Man charged with Leicester murder

first_imgA TEENAGER HAS been charged with the murder of Antoin Akpom, the 20-year-old who died in Leicester last Thursday following a brutal assault on Kent Street.The Crown Prosecution Service reviewed the case presented by police and decided there is sufficient evidence for a prosecution.The accused, a 19-year-old male, is expected to appear before a magistrates’ court tomorrow.Detectives have not yet ruled out a possible link between the death of the 20-year-old and a suspected arson attack on the home of Shehnila and Muhammad Taufiq in nearby Wood Hill.Two men arrested in connection with the fire that killed four people, including three teenagers, remain in custody.Firefighters found the bodies of Shehnila Taufiq, who was in her 40s, her 19-year-old daughter Zainab and sons, Bilal, 17, and Jamal, 15, at their home in Wood Hill in the early hours of Friday morning.The victims were the wife and children of Dublin-based neurosurgeon Muhammad Taufiq.Related: “I deeply miss my beautiful wife and three beautiful children” – Muhammad TaufiqRead: Wife and children of Dublin-based doctor killed in Leicester house firelast_img read more

Breaking Bad Oh thats great stuff TDs talk TV at another Seanad

first_img Hugh O’ConnellSPENDING ALL YOUR time telling people to vote Yes in the Seanad referendum can be a bit tiresome so Fine Gael Minister Richard Bruton and TD Eoghan Murphy chatted about television instead today.Just kidding, there was a bit of chat about the referendum as Fine Gael unveiled a placard outside the Norwegian embassy on Dublin’s Molesworth Street to highlight how Ireland is apparently overrepresented when it comes to politicians.Later as they carried the placard back to Leinster House (or at least to end of Molesworth Street before they passed it off to handlers) the Minister wanted to know if Murphy had seen Breaking Bad.Murphy not only admitted that he hadn’t seen the Emmy-award winning series, he also hadn’t seen The Sopranos or The Wire.Surely that is more troubling than Ireland having a third more national poiticians than any other European country of our size?Read: Over two dozen academics urge No vote in Seanad referendumMore: ‘I can’t kiss you on the lips’: Little talk of Seanad as Gerry Adams canvasses in DublinWATCH: ‘Do I get the brown envelope?’: Minister meets mixed reaction on Dublin canvasslast_img read more

Sold Francis Bacon painting sells for 142 million the most expensive ever

first_imgTHIS IS THE painting which set a world record last night for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.(Domini Lipinski/PA Wire) Francis Bacon’s triptych painting of his friend and fellow artist – entitled Three Studies of Lucian Freud – sold for $142.4 million (€105 million)  at an auction in New York.Seven bidders competed for the 1969 painting by the Irish-born artist, pushing the price up almost $60 million more than the auction house had estimated it would sell for. The final price was decided after just ten minutes of bidding.The price smashes the previous record set 18 months ago when The Scream by Edvard Munch sold for $120 million.Christie’s described the painting as a “true masterpiece that marks Bacon and Freud’s relationship”.The auction at Christie’s in New York – entitled Post-War and Contemporary Art – also set a record for the highest amount ever made at one auction with $691,830,000 (€511 million) worth of paintings sold.The view inside the auction last night (Image: Christie’s/Twitter) Bidders from 42 countries competed for significant works by some of the most influential artists of the last six decades, including Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Mark Rothko.The sale set ten new world auction records, as eleven works sold for more than $20 million, 3 sold for more than $50 million, 16 sold for more than $10 million and 56 went for more than $1 million.Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog which sold for $58.4 million (€44 million), a record for a work by a living artist sold at an auction.“The sale was heavily focused on icons and masterworks, achieving an astonishing 10 record prices and breaking the record for any work of art ever sold at auction,” said Brett Gorvy, the head of Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s.Read: Prices for NAMA artworks slashed to achieve faster sale > Read: Five-year restoration of masterpiece to reveal art mystery > Read: 8 reasons you’re not a famous artist >last_img read more

