4 ways how Tesla is changing the world

In 2003 Elon Musk together with a group of engineers tried to prove to the world the benefits of electric vehicles. Five years later they released their first model and since then the company has set a mission to change the world. Tesla has expanded its focus from building the best electric car out there to opening the way for solar power, autonomous vehicles and much more.

Here are four ways how Tesla is changing the world.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

You can’t talk about Tesla without mentioning electric cars and when it comes to electric vehicles, Tesla is definitely the leader. The Tesla Roadster, Tesla’s first model, was the first mass-produced, electric car able to travel more than 320 kilometers on one single charge.

Tesla’s Model S was the first fully electric sedan, and it was named the world’s best selling plug-in electric car for 2015 and 2016. Tesla’s Model S P100D broke a world record in early 2017 because of its ability to go from 0 to 97km/h in 2.28 seconds.

In addition to these wins, Tesla is building the best high-tech cars on the road and receiving top safety ratings. Despite all these benefits, being environmentally friendly is a really great bonus.

 

AUTONOMY

Thousands of deaths are caused every year by vehicle collisions 94% of which are caused by human error. Self-driving cars are on their way and they will create several improvements towards highway safety. Tesla has made major developments towards removing the human element like no other company. Autopilot hardware has been a standard feature since 2014 and Tesla has the best self-driving capabilities in the market. Tesla's Autopilot system can’t replace a human driver yet but it can help drivers navigate highways. However, the company says that the vehicles that are being currently produced will have a completed autonomous driving which can be activated when government regulations will take place.

 

RETHINKING RIDESHARING

Tesla plans to enter the billion dollar industry with autonomous cars. While Uber and Lyft are already testing out autonomous cars, they can’t compete with Tesla’s ability to make adjustments to its Autopilot software and their cars already on the road.

During a TED talk in early 2017, Elon Musk elaborated on a future model that would encourage ride sharing by owners and riders. If a large number of autonomous vehicles that will be available to the public exist, people will be able to use them instead of the public transportation. The cost would also decrease tremendously and hopefully become a way of more convenient public transportation.

 

JOB CREATION

Tesla is also contributing to job creation or as the manufacturing industry calls them, “21st-century jobs”. Tesla’s company in Nevada employs hundreds of workers. In 2016 Tesla had 14000 employees worldwide but it’s predicted that Nevada Gigafactory alone can end up employing 10000 people. In the future, Tesla may end up creating and training a lot of employees in the clean energy industry.

 

 

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Ready Player One Review

Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” is a sci-fi adventure film based on Ernest Cline's best-selling 2011 novel that takes place 27 years from now in dismal 2045. The world is overpopulated and most of the world’s population centers have become slum-like cities while it’s not clearly stated why it went this way. In the attempt to escape the desolation of the real-world and gloomy reality, humans choose to plug themselves into a virtual reality world called OASIS where anything is possible.

The story follows Wade Watts who is an orphaned teenager who lives in the Stacks, a shanty poor neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio.

For the past five years, Wade and millions of other gamers have been obsessed over a competition which was announced by James Halliday, the creator of the OASIS who, before he died, launched a competition to find his Easter egg hidden in the game's code. To find it gamers must first find the three keys which are hidden somewhere in the virtual world and pass through the three gates where their skills will be tested. The first to find all three keys will receive Halliday's trillion-dollar fortune and control over the OASIS.

Wade’s real life is lonely and scary and it’s only in the oasis that he has a sort of a social life where Wade's avatar, Parzival is his virtual friend.

When Parzival, Wade's avatar, finds the first key, followed quickly by four other top gunters he considers friends, he's quickly threatened by a Nolan Sorrento the CEO of a rival software company called Innovative Online Industries (IOI), a global corporation that hires professional gamers (called "Sixers") to work on their behalf in the hunt for the keys. His evil plans include making as much money as possible, even if it means forcing players who have lost their virtual money to work in labor camps called Loyalty Centers in the real-life debtors’ prison.

Steven Spielberg has captured in a lovingly way the spirit of '80s nostalgia in this adventure mixed with his own spectacular style.  At the same time, Ready Player One can’t help but feel ephemeral as a by-product of a culture that has already reached its peak.

The dozens or maybe hundreds of pop references built into “Ready Player One” make the movie both a pleasure and a distraction for the simple reason that they are immediately pointed out by a character to be recognizable for the viewer.

This is hardly Spielberg’s most creative genre work and can easily turn into one of his most controversial projects.

While “Ready Player One” celebrates the power of pop iconography, it also recognizes the simple truth that branding has become more important than creativity.

Spielberg definitely elevates the material, but then, that’s just because he helped write the American blockbuster rulebook in the first place.

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung has been the leader in the Android phone market and in February they announced the release of Samsung Galaxy S9 at the Mobile World Congress and it is expected to hit the shelves on March 16.

But does it have what it takes to beat the iPhone8, iPhone X and Google Pixel 2?

