Author: Francis Newman

21 Feb

Tesla’s rival on the verge of bankruptcy

Faraday Future plans to create a sports electric car may not be realized. The company is on the verge of bankruptcy and may be out of money in February next year.

Faraday Future was to be a rival for the American Tesla company and soon start producing vehicles that would make Elona Muska cars look very pale. She recently also announced the construction of a new factory in the state of Nevada, where her cars were to be manufactured.

The implementation of these plans may not succeed, however. Faraday Future is on the verge of bankruptcy. The company ends money, has a lot of unpaid bills, and must deal with lawsuits from sellers and landlords who rents. What’s worse, it also loses experienced staff and although it has several hundred million in cash, the chances of getting more money from investors is getting smaller.

Faraday Future bosses high hopes at CES 2017, where the production version of the latest car will be presented. The board hopes that this will increase investor interest and that it will be possible to raise new funds.

2 Feb

Apple has new prototype iphone and ipad?

Apple has not revealed its plans for the future yet, but it does not prevent rumors suggesting the company is working on a slightly larger version of the iPhone and a smaller version of the iPad.

The shift to the iPhone 5 and replacing it slightly with the modified 4S iPhone only made the competition a chance to take Apple’s next market share. So if the Cupertino giants do not do something, then his recovery can be very difficult.

However, it is not excluded that Apple is conducting activities that will allow the company to compete with increasingly stronger competition. It is rumored that Apple is talking to LG Display about the delivery of new screens. One would use a slightly larger iPad, and the other would be for a smaller 7-inch version of the iPad.

There have been plans to create such devices for some time, but Steve Jobs himself was against it. But now the company manages Tim Cook, and he intends to introduce Apple into a new era and is about to limit only the successor of the already known models, but would like to master other market segments.

The new 7-inch iPad would be an interesting alternative to tablets like the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet, and if its price would be attractive, Amazon and Barnes & Noble would gain serious competition in the small tablet segment.

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14 Jan

Tesla sues former employee

Tesla Motors filed a lawsuit against former director of the Autopilot. It accuses him of stealing sensitive data about autonomic autos and blurring his tracks.

In large corporations struggling with market dominance is associated with huge amounts of money, so sometimes industrial espionage takes place, allowing for rapid acquisition of important technologies. Such is espionage, the American company Tesla Motors is accusing its former employee, who was brought to trial in Santa Clara.

The manufacturer of electric cars accuses Sterling Anderson of being the former head of Autopilot, stealing hundreds of gigabytes of confidential data on autonomous vehicle technology and wiping away his tracks. Tesla lawyers say that Anderson has also tried to recruit at least a dozen American employees.

He planned to use them to create a competitive Tesla startup Aurora, which also deals with autonomous vehicles. His partner was Chris Urmson, former head of the vehicle division of Google.

According to court documents, Anderson teamed up with Urmson to create a new company, doing so during business hours, and using the company’s laptop and premises. And although at the beginning of January he was fired from the company, his partners were still trying to recruit Tesla employees, which is a breach of employment contract, which, within 12 months of dismissal, prohibits recruiting competitors.

18 Dec

Google Ultrabook the biggest surprise this year!

The vision of the Mountain View ultrabook and the addition of the top shelf seemed so unbelievable that despite gossip no one believed in it. When the hardware appeared on the Google Play Store, it was a total surprise. What also hides this equipment and why has so much interest?

So far, laptops with Chrome OS, which is operating system Google, were based mostly on open source software and occupied rather low shelves. The device was not very sophisticated and perfectly suited to Google’s Android philosophy, which is cheap for the masses (let’s assume that early smartphones with green guy were called “chaplets”).

Chromebook Pixel, because it sounds like the name of the new hardware, completely cuts off its roots. This is the top shelf equipment and so is its price. The basic model will come to us to pay $ 1299, while the LTE version $ 1449. Cheap is not, prices are comparable in the MacBook Air, which have until now set standards in this class. Does Google want to match the power that Apple is in the premium segment?