Gardaí seize €34000 worth of cannabis in Drogheda

first_imgGARDAÍ TARGETING THE sale and supply of drugs in Drogheda area seized over €30,000 worth of cannabis last night.As part of an intelligence-led operation gardai from the Detective unit in Drogheda carried out a planned search at an apartment in Mill Court, Mill Lane, Drogheda yesterday evening.The seizure is the latest in a string of cannabis finds, coming after larger quantities were found in Offaly and Wexford.Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of up to €34,000 (pending analysis) were seized.Gardaí say no arrests were made and the investigation is ongoing.Read: Another grow house uncovered by gardaí, over €200k of cannabis seizedRead: Court appearance for Wexford drug accusedlast_img read more

Nostalgic and saucy postcards take us back to an Ireland of old

first_imgThe fish market in Baltimore.A JE Spiller card from the Adrian Healy collection showing a market-day scene on George Street, Clonakilty (George Street is now Connolly Street). This postcard was never posted.From the Adrian Healy collection, this ‒National Series’€ postcard was (apparently) sent to a Miss Rita Lawton of Bridge Street, Bandon; the message reads ‘€œHope he will visit you soon€’ and is signed ‘A friend’.West Beach on Main Street, Cobh, from the Adrian Healy collection. This postcard has not been stamped or postmarked in any way but on the reverse the following is written ‘€œNear Railway Station, on right side of juncture,€“ shop where I got the portrait (pencil).’A postcard of Heron’€™s Cove, Goleen, published by Sue Hill’™s Heron’€™s Cove B & B and Restaurant (photography by John Eagle).This postcard view of St Fin Barre’€™s Cathedral from the John James collection is one of an ‘€œOilette’ series from the Raphael Tuck & Sons company.A Millar & Lang ‘€œNational Series’€ postcard from the John James collection. This postcard was never posted; however, on the other side, in pencil, the following is written: ‘€œFor Alfi e also / cards.’From the John James collection, this army camp card was published by WE Mack of Hampstead (London). The following is written on the reverse: SENDING POSTCARDS IS somewhat of a lost art these days, but there was a time when no jaunt abroad was complete without sending a cardboard missive to your nearest and dearest.This selection of postcards is taken from Love From Cork: Postcards of the City & County (Collins Press), a nostalgic look at how we used to communicate.The author, Perry O’Donovan, chose postcards from two collections, one belonging to John James from Kinsale and the other maintained by Adrian Healy from Skibbereen.The book even includes the messages from the cards, as well as literary extracts. If you’re looking for a stocking-filler for a person with an interest in nostalgia and Ireland of old, you could certainly do worse than this.From the John James collection, a Comique€ Series postcard from the Inter-Art Company, Florence House, Barnes, London. This postcard was never posted.A Bradford Post Card Company postcard from the John James collection. The card was posted in Youghal in 1908, to a Miss H Gallagher, William Street, Galway: ‘€œHere with 5,000 children!’€ is all the message says. It is signed ‘€œHG’.€This card from the Adrian Healy collection features the great flood in Mallow in November 1916.From the Adrian Healy collection, this is a view of St Patrick€’s Street, looking north towards St Patrick’€™s Bridge, published by Charles L Reis & Co, of Dublin and Belfast. This postcard was never posted.Postcard featuring a bog oak dealer.A John Hinde card from the Adrian Healy collection (photography by D Noble). The card was never posted. ‘€œDear Auntie, just a line to say I arrived safe & sound after a 36 hours journey. The reason they called us back is, we are leaving here for Tidworth on Tues night, or Wed morning, instead of Friday night. Do not write back, I will let you know my new address as soon as possible. I am, Lovingly yours (name illegible). Remember me to all at Home. Goodnight.’€All images taken from Love from Cork: Postcards of the City & County by Perry O’Donovan, published by The Collins Press, 2013.Read:Postcards of Ireland from the last 100 years are a thing of beauty>WATCH: A love letter to Dublin>last_img read more

