Tesla informs about the first profits

Tesla Motors presented investors with the latest financial report. The report for the third quarter of this year is very optimistic. For the first time in two years, the company reported a profit of $ 21.9 million.

Until quite recently, the situation of Tesla Motors did not look good. Although the American company sold quite a few cars, its activity was not profitable. Fortunately, year after year is getting better and better.

A few days ago, Elon Musk announced the release of all its models in autonomous driving technology. In addition, it plans to equip them with photovoltaic cells that will be built into the vehicle’s roof, charging its batteries and thus raising the vehicle’s reach. This makes Tesla vehicles more and more popular. Particularly Model S, which sold last quarter increased as much as 59 percent, compared with the same quarter last year.

Thanks to this Tesla Motors can finally boast of profits. For the last quarter, the company’s profits totaled $ 21.9 million. This is due to a significant increase in orders for its cars, which for Model S and X increased 68 percent compared to the same quarter last year. Since then, it has also managed to increase production by 92 percent. (37% compared to the second quarter), so the company expects to achieve the goal of producing 50,000 cars this year.

The total revenue of the company as compared to the third quarter of 2015 increased 145 percent. And $ 2.3 billion, and next year may be even better. At the end of 2017 will be the first deliveries of the latest model 3, the first car in the US company’s offer, to be available at a very affordable price of about 30 thousand dollars.

These rumors will certainly delight investors and shareholders of the American concern.

Laptop for a player at a reasonable price

Not so long ago we published laptop testers for gamers at prices from 3 thousand. Zł up to 4 ths. zł. What has changed since then? First of all we saw that many people still do not understand what a gaming laptop is. There is also a new player in this price category that grows out of the favorites.

Starting from the beginning, a laptop that allows you to launch new games is not necessary if:

A) you have a place for a fun working / playstation where giant Pecet, monitor and speakers can stand up

B) you are a recluse and you are only playing at home

C) You think the shooter is better at playing pad than with the mouse

D) Your favorite game is Windows solitaire (now this type of game can run even on home appliances)

Laptop is a great alternative to a desktop computer if:

A) once you play with friends on the net, sitting with them in the same room (someone watching the Theories of the Great Raid?)

B) you are looking for an alternative to a console that will offer something else besides games (on a laptop you can work freely, and after dropping the 8 hours to connect to a TV, start Steam in Bib Picture mode and get a bit off the hard working day)

C) you do not have a place to work / play in the house because the baby cot was in place;)

The Russians want to surprise the world with a new jet. The desire to restore the old power or media propaganda?

The Russians continue to dream of returning to the Cold War, when the size and power of USSR aviation was an important bargaining chip in the international arena. One of the manifestations of these dreams may be the project of supersonic, futuristic PAK TA transporters. Is it even possible to go?

PAK TA – Russians want to have modern and very fast transport planes

The portal Russia Today last year published the first mention of plans to create a new, state-of-the-art PAK TA transport aircraft. According to the assurances of the people responsible for the project is to be an aircraft built on the basis of the aerodynamic wing of the wing. Capable of reaching speeds above 2000 km / h. The planned range of the planned aircraft is to be at least 7,000 kilometers and carry up to 200 tonnes of cargo at this distance. By comparison, the largest transport plane in the world, An-225 takes up to 250 on cargo. PAK TA would become one of the largest aircraft in history.

Initial rumors say that up to 80 of the PAK TA aircraft would be built by 2024. This would allow FR to be transported to any place on the ground in tens of hours. Interestingly, the aircraft would use a more unspecified hybrid drive. Probably a combination of two turbofan engines and one electric motor.

Why the Russians such a plane?

The largest currently used transport aircraft (10 in number) is An-124 “Ruslan”, which is able to carry as much as 150 tons of cargo. There are also 120 Il-76 transport aircrafts in the fleet of Russian Federation Air Force transporters. These, however, are capable of carrying much smaller loads up to 60 tonnes. However, the expansion plans of the Kremlin army require, however, aircraft capable of carrying as many heavy loads as possible (including tanks, armored personnel carriers). Also loud is the fact that a large transport will be needed to transport the Russian jewel of their army: T-14 Armata’s state-of-the-art tank.

The An-124 would have been ideal here, but it is now being manufactured by Aviant Ukrainian Airways, and it is known that Russian-Ukrainian relations are strained. Russians also like to have control over the aircraft they produce for their needs and strongly support their national aviation industry. No wonder they decided to design and produce their own design of this type.

Will Russia ever be able to produce such planes?

