Idris Elba drives Bentley to historic ‘Flying Mile’ UK land speed record

Idris Elba may or may not get a chance to play James Bond, but he certainly drives like him. The British actor has broken the historic "Flying Mile" UK land speed record, set 88 years ago by Sir Malcolm Campbell, it was announced Thursday. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. 'LIKE' US HERE. Driving a new Bentley Continental GT Speed, Elba netted a top speed of 180.361 mph on a south Wales beach. Campbell had set the previous record of 174.8 mph in 1927 in his Napier-Campbell Blue Bird. "I'm absolutely elated to have broken the 'Flying Mile' at Pendine Sands," Elba said in a statement. "It’s an honor to have taken on the challenge, and to successfully follow in the footsteps of the illustrious Sir Malcolm Campbell." CHECK OUT MORE BENTLEY NEWS HERE. Elba broke the record while filming his upcoming Discovery channel series, "Idris Elba: No Limits." The four-part series will air in July. The 42-year-old actor, known for his work in the HBO series "The Wire" and the feature film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," has been rumored to be in line to be the next 007 after Daniel Craig finishes his run. Continue Reading


FABLED KENTUCKY, which is taking a hit in the movies these days as the villain to Texas Western's heroes in "Glory Road," is faring no better in real life, having lost two straight home games for the first time since 1989. The latest indignity to basketball royalty took place on Saturday, when the Wildcats (10-6) fell to Alabama, which played without Chuck Davis - who has a torn ACL - but got 28 points from Jermareo Davidson en route to a 68-64 win at Rupp Arena. This came four days after Kentucky's five-point loss to Vanderbilt in Lexington and a week after the worst loss in Tubby Smith's nine seasons at the school, a 73-46 trouncing at Kansas. As expected, the Cats are nowhere to be found in the Top 25. "It's a gut-wrenching thing that will continue to snowball if we don't get it under control," Smith admitted. Unless things change in a hurry, Kentucky can forget about an NCAA Tournament bid, a major sin in bluegrass country. Smith won the national championship in 1998, his first year at UK. But the Wildcats haven't been to the Final Four since, which is an eternity in the lives of their rabid fans. Don't think they haven't noticed that, or the fact recruiting has trailed off. Smith always has been a good coach. But suddenly he is becoming an easy target, with angry chat boards questioning why the school extended Smith's contract through 2010-11 and even suggesting he be sued for malpractice. There even was an auction on eBay, with fed-up UK fans apparently willing to pay someone to take Smith off their hands. The bidding started at $10,000. This is a tough crowd. Many rival SEC coaches are chortling over the Cats' misfortunes after shaking their heads when the NCAA declared 6-10 sophomore center Randolph Morris eligible. Morris declared for the NBA draft last spring but went undrafted. But Smith said he discovered a now-infamous fax in his office that supposedly was written by Morris, claiming the player intended to return to school. It prompted Continue Reading

Pair of UK robbers caught after trying to steal money from ATMs via explosions

This is less of a hold-up and more of a blow-up. A pair of reckless bank robbers from Britain used explosives to try and blow up a cash machine to make off with $120,000, reports, but Benjamin Barrett and Russell Bennett have been sentenced to more than 16 years combined after being captured by police. Barrett, 30, and Bennett, 21, pumped ATMs full of oxygen and then set them alight to get to the cash. After the ATMs exploded they would rush in to pick up the trays of money. The pair had already made off with around $100,000 in separate bank raids in south Wales before being captured. Cops found fingerprints belonging to the pair and when they went to Barratt's home found newly purchased furniture and an invoice for a new motorbike. Police say gas attacks against ATM machines are part of a new crime wave in the UK against banks. The first such attack was in 2013 and there have been more than 100 since. Barrett was sentenced to eight years and six months on a count of conspiracy to cause and explosion likely to endanger life and one count of burglary. Bennett got eight years for the same charges. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

UK election map looks like Maggie Simpson

The U.K. general election winner's map looks like Maggie Simpson — minus the fictional baby's omnipresent pacifier, fans of the long-running animated series pointed out Friday. Social media users gleefully noted the slight resemblance of “The Simpsons" character as the Conservative Party swept to power in Britain's Parliamentary election, leading Prime Minister David Cameron to keep his seat. "That predicted UK map post-election. Or #thesimpsons? #GE2015," @alexmclaughlan wrote on Twitter. "I don't like Twitter. Ever since Twitter I've started seeing the UK political map as Maggie Simpson," @Dan_Turner_93 said. The Scottish National Party, which is traditionally colored yellow, pulled off a landslide over the Labour Party in Scotland, resulting in the map's yellow top. That keyed the victory of the Conservative Party, which is colored blue, fully completing the image that brings to mind the beloved fictional youngest child of Homer and Marge Simpson. The election map was first published by The Telegraph before results were finalized. Continue Reading

Why the UK is writing new laws to help Uber, Airbnb and other sharing-economy businesses compete — and why New York should follow suit

