Just yesterday we wrote about the biggest Facebook and Instagram outage, as it became known about glitches with iCloud.
Apple’s iCloud was down for 5 hours yesterday. After that, the company representatives reported that they had fixed all the bugs and iCloud is working properly now.
What caused the outage the company wouldn’t say. According to the Apple support webpage, the situation was quite serious. Users were having problems not only accessing iCloud, but also Backup, Calendar, Contacts, Mail, Keychain, iCloud Drive, iWork, Photos, Notes, Reminders, Find My iPhone and other services.
It should be noted that this week was marked by the biggest outage of IT giants. First Google, then Facebook and now Apple. What’s next? We will follow developments.
The social media platform Instagram is experimenting with new ways to expand the application and the range of activities users can do there. The Instagram team has recently announced the new feature, called Checkout.
With the help of Checkout, Instagram users will be able to see the product in the app, read comments about below the picture, and then they will have an opportunity to purchase this product right away, without leaving Instagram.
The new feature is going to look the following way:
This feature is quite easy to use. When you see a product you like, you just need to tap on it and select the “checkout” option. Then you are free to choose whatever color, size, design you want. After that, you need to fill in your payment and shipping info, and you’re done.
Checkout is a brand new development, thus it has only been put up in a beta-version for the developers to check how it works and make all the necessary corrections before the main launch as well as to add more brands to the selection.
The shopping feature is currently available only in the United States and only for businesses and corporations.
As of now, Instagram has already cooperated with a bunch of high-end brands regarding their new feature. They partnered up with sportswear stores Nike and Adidas; makeup brands Anastasia Beverly Hills, Huda Beauty, NYX; clothing stores H&M, Zara, Uniqlo and many others.
Overall, 23 various brands are available for purchase at the moment, but the number of them will totally grow in the future.
Although the Checkout feature has mostly received positive feedback from Instagram users, some people are quite upset, because this upgrade means that the amount of ads on the platform will increase significantly.
One of Tesla car owners posted a video on Youtube (now it’s already removed) of his own testing of the autonomous emergency braking system. Though there is something not quite ordinary in this test – the car owner used his wife as an obstacle. She had to go out on the road directly in front of the car. At this time, her husband was driving a Tesla at a speed of about 40 kilometers per hour and kept his foot on the brake.
It is worth noting that the experimenter received a lot of angry comments. Many users criticized the actions of the young man, some even advised him to switch places with his wife.
In his defense, the owner of Tesla said that, firstly, his wife volunteered to be a pedestrian and did not want to drive, and secondly, this test took place at ridiculous speed and on a closed part of the road. For this reason, he had complete control over the situation and there was no danger to the health or life of his wife.
Well, talking about the results of this test, the autopilot system did not recognize the woman when she was walking or running along the road. She only became visible for Tesla software, when she stood on its way or near the car.
This asteroid is the second largest extraterrestrial object that fell on our planet over the past 30 years, after the Chelyabinsk meteorite, that “visited” the Earth in 2013th year.
Some colour views of the #meteor that flew over the North Pacific in December 2018, taken by Japan's #Himawari satellite. The meteor is really clear here – bright orange fireball against the blue + white background!
According to NASA, the incident occurred on December 18, 2018, near the Kamchatka Peninsula. Since the explosion occurred far from civilization, namely over the Bering Sea, this event did not attract much attention in the media. Although it is worth noting that it was quite powerful, the explosion released 10 times more energy than was released during the nuclear bombardment of Hiroshima (173 kilotons).
December 18, 2018, at about 12:00 local time, a meteorite burst into the atmosphere of our planet at a 7-degree angle at a speed of about 32 kilometers per second. The diameter of the cosmic body, which exploded at an altitude of 25.6 kilometers above the earth, was only a few meters. It is not small for a meteorite since space objects of similar magnitude hit our planet no more than 2-3 times per century. If an asteroid of this size fell to the surface of the Earth, this would have irreversible consequences for the whole region.
Apple company updated two long-forgotten tablets at the same time – we are talking about iPad mini and iPad Air.
As for the small tablet, its display diagonal remains the same – 7.9 inches. It is equipped with the most modern and productive chip of A12 Bionic own production. If we compare the updated iPad mini with a tablet of the previous generation, then we can notice a productivity increase of 300% and graphics acceleration by a whole 1000%.
The new iPad is equipped with a new advanced Retina display, which certainly supports True Tone technology. It is 25% brighter and also regarding the relatively small diagonal of the display, we can say that the iPad mini of the new generation has a display with the highest PPI (pixel density per inch) among the entire line of Apple tablets. The price of this gadget starts at $399.
“Big Brother” is also run by the new A12 Bionic chip. iPad Air with a display diagonal of 10.5 inches has increased productivity compared to the previous model by 70% and accelerated graphics by 200%. One of the new features of the gadget is support of Apple Pencil and True Tone technology. The price of the new iPad Air starts at $499.
Have you ever seen a beautiful landscape, sunset or a flower field and felt the desire to capture the moment? But then the realization that you don’t have enough skills hit you hard. We are happy to inform everybody who can relate to this that NVIDIA will soon fix this issue and let all people express themselves regardless of their skill level.
The company NVIDIA has created a neural network called GauGAN which is capable of turning primitive sketches into realistic, photolike pictures. This deep learning model can basically turn a kids’ doodles into a work of art.
GauGAN turns circle into beautiful lakes or seas, triangles into picturesque mountain chains, the blue background into a gorgeous multicolored sky. The deep learning model was trained specifically to recognize various objects on the drawing and use its database to make them look almost real.
Besides making things look better, the neural network also analyzes the overall picture, taking into account various details. For example, if you decided to portray a lake and a tree on its shore, GauGAN will add a reflection of the tree on the water surface.
The neural network was trained using hundreds of photos of nature and wildlife and is capable of producing almost any kind of landscape.
GauGAN is an absolute breakthrough of NVIDIA in the field of artificial intelligence and machine training. The neural network created by the company will open up new horizons for hundreds of people that dream of creating art pieces.
Recall that last Friday there was a presentation of a younger crossover – Model Y in the design studio of Tesla company. The new car was perceived ambiguously, some fans expected the crossover to have more differences from the compact Model 3 sedan. Although it was quite expected since the characteristics of Model Y have been known for a long time.
It is also known that the next presentation, which Elon Musk will carry for Tesla, will concern a car with a completely new design – an electric pickup, which does not have a name yet.
Just recently, Musk confirmed that the new pickup will have a very futuristic design that he personally likes very much. Literally, right after the presentation of the compact crossover, Elon posted a teaser for new pickup on Twitter.