⇡ # What’s new in Russia and in the world?
Let’s start right away with the good news: there are only seven and a half weeks left until the end of 2020. And yes, we can’t wait until it’s over either. However, this is not the main and not the only good news in today’s release. But before moving on to an analysis of the key events of the week, we suggest relaxing a little and looking at the fresh beauty from space.
At the beginning of the week, NASA released a new image taken by the Hubble telescope. The photo shows the galaxy UGCA 193, which is located in the constellation Sextant. Visually, it resembles a huge cosmic waterfall: a stream of stars flows out of the bright and rich central area. Moreover, many of them are relatively young and differ in temperature six times the temperature of the Sun. It is worth adding that UGCA 193 is a spiral type galaxy, but this is not obvious in the photograph as it is from the side. Be sure to look at it in full resolution.
Towards the end of the week, NASA also released an impressive image of the Sun with flares. This image was taken from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a spacecraft launched in February 2010. Bright areas are areas of increased activity that release large amounts of energy.
Generally speaking, there was a lot of space news last week. But first, let’s say a few words for those who are worried about the fate of the discovered air leak on the ISS. Bad news: The leak is still pending. The good news is that the exact location of the leak has been found: the crack does not exceed the diameter of a human hair. It was with the determination of the exact place that such difficulties arose. Currently, the crack is temporarily sealed with film. And in December, some special equipment will be delivered to the ISS for the final sealing of the problem area. But something suggests that the story may not end there, we will continue to follow this plot.
Do you know what’s not over yet? The endless unrealizable projects of Roscosmos, which cost the country’s budget cosmic sums. The new initiative of the state corporation called Sphere will require approximately one and a half trillion rubles. In short, the project involves combining 600 satellites for various purposes into a single network. On their basis, communication services, monitoring of the Earth, navigation, the Internet, and so on will be created. If the project is approved and funding is allocated, the first satellite launches can begin as early as 2024. According to Roscosmos, the future of Russian cosmonautics and the country’s economy as a whole will depend on the implementation of the Sphere project. In a sense, the project should compete with Starlink, which is being developed by Elon Musk.
As for Starlink, everything is going according to plan. At the beginning of the week, one of the beta test participants from Washington shared their impressions of use. It turned out that the average download speed is about 134 Mbps, while the transfer is 19 Mbps, and the latency is on average 40 ms. The user could broadcast live to YouTube in 1440p and 4K resolutions, and the ping made it quite comfortable to play Call of Duty Modern Warfare over the network. There were also problems: from time to time satellite communications were lost, but this is due to the small number of Starlink satellites in orbit. In the future, the problem will disappear.
Well, Elon Musk himself plans to start testing in Europe in February next year, that is, a little more than 3 months later. In the coming days, several thousand kits with invitations will be sent out for those who left applications for the beta test. The only obstacle to starting testing at the moment is regulatory approval, which has not yet been received. This should happen akurat in February, at least if we talk about the territory of the European Union. What the fate of other European countries will be in the Starlink trials is not yet clear. It is also not clear whether users from Russia will be able to participate.
But perhaps the most inspiring space-related news is the concept of a spaceport in Tokyo Bay. It all started with the establishment of the Space Port Japan Association (SPJ) consortium for the development of space tourism two years ago in Japan. And although mass space tourism is still in the plans for the future, the Japanese are trying to bring it closer as they can. Last week, Noiz Architects unveiled a design for a floating spaceport in Tokyo Bay. This object takes into account the current state of affairs, namely, suborbital flights can begin in two years. The preliminary requests for such flights are already being collected by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, their cost is rather modest by the standards of this market $ 250 thousand.
The spaceport of Noiz Architects is focused on such operators and in its design will resemble an airport. SpaceShipTwo Unity aircraft will take off from a conventional runway: and then upon reaching an altitude of 15-16 thousand meters, the aircraft will drop the SpaceShipTwo “space liner”, which already on its engines will rise to an altitude of 80 km, where tourists can spend a few minutes in zero gravity and admire the views of the distant Earth. Well, then SpaceShipTwo will land like a regular plane.
And to make the spaceport project more profitable, there will be hotels, museums, cosmonaut training centers, swimming pools and, possibly, even a casino with blackjack and other interesting games. Of course, all this can also remain on paper, but for some reason I want to believe in the implementation of this project.