Match? No! Defeat! And if we consider the components of new equipment, it is undoubtedly possible. The displays were so far the domain of the Cupertino company, Retina was what convinced many to buy hardware with a biting apple logo. Google has decided to pierce Retina, and the display on the Chromebook has a resolution of 2560 x 1700 pixels (239 PPI), with a rather unusual 3: 2 format and a 12.85 inch diagonal, all that, it’s touchy and covered with Gorilla Glass.

The rest of the hardware also looks pretty good, here we have an Intel Core i5 processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz) and 4 GB RAM. At first glance absurd may appear to be a disk capacity of 32 or 64 GB, depending on the version. However, Pixel, like all Chromebooks, is primarily geared to work in the cloud, and it will not run out of space for us, because for every user of this device, Google shares 1 TB of free space in its cloud.

As for the look of the new device, Google definitely has nothing to blame, simple and elegant aluminum case is very neat and business. In addition, the ultrabook is very light, because it weighs only 1.5 kilograms, which is definitely an advantage if we do not have to leave it for longer.

13 Dec

Audi Q7 can (almost) self drive in the traffic jam and the highway

The cruise assistant, lane assistant and adaptive cruise control are the three basic features of the Audi Q7 that allow semi-automatic driving in selected road situations. Why does it make sense and how does it work? We invite you to read.

The Audi Q7 entered the market more than a year ago, but it is undoubtedly one of the most advanced SUVs on the market. Safety, comfort and support are at the highest level. The strength lies, however, not in the number of these systems, and in their performance, and in this respect Audi Q7 is really good.

Semi-autonomous driving modes have been designed to take the driver in the most daunting situations on the road. Driving speed with constant speed rather than pleasure, and many drivers can sleep at the wheel. A similar problem is with moving in the traffic jam. Continuous climbing is very monotonous and in the long run very tiring. At the same time these two situations are relatively easy to describe by algorithms, so that the computer installed in the car can at least for some time to take the driver out of driving. Of course it does not mean that he can go to bed, but he can relax a little, not concentrating so much on driving, but just watching the road and being ready to take control of the car.

How can the Audi Q7 drive fast?

When driving on highways (expressways or expressways), the Audi Q7 can use two (lane assist) and adaptive cruise control (if enabled by the driver). The latter is responsible for maintaining the specified speed as there is no other slower vehicle ahead – then our speed will be adjusted to the preceding car at a safe distance. This type of system is obviously not new, but in the case of the Audi Q7 we have a solution that is slightly better adapted to the road situation – seeing another vehicle ahead of us subtracts gas instead of braking at the last minute.

The second system, the lane assistant, not only warns unintentional changes (without the turn signal), but more importantly, thanks to cameras that recognize lines on the roadway and steering assisted steering to stay on the lane. If we drive the steering wheel, the Audi Q7 will not slam away the lane, also at the bend. Even on quite sharp bows, this luxury SUV is able to ride on its own beforehand. What is important, there is no way here to bounce from left to right of the lane. From a passenger’s point of view everything is as if the car was run by a professional.

Obviously, for safety reasons and because of lack of legal regulations, the lane assistant works without the intervention of the driver for only a few dozen seconds. What time does man have to prove that he controls the situation by doing some steering. Such a restriction is a good solution as it prevents, for example, from going to bed by the driver.

Audi Q7: semiautomatic driving in the traffic jam

Also driving in the traffic jam can be highly automated. The active traffic assistant uses the same radar and camera as the previously described systems, but its performance is different. The most important information is that the Audi Q7 is able to fully stop and even move independently if the stoppage time is no longer than a few seconds. After this time, if the preceding car has started, the onboard computer will know that we can already go (the engine starts and the message appears) and just touch the pedal to let the Q7 go further. This latter element is particularly important because there are cars that, after the waiting time mentioned, simply turn off the assistant or do not let the driver know that they are already driving. And what about the steering?

