Google wants to wirelessly load autonomic cars

Autonomous vehicles are intended to be completely maintenance-free, not only for vehicle control systems to which passengers will not have access, but also refueling methods. Google is working on a wireless charging system that will allow the vehicle without the owner’s own power to replenish the battery.

Many automotive companies are working on autonomous vehicle technology and although this type of car will be seen on the road in just a few years, so far the biggest achievements in this field are the concern Google. The online giant has been working on such cars for a few years now, still developing and enhancing new features.

The latest idea from Mountain View’s engineers is the idea of ​​wireless charging vehicles. The idea is that such cars are fully maintenance-free and the role of the passenger is limited to entering and leaving the destination. In order to achieve this objective, a method of charging batteries in the case of electric vehicles, which would take place without the owner of the vehicle, should also be developed.

Google, together with Hevo Power specialists and Momentum Dynamics, is working on a wireless charging system that uses magnetic induction technology. Mountain View’s headquarters will be equipped with experimental chargers to test the new solution.

The first 8K TV in the fall will hit stores

The 4K standard is gaining momentum, but consumer electronics manufacturers are not going to stop it and are already working on receivers that display 8K images. What’s more, the first one will be on sale by the end of October this year.

The drop in prices of 4K televisions, the announcement of more than 50 titles on the Ultra HD Blu-ray and the launch of about 200 channels by 2020, will make more and more buyers of such receivers. But manufacturers do not intend to subdue the standard Ultra HD and are already announcing 8K TVs. What’s more, the first model will appear later this year.

During the January CES show, Sharp was one of several companies that presented 8K displays and will be one of the first to introduce these products to the market. On October 30th announced the launch of the 85-inch model LV-85001, which will cost 133 thousand dollars. This is not a TV, but a monitor designed for professional use.

The product displays an image at 7680 x 4320 pixels and uses IGZO technology. To watch the material in this quality, all four HDMI inputs should be used to connect to the source of the source, since the data transfer level is sufficient.

Full HD 3DTV with 4096 x 2160 pixels

Panasonic has decided to splurge and launch a 3DTV screen diagonal 152 inches, resolution 4096 x 2160 pixels and contrast 5,000,000: 1.

The Japanese producer comes out ahead of a whole host of other manufacturers struggling to make 3DTVs with higher refresh rates. Panasonic launches a 152-inch LCD TV, which is twice the size of the largest ever sold in 3DTV stores. Model number TH-152UX1 is designed for use on a wide range of events. It does not have an HDMI connector like most ordinary TVs, but offers 4096 x 2160 pixels, a contrast ratio of 5,000,000: 1, and a diagonal 152 inches (386 centimeters).

Airbus is designing a passenger plane that will reach London in one hour from New York

Airbus has filed a patent application for a new type of passenger jet. Concorde’s successor is expected to be significantly faster than his predecessor, and should be quieter. The plane will only provide twenty seats for passengers, and the flight will most probably not be among the cheapest.

Concorde has long been the most famous passenger jet aircraft. A few years ago the French construction went off to a well-deserved retirement. Now, Airbus wants to create his successor and for this purpose has filed a patent application for a new jet.

The information provided in the documents shows that the aircraft would reach speeds of about Mach 4, approximately 4800 km / h. This means that, in favorable conditions, a new jet journey from London to New York would take just one hour. For standard designs such as the Airbus A330 this time is almost 8 times longer. It is worth mentioning that the record achieved by concorde is 3.5 hours, so the difference is huge. In the case of flights from Paris to San Francisco or from Tokyo to Los Angeles, time would be up to three hours.

Big oledy not this year

OLED technology, despite several years of market presence, has only recently taken the wind into the sails. Unfortunately, on large TVs with such displays we will wait a few more months.

Although OLED technology was created quite a long time ago, due to technical limitations, it could be used mainly in small devices, since the production of large screen TVs was impossible.

Over the past several months it has changed, but for large OLED screens we will wait a little longer. Although LG and Samsung have yet to launch 55-inch models for $ 8-9k this year, they now say they will not be able to do so.

Both companies explain that the delay is caused by larger than expected difficulties encountered during the production process. Therefore, the receivers shown at this year’s CES will not be in our homes so fast. Samsumg hopes that the promised launch of larger screens will be completed later this year, but more likely they will debut at least mid-2013.

Fans should take a pause?

In keeping with the fact that in the appearance of the upcoming iPhone 7 will not change much, the ever-gloomy news for Apple fans, David Carnoy suggests temperance, predicting that the return of true “magic Apple” will take place next year.

Starting with the first iPhone, each successive generation of smartphones from Apple has a unique look that allows one to recognize a trendy gadget. The above statement has ceased to be true not only for the improved “S” models, but even generations 5 and 6 from appearance, outside of the size are practically indistinguishable.

The next rumors about the latest Apple smartphone – probably the iPhone 7, although the company has often surprised us with an unexpected change of naming – bring quite a reliable picture of the device in the identical iPhone 6 and 6S housing. New features in this year’s edition are: dual rear camera lens, larger size “Plus” model and slightly more powerful components.

