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Facebook will lose WhatsApp and Instagram? The American government has filed a lawsuit

Facebook will lose WhatsApp and Instagram? The American government has filed a lawsuitThe Federal Trade Commission and 48 states accuse Mark Zuckerberg's website of monopoly practices, and the company is in danger of falling into smaller parts.

According to the FTC, Facebook has been involved in anti-competitive practices for years that are inconsistent with US antitrust laws that regulate corporate conduct and are designed to promote competition for the benefit of consumers. Regulators are asking for the cancellation of Facebook's recent acquisitions, and more specifically Instagram and WhatsApp, and demanding appropriate consents for future purchases. Of course, this isn't the first time Facebook has struggled with the Federal Trade Commission, but the first time the company has faced a lawsuit from lawmakers who launched an investigation into the case last year.

48 state attorneys general, led by Letitia Jame of New York, also share the opinion, who also accused Facebook of similar practices, claiming that Movie sider had illegally suppressed competition. Of course, in the center are the above-mentioned purchases from 2012 and 2014, i.e. the acquisition by Mark Zuckerberg of Instagram for $ 1 billion and WhatsApp for $ 19 billion, respectively. Both sides, ie the FTC and states prosecutors, take the position that Facebook bought the companies to neutralize competition perceived as a threat to its own position.

- Mr. Zuckerberg came to the conclusion that by acquiring and controlling Instagram, Facebook will not only get rid of the direct threat posed by this website, but also - as a provider of a social network - will significantly hinder the popularity of other applications for sharing photos on smartphones. As with Instagram, WhatsApp represented a powerful threat to the social monopoly, so instead of competing with it, Facebook chose to buy it, according to FTC court papers.

Prosecutors add that the contracts ultimately hurt users because they had a negative impact on their privacy and limited possible alternatives to Facebook services. Moreover, Facebook increased the amount of data collected about users and the number of advertisements placed on services, while not dealing with fake accounts and disinformation. What does the interested person himself say? In the words of his VP and chief lawyer, Jennifer Newstead, he called the lawsuits historical revisionism and assured that he would defend himself with all his might against these allegations: - Antitrust law exists to protect consumers and promote innovation, not to punish successful businesses . Instagram and WhatsApp have become such unbelievable products because Facebook has invested billions of dollars in them and years of innovation and experience to create new features and better experiences for the millions who enjoy using them (...). We intend to actively defend these people's choices.

You don't have to spend a fortune on a computer for Cyberpunk 2077. Play 4K in the cloud

You don't have to spend a fortune on a computer for Cyberpunk 2077. Play 4K in the cloudThe hottest premiere of recent months is ahead of us, and in the opinion of some maybe even years, i.e. Cyberpunk 2077, but as we are just learning, the game has very high hardware requirements. This is where Google Stadia can help.

Of course, it will also be possible to launch it on weaker equipment, but then the production will certainly not look like its creators planned it for us. Cyberpunk 2077 is packed with new technologies, including real-time ray tracing, in many different guises. Therefore, the configurations that allow you to enjoy comfortable gameplay and, at the same time, great visual effects, must cost a fortune, and more specifically several thousand zlotys, which in the current situation is an unacceptable expense for many people.

You can reach for new generation consoles, because it's definitely cheaper to play, but if someone prefers computers, this option is out of the question. Fortunately, we are just learning that there is one more option, because Google unexpectedly announced that its cloud gaming service, Google Stadia, is now available in our country and it will be possible to try out many new hits with it, including the recently debuting Assassin's Creed Valhalla or just Cyberpunk 2077. We would like to remind you that it is a cloud-based platform that allows you to play great titles without special hollywood thinker because the devices we already have are enough - a laptop, computer or even a compatible phone.

