May 3, 2019

Bristol fire: Homes evacuate as blaze hits workshop

Police say 44 homes have been evacuated as firefighters tackle the blaze at a Bristol industrial unit.
May 3, 2019

Bristol fire: Homes evacuate as blaze hits workshop

Police say 44 homes have been evacuated as firefighters tackle the blaze at a Bristol industrial unit.
May 3, 2019

Facebook’s Bitcoin rival might be used to power a massive online payment system

We’ve known for a while now that Facebook formed its own blockchain team, and several reports said the company was working on a Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency that could be used for money transfers over its chat apps, like WhatsApp and Messenger. But Facebook’s crypto plans might be a lot bigger than that. According to a new report, the company is looking to build a massive online payment system that could rival the one's currently in place. Facebook has been talking to “dozens of financial firms and online merchants,” The Wall Street Journal says, looking to kick-start its online payments system that would rely on a stablecoin type of cryptocurrency. Stablecoins, unlike most digital coins, are pegged to the US dollar, which means they should not see any fluctuations in value. We don’t have an official name for Facebook’s coin, and the company isn’t ready to make any announcements, but the Journal refers to the project as Project Libra. Facebook has been in talks with financial institutions including Visa, Mastercard and payment processor First Data as it seeks out some $1 billion in investments for the project. The company is negotiating with e-commerce companies and apps about accepting the unnamed digital currency, and these companies could also invest in Facebook’s project. Merchants would also benefit from adopting the new payment standard by not having to pay typical fees associated with credit card transactions. Facebook is said to be toying with the idea of awarding fractions of a coin to users when they view ads and interact with content on its platforms. One other idea that’s currently being considered is to allow users to pay for a product with Facebook tokens after clicking on an ad. The retailer could then use those tokens to pay for more ads on Facebook.
May 3, 2019

World War Two mortuary found in overgrown Wrexham cemetery

Conservationists hope to open the building to the public after it was left undisturbed for 70 years.
May 3, 2019

Newspaper headlines: ‘Shattered Tories’ and ‘new Maddie suspect’

The papers focus on the local election results - on what was a bad night for both main parties.
May 3, 2019

SpaceX finally offers new details surrounding the bizarre Crew Dragon explosion

It's been well over a week since news first broke of a serious malfunction with SpaceX's hotly anticipated Crew Dragon capsule. The spacecraft self-destructed during testing, and blurry video allegedly showing the failed test ending in an explosion drew a lot of attention. SpaceX chose to remain largely silent on the matter, describing it as an "anomaly" and leaving it at that. When you're building machines designed to take astronauts into space, and one of those machines explodes, people are going to want as much information as possible, and SpaceX just now broke its silence to offer a few more details on what may have gone wrong. As Spaceflight Now reports, SpaceX's Hans Koenigsmann, VP of build and flight reliability, provided the additional information during a press briefing at Kennedy Space Center. “At the test stand, we powered up Dragon, it powered up as expected,” Koenigsmann explained. “We completed tests with the Draco (maneuvering) thrusters, the smaller thrusters that are also on the cargo Dragon. We fired them in two sets, each for five seconds, and that went very well. And then just before we wanted to fire the SuperDraco, there was an anomaly, and the vehicle was destroyed. There were no injuries. SpaceX had taken all safety measures prior to this test as we always do.” The SpaceX-designed SuperDraco rockets are part of the Crew Dragon's launch escape system which is meant to push the crew capsule out and away from a rocket if a launch abort is triggered during flight. It's a potentially life-saving system that absolutely has to work flawlessly in order for NASA to trust the hardware to carry its astronauts, and in this case it appears to have prompted the total destruction of spacecraft itself. It sounds pretty scary, but as NASA's Jim Bridenstine succinctly put it in the hours following the failture, "This is why we test." NASA isn't going to let its explorers aboard the Crew Dragon until it's certain of its safety, but SpaceX has proven itself entirely capable of fixing shortcomings so we wouldn't expect this "anomaly" to be more than a small bump in the road.
May 3, 2019

Daniel O’Donnell joins Irish Country Music Hall of Fame – RTE.ie

Daniel O'Donnell joins Irish Country Music Hall of Fame  RTE.ieBetter Late Late than never for Tubs and Daniel duet  RTE.ieView full coverage on Google News
May 3, 2019

Cheap flights slated at debate for European election candidates – The Irish Times

Cheap flights slated at debate for European election candidates  The Irish TimesEnvironmental Pillar holds public debate to gauge stand on environmental, climate issues.View full coverage on Google News
May 3, 2019

Protect your Apple Watch Series 4 from scratches with this $9 clear case

The cheapest Apple Watch Series 4 model you can buy costs $400, and it goes all the way up to $1,500 depending on how fancy you want to get. In other words, you’re making a pretty sizable investment regardless of which model you choose. Do yourself a favor and spend another $9 to protect your precious watch from scratches by picking up a Smiling Apple Watch 4 Clear Case With Built in TPU Screen Protector. It’s available for both the 40mm and 44mm models, and it might be the best $9 you spend all month.

Here’s some additional info from the product page:

  • [Designed for the 40mm or 44mm] This case fit for apple watch 2018 newest series 4 Apple Watch 40mm, high-quality TPU case with built in screen protector.
  • [Precise cutout]: This 40mm watch case was designed with precise cutouts for functional buttons and ports.
  • [Ultra Slim]: This apple watch case front cover is only 0.3mm and total 0.5oz weight not add any bulk and you will not lose any touch sensitivity.
  • [Shock-proof]: Made of high quality, anti-scratch TPU, this case covers the full front and curved edges of the iwatch, offering full protection for your apple watch against scratches, drops, and bumps.
  • Includes: 2 pack high quality TPU case for the 40mm or 44mm series 4 apple watch
May 3, 2019

Verizon’s new BOGO deal covers iPhones, Pixels, and Samsung phones

Verizon is back at it with another of its BOGO (buy one get one) devices offers, this time coinciding with Mother’s Day which is right around the corner. The limited-time deals are live now, and they include the usual pretty solid offers on some of the hottest smartphones by making them available for free or at a discount when you purchase another phone at full-price. The BOGO this time includes the opportunity to score $1,100 in bill credits when you buy two new Pixel 3s and you also add a new unlimited line. You’ll save $300, no trade-in required, when you buy a new Pixel 3, then you’ll get another $800 via bill credits when you buy another either Pixel 3 or 3XL, along with the unlimited line. As we always note with these BOGOs from Verizon, there are important caveats. For this particularly offer, both of the new Pixels would need to be paid for on a monthly installment plan. Within two months, the $1,100 would then begin to be applied to your bill, spread over 24 months. It’s definitely a good deal if you’re already a Verizon customer and thinking about a new line and device. The same goes for anyone thinking about becoming a Verizon customer. The full rundown of deals and the relevant details can be found on Verizon's site here, and among the other offers as part of this BOGO, you can:
  • Buy one Samsung Galaxy S10+ and get $750 off a Galaxy 10, 10+, 10e or Note 9.
  • Buy one Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and get $750 off a Galaxy 10, 10+, 10e or Note 9.
  • Finally, if you buy an iPhone XR, iPhone XS MAX, iPhone XS, or iPhone X you can get a free iPhone XR (or take $750 off a second iPhone X model).
Verizon hasn't specified an end-date for this particular BOGO, but since it's tied to Mother's Day you've got at least all of next week, through Sunday May 12, to take advantage of it.