Completely redesigned model should be expected only next year, and leaks related to jubilee version say the display “edge to edge”, remove the physical “Home” button and miniJack socket.

As the experts point out, Apple’s problem, which is the first sign of a decline in device sales, is that current generations of smartphones seem to fully meet consumer expectations and are increasingly difficult to persuade them to switch to a newer model. It would have to be something really innovative.

In response to such an analysis, in an interview given to CNBC, Tim Cook said directly: “We will give you things without which you can not live, although today you do not realize it yet.” It’s a clear sign that Cook intends to continue Steve Jobs’s path with his celebrity: “People do not know what they want until you show them.”

Of course, it is only declarations, because although Tim Cook has come to know as a great businessman, and Apple for his time has reached a peak of value, the consequence of hacking hard earned money is the “magic”, which finally reached the top of the company.

Meanwhile, it is difficult to find novelties in the latest models, without which “we could not live”. In the new models we should not expect the SD card (consistent policy), larger battery (iPhone will remain as thin as possible).

We could count on wireless charging and waterproofing right now, but that’s more of a curiosity than a necessity.

The new generation of OLED display Samsung, which will allow the screen from edge to edge, is expected to come to the iPhone only in 2017. Likewise, the case will be with the camera – this year’s version will surely be improved again, but it is unlikely Apple will catch up this year and catch up with the market already in the market.

It looks like Apple fans should not expect significant innovation until next year. Equity or lack of it, we will see in September, when we will know the final appearance of this year’s flagship Apple.

4 billion people still do not have access to the network

Probably will find people who complain that their 20 Mbit Internet connection is slow to download files. But they should be happy to have the privilege of using fast connections, as most of our population still does not have access to the network. The latest report shows that this year it will still be 4.2 billion people, and is 57 percent of humanity.

The Internet links in our homes are growing faster and faster, but there are still many people on the planet who can not benefit from this modern technology. The latest report from the United Nations Commission on Communications reveals that this year there will still be 57 per cent of the population, or around 4.2 billion people, permanently deprived of access to the network.

Access to the network depends mainly on the economic position, so as many as 80 percent of the population of fully developed countries can boast of a permanent Internet connection. Meanwhile, in developing countries, this percentage is only 6.7 percent.

Although the initiatives carried out by companies such as Google and Facebook can slightly improve the situation. The United Nations, however, believes that the real solution to the problem calls for more comprehensive action, above all to help the governments of these states, which should implement projects that reduce the number of digitally excluded citizens.

WD network drives vulnerable to attack

Site specialists warn that WD My Cloud network drives may be susceptible to hacking. There are many loopholes that cybercriminals may be able to circumvent.

Western Digital drives from the My Cloud family may be subject to hacker attacks. Specialists say that in most models, several vulnerabilities have been discovered in the security system that could allow for control. Hackers can remotely bypass the login, enter their own commands, and then upload files without the consent of the owner. This is possible due to poor implementation of scripts. Every executing command written in the network interface has full access to the operating system.

Western Digital has pretty quickly overcome the loop to circumvent the login, but by the way he created another gap. The team claims to have disclosed information about the presence of gaps, as it believes the company is not paying much attention to major security bugs.

That is why only sounding the case will force the manufacturer to fix them.

New missiles will prevent the death of civilians

In an open battlefield, a soldier usually does not have to worry about civilians, but in combat in the city, the situation is quite different, and in such cases, a shotgun can easily hit an innocent person. Military engineers are therefore working on the technology of rifle bullets, equipped with a sort of self-destruct system.

Rocket missiles have long been equipped with self-destructive systems, which can disarm weapons in the event of flight out of the course and risk being hit in an inhabited area. Perhaps soon a similar system will also be equipped with handguns, specifically assault rifles.

The American army has introduced a patent created by ARDEC specialists for short-range rifles, equipped with a self-destruct system.

In the patent specification we can read that the missile will have a pyrotechnic material that serves to ignite the reactive material. If the missile reaches the maximum desired range needed to hit the target, then the reactive material will convert it into an aerodynamically unstable object.

New USB standard or should you be afraid of it?

USB Type C, USB 3.1 – these names are increasingly appearing in the announcements of phones, laptops and other gadgets. Recently, even Samsung, in its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7, has abandoned the old and well-known micro USB connector for the new USB Type C connector. But what is the whole USB Type C, what is USB 3.1 and what do these changes mean for us – consumers?

The equal sign between USB 3.1 and USB Type C (also known as USB-C) is a very common mistake, but in fact they are two completely independent standards. In short, the USB Type C is the name of the new type of plug, while USB 3.1 is the term referring to the data transfer rate of the USB bus. And – importantly – the USB 3.1 port does not have to be of type C at all.

