European regulator to study purchase of Intel flash memory plant by SK Hynix for $ 9 billion

European regulator to study purchase of Intel flash memory plant by SK Hynix for $ 9 billion


According to online sources, the EU antitrust authority intends to study the details of a deal in which South Korean company SK hynix intends to acquire Intel’s plant, which is used to produce NAND memory chips, for $ 9 billion. According to the European Commission, the regulator will announce its decision by May 20.

Intel announced the sale of the aforementioned plant back in October last year. The decision to sell stems from a broader plan by the American company to divest its non-core businesses in order to focus on its smaller but more lucrative Optane memory business.

It is worth noting that for SK hynix, the purchase of the Intel plant is the largest acquisition, thanks to which the manufacturer will be able to close the gap in the segment of production of NAND flash memory chips from South Korean Samsung. Currently, this type of memory is used in smartphones and other mobile devices, in server hardware, solid state drives, etc.

SK hynix reportedly requested approval from the EU antitrust authority on 13 April. The European regulator may approve the deal or initiate a larger investigation that will take several months. It is worth noting that the Foreign Investment Committee and the US Federal Trade Commission have already approved this deal and have no claims against its participants.






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Court overturns decision ordering Apple to pay $ 506 million in LTE patent dispute

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Last summer, Apple lost an LTE patent lawsuit initiated by Optis Wireless and was forced to pay compensation in exchange for $ 506 million. Then Apple announced that it would appeal this decision, and today a US federal judge overturned the previous ruling and decided that Apple should receive the opportunity to challenge the fairness of claims for compensation.

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Optis Wireless said Apple violated several of its patented LTE technologies in the manufacture and development of the iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch. However, Apple said it did not violate these patents, basing this claim on the results of research on its equipment. However, the jury voted that Apple had not proven Optis’ claims to be unfounded. Apple immediately promised to appeal the court decision, saying that such lawsuits by companies simply accumulating patents serve only to suppress innovation and harm, in the first place, consumers.

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US District Court Judge Rodney Gilstrap overturned Apple’s $ 506 million order to Optis Wireless today. He stated that the jury should have considered whether the requirement to pay royalties was in line with the requirement to license standard patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.

Although Apple won the new lawsuit, Judge Gilstrap did not overrule the liability order. He only admitted the possibility that the amount awarded to Optis was unreasonably high. Thus, the prospects for Apple are not entirely clear, but it got another chance to prove its case in this case.

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The new Outriders patch resolved the problem with disappearing items from the inventory, but spawned another

The new Outriders patch resolved the problem with disappearing items from the inventory, but spawned another


Studio People Can Fly released An update for the co-op role-playing shooter Outriders, which should fix the problem of missing items in the inventory once and for all. This is one of the most serious bugs of the project, due to which the players lost all their equipment they got.

The latest update fixes only new cases of this error: the patch includes a three-stage inventory protection protocol, which should prevent further loss of things. Unfortunately, this will not help players who have already been affected by this bug.

The Outriders team is still working on a massive inventory recovery that will recover most of the lost gear and items. People Can Fly is also working on fixing the problem “Failed to connect to the server”, which occurred among users affected by the loss of things.

However, fixing this issue brought with it another one: some users may face the fact that their items in the inventory have become invisible due to a network connection error. The Outriders team stated that this is a temporary bug. Now it can be solved by restarting the game or waiting for a few minutes.

Outriders is out on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X and S.

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Xiaomi showed the unboxing of the flagship Mi 11 Ultra under water – waterproof IP68 works

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The Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra smartphones are the first smartphones from the company with IP68 dust and moisture protection. Xiaomi has posted a video in which a diver unboxes the flagship Mi 11 Ultra underwater, demonstrating the full functionality of the device.

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It is worth noting that the cellular operator T-Mobile previously filmed similar videos with various waterproof devices. Recall that the IP68 standard, according to which the Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra are protected, implies the possibility of immersing the device to a depth of one and a half meters for up to half an hour. In the video, the smartphone is used for underwater photography, but it should be noted that in real life it can be difficult due to the unpredictable operation of the capacitive touch screen in water.

Recall that the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is based on the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. The device is equipped with a 6.81-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440p and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The smartphone boasts an impressive main camera with a main 50MP 1 / 1.12-inch Samsung ISOCELL GN2 sensor.






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after patch 1.2, descriptions of unused quests were found in Cyberpunk 2077 files

after patch 1.2, descriptions of unused quests were found in Cyberpunk 2077 files


Dataminer and modder romulus_is_here, in an interview with Eurogamer, said that after the release of patch 1.2, he found references to yet unreleased content for the game in Cyberpunk 2077 files.

