Elon Musk personally tested the Cybertruck pickup

Elon Musk personally tested the Cybertruck pickup

American television presenter and famous car collector Jay Leno invited Elon Musk to visit a Tesla Cybertruck electric pickup truck in a recent episode of his show. Among other things, they drove through the underground tunnel under Los Angeles, which was excavated by the Boring Company owned by Mask.

During the filming of the show, Elon Musk demonstrated the operation of the steel trunk lid, which is equipped with an electric drive. Instead of answering the question of the presenter, is the retractable boot lid strong enough, Musk just climbed on it, thereby demonstrating that this part of the structure holds its weight without problems.

After that, Musk and Leno got into Cybertruck and drove to the test tunnel, which was dug by the Boring Company near Los Angeles. During the movement, Musk and Leno talked, mainly discussing the details that are already known to the general public. It was noted that inside the cabin is quite spacious and bright. As for driving through one of the underground tunnels, which in the future is planned to be used to quickly move Tesla electric vehicles, the most interesting question was whether Cybertruck fits on a special platform. However, everything went well, and during the filming of the show there were no problems due to the impressive dimensions of the electric pickup.

Although this video is not positioned as an advertisement, it is probably just that, and is intended to draw more attention to the Tesla electric pickup.

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Smartphone market in EMEA expects biggest drop in history

Smartphone market in EMEA expects biggest drop in history

International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that the smartphone market in the EMEA region (Europe, including Russia, the Middle East and Africa) in the current quarter will collapse by almost a quarter in monetary terms. This will be the most serious reduction in sales in the history of statistics collection.

The reason for the observed picture is the spread of coronavirus, due to which communication shops around the world have closed, and consumers are forced to stay at home in conditions of self-isolation.

It is noted that according to the results of the second quarter of 2020, sales of smartphones in the EMEA market will amount to less than $ 19 billion in monetary terms. In pieces, deliveries will be at the level of 63 million units – this will be the smallest indicator in five years.

According to analysts, the Russian market will suffer the most. In our country, in addition to the coronavirus, the deteriorating economic situation negatively affected the sale of smart cell phones.

IDC experts believe that the decline in the smartphone market in the EMEA region will continue in the third quarter. According to the results of 2020, in general, deliveries are expected at the level of 316.9 million units. The share of Android-devices will be 85.9%, devices running iOS – 14.1%.

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Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition professional laptop gets Comet Lake-H and Quadro RTX 5000

Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition professional laptop gets Comet Lake-H and Quadro RTX 5000

At the beginning of last month, Razer updated its Blade 15 gaming laptop with new Intel Comet Lake-H processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX Super graphics cards. Now, an updated version of the professional workstation Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition has been released, which also received the 10th generation Intel Core processor.

The latest version of the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition is based on the eight-core Core i7-10875H processor, which is able to work on sixteen threads and develop a frequency of up to 5.1 GHz. The same processor lies in the older modification of the game Blade 15. At the same time, a distinctive feature of the Studio Edition modification is the professional NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 graphics card with 16 GB of GDDR6 memory.

In addition, the laptop is equipped with a 15.6-inch touch-sensitive OLED display with a resolution of 4K (3840 × 2160 pixels), which is characterized by 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, 1 ms response time and accurate color rendering with a “low Delta-E “. The screen of the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition is surrounded by thin frames.

The amount of RAM DDR4-2933 is 32 GB, and for storing data a solid state drive M.2 NVMe with a volume of 1 TB is provided. The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition is equipped with a Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) port, a full-sized SD slot, two USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A ports, one USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C and an HDMI video output. The battery at 80 Wh

The cost of a professional modification of the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition is $ 4300. The novelty is already available for order.

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The flagship Honor 30 Pro + worth 55 thousand rubles is officially presented in Russia

The flagship Honor 30 Pro + worth 55 thousand rubles is officially presented in Russia

At an online presentation, Honor officially introduced the Honor 30 series of smartphones for the Russian market. The older model, Honor 30 Pro +, is ready to offer specifications worthy of flagship devices and will be offered in Russia at a very competitive price.

A detailed analysis of this model can be found in our full review. Here we’ll briefly go over the main characteristics of the device. It should be said right away that all smartphones in the Honor 30 series received system integration of the voice assistant Alice from Yandex.

At the heart of Honor 30 Pro + uses an octa-core Kirin 990 processor with 5G support. It is equipped with a neural module consisting of two cores and one microkernel, which increases the efficiency of processing applications, including in the background. To remove heat when performing resource-intensive tasks, the flagship uses a liquid cooling system.