The USB 3.1 standard is a bit easier to explain, so it’s a good idea to start with it. USB 3.1 comes in two varieties – Gen 1 and Gen 2. USB 3.1 Gen 1 is really USB 3.0 with a renamed name, which allows for data transfer at a rate of 5 Gb / sec. (Up to 640 MB / sec, although in practice it is less). USB 3.1 Gen 2 is a “real”, updated USB, which is twice as fast as the theory of connecting the appropriate controller, device and cable (yes, the cable also matters!) It should allow data transfer at more than 1 GB / sec. (DVD image in less than 5 seconds!). How to recognize a device compatible with the latest version of USB? After the graphics on the packaging:

Plus with SUPERSPEED and 10 Gbps signature, it means USB 3.1 Gen 2 compatibility.

The USB Type C name is based on the fact that this standard is intended to replace the familiar and well-known USB Type A and Type B. USB Type A is associated with this most typical flat USB plug:

So far, smartphones have mostly been equipped with USB micro B ports, which plug in familiar plug-ins:

There used to be plugs USB mini B:

There are also USB mini A and USB micro A ports used in devices where the USB port has a host function, as well as a separate set of plugs and micro and mini ports for transferring data at USB 3.0 speeds, but they have never gained popularity.

As you can see, we have been dealing with various types of USB ports and plugs type A and B (although we have not always been aware of it), so it is natural that it is time to use the letter C. What is important, USB Type C replaces all of the above Plugs, so (paraphrasing) is one standard to rule them all.

In short – very much. For this new data transfer plug, USB is just one of many tasks. The USB-C specification assumes that you can simultaneously transfer not only data at up to 10 Gb / sec via a suitable C-type cable from both sides. (Via USB 3.1 Gen 2 protocol), but also monitor / TV image (via DisplayPort, HDMI or MHL interface) and up to 100 Watts of power (if devices are compatible with USB Power Delivery). In addition, the Thunderbolt 3 controller can be found behind a USB Type C plug, even if it is connected to some external desktop PCs with desktop graphics cards.

Razer Core, which has a desktop graphics card, is connected to the ultrabook Razer Blade Stealth via a USB Type C cable.

The USB-C connector is not only very versatile, but also user-friendly, because it is symmetric, so you do not have to wonder about which side you should do before inserting it. Fast, easy and modern – this is due to USB Type C.

But these are all possibilities that are not always required – the company that decides to install the USB-C connector on its device is not required to pair it with an advanced controller. We will repeat it again: USB Type C is a plug-in standard that says nothing about what a USB port can do, only what it can do. In the worst case, the USB plug is a USB 2.0 standard USB 2.0 port without the output of an image without 100 watts of power. How do you know what a given USB Type C port really is? You need to read the device specification carefully or even test it. Without this, you can not have 100 percent confidence as to what it does and what it really does.

Cables are another source of confusion associated with the new USB standards, because they are not all the same and allow the same. There are two main types of USB C cables – they have C-plugs on both sides, but one of them allows data transfer at USB 2.0 speed (and only transfers files because it does not support uploading and other additional features), and the other USB 3.1 speed. They can be identified by the label on the package.

There is one more snag – the basic version of the USB-C standard assumes transmission to 15 Watts of energy. But if the USB connectors of both connected devices (such as a computer and screen) are compatible with USB Power Delivery, the USB cable can deliver up to 100 Watts. As easy to guess, not every cable will handle this.

Most often, this will be the case for smartphones with USB-C ports that support some standard fast-loading. Especially you have to watch out for cheap cables that have a USB Type C connector on the one hand, and a Class A cable on the other. These cables are not officially compatible with the USB Type C standard and are rather unofficial aids to life when you do not have a computer yet. With a new USB port. Cheap cables of this type combined with a quick charger can lead to phone damage – and this is not the purely theoretical consideration because such situations actually took place. Therefore, for quick charging of USB Type C phones, the best way to use the cords sold with them or the more expensive branded replacements.

In summary, the USB Type C standard in theory was designed to endure the next 20 years of electronics development. And that is because its potential is huge, and thanks to it, the plug and the USB cable will no longer be used to transfer files but also to video and audio, to charge notebooks, to power large external devices (theoretically you can do TVs and monitors without additional power Communicating with an external graphics card and so on. All you need is an adapter kit or a decent hub and a USB port of type C with a suitable controller can connect almost everything – without the need to constantly rotate the plug, which is finally symmetrical.

But this tremendous versatility is also a problem of the new USB standard, and once you have had to worry about only the color of the port (black means USB 2.0, and blue – USB 3.0), it’s almost anything beyond the C type connector – both old and slow USB 2.0. As well as the new super fast USB 3.1 Gen 2 with DisplayPort, HDMI, USB Power Delivery, or Thunderbolt 3.

Switching to a new USB connector can be a bummer at first because it involves buying new cables, chargers and adapters, and learning how to actually get a USB Type C port and what you can really expect from a USB port. However, the point is that this change is inevitable, as more and more smartphone manufacturers, tablets and computers see a new standard in the future. And it’s hard to disagree, because USB Type C is a very comfortable and modern standard. It’s just pity that it introduces so much confusion.