Apple censors music streaming

Texts of certain music genres, such as rap and hip-hop, are saturated. Fans like it, but Apple thinks that there are too many of them. So he is working on a technology that will censor vulgarity while streaming music.

Not everyone likes to listen to music in which every second word is unaccustomed. Of course, artists believe that this is a way of expressing their expression, but their music is increasingly being heard by children who should not learn profanity. The same is true of the Apple group, which has decided to squeeze the language of the musicians a bit, by technology that automatically censors the vulgarisms.

Apple has submitted a patent called “Managing, Replacing, and Removing Vocal Vocabulary From Audio Tests,” which describes new software that automatically detects and removes curses from streamed tracks. The system first scans the song, then compares the text to the banned word database, which contains all kinds of profanity. When they find one, they are removed and replaced by silence or excitement.

This does not mean, however, that the piece will be cut by a beak or pieces of silence. Technology after removing vulgarism can mask them, increasing the volume of music in these places.

Electronic nanny susceptible to hacker attacks

Infants’ parents are very eager to use electronic nannies that allow them to monitor children from a second room or when away from home. They do not realize, however, that not only can they peek at their consoles during this time, as these devices are extremely vulnerable to hacker attacks.

This shocking truth revealed in its report, Rapid7, a cyber-security company, which revealed at least nine such nannies that gaps to take control of these devices.

The team tested babies from eight manufacturers, including Philips and Withings, manufactured this year. Specialists have discovered that hackers can easily break into them, not only to scare the family members (they often have two-way communication), but also to observe their daily activities. Some models use non-encrypted network applications, so cybercriminals have easy access.

Rapid7 also emphasizes that parents often act very recklessly, giving access to cameras for different people without first checking their identity. This increases the number of people with access to a video stream showing their child, which can be classified as pedophiles.

Largest supersonic aircraft in the world

Strategic aviation is still one of the greatest elements of the strength of the Russian and US armies. Although in the context of total war their role would rather replace intercontinental nuclear missiles, their potential to carry a lot of cargo is still used today. In today’s reality, he is often involved in the raids of conventional weapons. Examples of such activities can be observed in the ongoing conflict in Syria. It is here that the Tu-160, the heaviest and heaviest combat aircraft in the world, had its baptism.

Looking at this machine, it is impossible not to get the impression that this is a copy of the American Rockwell B-1 Lancer bomber. However, the history of this aircraft is somewhat more complicated. At the end of the 1960s both the USSR and the US decided to acquire a supersonic, heavy bomber capable of carrying large amounts of nuclear weapons. The US Department of Defense has commissioned the creation of such a Rockwell aircraft. In the mid seventies, the result was the creation of four prototype B-1As that fulfilled the premise.

As a result of the change of power in the United States, the basic defense strategies of the country were changed, and one of the effects was the suspension of the B-1A project in its present form. The bomber himself was created and put into service in much altered form. A few years after announcing the change, the world saw the Rockwell B-1B Lancer bomber, produced in 100 copies. It made it possible to reach a much lower speed (equal to Ma = 1.25 instead of the original Ma = 2.5).

In the meantime, the Soviet competitor created the assumptions for the construction of its super-bomber, partly supporting the design of the first bomber’s design, the B-1A. The Tu-160 was built with the experience of various USSR engineering offices, including Tupolev, Suchoja and Myasishcheva. It is this last office with its M-18 concept that is responsible for creating the basic features of the platform, which became Tu-160.

Tu-160 is the basis of Russia’s strategic aviation. It can therefore carry a range of weapons, including atomic weapons. In its two retractable chambers up to 40 tons of armament. These may include: Kh-55 / Kh-55SM maneuvers (up to 12), Ch-15 (up to 24) nuclear missiles, and a series of conventional, cassette and atomic bombs in the aviation arsenal. Russia.

Today, all Tu-160s are stationed in the 121st Heavy Bombers Regiment in Engels, south of Moscow, near the border with Kazakhstan. Baptism for the Tu-160 was a series of raids on targets in Syria in November this year. With the simultaneous attacks of the Kalibr / 3M-54 maneuvering missiles, the Russians destroyed several dozen training bases, staff and weapons depots for the Islamic State.

The Tu-160 can accelerate even up to a speed equal to Ma = 2.0 (about 2450 km / h at high altitudes). It’s almost 2 times faster than the design competitor, the American Rockwell B-1B Lancer. In achieving this speed, in addition to powerful engines, the variable geometry of the wings is also possible.

It is also worth noting the noticeably higher maximum takeoff weight of the Russian bomber (275 tonnes for Tu-160 versus 216 tonnes for B-1). However, this does not directly affect the maximum mass of armaments being transported, since both planes in their chambers can carry a mass of approximately 28 tons. Likewise, there is a maximum range of about 12,000 kilometers.