Samsung Galaxy S9 has a beautiful design, great specifications, one of the most interesting cameras out there and these features could make it the phone of the year.

 

Design

The Galaxy S9 retains the overall look of Galaxy S8 while further reducing the thickness above and below the display and moving the fingerprint to a more suitable placement. Galaxy S9 maintains the same Super AMOLED Infinity Display including the Quad HD+ resolution. The scanner is now placed beneath the camera and there’s facial recognition and iris scanning as well.

The design might not be very different from its previous version but there’s hardly something to complain about it considering that it is one of the slickest phones out there.

 

Specs

Galaxy S9 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor but apart from the new and more powerful processor, other specifications remain the same as Galaxy S8.

The Galaxy S9 has 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage (expandable up to 400GB via microSD). Like the previous version, Galaxy S9 features a 3,000mAh battery that can be charged wirelessly or via the USB port.

The second biggest improvement to the Galaxy S9 over the Galaxy S8 is the audio.

The audio has been tuned by Harmon’s AKG for both the stereo speakers and the included earbuds. The speaker at the bottom remains but now there’s one at the top too. The speakers support Dolby Atmos technology which delivers rich and vibrant sound.  

The first biggest improvement to the Galaxy S9 is the camera.

 

Camera

Samsung is putting a lot of its marketing budget towards advertising Galaxy’s S9 most important feature and development; the camera. The camera is the biggest upgrade of Galaxy S9 which also represents one of the best cameras in the Smartphone business. Generally speaking, the specifications of the camera remain the same: 12-megapixel sensor with dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus and optical image stabilization. However, what makes all the difference is that the camera is much better suited to low-light environments which leads to much better shots. It also offers a video mode that freezes fast moving objects similar to some Sony phones.
The slow-motion effect which enables S9 to shoot slow-motion video up to a hefty 960 frames per second and automatically detects high-speed motion has the ability to stretch a fifth of a second of video into six seconds. This feature will likely get a lot of attention.

Samsung has also improved its image processing software. When you tap the shutter icon, it can capture more photos. In conclusion, the Galaxy S9 should easily be the best smartphone camera for low-light photography.

 

Overall, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is an incredible phone, with a camera that could take mobile photography to the next level.

While some of the changes appear to be small in some areas, S9 still remains a super-powerful phone and the ultimate Android device. If not the best phone of 2018, S9 will definitely be one of the most desirable and exciting phones of 2018.

The Rise of China's Huawei – World’s No. 3 Smartphone Brand

Huawei which stifled the iPhone’s momentum in China is becoming one of the world’s most powerful smartphone brand and a strong competitor of Apple and Samsung.

After giving up from their previous model of filling the planet with cheap cellphones, Huawei has risen to become a serious and recognizable brand. Europe, in particular, has welcomed Huawei which has grown at an unprecedented speed.

Huawei which started as a producer of phone switches became a global leader in telecommunications networks by 2012 and now has risen to become world’s top brand with its prime product: smartphone.

The rise of Huawei as the world’s most powerful smartphone brand was obtained by the change of the business model through an initiative to drastically increase the quality of their phones as well as several major ad campaigns designed to draw the attention on the new branded smartphones.

Another reason why the Shenzhen-based company has had major growth it’s because of the billions of yuan invested every year in technology following promotion campaigns and cutting off lower-end product lines.

Beyond China, where they proudly maintain the number one smartphone brand, Huawei has had major developments by aggressively entering into new markets; with a focus on Europe where they are the number two Android phone. Huawei’s dramatic rise in European was as a result of major improvements in product quality and followed by a very high profile advertising blitz.  Another reason for the major success in Europe is attributed to Huawei’s long-time relationship with local carriers.

 

Let’s have a look at the rise of Huawei’s brand by the numbers throughout the recent years:

 

Source: statista.com

 

Revenue grew to $42.03 billion (283.1 billion yuan) in the first six months of 2017 from 245.5 billion yuan a year earlier.

Chief Executive Ken Hu said in his New Year’s message at the end of 2017 that Huawei expects 2017 revenue to rise 15% to 600 billion yuan ($92.08 billion). That represents the slowest growth for Huawei since 2013. Hu also noted that Huawei's smartphone shipments in 2017 reached 153 million units and its global market share hit 10 percent.

The CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, Richard Yu, stated that in 2018 they will have disruptive products and innovative technology to lead the global market. He believes that 2018 will be the first year that they will truly be walking the road to global prominence.

Yu also stated that Huawei’s Mate 10 series launched in October which is also Huawei’s most expensive model to date sold extremely well but didn’t disclose a number. Mate 10 was the answer to the 10th anniversary of iPhone and a strong competition of Samsung. 

Even though the company is catching up with Apple and Samsung in terms of total phones sold, Huawei is yet to see the same huge profit margins that those rivals enjoy. But if the current trajectory continues, Huawei might be a stronger competitor to Apple and Samsung in 2018.