To access hidden information, the enthusiast uses the CP77 Tools utility. With her help, romulus_is_here learned that the main quests in Cyberpunk 2077 are numbered (from q000 to q204) and are divided into three categories: prologue, first part and epilogue.

Some of the jobs found in the localization directory were tagged as q301 and story-ep1, which romulus_is_here thinks indicates preparation for release “The very first major story expansion”

It is worth noting that some of the mentions of story-ep1 were present in Cyberpunk 2077 from the very launch (version 1.03), however, with the release of 1.2, their number has grown significantly: from five to 220 pieces.

Among these files, romulus_is_here found descriptions “Street stories” – this is how, in anticipation of the release of CD Projekt RED, spoke about “About 75” small quests, which are not in the release version.

Some of the street stories found by the datamaneir were empty, while others contained task lists and correspondence. One of them is dedicated to a certain Wagner, the second – to the bomb in the pool, the third – to the hostage-taking by the Kurtz Militia, and so on.

The plot of another quest revolves around Anthony Anderson, whom the player must rescue from the Scavengers gang. An unknown location is also mentioned – the unfinished Newcomers Haven church, converted into a shelter.

Mister hands

According to romulus_is_here, the events of most of the street stories from the first episode (story-ep1) will unfold in the Pacifica area, since many quests mention the local fixer – Mr. Hands.

In addition to street stories, romulus_is_here found a significant amount of content that complements the already available in the game: dialogues for the main characters (probably new romantic phrases for V and Panam just from there) and characters in side quests.

CD Projekt RED has said more than once that it is not going to abandon plans for paid and free add-ons to Cyberpunk 2077. Judging by the schedule released in January, the expansion should not be expected before the middle of the year.

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Cisco Shows How to Transform Office for Hybrid Work

Cisco Shows How to Transform Office for Hybrid Work


Next week, Cisco will hold an online event on March 22 at 11:00 Moscow time, the theme of which will be: “How to transform an office into a hybrid format?“. The event will discuss how to restructure the work in accordance with the current realities, and how Cisco can help in this. You can register here.

Companies are actively preparing for the transition to long-term operation in hybrid mode. Employees will be able to choose where they work – in the office, remotely, or a combination of both. We will talk about how to organize office space and what to look for when preparing meeting rooms, individual or shared workplaces. We will discuss what requirements for the communication platform this approach makes and what solutions Cisco has.

The program of the event includes the following topics:

  • How Our Offices and Our Workplaces Will Change: Cisco Experience and Strategy
  • What’s New in Cisco Video Systems – How Do You Know What Your Employees Need?
  • The headset is the main device for the employee in the hybrid office
  • Real world: interesting solutions and projects of this year in the transformation of office space from Cisco partners.


Diablo II developer considers re-skinning Amazon as censored

Diablo II developer considers re-skinning Amazon as censored


Former Diablo II developer and production manager for the very first version of World of Warcraft, Mark Kern, posted several posts on his personal microblog regarding Diablo II: Resurrected. He criticized the upcoming remaster for censorship, which, in his opinion, is reflected in the changed face of the Amazon, and urged the audience to ignore today’s Blizzard.

Mark Kern’s statement reads: Diablo II: Resurrected has been censored. And this is ridiculous. Diablo II has always been mature, harsh, dark and, yes, even a little sexualized. This is a harsh fantasy setting. Gothic and exaggerated. To change this is to make a different game. Stop buying endless AAA remakes. Look at indie “

“[Наряд] amazons have always been open, – continued Mark Kern. – In fact, we fought to make it [костюм] part of the heroine, because even then there were attempts to change him. It’s sad to see what we fought for is being erased in a soulless corporate remaster. A conscious, hard-won creative decision to add adult dark fantasy content [удалили, чтобы] smooth corners and secure [игру]but for whom exactly? This is a complete disposal of the original intention of the creators “

And in the last post, Mark Kern wrote: “But at the end of the day, it just leaves room for some really dark and poignant fantasy games that AAA creators won’t do anymore. I’m looking forward to the indies to pull this blanket over. Just ignore today’s Blizzard. Completely “

Diablo II: Resurrected will be released on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Series S and Nintendo Switch in 2021, the exact date has yet to be announced. You can read about the impressions of the author of 3DNews Mikhail Ponomarev from the alpha test of the game here.

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Game Informer showed the process of improving weapons and characteristics of the hero in the Resident Evil Village

Game Informer showed the process of improving weapons and characteristics of the hero in the Resident Evil Village


As part of a series of exclusive Resident Evil Village premieres, Game Informer Magazine has presented a gameplay video of the ambitious Capcom horror game dedicated to the upgrade system.

