Ebooks are similar to paper books

While digital books are much more convenient than paper, because they occupy less space, and offer easier searching for chapters, standard books have an edge over them in several respects. Amazon decided to suppress it by introducing Page Flip.

Digital books will not push the paper market for a long time, though they certainly have many advantages. We will fit the entire library on the size of the postage stamp, we do not have to fear the degradation of printing with age, and we have fast access to individual chapters.

Paper books also have some other advantages that we will not find in digital versions, but the latter are slowly beginning to catch on. Amazon has just released a new feature called Page Flip that has been introduced to Kindle readers, as well as Kindle applications available on iOS and Android platforms.

This is the equivalent of inserting a finger into a book, creating a bookmark, and then quickly looking through the remaining pages for interesting snippets or pictures. Once activated, the read page will be placed in a small window, while on the rest of the screen, you will be able to see thumbnails of the other pages, with the ability to zoom in on each of them. Then you can return to the read page.

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Google hits the usury industry

In just a few weeks, online advertising of usurious loans will be much more difficult. Google has decided to block ads displayed on the search engine for this type of service. The company has announced that the blockade deals with companies offering short-term loans at high interest rates.

Sometimes it happens that we do not have enough for our next paycheck and we need to rescue a loan that will allow us to survive. Difficult situation is very willing to use then all kinds of loan companies, offering money for short terms for huge interest rates of up to several thousand percent per year.

The most common form of customer acquisition by such companies is online advertising, and many of them buy out Google search ads, thus reaching millions of customers around the world.

Soon, however, such a form of service promotion will become impossible. Mountain View Company has announced that it will block ads from companies that provide loans for up to 60 days from June 13th around the world. In addition, businesses in the United States will be blocked from paying an annual interest rate of more than 36 percent on loans.

David Graff, director of product policy at Google, wrote on the company’s official blog that Google is trying to protect its users, as such loans use human weaknesses and can put them in serious trouble.

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Jawbone ends with consumer electronics

Jawbone announced that it is ending with consumer electronics. The company has announced that it will only deal with medical products from now on.

An example of Fitbit, which due to weak financial results has to slow down some staff shows that the market of fitness straps is in worse condition. For this reason, Jawbone, a company well known for producing such devices, announced that it is ending with consumer electronics.

The company has issued a statement in which it confirms the departure from the design of the wearable devices and intends to focus on products and services for the medical market, ie equipment for clinics and clinics for treating patients.

The decision was dictated by the small profitability of the current business. Jawbone has received $ 951 million from investors for the development of wearable equipment and although it has spent nearly half of that amount, it has only paid a small share of the invested funds.

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Amazon headphones with life saving technology

Amazon has patented modern headphones that can theoretically save lives. The noise reduction technology installed in them is equipped with a music off mechanism when a certain type of sound is emitted at a selected frequency.

Built-in noise canceling technology is very useful as it eliminates background noise, allowing you to focus entirely on the music. Unfortunately, it is also dangerous because the user does not hear the ambient sounds. Maybe then fall under the car when riding a bike or not hear the person calling for help.

Amazon has patented a solution that can potentially save lives. The company patented a technology that automatically turns off the music when built-in microphones detect the sound of a certain frequency. It may be a scream, or even a specific phrase, eg a name. The headset at this point will immediately hear what’s going on around him and he will be able to respond to the situation right away.

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Toshiba starts vegetable farming

Big electronics companies are increasingly getting involved in fruit and vegetable production. This may sound weird, but our planet is becoming more populated and needs new ways of producing food that will not only be effective but will also provide healthy food for our body. Toshiba is one such company that is starting to enter a completely new market sector for her.

Speaking to Toshiba, we mean primarily laptops and consumer electronics. However, these are not the only areas of activity of this concern, which is beginning to be interested in agriculture.

Media reports that the Japanese giant recently launched a new laboratory in the Yokosuki industrial district, where under sterile conditions, under fluorescent lamps, vegetables are grown. As a result of this experiment, a very clean lettuce is created, which does not need to be washed before eating, which is an indispensable activity for typical vegetables purchased at a local shop.

