August 2017


Kim Kardashian now has no excuse not to use a BlackBerry KEYone


I have no idea if Kim Kardashian, a well-known BlackBerry lover and mourner of the classic Bold, has used the new QWERTY-equipped KEYone. (Trust me, I’ve looked on Google and couldn’t find anything.)

But if she hasn’t, she’s really doing herself a disservice because the new “Black Edition” KEYone smartphone is actually pretty. It looks fantastic and performs much better than you might expect.

As its name implies, the Black Edition KEYone  is a black-anodized aluminum version of the same phone that launched in May. This new version will be available in mid-September in both Europe and Canada. Read more…

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Significant Digits For Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 1 triceratops Bad news for the people in Thornton, Colorado, waiting for a new public safety facility on 132nd Avenue and Quebec Street: Work will be delayed because of a triceratops that is in the way. Workers uncovered the rare fossil […]


Same-day delivery startup Deliv expands to 1,400 cities, rivalling Amazon’s Prime Now

 As Amazon continues to expand its retail muscle beyond its own e-commerce portal, there’s been some activity among startups and businesses hoping to develop systems that can help others compete better with it. Deliv, a “crowdsourced” same-day delivery startup that currently partners with some 4,000 retailers to help them offer same-day delivery services to rival those of… Read More


If I Look Tired, What Makes You Entitled to Comment on It?

“Ma’am, mukhang pagod ka (Ma’am, you look tired),” is a weird way to greet someone in the morning. This is especially true when you get it from your ridesharing service driver, or just about any acquaintance in your daily life. Yet, I get it a lot and so do a lot of other women from […]

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‘The fire is imminent — the question is when’: Here’s the latest on a chemical plant set to explode outside Houston amidst severe flooding from Harvey

Interstate Flooding Flood Floodwaters Tropical Storm Harvey HoustonAP Photo/David J. Phillip

DALLAS (AP) — A flooded chemical plant in a small town outside of Houston is poised to explode, a spokeswoman for the French company that owns the plant says, though the timing and the extent of the danger are not clear.

The Arkema Inc. plant in Crosby, Texas, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Houston, lost power and its backup generators amid Harvey’s dayslong deluge, leaving it without refrigeration for chemicals that become volatile as the temperature rises.

“The fire will happen. It will resemble a gasoline fire. It will be explosive and intense in nature,” spokeswoman Janet Smith told The Associated Press late Wednesday.

There was “no way to prevent” the explosion, chief executive Rich Rowe said earlier Wednesday.

Arkema manufactures organic peroxides, a family of compounds used for making everything from pharmaceuticals to construction materials.

“As the temperature rises, the natural state of these materials will decompose. A white smoke will result, and that will catch fire,” Smith said. “So the fire is imminent. The question is when.”

The company shut down the Crosby site before Harvey made landfall last week, but a crew of 11 had stayed behind. That group was removed and residents within 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) were told to evacuate Tuesday after the plant lost power.

Harris County Fire Marshal spokeswoman Rachel Moreno said the 1.5-mile radius was developed in consultation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other subject-matter experts. “It’s a concerning situation, yes,” Moreno said. “But the facility is surrounded by water right now so we don’t anticipate the fire going anywhere.”

The plant falls along a stretch near Houston that features one of the largest concentrations of refineries, pipelines and chemical plants in the country.

Arkema’s plant is required to develop and submit a risk management plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, because it has large amounts of sulfur dioxide, a toxic chemical, and methylpropene, a flammable gas. The plans are supposed to detail the effects of a potential release, evaluate worst-case scenarios and explain a company’s response.

In its most recently available submission from 2014, Arkema said potentially 1.1 million residents could be impacted over a distance of 23 miles in a worse case, according to information compiled by a nonprofit group and posted on a website hosted by the Houston Chronicle.

But, Arkema added, it was using “multiple layers of preventative and mitigation measures” at the plant, including steps to reduce the amount of substances released, and that made the worst case “very unlikely.”

