February 11, 2019

George Bryan centre: Blaze hits Tamworth mental health centre

Fire crews say the fire is "severe" and has led to patients and staff being moved to other centres.
February 11, 2019

Leaked Galaxy S10 renders give us our clearest look yet at the new phones

Although the internet will undoubtedly prove me wrong over the next few days, there doesn't seems to be much else left to leak about the Galaxy S10 series. We know how many phones Samsung is set to unveil at its Unpacked event on February 20th, we know what those phones will look like, and we know how they'll differ from their predecessors. But until the phones have been made official by Samsung, the leaks will continue to trickle in. That's exactly what happened over the weekend, as prolific leaker Evan Blass shared the highest quality renders we have seen to date of the S10, S10+, and S10E -- all of which will be unveiled next week. Up first are the 6.1-inch Galaxy S10 (on the top) and the 5.8-inch Galaxy S10E (on the bottom). Both phones will feature the Infinity-O display that we saw for the first time at the Samsung Developer Conference last year, but the similarities end there. The S10E has larger bezels, two cameras (to the S10's three), and no in-display fingerprint sensor. The internal specifications likely won't be as impressive as those of the S10 either: https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/1094142376300425217 Blass also shared multiple renders of the 6.4-inch Galaxy S10+, which will be both the most expensive and highest-specced of the bunch. Unsurprisingly, from a design standpoint, the S10+ looks virtually identical to the S10, but will be slightly larger, and feature up to 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage: If your decision to upgrade to any of the Galaxy S10 models hinges on the design, then, at this point, you might have everything you need to decide. All that's left is for Samsung to show off these phones on stage in San Francisco next week, and confirm that specifications that have already appeared online countless times.
February 11, 2019

Equine flu: British horse racing to resume after shutdown over virus

Horse racing in Britain will resume on Wednesday after a six-day shutdown following an outbreak of equine flu.
February 11, 2019

Equine flu: British horse racing to resume after shutdown over virus

Horse racing in Britain will resume on Wednesday after a six-day shutdown following an outbreak of equine flu.
February 11, 2019

New video highlights the iPhone SE 2 we wish Apple would make

What's happened with the iPhone SE is downright bizarre. For reasons that remain unclear, Apple discontinued the device this past September, essentially leaving iPhone users interested in a more compact form factor with literally zero options. Meanwhile, Apple's entry-level iPhone XR is closer in size to an iPhone 7 Plus than an iPhone 7. Put simply, Apple has seemingly abandoned a large contingent of users who prefer a device that can easily be managed with one-hand. For a while, there were quite a few rumors regarding Apple's plans to introduce a next-gen iPhone SE. Unfortunately, those rumors died down months ago and there hasn't been any evidence pointing to an iPhone SE 2 hitting store shelves anytime soon. In the meantime, we'll simply have to make do with iPhone SE 2 concepts until Apple, hopefully, comes to its senses. The latest iPhone SE 2 video comes to us courtesy of ConceptsiPhone. As evidenced below, the mock-up imagines what an iPhone SE would look like with Face ID as opposed to Touch ID. Notably, when the original bout of iPhone SE 2 rumors were making the rounds, rumor had it that the device would simply be a revamped version of the original, which is to say that it would still sport Touch ID and a traditional home button. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_i524zpCQs The video also imagines an iPhone SE with a camera module that looks quite similar to what Apple has on the iPhone XR. All that aside, the iPhone SE is nearly three years old at this point and it's fair to say that fans of compact devices will be happy with any type of refresh Apple has in mind, from a small hardware upgrade to a complete redesign.
February 11, 2019

Top Senate Intelligence Committee Democrat says Barr nomination is a threat to Russia probe

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said Monday that President Donald Trump’s nomination of Willam Barr to lead the Justice Department is a threat to the Russia probe. “Under our constitutional system, no one is above the law, not even the president,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said in a speech on the Senate […]
February 11, 2019

‘Frail’ Edinburgh couple granted leave to stay in UK

The Home Office has told Mozaffar Saberi, 83, and Rezvan Habibimarand, 73, that they will be issued with visas within days.
February 11, 2019

Pretend you’re on Mars with this 360-degree video of the Vera Rubin Ridge

NASA's Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars for quite some time now, vastly exceeding expectations and already nearly tripling its expected mission length. With the rover still in fine working order, NASA has sent it to a new area after it spent over a year at a location on Mars known as Vera Rubin Ridge. Now, with the rover on its way to a new location, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory released a stunning 360-degree video that shows the rover's previous location in stunning detail. Check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLTiv_XWHnOZofSNYaXYOg9moAgrwmBxQF&time_continue=1&v=e-gZpz8zuDQ If you're not already familiar with YouTube's 360-degree video feature, this is a great time to dive in. After clicking the play button you can manipulate the video by clicking (or tapping, if you're on a smartphone) on the screen and dragging. This allows you to see the full 360 degree shot, and NASA has highlighted certain features that are worth your attention. Going forward, Curiosity will continue to scale Mount Sharp in search of new and interesting discoveries. The rover's once-troubled drilling mechanism is back in working order after JPL engineers invented a new drilling method that doesn't require the defunct stabilizing arm which broke many months ago. When Curiosity drills into rocks and takes samples to analyze it's a bit like looking back in time to see what Mars was like millions and millions of years ago. Over the years, scientists have learned a great deal about the previously wet surface of the planet. The now-dry lakes and rivers that dominated its surface may have once hosted life — and organic molecules have been detected on the surface — but finding undeniable proof of life that may have disappeared billions of years ago is virtually impossible at best.
February 11, 2019

Google rolls out augmented reality navigation for select Google Maps users

Save for an optional feature of Pokemon Go, augmented reality has yet to have the kind of impact that many analysts and developers seem to have expected. Conceptually, AR is fascinating -- capable of turning your surroundings into an interactive computer screen. But in practice, we've yet to see a killer app that truly delivers on the promise of the technology. Thanks to Google, though, we might be one step closer to getting there. Over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal's David Pierce shared his thoughts on an upcoming AR navigation feature for Google Maps, which the company announced at Google I/O last May. He doesn't think it will replace the standard navigation functionality, but he came away impressed with the "early version" he tested. Like other augmented reality experiences, the Google Maps AR feature uses your phone's camera to overlay visual effects on top of the real world as you walk from one location to the next. Rather than staring down at your phone and following a dotted line, you will point your phone outward in the direction you're facing, and 3D arrows will suddenly appear on the street in front of you, guiding you to your destination. Pierce says that the arrows on his app pointed to his right, and once he took a turn, a rectangular blue sign popped up on the screen letting him know his next turn was coming up in 249 feet. More arrows appeared when he reached the corner. "I found the AR feature most useful at the beginning of a journey," Pierce explained. "Usually when I’m heading somewhere new, I pick a direction, start walking then check the blue dot halfway down the block to see if I’m going the right way. Often I am not. With Google’s AR view, I could fire up the camera, check my surroundings and set off with much more confidence." It's worth noting that the feature isn't ready to roll out to the public quite yet. Google's Rachel Inman told Pierce that virtually everything he saw during his time with the app could change, from the look of the giant, floating arrows to the use of arrows at all. But Google will be receiving feedback from the community, as the early version of the AR feature will soon be put in the hands of Google Maps power users called Local Guides.
February 11, 2019

Amazon is buying mesh router company Eero – The Verge

Amazon is buying mesh router company Eero  The VergeAmazon has announced that it's acquiring Eero, the maker of mesh home routers. Amazon says buying Eero will allow the company to “help customers better ...View full coverage on Google News