, “I guess if the Avengers can assemble from across the galaxy, then the American people can get together from wherever we are, whoever we voted for in the last election and whatever language our grandmother spoke and come together to get our country on the right track.”

If you think comparing Trump to Thanos — a villain who wiped out half the life in the universe — is a little much, just remember Trump’s own campaign already made that comparison. So as Thanos might say, it’s “inevitable.”

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Brazilian Senator Caught Hiding Cash Between His Butt Cheeks: Police

BRASILIA, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Brazilian Senator Chico Rodrigues was caught in a police raid with money hidden between his butt cheeks on Wednesday, a judicial source briefed on the matter told Reuters, amid an investigation into the misuse of COVID-19 response funding.

In the senate, Rodrigues represents the state of Roraima and has also been chosen as deputy leader for the agenda of the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro, who won the presidency campaigning heavily on ending the corruption of previous governments.

Rodrigues confirmed in a statement that his house was raided, without giving details. He denied wrongdoing and said he had been clean throughout his 30 years in politics.

His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the cash allegedly found down his pants, an incident that was widely reported in major Brazilian newspapers, citing unnamed sources.

The federal police declined to comment, citing the confidentiality of the investigation. In a statement on Wednesday, the police said they had carried out raids as part of an investigation into the possible misuse of congressional funding directed to the health secretary in Roraima to pay for the COVID-19 response.

On Thursday, Bolsonaro said the police raid was evidence that his government was fighting graft.“There is no corruption in my government and we fight corruption, whoever it is,” he told supporters outside his official residence.

Bolsonaro’s anti-graft credentials have faltered since the presidential campaign. His former justice minister Sergio Moro, an immensely popular ex-judge who was known for his tough stance on corruption, resigned earlier this year, alleging Bolsonaro had sought to interfere in a police investigation for personal gain, an allegation Bolsonaro denies.

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(Reporting by Ricardo Brito and Jake Spring, Editing byRosalba O’Brien)

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12 single TV characters who’ll always have a place in our hearts

In Party for One, Mashable explores single life in 2020, from Carly Rae Jepsen’s iconic single anthems, to the beauty of alone time, and the fascinating history behind the single positivity movement.


Sometimes being single is a journey and sometimes it’s a destination. For a long time, the untold rule of storytelling was that characters find a happy ending when they all end up married. So it was with Shakespeare and so it was with Parks and Recreation, and almost everything in between.

But in recent years, television in particular has warmed to the notion of a character who actually ends up single at series’ end. They might not all stay that way forever, but there’s immeasurable value in seeing lovable characters who are single at crucial junctures in life — at points that feel like endings, but might just be the beginning.

Here are some of our favorite single TV characters. And yes, since this is about their overarching journeys and series finales — expect spoilers.

Rebecca Bunch, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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Though the final moments of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend hint that Rebecca hasn’t closed the book on all her exes (maybe it just looks that way because we’re #TeamNathaniel), nothing could have been healthier than for this romance-obsessed character to unpack her turbulent history with men and focus inward. In the final season, she prioritized living with mental illness and creating a life free of old triggers and patterns. It’s probably not the best that she hangs out with all her exes in West Covina, but it’s a far cry from the law offices in New York where she started — and when she couldn’t even remember the last time she was happy.

Sansa Stark, Game of Thrones

Sansa Stark is a name now synonymous with powerful and even ruthless feminine leadership, but it wasn’t always that way. We remember the innocent girl from Winterfell who dreamed of marrying a prince, and then watched in horror as the cruel world of Westeros destroyed that dream day by day. Sansa may be an iconic character, but she suffered horrific abuse that no person should experience, some of it gratuitous material added to the show.

Still, Sansa emerged a wolf among kittens, her steely resolve the leadership Westeros craved when Jon Snow was still moping around telling anyone who’d listen that he didn’t want the job. It would have been disrespectful to Sansa’s growth and journey to happily marry her off in some disingenuous eleventh-hour coupling, and given the general irresponsibility of Thrones‘ final season and treatment of female characters, we’re glad this ended up the way it did.

Alexis Rose, Schitt’s Creek

You may have blocked out Schitt’s Creek‘s final season breakup because there is simply no pain in this world like seeing the characters on that show suffer, but Alexis and lovable vet Ted did not end up together. They loved each other, they wanted to be together, but the timing simply wasn’t right.

