SpaceX is Launching the First Falcon 9 in 2019

Today, January 11 at 07:31 a.m. PST, SpaceX, USA private space company, launches the Falcon 9 rocket, which will be carrying 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. The total project cost is $2.9 billion.

You may check the broadcast of the launch on the stream:

The rocket launch is planned on the Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California which is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, 125 miles to the northwest from Los Angeles, exactly at 7:31 a.m. PST  or 15:31 UTC.

The rocket has the B1049.2 Iridium-8 thrust, which was used on the launch of Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite on the 10th of September, 2018.

The aim of the rocket is to lead 10 satellites with a total mass of 9,600 kg on a low polar orbit. The weight of each satellite is approximately 860 kg with  3.1 × 2.4 × 1.5 m dimensions.

The measures will be taken for the return of rocket stage on Earth. The landing is planned on the “Just Read The Instructions” drone ship which will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

Source: https://www.spacex.com/

Iridium NEXT satellites are communication satellites of the second generation of the Iridium Communications Inc. American company, which are equipped with voice communication and data transmission to mobile devices.

The Iridium NEXT working orbits are located at the altitude of 780 km under 86.4 ° degree decline with a roller ability in six orbital planes for about 100 minutes. The satellites which are already on the orbit will be removed with their combustion in the atmosphere.

In general, duration of the mission will last about 72 minutes. You can track down the timeline of the start here.

The rocket

The Falcon 9 rocket has the following parameters:

  • the height is about 70m.
  • the diameter of a stage is 3,66m.
  • the diameter of a nose cone ( cargo bay) is 5,3m.

The thrust will be provided by nine Merlin 1D engines and one 1D Vacuum engine, they all operate off a mixture of liquid oxygen and rocket kerosene. The rocket fully complies with NASA requirements.

The mission logo:

Source: https://www.spacex.com/

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Bitcoin Scams Are Not Relevant Anymore, Fraudsters Switched to Fortnite

Fortnite has created an actual revolution in the gaming industry, outrunning such giants as Minecraft and League of Legends. Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, made around 3 billion dollars on this game in 2018.

However, such a wave of popularity can also attract organized crime. As reported by Independent, the inta-game currency of Fortnite, V-bucks, has been involved in multiple cases of scam, money laundering and other crimes.  

One of the most popular tricks of scammers is purchasing V-bucks using stolen credit cards and then resell them to Fortnite players at discounted prices, basically a classical money  laundering scheme. It used to be popular with Bitcoin-related scams, however, they are not as popular and numerous as they used to be.

V-bucks have flooded the Dark Web, the section of the Internet where you can purchase dangerous and/or illegal goods and services.

Threat actors are scoffing at Epic Games’ weak security measures, saying that the company doesn’t seem to care about players defrauding the system and purchasing discounted V-bucks. This directly touches on the ability of threat actors to launder money through the game,” said a representative of a cyber security company Sixgill.

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New From Samsung in 2019: How the Tech Giant Will Surprise in the New Year?

The sphere of technology is evolving so quickly that we do not even notice that now a computer is always with us. You understand what we mean. But you must admit that if you heard that you can carry your computer anywhere, you would be surprised at how you can fit a rather big device, which consists of a large system unit and a monitor. Today, a computer is a modified concept that can be applied to smartphones, tablets, smart watches, and even televisions.

Such change is the merit of just a few companies, one of which is Samsung. Therefore, it is worth considering how a global monster is going to surprise the world in 2019.

The TV that controls all your devices

Samsung will release a TV which can be connected to a PC and keyboard, but this is only the beginning. The company integrated Remote Access function into its new product, which will allow to manage the entire range of mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

At the moment, it is not fully known how the new generation TV will work. It is assumed that it will receive access to devices through an application that should be pre-installed on a PC, a smartphone and a tablet.

Remote Access technology will be available worldwide. It will provide access to the central server virtual machines. It will provide users with access to their computers absolutely from any place with Internet.

New item is eagerly anticipated by cyber sportsmen and ordinary fans of computer games, since it will be possible to play on a big screen without an HDMI cable.

More than just a smartphone

Apparently, Samsung seriously took up the Remote Access project, the essence of which is to provide interaction between devices of such a level that there is absolutely no difference for users on which device the content is stored.

