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FedEx wants to equip its Airbus A321-200 aircraft with laser missile defense systems

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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said later this week that it had determined conditions that would allow FedEx to install missile defense capabilities on Airbus A321-200 aircraft. The Authority clarified that it is still reviewing the proposal and will study public response to these terms.

The delivery service applied for permission to equip its aircraft with infrared lasers designed to counter heat-seeking missiles in October 2019. The source notes that FedEx does not currently operate Airbus 321 aircraft.

FedEx wants to equip its Airbus A321-200 aircraft with laser missile defense systems

Airlines and governments have long tried to keep airliners safe from the danger posed by man-portable air defense systems or MANPADS. Some MANPADS use infrared systems to target aircraft engines.

“The FedEx Missile Defense System directs infrared laser energy at an incoming missile in an attempt to interrupt the missile’s heat tracking of the aircraft,” the FAA document said.

Among the conditions that the FAA put forward before it considers issuing a permit is to prevent inadvertent activation of the ground protection system, including during maintenance.

More than 40 civilian aircraft have been hit by MANPADS since the 1970s, according to the US State Department.

Efforts to combat this threat intensified after two rockets narrowly missed an Arkia Israel Airlines Boeing 757 taking off from Mombasa Airport in November 2002.

Cargo planes were also attacked.

In 2003, a DHL Airbus A300 cargo plane was damaged by a MANPADS and forced to make an emergency landing in Baghdad.

In 2007 and 2008, FedEx took part in US government testing of anti-missile technology for civil aircraft, installing the Northrop Grumman Guardian anti-missile system on some commercial cargo flights.

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Mini PC for those who want to stand out. Chatreey AMR5 offers an unusual design and mode switch

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Mini PC for those who want to stand out Chatreey

On Aliexpress, an unusual type of mini-PC with a fairly powerful processor appeared on sale. The Chatreey AMR5 model is based on the Ryzen 5 5600U, which offers six cores and a Vega 7 GPU.

Mini PC for those who want to stand out.  Chatreey AMR5 offers an unusual design and mode switch

The barebone kit is priced at $415, but you can also buy a PC preloaded with 8GB to 64GB of RAM and a 512GB to 2TB SSD. The top version will cost about $1,150.

The novelty stands out, of course, primarily for its design. Moreover, this very design is still associated with one of the functions of the PC. The ring at the top serves as a mode switch. It appears to toggle Windows power modes: Silent, Balance, and Performance Mode.

Mini PC for those who want to stand out.  Chatreey AMR5 offers an unusual design and mode switch

You can also note support for Wi-Fi 6, backlight, HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C, USB 3.0 (x4), RJ45 ports and dimensions of 156 x 133 x 71.8 mm.

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Brand new tablet for only $60. Updated Amazon Fire 7 unveiled

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1652907100 Brand new tablet for only 60 Updated Amazon Fire 7

Amazon has quietly updated its budget Fire 7 tablets. To be more precise, the Fire 7 and Fire 7 Kids have been updated.

Brand new tablet for only $60.  Updated Amazon Fire 7 unveiled

There are no cardinal changes – these are all the same ultra-affordable devices with the appropriate parameters. Since technically the novelties are almost identical, we will talk about them as a single product.

So, the tablet still has a seven-inch screen with a resolution of only 1024 x 600 pixels. This is a very low resolution for 2022, but the price of the tablet is only $60 ($110 for the Kids version).

Brand new tablet for only $60.  Updated Amazon Fire 7 unveiled

It is based on an unnamed 2 GHz quad-core processor, which is 30% faster than the solution in the previous generation of the tablet. RAM has doubled, but it’s only 2 GB. Flash memory is available 16 or 32 GB, since there is a slot for microSD. Also autonomy increased by 40%, and now Amazon promises up to 10 hours of work. From the rest, we can note the appeared USB-C port, a 2 megapixel camera and three colors.

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Apple AirPods Pro ruptured a 12-year-old boy’s eardrums, leaving him disabled. The company was sued

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Apple AirPods Pro ruptured a 12 year old boys eardrums leaving him

Apple is facing legal action over AirPods.

According to sources, the company was sued due to the fact that a 12-year-old child was injured due to the use of Apple headphones. One would think that the headphones exploded, as this sometimes happens, but in this case the reason is completely different.

Apple AirPods Pro ruptured a 12-year-old boy's eardrums, leaving him disabled.  The company was sued

The child was watching a movie on Netflix using an iPhone and AirPods Pro. At some point, the Amber Alert system (child abduction alert system) went off. Initially, the headphones worked at a low volume, but the sound of Amber Alert was so loud that it ruptured the child’s eardrums and damaged the cochlea. After the incident, the boy suffered from hearing loss, nausea, dizziness and tinnitus. He is now required to wear a hearing aid.

In fact, this happened back in 2020, but, as is often the case, the general public will learn about such incidents much later.

The lawsuit alleges that Apple is aware of “defective” AirPods that do not mute Amber Alerts. What’s more, Apple also didn’t include a warning about a potential issue that users might encounter.

The lawsuit against Apple seeks damages for the boy and his parents, who are under enormous emotional stress due to the situation. The lawsuit seeks “punitive damages in an amount that will punish defendants for their conduct and deter other technology companies from engaging in such misconduct in the future.”

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