Man 28 dies in accident after car he was working on falls

first_imgA MAN HAS died in Co. Donegal after a car he was working in fell on top of him.Emergency services responded to the scene at Kilcar last night, but the man died from his injuries at the scene.He was pronounced dead at the scene at around 9.40pm.Gardaí confirmed the man who died was aged 28. Further details of his identity haven’t been released.Kilcar is a small Gaeltacht village around 15km from Killybegs.Read: Man freed with cutting equipment after tree falls on carlast_img

Nostalgia Alert Anyone remember this limited edition Italia 90 milk bottle

first_imgJACK’S ARMY WERE no bottlers and here’s the milk bottle to prove from way back when the Boys in Green were dominating everyone (well Romania on pennos) and making the last eight in the World Cup.The wording under the tricolour is ‘We took on the world’ and the lucky owner is Darren O’Keeffe who said he found the Premier Dairies milk bottle from the glorious summer of 1990 when he was recently doing a spring clean.“It’s 23 years old and still in perfect condition. Does anybody else have one?” he said on Facebook and he’s keen to know how many people had one and how many still have it.Not many we’re betting. But let us know if you remember or have one of these, email: or drop us a note in the comments below.Read: The Manure Matrix in Fermanagh – is this the best fundraiser of 2013?More: Happy 74th Birthday Trap… here are 6 presents for the Ireland managerlast_img read more

Laya healthcare to increase premiums in April amid healthcare crisis

first_imgThe reality is that Ireland is facing a healthcare crisis. We are operating in a fundamentally unstable market which needs radical reform in order to stem the tide of rising costs. Right now thousands of young, healthy people are being forced out of the private health insurance market due to escalating costs and we urgently need to find a workable solution to put a stop to this.Read: Risk Equalisation Scheme made permanent after EU approval > PRIVATE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER Laya has announced an average price increase of 10.8 per cent from this April.A statement released by the company said that this was due “to a number of cost factors in the market, many of which are being driven by current Government policy.”Its managing director, Dónal Clancy, said that they were “very conscious of the impact this increase may have on our members” but that increases in the Government health levy – which he said “VHI continues to benefit from” – and the rising cost of medical treatments had made the increase inevitable.Clancy said that the health levy, which is set to increase from €285 to €350 per adult, and from €95 to €120 per child from 31 March, would cost the company in the region of €60 million in 2013, €14 million more than it had in 2012.Clancy called on government to incentivise young people to help them maintain private health insurance.last_img read more

Man dies in Galway crash in early hours of the morning

first_imgA MAN IN his early 30s has been killed in a single vehicle car crash in Galway in the early hours of this morning.The crash happened just before 2.45am on the Headford to Galway Road around 6 miles from Galway city.The 31-year-old who was the sole occupant of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The man’s body has been removed to University Hospital Galway.Gardaí in Galway have appealed for any witnesses to the crash to come forward, in particular anyone who travelled on the Balrobuck Beg to Balrobuck More Road in the time running up to 2.45am. Witnesses are asked to contact Gardaí in Mill Street on 091 538000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.The road remains closed this morning while a forensic examination of the scene takes place.last_img read more

New York man in court for laughing too loud

first_imgDID YOU KNOW it was a crime to laugh?New York man Robert Schiavelli of Rockville Centre, on Long Island has been handed two summonses for “disturbing the peace.”Police responded to his home on 12 and 13 February after receiving complaints from his next-door neighbor that his loud laughs could be heard across the driveway.The 42-year-old was charged with acting “in such a manner as to annoy, disturb, interfere with, obstruct, or be offensive to others”.At his arraignment this week, a judge declined to dismiss the charges.Schiavelli told the New York Post his neighbor often taunts him due to his disability, which has led to something of a feud. He deals with it by laughing him off.Schiavelli suffers from seizures and neurological impairments.The neighbor didn’t respond to requests for comment13 absolute best shop names in Ireland> Could R Kelly’s Ignition (Remix) be the next US national anthem>last_img read more

