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Google tries to hide documents in its lawsuit against the NLRB

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Former employees had filed a labor lawsuit against Google with the National Labor Relation Board (NLRB). The case relates to the fact that Google allegedly spied on and then fired two of its employees, Laurence Berland and Kathryn Spiers, for mounting a protest against Google’s decision to work with IRI consultant.

Following this, an NLRB judge asked Google to provide 180 documents that allegedly relate to an internal campaign against any unionization efforts by its employees. The Internet giant then asked not to disclose certain information about documents that should appear in court. A request that was rejected by the administrative rights judge.

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The case between NLRB and Google

NLRB has filed a lawsuit against the internet giant since December 2020. Google allegedly illegally fired employees who tried to gather volunteers to carry out a demonstration. Laurence Berland, a former employee of the firm, gathered volunteers to fight against Google’s collaboration with IRI, known for its anti-union efforts.

The dismissal comes after Berland was seen checking his colleagues’ schedule. An action seen by Google as a violation of the internal rules of its company. However, why Google would have terminated the contract between the two parties would be illegal in the eyes of the NLRB judges. Other employees were fired after the protest, but this time it appears Google didn’t break any rules.

Google is trying to hide documents that could incriminate it

After the NLRB judge requested documents from Google, Google claimed the right not to disclose certain confidential documents during the trial. But Paul Bogas, the administrative law judge, said if the documents were so confidential, his legal counsel should not have certified copies of those records.

Nevertheless, it seems that Google is just trying to hide the evidence that could incriminate him. Google spokeswoman Jennifer Rodstorm even says the case shouldn’t be about the company trying to wage an anti-union campaign, but rather about a former employee accessing information from a inappropriate way. You should also know that if Google loses in this case, it will have to both reimburse and rehire its former employees.

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AMD will not remain a monopolist in the console market. The next Nintendo Switch will likely use the Nvidia platform again

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AMD will not remain a monopolist in the console market

The second-generation Nintendo Switch console, whatever it’s called, looks set to once again be based on Nvidia’s single-chip system.

AMD will not remain a monopolist in the console market.  The next Nintendo Switch will likely use the Nvidia platform again

This conclusion is made by sources based on a new Nvidia vacancy. The company is looking for a tool engineer for game console developers.

Considering that Sony and Microsoft have long opted for AMD solutions, the current Nintendo Switch is based on SoC Tegra, and no other major companies seem to be going to seriously enter the console market, it is most likely that we are talking about the development platforms for the new Nintendo console. True, this may mean that such a prefix will not be released soon.

By the way, the other day Nintendo itself indirectly confirmed that it would continue to use the Nvidia platform in its new console. The company said that it is very important for it to maintain the continuity of generations and implement a smooth transition. And the easiest way to do this is to keep the platform of the same manufacturer.

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World’s first 14″ laptop with 75Wh battery and Magic OS. Honor MagicBook 14 unveiled with 2K screen, Intel Core 12 processors and GeForce RTX 2050 GPU

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Worlds first 14 laptop with 75Wh battery and Magic OS

Huawei has officially unveiled the next-generation 14-inch MagicBook 14 laptop. Even before the announcement, Huawei characterized the novelty as a device with outstanding autonomy, and now it became clear why it was implemented: the developers call the novelty the world’s first 14-inch laptop with a 75 Wh battery. It was also said about the influence of Magic OS (this is a set of proprietary applications for Windows) on the device’s ability to work 20 hours offline, but battery capacity still plays a decisive role here.

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I must say, while the MagicBook 14 2022 is thin and compact (although the screen bezels could be smaller), it even allows you to play games – and even with ray tracing! The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2050 discrete 3D accelerator is responsible for graphics processing in this model. However, the basic models get by with integrated graphics, and the “middle” version offers a simpler discrete GPU – the GeForce MX 550.

