Category: Gadgets


Google brings together units of artificial intelligence and unmanned vehicles

Waymo unmanned vehicle engineers teamed up with AI researchers from DeepMind (both owned by Alphabet) to customize more accurate and efficient autonomous machine algorithms.

Waymo will be able to easily rebuild control algorithms thanks to the population-based training (PBT) technique that DeepMind has developed to improve video game algorithms. PBT accelerates the artificial evolution of machine code – the algorithm selects the code from the most effective commands. The technique reduces the power of the computer to retrain the neural network and speeds up development by half.

Now the drones operate on the usual transport control code and numerous machine algorithms that determine in real time the road lines, signs, other cars and pedestrians. Each new version of the system is strictly checked before launch.

Google experts believe that the automation of learning AI and the effectiveness of the development …


Ships Mask will not "sweat"

The creator of SpaceX, Ilon Musk, said during the online broadcast of the launch of the Cargo Dragon rocket that the reusable orbital spacecraft Starship will use ceramic tiles for thermal protection.

When entering the Mars orbit, the nose of the rocket heats up to 1480 ° C, while the steel melts at 1315 ° C. In February, Musk noted that the steel body of the rocket would be cooled due to “sweating”, that is, cold fuel that would leak through special openings in the outer shell.

It quickly became clear that such a design change could either delay the launch of a starship rocket or make it difficult to reuse it, so the company returned to the traditional protection option. Now ceramic panels are being tested.

In July, Ilon Mark promised that test flights would begin in September or …


Vivo will launch the world's first smart phone with a display full faceplate

The Ice Universe blogger posted on Twitter a photograph of the Vivo Nex 3 display protective glass, which is expected to be released soon. According to him, the uniqueness of the not yet announced smartphone is that the screen will occupy the entire front panel and side faces of the gadget.

The insider also noted that in the NEX 3 there will be no cutout for the front camera in the display. It can be retractable. Or the manufacturer will place it under the display – in the recently shown prototypes of Xiaomi and Oppo.

Perhaps Vivo will generally give up the selfie camera in the smartphone. The company has already resorted to a controversial decision, releasing the Vivo APEX 2019 – a phone without a single connector.

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16-inch MacBook Pro can get a keyboard with a new mechanism

Apple plans to use the scissors mechanism instead of the butterfly in the 16-inch MacBook Pro's keyboard, according to TFI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Apple’s 16-inch laptop is due for release in the fourth quarter of 2019. The keyboard with which it will be equipped, then will be installed in all new MacBooks.

Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the new scissor mechanism is safer than the butterfly.

MacBook keyboard problems have been haunting Apple since 2015, when it first began using a new type of mechanism. Dust and small debris cause key sticking, duplication or skipping of characters. For almost all laptops with a butterfly, a free keyboard repair program is available.

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Sony has released the best camera for vlogger

Sony introduced the seventh generation of the RX100 camera, very popular among the Vlogera. The model has improved autofocus, support for external microphones and a new burst mode – 7 photos with one click of the shutter button.

The RX100 VII camera is equipped with a multi-layered 20.1-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS sensor and the latest-generation BIONZ X processor. Thanks to this, the speed and autofocus capability are the same as in the full-frame A9 and A6400 cameras.

The RX100 shoots 4K HDR video. One of the new features is the use of AI. The algorithm tracks in the frame manually selected object.

Among other characteristics: Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens 24-200 mm f2.8-4.5, folding display, retractable electronic viewfinder, 3.5-mm microphone jack, connection via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The novelty will go on sale in August at a price of $ 1,200 dollars. A …


Sony introduced the draft of the first wearable air conditioner

Sony launched a fundraiser for a project called Reon Pocket, a wearable air conditioner with heating function, compatible with iPhone and Android devices.

The gadget is attached to the back of the collar of a special T-shirt. It is powerful enough to reduce the temperature at the surface of the skin from 36 degrees Celsius to 23. In the Reon Pocket, a Bluetooth 5.0 module is installed, the device is controlled through the application: it not only has heating and cooling, but also an automatic switch on setting.

The new Sony product is aimed at Japanese businessmen who often work outdoors in the summer.

The company has already collected 45% of crowdfunding funds from the required 66 million yen (about 38 million rubles) in Japan.

The price of the gadget after the release will be 14,080 yen (about 8,200 rubles). …


“Make them in the USA!” Donald Trump answered Apple with a request to lower import duties on components (updated)

US President Donald Trump, in his Twitter account, said that Apple would not give rebates on import tariffs for Mac Pro parts made in China.

Apple for Mac Pro for Mac Pro parts that are made in China. Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!

“Apple will not receive benefits on Mac Pro and components that are manufactured in China. You don't want duties – do them in the USA! "- Donald Trump wrote.

Earlier, Apple appealed to the US government to exempt from the 25 percent tariff on imports from China of components for the new Mac Pro and various accessories like Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad.

UPD: Tweet removed from the account of the President of the United States.

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Kodak has released a mobile scanner for film

Kodak Photo Plus has released the Kodak Mobile Film Scanner compact for film. With it you can digitize slides and 35 mm negatives of black and white and color photographic films directly to your smartphone.

Kodak Mobile Film Scanner uses LED backlighting to illuminate slides and film. Scanning is done using a special application on a smartphone.

Unlike competitors' devices, the Kodak mobile scanner is made of thick cardboard that folds into a small box the size of a smartphone, and runs on two AA batteries.

The cost of such a gadget is $ 40. You can buy it on Amazon.

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Tesla's top manager switched to Apple. Someone seems to be preparing to release a car.

Apple hired Tesla's former head Steve McManus, who was responsible for designing the interiors and exteriors of cars, reports Bloomberg.

According to his LinkedIn profile, he holds the position of senior director at Apple, but does not specify the department to which he belongs. McManus has been at Tesla since 2015, before that he worked at Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors and Aston Martin.

Rumors about the development of an autonomous car Apple go for a long time. TFI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the company will present the vehicle codenamed Project Titan from 2023 to 2025.

This is not the first time Apple has been luring Tesla employees. Last year, Tesla Vice President for Management Systems Michael Schwecciuc and Chief Engineer for Automobiles Doug Field came to him.

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Honor Band 5 released

Honor officially unveiled the Honor Band 5 fitness tracker at a company special event in China.

The fifth generation of smart bracelets Honor received a color 2.5D AMOLED display with a diagonal of 0.95 inches and a resolution of 240 × 120. The gadget measures the pulse in real time, monitors sleep using the TruSleep 2.0 function. The device is powered by a 100 mAh battery. Claimed battery life up to 12 days.

The main advantage of Honor Band 5 over competitors is the function of measuring the level of oxygen in the blood.

The normal version of Honor Band 5 costs 189 yuan (about 1,700 rubles), and the NFC version costs 219 yuan (2,000 rubles). In China, the gadget goes on sale from July 29. Accessibility in other countries is still unknown.

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