⇡ # What’s new in Russia and in the world?
Let’s not break the tradition and start with beautiful pictures from space. Last week NASA published another image from the Hubble orbiting telescope, which captured a pair of interacting galaxies. The object in the image on the left is designated NGC 2799, on the right – NGC 2798, both galaxies are located in the Lynx constellation and are close enough to each other, which is why mutual gravity leads to a change in their structure and shape.
The substance of the galaxy NGC 2799 seems to flow into the center of the galaxy NGC 2798. It is important to note that in the process of merging galaxies, collisions of stars do not occur due to the huge distances between them. However, the gravitational interaction of galaxies and the friction between gas and dust have a huge impact on merging objects.
The beautiful pictures from space do not end there – the other day Roskosmos showed panoramas of Venus, which were taken by the Soviet spacecraft Venera-9 45 years ago. This interplanetary station was launched on June 8, 1975, a wide range of tasks was defined for it: it is conducting research along the flight path, in the orbit of the planet and on e
esurface. The flight took 136 days, and on October 22, 1975, Venera-9 entered the orbit of Venus, becoming the first in the history of e
“The Venera-9 lander on October 22, 1975 made a soft landing on the illuminated side of the planet in the northern hemisphere and transmitted information from the surface for 53 minutes. The world’s first panorama of the surface of Venus has been received, ”Roscosmos reports. It is these historical images that are given in this material. The photographs show outcrops of bedrock. The imprinted rock breaks may be the result of crustal displacements and serve as confirmation of tectonic activity on Venus. Of course, one cannot fail to note the great progress in the quality of shooting in space, but even in this quality the given images are unique. Do not be lazy, follow the link and look at the photos of the Venera-9 apparatus itself. True, the readers in the comments are naturally indignant at the absence of such breakthroughs in the present, they say, Roscosmos has nothing to show today. Well, perhaps, the new Vostochny cosmodrome. They say that this year they can even make a single start from it, but this is not yet certain.
But let’s not be distracted by the obvious things, the past week turned out to be very eventful. For example, the US Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing it of using its dominant position in the search engine and search advertising market to fight competitors. In addition, the ministry has expressed disagreement with the company’s Android policy, which effectively forces users to use Google’s apps and search services. This approach prevents competing search providers from growing and guarantees Google huge profits from search-related advertising. Here is a quote from the statement of claim:
“Google pays billions of dollars annually to distributors, including popular device makers such as Apple, LG, Motorola and Samsung; leading US wireless carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon; and browser makers such as Mozilla, Opera and UCWeb to provide a default status for their major search engine and, in many cases, specifically bar Google’s counterparties from dealing with its competitors. “
According to the ministry, Google performs almost 90% of all general searches in the US and almost 95% of searches from mobile devices. Google’s position on this issue remains unchanged: the company believes that people use the company’s search because they want to, and not because someone forces them to do so. And representatives of Google call the trial itself “deeply flawed.” Well, we will definitely follow the development of events.
Another court news came from New York. A federal court in Brooklyn has released an indictment against ten citizens and several Aeroflot employees who smuggled electronics from the United States to Russia, including stolen ones. Eight people from the indictment list have already been detained, and two are hiding. The court’s conclusion says that a man living in Russia named Sayuz Daibagiya gave instructions to other citizens, as well as former and current Aeroflot employees, to smuggle Apple smartphones, tablets and watches. It is alleged that in this way electronics worth up to $ 50 million were imported into Russia, and funds for the purchase of equipment were imported into the United States in cash, in suitcases. During a search, about $ 600 thousand in cash and a lot of Apple smartphones were seized from one of the defendants in the case. As part of the case, 113 visas of Russian citizens were also revoked. If the participation of employees of the largest Russian airline is proven, sanctions may be imposed against it. However, this is clearly not reported yet. Let’s note only the verified moment for the publication of the indictment – exactly at the time of the release of the new generation iPhone.
Well, since we mentioned Apple’s new products, it is worth recalling that last week the first reviews of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro began to appear in large quantities. Journalists praise smartphones for camera quality – the iPhone 12 Pro performs well in photography, the iPhone 12 Pro Max should offer even more possibilities due to its advanced camera features. Let me remind you that the largest smartphone in the new lineup will offer a main camera with a larger sensor (47% larger in area), as well as better stabilization for sensor shift, which can perform up to 5000 corrections per second. So if we take up comparative testing of flagship cameras this year, we will definitely wait for the release of the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Its pre-order in Russia starts on November 6.
