Category: Gadgets


Nintendo will be free to repair sticky stick stick Joy-Con

According to Nintendo's internal order, authorized services should not charge customers for Joy-Con repair fees with drifting stick.

Also, service centers will not require confirmation of the purchase of Switch. The company will even refund money to anyone who has previously paid for the repair of the Joy-Con with this problem.

The “drift” of Joy-Con sticks is the most common problem with Nintendo Switch consoles. Due to a malfunction, the sticks continue to send commands to the device even after they have stopped using it. As a result, in games it is impossible to precisely control the characters – all the time they are pulled in another direction.

The problem is so serious that Nintendo even ran into a US class action lawsuit: the owners of the problematic Switch said that Nintendo was initially aware of a malfunction of Joy-Con.…


Apple asks to reduce tariffs on the import of its components from China to the USA

After transferring parts of production to China, Apple asks the US government to reduce the 25 percent tariff on importing components of the new Mac Pro and various accessories, such as Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad, reports Bloomberg.

According to the documents, the US administration promises to reduce import tariffs if companies can prove that components or devices can only be manufactured in China. Apple relies on this in all of its requests.

The new Mac Pro will be producing the Quanta Computer plant in China. The previous generation Mac Pro 2013 was built in Texas – it was the only Apple hardware product available in the United States.

25 percent tariffs on imports from China will affect the cost of Apple products. The company warns the US government that it will threaten Apple’s global competitiveness and, as a result, …


Honor ahead of Apple in the release of a 16-inch laptop

Chinese brand Honor (owned by Huawei) introduced the 16.1-inch MagicBook Pro laptop. The company decided to get ahead of Apple, which may release a 16-inch MacBook Pro in November. Laptop Honor is not only very similar to the MacBook Pro, but also called consonant.

The manufacturer claims that the MagicBook Pro is smaller and lighter than the 15-inch MacBook Pro, while having a larger display diagonal. The screen is 16.1 inches occupies 90% of the case area, its resolution is 1920×1280 pixels.

In terms of performance, the Honor notebook is closer to the MacBook Air and the basic MacBook Pro models. It will be available in two trim levels: with an Intel Core i5 processor and an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor. MagicBook Pro also received an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics card, 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB …


Japan made Olympic medals from recycled gadgets

The authorities of Tokyo presented the Olympic medals of 2020 – the precious metal for them was extracted from unused gadgets.

In April 2017, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee launched a two-year campaign to collect electronic devices to extract metals and make awards. In total, the Japanese donated 78,895 tons of gadgets, including 6.21 million mobile phones. From devices managed to get 32 ​​kg of gold, 3500 kg of silver and 2200 kg of bronze.

In the medals for the first place used more than 6 grams of gold plating on pure silver. Medals for second place are made of pure silver, while bronze medals are coated with red brass alloy and consist of 95% copper and 5% zinc.

The awards received the following dimensions: diameter 85 mm, thickness from 7.7 mm to 12.1 mm. The design of the Olympic …


Lyft published datasets of its unmanned vehicles

The American service of fellow travelers Lyft laid out in a general access dataset their unmanned vehicles. The base includes almost 55,000 frames from cameras on machines, the objects on them are marked up by people. The database will be useful to other researchers who work on autonomous machines.

The unit Lyft Level 5 is responsible for the development of unmanned vehicles and data collection. The system installed on the vehicles includes seven cameras and three lidars and provides a three-dimensional image. In his blog, Lyft notes that the department has been working on hardware and software for the past two years. The company plans to publish data further.

Now Lyft is improving the third generation of autonomous cars, which uses an array of sensors with its own patented ultra-HDR camera.

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Lenovo smartphones will return to the Russian market (updated)

Mobilidi (part of the RDC Group holding), the distributor of Chinese brands Xiaomi and Hisense, has signed an exclusive distribution contract with Lenovo, Kommersant reports.

Smartphones will be sold in the online store Lenovo.Store, Hitbuy retail network and networks of federal retailers, for example, “Svyaznoy — Euroset” and “M.Video-Eldorado”.

Lenovo will introduce smartphones in Russia worth 6-14 thousand rubles. Retailers hope that in two years the company will take up to 5% of the niche in the budget price segment, which is now actively growing. However, Mobile Research Group analyst Eldar Murtazin doubts that Lenovo will be able to successfully compete with Samsung, Honor and Xiaomi in terms of price-quality.

Lenovo occupied 7% of the Russian market in units until the beginning of 2017, when the company focused on promoting the Motorola brand. For the year, the figure fell to …


New Hyperloop Capsule Speed ​​Record Installed

The team of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) at the fourth annual SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition student marathon broke its last year record (457 km / h) and reached a maximum speed of 463 km / h capsule.

Contestants are developing special bobsleigh-sized capsules that must overcome the Ilona Mask vacuum tunnels. Each team was advised by experts from SpaceX and the Boring Company.

In total, more than 700 students from around the world took part in the marathon. Applications were submitted by 21 teams, only four managed to launch the capsules. Other competitors – EPFL and Swissloop – accelerated to a speed of 238 km / h and 257 km / h, respectively. Participants of four successful teams were offered jobs in the companies of Ilona Musk.

The length of the test tunnel in 2019 was 1.2 km. …


India launched to the Moon orbital module with a lunar rover

On July 22, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched to the Moon the orbital station Chandrayaan-2 with the Pragyan lunar rover.

Pragyan is equipped with solar panels, from which it must work for at least one lunar day – 14 Earth days. During this time, the lunar rover will collect data on the lunar surface. It is expected that the orbital module will remain in operation for about a year.

Landing apparatus at the south pole of the moon is scheduled for September 6 or 7. In the case of the success of the mission “Chandrayaan-2”, India will become the fourth country after the United States, the USSR and China, which has landed its moon rover on the satellite.

The first lunar expedition of India "Chandrayaan-1" took place in 2008. Then the orbital module checked the Moon for …


Apple to launch Apple Watch with microLED displays in 2020 – Economic Daily News

Apple is discussing with Taiwanese display manufacturers the possibility of using microLED technology. Economic Daily News writes, citing sources from the supply chain of components, that Apple Watch will come out with microLED displays already in 2020.

Installing a microLED instead of LG's OLED panels will make your smartwatch thinner and brighter, as well as reduce power consumption.

For the first time, a new type of display was started up in 2000, when scientists from the Technical University of Texas managed to create a microLED panel in the laboratory. However, the commercialization of technology began much later.

Like OLED, microLED provides better contrast, response time and energy efficiency than regular LCD displays. Unlike OLED, microLED is several times brighter than the competitor.

Earlier, DigiTimes reported on Apple’s collaboration with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the development and production of microLED …


Released iOS 12.4 and audioOS 12.4

Apple released iOS 12.4, which the company has been testing since mid-May.

The new version of the OS got rid of known bugs, for example, with the transfer of data during the initial setup of the iPhone. It also improves the overall stability of the device.

iOS 12.4 must support Apple Card. But when this product is launched, the company has not yet announced.

Apple also released audioOS 12.4 with Japanese support for the HomePod. This is due to the imminent start of sales of smart Apple column in Japan and Taiwan.

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