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Google Maps will inform you about train delays

Google Maps will inform you about train delays

Google is well aware of the popularity of Google Maps and ensures that the product offers users as much functionality as possible. The company introduces entirely new functions to it, which will not only save the internet package, but will also facilitate the use of mass communications.

This week Google has introduced several innovations to its Google Maps service, which millions of users use as GPS navigation. A few days ago the company released an update that improves the transparency of maps and makes it easy to find stations and other points of interest.

Now the company is testing another update that will appeal to people with very small Internet packages. The new feature allows you to use maps exclusively via Wi-Fi, as well as notify delays of mass transport. So if the bus or train we are waiting for is delayed, the maps will tell us that.

The function is fully personalized, so we can choose the route or route we are interested in and then we will be informed when the shuttle bus arrives there, will not arrive at the station at scheduled time.

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Tesla sued for discriminating against employees

Tesla sued for discriminating against employees

Tesla Motors was sued by a former engineer. 69-year-old Thomas Flessner believes that the employer and his immediate supervisors have discriminated against him because of his age. After some time such treatment was finally released.

Older employees should be especially valuable to employers because they have a wealth of experience and knowledge in the company, such as their ability to train new employees. This is not always the case and older workers are discriminated against because of their age, and even for that reason they are fired.

This was the case with Thomas Flessner, a former engineer at Tesla Motors who decided to sue Elona Musk. A 69-year-old man was hired in 2012 as a materials engineer and worked for a Fremont, Calif. The man claims that because of his age he was harassed by younger workers, and his supervisor hindered his life, making it impossible to correct mistakes, canceling scheduled meetings, etc. In February of this year Flessner was fired from the company.

The engineer decided to give the case to the court because he believed the company had harassed him because of his age. Two of the three of his superiors spoke negatively on the matter, and one of them, Paul Edwards, insisted that Flessner did not work as fast as he should.

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Android One goes to Europe

Android One goes to Europe

Android One, which aims to create low-cost smartphones specifically for emerging markets, has already debuted in Asia and Africa, and now it’s time for Europe. Google has just announced that Portugal and Spain will be the first countries in the Old Continent to feature smartphones created within the program.

The first Android One product to be available is the BQ Aquaris A4 5 model, featuring 4G connectivity and dual SIM support. The device features a 4.5-inch 540 x 960 pixel screen, which is protected against scratches by Dragontrail glass.

The heart of the phone is a quad-core 1 GHz processor that works with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of flash memory, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 64 GB. The device also has an 8 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixels front while the power supply delivers a 2470 mAh battery. Smartphone works on Android 5.1.1.

Surprisingly, the price of BQ Aquaris A4 5 does not fall into the low, though assumptions of Android One are designed to make these products available to the maximum. In Spain this model costs 169.90 euros, while Portugal will be 10 euros more expensive.

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Russians tighten their penalties for using bitcoins

Russians tighten their penalties for using bitcoins

Since the Silk Road underground bazaar was closed, the role of Bitcoins in the global financial system has been severely limited. Although there are companies that accept such payments, there are fewer and fewer. And now, if we try to pay them in Russia, we will be punished by imprisonment.

As the Interfax agency reports, the Russian finance ministry is preparing changes to the law that significantly tighten penalties for using a digital cryptanalyst such as Bitcoins.

Breaking the ban will be a serious consequence, and in the worst case, you can go to jail for up to four years. It concerns ordinary citizens, because the penalties for bankers and financial services managers related to the cryptanalyst turnover are even higher and amount to as many as seven years imprisonment. In addition, directors who break new regulations will not be able to occupy similar posts in the future.

There are also fines ranging from 500,000 to one million rubles for ordinary citizens and 2.5 million rubles for bank directors.

Previous legislation related to the cryptanalysts in force in Russia was much milder. For its use, one could get a year of social work, while in the case of participating in organized groups dealing with the Bitcoin trade, it was possible to go to jail for two years.

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The new standard will solve the “eternal problem”

The new standard will solve the “eternal problem”

Sooner or later, it will probably disappear many people are afflicted by inserting the wrong USB cable. The latest version of the USB 3.1 port is supposed to be symmetrical and in addition allow for a much faster transfer rate.

USB 3.1 has a data bandwidth of 10 Gb / s, which is twice as much as USB 3.0. This transfer will allow you to send 4K resolution video at 30 frames per second.

With the three versions of plugins presented, only the C version is supposed to be symmetric, and that is exactly what she is going to be promoting. The C-plug will have dimensions of 8.3mm x 2.5mm.

In addition to the additional transfer, the USB Power Delivery standard will also be introduced. With Micro-A / B connectors, it will allow 10 to 60 W to deliver and up to 100 W using A / B connectors. ”

The first devices using the new standard will be presented at the end of this year. However, the main problem remains retrospective compatibility, the information so far revealed that they may lack it.

