First drive from the crowdfunding platform

On crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo there are various projects, often also related to computers. Never before has such a form of fundraising used to create standard computer components such as SSDs ever been used. The first project to be implemented in this way is Avexir S100.

The S100 is the first solid state SSD that can be launched with an online fundraiser. This is a rather unusual idea, as the production of such devices is usually done by large companies that have been specializing in this field for many years, with the right expertise and their own distribution network. Still, Avexir, well-known for its accessories for modding computers, is behind this project hoping to achieve full success.

The S100 is also a product designed for modding fans, so it is equipped with an LED backlit casing. The backlight is installed under the company logo as well as on the edge of the drive, making it the perfect product for all windows side computers where the components are properly exposed and highlighted.

The SATA 6 Gbps drive will provide read / write speeds of 550 MB / s and 450 MB / s, and is based on the JMicron controller. It is not known what model and what NAND systems are used in it.

Rather, they will not be the latest components, and the disc itself, also does not belong to the thin. Typically, SSDs use a 7 mm thick frame to fit ultrabooks and thin laptops. However, the S100 will use an older 9.5 mm frame and maybe even 15 mm. Of course, in the case of desktops it will not be a problem as there are plenty of space in the case.


Nintendo has refreshed 3DS and 3DS XL consoles

The Nintendo 3DS portable console has been on the market for several years now, so Nintendo has decided that the popular handheld needs refreshing, so it has just released some modified versions of the 3DS and its expanded 3D XL.

Nintendo 3DS is one of the most popular portable consoles that has sold more than 44 million units since its launch. And although the recent interest in it slightly decreased, in Japan is still the leader of sales.

However, the platform has been in existence for several years now, so the Japanese company decided it needed to be refreshed a bit. So he presented two new models – New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL.

The biggest change in the new consoles is a better screen that lets you see the 3D effect in a wider range of viewing angles, so far impossible. It was enough to tilt the screen too much and the 3D effect vanished. Another modification is the more powerful processor, which of course will increase the smoothness of the game, and will allow you to load more options such as 3DS eShop once Miiverse. But this will not end, because the faster processor will also allow you to transfer to the console more demanding titles, such as the recently announced conversion of Xenoblade Chronicles.


Modern armband for athletes

Major League Baseball has just given its approval for the use of modern straps by the athletes. Devices developed by Whoop will allow you to accurately monitor the work of each player.

In modern sport, achieving results without modern technology is virtually impossible. Advanced systems keep track of the work of the body, as well as the movements it performs, allowing immediate improvement in the accuracy, efficiency and athlete skills.

Such technology is already used in practically every discipline of sport, and now it has also reached baseball. Major League Baseball has just given permission to use modern Whoop players.

These are not typical fitness bands, but more advanced devices that track the pulse, but additionally monitor the ambient temperature, movement, and even the player’s sleep. The collected data can be stored in the band for three days and the trainer has immediate access to the athlete’s fitness for the match. Wearing a bandage is obviously not compulsory, but entirely voluntary.


New technology will make life easier for the deaf

People with hearing loss can communicate by reading the lips using sign language or a screw implant. Soon there will be another, possibly much more convenient method that has been developed by scientists from the US State University of Colorado.

The technology developed by the scientists is primarily intended for those who are unable to help the aforementioned cochlear implant. Of course, what is developed at the university is not a way to fully recover your hearing, but rather a substitute for it.

The researchers, led by Professor John Williams, have created a special filling equipped with electrodes that installs on the palate of the patient. The device is Bluetooth-enabled with a wireless microphone. Captured sounds are then translated into a series of vibrations that can be read by pressing tongue to the palate. Hardware support naturally teaches you how to translate those vibrations into words, but designers ensure that it is much easier than you might think.


Google is preparing an improved Nexus 10?

Tablets belonging to the Nexus family are currently one of the most popular of these devices. However, the competition means that the hardware has to be constantly improving, so Google is preparing for a new version of Nexus 10.

Although the tablet has been launched relatively recently, it is rumored that the Mobile World Congress 2013 will be showing its refreshed version with a much better graphics unit than the currently-installed Mali-T604 quad-core chip. This is the right step because tablet users have complained that the current GPU gets a little bit of breath when working with applications running on a 2560 x 1600 pixel screen.

Rumors circulating in the network suggest that the Mali-T604 can replace the 8-core Mali-T628 chip, which would make Nexus 10 the first device to feature the new graphics unit.

Sources that have already dealt with such a fortified tablet claim that the difference in its performance is like between night and day. But as far as the truth is concerned, we will only be able to see for a few weeks.


Tesla model s with glass roof

Tesla Motors has announced the introduction of another change to their vehicles that will increase their appeal. As optional equipment for the Model. S, you will be able to order a completely glass roof. Thanks to it, the driver will feel the cabin more open.