There is also no need to wait for the download or update of games, because Stadia works immediately - you just need to register at stadia.com with your Gmail address. We can try the service right away with two completely free games, ie Destiny 2 or Super Bomberman R, as well as using the free one month of the service in the Pro version, where we have a whole catalog of available games. It should be remembered that although the service at first glance resembles a Netflix for games, it works a bit differently, because it only allows you to play in the cloud - we have to buy games additionally.

And even if we decide on the Pro variant, which costs PLN 39 per month in our country (you can opt out at any time), although there is a catalog of games to play here, where we can find productions such as Celeste, Hitman (1 and 2) , Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Sniper Elite 4 or SUPERHOT Mind Control Delete. In addition, only a paid subscription allows you to play 4K in 60 frames and support 5.1 sound. So, are you ready for Cyberpunk 2077? Then register at Stadia and get PLN 199, because that's how much it costs to play in this service.

In China, the first fully autonomous taxis are already running on the roads

In China, the first fully autonomous taxis are already running on the roadsAlthough it is not China but the USA that leads the world in autonomous technologies, companies from the Middle Kingdom are chasing their competitors, and the effects of this are already well visible on the streets of the metropolis.

Two months ago, Baidu flooded the streets of Beijing, the capital of China, with hundreds of Apollo robotic taxis that drive residents around virtually the entire city, and now another company offers similar services in Shenzhen. We are talking about not just any player, because the AutoX company, which belongs to the Alibaba group.

To begin with, 25 Chrysler Pacifica cars are already operating in the city. These are the same vehicles offered by the American company Waymo in Phoenix, which was the first in the world to launch such a service. It is a pity that in Europe we can dream about traveling with such vehicles for now. Meanwhile, more and more robotic taxi fleets are popping up like mushrooms in China and the United States.

The governments of both countries announce that the future of city travel will belong to this type of transport. It will be complemented by air transport in the form of flying taxis. The authorities want robo-taxi fares on typical routes not to exceed the dollar.

Baidu and Alibaba already have fleets of autonomous taxis consisting of hundreds of vehicles. Currently, they regularly and pilot nearly 1,500 kilometers of roads in the largest Chinese metropolises. Baidu also boasts the longest Autonomous Taxi section in the Middle Kingdom and one of the longest in the world. The section in Beijing, Changsha and Cangzhouma is 700 kilometers.

Chinese concerns, however, cinema scanner not rest on their laurels. The road network and the vehicle fleet are to be continuously expanded until it covers the entire country. The government plans to increase the rights of fully autonomous vehicles powered by ecological energy sources in the future. In practice, this will mean that the owners of such vehicles or their passengers will be able to count on the right-of-way at intersections and special parking spaces in crowded cities.

The surface of the dark side of Europa, the moon of Jupiter, shines like a beacon

The surface of the dark side of Europa, the moon of Jupiter, shines like a beaconThis globe is one of the most promising in the Solar System in terms of the possibility of favorable conditions for the existence of biological life as we know it from our planet.

Europe still hides many secrets from astronomers. The latest research is further evidence that if life exists there, it must exist only below the surface. This is where the salt water reservoirs are located, which are protected by the icy surface against deadly ionizing radiation.

New scientific research with the Hubble Space Telescope shows that a glow appears on the dark side of the moon, where sunlight cannot reach it. It is due to the strong radiation generated by the home planet, namely Jupiter.

Astronomers conducted experiments in laboratories with which they wanted to recreate the conditions prevailing on the surface of Europe. It turned out that indeed ice could reflect radiation and generate a glow in dark places.

Unfortunately, this afterglow cannot be seen from Earth, because it occurs only on the dark side of Europe. The one visible from our planet is illuminated by the sun's rays, which eliminate this effect. Astronomers are looking forward to a mission to this mysterious globe.

It will start in 2023. The Europa Clipper mission, supervised by the US Space Agency, will then depart towards the icy moons of Jupiter. It will allow us to learn a lot more about the surroundings of the largest planet in the solar system and, perhaps, eventually gain valuable data on the possibility of biological life forms there.

