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Why the Doomsday plane is in Europe with the President – inside the “flying Pentagon”

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It’s referred to as the “flying Pentagon”, but the United States’ nuclear proof airplane has been called into action as the President traveled to Europe.

The specially adapted Boeing 747 was designed during the Cold War as an aerial command post in case of a nuclear war.

If the President steps foot on this aircraft, chances are something big is happening.

Designed from the ground up when tensions were high between the United States and the Soviet Union. 

The Boeing 747 E4-B is fitted with nuclear and thermal shielding and is nicknamed both the Doomsday plane.

Officially called the Nightwatch, the aircraft has three decks and can hold a crew of 112 people and can fly for 12 hours without landing – but aerial refuelling means it can stay flying for days.

Its windows have wire-mesh to keep them in tact in the event of an outside explosion, and the wiring on board has been specially hardened.

While Air Force One has been designed for luxury and expressing soft power as the President travels the world, the Nightwatch is functional and designed for military use.

Inside it has 18 bunks, six bathrooms, a conference room and executive quarters.

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An E-4B aircraft sits on the tarmac at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Sep. 11, 2017. The E-4B participated in a flyover at the California Capital Airshow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Louis Briscese)

The bubble on top os called a ray dome and contains dozens of communications satellite dishes – putting the President in touch with any US ship, submarine or aircraft in the world.

Presidential escort

The Nightwatch has recently been spotted flying over Ireland, keeping a close eye on the President as he travelled to Europe.

This comes as Russian state TV warns any NATO intervention, even sending in peacekeepers to Ukraine, could be met with a nuclear response.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously placed his nuclear resources on full alert in an attempt to scare off the west from action.

All that puts the Nightwatch front and centre of the US military plans.

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Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Elon Musk’s stunning u-turn on Twitter deal

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Billionaire and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has agreed to proceed with his 44 billion dollar takeover of Twitter.

In a letter to the social media giant, Musk says he will pay the price he agreed to months ago before he tried to backflip on the deal.

This announcement comes just weeks before the two parties were due to appear in court, with Twitter execs furious over Musk’s attempt to walk away.

Musk says he intends to move ahead with the deal and, pending financing, has requested the legal fight is brought to a halt.

Twitter shares have shot through the roof off the back of this news, soaring 22 per cent before trading was paused.

In April, Musk agreed to buy the social media giant for $54.20 a share, which brings the total price to roughly 44 billion.

Taking to Twitter at the time to announce his intentions, he said he wanted to clean up the platform and champion free speech.

But of course just a few weeks later, he bailed, leaving Twitter in the lurch.

Musk claimed the network had a whole lot more fake accounts than execs were leading on… hence his decision to back away.

Twitter staunchly denied these claims and commenced legal proceedings.

But here we are back at square one and for now at least, it seems like the deal is going to happen.

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Apple’s iPhone in for massive change

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The European Union has voted to standardize phone chargers across the bloc, meaning that Apple will have to switch to the USB-C connector on its devices from 2024.

The move comes as part of a wider effort to reduce electronic waste and make life easier for consumers, who will no longer have to carry around multiple chargers for different devices.

USB-C is already the standard charger on Android products, and  other companies have already started using it on their devices. Apple has been one of the holdouts, but it looks like that’s about to change.

The new rules will come into effect in two years’ time, so we could see a new generation of Apple devices with USB-C chargers from 2024 onwards.

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FINALLY Twitter brings an edit button – but not for all

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Twitter is giving some users a much-needed edit button

The feature will be rolled out to Twitter Blue users in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

It follows a series of trials, which apparently went quite well.

U.S. tweeters will have to wait a little longer, with the company saying it is “coming soon”.

The ‘Edit Tweet’ function will allow people to make changes to their Tweet after it’s been published.

In a company blog post, Twitter says that users should think of it as a short period of time to fix things like typos, and add missed tags.

The tool will let users edit a tweet up to five times within 30 minutes of posting.

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