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The authorities of New York approved the Underground Park

Soon the residents of New York will gain another place besides Central Park, where they will be able to go out with their families and spend time among the green vegetation. City authorities have approved the plan to build the first underground park, presented a few years ago.

In large cities the area is very valuable, so every spare piece is built. In the summer, the metropolis becomes an oven where it is difficult to withstand, as there is no vegetation to provide shelter from the burning suns.

The residents of New York do not have this problem, because in the city center is a huge Central Park, where they can rest with whole families, in contact with nature. Soon the city will have yet another park, but it will vary widely because it will be built underground.

A project called the Lowline Project appeared a few years ago, but it has only recently gained the approval of the city authorities who agreed to be built in the lower part of eastern Manhattan. The park is expected to be completed by 2020 and will cost $ 55 million.

The park will be built in one of the closed subway stations and will receive a roof through which the sun is supposed to illuminate its surface. Of course not directly due to its high depth, but by a special periscope system that will transmit light to a space several meters below the ground. And thanks to the insulation provided by the thick layer of soil, during the winter in the park will be a very pleasant temperature.

Green energy will feed facebook server rooms

In the case of such a large portal as Facebook, server rooms are an important point in the cost of running a business, because they consume enormous amounts of energy. Facebook wants to cut back on spending, and by the way, take care of the environment. The company has announced that by 2018, half of its server room will be powered by renewable energy.

Large portals have to process huge amounts of data, which requires the construction of gigantic server rooms that have to accommodate them. Facebook currently has four of them and has just started investing in the construction of its fifth server house, which will be built in Fort Worth, Texas, joining existing Altoona, Iowa; Prineville, Oregon; Forest City, North Carolina; And Lulea in Sweden.

The US company will invest at least $ 500 million in a 44.5 acre plot of land on which the server room will be built. In order to reduce operating costs, the machines operating in it will not be cooled by air conditioners, but by external air injected by fans.

In addition, it will be powered by its own wind farm, which will deliver approximately 200 MW of electricity, with surplus energy being sold by Texas. The new server room will be operational by the end of next year.

The American navy launches an unusual ship

The US Navy has launched a new type of missile destroyer, the futuristic missile destroyer. USS Zumwalt is a result of over a dozen years of engineering work and previous experience. Construction of the ship lasted four years, and its estimated cost was $ 4.3 billion.

The futuristic silhouette of the prototype destroyer is the result of the designers’ desire to best protect the craft from the detection and deception of enemy radars. It also serves to hide in the hull all the elements beyond it, such as antennas or radars.

The design of the “inverted hull”, in which the ship is quite atypically tapered upwards, is made of composite materials and has no unnecessary protruding elements. Even Seahawk helicopters operating from the deck and drones are to be stored in hangars inside the ship.

The ship is equipped with an integrated underwater weapon system, dual-band radar or anti-infrared missile defense system. One of the most interesting weapons systems in the ship is a 155 mm (Advanced Gun System) cannon which can fire targeted ammunition, providing up to 150 km artillery fire, with a rate of fire of 10 rounds per minute. USS Zumwalt is equipped with two such cannons.

In addition, there are also 20 four-cylinder vertical launchers that can carry missile launchers: RIM-66, RIM-162, BGM-109 Tomahawk and RUM-139. Two 57-millimeter Mk 110 can be used for direct defense.

Autonomous anti-ship missile will hit the US Navy

The American army increasingly targets autonomous systems that will not only deal with logistics, providing soldiers with supplies and ammunition, but will also fight the targets themselves. Lockheed Martin, on behalf of the navy, is working on a new autonomous anti-aircraft missile designed for fighters.

The system is called LRASM (Long Range Anti-Ship Missile) and is designed for F / A-18 Super Hornet fighters that will be able to use it in 2019. The technical details of the new armament are not yet known. We only know that its range is about 200 nautical miles, and the missiles will be equipped with autonomous or semi-autonomous guidance systems that will avoid the obstacles that may appear on their way and then ideally hit the target.

So far, the Navy has carried out three tests of new armament, but earlier versions have been tested to combat air and ground targets. The anti-ship variant is now under construction, which should be ready in four years.

Nokia C1 Nokia back to mobile devices market

It is true that under contract with Microsoft, Nokia can not sell smartphones until 2016, but there is nothing to prevent it from starting production of such devices. The Finnish company is working on the latest mobile phone called Nokia C1, which will run on Android.

After Microsoft acquired Nokia’s smartphones division, it could be expected that the Finnish consortium will no longer be active in the mobile device market. But the company could not give up its years of experience and although smartphones can not sell until 2016, it is probably working on a new phone now.