Micheál Martin asks Enda Kenny to withdraw a partisan slur Taoiseach declines

first_img Micheál Martin was unhappy with the Taoiseach’s answers in the Dáil today Source: Screengrab/Oireachtas TVKenny insisted that he does not engage in “low partisan politics” and described many of the documents related to the bank guarantee that do exist as “inconsequential” listing details of fax notes, memos for government and cover sheets. “I would have expected that at a time when this country was entering into both the background and the process of a really difficult economic recession that there would have been fairly regular meetings about the seriousness of this, but that’s not the case.”Responding, Martin said that Kenny was being “very selective” and noted that some of the documents concerned government memos and again insisted that in suggesting documents had been shredded Kenny had committed “a slur on the previous taoiseach”.“There was no attempt to disappear any records… and you should withdraw that assertion,” Martin said.As previously disclosed by this website, of the 146 different documents only 35 have been fully or partially released documents with most withheld under section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act concerning the confidentiality of government records.Documents released include press releases already in the public domain, fax cover sheets, and correspondence with Oireachtas officials.While an “urgent’” letter from the then president of European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet to then Taoiseach Brian Cowen is withheld, an acknowledgement of receipt of the letter was released.Other descriptions of withheld documents include ‘minutes of Government meeting’, a ‘memorandum for government’, a ‘draft guarantee bill’ and notes concerning discussions on 30 September 2008 – the date the Fianna Fáil-led government made the decision to guarantee the entire Irish banking system.Read: No written record of Taoiseach asking for bank guarantee documentsPreviously: Did the Taoiseach talk to staff in his department about the bank guarantee?Fianna Fáil: Claims of no bank guarantee documents are ‘a lie’, and this FOI proves it ENDA KENNY HAS declined an opportunity to withdraw what Micheál Martin has described as a “partisan slur” on Brian Cowen over claims that documents related to the bank guarantee were disappeared or shredded in the Department of the Taoiseach.The Taoiseach was speaking during Dáil questions this afternoon when he said he was satisfied that his department complies with the National Archives Act when it comes to securing and maintaining government records.Kenny has repeatedly stated on the Dáil record that there is a paucity of documentation relating to the night of the guarantee, suggesting in June 2012 that documents may have been “either shredded or has been disposed of or dispatched of”.However, Freedom of Information requests have since uncovered that there are at least 146 different records related to the guarantee, a schedule of which has previously been published by this website.In the Dáil today, Martin said that the Department of the Taoiseach’s secretary general Martin Fraser, whose responsibility it is to maintain documentation, had confirmed that officials are “fully in compliance” with their legal responsibilities when it comes to securing government papers.The Fianna Fáil leader asked if the Taoiseach was now capable of “withdrawing that partisan slur” saying documents had not been tampered with or disappeared.last_img read more

