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Introduced THOR, a 5G emergency satellite drone truck

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When Texas was hit by a severe cold snap earlier this year and the state’s independent power grid went down, many people couldn’t use their phones, didn’t have access to the Internet, and couldn’t get information about the situation as it evolved. Climate change is making these weather events more frequent and forcing operators to adapt.

Verizon yesterday unveiled a vehicle that will be used to provide emergency communications. The Tactical Humanitarian Operations Response (THOR) truck was based on the Ford F650.

In the front of the car there is a cab for the driver and five passengers, and in the “command center”, which is located in the back, there is room for three more people. THOR can quickly provide 5G coverage and satellite communications in any region.

Verizon expects THOR to assist first responders and the military “under virtually any conditions,” recalling the California wildfires, the Florida hurricane and other disasters from the past.

The THOR truck is also equipped with a drone that can be used for search and rescue operations and for collecting distress information.

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Now official: Microsoft unveils 512GB and 2TB memory expansion cards for Xbox Series X | S

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In early October, photos of a memory expansion card for Xbox Series X | S from a US retail store appeared online. Now Microsoft has officially introduced this useful accessory.

Microsoft is offering a 512GB Seagate Expansion Card for pre-order starting today for $ 139.99. Open sales will begin in mid-November. The $ 399.99 2TB version will be available to order in November with sales starting in December.

Now official: Microsoft unveils 512GB and 2TB memory expansion cards for Xbox Series X | S

These models join Seagate’s 1TB memory expansion card released last year. As noted by Microsoft, the cards use the Xbox Velocity architecture, delivering 2.4 GB / s I / O speed. …

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WhatsApp redesigns videos – controls no longer interfere with viewing

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The team of the popular messenger WhatsApp has begun testing a redesigned Picture-in-Picture mode.

The picture-in-picture mode itself has been available in WhatsApp since 2018. It is useful when someone posts a link to a video from YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook – the user can launch the video in a small pop-up window and continue chatting. This feature has hardly changed over the years. And now, WhatsApp has finally updated it in a fresh test update – you can watch the new feature in the beta version of WhatsApp 2.21.22.3 for Android.

WhatsApp redesigns videos - controls no longer interfere with viewing
It was and is. The topic resource WABetainfo drew attention to the innovation. The redesigned picture-in-picture mode adds a new control panel to the player. It appears at the bottom of the video and contains controls such as pause / resume, full screen, and close buttons. Previously, these controls appeared directly on the video and often interfered with viewing. …

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33MP and 4K 60fps 10-bit video recording. Sony Alpha A7 IV mirrorless camera introduced

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As expected, Sony today officially unveiled the Alpha A7 IV mirrorless camera, replacing the Alpha A7 III launched in early 2018. So many have been tired of waiting for the Alpha A7 IV.

The A7 IV is similar to its predecessor, both in terms of size and layout of controls. Although there is one new one – a switch between photo, video and S&Q (Slow and Quick) mode. It completely changes the menu structure depending on the activated mode. The novelty received an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 megapixels with a frame rate of 120 Hz, there is also a movable display with a resolution of 1.03 megapixels on the rear panel – it is convenient to use it for recording vlogs. The Sony A7 IV features a 5-axis stabilization system with 5.5 stops of exposure. The camera supports SDXC UHS II and CFexpress Type A cards. Interestingly, the autonomy, measured according to the CIPA method, is even worse than that of the A7 III: 610 shots versus 700 shots.

33MP and 4K 60fps 10-bit video recording.  Sony Alpha A7 IV mirrorless camera introduced

Sony A7 IV received a new 33-megapixel image sensor. The continuous shooting speed has not changed compared to the A7 III at 10 fps regardless of the type of shutter. At the heart of the camera is the Bionz R image processor with 759 phase-detection AF points and 94 percent sensor coverage.

33MP and 4K 60fps 10-bit video recording.  Sony Alpha A7 IV mirrorless camera introduced

If the Alpha A7 III captures 4K video at 30 fps and 8-bit color representation, then the Alpha A7 IV is much better in this regard – it shoots 4K video at 60 fps and 10-bit color representation. That is, at the level of Canon EOS R6 and Panasonic GH5 II.

Autofocus new items provide faster and more accurate tracking of the subject. In addition, Alpha A7 IV allows you to follow not only the eyes of people, but also animals and birds.

33MP and 4K 60fps 10-bit video recording.  Sony Alpha A7 IV mirrorless camera introduced

What about heating? Sony claims the Alpha A7 IV can record 4K 60fps 10-bit 4: 2: 2 video for an hour. In comparison, the Canon EOS R6 takes time to cool down after 40 minutes of 4K 30fps video recording. The Sony Alpha A7 IV is priced at $ 2,600, £ 2,400 or AU $ 4,300 (depending on the country). The novelty will go on sale in December (and in Australia at the end of November). …

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