As it became known from the April issue of Game Informer, in order to improve the characteristics of the character and weapons in Resident Evil Village, players will have to kill animals and take their meat (eggs in the case of chickens) to an obese merchant nicknamed the Duke.

In addition to trading functions, the Duke will also perform chef functions: he will take the ingredients brought by the protagonist and turn them into full-fledged dishes. The motto of this enterprise: “You kill, we cook”

However, the animals living in the village will not be easy prey and will desperately butt, bite, peck for the right not to be the next dinner of the protagonist. The player, in turn, will have to spend precious cartridges on animals.

As for weapon upgrades, they are carried out in the manner of Resident Evil 4 – for money that falls from defeated enemies and is scattered around the world. It will be possible to earn extra money in the Resident Evil Village by exchanging jewelry.

Users will be able to increase the power and clip size, increase the rate of fire and reload, increase the accuracy and so on. There would be lei (the Romanian currency used in the game).

Resident Evil Village will be released on May 7 on PC (Steam), PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S. As part of the second issue of Resident Evil Showcase, which will be held on April 16, they promise to show new footage from the project and arrange a few surprises.

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Tesla customers will get access to the new FSD autopilot no later than June, subscription – already in May

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Today, several thousand Tesla electric vehicle owners and staff have access to a beta version of the ninth generation FSD system, which allows automatic control of the car in most situations. The general public will have access to it no earlier than May ‒ June, but similar functions will soon become available as part of a subscription with a monthly subscription fee.

Image source: Electrek

Image source: Electrek

Currently, only a limited number of users participating in the test program have access to the advanced driver assistance system FSD, which in the latest beta version learned to independently drive through intersections. The information collected with their help helps Tesla specialists improve the autopilot functions. The ninth generation FSD will become available to the general public in late May or June, as Elon Musk recently admitted, whose comments are cited by the Electrek resource. All owners of Tesla electric vehicles will have a new button on the display of the standard information system to download the corresponding software version.

FSD can be purchased for permanent use for $ 10,000, but the alternative, long-promised by the head of Tesla, in the form of a subscription with a monthly payment, will be offered in May. The amount of monthly payments has not yet been named, but earlier Elon Musk hinted that buying FSD forever would still be more profitable. The subscription will interest those consumers who are hesitant to pay for FSD in full and would like to arrange a kind of long test drive. In addition, users of the leasing scheme are ready to switch to monthly payments when the electric car does not belong to them and must be returned after the expiration of the contract.






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more than just a mask / Smart Stuff

more than just a mask / Smart Stuff


The COVID-19 epidemic has shaped new ideas about life, ways of working and learning, and also forced to rethink the attitude towards their own health and safety. And although the latter in our country, for one reason or another, is not so noticeable, in Europe, the USA, China and most other countries of the developed and developing world, most of the population seems to be concerned about health. In such a situation, it is not only the developers of all kinds of applications and services for remote work, manufacturers of webcams and other equipment necessary for online broadcasts, that benefit. After all, there are also those who are directly involved in medical devices, or at least those household devices that can literally give you a breath of fresh air. Yes, we are talking about purifiers, humidifiers and air ionizers, the demand for which has grown since the beginning of the pandemic all over the world, including Russia.

But such a device cannot be taken with you to the store or to work. It is sad to admit it, but it turned out that mankind for protection from viruses for decades of technological progress did not come up withnothing better than an ineffective sheet mask. Of course, there are more effective masks and respirators, but most of them are not designed for long-term wear, and, frankly, they are very uncomfortable. The disposable mask that has become habitual does not provide full adherence to the face, so air through the cracks around it still enters your nasopharynx, albeit not in such an amount as it would be without the mask. And the difficulty in breathing with the mask causes most people to wear it, freeing their nose, making this already dubious protection completely useless.

LG Electronics decided to challenge this state of affairs. South Korean engineers have not invented a new vaccine or a unique device to kill viruses around their owner, but they did what was long overdue – a portable air purifier. The LG Puricare electronic mask is designed for individual wear in the same place where it is usually recommended now to wear a simple disposable mask, that is, in public transport and in crowded places. But viruses are not the only thing that LG Puricare fights against. This universal air purifier can be recommended for allergy sufferers during the flowering period, people with various diseases of the lungs and respiratory tract (this, of course, at the discretion of the doctor), as well as absolutely everyone who does not want to breathe city smog, construction dust and other harmful impurities. which our civilization generously endows the air with.

