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Day: May 19, 2017

The cause of the SpaceX explosion is still unknown

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Elon Musk is still searching for the cause of the Falcon 9 rocket explosion that occurred a few days ago. SpaceX's consortium chief appeals to all video-deliverers from its launch. He counts on the help materials to find a solution to this puzzle.

A few days ago, the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket ship, belonging to the SpaceX consortium, destroyed the telecommunications satellite that was supposed to provide the Internet to developing countries. The incident seriously damaged confidence in the American company. Its recovery does not help the fact that it is still unknown what caused the explosion.

The director of Elon Musk appeals to everyone to help him explain the cause of the explosion. This is a priority task, because without this it is not possible to continue flights. The billionaire is asking on Twitter to send footage of the rocket launch, hoping to find a catastrophic failure. Musk hopes that the videos will find the source of a loud noise that was heard a few seconds before the explosion. It is suspected that he might have something to do with the incident.

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Voice-controlled smartphone

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Smartphone manufacturers feel that touch screens are no longer sufficient to control their devices and are increasingly incorporating gesture control systems into their equipment. ZTE also thinks about making it easier for users of its own products, but has gone in a slightly different direction and has created a voice-controlled smartphone.

ZTE Star 2 is the latest proposal from a Chinese manufacturer that received TENAA certification a few days ago and has been officially approved for sale. This is the successor of the Star 1 model available from April this year, but it has been heavily modified and has several new features.

One of them is an enhanced voice control system for the individual functions of the device. The user can use the voice commands to operate and switch between applications, use the camera, take notes, and control the music player. The system is very complex and comes with some useful solutions. For example, after picking up the device in the ear, the phone will ask who we want to call.

The manufacturer ensures that the voice control system is active even when the smartphone is not connected to the network, while the response time for the command issued is an average of 1.2 seconds. What's more, the system works, even if it is loud around us, but of course we should not expect full efficiency.

Technical Specifications ZTE Star 2 puts this model in the high-end segment. The manufacturer has installed a 5-inch Full HD screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of usable memory, which can be expanded with a microSD card.

On the back panel is a 13 megapixel camera with two flashes, while the front camera is equipped with a wide-angle 5 megapixel camera.

The phone connects to the network via the 4G LTE standard, and the energy to operate it provides a 2300 mAh battery. The operating system is Android 4.4 KitKat with the company's MiFavor 3.0 overlay

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Voice-controlled smartphone

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Smartphone manufacturers feel that touch screens are no longer sufficient to control their devices and are increasingly incorporating gesture control systems into their equipment. ZTE also thinks about making it easier for users of its own products, but has gone in a slightly different direction and has created a voice-controlled smartphone.

ZTE Star 2 is the latest proposal from a Chinese manufacturer that received TENAA certification a few days ago and has been officially approved for sale. This is the successor of the Star 1 model available from April this year, but it has been heavily modified and has several new features.

One of them is an enhanced voice control system for the individual functions of the device. The user can use the voice commands to operate and switch between applications, use the camera, take notes, and control the music player. The system is very complex and comes with some useful solutions. For example, after picking up the device in the ear, the phone will ask who we want to call.

The manufacturer ensures that the voice control system is active even when the smartphone is not connected to the network, while the response time for the command issued is an average of 1.2 seconds. What's more, the system works, even if it is loud around us, but of course we should not expect full efficiency.

Technical Specifications ZTE Star 2 puts this model in the high-end segment. The manufacturer has installed a 5-inch Full HD screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of usable memory, which can be expanded with a microSD card.

On the back panel is a 13 megapixel camera with two flashes, while the front camera is equipped with a wide-angle 5 megapixel camera.

The phone connects to the network via the 4G LTE standard, and the energy to operate it provides a 2300 mAh battery. The operating system is Android 4.4 KitKat with the company's MiFavor 3.0 overlay

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In Norway, tests of autonomous boats began

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On the Norwegian Trondheimsfjorden began official tests of autonomous boats. The project, in collaboration with the government, universities and private companies, is designed to develop technologies that will take control of the watercraft in the future.

