The robot postman is here
He looks friendly! Mailman Postmates, which is present in 550 US cities, has unveiled a robot postman called “Serve”. The self-propelled vehicle is on the sidewalk on the way and should thereby avoid traffic jams – or drive around. The serve can transport 50 pounds, according to The Verge, and creates nearly 50 kilometers with a single battery charge. Pedestrians evades the post-Robo independently. With blinkers and signals of his “eyes”, he also indicates where he is going next. Whether he also rings at the receiver – or can be bitten by his dog – is not yet known. The trial will start in Los Angeles in early 2019 and will be extended to other cities later this year.
Lawsuit against Apple: Notch “not noticed until unpacking”
Apple’s promotional photos for the iPhone XS are clever – the controversial Notch, the notch for the camera and sensors at the top of the screen, shows virtually nothing. A lawsuit that iPhone buyers in the US have now filed against Apple, but seems absurd. The plaintiffs claim that they noticed the notch only after unpacking. And if they had known that there was the recess in the display, they would never have bought the XS. Apple’s copywriting as “It’s all screen” are deliberately misleading, it says in the lawsuit. In addition, so the lawyers according to iTopnews, Apple pixel information is misleading, since they would have to be calculated differently in an OLED screen. The fact that buyers have not noticed what it looks like for the most-talked-about and most prominent smartphone of the year seems rather unbelievable. But a few million dollars in damages should be in the US in any case.
“The Grand Tour” continues – but everything is different
Car fans are already scratching with the tires. The third season of “The Grand Tour”, one of the absolute hit series on Amazon Prime Video, kicks off on January 18th. When the successor of the legendary BBC series “Top Gear” started on Amazon in 2016, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May signed a contract for three seasons, which now ends. And then? After rumors had recently come that “The Grand Tour” expires, there is now good news. The brilliant English car series continues – with season 4, and many years beyond that. Jeremy Clarkson and Amazon officially announced this. The format changes after Season 3 but completely.
There will be no more tents in the future, no more celebrity car tests. The trappings disappear completely, instead there are only the road trips, in which the three whimsical Englishmen hunt all over the world. According to Engadget, Clarkson said, “At some point you’ve seen enough BMWs driving over a race track – that’s the end of an era.” The adventure trips across the USA or through Africa have been the absolute highlights of the series since “Top Gear” anyway – and should be even more spectacular in the future. Jeremy Clarkson: “Marvel will be jealous of our budgets.” Already so far Amazon should have paid five million dollars per episode.
The 48 megapixel smartphones are coming
48 megapixels – that’s probably the magic formula in the smartphone vintage 2019. After both Sony and Samsung as the main suppliers have announced such image sensors for smartphone cameras, now more and more manufacturers present their 48-MP phones. The Honor View 20 from Huawei was the pioneer last week, and Samsung and Xiaomi have announced such smartphones. At the weekend, Huawei has refilled. The Nova 4 comes with “48MP AI Camera” on the back and with the also powerfully trendy camera hole in the screen (“Hole-Punch”). What image quality the 48-MP sensors deliver in practice is still unclear. In the case of classic digital cameras, such megapixel numbers were above all a publicity stunt – which ensured that photos became increasingly noisy and unattractive in low light conditions.
US Internet 35.8 percent faster
It is progressing in Trumps USA – at least the pace of the landline Internet. According to research by network specialist Ookla, the average download speed in the United States grew 35.8 percent in a year, and uploads were up 22 percent faster. Thus, US users now come on average to 96.25 Mbit / s in the download and 32.88 Mbit / s in the upload. It’s the seventh place in the world, between Hungary and Switzerland. Germany is ranked 29th in the ranking of the US states, New Jersey on the best values, the slowest Internet is in Maine. The Silicon Valley state of California is covered in places 17 (downloads) and 24 (uploads) not with fame.
The end of the LEAD: How to create a crossword puzzle
David Kwong is an American magician – and the creator of the legendary New York Times crossword puzzle. In a Twitter clip, he shows for the first time how his puzzles arise. Fascinating and enigmatic!
Love crossword puzzles? New York Times crossword puzzle constructor @DavidKwong. pic.twitter.com/V1weIBJFRz
– WIRED (@WIRED) December 14, 2018
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