⇡ #Contents of delivery

Packing and delivery of personal air purifier LG Puricare

The device comes in a small cardboard box, in which, in addition to the mask itself, we found a whole set of various accessories:

  • silicone pillow for a snug fit of the mask to the face;
  • two HEPA filters PuriCare;
  • set of nine disposable internal valves (liners);
  • plastic strap extension;
  • USB-A to USB-C cable for battery charging;
  • bag-case for storage and transportation of the device;
  • printed user manual for getting started in Russian and other languages.

We will find out the purpose of each component a little later, but for now we note the presence of a large fabric cover in the delivery set, into which the cleaner itself and all accessories can easily fit. It is sewn from a very dense fabric, and inside there is a pocket for storing replaceable inner liners.

Disinfecting case UVnano

Disinfecting case UVnano

Additionally, you can purchase a special case UVnano, which, according to the manufacturer, removes up to 99.99% of bacteria within 30 minutes of storing the cleaner in it. Apparently, it uses ultraviolet sterilization. The cost of the case is almost the same as that of the cleaner itself: about 17 thousand rubles.

⇡ #Specifications

Lg Puricare (AP300AWFA)

A type

Wearable Air Purifier

Filtration system

2 × H13 grade HEPA filter

Air consumption, l/min

20–55

Noise level, dB

43-54

Motor

2 × inverter

Battery

Li-Ion, 820 mAh, USB-C port

Battery life, h

up to 8

Full charge time, h

2

Features of the

3 fan speed modes

Breath sensor

Wi-Fi

Dimensions, mm

165 × 110 × 63

Weight, kg

0.126

Warranty, month

12

Average retail price *, rub.

18,000

* Average price for “Yandex.Market” at the time of this writing.

At the heart of the device are two inverter-driven fans that force air into the mask through a pair of H13 class HEPA filters. The latter indicates the degree of penetration of particles up to 0.06 microns through it – in this case, this value does not exceed 0.05% of the total number of passing particles. Such a filter should successfully fight both ordinary dust in the air and allergens, bacteria and even most viruses, the size of which is still slightly larger than 60 nm. So, the particle size of the notorious COVID-19 virus is 100-120 nm, that is, more than 0.1 microns.

The manufacturer claims that, according to the test results, the effectiveness of LG Puricare against bacteria is 93.5%, and against viruses – 97.3%. Strange, but against bacteria, whose size is larger, the filter efficiency turned out to be lower. Testing was carried out under the supervision of a special commission TUV Rheinland Korea. The same tests also confirmed the fact that LG Puricare filters retain 99.1% of allergens (for example, Humulus japonicas pollen).

The fans of the purifier are powered by a built-in lithium-polymer battery. The manufacturer’s declared battery life of the mask is from four to eight hours. This is enough not to worry about charging all day. True, the new item’s battery, alas, is non-removable.

It is worth noting that the LG Puricare is equipped with a breathing sensor. What exactly does it do and how it works, the manufacturer does not say. Apparently, the sensor monitors the rate of breathing, and the processor, based on the data obtained, adjusts the fan speed.

External view

Appearance of LG Puricare

The cleaner is made of high quality plastic that is rough to the touch. There is not a trace of gloss and pretentious design, but at the same time the product looks very interesting. From the photographs and the description of the manufacturer, this is not felt, but when you take the mask in hand, it immediately becomes clear that this is a rather expensive product. Despite its rather large dimensions, the mask is very light. It’s hard to believe that somewhere inside the manufacturer managed to place not only fans, but also a battery with a minimum set of electronics.

Mask with fitted silicone pad

Mask with silicone pad removed

Silicone cushion

The shape of the mask is designed in such a way that, together with the silicone inner cushion, it fits exactly on any face. A soft, medical-grade silicone insert provides a snug fit, while movable loops and adjustable ear-hooks help mask hold tightly on the head.

Extension mask

For those who find this type of attachment inconvenient or too small, the manufacturer has provided a plastic extension cord. It redistributes the weight of the device, including to the back of the head, as, for example, on a ski mask. It is worth noting a very convenient system for adjusting the elastic bands. You can tighten and loosen them in one motion when the cleaner is already on your head. The only pity is that there are no replaceable rubber straps in the kit, and in fact they will probably become unusable after a couple of years of active use.

Air supply system

The fans are hidden in the purifier behind massive protruding pads on the front. Along the perimeter of the linings, you can see large gaps through which air is drawn in. The covers can be easily removed for filter replacement and fan cleaning. Under the right cover, in addition to the filter, there is also a button for controlling the power and operating modes of the cleaner with an LED indicator.