Manufacturers of autonomous vehicles test their inventions already in many countries. The case, however, looks quite different in the case of standalone vessels. So far, only one such test has been officially released, which takes place in Trondheimsfjorden, a bay of the Norwegian Sea. These are open water where there is not too much traffic, so they are great for testing a technology that is not as efficient in running a boat as a man.

The project is being implemented in collaboration with the Norwegian government, NTNU AMOS (Norwegian University of Science and Technology for Autonomous Marine Operations) as well as Kongsberg Seatex, Marintek, Maritime Robotics and Rolls-Royce Marine.

Developed technology, in the near future, will produce fully autonomous vessels that will navigate the seas and oceans, carrying passengers and goods. Of course not all its uses. Kongsberg Seatex also works on Eelime, an underwater robot for cleaning and inspection of underwater structures such as pipelines.

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Summer shooting ban

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The White House is undoubtedly the most interesting place in the whole United States that every American would love to see. Although tours are organized there, however, none of its participants had been able to take photos during its time. Now the 40-year ban on shooting has been lifted.

The seat of the President of the United States attracts many tourists who are willing to use the available tours to see where the most important person in the state lives. Unfortunately, while viewing this best-guarded building in the country, no photos could be taken so far, since 40-year ban on the use of cameras and video cameras. For many tourists it was a big problem because of the ban they could not boast of friends and family where they were.

Fortunately, the multi-year ban has been officially lifted, as First Lady Michelle Obama has confirmed, posting a short film from the White House in social media.

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Apple builds prototype components for its car

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Project Titan is one of Apple's most mysterious projects. Although it has not been officially proclaimed yet, we know that it concerns the work on the first electric car. And according to the latest reports, they follow the plan.

The media recently reported that Apple has recently acquired a few automotive specialists and may use their expertise and experience to create the first prototype of the components to be used in the Apple Car.

It is not known for now, what will be the prototypes, as all information on this topic are kept strictly confidential. However, it is clear from previous reports that Apple is not able to produce the vehicle itself, so it can be assumed that some electronic components are involved, as the American company has a lot of experience in this area.

We also know that among the specialists recently employed by the company was David Masiukiewicz, a former programmer working in Tesla's R & D department. Also employed was Kevin Harvey, a former Andretti Autosport employee who plays an important role in the IndyCar and Global Rallycross races.

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Facebok penalized for selling the app

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Two parents are suing Facebook for selling apps to minors without the knowledge of tutors. They insist that the portal regulate this issue and also return the money they have illegally collected from credit cards.

Facebook has a problem that can cost a giant business money. The portal for compensation was forced to return money for the expenses of minors.

In 2012, two parents filed a collective process to the world's largest social networking site, demanding the return of money spent by their children. A few minors, without the knowledge of their parents, bought a virtual currency called Facebook Credits, which is used in portal games. They used the Facebook Payments payment system to charge their parents.

One of the children initially spent $ 20 to unlock several options in Ninja Emblem, but quickly began to buy more items. It spent a few hundred dollars, not aware of the use of real money. The second child paid the same amount of $ 1059 from his parent's card. There were so many more cases, and sometimes unconscious children spent up to several thousand dollars.

The trial ended with a verdict that ordered Facebook to return the injured parents money. This is interesting, however, because the case was based on the California Code of Family Code, which affects not only this particular state, but the whole country.

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End of battery problems in Surface Pro 3

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Surface Pro's current battery problem in May, last year, has finally caught the attention of the manufacturer of the device. Microsft engineers looked at the hardware and found that the trouble was caused by the defective software installed on it.

Surface Pro 3 owners have been complaining about battery problems for a few months now, specifically, with the battery running out of time, which makes it much harder to use the tablet outside of the home. For many weeks, Microsoft did not respond to user requests until it finally got to work and determined the cause of the problem.

Troubled mostly by the Surface Pro 3 owners equipped with batteries supplied by SIMPLO, so there appear to be suspicions that may be faulty. Fortunately, Microsoft representatives say that this is not a hardware problem, because it is responsible for wrong software, so a patch will be released shortly to solve the problem.