However, many experts have considerable doubts about the PAK TA project’s assumptions. Especially since from design and construction point of view PAK TA construction can be even tougher and much more expensive than the construction of eg PAK FA / T-50 supermodel. An airplane capable of over-speeding a wing would be an innovative project. Even the American B-2 Spirit or F-117 Super Bowl was not designed to exceed the Mach number of 1. Also, the idea of ​​using a motor / electric motors seems unrealistic for the Russian industry. Even the richest American companies are just getting used to the use of electric / hybrid drives in airplanes and are usually limited to small unit tests. None of the greats have taken up even bigger projects of this type. It is hard to believe that the Russians would have to go to what they are afraid to take, for example Americans. The country’s economic crisis, where more and more people are struggling to meet basic living needs, is not a good place to set up a state-of-the-art, pioneering aircraft. Especially since the project would have to absorb at least a billion dollars.

Absurdly look forward to producing 80 aircraft until 2024. This would mean that the first test pieces would have to be created as early as 2018-2019, which seems impossible. In the end, still no details were revealed and no producer was selected.

If the production of PAK TA would ever move, the chances of obtaining 80 machines by the Russian Federation Air Force are rather around 2030, assuming that the program will not encounter too many difficulties …

Russian aviation pride or media propaganda? A few details to look out for

The conceptual pictures look really impressive. PAK TA aircraft on the presented projects looks extremely futuristic. He wonders, however, some details that can be seen already in these prospectus illustrations.

Huge air intakes will definitely not help speeding up the sound. In aircraft capable of exceeding the speed of sound, rather small, divergent inlets are used. These large inlets shown in the illustrations do not fit into an airplane that would run at 2000 km / h. Doubts also arise on the wing air outlets. The vast majority of airplanes capable of over-speeding the sound are used by the afterburner. Illustrations do not indicate his presence. It is also worth to pay attention to the angle of the slop of the wings. PAK TA has a relatively small slant of wings, and supersonic aircraft usually have either a large slant or the presence of a variable geometry system. Looking at the illustrations it is hard to see any of these qualities.

Doubts also arouse the engine. The attached visualizations show that the PAK TA engine is equipped with large diameter intake fans, which may suggest that the designer’s idea is to find a turbofan engine there. All engines used so far on planes that were supposed to exceed the speed of sound were clearly smaller in diameter. In addition to engines with such a large fan diameter (judging by the scale of the image), the Russian aerospace industry simply is not there. If what you see in the drawings is true, then the Russians would have to build this type of drive. And this is another billion rubles and months of work.

Foxconn will release most of its employees

Foxconn Chinese company announced the dismissal of most employees. This does not mean, however, that the company is terminated. They just do not need people anymore and are going to replace them with robots.

Experts estimate that over the next several years, robots will receive at least tens of millions of jobs. Unfortunately, this is an inevitable future that will soon affect all employees of the Foxconn group, producing smartphones for Apple.

Foxconn has been working on automated production lines for several years, which will not only significantly speed up the process of manufacturing new equipment, but will, above all, reduce operating costs. Dai Jia-peng, manager of China’s technology automation division, told DigiTimes that a three-step plan to replace robots by humans has already begun.

In the first phase, the workers in the factories will be replaced by robots working on individual workstations. They will deal with tasks that are too dangerous for a human being or those people do not want to do.

The second stage of the plan will include the acquisition of the whole production line by the robots, while the third phase of the project will minimize the presence of people in the factories. From now on, they will only be supervised, inspected and tested.

Dai Jia-peng explained that Foxconn factories in Chengdu, Shenzhen and Zhengzhou are already at the second and third stages of the project. In the case of Zhengzhou, where nearly half of all iPhones are produced, production lines are already fully automated.

Russian banks have fallen victim to hackers

The media reported a strange attack on two Russian banks that hacked one night to hack $ 800,000. Theft was used so-called. Free malware that does not leave behind traces in the system.

Hackers are getting better at what they do and their methods are so specialized that it is very difficult to fight them. An example of their high effectiveness is the action a few days ago, when two Russian banks attacked, stealing from them one night 800 thousand dollars.

Hackers have utilized free malware that allowed them to get into the system and withdraw large amounts of cash from ATMs. Non-compliant malware is a relatively new attack method that is very difficult to detect because it leaves no trace. Normally malicious code is written to the disk, but in this case it only works in the RAM of the infected machine and disappears after it has been shut down.

There were no signs of attack in the bank system. Only the surveillance cameras captured the suspect who approached the cash dispenser and extracted money from it. Criminals needed 20 minutes to empty the entire ATM, pulling

IPad air, ipad mini, MacBook pro, Mac Pro and OS x Maverics

Apple’s autumn conference, unlike in the previous year, was not just a shadow of an earlier presentation of the new iPhone. This time there were a lot of attractions and the protagonists of this evening were the new iPad mini, iPad Air, MacBook Pro (two versions), Mac Pro and OS X Maverics.

