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Hyundai confirms the purchase of a controlling stake in Boston Dynamics for $ 800 million Hyundai confirms the purchase of a controlling stake in Boston Dynamics for $ 800 million

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Hyundai confirms the purchase of a controlling stake in Boston Dynamics for $ 800 million

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Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) and SoftBank have agreed on the basic terms of the deal, under which HMG will own 80% of Boston Dynamics and SoftBank, through one of its affiliates, will retain 20%. HMG chairman Eyisun Chang will own 20% of Boston Dynamics, while Hyundai Mobis and Hyundai Glovis will jointly own 60%. HMG expects to use robotic technology to bring automation to its car factories, as well as to develop autonomous vehicles such as self-driving cars, drones and delivery robots.

Boston Dynamics, which was spun off from MIT in 1992, was sold to Google in 2013. In 2017, SoftBank became the owner of Boston Dynamics. The company’s products include the Spot robot dog, the Cheetah, BigDog and LittleDog four-legged robots, as well as RiSE, PETMAN, Atlas and Handle robots. The company also introduced the Pick system for unloading warehouses based on computer vision. Boston Dynamics’ customers include Ford, which rented two Spot robots in July.

Hyundai Motor Group is a group of companies active in the automotive, steel, construction, machine tool, logistics and other industries. HMG employs around 16,000 people. As noted in HMG press release, Hyundai Motor Group’s decision to acquire Boston Dynamics is based on “the growth potential and broad range of capabilities of a robot manufacturer.”

Upon completion of the deal, Hyundai Motor Group plans to provide Boston Dynamics with access to its own manufacturing facilities. Boston Dynamics, HMG believes, will benefit from capital, technology, affiliate customers and HMG’s global market presence, which will enhance the commercialization of Boston Dynamics’ products. On the other hand, the investment in Boston Dynamics will enable Hyundai to develop service and logistics robots. HMG expects to implement Spot robots in its factories. Over time, the company plans to expand its presence in the humanoid robot market.

Hyundai Motor Group is investing in its own robots. At CES 2017, Hyundai Motor Company unveiled the MEX exoskeleton, which helps patients with lower limb paralysis to move around. In 2018, Hyundai Motor introduced the VEX and CEX exoskeletons, which are designed to ease the burden on manual workers. Hyundai is funding a pilot program to build hospitality robots. The company plans to commission sales service robots next year.

Hyundai’s focus on the robotics sector has grown in recent years, according to The Korea Economic Daily. The company intends to invest about $ 1.4 billion in this segment by 2025.

The deal marks SoftBank’s abandonment of existing businesses as the company’s CEO Masayoshi Son plans to focus on investment.

The deal is expected to close by June 2021, subject to regulatory approval.

Bloomberg previously reported that Hyundai is interested in buying Boston Dynamics. Then the deal was estimated at $ 1 billion.

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No DxOMark this time. Xiaomi will not send the flagship Xiaomi 12S Ultra to camera tests until the official announcement

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No DxOMark this time Xiaomi will not send the flagship

The head of Xiaomi Lei Jun (Lei Jun) today told the details of the cooperation with Leica. Previously, it was believed that the German company was looking for a partner among smartphone manufacturers to replace Huawei, and to some extent it turned out that way: the head of the company said that it was Leica who came to Xiaomi, and not Xiaomi turned to Leica for help in improving cameras.

No DxOMark this time.  Xiaomi will not send the flagship Xiaomi 12S Ultra to camera tests until the official announcement

Looking forward to winning in DxOMark? Lei Zun just waves his hand

Lei Jun says that because the company’s phones are very popular in Germany, this is a good advertisement for Lecia in the home market. True, how good the Xiaomi 12S Ultra camera, created in collaboration with Leica, turned out, we will not know soon, since this time the company is not going to send the smartphone to DxOMark specialists to announce the results of the camera test on the day of the announcement (July 4) or shortly after.