The device bears the working name Nokia C1 and as you can see in the attached picture, it looks quite average. From the appearance is more important technical specifications, and in this case we can count on the 5-inch screen, Intel processor, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of memory for user files. There will also be two cameras, namely 8 megapixels on the back and 5 megapixels on the front. The operating system has chosen Android 5.0 with the company launcher Z.

16 will train pilots

American air forces have been training pilots for years with the remotely controlled F-4 Phantom. Soon, however, they will upgrade those old-fashioned machines that remember the times of the Vietnam War and replace them with the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters.

While today’s technology allows you to train pilots in a virtual environment, there’s no substitute for real-world training. So the American army has used the modified F-4 Phantom machines for decades, which have remote control and training functions.

However, fighters still remembered in Vietnam are too old to face modern machines, so the air forces are going to send them back to the museum and replace some of the more modern F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Boeing a few days ago delivered the first 126 of the QF-16 drones to Tyndall, while in early October another five machines will be used in parallel with the MiG-29 Fulcrum and the Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker.

Corsair ax1500i certified with 80 Plus Titanium

By folding the computer, we do not attach too much weight to the power supply, but meanwhile it is the most important component of the set, taking care of the correct operation of all its components. Therefore, if you are building a really strong configuration, you should buy something from the top shelf, like the new Corsair – AX1500i.

This is Corsair’s flagship power supply for the best-equipped PCs, ideal for configurations with several powerful graphics cards and a powerful processor.

The product, which debuted in January at CES, offers 1500 watts and 80 Plus Titanium certification, giving us the confidence that the power supply truly delivers the power that’s shown on the rating plate. Tests showed that the power supply performance at 10 percent load was 91.23 percent, at 20 percent – 92.63 percent, and at 100 percent as much as 91.34 percent. The tests were done on the 115V AC line, but with 230 volts the results should be similar.

Facebook Messenger will stop working on some smartphones

Facebook has announced the resignation of support for older versions of its mobile Facebook and Messenger applications. The change will affect older Android and iOS users, but also all Windows Phone users.

In the message posted on the official blog of the most popular social networking site, its administrators explain the decision to constantly develop software, incompatible with the use of older versions of it.

Therefore, since April 1, older software versions will simply stop working.

Developers are encouraging to update, and owners of older devices to download lighter, truncated features of Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite.

However, the problem will be users of older devices that have not been prepared for current versions of the application. They will continue to use the browser version of the site, which on the small screen of the phone can be extremely burdensome.

End of support concerns:

– Facebook for Android v55, published November 16, 2015 (and earlier)

– Messenger v10, published August 14, 2014 (and earlier)


– Facebook for iPad v26, published October 10, 2011 (and earlier)

– Messenger v8, published July 14, 2014 (and earlier)

– Facebook for iOS, published October 10, 2011 (and earlier).

Windows Phone

– Facebook for Windows 8 and 8.1.

Amazon is independent of external couriers

Amazon intends to take care of its own supply of products, reducing dependence on forwarding companies. To this end, it will invest $ 1.5 billion in a new center that will distribute the goods delivered by air.

Over the years Amazon has relied on external shipping companies to deliver items shipped to their online store. For some time, the company has sought to become independent of courier companies by developing its own forwarding network. This strategy has several advantages, as Amazon will have more control over the method and time of delivery and, second, it will not have to pay for it.

The plan to develop its own freight forwarding system is very ambitious and part of it is the construction of the first transhipment port to be built at Northern Kentucky Airport. Outlining $ 1.5bn, on an area of ​​18.6 hectares, a whole logistics center will be built to distribute the shipments.

Initially, there will be 2,000 jobs, but Amazon plans to increase employment in the future. The new center will allow the US corporation not only to deliver its own shipments, but also to provide courier services to other stores. In other words, Amazon w wants to take over the shipping market, which is dominated by companies like UPS.

10 “Kindle Fire in benchmark GFX Bench

Amazon recently announced plans to introduce a cheap tablet, priced at $ 50, to help sell Kindle Fire devices. However, the company does not give up on some of the more powerful models, and we are just acquainted with the specification of the new Kindle Fire with 10 “screen.

The new device appeared in the benchmark GFX Bench, thanks to which it has met its exact technical specifications. The product will be equipped with a 10-inch touch screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The heart will be the MediaTek MT8135 quad-core processor, featuring two ARM Cortex-A15 cores and two Cortex-A7 Cortex-A7 GPUs, powered by 1GB of RAM.

You can also see the shape of the device, which shows that the new model will have slightly harsher corners and edges compared to models of the current generation. We also know that the operating system will be updated version of the Fire OS based on the Android 5.1 Lollipop, which looks more and more like the operating system Google.