Daryl Roberts, the company’s vice president of manufacturing, technology and regulatory services in the Americas, did not dispute that worst-case scenario but said that assumed all the controls in place failed and strong winds blew directly toward Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city.

“We have not modeled this exact scenario but we are very comfortable with this 1.5-mile radius,” Roberts told the AP. He added that it mostly resembled less serious scenarios that would affect a half-mile radius and a few dozen people.

Roberts said the vessels containing the organic peroxide are equipped with controls to slow the release of chemicals. Because of the water, he said, the chemicals will quickly vaporize, reducing the size and scope of the fire.


Associated Press writer Claudia Lauer in Dallas contributed to this report.


These Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs Are The Healthy Treats You’ve Been Looking For

Last month, I wrote about how intermittent fasting improved my mood and energy. Just a quick update: I’ve lost about five pounds and I’m still feeling pretty good. I’m not going to lie, I have had one too many cheat days this month but I’m trying to keep things on track. Despite being on this […]

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SanDisk’s new iXpand Base charges your phone and backs it up at the same time


Everyone wants their iPhone backed up, but no one wants to take the time to actually do it. 

SanDisk’s iXpand Base tries to solve that problem by backing up your phone every time you charge it.  

First, you’ll need to download the iXpand Base iOS app and allow it to access your camera roll. From there, the system will backup all your photos, messages, and contacts. 

It works with all existing and future iPhones that use a Lightning cable, as well as iPads (iPad 4, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini, and up). But it should be noted that the device doesn’t come with its own Lightning cable.  Read more…

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SanDisk just released the world’s biggest microSD card


SanDisk just announced its biggest microSD card yet—but it doesn’t come cheap. 

The world’s first 400GB microSD starts shipping in September, and will set you back $249.99

The new microSD with adapter is good for 35 hours of full HD video. So it makes sense that SanDisk is marketing this microSD toward action camera and gaming console owners. 

This could be a game-changer for drone owners, GoPro enthusiasts, and Nintendo Switch fans. 

The 400GB microSD card is tiny but packs a punch.

The 400GB microSD card is tiny but packs a punch.

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This microSD has up to 100MB/s transfer speeds. For those of you who aren’t aware of what that means, here you go: You’ll be able to move up to 1,200 photos in a single minute. That’s pretty impressive.  Read more…

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These Sports Bras and Leggings Will Have You Working Out Like Anne Curtis and Khloe Kardashian

Trying to find the motivation to work out and stay fit is no easy feat. You will always find an excuse to start tomorrow and put it off. You can look at your #bodygoals all you want, but if you don’t put in the work, nothing is going to happen. The first step to actually […]

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Secret beaches around the world: readers’ tips

Whether miles from civilisation or just round the corner from more famous seaside haunts, these less-visited beaches chosen by readers offer beauty and seclusion and – sometimes – warm seas

The 6km-long main beach in Alcudia is one of the best and busiest in Spain. Yet at the end of the headland, several kilometres away is one of the best and loneliest in Spain, Es Coll Baix. It’s a big expanse of Robinson Crusoe-style beach below cliffs of scented pinewoods. The water is blue and when the sea is calm the snorkelling is great. The half-hour walk to it down a “path” involves some guesswork and climbing over boulders.

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Melbourne could soon be naming its train stations after locations in ‘Game of Thrones’


While there are no trains to speak of in Westeros, Melburnians plan to make their daily commute from Winterfell nonetheless.

Melbourne’s railway authority Melbourne Metro has invited the public to suggest names for five new Metro Tunnel stations across the city. More than 10,000 suggestions were made in the first 48 hours, with numerous Game of Thrones references amongst the most pitched. 

Winterfell is the most popular Game of Thrones-inspired station suggestion, according to Melbourne Metro, and has been nominated for every station except Domain — the southern-most outpost. No true Northerner would dare call this Winterfell. Read more…

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