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Following the example of Europe: US senators proposed switching to USB-C as a universal charging standard

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Last Thursday, a group of US senators published an open letter to the US Department of Commerce asking for a universal charging standard for smartphones. This is proposed to follow the example of the European Union.

Following the example of Europe: US senators proposed switching to USB-C as a universal charging standard

The arguments of politicians are similar to those given in the EU. According to them, a universal charging standard will reduce waste, reduce customer costs and slow down the “planned obsolescence” of chargers.

The letter says that the EU has acted wisely by introducing new rules. According to the senators, the US should do the same. In the letter, the authors called on the Department of Commerce to develop a comprehensive plan for the transition to a single standard that will protect both consumers and the environment.

The senators also noted that consumers use an average of three chargers, and 40% of users found chargers incompatible with smartphones, after which owners simply threw away the charger and bought a new one. Because of this, the amount of e-waste is measured in tens of millions of tons.

Note that today Apple is the only major technology company in the US that does not use USB-C in its smartphones, although it allows this standard in the iPad and MacBook. The company says that switching to USB-C on smartphones will create more e-waste and is unlikely to bring benefits.

Following the example of Europe: US senators proposed switching to USB-C as a universal charging standard

At the same time, information appeared earlier that the manufacturer would abandon the Lightning connector in the iPhone 15 in favor of USB-C. And another source claimed that USB-C testing for “apple” smartphones is already underway.

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Nvidia released the $150 GeForce GTX 1630, and it’s weaker than the $140 GTX 1050 Ti six years ago. There are great reviews of new items

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Nvidia released the 150 GeForce GTX 1630 and its weaker

Nvidia has introduced the GeForce GTX 1630, which can be called a severely stripped-down version of the GTX 1650. What is a card so primitive by modern standards capable of? Large reviews have already appeared on the Web, and we will take the TechPowerUp material as a basis.

Nvidia released the $150 GeForce GTX 1630, and it's weaker than the $140 GTX 1050 Ti six years ago.  There are great reviews of new items

As you can see, in Full HD, and at higher resolutions, such a card does not make sense, the GTX 1630 is very far behind even the Radeon RX 6400. The junior AMD adapter is ahead by almost 60%, and this is an abyss.

If you look at the average performance in games, we are talking about only 24 fps, that is, on average, the new product is not able to provide proper performance in modern games at maximum settings. Unfortunately, there is nothing in the list of source adapters that even roughly matches the GTX 1630. But if you look at older reviews, you can find that the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti at one time lagged behind the GTX 1650 not as much as the GTX 1630 lagged behind That is, the new Nvidia is even a little weaker than the GTX 1050 Ti. Actually, tests from other sources confirm this.

Nvidia released the $150 GeForce GTX 1630, and it's weaker than the $140 GTX 1050 Ti six years ago.  There are great reviews of new items

Nvidia released the $150 GeForce GTX 1630, and it's weaker than the $140 GTX 1050 Ti six years ago.  There are great reviews of new items
Nvidia released the $150 GeForce GTX 1630, and it's weaker than the $140 GTX 1050 Ti six years ago.  There are great reviews of new items

And here it would be useful to remember that the GTX 1050 Ti was introduced in 2016 and was priced at that time at $140. And the GTX 1630 costs $150. That is, Nvidia in 2022 released a video card of about the same level and at about the same price as six years ago.

Of the rest, only power consumption can be noted. In games, the adapter requires only about 50 watts, and the maximum that we managed to achieve from the card is 71 watts.

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Insta360 announces One RS 1-inch 360 Edition camera with two 1-inch sensors

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Insta360 announces One RS 1 inch 360 Edition camera with two

Insta360 has announced its most expensive and powerful 360 camera yet, the One RS 1-inch 360 Edition. The novelty is made in a modular version. The One RS 1-inch 360 edition consists of four parts: a mounting bracket, a battery pack, an imaging module, and two 1-inch sensors.

Insta360 announces One RS 1-inch 360 Edition camera with two 1-inch sensors

Insta360 has announced its most expensive and powerful 360 camera yet, the One RS 1-inch 360 Edition. The novelty is made in a modular version. The One RS 1-inch 360 edition consists of four parts: a mounting bracket, a battery pack, an imaging module, and two 1-inch sensors.

CMOS sensors are capable of capturing 6K video at 360 degrees and at 30 frames per second. They are also capable of taking 21-megapixel 360-degree photos. Insta360 claims that the larger sensors provide better low-light performance and offer a wider dynamic range than its previous consumer cameras.

Other features of the camera include a USB-C port, a microSD card slot, and a 1.3-inch touch screen for viewing recordings.

The One RS 1-inch 360 Edition camera is available for $800. That being said, One R and One RS owners can purchase the 1-inch 360 module, battery, and mounting bracket for $650. In this case, the processing block remains the same.

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Flying “car” LEO Coupe will have over 200 propellers

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Flying car LEO Coupe will have over 200 propellers

LEO Flight, formerly known as Urban eVTOL, has revealed an alpha version of its LEO Coupe (LX-1) flying vehicle. It is alleged that the novelty will be able to transport three people at speeds up to 400 km / h.

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The prototype is currently equipped with 72 duct fans to create lift. The final version will receive more than 200 propellers, which will allow the vehicle to take off and land vertically. According to the developers, this is the most efficient way to fly in this mode.

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In addition, the LEO Coupe will be equipped with box-shaped wings, but they will provide lift at speeds of about 200 km / h, so at low speeds you will have to rely only on propellers.

Using a large number of small propellers instead of a few large ones will save battery power. Also, small fans reduce the dimensions of the machine. It is alleged that the LEO Coupe will be able to sit in a regular parking space.

A proof of concept in action is expected as early as August this year. But the timing of the appearance of the finished machine is not reported.

Earlier in Brazil, Eve received an order for 100 vertical takeoff and landing electric aircraft.

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