Although this evening’s Cupertino giants were about to show, they did not spare the audience the propaganda titled: How Apple Changed The World For The Better, And Comfortably Matched Statistics Selected To Show Its Dominance On A Competitor Who Just Wandered Around. It’s a shame, not just because the Yerba Center in San Francisco is lit to find Applesceptics, “but above all because the product catalog presented this year must be considered at least satisfactory. Moreover, they are all ready for sale, already or at the latest in December.

Sure, there will be no complaining about the lack of innovation, and some frustration may be understandable if we consider the iPhone and iPad – two devices presented by the same company just three years apart, which have truly revolutionized the gadgets industry. This time it’s just (only?) Faster, more efficient, nicer (a matter of taste) or better … but without a revolution.

Finally, there was also a generous gesture in the form of a completely free update to the new Mac OS X Mavericks, as well as the iWork environment, also completely free – the above, of course, for the owners of the equipment with the burned apple.

By the way Apple – in case it is not clear enough after the release of the latest iPhones – the products presented emphatically indicate that it is not interested in the budget market. That is why both the MacBook Pro, the iPad Air, and the iPad mini are class in and of itself.

An extensive search engine for Google Drive

If your Google Drive web drive is so full that it’s hard to find the files you need on it, then you’ll be happy to know that Google has added a new, enhanced search engine to its service. Thanks to it, finding the needed materials will become much simpler.

This week, Mountain View has released the latest update to the Google Drive application that gives users access to a network drive. The update introduces a couple of fixes and above all focuses on streamlining the content search process. In total, four completely new search elements have come up.

IOS users no longer need to open the Google Drive application to search for a particular file on disk. Soon they will be able to use 3D Touch technology to access their files directly from the home screen. In addition, they have access to advanced search mode, and the next change is the ability to search by file type.

You can search by email address of the owner of the file or keywords. You can also search for them after the modification date, as well as people who have access to it.

The distribution of updates has only just begun, so some users will have to wait a bit.

Audi A5 coupé model of a modern car in a coupé body

The first Audi A5 coupé was considered the most beautiful car of its kind. The new generation is even better – it’s more expressive, the lines are more outlined, and the silhouette is even more sporty. Looks, however, is not all. What matters is what’s inside, and there we find the latest technology that Audi currently offers.

The Audi A5 is based on the same floor plate as the A4 A5 uses the same technology as the A4 – we have the same engines, same types of drive, plus driver comfort and support. However, one can easily guess: Audi A5, especially in the coupé version has a completely different character to the family A4. Everything must therefore be matched to the sports A5. Did this work?

Audi A5 coupé engines

The Audi A5 coupé is powered by almost exclusively powerful engines. We write almost because the weakest 1.4 TFSI unit is only 150 bhp. Just because the sport coupé is not fit to have units of such power. However, every next engine has at least 190 bhp. Speaking of 2-liter units, both TFSI and TDI. If the power is too small, there are two more units to choose from: 2.0 TFSI with 252 hp and 3.0 TDI with 218 hp. Soon there will be another version of the engine – the V6 TDI with nearly 300 hp. The quattro drive is available with 252-hp TFSI petrol and 2.0 TDI (190KM) and V6 TDI (218hp) diesel. As you can see, the choice is quite big. And if there are no such parameters, there is a chance to look around for the S5 coupé, which is powered by the 3.04 TFSI 354 horsepower. For RS 5 we have to wait a while longer.

We had the opportunity to drive a 3.0 TDI version with 218 hp and quattro and 2.0 TFSI with 252 hp also with quattro. Significant that 100 km / h in the second configuration is achieved after only 5.2 seconds. It’s almost a second faster than the identically configured A4. The weaker diesel V6 needs 6.3 seconds to the first “hundreds”:

But acceleration is not all. The brakes and cornering efficiency are also important. The braking distance, traditionally for Audi, is really short, and the brakes are resistant even to several stops at higher speeds in small intervals. What about turning corners? The Audi A5 coupé is clearly lower than the A4 and also lighter. And this has a profound effect on cornering speed. As expected, the A5 coupé conquers arches with natural grace without nervousness (even at the speed limit) and with a really large dose of lateral overload. Moments the driver does not realize how fast he goes until he looks at the speedometer. In such situations, HUD is useful

Suspension in the Audi A5 coupé, as such a car, is very effective, but also oriented to grip rather than comfort. It can not be said that it is overly hard, but if someone was waiting for a couch, it was badly hit. However, it is worthwhile to opt for an optional damping damper that allows you to change the hardness of the suspension according to the driver’s preferences.

