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New Asus Chromebook Flip C436 available now

Chromebook Flip C436
The latest Chromebook introduces a striking convertible form factor, with a borderless NanoEdge touch display designed to maximize the screen in the smallest form factor possible. The Flip C436 features a durable and lightweight magnesium alloy case measuring just 13 inches. And therefore weighs only 1.1 kg – great for productivity on the go.

The Chromebook Flip C436 has been verified by Intel’s Project Athena innovation program and is co-designed for mobile performance. It brings speed and power in a convertible and ultra-portable form factor by integrating 10th Gen Intel Core processors with up to 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and advanced Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig +) connectivity.

The Flip C436 offers the user premium extras such as an integrated fingerprint sensor for quick unlocking, four omnidirectional speakers for better sound in one of the convertible modes, USI stylus support for open pen input, and a wide variety of ports for peripherals.

Realistic and interactive robot gaze.

In Disneyworld you could visit a live show for years in which a real robot played the lead role. It showed how extremely helpful a robot could be. Quite strange, because half the park is of course full of robots, or rather: animatronics. Disney now comes with a completely different robot, one that can make realistic eye contact.

Disney’s robot
The robot is a bit creepy, because it has no skin. It’s actually kind of a Terminator with realistic eyes, which is a pretty scary sight after all. Although of course it wouldn’t be Disney if that robot is a bit magical. He can make eye contact so realistic that you almost forget that it is mainly an accumulation of tech. No feeling, no soul, but still something human.

Especially the blinking of the eyes and the subtle way in which people move their heads are specialties of the robot according to Gizmodo. It was created by the people at Walt Disney Engineering, the company’s research division. They did have some help, though: robotics researchers at the University of Illinois have also helped, plus the California Institute of Technology.

Hyundai presents their flying car

Hyundai presents their flying car during the CES 2020. But be honest, it is just as well a plane that you can drive with. Both are not true. The concept is much more based on a helicopter. The mobility is further filled in by Uber.

According to Hyundai it is indeed the latter and this Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) is an innovative vision for the future in the field of urban mobility. The reality is that these concepts can be produced tomorrow and can be launched the day after tomorrow.

In reality, the fully electric PAV is a cross between a helicopter and a car. In the distant future, the PAV concept offers the possibility of traveling through the air in the busy cities, without the need for runways. The PAV can therefore take off and land vertically.

China’s opinion on Facebook’s Libra coin.

Facebook’s new crypto currency still makes little to no impression in China, where the new currency is seen as an ordinary Tencent QQ clone.
China is leader when it comes to mobile payment, which also explains the rejection. Around 583 million Chinese people pay daily with their smartphones. Cash payment is almost considered as strange.

There are also people in China who take the Libra coin more seriously. They fear that the Libra is being used as an instrument by the US government to keep the US dollar dominant in the currency markets.

Tested and enjoyed: The Polestar 2

Although the first Polestar is still fresh in the memory, the Polestar 2 is already coming into play. In many car magazines they put this all-electric powerhouse right in front of the Tesla 3. Logical, because it was a long wait for an “equal” to stand up next to Tesla. However, I have to say that I do not entirely agree, but more on that later.

Volvo’s all-electric powerhouse, um, I mean Polestar of course
While we encountered a lot of Volvo aspects in the Polestar 1, that has been significantly reduced in the Polestar 2. Okay, it remains a company that falls under the large umbrella of the Geely autogroup company, but Polestar has been independently building and designing cars since 2017.

Polestar announced in 2017 that they were going to build all-electric cars for the higher segment, and what appeared first on the market: the Polestar 1. A heavy, beautiful sports car with a combustion engine and a hybrid drive with an electric range of 126 kilometers. A range that is far beyond any hybrid. But it didn’t quite fit Polestar’s vision.

Polestar 2
Then there is the Polestar 2. As we wrote about the Polestar 2 before, it is a car for enthusiasts. I have spoken to countless people in recent years who really did not care about cars but who bought a Tesla. Purely due to the fact that the addition was very favorable compared to cars with a conventional combustion engine. The past few days I have been on the road with the Polestar 2 and I noticed that this car is a different story. I regularly take the time to stop in a nice place and have a chat with people in the area. In other words, people appeal to me. It is a car that now even appears in the commercial breaks after the 6 o’clock news. So people often start their talk with, “Is this such a Polestar now?”

Nokia is going to build a mobile network on the moon for NASA.

We wrote about the internet from space yesterday, Nokia is literally going even further by building a mobile network on the moon. The Finnish company has been selected by the space agency NASA to build the very first mobile network on the moon. If you happen to set foot on the moon within a few years, you can share that special event with the world thanks to the 4G technology that Nokia is installing there. This network is part of NASA’a Artemis program, with which it wants to bring people back to the moon from 2024. Maybe the Finns don’t make the best-selling phones anymore, their network technologies are quite groundbreaking.

