Climate crisis: aviation industry hears clamour for electric planes

Shift from fossil fuels top of agenda for Paris air show, industry having lagged behind other sectors Faced with growing calls for action on the climate crisis, aerospace companies gathering for the Paris air show next week are turning their thoughts to a future run on electricity rather than fossil fuels. The scale of the challenge is considerable. The target for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and emissions laggard compared with the car industry or power generation, but improvements in the German startup Lilium and US firm Bell Helicopter small hybrid-electric commuter aircraft to market in the early 2020s, and Aurora Flight Sciences, which is also targeting air taxis. Yet for …

Facebook plans to launch ‘GlobalCoin’ cryptocurrency in 2020

Mark Zuckerberg met governor of Bank of England last month to discuss decision Facebook is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency in early 2020, allowing users to make digital payments in a dozen countries. The currency, dubbed GlobalCoin, would enable Facebooks 2.4 billion monthly users to change dollars and other international currencies into its digital coins. The coins could then be used to buy things on the internet and in shops and other outlets, or to transfer money without needing a bank account. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, last month met the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, to discuss the plans, let users transfer money using WhatsApp, its encrypted mobile-messaging app. Payments is …

Pixel 3a review: the peoples Google phone?

Great camera and software make a bargain, let down only by middling performance and battery Googles latest phone, the Pixel 3a, offers the firms fantastic camera and software for less than 400, cutting a few corners on the way. The pitch for the Pixel 3a is simple: everything that made the Samsungs Galaxy S10+ or Honor View 20, one of its main rivals. Overall the Pixel 3a feels well made and fairly sturdy, if not quite as premium as similarly priced metal and glass rivals. When most people will put it in a case, that point is likely moot. Specifications Screen: 5.6in FHD+ OLED (441ppi) Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 RAM: 4GB of RAM Storage: 64GB Operating system: Android 9.0 Pie …