The brainchildren of this project are well-known solutions – DeX and DeX Pad, which allow you to turn the Samsung Galaxy into a PC.

Smartphone with six cameras

One of the models of the Samsung Galaxy S10 flagship series will have six cameras. It is reported by The Wall Street Journal.

For now, this gadget is referred to as Beyond X. In addition to 6 cameras, it will get a 6.7-inch screen and a 5G network adapter. Simultaneously with a six-camera smartphone release, launch of three more devices with screen sizes varying between 5.8 and 6.4 inches is planned.

The official presentation of four new products by Samsung is scheduled for February 2019, and in April of this year the world will see the announcement of a flexible phone.

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All You Need to Know About Samsung Galaxy X

These days it’s getting harder and harder to surprise somebody when it comes to smartphones. That is why Samsung came up with something quite unexpected, even bold – a phone that can bend.

Source: Yandex News

There is still not much information about this mystery phone, maybe it is a marketing strategy of Samsung. However, some details did leak into the web, and we are going to share them with you.

Firstly, there is a possibility that the foldable phone will be called Samsung Galaxy X (reminds us of something, doesn’t it?). The other version is Samsung Galaxy F.

The latest Samsung novelty will be available for purchase some time in March of this year.

Moreover, Galaxy X is going to have a 4.5 inch screen that opens into a 7.5 inch screen. Also, it will have a brand new One UI interface.

This is pretty much all the info available at the moment. With no doubt, the new Samsung Galaxy X will become a breakthrough in the world of smartphones. It is said that the main competitors in the industry, like Huawei and LG, are also working on a similar concept.

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The Dark Times Are Facing Apple: What Will Happen to Its Sales?

According to the publication of The Street, one of the main suppliers of Apple, the Taiwanese chip-producing company TSMC, published the data on its profits and revenue in Q4 of 2018, which indicate that the sales volume of Apple keep falling.

Although the earnings of the company did rise to $9.4 billion, but the group revenues dropped by 14% and, as many people believe, will keep falling.

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TSMC predicts that in the following years the situation will get worse and worse. The representative of the company mentioned:

Moving into first quarter 2019, we anticipate our business will be dampened by the overall weakening of the macroeconomic outlook, mobile product seasonality, and high levels of inventory in the semiconductor supply chain.”

Taking into consideration the reduction of demand for smartphones and the overall recession of the global economy, soon Apple will have to take measures to prevent massive money losses. The company is already planning to cut down the expenses for hiring employees in some departments.

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Tesla Released a Home Charger for Electric Vehicles that Connects to a Wall Outlet

An American company, manufacturing electric vehicles and solutions for the storage of electric power, launches a new product – a home charging station.

Wall Connector is Tesla’s first home charging solution. The station can be plugged directly into a wall outlet using the most common high-voltage plug in the United States – NEMA 14-50.

Resource: https://shop.tesla.com/

Advantages of Wall Connector

The new solution offers a faster charge time by 25%, unlike the Gen 2 Mobile Connector from Tesla, which is also compatible with the NEMA 14-50 plug. The Wall Connector provides up to 40 amps to most Tesla cars, while the Gen 2 connector is limited to 32 amps.

An electric car charging station costs $ 500. The kit includes a 24-foot cable, colors – Silver and Gloss Black.

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Nike Came Out with Shoes That Tie Laces Themselves

The famous producer of sports clothes and footwear decided to incorporate mobile technology into its new sports shoes. It came out with self-lacing trainers that can be controlled through a smartphone app.

Source: https://www.nike.com/

The concept of such “smart” shoes first appeared in the second part of the movie “Back to Future” and was brought into reality by Nike back in 2016.

The release of the trainers was shown on Twitch. The latest version of the trainers are called Nike Adapt. They retail for 350 dollars.

Beside the self-lacing feature, the shoes actually adapt to the foot of the person wearing them, depending on internal and external factors. Nike Adapt can also be customized according to the owner’s liking through the smartphone application.

During a normal basketball game the athlete’s foot changes and the ability to quickly change your fit by loosening your shoe to increase blood flow and then tighten again for performance is a key element that we believe will improve the athlete’s experience,” the representative of Nike described the footwear on the example of basketball.

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