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Hackers took over private photos of Pippy Middleton

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The British "The Sun" claims that one hacker broke into a private account at iCloud, owned by Pippy Middleton. He claims 50,000 pounds in ransom for abandoning the publication of her private photos and information. It ensures that it has over 3000 photographs.

It would seem that the scandal of Apple's iCloud service, from which hackers stole thousands of nude photos and films from the front pages of the newspapers, has been silenced. Meanwhile, it seems that it is not the end of the scandalous material scandal.

British "The Sun" claims that the hacker nicknamed the hacker Crafty Cockney contacted. Man assures that he broke the protections of the iCloud account belonging to Pippy Middleton, the younger sister of Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William. He went on to have private photos of Kate and William and their children, as well as Pippa's photographs, as well as naked photos of her fiance. The hacker has a total of over 3000 photos and requests £ 50,000, otherwise he will publish them all online.

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Audi tests autonomous car

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Ingolstadt started another phase of testing its autonomous vehicle, this time on the German A9 motorway. The self-driving Audi A7 called Jack appeared there to allow testing of the latest technologies that will be on board production models in the near future.

During the tests, a complete novelty was checked for future car models, namely the Car-to-X communication system, which allows the vehicle to wirelessly connect with other vehicles as well as to the road infrastructure and to share information with them.

So Jack can automatically collect data for pavement or approaching corners long before the built-in sensors will notice them. Thanks to this solution, the vehicle can reduce its speed by itself in the event of a collision, for example, because cars in front of the vehicle will immediately report any incidents.

New security solutions relate not only to vehicles but also to road infrastructure. Audi wants manufacturers to also benefit from new solutions, and encourages them to have signs and / or signposts with a more reflective surface, making them more noticeable to radar. As a result, autonomous vehicles could locate them from distances, responding appropriately to the information contained therein.

Jack also has the latest generation of navigation system that allows him to prioritize the selected route. This means that the car will not always choose the shortest route or that will allow you to burn as little fuel as possible, but for example, which will make it easier to turn.

Besides, while Jack is driving, he is just like a man driving more naturally. Leaning ahead of the lorries, he will use greater distance, use the direction indicator lights while changing lane, and when he wants to do so, he will first approach the roadway so that the sensors can assess whether it is safe to do so. The system will also be equipped with a variety of profiles that can be freely altered and which will be associated with a completely different driving style.

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Affected staff and subscribers

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The leak of employee names, e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers and the same data of the European Space Agency's subscribers is the result of the hackers claiming to be Anonymous.

HackRead, who claimed to be the author of a hacker attack, justified their behavior in a rather absurd way: "BECAUSE THEY HAPPEN AND WE HAVE TO DO TO KNOW FOR FUN WE KNOW IT FOR IT"

European Space Agency is not to laugh. Stolen personal and credential information has been posted on the website and can fall into the hands of cybercriminals and be used for targeted phishing attacks. There is also a risk that hackers may use passwords to unlock other online accounts.

Steve Ragan of the CSO portal analyzed 8107 passwords that leaked, finding that 39% of them had just three letters (eg, esa, 469, 136, etc.). Second place was the 8-character password, but it was designed in such a way that most password-cracking programs could handle them with basic dictionaries.

If any reader is a registered ESA user, he / she must make sure he / she does not use the same password on any other web site, and also be allergic to unwanted emails that can reach his or her inbox.

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North Korea robs banks around the world

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North Korea is breaking into banks all over the world, stealing millions of dollars from them.

Programmers working for Symantec say that during the break-in on Sony Pictures servers and banks in South Korea and the United States, a very rare code has been used to trace them to North Korea. Symantec says hackers are also responsible for hacking into tens of millions of dollars in bank robberies.

The regime of Kim Jong Una may have been involved in a recent $ 81 million robbery that was taken from the central bank in Bangladesh. Bank authorities are still investigating the matter, but unofficially it is said that the burglar left behind leads to Southeast Asia.

Symantec also believes that in addition to the theft of the mentioned 81 million dollars, Korean hackers have participated in the attempt to steal millions of dollars from the Vietnamese bank Tien Phong Bank. They may also be responsible for bringing in $ 12 million from Banco del Austro in Ecuador.

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