A taskforce has been created by the Bank Of England as well as the HM Treasury so as to coordinate in the exploration of a potential UK Central Bank Digital Currency. The digital coin could be called ’Britcoin’ but it has been pointed out that the digital coin has not yet been given the greenlight. It has also not been indicated as to why it could be the right time to ponder on a digital currency.
NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, which arrived on Mars by traveling inside the Perseverance rover, has successfully made its first flight on the red planet. The solar-powered copter climbed to a predetermined altitude of 10 feet, then hovered in place for 30 seconds before landing. The flight was fully autonomous because the distance between Mars and Earth makes it impossible to fly it in real time.
Apple has approved Parler’s return to the iOS app store following improvements made to better detect and moderate hate speech and incitement. According to a letter Apple sent to Congress on Monday, Parler ’has proposed updates to its app and the app’s content moderation practices.’ Parler was removed from major tech platforms in early January following the US Capitol riots of Jan. 6.
The UK government has intervened in Nvidia’s proposed $40B takeover of chip designer Arm on national security grounds. The Competition and Markets Authority will investigate the deal on the competition and national security aspects and prepare a report by the end of July. Based on the findings of the probe, the government would decide whether to approve the deal or ask for a more detailed inquiry
Teams are being sent by two federal agencies so as to look into a fatal crash near Houston of a Tesla which had no one behind the wheel according to local authorities. The crash resulted in the two men in the Tesla to die. Investigators are being sent to study the same by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration along with the National Transportation Safety Board.
By the 31st of July, the CEO of GameStop, George Sherman, is set to resign from his position. Earlier this year, the retailer found itself involved in a Wall Street Battle fuelled by social media regarding the share value of GameStop, which has eventually led to this change being announced. In a span of just weeks, an increase of 2,700% was seen in the shares of the company.
According to Mark Zuckerberg, work has started on a clone for social media platform, Clubhouse by Facebook. Audio features are being built by the company so as to allow users to engage in real-time conversations with other people. Zuckerberg added that such features could be used in groups on Facebook. Soundbites, another form of audio clips available for listening on the feed was also announced.
A68 iceberg that was once the world’s largest has virtually gone now, broken into small fragments which are too small to track any further, the US National Ice Center said. The 5,800sq km ice block broke off from the Antarctic peninsula’s Larsen C ice shelf in July 2017. The last clear image of A68a was taken on Friday. It showed the iceberg had shrunk to just three by two nautical miles.
A limited beta is being entered by the Xbox Cloud Gaming service by Microsoft for PCs running on Windows 10 as well as phones and tablets by Apple. Currently, invites for the testing of the beta will only be provided to certain Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. Through Edge, Safari, and Chrome, a total of 100 games are set to be made playable for users.
Nasa on Monday will attempt the first-ever controlled flight on Mars after multiple delays. The demonstration should see a mini-helicopter - called Ingenuity - rise to about 3m, hover for roughly 30 seconds, swivel, and then land. The flight will begin at approximately 3:30 am Eastern Daylight Time. The agency had originally planned the flight for April 11 but postponed it over a software issue.