Watching Alexis and the rest of the Rose family mature is one of the foremost joys of Schitt’s Creek, but that doesn’t make the decision she and Ted come to any less devastating. Still, it’s extremely mature, and not something she could have done a few years previously (recall that past Alexis dumped Ted and pursued empty lust for Mutt, so, yeah). We hope they’ll find their way back to each other one day, or to other partners that make more sense later in life. For now, we’re proud of these two for making a tough call and with Alexis for trusting her gut and her family.

Fleabag, Fleabag

While many of the characters on this list will probably find romantic love one day, the unnamed protagonist of Fleabag has never been one to conform. At the start of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s seminal comedy series, its antiheroine is a one-woman force of spectacular self sabotage. She’s recovering from her best friend’s death, a messy affair that ties back to Fleabag’s own relationship with sex, and her emotions are so numb that she barely bats an eye at her longterm boyfriend’s final departure.

In Season 2, Fleabag has a better handle on sex, but the guilt about Boo stays with her. She cautiously and then fiercely falls in love, but the Priest’s ultimate unavailability speaks to how Fleabag still doesn’t believe she deserves happiness. She is drawn to complication, to challenges, to mess, and while her love for the Priest may pass, her demons may well linger. It’s both a heartbreaking and inspiring emotional journey no matter how many times we watch it, but seeing an arc like Fleabag’s on mainstream television is critical for audiences to feel seen and valid. 

Tahani and Jason, The Good Place

None of The Good Place‘s core characters are perfect people, and we watched for four seasons as they slowly learned what makes a good and fulfilling life — a life unlike those they led when we first met them. Eleanor and Chidi may have spent the bulk of their existence together, but they were the only ones. Couples often pair off and ride into the sunset at the end of creator Mike Schur’s TV shows, but Tahani and Jason — once paired together as alleged soulmates — found fulfillment in the Good Place they built together, and the friends they made along the way.

Abbi and Ilana, Broad City

If any show was going to embrace singledom with the energy we need in the 21st century, it was Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s Broad City. This was always a show about the beautiful friendship between its titular broads, and in the end that was the only thing we needed to see holding strong as they moved into their separate futures. 

Where other characters on this list have prioritized romantic love at different times, Abbi and Ilana always kept it secondary to great sex, smoking weed, and nonstop New York adventures shared with a lifelong bestie.

Joey Tribbiani, Friends

It feels both exceedingly on-brand and deeply bittersweet that the flirtiest Friend would be the only one still single at series’ end. Joey is the group’s de facto playboy, but his emotional arc is all about the steadiest relationships in his life: The five people he keeps close. For Joey, romantic partnership were never a source of emotional intimacy, but the platonic companions in his life were always there for him — and then some. Here’s hoping Chandler and Monica kept that room over the garage ready for him.

Tracey, Chewing Gum

Back in 2015 Michaela Coel introduced us to Tracey, a mid-twenties shop assistant from a religious upbringing who starts the show on a desperate mission to have sex for the first time.

As you can probably guess, things don’t go to plan — but over the course of two seasons navigating friendships, relationships, and the often tricky ground between the two, Tracey learns plenty about both life and herself. And she’s always happy to share her amusing insights with us directly, via a quick aside to the camera.

Thomas Barrow, Downton Abbey

Contextually, there are a number of reasons why Thomas is one of the only characters not married apropos of nothing by the end of Downton Abbey (looking at you, friends-with-benefits Carson and Hughes). For one, he’s a gay man in the early 20th-century, when living a happy and open life was all but unthinkable.

Too many queer characters in fiction end up facing tragic circumstances and not being able to live with love, but Thomas also did plenty of downright evil things in the show’s early seasons. By the time things were ending, he was a changed man, and his journey was about self-love and redemption above all else.

However, we maintain that in the movie he deserved to eat ass.

Rory Gilmore, Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls ended not once but twice with Rory in romantic limbo; first in Season 7, when she was no longer dating Logan and set off on the campaign trail with Barack Obama, and then again after the 2016 revival which saw her running into all her significant exes and also having sex with a wookie (as far as we know, this is the father of her child).

The revival gave off strong Team Jess vibes throughout, reviving the couple’s old chemistry and the fact that they’re still pals all these years later, now that Jess is more mature and Rory’s mom is still dating his uncle. There’s a genuine affection there, the kind that makes for steadfast relationships way more than the physical attraction of their youth ever could. But Jess still doesn’t feel ready or worthy of Rory, and when we left things off he had decided to keep things as they were. Once again, Rory is living the single life, and on-track to being a very cool single mom just like Lorelai. It’s not a bad act to follow.