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Microsoft and 12 other large companies join Amazon’s climate initiative

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13 large companies entered to the Amazon Climate Pledge, which aims to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2040. The project aims to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement to reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.

In addition to Microsoft, the program included Atos, Brooks, Canary Wharf Group, Coca-Cola European Partners, ERM, Groupe SEB France, Harbor Air, ITV, Neste, Rubicon, Unilever and Vaude. They are committed to reporting the amount of greenhouse gases they produce, working on renewable energy sources, and reducing the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.

Microsoft back in January took a commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 2030, and by 2050 – to completely eliminate the impact of activities, i.e. remove more carbon compounds from the atmosphere than the company has produced since 1975. According to Microsoft’s chief environmental officer, Lucas Jopp, participating in the coalition will help companies collaborate on the environment.

Amazon and environmental organization Global Optimism founded the program in 2019. Since then, including new members, 31 companies have already joined it. Previously, Uber, Best Buy, Siemens, Verizon and others have started cooperation with Amazon in the field of reducing carbon emissions. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos argued that the Climate Pledge sends an important message to the global marketplace that there is a demand for new technologies that will help build a global zero-carbon economy.

Almost immediately after launch, Amazon’s program was criticized for its lack of transparency. Washington Post wrote that the agreement does not in any way regulate the real steps taken by companies to reduce emissions, and that joining the project is just an attempt at self-promotion on the part of its participants. Amazon then ordered companies to publish reports on how much greenhouse gases they produce.

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US Army tests Microsoft’s $22 billion augmented reality glasses

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US Army tests Microsofts 22 billion augmented reality glasses

The US military has completed intensive testing of Microsoft’s new multifunctional glasses. The soldiers of the 70th Army wore glasses for three weeks, playing three 72-hour scenarios, including movement towards the enemy, attack and defense.

US Army tests Microsoft's $22 billion augmented reality glasses

The results of the test report, which will be published in September, will determine whether the US Congress will approve the next $424.2 million test cycle, as well as whether purchases of the device, which is planned to spend another $21.9 billion, will begin. It should be noted that these 22 billion included not only the cost of the glasses themselves, but also spare parts, as well as technical support services for 10 years.

The glasses are a “head display” of the type used by fighter pilots. From a technical point of view, this is a heavily modified version of the HoloLens glasses. The screen of the device, which is always in front of the soldier’s eyes, displays a map of the area, instructions from commanders and other data (for example, an image of a thermal imager).

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Elon Musk already has 100 million followers on Twitter. A little more, and he will move Cristiano Ronaldo into the top 5 most massive accounts of this social network

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Despite the fact that Elon Musk has not posted anything on Twitter for a week, his account on this social network is becoming more popular day by day. He recently passed the milestone of 100 million subscribers. To Cristiano Ronaldo, who is in last place in the top 5 most massive Twitter accounts, Musk is only 1.3 million subscribers.

Elon Musk already has 100 million followers on Twitter.  A little more, and he will move Cristiano Ronaldo into the top 5 most massive accounts of this social network

Just over four years ago, at the beginning of 2018, Musk had only 18 million followers on Twitter, and at the time of signing the recent deal to buy Twitter, Musk had 83.6 million followers on the social network. In other words, Ronaldo will not stay in fifth place for long.

It must be said that Musk is used by Twitter not only as a platform for communication, but also for manipulation – very often his messages influenced the quotes of stocks and cryptocurrencies. And you can also remember his tweet about Coca-Cola and cocaine – he became the second most popular in the history of the platform, having collected more than 4.5 million likes.

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Is ray tracing now on smartphones? Arm introduced the Immortalis-G715 GPU

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Is ray tracing now on smartphones Arm introduced the Immortalis G715

Arm has announced a new family of GPUs aimed at the next generation of gaming smartphones. The first solution was a GPU called Immortalis-G715. This is a model that offers hardware accelerated ray tracing. At the same time, it was noted that the G715 will not replace the solutions of the Mali series.

Is ray tracing now on smartphones?  Arm introduced the Immortalis-G715 GPU

Along with this, the company also introduced two new Mali GPUs with many improvements. For example, they support Variable Rate Shading (VRS) and other technologies, and offer 15% better performance and improved energy efficiency than previous models.

Is ray tracing now on smartphones?  Arm introduced the Immortalis-G715 GPU

Arm didn’t say much about ray tracing in the Immortalis-G715. So far, no tests or full-fledged comparisons have been presented, so it is not yet possible to assess the quality of work and the number of frames per second. At the same time, ready-made solutions will have to wait until 2023. However, Arm still shared a video that demonstrates the capabilities of the new graphics solution.

Previously, a new super-powerful Cortex-X3 processor core was reported. Less productive solutions were also presented.

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