MAVIC PRO – Your powerful personal drone

The DJI Mavic Pro is a small portable but a yet powerful drone, ready to go with you everywhere you go and view the world through the eyes of your drone … like you have never seen before.
When people think of drones, they imagine big and scary helicopters but in 2016 there were several small drones introduced.
And now DJI is introducing its smallest and most convenient drone yet, the Mavic Pro.


The Mavic Pro packs features that we once thought were possible only for larger platforms into a small and portable drone with the ability to capture high-resolution images. It also comes with an advanced flight control system, GPS, ultrasound, IMUs and much more. It can even recognize gestures for perfect selfies.


The Mavic Pro works with DJI's GO mobile app to be able to access settings, editing and sharing your footage and exploring several other options.

Design: The DJI Mavic Pro measures are 3.27 x 7.8 x 3.27 inches, almost the same size of a water bottle, making it small enough to bring it with you everywhere you go. The efficient design of the Mavic Pro makes it small enough to put it in a purse or backpack rather than a hard pack specifically designed for it. The new folding design makes it possible for the two front arms to swing back while the rear limbs flip down.


The new OcuSync transmission system offers up to 4.3 miles of transmission range. When you fly, OcuSync scans available frequencies in order to use the one with the least interference so that it can give you more reliability. The Mavic Pro can fly at up to 40mph or for as long as 27 minutes under ideal conditions (or up to 21 minutes for normal flights).
The drone incorporates several smart features like ActiveTrack and TapFly which make the videos look very professional. Thus you won’t need a film crew. Just tell it who to track and it will handle it the rest.


The ActiveTrack feature, the Mavic Pro can detect several common subjects such as people, animals, bike riders and many more.
True 4k video, no compromises! The Mavic Pro camera shoots up to 4K video at 30 frames per second and Full HD 1080p at 96 frames per second. Its minimum focusing distance is 19" which makes it perfect for everything from selfies to landscape shots.


The Mavic Pro has an integrated high-precision 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer which produces smooth videos and crystal clear photos. The camera moves in the opposite direction to the Mavic, removing unwanted movement for the best possible video.


It’s very common for normal drones to hit obstacles during the flight but the Mavic Pro uses FlightAutonomy technology which offers the opportunity to see obstacles as far away as 49 ft which then allows the drone to avoid them and thus reduce accidents.

All these features, make the Mavic Pro drone a must have for every drone lover who wants to turn the sky into their own creative canvas and make every moment an aerial moment.


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2018 predictions for Virtual Reality

The world of Virtual Reality is changing at an incredible speed and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

In 2017 we have seen several developments and interesting news when it comes to Virtual Reality and 2018 is expected to be the year of VR 2.0.

In 2018 several tech companies are planning to release VR hardware that will be standalone. The reason why major Tech companies have focused on bringing VR standalone devices in 2018 it’s because they are easy to be used, more comfortable, portable and cheaper.

 

OCULUS GO

Oculus Go

The Facebook-owned company announced that Oculus Go is expected to be released early in 2018. It is expected to cost $200 which is a very reasonable price considering that it will be a standalone device and won’t have the need to connect it to another device. While the price is considered to be cheap, it will come with limited functionalities. Being a 3DOF headset, you will have a 360° view but it won’t offer positional tracking. Thus it will be appropriate for watching movies, gaming and social VR experiences.

 

OCULUS SANTA CRUZ

Santa Cruz

Along with Oculus Go, Facebook is also working on Oculus Santa Cruz, which is also a standalone device that does offer positional tracking. The device will have 6DOF (six degrees of freedom) headset and controllers that will allow a wider range of applications. Users will be able to move around in 3D environments and will offer more freedom and interaction. These features will make Oculus Santa Cruz more expensive but definitely more entertaining as well.

 

LENOVO MIRAGE SOLO

Mirage Solo

Lenovo’s Mirage Solo will also be a stand-alone headset which will use Google's Daydream VR platform and will provide wireless access to Virtual Reality content such as games or videos.  The device incorporates Google’s WorldSense technology, which tracks movement without the need for external sensors.

Available with the headset will also come Lenovo’s Mirage Camera which will capture stereoscopic 3D content. Lenovo hasn’t specified a price yet but it’s expected to cost around 400$.

 

HTC VIVE FOCUS

Vive Focus

HTC is also working on a stand-alone headset which will provide 6DOF but it will offer interactions only through a 3 DOF remote which will come together with the headset. The $600 device which debuted in China in December is not yet available in the U.S.

“It can be put on and removed in just a couple of seconds and immediately turns on/off by sensing the user’s head. Its water-resistant padding and ergonomically balanced design allow for all-day wear. It’s even designed to be glasses-friendly, so there’s no need to remove one’s eyewear before use” HTC stated.

 

Taken together, all these devices will make 2018 the year of VR 2.0. They will lower prices and bring a much better performance. While there are several challenges that VR needs overcome, the standalone hardware is a big step forward.  

 

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