In a very slow-moving rope, it would not be possible to lean on a horizontal mark. Therefore, under 60 km / h, the traffic assistant automatically switches to following another vehicle, if so. This solution has two important features: the first is that if you need to bypass an obstacle (eg standing another car), the Audi Q7 will also by itself follow the car ahead. In spite of every few dozen or so seconds the driver must prove that he is watching the situation on the road and still controls the car. In 99% of cases, the assistants actually allow semi-automatic driving in very dense traffic.

Summary

The Audi Q7 is definitely one of the most technologically advanced SUVs in the market. Support systems make it possible to significantly relieve the driver of tedious driving while driving in traffic and traffic. It is important that these systems work really well and they can be trusted with confidence as soon as a person realizes that the Q7 actually recognizes the situation on the road and responds appropriately to other vehicles ahead of us. How much is it?

It includes a traffic assistant, an active lane assistant, and a speed limiter. It is necessary, however, to buy, for example, an Audi parking system with visualization on the MMI screen for 2180. Given the set of features and the price of the car it is not an exorbitant price and we definitely recommend it.

20 Nov

Popular portable speakers

Wireless speakers are becoming increasingly popular due to their small footprint, convenience, and high quality sound reproduction. Today you can share your favorite music wherever you are and in a much more relaxed way. Now portable speakers will help you unleash more outdoor events – especially when we do not have the ability to connect the most powerful power equipment. Due to the rich market offer, making the final choice can be a problem. So, which model of wireless speakers will be most suitable?

Due to the rapidly evolving technology, mobile speakers are increasingly using a variety of technologies that guarantee high quality sound and deep, clear and strong low tones. Therefore, the small size of these devices should not offend us, but on the contrary. Wireless speaker to guarantee comfort, and thanks to its size we can take it really everywhere. Some models are so small they can fit even in their pockets!

What to look for when making a final choice? First of all, how do they reproduce music. We have a choice of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and AirPlay. Most models also have AUX ports, so if necessary, we can also connect our device with a suitable cable.

If you are one of those who pay attention to quality and are keen on deep bass and clear and strong low notes, you should think about models with subwoofers. Their use in the device aims to give listeners the best hearing experience.

Despite its powerful technology, portable speakers, due to their compactness, are still somewhat limited in power. Of course the higher the model, the louder the model is able to play music. If you know that your device will often be used in the open, among more people, you should invest in a slightly stronger speaker.

Battery capacity is also important. The bigger the longer we can use the speaker without having to recharge. The use of batteries has the advantage that we can take it with us virtually anywhere – even on a campfire organized on the outskirts of town. Some models also come with a USB port. This is a big advantage because it allows you to connect your mobile device – smartphone or tablet – to recharge also its battery. This way you can be sure that not only will the battery pack be full, but your portable player!

Additional connectors that we find on some portable speakers include the AUX jack, which allows you to connect your mobile device with a cable, SD card slot or 3.5mm plug.

When shopping you should also pay attention to the speaker construction. As the dimensions and weight are somehow important, so much of the material used to build the device is a priority here. The portable speaker should be made of durable plastic so you can be sure that it will last a really long time. It is worth investing in waterproof models – it will allow you to use the device at the pool or even when you are surprised by the rain.

Manufacturers sometimes equip their speakers with additional features. Some models offer built-in memory where we can store our favorite music and play it without having to connect the device to the mobile. The microphone is a great solution because it allows you to make phone calls. FM radio is another additional wireless speaker solution. Of course, for such options as gadgets as a remote control or LCD screen, you have to pay. Therefore, before you buy, think about what you care most about and whether any additional option is necessary for you.

Here are some popular portable speakers that will surely meet your needs.