The ability to exceed the speed of sound provides the bomber with a set of four NK-32 turbofan engines of up to 137 kN each. Achieving supersonic speed is also possible with the built-in afterburner, which increases the thrust to 245 kN (for each engine). Tu-160 can stay in the air without refueling up to 15 hours. This time, however, can be significantly longer. Tu-160 can be refueled in the air, for example from the Russian flying cistle Il-78 or the planned Il-96-400TZ.

The power of fear of the Tu-160 may be witnessed by the recent declaration by Vladimir Putin, who announced the resumption of production of this aircraft. The fleet currently used 12 Tu-160 and 3 Tu-160M ​​is expected to include as many as 50 machines in the newer version of the “M2”. Furthermore, the first contracts for upgrading older versions of these machines have already been signed. With the still under development, the supersonic PAK-DA bomber, the target Tu-160M2 fleet is to be Russia’s strategic aviation force for at least 40 years.

Interesting facts:

– The crew of this unusual bomber are four people. It is a pilot, a second pilot, an armsman and a defense system operator. An interesting character is especially the latter because he is responsible for detecting and defending the Tu-160 against a potential attempt to shoot down enemy defenses.

– This machine is complicated and requires a pilot design. Only the most experienced Russian pilots can fly. To prepare for piloting “Blackjack”, Russian airmen must complete a number of training sessions, including the specially adapted Tu-134UBL training version.

– Throughout its history, 34 copies of the Tu-160 have been made. So why only 15 of these machines are in the hands of the Russians? After the collapse of the Soviet Union, one of the bases in which it operated was 184. The Guards Heavy Bombardment Regiment and Strategic Air Forces hit the hands of Ukrainians. There were several Tu-160 machines in this regiment. They later became a cause of conflict between Ukraine and Russia, but ultimately the Ukrainians handed over to the Russians in return for remitting part of the debt for the supply of natural gas.

– A great fan of this machine is Vladimir Putin. He himself had the opportunity to fly proud of Russian aviation. Personally, he also signed a decree in April, under which the re-production of the modernized version of the Tu-160 will begin.

Ford has an unusual idea of ​​avoiding traffic jams

Living in a big city, during the daily commute to work, we spend a lot of time in traffic jams. A much better means of transportation would be a scooter, but this would mean an additional expense for its purchase. Unless we own a car produced by Ford, then such a wheel will be part of its equipment.

The American corporation has presented a very interesting idea to fight the crooked streets, which means that commuting to work or school will last much shorter than now. The company showed the latest patent showing a rather unusual solution that would transform one of our wheels into a small monocycle.

The patent called “Self-Propelled Unicycle Engagable With Vehicle” describes a device consisting of a seat, a drive and a steering wheel that can be stored in the trunk and carried with us wherever we go by car. In the event of a need to break through traffic jams, the owner could leave the car in the car park, then dismount one of the rear wheels of the car and connect it to the trunk transported in the trunk, thereby gaining an efficient means of transport.

The Monocycle would use a suspension of the vehicle, and would additionally serve as a very effective anti-theft system, as the wheelless auto would certainly be extremely difficult to steal.

The idea is undoubtedly very bold and rather completely useless for the average car owner. Very few owners would like to turn on and turn the wheel every time, and also install the entire construction of the monocycle. A lot of better options are folding bikes, which easily fit into the trunk, and there are also small scooters that can be worn like a strap.

Ford’s concept will remain just a curiosity.

Samsung teaches the conscious use of modern technology

Samsung has released a revolutionary app that motivates more conscious use of modern technology. SAMi, because this application speech, helps to restore balance in the interpersonal relationships that many people lost to their beloved smartphones. Propagation is moderation, moreover, also rewarded.

How does modern technology affect our relationships with other people? On the one hand, they make it easy to keep in touch, giving you new opportunities to communicate (instant messengers, Facebook tickles, snaps), and often flatten relationships when you meet friends in real life. The best way to do this is to show the following video, showing how the serialized series would look today.

Have you ever been to a meeting where the other person with eye contact kept more often with your smartphone than with you? Or maybe you were a person looking at the screen? Nowadays, it is quite common phenomenon. We are bombarded with hundreds of friends from all sides, and then the person we are face to face becomes just another notification. Many simply can not refrain from being up to date with all matters. Is that the right way? Can virtual contacts not wait for a moment to return to them at any time, and the person we are seeing in real life spend more than a few seconds on message exclamation? She takes her time to be with us, not our smartphone.

