SanDisk’s 400GB microSD card is an Android phone’s best friend

SanDisk has a new record-breaking microSD coming to market, which will deliver so much storage you might be at a loss as to what to do with it all. The new 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card is the world’s highest capacity card of its type, and is ideally suited for use in Android smartphones that feature an expansion slot.

Android’s most recent versions allow you to adopt microSD-based storage as “native internal” storage, which allows you to use it to install apps, store photos and more as if you were using a built-in flash memory drive. Most recent Android devices that offer a microSD slot will support the new 400GB chip out of the box, meaning you can get your phone up to almost double what the top-end iPhone currently offers in onboard storage.

The SanDisk 400gb microSD card can hold up to 40 hours of 1080p HD video, Western Digital notes, and offers transfer speeds of up to 100mb/s. It’s also designed to comply with the A1 App Performance Class specification for flash memory, which means it can load and run apps faster when operating as adopted internal storage.

Even though it offers so much added storage, the price won’t break the bank – at $250, it’s actually very reasonable for in terms of price per storage ratio. It also comes with a 10-year limited manufacturer’s warranty, and should be available soon via SanDisk directly and all the usual retail suspects. Could be a perfect partner for the new Galaxy Note 8, if you happen to be picking one of those up.

Source: SanDisk’s 400GB microSD card is an Android phone’s best friend | TechCrunch

China plans to build a supersonic 4,000 kmph flying train

China’s aerospace agency is researching a “high-speed flying train” which will be able to reach top speeds of 2,485 mph (4,000 kmph) – more than three times the speed of sound.

The high-speed pod system could be used to transport goods and people along President Xi Jinping’s planned modern-day Silk Road.

The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) is developing a transportation system similar to that of Elon Musk’s futuristic Hyperloop system.

The Chinese agency says it owns over 200 patents for the project and plans in the future to export its hyperloop to countries along its touted modern-day Silk Road.

China’s President Xi Jinping has said the country’s multibillion dollar plan to build a modern-day Silk Road will be the “project of the century”.

The country’s existing high-speed rail network has received billions in investment in recent years, but CASIC’s futuristic system will require even more.

Source: China plans to build a supersonic flying train

Frankfurt to evacuate 60,000 due to bomb

Authorities in Frankfurt plan to evacuate over 60,000 people from their homes to defuse a WWII bomb.

City authorities in Frankfurt plan to evacuate more than 60,000 people from their homes on Sunday to defuse a World War II bomb found during construction work.

The 1.8-tonne bomb of a type dropped by British bombers was unearthed on Tuesday.

City councilor Markus Frank said it contains 1.4 tonnes of explosives.

Frank said a radius of 1.5km around the bomb will have to be evacuated as a precaution ahead of the disposal itself, which is expected to take about four hours.

Officials are describing the planned evacuation as Germany’s biggest yet, though similar operations are still common more than 70 years after the war ended.

In May, for example, around 50,000 people had to leave their homes in Hannover temporarily for a bomb disposal.

Source: Frankfurt to evacuate 60,000 due to bomb

Two explosions reported at flooded Texas chemical plant

Local emergency officials have reported two explosions at a flooded chemical plant in the Texas town of Crosby, its operators Arkema Inc said.

“At approximately 2 am CDT (0700 GMT), we were notified by the Harris County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) of two explosions and black smoke coming from the Arkema Inc plant in Crosby, Texas,” the company statement said.

As a precautionary measure officials had already ordered the evacuation of an area within 1.5 miles (three kilometres) of the organic peroxides plant, which operators had said was at risk of exploding due to a “critical issue” triggered by monster storm Harvey’s torrential rains.

Source: Two explosions reported at flooded Texas chemical plant | SBS News

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Two-thirds of Bangladesh under water as South Asia floods toll tops 1,200

Severe monsoon flooding spreads across India, Nepal and Bangladesh, leaving more than 1,200 people dead since the rains started.

There is an urgent need for rescue and relief services on the Indian subcontinent as severe monsoon flooding spreads across India, Nepal and Bangladesh, leaving more than 1,200 people dead since the rains started.

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Oxfam said its Bangladesh staff reported two-thirds of the country was under water and in some areas the flooding was the worst since 1988, creating an urgent demand for humanitarian supplies.

Widescale flooding in an arc stretching across the Himalayan foothills caused landslides and washed away tens of thousands of homes and vast swathes of farmland.

The UN said about 40 million had been affected.

Source: South Asia floods: Appeals for help as monsoon rains cause havoc in India, Nepal, Bangladesh – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)