The look of Tesla S cars is very controversial. One likes it, others in turn think it is not elegant. The manufacturer wants to change that and announces that as an optional accessory for Model S, the customer will be able to order a completely glass roof.

This is not just a mere sunroof, because this element has been offered for a long time, but a roof made entirely of glass. The price of this option will be exactly the same as the current $ 1,500 for the sunroof.

Electrek will be producing the glass roof, while Tesla’s representatives have announced that the production line has just started, so it will be available in the next few weeks. Tinted glass will not only give the driver a sense of greater openness in the passenger compartment, but also block UV rays (98 percent) and infrared radiation (81 percent), preventing heat build-up.


Google has sold 10 million Cardboard VRs

Cardboard VR is one of the cheapest ways to experience virtual reality. Google has just revealed that it has so far sold 10 million of these cardboard goggles working with smartphones.

When VR technology was up and no real goggles were available, Google began selling the product called Cardboard VR, the cheapest way to experience the virtual reality of a virtual reality.

The product appeared on the market in 2014 and is a cardboard case that functions as a VR goggle, which the smartphone inserts. Google has boasted that since launch, it has launched 10 million units of this product. Of course, the American concern is not the only supplier of such goggles, as Chinese companies have quickly come up with the idea of ​​offering their replacement at a lower price.

By the way, Google reported that the Play Store’s current VR applications were downloaded 160 million times, with about 30 of those apps registering more than one million downloads. This shows that VR technology is enjoying great consumer interest.


Qualcomm showed a new processor to cars

Modern cars are packed with electronics, security systems and many other gadgets that require more and more computing power. Qualcomm, a well-known mobile processor provider, at CES has unveiled the latest Snapdragon 820A, designed specifically for cars.

Modern cars are getting more and more computerized and connected to web-based networks, offering their owners many features that many would not even dream of a few years ago. The ever-increasing level of computerization of vehicles entails an increasing demand for computing power that provides functionality to all of these systems.

During the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we had the opportunity to see the latest automotive solution provided by Qualcomm. A well-known mobile processor manufacturer has shown its latest Snapdragon 820A, specially developed for modern vehicles.

This is yet another generation of this chip, after Snapdragon 602A, which the company presented in 2014. The new chip is based on the 64-bit Kryo cores and features an Adreno 530 graphics unit and an LTE modem for downloading files at a maximum speed of 600 Mbit / s.

Manufacturers who want to use this chip in their latest models will also gain access to machine learning functionality that will allow them to build much better and more useful navigation and infotainment systems.


Xiaomi Mi 4c officially announced

For some time online sources have reported the new Xiaomi smartphone, the Mi 4c. The Chinese company has just officially announced its product, so we got to know its official technical specification. And it is very interesting, as is the amount that will come to us for this model to pay.

Mi 4c is a new variant of the smartphone Mi 4i, which was sold earlier this year. And while both models look almost identical, the new version has much more powerful components, while maintaining a very affordable price.

Mi 4c has a 5-inch Full HD display screen and will be available in two different variants of memory and usability. In one model will be 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM, while in the second 3 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM.

The heart of the two variants is Qualcomm’s 64-bit, six-core Snapdragon 808 chip. The camera also features a 13 megapixel camera with a Sony IMX258 or Samsung S5K3M2 ISOCELL sensor, as well as a dual flash. The front camera is a 5 megapixel front camera with a wide-angle lens.

The smartphone also supports two SIM cards, provides connectivity to the 4G LTE network, and is powered by a 3080 mAh battery. In addition, it supports Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which allows you to recharge the battery relatively quickly.

The manufacturer also took care of the USB 3.0 interface, while the operating system is Android 5.1 Lollipop with the company’s MIUI 7 overlay.


The nissan cars will inform you about the need for a review

Nissan wants to equip its vehicles with a new feature that will facilitate their service. Some of the models needing an upcoming review will send notifications to the smartphone.

Cars should be serviced regularly, as this will ensure their failure. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye on the dates of oil and fuel replacement, as well as service reviews.

Modern vehicle models, equipped with advanced onboard computers, have for some time reported to the owner of the upcoming review date. However, these options are usually deep sewn on the menu of the on-board computer and sometimes you can overlook the information.

Nissan wants to avoid this, so it announces that new vehicle models will be installed with new systems that will send a smartphone notification of an upcoming review date. The company claims that the feature will be available in next year’s models available in Japan and India, and by 2020 it will also appear on other markets.

Interestingly, the manufacturer does not want to limit this function to new models only. Nissan plans to develop a special device that will also allow owners of older cars. The company plans to equip at least 30 percent of all its vehicles.