BMW builds the center for the development of autonomous cars

BMW announced a new research and development center in Munich. The complex is designed to work on autonomous vehicles, including a new design called iNext.

BMW is one of the car manufacturers that engages in the design of vehicles equipped with autonomous driving technology. The Bavarian concern is quite frugal at the moment to disclose its plans for this market sector. We only know that he is working on a conceptual iNext model, which will have its premiere in 2021.

It is known for sure that BMW will build a new R & D center in Munich to develop such vehicles. It will employ around 2000 engineers, who will focus on developing cutting-edge communication systems and technologies that enable vehicles to navigate the streets themselves. In this city, the prototypes will be tested in the future.

New housing for players

The Huntkey Enterprise Group is an Asian company specializing in professional power supplies that has just released its latest gaming casing. Although the manufacturer does not have much experience in this market segment, his new proposal seems quite interesting.

The housing is called the Spyder and it is quite a surprise, especially since Huntkey’s previous offer had absolutely nothing to do with the equipment targeted to the players. So it might seem that the product will not be very interesting, but in the meantime it is completely different.

The enclosure not only looks modern, but is also designed to provide maximum cooling performance. Four fans can be affected: one 120 mm front, one 90 mm rear, and two 120 mm side. Unfortunately, fans are not standard equipment and should be purchased separately.

The front panel included a mini-jack, a microphone and two USB ports – one 2.0 and 3.0. And as if that was not enough, the manufacturer has fitted the case with a handle for convenient portability, so this product is perfect for desktop computers with frequent LAN Party thinking.

The Spyder has three 5.25 “bays, and it also comes with four 3.5” and two 2.5 “drives, as well as two SSDs, as well as ATX, Micro ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards. The graphics card can have a maximum length of 300 mm. Of course, all drives are installed without tools, and the manufacturer has taken care of the neatness of all wires.

Facebook says war on offensive films

Facebook representatives have announced new ways to combat offensive videos posted on the portal. They will use artificial intelligence to help identify them more effectively.

Social media, especially the most popular, is full of posts, photos and videos. Most of them are quite normal, but there are also offensive materials deriding from someone’s appearance, nationality, etc. Portals of course remove such materials and usually have their own algorithms that search for them, and they also help the users themselves, often reporting them.

Facebook, however, wants to streamline the process of getting rid of such content, and has announced the launch of a completely new and much more effective way to identify offensive videos that use artificial intelligence algorithms.

Joaquin Candela, director of the machine learning portal, explains that the new algorithm will detect nudity, violence, and all behaviors that are not in line with the portal’s policies. When such material is discovered, videos will be flagged and qualified for review by Facebook employees.

Yamaha presents new drones

Yamaha’s Japanese company has unveiled two new models for commercial drones. Fazer R and Fazer R G2 are miniature helicopter-like devices designed for industry and agriculture.

Yamaha is best known for its excellent motorcycles and audio equipment, including amplifiers and pianos. However, the Japanese company in its offer has many other products and has just shown the latest of them. These are two new models of unmanned commercial vehicles, Fazer R and Fazer R F2.

The first of the new models is a model for agriculture. The device was designed to spray fields with pesticides to protect crops against the development of parasites. Dron on a single 24-liter fuel tank can spray four hectares of field, consuming 32 liters of herbicide.

The Fazer R is powered by a 2-cylinder engine, well known from other drones belonging to this family. Compared to other units, however, this was strengthened. Its power is 20.6 kW (the predecessor is 19.1 kW), and additionally increased the exhaust diameter and improved compression. This drona model will be available in November and will cost about $ 100,000.

The second model of the Fazer R G2 looks the same, but its purpose is slightly different. We do not find a herbicide tank in it, because this model was created to transport objects, take pictures and some other tasks. The device can move in autonomous mode, reaching a ceiling of 2800 m. Its range is 90 km, while the maximum lifting capacity is 35 kg.

Siri forces Apple Music to subscribe

Tim Cook recently boasted that the recently launched Apple Music service already has 6.5 million users. But Apple does everything to make it more, even putting restrictions on the functionality of Siri’s digital assistant. The tool, in certain cases, forces the iPhone user to pay for the Apple Music subscription.

Have not subscribed to Apple Music recently? Then you will have to come to terms with the limited functionality of the Siri assistant in the music market. IPhone users were surprised to see that the tool did not want to provide any information related to popular artist hits if the user is not an Apple Music subscriber.

It can be assumed that the company uses Apple Music to aggregate information pertaining to individual contractors, so no subscriber will have access to them. This is no doubt an attempt to force a user to subscribe to a new service, but that should not happen.