The device received a 6.57-inch curved OLED display with a built-in fingerprint scanner, a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels. For the Russian market, a configuration with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of read-only memory is announced.

The main camera of the Honor flagship is represented by three modules. The main one uses an IMX700 sensor with a diagonal of 1 / 1.28 inches and a resolution of 50 megapixels (a lens with a focal length of 23 mm, f / 1.9 aperture and laser autofocus). In addition to it, an 8-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens (f / 3.4 aperture, with phase autofocus and optical stabilization) with an equivalent focal length of 125 mm, 5x optical and 50x digital zoom is allocated. The additional presence of an ultra-wide-angle lens with a focal length of 18 mm, an f / 2.2 aperture and a 16 megapixel sensor allows you to accommodate large groups of people, landscapes and interiors in the frame and get detailed high-quality photos.

The device’s camera is capable of shooting video in Ultra-HD 4K resolution at 60 frames / s, and also offers slow-motion shooting of 1920 frames / s at 720p or 960 frames / s at 1080p resolution.

The front camera uses two sensors: 32 megapixels (1 / 2.8-inch lens, 26 mm focal length, f / 2.0 aperture), and wide-angle optics (f / 2.2 aperture, 26 mm focal length) with an 8 megapixel sensor.

The battery capacity of the flagship Honor 30 Pro + is 4000 mAh. The smartphone supports Honor SuperCharge proprietary 40W fast wired charging and 27W wireless charging. The company also introduced the corresponding charger in the Russian market.

The charging diameter is 90 mm and the thickness is 20.85 mm. The device has a built-in and almost silent cooling fan for heat dissipation. At night, it automatically goes into a special quiet mode.

The Honor charging panel is equipped with mechanisms for protecting against overheating, from overloading by voltage, from undervoltage and from overloading by amperage.

The smartphone is presented in two versions of the glass case: titanium silver in a matte finish and glossy midnight black. The declared cost of Honor 30 Pro + with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of permanent memory in the Russian market is 54,990 rubles. Pre-orders for the device through the official website of Honor will open on May 29. The smartphone will be on sale on June 5. The start of sales of the Honor wireless charger will be held on May 29. Its cost is 3190 rubles

Buyers of all devices in the Honor 30 series will receive wireless headphones with Honor Magic Earbuds active noise canceling technology and a special offer from Yandex: coupons for Yandex.Taxi and Yandex.Food services up to 5000 rubles, as well as three months of Yandex.Plus subscription and three films to choose from the section Kinopoisk.HD.

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Investments in drone industry up 67% to a record $ 1.2 billion

Investments in drone industry up 67% to a record $ 1.2 billion

According to network sources, by the end of 2019, the volume of investments in the drone industry reached a record level of $ 1.2 billion, an increase of 67% compared to the same period last year. It is also noted that the volume of venture financing at the end of last year amounted to $ 930 million, which is approximately 68.87% of all investments in this direction.

Statistics show that between 2008 and 2019, the volume of financing in this sector amounted to $ 4.43 billion. The volume of investments in the drone industry through venture financing in 2010 amounted to only $ 2 million, in 2012 increasing to $ 42 million, and a year later, reached the mark of $ 121 million (annual growth of about 188%). An even more impressive surge in investment looks when you compare $ 2 million in venture financing in 2010 with $ 930 million in 2019.

The unmanned aerial vehicle industry has grown through investments in at least 52 companies. Among the major players in this sector, 3D Robotics, DJI, Toyota, Boeing, Audi, Airbus, DroneBase, Microsoft, etc. stand out.”, The report says, which also notes that many companies are located in the United States, and a large proportion of the financing they receive falls on venture capital.

It is expected that in 2020 growth in investment in the drone industry will continue. This is mainly due to the fact that unmanned aerial vehicles are used more and more actively in various fields of human activity.

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Xiaomi introduced in Russia 50 “and 65” Mi TV 4S TVs, as well as the Mi Smart Band 4 NFC bracelet

Xiaomi introduced in Russia 50 "and 65" Mi TV 4S TVs, as well as the Mi Smart Band 4 NFC bracelet

At today’s event, in addition to the Mi 10 smartphones, as well as Mi Note 10 Lite and the Redmi Note 9 series, the Chinese company Xiaomi introduced three more “smart” products for the Russian market – two televisions and an updated bracelet.