Samsung saw this problem and decided to do something about it. This is the result of the SAMi application, which rewards uninterrupted phone calls. This tool helps to control the reflex of unknowingly reaching for the phone during meetings with friends and rewarding the endurance of the users. The rules are very simple. We make a deal with a friend or acquaintance in one of the partner cafes. We steam our phones and start playing. If we can stand without aimless touching the smartphone (we can pick up an important phone) 15 or 30 minutes we will receive a prize – discount for coffee products or free coffee / dessert (next visit). In case we are tempted to reach for the phone – the fun is interrupted. According to the sociologist, the Samsung-created application can be a great way to limit our distraction:

Such applications as SAMi can help you gain the right habit – checking your phone when it’s time for it and putting it off when it’s time for something else – says Milosz Brzezinski, sociologist. The application uses one of the most powerful behavior change techniques: social declaration. In other words: people do not have to watch over themselves because they have friends and the same app that supports them, “he adds.

Surface RT 32 GB has only 16 GB of free memory

When we buy a device like a tablet or smartphone we always have the capacity of installed memory.

It never happens to be so sore that all memory is available to the user. Some of the declared gigabytes are for system and applications. No one was particularly surprised. For example, the Apple iPad 3 32 GB capacity after the first launch has a free 27.5 GB. Google Nexus 7 and 8 GB – 5.92 GB.

Now it turns out that Microsoft may have a problem, because 32 GB tablet Surface RT has a user free … 16 GB. Almost half of the memory is dedicated to the system, and this is not a situation that users are used to. 5 GB is needed for system restore tools, another 8 GB – Windows RT, Office and built-in applications. This is why some users may feel a little surprised.

The situation tells Microsoft itself on its pages explaining exactly where the disk space has gone. In spite of this, users may feel a little disappointed, especially when they first used an iPad or Android tablet.

This is the ecological city of Masdar City

The oil-rich Arabian countries are known for their spectacular construction projects such as the artificial islands of The Palm and The World with luxury villas. In Saudi Arabia, an even more interesting project is being implemented, namely Masdar City.

Masdar City, about 18 km southeast of Abu Dhabi, is not a mere city. This metropolis is planned for 10,000 people, designed to be largely self-contained and produce at low levels of CO2.

The project will be funded by 87,777 photovoltaic panels equipped with a water recovery system, as well as a state-of-the-art transportation system based on state-of-the-art electric and fully automated carriages.

The construction of the city will officially be completed in 2020, but now we can look there courtesy of a group of travelers called Quartier Libre who visited the metropolis with a camera and recorded a short film.

You can see an ultra modern city that is likely to remain an example of wasted money. Metropolis has a problem with attracting residents, because they are mainly residential blocks, without commercial and service infrastructure.

Samsung and Apple will start fighting TVs?

Two of the biggest rivals in the electronics industry, probably from next year, will start a completely new war. This time, however, they will not be armed with smartphones and tablets, but televisions.

Apple plans to enter the TV market has been gossiping for some time. In fact, since Steve Jobs’s biography mentioned that a recently deceased visionary was interested in creating his own receiver. So far, however, these have been unreliable rumors, but there is something to it, as recent reports suggest that next year will be Apple TVs.

The consortium wants to sell its own televisions, integrated with iCloud, and launch applications, eliminating the need for external set-top boxes. However, analysts are convinced that the US consortium’s receivers would, however, be rather expensive, perhaps even twice as expensive as current solutions.

If Apple decided to enter the TV market, its biggest competitor would be Samsung, the leader in HDTV receivers, which already has the D8000 series, offering not only the highest image quality, but also a built-in app store and network access through Wi-Fi.

Leather from a 3D printer will make it easier for grafts

When we think of 3D printing, we come to think of toys, tools and even homes. However, this kind of technology is equally well done in medicine, allowing not only to print bone prostheses, but also transplant skin.

TeVido BioDevices is working on skin printing technology that would be the perfect material for her transplant. At the present time scientists are working on skin development especially for people with breast cancer, which would naturally rebuild the removed organ. The method developed by scientists uses the patient’s own skin to produce the skin.

For the moment successfully printed nipples that have been used in breast reconstruction surgery, however, the researchers hope that in the future will be able to significantly increase the functionality of the new method and apply it also in other such procedures.

Printed leather would be useful during cosmetic and medical treatments, and could be used to remove scars after surgery. And its greatest advantage is that it arises from the cells of the patient, so not only will the body not reject it, but will also have the same color as the color of the patient’s skin.

Removing aging cells can lengthen our lives

For now, there is no such thing as the elixir of youth that allows us to prolong our life, but scientists from all over the world work hard to create a one that will make us live for even a few decades longer. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine have a promising idea.

Our body is calculated for a certain vitality and therefore for a certain age our cells are no longer regenerating as fast as they are and they are getting old. The accumulation of aging cells leads to various types of health problems, but researchers at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine say that removing them could result in prolonging our lives.

Researchers Darren Baker and Jan van Deursen are currently testing their theory on mice and claim that removing old cells from their bodies slows down kidney function and reduces fat accumulation. After such surgery, mice not only live about 1/3 longer, but are also healthier. It is worth pointing out that this discovery, like many other important for science, was made accidentally in 2004, during the study of the exclusion of the cancer causing gene.