But here’s the strange thing … The manufacturer did not provide any seal between the pads and the body of the mask. But through a small slot, which is around the entire perimeter, air can enter the fan, bypassing the HEPA filter! Of course, its amount will probably not be so large, and the main stream will most likely go through the filter. But this flaw looks at least strange on such a relatively expensive device.

Mask with disposable liners

Mask with disposable liners

After passing through the HEPA filters, the air enters the air ducts and then under the silicone cushion. The latter is attached to the body of the mask with two magnets and is held firmly enough. Disposable liners are installed in the pillow, which catch the drops released during breathing.

Air ducts and breathing valve

In the central part inside the case, you can see a small hole. Apparently, this is where the breathing sensor is hiding. A breathing valve is provided at the bottom of the mask. This is a conventional check valve with a soft curtain that folds down when you exhale. The built-in battery charging port is located on the side edge of the case. Unfortunately, it is not covered by anything, so water can get there in rainy weather. It will also get into HEPA filters, which are not designed for this. In general, all this suggests that LG Puricare is not designed for walking in the rain. However, in the rain, all harmful suspensions in the air are already nailed to the ground, and it becomes easier to breathe even for allergy sufferers.

⇡ #Device in operation

The LG Puricare sits very firmly on the face. The silicone pillow itself adjusts to individual facial features, and the adjustments of the rubber ear straps allow you to wear the mask normally, even for a child. Contrary to expectations, the device does not feel huge and uncomfortable on the face. The mask is very light, does not pull, does not press and does not try to fly off even with intense walking or sharp turns of the head. One feels that the design has been carefully worked out.

The mask at work

The mask at work

But the most interesting thing is that in the crowd a man with LG Puricare on his face does not look like an outlandish beast. We wore a mask on the street, in the subway and in shops. At best, someone will hold their gaze for a second or two, but the overwhelming majority do not pay any attention at all. No sidelong glances or surprise. The only thing that gives out the electronic nature of the device worn is the LED indicator on one of the sides, which glows green when the air intake system is operating. But most people don’t notice it either.

Unlike any other mask or respirator, LG Puricare provides not only air filtration, but also its flow. The user can turn on one of three operating modes that differ in rotation speed fans… The first mode is the slowest. It will be enough if you are sitting quietly in an armchair or lying on the couch. But most likely, even in this case, you will want to activate the second mode of operation. The third mode is for walking, including fast walking. But for sports, including running, the fan power, even in the third mode, seemed to us insufficient.

Going in for active sports at LG Puricare is not very convenient for another reason – for this, the mask is not securely attached to the face. But if LG Puricare is not suitable for intense workouts, then for yoga, morning warm-up or leisurely cycling (in the latter case, it will also protect against city traffic smog) – quite. If you ask why the mask is in this case, then most likely you are not allergic, so consider yourself lucky.

With the active operation of the fans, air from the air ducts begins to seep somewhere at the joints between the mask body and the silicone cushion. As a result, he begins to blow not only in the nose, but also in the eyes. The latter circumstance is not so much unpleasant as it is dangerous. Allergens, dust and bacteria with viruses in the surrounding atmosphere will be sucked in by the flow of air coming out of the mask and fly straight into the eyes of the mask wearer, irritating the mucous membrane. To mitigate this negative effect, it is best to select a quieter fan setting that matches your current activity.

The capacity of the built-in battery the most productive mode is enough to work for four hours – quite enough for periodic wearing of a mask from home to work or walking to shops. In extreme cases, the mask can be used by connecting an external battery to it. But what you can’t do is use the LG Puricare without the fans turned on. You will not be able to suffocate in the mask, since it is still not airtight. But breathing without turning it on is only possible with difficulty.

conclusions

LG has a long history of developing and manufacturing a wide variety of air purifiers. So the fact that the first electronic mask immediately turned out to be interesting and attractive, and not some kind of experimental model, should hardly be surprising – the developers used all the accumulated experience in this area. However, the novelty still has a couple of shortcomings. The first is that there are no seals on the pads with HEPA filters, and the second is for blowing out the eyes when the fans are operating at maximum power. I would like the manufacturer to pay attention to these shortcomings and eliminate them in the next versions of the device.

And we really hope that these versions will appear in the foreseeable future. After all, the rest of the LG Puricare is a unique modern product, a new type of device that can make life easier for allergy sufferers, the elderly and just all those who care about their health. The cost of the device is considerable, but the price of restoring health is usually much higher than the 18 thousand rubles that the manufacturer asks for a novelty.

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