Well leave it there so BODs latest job LeBlancs a winner and

first_img Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesChelsea continue their swift recruitment drive with another plunder of Atletico Madrid. Filipe Luis will be next through the doors of Stamford Bridge.Tony Gallopin won today’s stage of the Tour de France.The best thing we sharedSean Burke mimics a day in the life of Conor McGregor Source: Seán Burke/YouTubeWhere we were todaySpeaking of the Notorious, Ben Blake was out at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham to hear what he had to say ahead of Saturday’s Fight Night. NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… Even big stone walls are picturesque at the Tour de France. Source: Christophe EnaHomeSt Patrick’s Athletic’s Champions League meeting with Legia Warsaw has been overshadowed by the the death of a supporter today.Ireland might just have a new golfing superstar on the way. Kevin Le Blanc held his nerve to win the Junior Open Championship at West Lancashire golf club.Nico Roche fought hard at today’s stage of Le Tour, but it was enough only to win the combativity award, not the stage.Cricket Ireland confirmed two pillars in an exciting fixture list in 2015, England and Australia are coming back.Both Munster u21 Hurling Championship semi-finals are under way at the time of publishing. Catch up with how Clare v Tipperary and Cork v Waterford are going here.Brian O’Driscoll has another new job, he’ll be BT Sport‘s go-to guy for rugby analysis.AwayConcerning news from WADA, who report a higher percentage of failed doping tests in rugby worldwide than athletics.Louis Van Gaal clocked in for work with Manchester United, but there was apparently some bad news awaiting him about Arturo Vidal. Source: Ben Blake/Twitter Gary Cook speaking at the #UFCDublin presser at RHK.— Ben Blake (@benjmnblake) July 16, 2014 On the record“In the first two weeks going up training I was giving out to the waterman, the manager, giving out to everyone that it wasn’t up to scratch.”Waterford hurling legend Tony Browne tells us of the challenges he faces when stepping away from the top rungs of the sport.The fixture listMore European football to look forward to with the first leg of the second qualifying stage of the Europa League. Sligo Rovers are in Norway to face Rosenborg, while Dundalk host Hajduk Split. Shakhtyor Salihorsk are in the Brandywell to take on Derry City.Showbiz, Baby!This piece of showboating from Manchester City youngster Manu Garcia is disrespectfully good (as Rhianna would say). Source: Manchester City FC/YouTubeIf you want this good ish,  sicker than the remixlast_img read more

Death rates for HIVpositive adults have halved

first_imgTHE DEATH RATE among HIV-positive adults from AIDS-related causes has halved over the past decade, new research shows.However, the risk of dying from a non-AIDS cancer has remained stable.The research, published today in The Lancet, covered 50,000 HIV-positive adults across Europe, the United States, and Australia in receipt of antiretroviral therapy (ART).The mortality rate decreased from 17.5 deaths per 1000 person-years in 1999-2000 to 9.1 deaths in 2009-2011.Decreases were recorded in deaths related to AIDS (5.9 to 2.0), liver disease (2.7 to 0.9), and cardiovascular disease (1.8 to 0.9).The reason for the latter two decreases can not be pinned down, but researchers believe it may be due to better management of traditional risk factors like smoking and drinking, or less-toxic ART treatment.Non-AIDs related cancer continues to be main cause of deaths, accounting for 23%.Study leader Dr Colette Smith from University College London said the study provides “further evidence” for the benefits of ART treatment.“But despite these positive results,” she said, “AIDS-related disease remains the leading cause of death in this population.”“Continued efforts to ensure good ART adherence and to diagnose more individuals at an earlier stage before the development of severe immunodeficiency are important to ensure that the low death rate from AIDS is sustained and potentially decreased even further.”Read: Baby ‘cured’ of HIV has relapsed >Panti: “As someone who is HIV positive, I would encourage everybody to get tested” >last_img read more

US Army Looks to Adopt Android Devices

first_imgThe Army did not confirm that the Android device will be adopted, nor has any soft release date been released. As for why the Android devices are the only smartphone OS being considered is pretty clear at this point. As of now, the Android OS is the only open source one on the market, thus making it easier for the Army to work on. AdChoices广告Via TG Daily The U.S. Army is always looking for ways to help its troops fight better. First the Army embraced video games as a way to train, now the Army is wanting to adopt Android-based devices. The Army would allow developers to develop a couple of apps just for the Army in order to protect themselves in better ways. Here is what Lieutenant Colonel Mark Daniels had to say about this:That’s going to allow us to be interoperable across the entire family of systems of JBC-P, which would include the platforms, the aviation, the logistics community, the tanks, the Bradleys, the handhelds last_img read more