By the way, speaking of flagship cameras, one cannot ignore the big announcement of Huawei, the main novelty of which was the Mate 40 smartphone. Or rather, the smartphone will exist in three versions: Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro +. All three received a main module with a resolution of 50 megapixels and an aperture of f / 1.9. In the standard Mate 40, it is complemented by a 16MP ultra-wide-angle camera and an 8MP telephoto camera, which is claimed to have a 5x optical zoom. In the Pro model, the main module is supplemented with a 20 megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, as well as a 12 megapixel perescope module. A 7x optical zoom has already been announced. And finally, the Mate 40 Pro + has a similar ultra-wide-angle camera, as well as a depth sensor, an 8-megapixel camera with periscope optics, and a 12-megapixel telephoto module. Here we get a 17x optical zoom. I will add that the most affordable Mate 40 (8/128 GB) will cost 899 euros, and for the Mate 40 Pro + in a modification with 12/256 GB, you will have to pay 1399 euros.
In addition to the smartphone, Huawei showed the Porsche Design Watch GT 2 smartwatch and FreeBuds Studio on-ear wireless headphones, as well as powerful wireless charging, a 66-watt power bank and other accessories.
However, the main task of Huawei now is not so much the release of new products as the disruption of the NVIDIA-Arm deal. According to Bloomberg, several Chinese tech companies led by Huawei Technologies have expressed serious concerns to local regulators about this, which could threaten the American chipmaker’s takeover of Arm.
Several influential technology companies in the country are reported to be trying to pressure the government’s market regulator to reject the deal or impose conditions that will give them access to Arm technology. The main concern is that NVIDIA could force the British company to abandon cooperation with Chinese clients. That is, they fear that the use of the Arm architecture could become
for the USAanother lever of pressure in the struggle for technological superiority.
Recall that the deal between NVIDIA and Arm must receive approval from China, the UK, the European Union and the United States. And so far neither side has expressed this approval. However, serious concerns remain only about China.
But I would like to finish the review of the events of the week on a good note – the bitcoin rate has updated its annual maximum. This happened immediately after the PayPal payment system announced the addition of functions for buying and selling cryptocurrencies. The bitcoin rate immediately jumped to $ 12,817, which was a record since July 2019. But the growth of the rate did not stop there – at the time of submitting this material it is already $ 13,020. I am sure that this will lead to an increase in the welfare of some of our readers. And if someone managed to buy in March, when the bitcoin rate dropped to $ 3 800, then congratulations.
⇡ # What’s new in reviews on 3DNews?
In terms of reviews, the week was also busy. As a starter, as always, our in-game posts are a review of Amnesia: Rebirth, the latest release of Gamesblender, and a piece on the benefits of buying a PS4 in 2020. Then you can move on to an exclusive acquaintance with the Huawei Mate 40 immediately after its announcement, and then – to the review of the Intel Core i7-10700 processor, Arctic Freezer 50 cooler, Acer Predator Helios 300 gaming laptops and MSI GE66 Raider.
In addition, we had an introduction to the Zepp E smartwatch, the Segway Ninebot KickScooter Air T15 electric scooter and the Xiaomi POCO X3 NFC smartphone. Well, the list of publications for the week ends with a large and detailed guide to choosing a monitor in 2020. Well, at the end, according to tradition, the five past issues of the weekly digest:
- Everything You Missed: Four iPhone 12 Models, New Challenges for the ISS Crew, and Failure of a Deal Between Tinkoff Bank and Yandex
- All you missed: ISS still can’t fix air leaks, Baldur’s Gate 3 goes into Early Access, AMD unveils Ryzen 5000 processors
- Everything you missed: another air leak on the ISS, offended Elon Musk and a big announcement of smartphones and a smart Google speaker
- Everything you missed: Microsoft will buy Bethesda, Yandex will acquire Tinkoff, and blocking unwanted Internet resources will be simplified
- Everything you missed: NVIDIA bought Arm, Apple held a demo without the iPhone 12, and Sony announced official PlayStation 5 pricing
That’s all! Take care of yourself and try to read only good news from trusted sources.
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