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Kosovo has just banned cryptocurrency mining

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It is well known that mining cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin, is an activity that consumes an enormous amount of energy. The use of energy produced by a normal electrical network is thus something to be avoided when working in this sector. Many countries have also decided to ban the mining of crypto-currencies on their territory, as is the case of China, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, or even Tunisia.

Recently, Kosovo also decided to ban cryptocurrency mining on its territory, due to problems with electricity supplies. According to reports, the country, in the midst of the energy crisis, has been placed in a state of emergency for the past 60 days.

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In recent weeks, the price of electricity has increased in Kosovo and cuts have followed one after the other.

What ignited the powder

According to the BBC, after Kosovo’s largest coal-fired power plant shut down last month, power cuts began to occur. There were also protests because of the import of electricity at a very high price by the government.

The country’s authorities have indicated that Kosovo imports around 40% of its energy. This led to the decision by the Minister of the Economy, Artane Rizvanolli, to announce the ban on cryptocurrency mining in an attempt to reduce energy consumption.

A radical decision

With regard to this ban, the authorities did not content themselves with announcing their decision, since the police were called upon to search for and confiscate the materials used by minors. According to Interior Minister Xhelal Svecla, 272 pieces of mining equipment were seized and one person was arrested. He added that the action went off without incident.

Svecla also indicated that the actions of confiscation and arrest will continue until the full implementation of the decision of the Parliament and the Government.

So far, little progress has been made regarding green cryptocurrencies. A large amount of energy continues to be consumed by mining virtual currencies, especially Bitcoin. Anyway, let’s wait and see if the bans in these different countries can alleviate this energy crisis.

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Engineers came up with a way to increase the cooling efficiency of processors by 700%

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US engineers have come up with a new way to cool semiconductor products, which does not involve the use of a thermal interface. Conformal coating in laboratory conditions has demonstrated its high efficiency in comparison with traditional methods of heat removal.

Engineers came up with a way to increase the cooling efficiency of processors by 700%

Electronic devices heat up during operation, and the greater the power, the stronger the heating, all other things being equal. This problem is especially acute with the miniaturization of devices. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have come up with a new efficient way to remove heat from semiconductor products.

Usually, a radiator is connected to the hottest places of the microcircuit through a thermal interface. For example, thermal paste. Instead, American scientists proposed to cover the entire device with a thin layer of polymer insulator, and “fill” it with a layer of copper on top, completely repeating the shape of the device. This conformal coating is in close contact with the device and effectively removes heat from it.

Engineers came up with a way to increase the cooling efficiency of processors by 700%

“We compared our coatings to standard heat dissipation methods. It turned out that our method dissipates 740% more power per unit volume.one of the researchers explained.

It is expected that in the future this invention will make electronic devices, including telephones and computers, more powerful and compact.

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US military space intelligence to spend ‘billions of dollars’ buying satellite imagery from commercial companies

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US military space intelligence to spend billions of dollars buying

The US National Space Reconnaissance Office announced the largest ever contracts worth “billions of dollars” for the purchase of satellite imagery from commercial companies. There are three such companies – BlackSky, Maxar and Planet.

US military space intelligence to spend 'billions of dollars' buying satellite imagery from commercial companies

“These contracts, which are valued in the billions of dollars and will run for the next 10 years, represent a historic expansion of commercial imagery purchases by the National Space Intelligence Agency.”the agency said in a statement.

The exact amount of contracts is not called. It is noted that they are concluded for five years with the possibility of an additional extension until 2032.

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Huge cheap smartphone with a giant battery. Tecno Pova 3 introduced

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Huge cheap smartphone with a giant battery Tecno Pova 3

Tecno introduced the Pova 3 smartphone, which boasts a huge battery and a huge screen.

Huge cheap smartphone with a giant battery.  Tecno Pova 3 introduced

The novelty received a 6.9-inch 90-Hz IPS display with Full HD + resolution. The battery capacity is 7000 mAh. Samsung has stopped experimenting with such smartphones, so it is very, very difficult to find something like this on the market.

The heart of the novelty is the SoC MediaTek Helio G88. There are 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of flash memory. The main camera is represented primarily by a 50-megapixel main sensor, and the other two can be left out, as these are just “plugs” with a resolution of 2 megapixels. The resolution of the front camera is 8 megapixels.

Huge cheap smartphone with a giant battery.  Tecno Pova 3 introduced

From the rest, we can note stereo speakers, a design diluted with a vertical stripe, 25-watt charging and 10-watt reverse charging. By the way, for some reason, a 33-watt charger comes with the device, so this value appears in some promotional materials, which is confusing.

In the Philippines, where the smartphone first debuted, it costs just $172.

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Netflix hid nine NFTs in its Love, Death + Robots series

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Netflix hid nine NFTs in its Love Death Robots

The third season of Love, Death & Robots premiered on Netflix last Friday. The service prepared a surprise and placed QR codes in different places and episodes that allow you to “mint” NFTs.

Netflix hid nine NFTs in its Love, Death + Robots series

Minting, also often referred to as minting, is the process of creating a non-fungible token and “registering” it on the blockchain. Usually, in order to “mint” NFT, you need to pay a network fee. After that, information about the non-fungible token and its author will be included in the blockchain.

The most popular NFT minting network is Ethereum. In February 2022, the amount of non-fungible ETH tokens used for minting reached a maximum.

The action is calledHunting 101“. The point is that the organizers hid 9 different NFTs in the form of QR codes. And the task of the viewer is to find them.

NFTs can be found both in the digital world of the series and in the real world: for example, on billboards and billboards.

When the user has found and scanned the QR code, it is necessary to mint the token through a smart contract. Or the second option is to simply download the JPEG image to your device.

According to the show’s official OpenSea account, viewers have only found three NFTs so far.

The number of tokens is not limited. This means that any user can find the same QR code and mint the NFT. The company does not charge for this. But in order to transfer NFT to your Metamask wallet, you need to pay for gas on the Ethereum network.

Further, the user can keep the tokens for himself for the collection, or resell on OpenSea. Now the average price of an NFT from Netflix is ​​0.0031 ETH (about $30).

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