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Processors – Intel Core i5-12500H in the base version and Intel Core i7-12650H – in the top one. The amount of LPDDR5 RAM was 16 GB, the amount of SSD – 512 GB. The novelty received a new cooling system with two fans, two heat pipes and a radiator increased by 66% of the area. Compared to its predecessor, the airflow is increased by 35%.

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The 14-inch laptop screen covers 88.15% of the lid. The resolution is 2160 x 1440 pixels, the frame rate is standard 60 Hz. The display is characterized by a brightness of 300 cd/m2, a contrast ratio of 1500:1 and coverage of 100% of the sRGB color space.

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The case of Honor MagicBook 14 2022 is made of aluminum. The thickness is 15.9 mm, and the weight of the device is 1.54 kg. The configuration of the device also includes a fingerprint scanner built into the power key, a backlit keyboard, a webcam that allows you to record 720p video, a pair of USB-C ports.

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The new MagicBook 14 with Core i5 retails for $810, but early adopters can pre-order for $735. The Core i7 version is priced at $840. Sales of new items in China will start on May 19.

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The Mars helicopter Ingenuity failed to communicate with the Perseverance rover for the first time. The connection has already been restored.

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The Mars helicopter Ingenuity failed to communicate with the Perseverance

For the first time in more than a year, the Ingenuity Mars helicopter failed to communicate with the Perseverance rover at the scheduled time. The connection was finally restored.

The Mars helicopter Ingenuity failed to communicate with the Perseverance rover for the first time.  The connection has already been restored.

The communication failure took place on May 3, NASA talked about it a few days later, but many media then missed this news. Helicopter data indicates that the crash was the result of the helicopter going into low power mode, possibly due to a seasonal increase in airborne dust.

Dust reduces the amount of sunlight reaching the helicopter’s solar panel, which reduces Ingenuity’s ability to recharge its six lithium-ion batteries. When the battery state of charge fell below the low limit, one of the FPGAs that manages Ingenuity’s operating state was turned off, turning other avionics on and off as needed to maximize power savings. It also manages the heaters that keep the helicopter surviving the cold Martian nights, maintains accurate time, and controls when the helicopter must wake up for communication with Perseverance.

Accordingly, when during the next Martian night the FPGA turned off, the onboard clock of the helicopter, which indicates the time when communication with Perseverance occurs, was reset. Ingenuity’s heaters, critical to keeping electronics and other components operating at temperature, have shut down. When the sun rose the next morning and the solar panel began charging the batteries, the clock on the helicopter was out of sync with the clock on board the rover. In fact, when Ingenuity thought it was time to contact Perseverance, the rover’s base station wasn’t listening because it shouldn’t be at the time.

To make sure Perseverance heard the call, Perseverance mission controllers ordered the rover to spend nearly all of Sol 429 (May 5) listening to the helicopter signal. It arrived at 11:45 local Martian time. Data transmitted was limited to deliberately conserve battery life, but critical health and safety data for the helicopter was nominal. Radio communication between Ingenuity and Perseverance was stable, the spacecraft temperature was within expected limits, the solar panel was recharging the battery at the rate expected for this season, and the battery was healthy at 41% full charge.

We have always known that the Martian winter and dust storm season will bring new challenges to Ingenuity, such as a colder sun, more atmospheric dust, and more frequent dust storms. Every flight and every mile of distance traveled 30 sols over our original mission pushed the spacecraft to its limits every sol on Mars.

The Ingenuity and Perseverance teams have come up with a plan that they hope will make a difference. Their goal is to help the helicopter’s battery build up enough charge over the next few sols to keep it running all the spacecraft’s essential systems on a cold Martian night. The new commands are lowering the temperature at which the helicopter turns on its heaters from -15 to -40 degrees Celsius. The helicopter then quickly shuts down instead of wasting battery power on the heaters. The team hopes that this strategy will allow the battery to retain all the charge accumulated during the day.

At the moment, no new NASA publications regarding Ingenuity have appeared.

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