The Firefly is a militarygrade grenade launcher that shoots a wireless camera

first_imgJoshua Marpet with his adaptation of the Firefly.There’s a convention for nearly every profession. There’s E3 for the video game industry, Photo Plus for photography, and then there’s Defcon for hackers. At Defcon, thousands convene to show their wares or view other’s creations, and this year, many showcased their iterations of military grade technology.The Firefly, a grenade launcher that has been modified to shoot a wireless camera, was adapted by hackers Vlad Gostom and Joshua Marpet. The Firefly will eventually shoot the camera 500 feet in the air and sends images back via a 5.8GHz wireless receiver before parachuting to the ground. The end result is an image stream that lasts 8 seconds. Since it’s military-grade technology, it can’t readily be purchased by regular folk. Gostom and Marpet, however, are looking to change that by offering it as a $500 off-the-shelf solution.Both men feel that the Firefly has great potential for search-and-rescue operations and could be immensely useful for local police forces. The Firefly affords a view that can’t readily be obtained through conventional means.Gostom and Marpet’s first test of the Firefly did not go off without a hitch. They used a 37mm flare gun to launch the camera. Unfortunately, the gunpowder didn’t fully ignite, so the camera only made it 30 ft into the air. With such a short distance, images couldn’t be relayed back to the receiver. Despite the mishaps, they consider the test a success, and they aim to have a working prototype that can launch the camera 250 ft into the air using the grenade launcher as a next step.via TechWorldlast_img read more

Apples Find My Friends app set to frustrate philandering spouses

first_imgAs part of today’s Let’s Talk iPhone announcement, iCloud head Eddy Cue announced a new app called Find My Friends. Find My Friends utilizes your iPhone’s GPS to show the location of friends or family who have opted to show you where they are.The example Cue gave of a use of the app was a family at Disneyland. If Ma and Suzie go to the Matterhorn, and Pops and Billy go to Pirates of the Caribbean, they can all see exactly where they are. In typical Apple fashion, they present an age-old problem (getting lost at a theme park) and provide a simple, integrated solution.The first concern most people have about this is privacy, and Cue was quick to add that location-sharing can be easily enabled or disabled. In fact, it can even be shared during a specified time frame.Find My Friends looks to be launched with the rest of iOS 5 on October 12.via Thisismynextlast_img read more

PhobosGrunt launching today in a bid to collect Mars moondust

first_imgRussia is hoping to launch its Phobos-Grunt spacecraft today in a bid to collect Moondust from the surface of Mars‘ larger moon named Phobos.The mission is Russia’s first trip to Mars since the failed Mars 96 mission 15 years ago, which had a second fourth-stage burn failure and re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere. Russia is hoping for a successful outcome this time, but so are China and the Planetary Society who are piggybacking Phobos-Grunt with their own equipment and experiments.For China, Phobos-Grunt is the means of transport for its Yinghuo-1 satellite destined to orbit Mars for at least 2 years. Once there, it will feedback information on the upper atmosphere of the planet and the space environment around it.The Planetary Society will have a canister placed on board Phobos-Grunt called Phobos LIFE. Inside the canister will live millions of organisms consisting of bacteria, eukaryota, and archaea. The idea of the LIFE project is to see if the organisms, and therefore life, can survive extended periods in space, and if so, proving that life could be transported inside meteoroids.If Phobos-Grunt is successful, it will return to Earth in 3 years having launched the Chinese satellite and bringing back moondust and the well-traveled selection of organisms. In so doing it should expand our knowledge of both the planet and space travel considerably.The only issues that could stop the launch happening today are a problem with one of the launch systems or spacecraft itself, or adverse weather conditions. Whatever happens, there’s sure to be a few nervous people involved in the project remembering what happened to Mars 96. We hope everything goes to plan and we get to learn a lot more about Mars from both the satellite and the moondust when it arrives in 2014.More at Scientific American and RussianSpaceWeblast_img read more

