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Ukraine will be selling NFTs to support its military

Ukraine’s Ministry for Digital Transformation has launched an NFT collection to help fund its military. The project was first announced in early March, but the NFT collection, called “ Meta History Museum of War,” is  now live. The collection is meant to be an “NFT museum” documenting the history of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The collection is currently comprised of 54 NFTs documenting the events of the first three days of the war. The illustrations were done by Ukrainian and international artists, and each one references a tweet documenting some aspect of the invasion and the world’s response to it.

“The formula of each NFT is clear and simple: each token is a real news piece from an official source and an illustration from artists, both Ukrainian and international,” Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation writes on its Meta History Museum of War website. “The NFT’s will be created in chronological order, according to the events so the true history will be saved and cherished.”

The NFT Project is the latest way Ukraine has turned to digital assets to fund its defence. The country has collected more than $100 million in cryptocurrency donations since the start of the war, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky recently signed a bill officially legalizing  the crypto industry.

Stunning new Image of the Sun

Solar Orbiter’s latest images shows the full Sun in unprecedented detail. They were taken on 7 March, when the spacecraft was crossing directly between the Earth and Sun. One of the images, taken by the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) is the highest resolution image of the Sun’s full disc and outer atmosphere, the corona, ever taken.

Another image, taken by the Spectral Imaging of the Coronal Environment (SPICE) instrument represents the first full Sun image of its kind in 50 years, and by far the best one, taken at the Lyman-beta wavelength of ultraviolet light that is emitted by hydrogen gas.

In total, the final image contains more than 83 million pixels in a 9148 x 9112 pixel grid. For comparison, this image has a resolution that is ten times better than what a 4K TV screen can display.

Here you can zoom into the sun yourself: LINK

Starlink is raising prices as well in Europe

The message that Starlink users in the US and Canada found in their email inboxes in the past few hours may have surprised many – negatively. The email announced a price increase for satellite internet operated by Elon Musk’s space company SpaceX. Starlink gave the “excessively increased inflation” as the reason. Musk had already complained on Twitter in mid-March about the corresponding price pressure for raw materials and logistics costs. Recently, Tesla prices had risen. So now it’s Starlink’s turn.

According to the e-mail that some users shared on the short message service Twitter, SpaceX will in future charge 110 US dollars a month instead of 99 US dollars for its Internet offer. The Starlink kit with dish, cables and router will soon be $599 – a price increase of $100. Anyone who has already paid a deposit of $499 will have to pay an additional $50. If you want to get out because of the price increase, you get money back for the hardware, but only $200. Unless you cancel within the first 30 days.

But not only in the USA and Canada (increase from 129 to 140 Canadian dollars) it is becoming more expensive for Starlink users. In Germany and Austria, too, one has to reckon with higher costs for satellite Internet. According to Starlink, 629 euros plus 73 euros shipping costs are currently incurred in Germany. In October, Starlink still asked for 500 euros plus 59 euros on shipping. Austrians currently have to pay 634 euros plus 85 euros for shipping. The monthly fees for Germany and Austria are still 99 euros. However, there should also be an increase of ten euros or more here coming soon.

Google’s Android app will now let you delete the last 15 minutes of your search history !

Google is finally bringing the ability to delete the last 15 minutes of your search history to its Android app, the company confirmed to The Verge.

“We’re currently rolling this feature out on the Google app for Android and expect it to be available to everyone using the app in the next few weeks,” Google spokesperson Ned Adriance said in a statement to The Verge. “We’re continuing to explore ways to bring this helpful feature to other surfaces.”

This feature has taken some time to make its way to the Android app. Google first announced the feature at Google I/O in May, and it came to Google’s iOS app in July. At that time, Google said it would arrive on the Android version of the app later in 2021, but for some reason, the company missed that deadline. It’s unclear if Google plans to bring the feature to desktop — in its May announcement post, the company didn’t specify which platforms it would be available on, and in July, Google only said that the feature was coming to the iOS and Android apps.

The feature was first spotted by former XDA Developers editor-in-chief Mishaal Rahman, who said he was tipped about the feature seemingly rolling out, and a Verge editor has spotted the feature on their phone. To check and see if you have it, open Google’s Android app, tap your profile picture, and look for the “Delete last 15 min” option.

Source: TheVerge