First of all, 4K TVs with HDR support and the Android TV 9.0 platform were launched on the Russian market. The Mi TV 4S model with a diagonal of 50 “, introduced in China in 2018, will cost 28,990 rubles to Russian customers. The device will go on sale on June 21 through official Xiaomi stores, as well as partner sites like DNS, Svyaznoy, and I’m taking it!” , Wildberries, Citylink and others.

Much more interesting, perhaps, is the appearance in Russia of the 65-inch model Mi TV 4S, which will be sold for 49,990 rubles – from June 21 exclusively in DNS stores. Interestingly, the first two weeks it can be purchased at a special price of 44,990 rubles. Customers will also receive a free 3-month subscription to the Kinopoisk HD television streaming service.

Finally, the company introduced the Mi Smart Band 4 bracelet with NFC support to the Russian market (only the version without NFC was officially sold until now), introduced in China last June. Given the cost of 3990 rubles and the expected soon launch of Mi Smart Band 5, the device is unlikely to find too much popularity. Nevertheless, the start of sales in Russia will take place on June 16, and the company promised to share information on payment functionality with a list of partner banks later.

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Anti-crisis computer for SMB – what is it, what can and how much

Anti-crisis computer for SMB - what is it, what can and how much

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The current situation on the Russian PC market is determined by two factors: the need to update the computer park and the growing demand for mobile devices. It is this combination that determines the specific requirements of the corporate sector both to the equipment itself and to the terms of delivery and after-sales service.

An indirect confirmation of the ripened need to renew the park is an unexpected decline in the supply of computers and peripherals in the last quarter of last year. Most likely, this suggests that companies were preparing for large purchases, which traditionally take place in the corporate sector in the spring. Moreover, the lion’s share of computer equipment purchased by companies has traditionally been desktop workstations or monoblocks, and – due to the conservatism of the corporate sector – the first to give a clear preference.

If the epidemic had not intervened, then everything would have developed exactly in such a predictable scenario. However, as a result of the forced transfer of a significant part of employees to the remote work model, the demand for laptops comparable in performance with desktop computers increased sharply. In practice, this means that mobile devices based on at least Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processors with at least 8 gigabytes of RAM and equipped with SSDs with at least 256 gigabytes are most in demand. These characteristics may seem a bit overpriced, but we must not forget that mobile solutions often require more resources. In addition, laptops are less amenable to upgrade, so you have to buy them “with a margin”.

These circumstances led to the fact that at the end of March, the largest Russian distributors were not able to meet the explosive demand. Even monoblocks, which can be called mobile with a very big stretch, also quickly ended. And this is against the background of the fact that the epidemic has complicated both production and delivery of equipment.

It should be borne in mind that replacing desktop solutions with mobile ones requires the customer to review the budget in the direction of increasing it. Companies are ready to pay about 50 thousand rubles for one workplace, and this price includes not only the computer with the operating system itself, but also the basic set of application software. In the case of a laptop, this amount is very problematic – the price of it starts at 60 thousand rubles.

SMB is heavier than others

The increase in the budget was especially noticeable for small and medium-sized businesses, whose revenues were noticeably reduced due to forced measures designed to combat the epidemic. Some small companies moved their activities online, which required them to make changes to the computer park. And the budget for the purchase of new equipment is minimal.

A partially formed tendency aimed at refusing to be tied to a specific brand could help partially mitigate the consequences of the crisis to the consumer. Specialists of IT departments are constantly testing new devices from various manufacturers, choosing objectively the best to solve problems relevant to the company.

Nevertheless, one should not overestimate the influence of the factor of falling brand loyalty to the brand. Indeed, the customer has become less sensitive to the brand, but this applies exclusively to the “top ten” manufacturers – little-known companies in this segment have little chance of even getting tested: the business user does not want to take risks and continues to give preference to solutions with a proven reputation. For example, Acer, a brand well known to the Russian user, in the fourth quarter of 2019 leads with a market share of 18.1%.

But fame alone cannot be dispensed with – in order to attract a corporate user (of any level), additional incentives to purchase are needed.

SMB is mobile, changeable and constantly improving. People who work in it are demanding and at the same time have diverse interests. We create products for them that could be used as profitably as possible – convenient, universal, inexpensive in their class devices– says Andrey Emelyanov, head of the commercial channel development department at Acer. – Our leading corporate laptop, TravelMate P6, is lightweight (about 1.1 kg), supports fast charging and has a large battery, it has a SIM card slot so that the user can always stay in touch, an IR camera, a touch screen. At the same time, TravelMate P6 is equipped with a video card, and the screen has excellent brightness and color reproduction (100% of the SRGB space). In addition, it is equipped with a large number of the necessary connectors (a total of seven), including RJ45, protected from the negative effects of the environment (complies with the military standard MIL-810G Spec in this regard), and yet remains the most inexpensive in its class. For those who find the 14-inch laptop weighing 1.1 kg too heavy, we have three more devices in the TravelMate line weighing less than 1 kg and even less than 900 g“.

