Project Fi is bumping up international data speeds thanks to new partnership


There was a surprise waiting for me when I fired up my Nexus 5X on the Project Fi network after landing in Amsterdam today: LTE service. That new find is thanks to Google's announcement Tuesday that it had formed a new partnership with Three, which covers the United Kingdom, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, and Sweden. The network will bring speeds 10 to 20 times faster than what you used to get on Project Fi, according to Google. In many cases this will be LTE connectivity, which is what I had straight out of the gate. You may see LTE speeds next time you head out of the country.

Bodies found after helicopter crashes in Norway

Al Jazeera

Emergency services have found 11 bodies after a helicopter crashed off the west coast of Norway, a rescue official told Norwegian broadcaster NRK. A search for the remaining two passengers was ongoing, a spokesman from the Rescue Coordination Centre for Southern Norway told NRK on Friday, adding that among the 13 passengers were one British and one Italian national. Police officials told regional news outlets that all on board, including those missing, were presumed dead. Witnesses told the broadcaster that the helicopter was on its way inland from the North Sea when it got into difficulty. NRK said the aircraft dropped 640 metres in the 10 seconds preceding the crash.

MH17: Missile fired from Russia-backed rebel area

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A Malaysian airliner shot down in eastern Ukraine was hit by a missile launched from an area controlled by Russia-backed rebels and the delivery system then retreated back into Russian territory, investigators said on Wednesday. The findings challenge Russia's suggestion that Malaysia Airlines flight 17 - en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in July 2014 - was brought down by the Ukrainian military. All 298 people on board, most of them Dutch citizens, were killed. The prosecutors cannot file charges but victims' relatives have been seeking details of who shot the plane down in the hope it might lead eventually to prosecutions. The incident led to a sharp rise in East-West tensions.

One-eyed robot learns to see in weightlessness


A small drone taught itself to judge distances using only one eye during trials aboard the International Space Station, ESA-backed researchers have reported. Although humans can effortlessly estimate distances with a single eye, robots still lack this capability. "It is a mathematical impossibility to extract distances to objects from one single image, if the object has not been encountered before," explains Guido de Croon from Delft University of Technology, one of the investigators. "But if we recognise something to be a car, then we know its physical characteristics, and we can use that information to estimate its distance from us. A similar logic is what we wanted the drone to learn during our experiment."

Google boss Eric Schmidt embarrassingly admits he uses an iPhone

The Independent - Tech

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet, has admitted he uses an iPhone, made by rival company Apple. Schmidt made the embarassing admission at the Startup Europe Fest in Amsterdam, where he said he uses an iPhone 6S on a daily basis. It's not all bad - Schmidt also says he uses a Samsung Galaxy S7, which runs Google's Android system. When asked which phone he prefers by a CNBC reporter, he said: "The Samsung S7 is better, It has a better battery, and it has a better camera. And to those of you who are iPhone users - I'm right."