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Without success in india

Without success in india

The latest Android One mobile platform, created specifically to support budget smartphones, has been a total failure. Google plans to introduce it to the Indian market where cheap phones are popular, but local stores have refused to sell new products.

This summer, Google unveiled its new Android One platform. It was an initiative to launch ultra-low-cost smartphones that did not enjoy performance and had a shutdown specification, but the US giants guaranteed regular software updates.

The platform was primarily designed for developing markets, primarily India, where cheap devices are selling the best. Unfortunately, due to the fact that the Indian market is dominated primarily by cheap smartphones from China, which are not limited in any way, Google’s plan has come to an end.

Most big sellers have refused to distribute hardware from Android One. A total of around 1800 stores rejected the company’s offer and did not offer any of the three models on the platform, manufactured by Micromax, Karbonn and Spice and costing around $ 100.

The reason for the failure was probably the sales strategy, initially distributing these devices mainly via the internet, such as Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal.

This would be said by Subhash Chandra, a spokesman for Sangeethha Mobiles MD, who explained to the media that if the Android One platform had decided not to sell hardware through traditional stores, his company would not introduce it to its offerings.

In turn, the head of another network of electronic stores said that the interest in these devices was very low, so it was decided that their further distribution does not make sense. Similarly, two other MobileStore and UniverCell networks, which started selling only Karbonn’s devices two weeks ago, are not planning to expand their offerings yet.

The reason for the reluctance to shop for Android One products may also be low margins, which amount to only 3-4 percent. By comparison, the average industry margin is around 91 percent, so it’s no wonder retailers do not want to be involved in distributing products that give them such a small profit.

So far, 480,000 devices have been shipped to India on the Android One platform, which represents roughly 3 percent of all smartphone imports that have been shipped since mid-September. Unfortunately, Android One has to face very strong competition in the form of Motorola and Xiaomi. For example, Motorola has sold more than half a million units in the past few months with the Moto E model. The model is more prominent and better promoted by its sales force, so it is also more popular.

However, market analysts think it’s too early to cut the Android One platform and consider it a complete failure. Specialists from Counterpoint Research say that the switch to the sale of stationary stores will soon begin to bring the first effects. They also forecast that at least one million smartphones should hit the market by the end of this year.

We will soon see if these forecasts are true.

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SpaceX expands the spaceport

SpaceX expands the spaceport

The private SpaceX consortium managed by Elmo Musk plans to build a rocket repair complex. A space workshop will be built at the company’s spaceport, where engineers will be preparing missions for Falcon 9 missions.

SpaceX is one of two private consortiums that has been able to build a reusable rocket that can launch and land alone after a mission. What’s more, the rocket not only lands on the ground, but it can also do on the water, and specifically on the specially prepared floating platform.

Reusable rockets also require maintenance and repairs. That is why the company wants to build a special workshop at Cape Canaveral that will take care of preparing them for further flights, as well as overhaul Falcon 9 missiles to orbit them. SpaceX is planning to rent a 4800 square meter building previously used by Astrotech Corporation.

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First photos of the HTC One M9

First photos of the HTC One M9

HTC has for some time been working on the successor of the current flagship smartphone model, the One M8. So far, we were only able to see the technical specifications of the new device, and now we have the opportunity to see what it looks like, because the first pictures of the device appeared in the network.

Posted by Phoneandroid and although there is not much to see, the general look of the device seems to resemble the One M8. Some change is to move the buttons to turn the phone on from the top to the right, which may be welcomed by users of the previous model who have complained about the current position of the switch. The volume controls on the right edge were slightly lowered.

Keep in mind, there is no need to be the final version of the smartphone, but some earlier prototype.

As far as technical specs are concerned, the HTC One M9 can expect an 8-core processor (probably the Snapdragon 810 with Adreno 430), 3GB of RAM, a 5-inch Full HD screen, a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, and an UltraPixel front . The power supply will provide a 2840 mAh battery and the operating system will be Android 5.0 Lollipop with a Sense 7.0 overlay.

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Interesting, though already forgotten piece of Soviet military technology

Interesting, though already forgotten piece of Soviet military technology

Screens are structures that resemble airplanes and utilize similar physical phenomena, but operate only at a limited height above ground or water. Imagine the fear on the faces of Western generals when they learned that the Soviets had similar machines to speeding boats up to 650 km / h, capable of rapidly destroying US aircraft carriers. What’s more, many point out that the screenplays can come back to favor with Vladimir Putin.

In terms of construction, the screen is similar to a plane, or airplane. This demonstrates, for example, the hull construction, the presence of vertical and horizontal ballasts, and some steering surfaces. Shields usually had a relatively small extension of the rectangular outline, and their drive was a battery of several motors – up to eight and sometimes ten.

