May 10, 2019

Climate change ‘may curb growth in UK flying’

The UK may need to review expansion of aviation to meet CO2 targets, the government admits.
May 10, 2019

Daredevil base jumper’s record leap off Snowdon

Josh Beinn says he has made the highest recorded jump in Wales after leaping from 2,500ft up Snowdon.
May 10, 2019

The dig uncovering Glencoe’s dark secrets

Archaeologists begin excavating the remains of an abandoned settlement where a massacre took place.
May 10, 2019

Fly-tipping: Councils demand tougher sentences for worst offenders

Nobody has faced the maximum penalty since new guidelines were introduced in 2014, analysis shows.
May 10, 2019

Woman’s surprise at Kingsmill loaf full of bread crusts

A loaf full of crusts was not what Timea Ganji "kneaded" as she said her children would not eat them.
May 10, 2019

Duvet cover clothes tackle throwaway culture

The retro togs are popular with festival-goers and Disney fans.
May 10, 2019

The device that lets you control your garage door with a smartphone is down to $77

Thanks to all the cool smart home devices you own, you can brew coffee from your bed or unlock your front door from halfway around the world. But why shouldn't cool features like those extend beyond the confines of your main living space? The Chamberlain MYQ-G0301 Smart Garage Door Opener installs in your garage and connects to your home Wi-Fi network. Once set up, it lets you open and close your garage door from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection. That means you’ll never have to worry about carrying a clicker again. Better yet, you’ll never have another panic attack at work because you thought you might have forgotten to close the door.

Here’s some additional info from the product page:

  • NEW! IN-GARAGE DELIVERY WITH KEY BY AMAZON – Prime members in select areas can opt-in with the myQ Smart Garage Hub to get Amazon packages securely delivered right inside their garage. Simply link your myQ account in the Key App.
  • SMART GARAGE CONTROL – Open and close your garage door from anywhere with your smartphone through the myQ App.
  • SMART NOTIFICATIONS – Receive alerts when your garage door opens or closes in real time by setting up customized notifications – great for busy families who come and go from the house through the garage.
  • UNIVERSAL – Easy-to-add functionality to upgrade your existing garage door opener.  Compatible with most brands of garage door openers made after 1993 that have standard safety sensors.
  • SIMPLE SETUP – Wireless installation with easy step by step instructions provided in the myQ App means you’ll be able to enjoy smart garage control in minutes
  • GUEST ACCESS – Securely invite up to three people to control your garage with the myQ Guest Feature (Note: Not intended for guests under the age of 13).
  • SMART COLLABORATIONS – Linking your myQ account to Google Assistant and IFTTT requires a $1 monthly or $10 annual subscription fee.
  • CORE FEATURES - Opening, closing, and receiving garage door status notifications are INCLUDED with myQ App at no additional charge.
May 10, 2019

Judge orders Florida to provide Spanish-speaking ballots to displaced Puerto Ricans

A federal judge ordered dozens of Florida counties to provide Spanish-language ballots and other election materials to Puerto Rican voters displaced by Hurricane Maria, ahead of the March 2020 presidential primary elections. Last summer, a coalition of advocacy groups sued Florida’s secretary of state and election supervisors of 32 counties in the state for failing […]
May 10, 2019

Newspaper headlines: Tory ‘funding crisis’ and private school ‘woe’

Saturday's papers feature stories about a lack of Tory donors and the head of a private school complains of "social engineering".
May 10, 2019

The PS5’s high-speed SSD might make loading screens a thing of the past

Sony won't announce the PlayStation 5 anytime soon, but that isn't stopping the company from teasing its next-generation console. Sony's lead architect Mark Cerny revealed in an interview last month a few details about the unreleased console, and AMD announced a few days ago that it's going to make the console's next CPU and GPU chips that will help out with Sony's "secret sauce." A new report now reveals the PS5 will have an "ultra high-speed" SSD -- the kind of component that could eliminate loading screens altogether. “An ultra-high-speed SSD is the key to our next generation,” a Sony spokesperson told PlayStation Official Magazine for the June 2019 edition (via WCCFTech). “Our vision is to make loading screens a thing of the past, enabling creators to build new and unique gameplay experiences.” That's very much in line with what we heard in April from Cerny who demoed the feature by loading the same copy of Spider-Man on a PS4 Pro and a PS5 devkit. The Pro needed 15 seconds to load the content, compared to just 0.8 seconds for the new machine. That's hardly surprising considering that a SSD will breath new life into virtually any device, making everything run incredibly fast. Not to mention that SSDs are the norm now on most laptops and desktops, although the latter also get SSD and HDD combos. It's unclear at this time how Sony will tackle storage on the PS4, and whether users will get a pure SSD experience or some SSD/HDD hybrid. That said, prices for SSDs have been falling rapidly in recent years, and high-capacity SSDs might become the norm on all sorts of devices, next-gen consoles included. Even so, SSDs are still more expensive than traditional HDDs. The PS4 Pro with 1TB of HDD storage sells for $399.