Your broadband set for huge speed boost as UK greenlights key change

If you’ve been struggling with infuriatingly-slow broadband speeds while working, study and family-quizzing from home over the last few months, the latest announcement from Ofcom should put a spring in your step. The UK telecoms regulator has confirmed plans to open-up 500MHz of spectrum in the 6GHz band for use in household Wi-Fi connections. So, what does all that mean? Well, you might already be aware that your current Wi-Fi router can beam-out broadband at 2.4GHz and 5Ghz. If your device supports it (and some older smartphones and other household gadgets…

Yellowstone volcano: How ‘major earthquake’ put USGS on alert – ‘Plates grinding!’ | Science | News

The Yellowstone volcano is dubbed a supervolcano due to its capability to inflict global devastation during a supereruption, something that has happened three times in the past – 2.1 million years ago, 1.3 million years ago and 640,000 years ago. Located below the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, the area is constantly monitored by the USGS (United States Geological Survey) for signs that a supereruption is on its way. While most of these incidents are nowhere near the levels needed to trigger an eruption, the 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake that occurred on August 17,…

Car tax changes: Vehicle Excise Duty may be scrapped in favour of new road charge

“A charging mechanism should be based on distance travelled, time of day, location, and level of emissions and impact on the environment of the vehicle.  “Such variable, distance-based charging would reflect the impacts of individual journeys more appropriately and, unlike clean air zones or congestion charges, account for both pollution and congestion at the same time.” Chancellor Rishi Sunak froze fuel duty rates for a tenth year running during his budget statement in March.  However, some have called for the fuel duty to rise if a new road charge comes…

Banks crisis: Santander £11bn loss as Barclays readies for avalanche of loan defaults | City & Business | Finance

The Santander Group took a giant £11.4 billion loss from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which pushed the Spanish banking giant into a £9.8 billion slump for the first half. It comes as Barclays took a further £1.6 billion hit from the coronavirus crisis in the second quarter of the year even as the investment arm of the bank managed to keep it in profit. The bank said it would see a pre-tax profit of £1.27 billion in the first half of the financial year, down from £3 billion…

Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms: Signs include falling over

VITAMIN B12 supports the body’s complex architecture – it is needed to make red blood cells, nerves and DNA. Low levels of B12 therefore scuppers the body on several fronts, causing all manner of mental and physical symptoms. One of the more commonly reported side effects is a loss of balance, which causes people to fall over more frequently. Other physical symptoms include: A pale yellow tinge to your skin A sore and red tongue (glossitis) Mouth ulcers Pins and needles (paraesthesia) Disturbed vision Irritability Depression Changes in the way…

Cyprus holidays: Cyprus to welcome back Britons from August but with strict provide corona | Travel News | Travel

Despite Cyprus being on the UK “safe-countries list” allowing for quarantine-free travel since July 10, Cyprus has not allowed anyone who has been in the UK in the previous 14-days entry. However, the country has since made the decision to downgrade the UK from a high-risk country to a lower-risk “category B” country. This means Britons and those who have been in the UK will now be allowed to visit, however, must meet the set-out entry requirements. Following the decision, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its travel information…

Tenet reactions: Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster detailed in first look – ‘Unlike Dunkirk’ | Films | Entertainment

Tenet is due to be one of the most sought-after films of the year. With a release date now cemented for next month in the UK, and a number of other countries, fans are beginning to get exceedingly excited for Christopher Nolan’s latest film. Unfortunately, there is still just over a month to wait until the film hits cinema screens. This week the Imax poster for the film was released, showing off John David Washington and Robert Pattinson in a huge cinematic display. Now, it has been revealed a number…