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DateDate: 31-03-2018, 06:58

Huawei received a patent for a folding smartphone with a flexible display, which became known on March 29. Judging by the sketches published in the Net, the screen bends around the device and remains visible in any layout.
Recently, the Huawei brand introduced some of the best cameraphones on the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro mobile devices market with cutouts at the top of the screen. Developing in conjunction with the firm Leica cameras, the company's specialists are working in parallel to introduce advanced technologies into their products.
On September 19, 2017, Huawei applied to the World Intellectual Property Organization for a patent for a smartphone with a folding body and screen. The experts satisfied her only on March 29. As you can see in the image-scheme, the gadget folding in one direction looks like a book. He bends around the screen, which when bending the smartphone remains noticeable.
Previously, LG patented a folding smartphone-tablet.
Source: AN

DateDate: 30-03-2018, 07:30

Xiaomi has created a smart mirror for cars, called Mi Smart RearView Mirror. The device was equipped with artificial intelligence, which controls the work with Sony cameras.
The smart mirror is compact, and the diagonal of its display is 6.86 inches with a resolution of 1280x480 pixels. The body of the novelty was created from aviation aluminum. The alloy produces heat well, so the apparatus does not heat up much. The device received two cameras and the Sony IMX291 module. The latter uses 6 lenses to work with a wide-angle lens with viewing angles of 150 degrees. The aperture parameter is declared as f / 1.8.
By analogy with its predecessor, the Xiaomi RearView Mirror provides the driver with assistance in tracking the road with the help of cameras and sensors built into the car. When the vehicle converges from the used band or if it is too close to an object ahead of the road, the device will give a special signal. Along with this, the device can be used as a DVR, and in case of an accident it allows you to see the moment of the collision itself or transfer the video to another device.
Xiaomi Mi Smart RearView Mirror uses artificial intelligence, which allows him to accurately recognize voice commands. Included are a radio and an audio player. Separately, the manufacturer focuses on the possibility of connecting a smart mirror through a special Mi Home application for getting a more detailed gadget setting and precise control. A new version of the smart rear-view mirror will be available for purchase in China on April 3. The declared value of the novelty is $ 158. When exactly the mirror appears in other markets, besides home, it remains unknown.
Source: AN

DateDate: 30-03-2018, 07:26
The key country of OPEC has relied on renewable energy. Together with the Japanese firm Softbank, it will build solar power plants equal in capacity to 200 nuclear reactors. The world's largest solar energy project will be implemented not in Europe, not in America, or even in China, but in Saudi Arabia. The country, rich in oil and playing a key role in the cartel of its OPEC exporters, seems to have taken a decisive step towards the goal announced in April 2016: to overcome oil dependence by 2030.
Implementation of the ambitious program Vision 2030
This step was signed by the 32-year-old Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud. Two years ago, he introduced the program of large-scale social and economic modernization of his country Vision 2030, developed with the assistance of the international consulting company McKinsey. And now he launched a project, which in just a decade has radically changed the face of the national electric power industry, which is still based on oil.
On March 28, 2018, Prince Salman signed in New York with Japanese billionaire, the founder and head of the Softbank Group's technology holding Masayoshi Soon, an agreement on intentions, which provides for the phased construction of solar power stations in Saudi Arabia with a total capacity of about 200 gigawatts. This is comparable to 200 power units of nuclear power plants.
Thus, Saudi Arabia has decided, unlike, for example, Iran and a number of other developing countries, not to rely on nuclear energy, but to forcefully develop renewable energy, actively using what nature, along with oil, has so generously endowed it with Desert state: the sun.
Investments can reach $ 200 billion
"This is a big step for all of humanity, he is brave and risky, but I hope that we will succeed," said Prince Salman, assessing the signed agreement. It assumes that as early as this year about 5 billion dollars will be invested in the import and installation of solar batteries, so that in 2019 two solar power stations with a capacity of 3 and 4.2 gigawatts will start operation. They will immediately become the largest on the planet.
Of these $ 5 billion, $ 1 billion will be provided by the Softbank Vision Fund, created by the Japanese billionaire in 2016, of which Prince Salman is also a partner. The Fund has already invested in projects in the US, India and Europe. The remaining 4 billion will provide project financing.
In the future, funds for new investments, as expected, will largely be able to generate objects put into operation. Thus, part of the electricity produced is planned to be exported. In total, investments in the reorientation of Saudi Arabia to solar energy can reach $ 200 billion by 2030.
Masayoshi Son: The energy of the sun instead of nuclear power
"This is by far the largest solar project in history," Masayoshi Son said after signing the agreement. The 60-year-old Japanese entrepreneur who became one of the first large investors in the world Internet industry in the 1990s after the accident at the Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima in 2011 became a determined opponent of nuclear energy and began to actively invest in Japan in the development of solar energy. Now he has found in the person of Prince Salman an influential, promising and large-minded Saudi ally.
The plan, which they agreed on, also implies the development of Saudi Arabia's own production of solar cells so that in the medium term they can replace the imported panels, and then go on to export - for example, to neighboring Arab countries, in which interest in solar energy is growing.
The head of Softbank believes that it will be possible to establish the manufacture of competitive solar batteries in Saudi Arabia in two or three years. In the Saudi capital, Riyadh counts on the fact that the creation and development of this new industry in the country will provide employment to 100,000 people and will give a powerful impetus to the transition of the still oil national economy to high technologies. That is one of the cornerstones of the Vision 2030 program.

DateDate: 30-03-2018, 07:24

Google announced the acquisition of the Tenor platform. This platform is responsible for the search engine for animated images in keyboards for Android and iOS, as well as some messengers. For example, in Facebook Messenger.
It is reported that Tenor will continue to work as a separate brand under the wing of Google. As you know, the search giant has already for a long time already has an image search platform, so the purchase of Tenor seems quite logical.
In addition, the search engine Tenor will be integrated into Google Images.

DateDate: 29-03-2018, 07:38

Developers from the XDA website have studied the firmware of the yet unannounced flagship Xiaomi smartphone, code-named "dipper" (presumably, Mi7). Thanks to this enthusiasts found a number of details about the "chips" of the novelty. In particular, they found evidence of the use of one of the newfangled technologies.
During the study of the firmware code, the developers found mention of the built-in fingerprint scanner manufactured by FPC, Goodix and Synaptics. After that, enthusiasts checked the application MiuiKeyguard, responding to MIUI for the lock screen, and found it mentioning the logo of the fingerprint in the circle, the coordinates of its location on the screen and the algorithm for unlocking the device. Based on all available data obtained during the study of firmware, the user under the name Junior franztesca created a screen layout of the lock of the future device:
In the image we see rounded corners, a small cutout at the top and a fingerprint logo. Probably, the user will need to touch this place on the screen to unlock the smartphone.
Interestingly, all this was found in the old version of the firmware for the "dipper" device, whereas in newer versions there are already no hints of a fingerprint scanner on the screen. According to rumors, Xiaomi has revised its plans and abandoned this option in the upcoming Mi7. Developers XDA consider, that the screen built in the screen can appear in Xiaomi Mi7 Plus with the code name «ursa». This unit will receive a Snapdragon 845 processor, an OLED screen with a cutout and a 4,000 mAh battery.
Source: 4PDA