New line of popular notebooks

Aspire notebooks from Acer are powered by powerful Core i3 and i5 processors that deliver high performance while working on the most demanding applications, as well as high-end gaming and high definition digital entertainment.

Aspire 7740s with IntelĀ® Core i5 and i3 processors with Mobile Intel HM55 Express Chipset are ready to meet the needs of games, multi-tasking and intense entertainment with multimedia entertainment.

For full use of the impressive performance of the notebooks, the notebooks feature a bright LCD panel, HD + (1600×900), 16: 9 CineCrystal display and 17.3 “diagonal screen. The panel is illuminated with LEDs, which contributes to improving image quality and enhancing readability in low light. Equally important, this backlight is mercury-free and has a low power consumption.

The sound system is a third-generation Dolby Home Theater, two stereo speakers, and a 5.1-channel audio output that reproduces the surround sound effects that surround the user.

New notebooks come with up to 8GB of DDR3 memory for fast system responsiveness and smooth multitasking.

Lenovo K5 Note available on the Chinese market

Lenovo’s latest smartphone, the K5 Note, comes to Chinese stores. The successor of the K4 Note is a decent device and is available on the market at a very attractive price of $ 167, and can be purchased in two color versions, silver and gold.

The low price of K5 Note does not mean that we are dealing with a low-budget device. On the contrary, the 152 x 75.7 x 8.49mm smartphone features a 5.5-inch IPS display screen that displays images at 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its heart is the MediaTek Helio P10 ten-core 1.8 GHz processor and the Mali T860 550 MHz graphics processor.

The product also comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of usable memory with the ability to expand it with a microSD card up to 128 GB.

K5 Note also has two cameras. At the rear is a 13-megapixel flash-mounted camera and a f / 2.2 aperture lens. The front camera is working on an 8 megapixel camera with a viewing angle of 77.4 degrees.

The device also has a fingerprint reader, 1.5W Dolby Atmos speakers with dedicated audio, and the internet connects via 4G LTE technology. It also supports two SIM cards, while the functionality is provided by the Android 5.1 Lollipop.

The Ceres mystery is still unresolved

Astronomers have been tackling the mysterious bright patches of the dwarf planet Ceres since last year. Sending a probe to it did not move NASA closer to explaining the problem. There have been many theories, but none has been confirmed.

In 2015, strange stain spots were discovered on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres. The Dawn probe sent to her was much more accurate in looking at this phenomenon, and it turned out that there were a lot more spots in addition to one large cluster of bright spots.

Many theories were created to explain their origin, but none was finally confirmed. The most popular is that these are pieces of ice that fell on Ceres with meteorites, but it overthrows the fact that the brightness of these spots changes randomly and in no way depends on the speed of rotation of the planet.

Probe instruments were used to investigate them more closely and found that they could become bright or dark during the day. This is the most intriguing astronomers, because they are not able to find a convincing explanation for this phenomenon.

He trusted navigation on the iPad and was plagued by the container ship

The 34-year-old skipper David Carlin brutally learned how to trust the new technologies without limit. Driving solely on navigation directions on the iPad ended up sinking his historic boat.

It is often said that the driver, who over-trusted his navigation, ended up in complete desolation, or in a spectacular way destroyed his car by falling into the lake or down the stairs. It turns out that the same principle also applies to boats, which was very painfully convinced 34-year-old British David Carlin.

His 15-meter long wooden peg of Peggotts from World War II did not even have a compass, so when he traveled to Gothenburg he decided to use the iPad navigation. Unfortunately, it did not occur to him that far from terrestrial transmitters, tablet navigation software might not work well. As a result, he unconsciously influenced the busy communication route and was plagued by a huge transport.

SNUPI will protect our home from mold and flood

People who want to protect their home or apartment have a choice of many systems specifically designed for this purpose. The problem is that most of them are directed against burglars, while in our homes lurks a much more dangerous enemy, which is mold.

The SNAPI (Sensor Network Utilizing Powerline Infrastructure) system, developed by WallyHome, is specifically designed to monitor our home in humidity and air temperature and detect mold before it becomes a serious problem.

The system consists of a central unit and a number of sensors that can be placed under the sink, next to a refrigerator, and in other places where moisture may appear, and the manufacturer ensures that the sensor power supply should operate for at least 10 years.

The best thing about SNUPI is that all of these sensors can be monitored on-line through the web site or smartphone application, so when something goes wrong, we’ll be notified.