HP ENVY 17 is the first gesture-controlled laptop

Our laptops are controlled by keyboard, touchpad, or external mouse. But if we are going to buy HP ENVY 17, we will have to change habits, because it’s the first gesture-controlled laptop.

The latest HP product is Leap Motion’s first computer that recognizes user gestures and translates them into appropriate commands. This feature is based on a small sensor that tracks the movements of the fingers. These are then forwarded to a special software that deals with the translation of gestures and activates the commands to which they are assigned.

The HP ENVY 17 costs $ 1049 and features a fairly large 17.3-inch Full HD screen and a powerful processor. On his disc, we will also find a whole range of useful software, in the form of a Swoosh mixer, GecoMIDI music creation software, and GameWAVE, the software that lets you use gesture control in your favorite games.

Qualcomm unveiled four new Snapdragon chips

Qualcomm, one of the most well-known manufacturers of mobile processors, has just announced the expansion of its offering of four new chips. The Snapdragon 415, 425, 618 and 620 processors are designed for budget devices specifically designed for emerging markets.

Qualcomm is currently struggling with big problems. First, Samsung’s resignation from its flagship Snapdragon 810 processor, and then one billion dollars in fines, which it will have to pay to the Chinese government for abusing its dominant market position. The company has to make up for these losses, so it is preparing to launch four completely new systems.

The Snapdragon 415, 425, 618, and 620 processors are designed for budget devices that are most commonly purchased in developing countries. All of the presented layouts support 4G LTE connectivity, which means that even a cheap smartphone will offer us fast access to a global network, allowing us to enjoy the full potential of the network.

The Snapdragon 415 is the successor to the 410 and is a 64-bit system of eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores, featuring an Adreno 405 graphics unit supporting 720p resolution.

Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 425 will provide support for high-definition cameras and will also feature better power-saving features. We also have the Adreno 405 graphics and support for 1080p video playback with hardware HEVC decoding.

The Snapdragon 620 will be based on the new ARM Cortex-A72 cores and the new Adreno graphics unit. We will find support for Ultra HD video recording and quad-core playback, as well as LPDDR3 Dual Channel memory and dual image processor supporting dual-camera 13MP. Gyroscopic image stabilization and extended autofocus have not been forgotten either. The seventh category modem installed in it will download files at 300 Mbit and send them at 100 Mbit.

The 618 model, which will be a six-core version of the Snapdragon 620, is equipped with two 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores.

Mont Blanc on Google Street View

There is a growing number of places that, without moving from a comfortable chair, can be explored with Google Street View. This time the popular service of the American concern takes us to the frosty Mont Blanc, the highest peak of the Alps and Europe, letting him look at the first person.

Google Street View allows us to explore not only many cities in the country but also in the world, as well as many other locations. The service takes us on a tour of the Burj Khalifa, zoos and many other exotic places that we would never normally choose.

The latest Street View attraction is Mont Blanc. Visiting the highest peak of Europe is possible thanks to the volunteers who have climbed into it, equipped with the right equipment to allow panoramic shots. Part of the photo was taken by Korra Pesce, who carried a special set of cameras on his back. The project was also supported by renowned mountaineer Ueli Steck and Laetitia Roux, 14-time ski alpinism champion.

For a virtual tour of the mountains you can check out by going to: -the-scenes / streetview / treks / mont-blanc /

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Twitter sued for ISIS vote

The war with the Islamic State is on many fronts, but sometimes it can happen that targets that do not have anything to do with terrorists can be hit. One of them is Twitter, which was sued by a widow of an American soldier killed by ISIS in Jordan, who accuses the portal of giving terrorists a place where they can speak publicly.

Islamic militants are eager to use Twitter in their business, where they set up thousands of accounts for spreading propaganda and encouraging them to support their cause by recruiting and collecting money.

Anonymous hackers fighting with ISIS, constantly closing the accounts of fighters available on Twitter. The portal itself does not seem to bother you that the militants of the Islamic State use it for their own activity, even though it could quickly get rid of them. Such passivity towards terrorists did not appeal to a certain American, who therefore sued the popular social platform.

Autonomous border guard

Israeli borders are getting better and better guarded. Not by the soldiers but by the AMSTAF standalone patrol system, which alone can move and identify targets. In a combat version equipped with rifles, through the operator that controls it, it can also take care of them.

AMSTAF is a new toy used by Israel and created to protect the country’s borders from intruders. The machine is the work of the local Automotive Robotic Industry Ltd. and is based on the chassis of the ARGO 6 × 6 vehicle developed by ODG. The unit measures 240 cm long and nearly 150 cm wide.

Moves on six wheels driven by a pair of silent hybrid electric motors (one on each side). They are strong enough for the vehicle to accelerate up to 50 km / h in flat terrain, 4 km / h in water, and 45 degrees up the slope. In addition, it can also take a load of 349 kg and carry an additional 1100 kg. IMPORTANT, AMSTAF has low-pressure tires, so even if it weighs almost a ton, it can safely enter the anti-personnel mines.

The machine can be controlled remotely from a distance of almost 13 km or programmed for stand-alone operation, and can operate all day without charging.

The platform can do many different tasks, such as controlling riots, dealing with bomb disarming, negotiating with terrorists, and even acting in a special unit, everything depends on the installed equipment. These could be tasers, demonstrator immobilisers, tear gas tanks, or a computer-stabilized 7.62 mm rifle.

Tesla presents new solar panels

American Tesla Group has unveiled new models of solar roof panels. 325 W power modules will be manufactured by Panasonica in Tesla’s Gigafactory 2 plant located in Bufallo.

Tesla has been increasingly involved in designing solutions that facilitate green energy production. The American concern will soon be launching photovoltaic solar panels, and has now unveiled new models of solar roofs.

The cells will be manufactured by Panasonica exclusively for Tesla and will be built in the US giant Gigafactory 2 factory located in Bufallo. New cell models not only present modern and elegant, but are also very efficient.

They are relatively thin and can be installed on virtually any already finished roof. This is a great advantage because in most cases the solar cells are designed in such a way that they cover the roof, so to install them you need to make a lot of modifications. In the case of new cells we avoid this problem, and each of them has a power of 325 W.

Professional SSD drive for servers

SSDs, due to the fall in prices, are increasingly being hosted on our computers. However, the latest model of the OCZ Z-Drive 4500 is a device that we will not see in the home PC, because it is a drive designed for server applications.

The drive is equipped with a SATA 6 Gbps interface, occupies a single PCIe 2.0 8x slot and is based on 19-nm MLC NAND Toshiby. The drive is based on eight separate SSDs making up one common volume thanks to Virtualized Controller Architecture, resulting in ultra-fast transfers that far outweigh the typical SSDs.

The OCZ Z-Drive 4500 has a transfer rate of 2900 MB / s for sequential reads, while the sequential record reaches 2200 MB / s. In addition, the number of read / write operations is set at 252,000 IOPS and 78,000 IOPS, respectively.

The Z-Drive 4500 will be available in three versions. The smallest one has a capacity of 800 GB and costs $ 2355. For a two-time model we will pay $ 3860, while the largest variant of 3.2 TB will cost $ 6533. As you can easily calculate, 1 GB of disk space, in this case, costs 2.04 TB.