The principle of screen operation is almost identical to that of an airplane. This is primarily the use of the phenomenon of land influence. Any plane or screen that hoveres over a surface at an altitude of more than or equal to the span of its wings makes it possible to fly with significantly lower carrier forces than at higher altitudes. Just right above the surface of the earth or water to create a bearing force is the “air bag”, thanks to which the effective resistance is induced from 5 to as much as 65%. The higher – the greater the resistance. Thanks to this, the screen to perform the flight at this altitude required much less bearing capacity. This, in turn, translated into the ability to make a flight with much larger missile and torpedo charges. Theoretically, a screen with a proper loading configuration could fly and fly as an ordinary plane – but was not designed for it, and its task was to operate only in the area of ​​land effect.

Due to the fact that the screen was designed to move only at low altitudes, the structure of the wing could be much simpler. But the stick also had the other end: the need to operate on the seas created a risk of getting water into the engine air inlets. Contemporary passenger aircraft engines are designed to draw in a certain amount of water, but it’s nothing to do with the environment in which the screen has to be operated. For this reason, the motors of this incredible construction had to be hung as high as possible in the vicinity of the tail or in a special gondola over the wings.

The concept of using the screen protector was intended to be used for a rapid attack on surface targets. The fastest military vessels currently in use are able to accelerate to about 90 km / h. Shields such as the experimental “Caspian Sea Monster” were capable of rushing over water at speeds up to 650 km / h. This is the ideal means to make a quick attack on very important naval targets such as merchant ships, aircraft carriers or battleships. Driving at a speed close to the plane, the screen was also a heavy target for – then still – fairly simple radars. They did not cope with catching the rapidly moving threat at low altitude.

The task of screenplays was not just an attack. Their high payload and speed enabled a very quick relocation of military units and equipment from one edge to another. This was of particular importance in areas such as the Caspian Sea, where a large accumulation of Soviet units and the presence of the fleet required a fast means of transport.

The most famous screen was probably the experimental “Kaspian Sea Monster”, or “Caspian Sea Monster”. It was a huge screen project of wingspan of up to 37 meters (ie more than at least Airbus A320) and take-off weight up to 550 tonnes. The engine of this magnificent machine was a battery of 10 turbojet engines, the Dobryn VD-7, used in several Soviet aircraft. The “Caspian Sea Monster” sank in the vicinity of 1980 as a pilot error and is still somewhere in the Caspian Sea.

Another very interesting project was the project “Project 903 Lun”. The weight of 286 tons “Lun” had a payload of up to 92 tons. It was powered by eight Kuzniecow NK-87 turbojet engines, which allowed it to develop speeds of up to 550 kilometers per hour. Built at the end of the 1980s, Project 903 was to scare the seas and be a shock force to the USSR. Plate armament consisted of P1-23 23 mm caliber guns in two turrets and 6 P-270 Moskit anti-ship missile launchers.

“Lun” had a drawback. He could only operate in the Caspian Sea and Black Sea, so he was useless against American carriers in the oceans. Moreover, the project was plagued by a number of technical faults. The problem was also that during the tests on the stormy sea, the machine was momentarily stopped by the incoming waves. “Lun” was withdrawn from service and is now resting in the Caspian port. You can view it, for example, in Google Maps, after climbing coordinates (42 ° 52’55.0 “N 47 ° 39’25.0” E)

In retrospect, larger-scale screenings in the military did not take place. The development of modern missile technology and maneuvering missiles made the tactical significance of the screenplay virtually disappear. This has led to the development of radar technology, which effectively suppressed one of the main strengths of the screen – the ability to strike quickly. The experience gained from the work on this type of construction is, however, heavily used today. Some of the solutions were transferred to modern hydrofoils, hovercraft, and even flying boats and amphibians.

Some screenplays still fly in “civilian” today, carrying loads and passengers. In places where short sea shipping is important, you can still find single structures of this type. Furthermore, some companies and research centers are testing the revival of the screen on a wider scale. This type of research is conducted by companies from China.

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Razer has announced a new Android TV console

Razer has announced a new Android TV console

Razer has so far focused solely on mouse accessories, keyboards, and headphones, but has been extensively expanding its Razer Blade range of laptops and tablets, and is now announcing its own console on the new Android TV platform.

Equipment that does not yet have a final name will play an entertainment center for our living room, which is connected to a large screen to stream music and movies, as well as video games. And they will not be casual productions, as the creative director of Razer, Min-Liang Tan, says the plan is to meet the expectations of hardcore gamers. That’s why the unit will be equipped with powerful components that allow you to run more complex and demanding titles. How strong, so far is unknown, because manufacturers have not yet spoken about technical specifications and equipment, but may choose to disclose it at the Gamescom Gamescom in Germany, which will take place in Germany.

The residual information is so far that the hardware will be supported by a dedicated mobile application, compatible with every tablet or Android smartphone, and you will be able to control it using voice commands.

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