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Hundreds of doctors accuse Spotify of spreading false information about Covid-19

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Doctors, health experts and scientists fight misinformation about Covid-19 every day. You should know that several social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, have policies against misinformation. However, this is not the case for all digital platforms. In fact, a Joe Rogan podcast on Spotify recently prompted a group of 270 doctors, nurses, scientists and educators to send in a open letter to question the platform’s responsibility for spreading misinformation.

The podcast in question is an interview between Joe Rogan and Dr. Robert Malone. As the discussion progressed, Malone had made unsubstantiated claims about Covid-19 such as his claiming that the “mass formation psychosishad led people to believe that vaccines were effective. He also advanced the idea that the current American president, Joe Biden, blocked information which supported that the drug ivermectin is an effective treatment against this pandemic.

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The video went viral on social media and YouTube took down the video. Malone was also banned from Twitter for violating the platform’s Covid-19 misinformation policy.

Scientists accuse Spotify of spreading false information

In the letter, the doctors claim that Spotify encourages the spread of false and harmful information on its platform. They say this could have negative impacts on public confidence in scientific research as the public will question the advice given by health specialists. Besides Rogan’s controversial podcast, doctors have also criticized Spotify’s failure to mitigate the damage.

But that’s not all. In April 2021, The Verge reported that Spotify agreed with an episode of Rogan in which it encouraged 21-year-olds not to get vaccinated. According to someone at the company, Rogan’s podcast was neither “anti-vaccine” nor a “call to action.” Despite this, Spotify still removed more explicit vaccine misinformation content like a song by musician Ian Brown and a podcast by Pete Evans.

Should Spotify adopt misinformation policies like other conquerors?

Although Spotify has in the past said it fights any promotion of false claims or content that poses direct or indirect threats to public health, the doctors’ open letter says otherwise. They demand that Spotify adopt the same misinformation policies as other platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others. The group wants to encourage society to establish permanent rules for its members.

For his part, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said in 2021 that the platform had no editorial responsibility on podcasts. He also claimed that while Spotify has plenty of rappers earning tens of millions of dollars a year or more from the platform, the platform doesn’t tell them what to put in their songs. There is therefore a good chance that Spotify will turn a deaf ear to this open letter from the doctors.

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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.

World's first 14

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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Periscope telephoto, 8 GB of RAM and a huge screen in a smartphone for $218. Presented Hisense H60

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Periscope telephoto 8 GB of RAM and a huge screen

Hisense has released a very unusual smartphone H60. Unusual it is not at all in design, but in terms of price and parameters.

Periscope telephoto, 8 GB of RAM and a huge screen in a smartphone for $218.  Presented Hisense H60

Judging by the available data, in China the novelty will cost only about 218 dollars. At the same time, for example, there is a periscope telephoto. This 8 MP camera provides 5x optical zoom and 50x digital zoom. There is also a 48MP main camera and a depth sensor. That is, unlike some even flagship smartphones, there is no width in the set, but there is a telephoto lens, and also a periscope one.

The H60 also received 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of flash memory, which at $218 is a very good deal. One of the secrets of the low price is the platform. This is Unisoc T7520 (Recently, some sources of the Unisoc platform are called Ziguang, but Ziguang is simply part of the Tsinghua Unigroup holding).

Periscope telephoto, 8 GB of RAM and a huge screen in a smartphone for $218.  Presented Hisense H60

The Unisoc T7520 isn’t a top platform, but it’s built on a 6nm process and offers 5G support, four Cortex-A76 cores, four Cortex-A55 cores, a Mali-G57 GPU, and Snapdragon 750G-level performance.

Returning to the smartphone, it is also equipped with a 5000 mAh battery with support for 18-watt charging and a 6.81-inch 60-Hz screen.

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