Communication from the moon
Nokia’s Bell Labs division will start building this special network on the moon in 2022. By the way, no human has to travel to the moon for that, because it is sent with a moon lander. According to Nokia, the network installs and configures itself afterwards. This network then provides important communication options, especially important for everything and everyone on the moon. Think of controlling lunar landers, real-time navigation and streaming video recordings made on the moon. Nokia’s LTE network placed on Moon is the forerunner of 5G and ideally suited to provide the wireless connectivity that astronauts need. Robots on site will soon be able to communicate with each other more easily thanks to the advent of this network.

LTE technology
The same LTE (Long Term Evolution) technologies that have provided us on Earth with cellular data and calling capabilities for the past 10 years are now used by Nokia for communications in space and on the moon. LTE is a proven successful technology and is used worldwide. Nokia plans to launch with 4G and later even 5G on the moon.

Tesla ends brutal returns policy

Tesla has canceled its bold returns policy. The return policy works like this: new buyers of electric vehicles can return them within seven days for a full refund of the purchase amount. The news that the policy has been abolished is surfacing in various American tech media.

This policy change marks an end to one of CEO Elon Musk’s flashy marketing strategies. Musk often uses the policy to sell Tesla vehicles to potential buyers.

Policy aimed at selling cars
Musk has often used the seven-day return policy as a way of boasting about Tesla’s high customer satisfaction rate. The US company is so confident that the buyer is satisfied that new buyers will never take advantage of the return policy.

The policy also reinforces the idea that Tesla cars are consumer electronics products. You can order and adjust them online and have them delivered to your home, such as a package from Bol.com. And then return it if you are not satisfied.

Apple is coming with Apple Music TV

MTV, you wouldn't say that M stood for Music these days, but it really is. In the 80s, when MTV started, music was constantly playing on it. One video clip after another came along and artists who did their very best to turn it into really artistic projects. Artists still do their best on the video clips, but they are no longer seen on the standard MTV. Hope is on the horizon: Apple is coming with an Apple Music TV channel.

Apple Music TV
Apple Music TV is a streaming channel that shows video clips 24 hours a day. The channel can be viewed via the Apple TV app, an Apple device or the special Music app. There are really constant clips, because there is no advertisement or advertising. In any case, it is not an interactive platform either: they are clips and you can watch them, but it is not possible to chat or comment on them. You do not have to expect integration with the Apple Music app, so if you want to remember a song, you will add it yourself.

In a world where everything is constantly connected with each other, it is a fairly straightforward “transmitter”. Although Apple fans who are used to having an entire ecosystem available to them may even have to get used to it, this is something that can provide the real MTV feeling. You don’t have a choice, you get to see clips and that’s it. That is, unless there is a marathon. Then, for example, songs by Bruce Springsteen are played all day to celebrate the release of Bruce Springsteen’s new album (tomorrow).

LinkedIn has a new design and new functionalities

Today LinkedIn unveils a new visual identity and new functionalities. It’s the first major redesign in five years. Today it will be rolled out worldwide and visible to all members.

A more uncluttered and modern look makes using the platform easier. This while retaining the feeling of the community and the connection from the beginning, when LinkedIn was launched in 2003.

New design

The highlights of the new design

Use of color: a warm color palette combined with blue and green accents to indicate action and selection options. The rounded shapes and buttons have been added for a finer user experience.
Intuitive Design: The new design has been optimized in space, size and typography structure to make use and navigation easy for members.
Simple: the look and feel has been simplified by using more white spaces in
Inclusive: The new illustrations span a wide variety of industries and industries and represent professionals from different ethnic backgrounds. A reflection of our diverse and dynamic community.

PayPal launches new service: cryptocurrency

PayPal has launched a crypto service for its customers. That means they can exchange Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with their PayPal wallet. A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency with a limited amount of coins / tokens.

Consumers cannot buy goods in stores yet, but that functionality is planned for early next year.

Paying with crypto is hot
Other payment companies, such as Square and Revolut’s Cash app, have already put cryptocurrencies up for sale. PayPal has one of the largest trading networks in the world. PayPal plans to roll out its buying options in the US in the coming weeks.
The other cryptocurrencies to be added first are Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash (a spin-off from Bitcoin). Bitcoin prices rose after the news, breaking the USD 12,000 mark (€ 10,150.50).

Bitcoin: still going strong
Bitcoin has been around for more than ten years now. The mother of all digital coins was invented in 2008 by the legendary Satoshi Nakamoto in response to what he believes is unfair financial system. Banks were bailed at the expense of the innocent taxpayers. In the good times, bankers pocket the profits, but when things go less well, we suddenly all have to contribute. That must stop, Satoshi thought. That is why he came up with bitcoin, a form of money that cannot be printed and misused by anyone for this type of practice.

At the moment, billions of euros and dollars are being printed again to keep banks and companies afloat. This is exactly what bitcoin is made for. You can think of buying bitcoin as taking out insurance on our financial system.

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