However, to believe or not to believe is everyone’s personal choice. But if we had been told a year ago that TikTok would become a learning service, we would never have believed it. However, it turned out that the platform is actually testing a new section with educational content. The section is unambiguously named Learn, and contains educational videos, as well as all sorts of instructions that are very much in demand and popular on YouTube. The section is available to a small number of TikTok users, and nothing has been announced about its launch date. The desire of the social network to “eat” part of the YouTube audience is understandable and understandable.
An exciting event took place in the world of cryptocurrencies as well: someone withdrew roughly $ 1 billion from the world’s fourth largest wallet. According to the company Elliptic, which tracks cryptocurrency transactions, this wallet was inactive for a long time and belonged to the creator of the Silk Road darknet platform. The site itself was shut down back in 2013, and its alleged organizer Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life.
What happened? Has the creator returned for his savings? Did some evil genius gain access to his wallet? The intrigue was revealed quite quickly: the US government confiscated the cryptocurrency. This seizure is the largest in history to date – be sure to read the full news here. Well, I’ll add that this time the US Department of Justice did not say what it plans to do with bitcoins, although the previously confiscated crypt was sold at auctions.
But perhaps the most active newsmaker of the past week was Apple. It all started with the fact that the company sent out invitations to the third presentation in the fall of 2020 – the event will be held on Tuesday, November 10 at 21:00 Moscow time
in online format… What exactly will be presented, no one knows, but everything indicates that these will be Mac computers on ARM-processors of Apple’s own production. Most likely they will be iMac and younger MacBook laptops.
Well, after this news, there were many other rumors about Apple’s future plans. For example, it became known that in 2021 the company will introduce several more Mac computers based on Arm processors. In addition, information appeared that an iPad with a mini-LED screen will be released in the first quarter of 2021, and all developers of applications for iOS, ipadOS and macOS will be forced to tell users in the most graphic way what their data is collected and transmitted. There is no doubt that Apple fans will react extremely positively to this transparency.
But the company itself, on the contrary, is becoming less transparent for its shareholders – the latter even accused Tim Cook of concealing information about the falling demand for the iPhone. However, we are not talking about today’s events, but about the cases of two years ago. Several shareholders of the company, including the UK pension fund, have sued Apple. They claim that Cook misled them with his November 2018 statement. Then the head of Apple denied information about a decrease in demand for iPhone in China. But shortly thereafter, the company slashed smartphone production, and at the very beginning of 2019 announced a decline in projected quarterly revenue to $ 9 billion.
While Apple and Cook himself argue that there is no evidence that the company was trying to defraud the plaintiffs, the judge in charge of the case indicated that shareholders have reason to believe that Cook’s statement in November 2018 was false and misleading. … And in general, it seems that Apple’s troubles are just beginning – with Biden’s victory in the US presidential elections, hard times are coming for all major technology companies. There is no doubt that in 2021 we will face large and numerous antitrust proceedings. Google is already in the process, Facebook is next. Well, there will be a turn for Apple and Amazon.
⇡ # What’s new in reviews on 3DNews?
Last week became one of the most intense in terms of the number of articles and reviews published on 3DNews. But let’s start traditionally with the game materials, namely, with a review of The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope, DiRT 5, Ghostrunner, as well as a review of the Xbox Series X and the latest release of Gamesblender.
On this, we can say, the most interesting is just beginning, because we had a review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 smartphone, the ConceptD 7 Ezel laptop from Acer, the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q 4K monitor, the Gigabyte G27Q WQHD IPS gaming monitor, the SberBox TV box and even Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 9 5900X processors. Well, and separately – material about 10 useful free programs for Windows, as well as educational reading about the Luna-17 apparatus. And at the very end – five of the previous issues of the weekly digest:
- Everything you missed: NASA is colonizing the Moon, AMD is introducing new video cards, Cyberpunk 2077 is delayed, Beeline is losing subscribers.
- Everything you missed: the US Department of Justice sues Google, bitcoin is up again, Huawei unveils the flagship smartphone Mate 40.
- Everything you missed: four iPhone 12 models, new challenges for the ISS crew, and the disruption of the deal between Tinkoff Bank and Yandex.
- All you missed: The ISS still can’t fix air leaks, Baldur’s Gate 3 goes into Early Access, AMD is introducing Ryzen 5000 processors.
- Everything you missed: another ISS air leak, an offended Elon Musk, and a big announcement of smartphones and a smart Google speaker.
That’s all! Take care of yourself and try to read only good news from trusted sources.
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