Recently, there have also been data that show that life on this ice-bound object can function as little as 1 centimeter below the surface. Such information provided new analyzes of old data obtained by the Galileo and Voyager 1 spacecraft. Astronomers based on them Epic Movie News 3D models that show the degree of radiation penetration deep into the European surface.

The first smartphones with retractable lenses will appear next year

The first smartphones with retractable lenses will appear next yearCamera modules sliding out of the housing have been with us for a long time, and now it's time for retractable lenses. The first smartphones that offer powerful optical zooms will appear next year.

All enthusiasts of mobile photography have long been waiting for such benefits. Huge over 100-megapixel matrices are slowly becoming a standard in high-end smartphones, but so far there has been a lack of equally powerful zooms as zoom lenses provide. Now it will become a fact thanks to Xiaomi.

The Chinese company is working intensively on camera lenses that will be able to extend beyond the housing and allow you to photograph distant objects as if they were within reach. The quality of the photography is to be at a very high level.

Currently, cameras in smartphones only offer a powerful digital zoom, multiple optical or hybrid zoom, in addition supplemented by large matrices. Such possibilities are provided by periscope telephoto lenses. All solutions, however, leave much to be desired in terms of the quality of photos and cannot compete with even basic digital cameras.

Now it will change for the better. Xiaomi reports that we can expect a photographic revolution in smartphones next year. This technology is to allow the use of a larger aperture, which will increase the amount of input light by 300 percent. But it is not everything. The new camera module will have a larger anti-shock angle, thanks to which the images will be sharper planet watching 20 percent.

Fans of mobile photography will therefore be able to count on great-quality photos in poor lighting conditions, i.e. after dark. Most importantly, smartphones with retractable lenses are to have a similar thickness as currently sold.

This is what Erica looks like today. An intelligent robot will star in a Hollywood movie

This is what Erica looks like today. An intelligent robot will star in a Hollywood movieHumanoid robots can surprise you with their skills. This is noticed by filmmakers who intend to replace them with actors in Hollywood productions. This is just the beginning of the revolution.

If you haven't met her yet, today you have the opportunity. Erica is the newest child of the world-renowned scientist Hiroshi Ishiguro, who with his team from the University of Osaka is working on the most advanced humanoid robots in the world. Android girl from the Land of the Rising Sun looks phenomenal and delights with quite realistic body movements.

Erika is powered by artificial intelligence technologies. He can join a conversation and amused to tears, and at the same time show the full range of emotions associated with it. Hiroshi Ishiguro wants humanoid robots to replace us in most of our daily activities, which would be easier for them to do than we do. Sociologists have no doubt that such machines will appear in our homes and replace family members sooner than we all think.

Films from Close To Movies and Hollywood believe that a delicate robot does not have to be just an excellent companion for long chats. Erika has abilities no less than the famous robot named Sophia, who became a UN ambassador and even received Saudi Arabian citizenship. In Japan, this type of machine is very popular. The young generation is so far absorbed in the virtual world ruled by robots, but in the future the world of fiction will mix with the real, thanks to inventions such as Erika and Sophia.

Erica got a job in a science fiction production worth 70 million dollars a few months ago. The script looks great and is inspired by the sensational Ex-Machina. Well, the android will be created in a secret laboratory where work related to the creation of artificial DNA will be carried out. The experiments will get out of hand, however, and its creator will try to allow Erice to escape and live in our human world. Erica has a chance to become the most popular robot in human history.

We can expect that it will win not only the hearts of many sci-fi fans, but also enthusiasts of the latest technology who would like to see the reality in which people live with robots or even connect with them. If you haven't had the chance to play Detroit: Become Human, we encourage you. There, the future of our civilization was presented in a very meaningful way, related to intelligent humanoid robots. We are also waiting for new Disney productions where robots are to appear (see here).