Not only iron

A corporate customer acquires not so much a device as an associated set of services that guarantees a high level of after-sales service. With this in mind, the same Acer has adopted and promotes the “Reliability Program: Double Protection of Capital”. It operates in Russia and the EMEA region and extends to the supply of laptops (including the Travel Mate described above), desktop PCs (including Veriton), monitors and projectors. In particular, in the event of a failure of a device with Windows Pro installed within a year after purchase, the user will be returned its full cost, plus Acer will repair and return the device. This program is already quite developed and has been working steadily for 12 years. “In addition to the “Reliability Program”, we have implemented and steadily support in Russia the special conditions of the basic guarantee for all of the corporate devices listed for 3 years“, Adds Mr. Emelyanov

A wide affiliate network also speaks in favor of manufacturers. If you return, for example, Acer, such a network allowed the Taiwanese brand to build a well-functioning sales system, transparent not only for partners, but also for customers. It is thanks to her that the company’s products fall into both large corporations and SMB. The latter are guaranteed exactly the same range of services and an individual approach, taking into account the specifics of the region and business.

Andrey Emelyanov, Head of Commercial Channel Development at Acer
Now that we are all isolated and forced to use remote systems for communication, we see all their shortcomings and better understand what we need. I am sure that there will be more online communications, working online interactions will become increasingly popular along with mobility. As a result, first of all, the requirements for the hardware of laptops will change. Already, we are seeing a request for an increase in the volume of SSDs and the need for more powerful processors. The priority will be increased requirements for the quality of the screen and the power of the “filling” and on average, and in the expensive segment.

There is no silver lining

One of the features of medium and small business is its high adaptability to changing conditions. Already today, small companies receive a significant number of applications for updating the computer park, with the main emphasis being placed on organizing effective remote work of employees. In the future, this will help enterprises increase profitability by abandoning large offices that require high rents.

On the other hand, a distributed model involves the use of a wide variety of equipment that allows you to organize a full-fledged workplace, both in the office and at home. Acer has for this purpose the already mentioned TravelMate product line, which includes both purely P2 office machines (in the photo below, on the left), and powerful P6 computers (in the photo below, on the right). The reliability of both of these is confirmed by the mentioned certificates of compliance with military standards, and the tenth generation IntelCore processors, large amounts of RAM and fast solid state drives provide high performance.

For executives, top managers and other employees with high demands on ergonomics of solutions, Acer Pro series laptops are designed that are lightweight and modern in design (for example, the Spin 5 Pro transformer in the photo below). “Also, from this year we will make our new solutions available in Russia: Enduro corporate rugged laptops and tablets, servers and graph stations, storage systems and Altos medical systems, – says Andrei Emelyanov from Acer. – We hope that consumers in Russia will appreciate our offers and the reliability of the systems.“.

What awaits the market?

All of the above circumstances make us cautious in forecasts. Most likely, a way out of the crisis will not cause explosive demand for computer equipment, especially among small and medium enterprises. First, they will need resources to “lick their wounds.” Secondly, they are unlikely to abandon the results of the already conducted optimization of the number of personnel and the mode of its work.

A certain decrease in sales may take place. But along with this, requirements for the quality and reliability of products will noticeably increase, which will lead to an increase in demand for more expensive models; while demand for laptops continues to grow.

What should manufacturers do to maintain and increase their presence in the crisis and post-crisis market? Change approaches to doing business and quickly adapt to changing conditions – for example, like Acer does. “One of the strengths of Acer is the high speed implementation of modern technology. Many industry giants are guided by the rule that new products need to be introduced gradually and no earlier than previous know-how will work out their time and bring maximum profit. Such classic marketing systems have died. A new world has emerged that requires new leaders, – says Andrei Emelyanov from Acer. – We are a leader in the gaming industry, and we transfer the best of it to the SMB solutions segment and offer the market devices that look like tomorrow’s products due to the fact that we use patented effective cooling technologies, the most advanced materials for the case, the most powerful of the available laptop batteries and the most productive processors and video cards for our mini-PCs. And at the same time, we pay special attention to reliability. We do not test new products at our customers, we protect those who are ready to use our advanced technologies right now“.