Senseg adds friction feedback to a touchscreen

first_imgYesterday we were looking at an experiment that added temperature feedback to a game controller, display, and chair. While it’s nice to see such experiments, temperature feedback isn’t top of the list of feedback types I want added to my devices. What I do want is haptic feedback on a touchscreen so I am doing more than just sliding my finger across a sheet of glass.There are a number of solutions to touch feedback that use vibration or piezo-based solutions. However, Senseg has come up with a solution that manages to offer touch feedback by effecting the friction between your finger and a display.It’s called Senseg Tixel and uses an electrostatic field to produce feedback. Senseg uses an insulated electrode and passes an ultra-low electrical current through it. In turn, that creates an attractive force with the finger on the screen, which can be adjusted and the sensation changed depending on the feedback you want the user to have.In order to add this technology to a device, Senseg applies an ultra-thin durable coating to a display that allows the friction feedback to occur. It can even be applied to a curved surface meaning any smartphone that has a slightly curved display can still take advantage of this haptic feedback solution.The video below demonstrates the Senseg system in action on a touchscreen, although this really is something you need to try for yourself. We may have to wait a while to get a chance to do that though, as Senseg believes it could be another 12-24 months before a device launches with the system integrated.More at Senseg and CNETlast_img read more

NFC payments now possible with microSD cards

first_imgThe venerable microSD card slot might not be as common in smartphones as it once was, but it is still exceedingly more common than Near Field Communications (NFC) capability. The SD Association is announcing today that it has decided on an official standard for NFC-enabled SD cards, called smartSD cards, which could allow any phone with a compatible slot to make payments, pay for transit, and do almost anything else NFC is used for.The important thing here is that smartSD is a standard adopted by the association that keeps watch over SD cards to ensure interoperability. Companies like Visa have tried to implement similar technologies, but this time it’s going to be a universal scheme based on the single wire protocol (SWP) as a secure element for NFC transactions.The eventual smartSD cards will support an authentication system consumers will use to add and manage services. A smartSD card is designed to be authenticated in a smartphone or PC when purchased. The owner can then add the supported services like banking, rewards cards, and transit. Of course, the operative word here is supported. The technology might be in place to make this possible, but getting organizations to fully utilize NFC continues to be a tough nut to crack.The smartSD standard is likely to go up against NFC-enabled SIM cards, which would be more universally feasible — more devices have SIM cards than microSD cards slots worldwide. However, NFC SIMs have yet to coalesce around a single standard. Now that smartSD has been decided on by the SD Association, we just have to wait for someone to actually make them to see how this plays out.last_img read more

Kones lightweight UltraRope to make 1km high elevators a reality

first_imgFinnish company Kone is set to double the height elavators inside skyscrapers can travel with a revolutionary new rope that is up to 90 percent lighter than the existing industry standard.Look at the cables holding up any elavator in a skyscraper today and they will be constructed from steel. And while steel may be very strong, it’s also very heavy. In fact, 75 percent of the weight in an elavator system can be the steel cables. That has meant the height an elavator can travel is limited to 500 meters–any higher and the cables could snap.Kone is promising to at least double the height an elavator can travel, effectively allowing a 1km high system. Its solution is a carbon fiber cable that is formed from many strands of carbon fiber embedded in epoxy. The cable is then coated so as to be protected against moisture and general high friction wear when in use.Kone has named the new cable UltraRope, and its benefits aren’t just limited to allowing for much higher elavators. The reduced weight being moved around means lower running costs, the cables are expected to last twice as long as the steel versions they replace, and they vibrate less meaning elavators won’t have to be shut down inside very tall buildings when they sway in the wind.We are sure to see the tallest building record regularly broken over the coming decades, and probably all with Kone’s new cables inside the elevator shafts. But UltraRope use should see the cost of running even small elavator systems drop simply due to the greatly reduced weights involved.last_img read more