A robo-dog has appeared in Chernobyl. Will warn about rising radiation

A robo-dog has appeared in Chernobyl. Will warn about rising radiationThe Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is still one of the most dangerous places on our planet. Now, robo-dogs from Boston Dynamics will take care of increasing security in its area.

As part of extensive testing, the management of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant decided to hire a four-legged robot to inspect the facility and its surroundings. For several years now, a new sarcophagus has been towering over the famous reactor No. 4, which is to protect the world against radiation emission for about 100 years.

Despite resolving fears of the collapse of the old sarcophagus and the vision of another disaster, scientists working in Chernobyl want to have as much knowledge as possible about the entire area and points with the highest levels of radiation. It is about ensuring the safety of both employees and tourists who are more and more willing to come to these regions of Ukraine.

The Robo-Dog Spot will celebrate the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, map its area in 3D and record points with increased radiation emission. Based on this valuable data, scientists will create a comprehensive map that will allow them to later modify the facility and ensure even greater security for everyone.

The facility authorities plan to map not only the power plant itself. If the project lives up to the hopes placed on it, an entire army of robots will appear in Chernobyl and start mapping the entire area of ​​the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone on an ongoing basis. Recently, scientists have used drones to detect high-radiation points, but robots can do the job much more accurately.

Skinners 2.0 shoe socks. Here's a groundbreaking chassis from Kickstarter

Skinners 2.0 shoe socks. Here's a groundbreaking chassis from KickstarterDo you dream about practical and comfortable footwear in which you could walk around the house, but at the same time go for a long walk in the forest or even in the mountains? Here are the Skinners 2.0 shoe socks.

Startup Skinners Technologies has designed and built footwear that many active people have been waiting for for a long time. They combine both the attributes of ordinary socks, i.e. they are light and comfortable, but also shoes for special tasks, in which we can even go hiking. Now it's time for a second, much better version.

The Skinners 2.0 socks weigh only 160 grams, are water resistant, have good grip on any surface and are very durable. The manufacturer ensures that they will easily serve their happy owners for many months. You can do at least 800 kilometers in them.

You probably think this is some fiction. Nothing could be more wrong. Although Skinners 2.0 looks like socks, in fact, not only are they in no way inferior to traditional footwear, but even superior to us in many respects, as you can see by watching the footage prepared by the startup.

Skinners 2.0 can be rolled up, so they take up little space in a backpack or travel suitcase. The shoe socks are made of antibacterial materials, but you can also wash them in the washing machine, without fear of losing their properties. The manufacturer offers a choice of colors and 7 sizes. Skinners 2.0 will be available on Kickstarter for PLN 175 per pair, including an insert and a case. Shipment is to be made to Poland. If you want to support the project, you can do so here.

See for yourself whether the masks really work and it's worth wearing them

See for yourself whether the masks really work and it's worth wearing themAccording to the World Health Organization and the governments of virtually all countries of the world, face masks are the most important element of an effective fight against the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus. Do they really do their job? Look.

The creator of the very popular channel “Note! Naukowy Bełkot ”on YouTube, decided to check for themselves whether it is worth wearing masks and what they really give us and strangers in terms of protection against bacteria, fungi and viruses.

It turns out that it is a powerful weapon in the fight against the CoVID-19 pandemic and more. They are not some form of enslavement, but only to keep everyone safe. For all this to work beautifully, you need to remember to wear the masks correctly and replace them frequently or wash them if they are disposable.

"Of course, what I am showing here is only anecdotal evidence, and in addition to that, each of the three repetitions that I did gave the same, easy to predict effect. However, if it is true that a picture expresses more than a thousand words, then I would like this picture to speak for me today "- said Dawid Myśliwiec from the channel" Attention! Scientific Gibberish ”.

The number of CoVID-19 infections is increasing all over the world with each new day. However, thanks to the masks, it is possible to significantly limit the growth, which could now be even 2-3 times larger. Experts believe that only face masks, social distancing and frequent disinfection can save the lives of millions of lives. It all depends on us, our responsibility and concern for others.