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According to rumors, AMD chased after 5 nm

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Not a day goes by that Ryzen processors with Zen 3 architecture are not discussed in the context of compatibility with existing motherboards. Their announcement was planned for the current year, but new rumors attribute cardinal changes to AMD’s plans. New processors can be released only next year, but switch to a more advanced 5-nm production technology.

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The sensation of Thursday was brought by the popular resource DigiTimes, which in the public part of its publication stated that TSMC will be able to start mass production of products using an improved version of the 5-nm process technology in the fourth quarter of this year. An expanded interpretation of the source material in Chinese was published by one popular blogger, and the news immediately began to sparkle in other colors.

It is alleged that TSMC approached the development of the so-called 5 nm + process technology ahead of schedule, since the first generation of 5-nm products began to roll off the assembly line only in April this year. The source attributes AMD’s initial intentions to use the 7-nm process technology with the so-called EUV lithography to produce Ryzen processors with Zen 3 architecture (Vermeer) in the fourth quarter of this year. AMD itself at the events for investors and analysts was lost in determining the version of the 7-nm process technology, which will be mastered by the next, and therefore even removed the “+” symbol from the corresponding presentations.

According to Taiwanese sources, TSMC should now free up production facilities originally reserved for 5-nm HiSilicon orders. As you know, US sanctions will not allow TSMC to supply any processors for the needs of Huawei since mid-September of this year. AMD, which until the spring of this year continued to complain about the limited TSMC quotas for the production of 7-nm products, could well use the opportunity to accelerate the transition to 5-nm technology.

Judging by the statements of TSMC representatives at the quarterly reporting conference, by the end of this year, the company expects to receive at least ten percent of all revenue from 5-nm production. The share of revenue from the production of 7-nm products has not been growing for the second quarter in a row. If AMD did not have enough such quotas, then its logical choice could be an accelerated transition to 5-nm technology – all the more so since it was still planned for 2021 for the production of EPYC server processors with Zen 4 (Genoa) architecture.

According to the source, Vermeer will have to delay the announcement of these processors to pay for the migration of a more advanced technical process. Their formal debut can now take place no earlier than January 2021. Most likely, AMD uses the familiar CES platform for the announcement, and the first 5-nm processors of the brand will hit the market a little later.

Such radical changes in AMD’s plans may turn out to be just rumors, so the information mentioned above should be treated with some distrust. Company CEO Lisa Su is due to speak at the Bernstein conference tomorrow. Will the guests of the event bother to ask her clarifying questions about the fate of consumer processors with Zen 3 architecture, we will find out no earlier than Friday.

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Transport infrastructure in Russia will become more intelligent

Transport infrastructure in Russia will become more intelligent

Rostelecom and National Telematic Systems (NTS) have concluded an agreement on the creation of a joint venture that will develop intelligent transport systems in Russia.

Work will be carried out in a number of areas. This, in particular, means of traffic management, as well as systems of dynamic alerts, weather monitoring and monitoring of road conditions. Such solutions will help optimize traffic flows and improve road safety.

In addition, the new structure will develop comprehensive solutions for managing public transport and smart stops – these systems will become part of smart cities.

Finally, the joint venture will create automatic photo and video recording systems for traffic violations and automatic weight and weight control systems.

It is important to note that in the development and implementation of new solutions, preference will be given to the use of domestic equipment and software. The new structure will operate under the Rostelematics brand.

It is expected that the intellectualization of highways will significantly reduce the number of accidents, reduce the waiting time at traffic lights by 20-30% and reduce the total travel time by 25%“, – say the project participants.

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Xiaomi YEUX system will help recharge gadgets away from civilization

Xiaomi YEUX system will help recharge gadgets away from civilization

At the Xiaomi Youpin crowdfunding site, the YEUX product is presented – a backup power system that will help to replenish the energy supply of various gadgets when traveling or away from the mains.

YEUX is a portable battery combined with a folding solar panel. The latter allows you to recharge the battery from solar energy, and the system works even on cloudy days.

The protection of YEUX elements from precipitation and dust is ensured by Oxford fabric with PU coating (polyurethane), which is waterproof. Foldable design enhances wearing comfort.

The backup battery included in the system has a capacity of 6400 mAh. To recharge various gadgets, such as smartphones, tablets and cameras, there are two USB Type-A ports (5 V / 3 A mode) and a symmetrical USB Type-C connector (5 V / 3 A). In addition, there is a Micro-USB port that operates in 5 V / 2 A.

Special “ears” allow you to fasten YEUX, say, on a backpack for energy storage during hiking or cycling. Currently, the novelty can be purchased at an estimated price of $ 50.

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