sabre plane

For most New Yorkers, getting to the Hamptons in less than three hours is a commendable feat, but what if you could get all the way to London in just a third of the time? The UK Space Agency recently revealed plans for a high-tech “space plane” that is capable of jetting across the pond at lightning speed—and it could be in the skies as soon as 2030.

On Tuesday, the CEO of the UK Space Agency Graham Turnock announced the UK would be working more closely with Australia in a “world-first Space Bridge” agreement which will focus on delivering a plane—or rocket, really—to shuttle passengers from continent-to-continent in just four hours. While flights from London to the Big Apple will reportedly take a skerrick over 60 minutes.

French startup NextMind SAS turned a few heads at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today with the debut of a “real-time brain-computer interface” that translates signals from the visual cortex into digital commands.

The company also announced plans to release a developer kit for the brain-computer interface, which it will ship in the second half of the year.

The device itself is a small disc-shaped object that sits on the back of the user’s head and weighs just 60 grams. It contains eight electrodes that are meant to measure brain activity and translate the user’s thoughts into actions.

google wants to be your bank

New York (CNN Business)Silicon Valley continues to invade your wallet.

Google (GOOGL) plans to offer checking accounts to customers starting next year, a source familiar with Google's plans told CNN Business. Google is partnering with Citigroup (C) and a credit union at Stanford University for the initiative. The Wall Street Journal first reported Google's entry into checking accounts.
"We're exploring how we can partner with banks and credit unions in the US to offer smart checking accounts through Google Pay, helping their customers benefit from useful insights and budgeting tools, while keeping their money in an FDIC or NCUA-insured account," a company spokesperson said.
But Google doesn't plan to take center stage on the checking accounts. Instead, the financial institutions' brands will be put on the accounts and banks will be responsible for the financial plumbing and compliance. Partner banks and credit unions will offer these smart checking accounts through Google Pay. Google also hasn't decided whether the accounts would charge fees.

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