The whole process is quite unusual for a vegetable farm, because all employees wear protective aprons and must wash their hands with alkaline water before entering the farm. The farm itself does not resemble a regular field as all environmental conditions are controlled by computers. Air pressure, temperature, lighting level, dust and bacteria are all controlled by electronics and software. As a result of these activities, plants are created that are not attacked by bacteria, do not need to be sprayed with pesticides and washed before eating.

Toshiba plans to use its idea on a much wider scale and intends to sell such systems to Russia and countries in the Middle East where conditions are not conducive to typical vegetable farming. Sam will also be in production and plans to deliver at least 3 million heads of lettuce on the Japanese market each year, hoping that the new venture will bring additional profits to the Japanese market.

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The new ultra-fast camera will help detect cancer

A camera developed by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the direction of prof. Ramesha Raskara has enough speed to film a laser beam striking an object and its reflection. The researchers recorded very fast flashes of the laser, lasting 50 femtoseconds (femtosecond is one billionth of a second – PAP).

The fastest scientific cameras currently record images at a million frames per second. They work the same way as cameras sold on the consumer market – the main part is a CMOS converter that converts optical light into a digital form that can already be written to disk. The fastest camera developed by a team of researchers at the University of California operated at 6.1 frames per second and its shutter speed was 163 nanoseconds.

The MIT scientist’s camera is built differently. As a technology reviewer, Dr. Andreas Velten, a member of the engineering team, said that the response time was limited to 500 picoseconds in the camera system so that the electrical signal did not stay too long in the wires and chips themselves. The shutter speed is less than two picoseconds (the picosecond is the trillionth of a second) because the prototype was designed to “catch” the laser beam. For this reason, this camera also did not need special electronics.

The light coming into its optical part went to a special electrode – a photocathode – converting the photon stream into an equivalent electron beam. The electron beam was in turn on the back of the camera, covered with a chemical that glowed under its influence. This is almost exactly the same mechanism used in the recently produced cathode ray tubes of classic TVs.

Due to the fact that the camera was able to see only one line, MIT researchers have built a mirror system that allows full illumination and viewing of the entire image. The construction is also completed with a classic digital camera, which records the image at the back of the camera. These two records are submitted by the software in real time and form a homogeneous image, while the digital camera record only covers a small portion of the laser beam path, which is completely visible to the fast camera. The image resolution of the first prototype device is 500×600 dpi.

MIT’s built-in camera does not capture events that do not happen quickly and on a regular basis. This is a significant limitation in its application, however, Dr. Velten notes that its advantage, in turn, is the possibility of observing the previously impossible to grasp the moment of penetration and reflection of light in the plane or tissue.

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Apple, however, is working on autonomous cars

For months it has been said that Apple plans to build its own autonomous car. Although the company never officially acknowledged it, many sources have reported that the Titan Project has been named for hundreds of engineers and automotive experts who have been hired by other manufacturers.

Recently, Project Titan had to face considerable obstacles, because unofficial reports indicated that Apple decided to postpone its implementation on the shelf. It seems, however, that the idea is still being realized, as information has emerged that confirms the implementation of autonomous vehicle projects. It is a letter sent by the US concern to the National Road Safety Administration, which answers the new technology guidelines.

Its author is Steve Kenner, Apple Product Integrity Director, in which he writes that his company is investing heavily in research into machine learning and automation and is excited about automated systems in many areas, including transportation.

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Google can remotely unlock Android smartphones

If you think it’s safe for strangers to access the data on your smartphone, then you’re in a big error. According to documents disclosed by the New York District Attorney’s Office, Google is able to remotely unlock nearly 75 percent of the devices running on this platform.

Theoretically, blocking a smartphone with a password protects it from unauthorized access, but also protects against law enforcement who would like to obtain possible proof of the owner of the device.

In practice, however, it turns out that this blockade does not do much, because, according to recent documents from the New York district attorney’s office, Google can remotely unlock our equipment and do so at the request of the police, once the search warrant has been submitted.

This is available for older Android versions, and as they are still the most popular, we are talking about 75 percent of all mobile devices running on this platform. This way, the right-holders can access the memory of the device and freely view all data stored in it.

Only Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer version of Android 5.0 has been protected against remote locking because only full encryption is available from this version of the system. However, it is worth remembering that this feature is disabled by default and must be manually activated in the system settings.

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