The JBL Go Portable Speaker with 600 mAh battery gives up to 5 hours of listening to your favorite music wherever you go without having to recharge! Due to its small size, the device is great for outdoor use. It does not take up much space in the bag, so we can boldly take it on a trip or garden party. The speaker works wirelessly. Just connect it via Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet to play your favorite tracks. The mobile device can also be connected via the AUX input. The product also has a built-in microphone. This can also serve as a speakerphone. Of course, when a phone call arrives, the music automatically pauses. In addition to the Bluetooth and AUX inputs, the speaker also features a USB slot.

The portable wireless speaker JBL Charge 2+ Plus is a perfect device that will spur a lot of parties! Due to its splash resistance, this model can be taken safely to the pool. The loudspeaker is equipped with a powerful 6000 mAh battery, allowing up to 12 hours of audio playback without recharging. In addition, the built-in USB port can also serve as a powerbank for mobile devices. The unit offers two speakers and two passive subwoofers – a really deep and clear bass. JBL Charge Plus also has a microphone. Thanks to this model can also serve as a speakerphone. JBL speakers can be purchased in different color variants.

The Creative Woof Wireless Speaker has been created for people who care about the compactness of a mobile device of this nature. This compact model has been constructed from a durable metal enclosure that will serve everyone for years to come. Despite its really small dimensions, the loudspeaker guarantees loud tones and deep bass. There are two ways to use this model. For example, by connecting it to your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth or an AUX-in cable. The microphone is also added to the device, so we can make phone calls confidently. At every incoming call, the music automatically switches off, and after the call ends, it resumes.

JBL Charge 2 Wireless Stereo Speaker System, featuring two powerful speakers and two passive heatsinks. Applying them gives you a guarantee of deep and powerful bass. The 6000 mAh rechargeable battery allows up to 12 hours of use without charging! You can enjoy for a long time your favorite music wherever you are. The loudspeaker is splash proof, so it is suitable for use by the pool, and it is not a dreadful rain (however, it can not be immersed directly in water!). This model is equipped with a microphone to make phone calls, as well as a USB port through which we can recharge the battery of their mobile devices.

24 Oct

Tesla calls thousands of cars for service

American Tesla announced a large service action on its vehicles. More than 53,000 cars are being called at the site where the parking brake must be removed.

Many auto makers have serious accidents and then have to call thousands and even millions of vehicles to service thousands of vehicles in order to remove defects that endanger passengers.

Tesla also scored such a failure, not for the first time and it is quite big. The company is calling on 53,000 Model S and Model X vehicles that were manufactured between February and October last year. They found a defect in the parking brake, which could result in accidental dismissal.

The defect is borne by an item manufactured by one of the suppliers and though only less than 5 percent. The company vehicles may have it installed, the company prefers to call the service all copies.

Although there have not been any accidents due to this fault, but it is better to blow the cold.

19 Oct

Bosh presents an anti-collision system for trams

Bosch engineers have developed a new technology for rail vehicles that aims to minimize the risk of collisions with cars. The new technology not only warns the motorcyclist of an impending collision, but also can take steps to avoid it.

In big cities you have to be careful not only about other drivers, but also rail vehicles, ie trams or so-called. Busbars, who are also full-fledged road users. Unfortunately, not all drivers pay due attention to what happens with frequent collisions.

Engineers from Bosch Engineering have developed a completely new anti-collision system for rail vehicles that will reduce the number of accidents. Their technology not only can detect the approaching collision and warn motorists of it, but in the absence of its response, it can take the appropriate action, ie disconnect the drive and activate the braking system.

Technology developed for urban rail transport based on video cameras, radar and traffic control systems. The system is intended to assist motorcyclists and is designed to operate in all weather conditions, regardless of terrain, and to take into account the various scenarios that may occur on the road.

The first generation of the new system was shown in 2014, but then it was rather primitive and provided only visual and audible warnings for the motorcyclist. The latest version can automatically brake to slow down and stop the vehicle, thus avoiding collisions. It also detects cars, buses, other trams, and even stationary objects. Of course, the system can be switched off at any time and then the motor controller will take complete control of the vehicle.