Particularly deserving of steering, which can optionally be dynamic. Thanks to it, the Audi A5 coupé maneuveres well in the city, even when it’s hard to overtake narrow roundabouts, it does not mean having to tear your hands off the steering wheel. At the same time, at higher speeds, the gear ratio changes, making the driving precision remains at the highest level.

In summary: in terms of drive, performance and speed, the Audi A5 coupé is a truly sporty car.

What’s inside?

How much standing outside you can admire the Audi A5 coupé long, so much in the middle of nothing captivating heart would not find. Ot proven and well-known design of the Audi A4 with typical for top quality Audi. But is that a drawback? Not necessarily, because even a sports coupé should be in the middle of practical and comfortable and this is exactly the A5 … at least for the driver and the passenger sitting on his right. Of course, sitting on the back couch requires some gymnastics, although for people up to 1.85 it will be comfortable even with the big front passengers.

Noteworthy are the sensational sports seats, which are not only very comfortable, they also keep the body well at the corners. This is because they offer a very wide range of adjustments that allows you to find the right position for almost anyone. It is extremely important especially for those who intend to drive more than 100-200 km at one time. It is a shame that in so few cars you can count on the comfortable seat adjustment.

Praise also belongs to the very wide range of steering control, which you can really push out. All this makes the driver and his passenger sit really comfortable in the Audi A5 coupé and can only attach to a relatively high sitting position. Some would expect the coupé to sit almost on the asphalt. But it is a matter of taste, and in the present form at least getting in and out of the car does not require regular exercise in the gym.

In summary: Audi A5 coupé is definitely a premium car. Material quality and folding are top-notch, and travel comfort provides great seats and a wide range of adjustments.

Modern technology in the Audi A5 coupé

According to what we wrote in the introduction to the article, the Audi A5 coupé uses the same features as the Audi A4, although they have been adapted to the sporty coupé character. Let’s start with comfort equipment.

The Audi A5 coupé can be fitted with a virtual cockpit, which is a replacement for traditional clocks:

The multimedia system not only allows you to manage your media, but also find out what’s happening around your destination. With the Audi Smartphone Interface, you can use Google Android Auto or Apple Car Play, making it much easier to connect your phone to the car’s interface.

Very useful, especially in the fast car is the A5 coupé display is Head-Up Display, which presents the most important data directly on the windshield, so that the driver does not have to leave his eyes to see at what speed to go or to see navigation indications.

The Audi A5 coupé could not miss the advanced Matrix LED adaptive headlamps. Thanks to them, driving at night on interurban roads is incomparably more comfortable, and most importantly – much safer. Anyway, see for yourself how the identical system works in Audi Q7:

The Audi Coupé is also equipped with a full package of active safety systems. So we have a blind spot assistant, a lane, adaptive cruise control, and finally the Audi Pre Sense, which can even prevent a collision:

All of these elements are already known from the Audi A4 and, in the case of the A5, they work equally well to protect the driver and passengers. They also enable semi-autonomous motorway driving and dense urban traffic:

Quick drive home and office

Western Digital has added a whole new family of portable drives to the My Passport family of SSDs. The drive is equipped with a USB-C connector, providing a read speed of 515 MB / s.

If we need to transfer more data between computers, we often choose one of Western Digital’s My Passport drives for this task. Portable media is very handy and at the same time quite fast, so they provide great functionality.

Now it will be even faster as the manufacturer unveiled the new My Passport SSD. It is a portable SSD with very high data rate. The product features a robust data security enclosure that can withstand a 2-meter drop and a state-of-the-art USB-C port for fast transfer.

This connector allows data to be read at 515 MB / sec, and their protection against unauthorized access provides hardware AES encryption with a 256-bit key. With the software provided by the manufacturer, the drive can be used to automatically archive our data.

Nokia Lumia 1020 changed into a telescope

There are many people who would like to have a telescope that allows them to watch the sky, but these devices are very expensive. However, if you like tinkering and you are the owner of Nokia Lumia 1020, then you can create such a telescope in your own home at a very affordable price. All you need is a 3D printer.

Such a telescope can be built thanks to a project called Ultrascope. The entire device can be completely self-made on a 3D printer, and then put together the individual elements into one, so this requires some manual skills. Once assembled, the unit is about one meter high and its base measures 65 cm in diameter.

The creator of this invention is James Parr, founder of the Open Space Agency, who promised that after the beta test, Ultrascope would release his plans on the agency’s website, from where everyone would be able to download them.

For telescope to work, in addition to printed items need a laptop with Windows, and also Arduino controller, which will control the rotary motors of the device. The most important part of this is the Nokia Lumia 1020, which takes pictures and then sends them to the cloud for processing.