This decision is somewhat unusual in light of the fact that Xiaomi previously collaborated with DxOMark, and the company’s smartphones really performed well in tests, and this concerned both the Mi 11 Ultra (it is still in third place in the combined rating) and the Mi 10 Ultra (11 place). But with other flagships, everything is much worse: the current Xiaomi 12 Pro takes only 20th place in the ranking, Xiaomi 12 has 37th place, and Xiaomi 11T, released last year, is in 63rd place. In general, since the middle of last year, something has gone wrong with Xiaomi’s cameras, which experts noted. Whether the company’s devices will return (with the help of Leica, of course) to the top of the DxOMark rating is now the biggest question. And perhaps Xiaomi just wants to keep the intrigue to the last. The main thing is that this intrigue does not become a disappointment for users.

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The first ultra-slim handheld Windows game console with an OLED screen. Ayaneo Air launched on Indiegogo

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The first ultra slim handheld Windows game console with an OLED

Ayaneo has entered Indiegogo with its Air handheld game console.

The first ultra-slim handheld Windows game console with an OLED screen.  Ayaneo Air launched on Indiegogo

The company calls the novelty the first ultra-thin set-top box with Windows and an OLED screen. The dimensions here are 224 x 89.5 x 26.7 mm with a mass of 395 g. For comparison, the dimensions of the Steam Deck are 298 x 117 x 49 mm with a mass of 669 g, but the Nintendo Switch OLED has dimensions of 175 x 104 x 50.7 mm with a mass of 315 g.

True, there is also a version of Air Pro, the thickness of which is increased to 29.6 mm, and the weight is 450 g.

The first ultra-slim handheld Windows game console with an OLED screen.  Ayaneo Air launched on Indiegogo

The first ultra-slim handheld Windows game console with an OLED screen.  Ayaneo Air launched on Indiegogo

The novelty is available in many different configurations. The base version, which can be ordered for $500 through a crowdfunding campaign, is equipped with a Ryzen 5 5560U APU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. There are versions with the same APU, but 16 GB of RAM and up to 1 TB SSD. There is also a modification based on the Ryzen 7 5825U with 32 GB of RAM and an SSD from 512 GB to 2 TB. The top console can be purchased for $1,000.

In any case, the performance of any version will be significantly lower than that of the Steam Deck, as well as consoles based on the Ryzen 6000U.

The first ultra-slim handheld Windows game console with an OLED screen.  Ayaneo Air launched on Indiegogo

It is also important that retail prices will differ very little from the prices of the fundraising campaign.

The rest of the parameters include a 5.5-inch OLED screen with Full HD resolution, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, a battery with a capacity of 28 or 38 Wh (second for Air Pro versions), a fingerprint scanner (except for the most basic version).

The Indiegogo campaign has already raised around $255,000, nearly four times the amount the manufacturer is asking for.

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Fraudsters have learned to force customers to change SIM card settings

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Fraudsters have learned to force customers to change SIM card

VTB has uncovered a new method of telephone fraud, as a result of which a user can unwittingly provide access to his online bank to outsiders. Fraudsters call under the guise of employees of the support service of a mobile operator and inform the subscriber about the hacking of his personal account or phone. In order to prevent the user’s personal data from being exposed to the public as a result of the “hacking”, he is asked to dial a special USSD command on the phone, consisting of a combination of numbers, symbols and a phone number. As a result, the subscriber himself changes the settings so that calls and SMS are forwarded from his device to the number of scammers.

Fraudsters have learned to force customers to change SIM card settings

The scammers may then call again to report that the problem has been fixed, but in fact they receive codes from messages and can steal money from the user’s account by gaining access to their online banking. VTB experts recommend installing caller IDs on your smartphones that will allow you to distinguish a real call from a fraudulent one, or not to answer calls from unknown numbers. It is also important to be vigilant and, at the slightest doubt, end a conversation that seems suspicious. According to VTB, in May, the number of customer requests for calls from intruders increased by 70% compared to April this year, exceeding 640,000.

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