London and New York have always enjoyed a special relationship, in part because we have so much in common. We are the world’s capitals of commerce, not to mention two of its top tourist destinations. Both are centres of high-tech innovation and pioneering industries of the future — and both are adapting to ways that these innovations are reshaping our economies. The sharing economy, it seems, appeared almost overnight, and it has raised big questions for our cities. In the blink of an eye, some of the world’s traditionally most professionalised services began to be provided by anyone and everyone. OneFineStay wants us to stay in each other’s homes; GoCarShare wants us to share rides to Glastonbury. Taskrabbit wants us to pay our neighbors to mow our lawns. This is unsettling incumbents and upsetting the status quo. It is challenging — but it’s exciting too. In the UK, we are embracing it. This morning, new rules in the UK were signed into law making it easier to share homes on platforms like Airbnb, without the need for a permit. As part of the British government’s annual budget statement, we also announced a series of measures to boost the UK sharing economy, including rewriting lease agreements to allow home sharing by default and encouraging civil servants and government ministers to use sharing economy platforms like Airbnb and Uber when travelling on official business, saving taxpayers money. These forward-thinking measures will help to write sharing into the fabric of the UK economy and bring laws up to speed with modern behaviour and consumer preferences. This is all about increasing competition, driving innovation and offering new products and experiences to consumers. And it’s about ensuring consumers get the very best deal. I am an Airbnb customer myself and I use Uber regularly. I hugely value these innovations and the way they improve travel and transport. Many people I’ve Continue Reading

Revenge porn is now a specific crime in the UK

The UK has passed new legislation that punishes revenge porn with prison. As of Monday, UK's Criminal Justice and Court Act considers revenge porn as a specific crime. If someone publicly posts racy images of their ex without consent and with the intent to cause distress, they'll face up to two years in jail, opposed to the current six months. Prior to this act, revenge porn offenders could be prosecuted under different laws but with the creation of a specific offense, authorities will be able to get the message across offenders. The act will consider sharing photos online and offline as a crime. The act will also increase the maximum penalty for Internet trolls who send abusive messages. Their penalty will now be two years in prison. Along with punishing online offenders, the act will also make it illegal for jurors to disobey a judge's instructions and research details of the case. Twitter recently also joined the fight to stop abusive behavior online and decrease the amount of revenge porn on its platform. The social network put a ban on all intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without consent. Facebook and Reddit have also put bans on revenge porn and other intimate photos. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

UK firm introduces world’s first emoji-only passcode for banks

Soon you'll be using eggplants, dancing twins, winking faces and high fives to log into your bank account. Intelligent Environments, a UK firm that specializes in digital banking software, developed the "world's first emoji-only passcode" so people could log into their banks using only emoji instead of the typical 1234 PIN. "We've had input from lots of millennials when we developed the technology. What's clear is that the younger generation is communicating in new ways," David Webber, manager director at Intelligent Environments, said in a statement. "Our research shows 64% of millennials regularly communicate only using emojis. So we decided to reinvent the passcode for a new generation by developing the world's first emoji security technology." The firm says that Emoji Passcode is mathematically more secure than traditional passcodes and offers 3,498,308 unique permutations of non-repeating emoji, which is based on a selection size of 44 characters. Traditional numbered PIN passcodes only offer 7,290 unique permutations, according to Intelligent Environments. So far the Emoji Passcode has only been integrated into Intelligent Environments' Android digital banking app, but the firm is in discussion with banks that are considering rolling out the feature. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

The Apple Watch Edition is twice as expensive in the UK

If you live in the UK and you're thinking of buying an Apple Watch Edition, you might want to consider doing so in the U.S. As Business Insider reported Rob Price pointed out, the retail price for the golden Apple Watch in the UK is £ 13,500-roughly $20,000. That is twice as much as the most basic model of the Apple Watch Edition, which costs $10,000. Price noted that it's cheaper for Brits to fly to the U.S., buy their watch, and still have enough money for a weekend vacation. This is the breakdown of how much a weekend getaway would cost in order to buy a gold smartwatch: A flight for the weekend of April 23 to April 26 costs approximately $616. An Airbnb Luxury studio near Grand Central Station costs $225 Buy the Apple Watch $10,000 With basics covered, Brits seeking the latest fad would still have $9,000 to spare. They could use that money for mini city vacation and go Broadway shows, splurge in fancy diners, heck, they can even upgrade from an Airbnb to a five star hotel. A consumer group called Which? said the difference in price is set by manufacturers and not by the foreign exchange rate. For those who live in the U.S. this is just a reminder of how ridiculously expensive the Apple Watch Edition is. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Four men from the Netherlands dressed as paramedics in fake ambulance allegedly tried to smuggle heroin, cocaine into UK

Four men are accused of trying to smuggle heroin and cocaine into Britain dressed as paramedics and in a fake ambulance. The four are from the Netherlands, reports The Guardian. They were arrested earlier this week following a police operation in central England. They have been charged with attempting to smuggle hundreds of kilos of drugs into the UK. Brent Lyon from Britain's National Crime Agency, said the incident "was an audacious plot." Cops think the men dressed as paramedics to avoid attention when they entered the UK. The four — aged between 28 and 55 years old— will appear in court early next month, charged with various drug offences. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

UK traffic cops pull over man in DeLorean from ‘Back to the Future’; no word if car was trying to hit 88 mph

Maybe cops thought there was something wrong with the flux capacitor? A driver in a "Back to the Future" DeLorean sports car was stopped by traffic police in the UK, reports the Mirror. The car was pulled over during a traffic crackdown in Cheshire, in northwestern England. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. 'LIKE' US HERE. The cops — from the Central Motorway Police Group — were quick to take to Twitter to reveal they had just stopped the model of a car that was famously used by Christopher Lloyd's character Doc in the 1985 classic. One officer tweeted: "Look what I've just stopped on the A500 (road). There is no escaping us no matter where you are in space time! @UKTimeMachine." The owner of the car said he had done nothing wrong and had merely been asking for directions. The DeLorean used to be displayed in Universal Studios, Florida. Continue Reading