Friday Five: Queen’s final trip breaks flight tracking record

Her Majesty The Queen’s coffin in car and air flight

1. Queen’s final trip breaks flight tracking record

The plane that transported Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin from Edinburgh to London has been recorded as the most tracked flight in history. According to Flightradar24, over five million people watched the final trip across the UK. More than 4.79 million viewed the journey on its website and mobile app while 296,000 tuned in on its YouTube channel.

Man giving a public talk

2. Crypto draws near to going green

Ethereum — the world’s second largest cryptocurrency — will soon undergo a major upgrade to retrench its energy consumption. The new operating model, named The Merge, will see the Ethereum Proof of Work blockchain integrate with a carbon copy called the Beacon Chain. It will change how ether tokens are created and how transactions occur on the Ethereum blockchain, slashing energy demands by 99%.

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3. Google loses appeal for anti-trust fines

Search engine giant Google has been fined €8.25bn in anti-trust fines by the EU’s competition commission. The company has been accused of using its Android mobile operating system to thwart rivals and “consolidate the dominant position of its search engine”.

Phone with trolley icon

4. New retail app tech on the block

Ubamarket expands its ‘Scan, Pay, Go’ tech by launching a new retail app solution in the UK. The pioneering innovation will be piloted by flagship store Nash and Gardner’s Budgens in Islington where the Scan, Pay, Go app now creates real-time reductions on hundreds of in-store products, revolutionising loyalty for the mid-sized supermarket sector.

Heineken billboard chilling beers with solar energy above Brewteco bar in Brazil

5. The billboard cooling your beer

Heineken highlights its Green Energy Program with a billboard in Brazil that cools down its beers using solar energy. Ahead of the large Rock in Rio music festival this month, the beer company installed solar panels on a billboard connected to the famous Brewteco bar in Rio de Janeiro. Boasting its sustainability efforts, the message on the billboard reads: “This billboard is cooling your Heineken. Cheers.”

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