HUGE solar storms could cause electricity blackouts, destroy computers and bring down the internet and all communications, a study has found. The Met Office has told UK ministers a flare up of the kind that has hit Earth two or three times in 200 years would cost the country £16bn in catastrophic damage. Such flares generate intense magnetic fields over Earth which in a flash could burn out delicate electronics and even set them on fire, The Sunday Times reports. Britain risks being crippled by huge electrical disturbances caused by storms in space unless a satellite network is built that can detect them coming. The Met Office study said: "We find that for a one-in-100-year event, with no space weather forecasting capability, the gross domestic product loss to the United Kingdom could be as high as £15.9bn. "With existing satellites nearing the end of their life, forecasting capability will decrease in coming years, so if no further investment takes place, critical … [Read more...] about UK Weather – Met Office warning: Britain faces being crippled by storms in space that could spark a five-day blackout and destroy your computer
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Powerful Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with terrifying winds of 155 mph Wednesday, splintering homes and submerging neighborhoods before continuing its destructive march inland across the Southeast. It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years and at least one death was reported during its passage.Supercharged by abnormally warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Category 4 storm crashed ashore in the early afternoon near Mexico Beach, a tourist town about midway along the Panhandle, a 200-mile (320-kilometer) stretch of white-sand beach resorts, fishing towns and military bases. After it ravaged the Panhandle, Michael entered south Georgia as a Category 3 hurricane — the most powerful in recorded history for that part of the neighboring state.In north Florida, Michael battered the shoreline with sideways rain, powerful gusts and crashing waves, swamping streets and docks, flattening trees, … [Read more...] about First death reported after Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle
GOOGLE is preparing to launch a smart speaker with a built-in screen as soon as next month. That's according to two separate reports that suggest it will be a direct rival to Amazon's own 'smart display' gadgets. Google Home Hub – what is it? Google already offers three smart home speakers – the Home, Home Mini, and Home Max. They all run on the Google Assistant, a voice-controlled virtual helper powered by artificial intelligence. But rivals Amazon and Apple are making a big push in the AI space, so Google is looking to expand its efforts. Now tech sites MySmartPrice and Android Authority claim a fourth product – a smart screen – is nearly ready to debut. Google Home Hub design – what does it look like? Leaked photos of the device show a very slick product that looks similar to existing Google smart speakers. The core body of the device looks like a smaller version of the Google Home Max speaker, rocking a grey fabric exterior. Attached to the front is a … [Read more...] about Google Home Hub rumours – £150 ‘smart screen’ for your kitchen that TALKS coming next month?
Tensions remain high between a large percentage of Eugen Systems’ (Steel Division, Wargame) developers and company management, as the strike that we reported on last month shows no sign of ending. In a lengthy statement released (and this time translated from French) via industry union site STJV, the developers involved detailed their growing list of grievances with the company, including the fact that it took two full weeks before management would even talk to their rebellious staff. To clarify, it was two full weeks from the start of the strike – February 14th – that Eugen’s management even brought up the possibility of communicating with their striking employees, although the company wouldn’t have time in their busy schedule to hold a meeting until a full week after that. Even then, the company still outright denies the existence of many of the issues which have driven approximately half of the studio to protest, with only the unpaid wages issue being … [Read more...] about Nearly a month on, Eugen Systems staff remain on strike