Sales of vinyl records are increasingly profitable

The latest report published by the BBC shows that vinyl records are beginning to bring more and more money. Last week, their UK-based sales exceeded digital music sales.

Contrary to what one might think, vinyl records have not completely disappeared from the market and are still quite good. For some it may seem weird, but their sales are growing year by year, as the audience naturally prefers the sound of the music. Label companies have long recognized this trend, so they also release the latest albums of well-known artists on vinyl, so customers can listen to them in the format they like.

Great vinyl records are in the UK, where their sales are growing year by year. According to the latest -arts-38221420 report prepared by the Entertainment Retailers Association, last week’s sales of digital CDs exceeded digital music sales.

During this period, the vinyl records sales amounted to 2.4 million pounds, while the total digital music sales totaled 2.1 million pounds. This is a big difference compared to the same period last year, when digital music sales were £ 4.4m, while vinyls were £ 1.2m.

It looks like customers are increasingly eager to choose vinyl records, even though they cost a bit more than digital albums. The higher the price, of course, is that fewer copies are sold (120,000 vinyls compared to 295,000 digital album downloads). But if you compare revenue, then this slightly outdated format, goes out to lead.

It is possible that this trend will deepen. One company has developed a completely new vinyl production process which is cheaper and offers 30 percent better quality music. They also sell turntables, which you can get even in grocery stores for the price of a mid-range MP3 player.…


France forbids Facebook from tracking Internet users

Facebook is very active today, but the portal is not limited to its own users. He trains literally all with the social plugins on the site. This practice does not appeal to French organizations that consider this to be a privacy violation and have just ordered the portal to stop doing so.

In the network are circulating opinions suggesting that Facebook is an ideal tool for surveillance of Internet users. This is not a theory far from the truth, as it can be said that the largest social network of the world really follows all Internet users with the so-called. cookies. Thanks to them they get a lot of information about us, by collecting data about the visited pages.

It would be understandable if action was limited to portal users, but it is not. All internet users are tracked through social plugins placed on the pages. Even if we do not have a Facebook account, then after visiting the site with such a plug-in, cookies are depositing on our disk and begin to collect information.

This operation of the portal does not appeal to the French privacy organization CNIL, which has ordered it to stop tracking non-users. Otherwise serious financial penalties will be imposed on him. The CNIL representatives argue that the data of European Internet users are then sent to the US, which is incompatible with the EU legal regulations. So they give the portal three months to comply.…


European projects of space conquest

The European Union does not want to lag behind other countries implementing its own space programs. She has therefore signed an agreement with the European Space Agency to provide government and industry support for the project to keep pace with its rivals.

More and more countries have their space programs implementing advanced space exploration projects. China and India are particularly well suited to this field, which put lunettes on the moon and send probes to Mars, also planning to build orbiting and lunar bases.

The European Union does not want to stay behind, so it has reached an agreement with the European Space Agency, which will support projects from national governments and industry. To speed up the development of new technologies, the European Commission also intends to provide financial support to entrepreneurs in this field.

Plans for the next 10-15 years also assume the launch of 30 satellites that will be launched with Ariadne 6 and Vega C missiles built in Europe. They are intended to serve as launch platforms for all companies or research centers wishing to place their own instruments on Earth.

The concept also assumes securing the interests of space companies. The plan is to launch the EU Space Situational Awareness Service, which will protect orbital infrastructure against the threat of cosmic junk and solar winds, as well as defending it from possible cyber attacks.

In addition, an initiative will be launched called GovSatCom, which aims to provide cheap, secure and easily accessible satellite communications between the Union’s authorities and the governments of its individual members.

The European Union authorities hope that the planned initiatives and projects will strengthen its position in the space industry. It will not be easy, however, because of the growing competition. The big threat in this field are American private companies such as SpaceX, but not only. China has recently launched a second experimental space station module, which will be fully functional in 2020. India is also well on the way to success in the field of reusable rocket construction.…


Blocking ads on IOS causes problems with online purchases

Apple has recently released a feature-rich content locking feature in Safari that enables application developers to create plug-ins that block cookies, images, pop-ups, and other content. In general, the system was created to get rid of ads, but can cause problems with online shopping.

Ad blocking apps quickly reached the top of the App Store’s top-selling apps, significantly speeding up page loading and reducing the amount of data they download. However, they must be considered with their use, as some of them may also block the possibility of online shopping. This is what happens with the Crystal app, which has turned out to be impossible to buy at Sears online stores and Walkmart, but such stores may be more.

The tests carried out by many service journalists show that most sites will work properly, but some may experience occasional problems.

Fortunately, some applications have broader functionality than others, allowing the user to create a list of sites whose blocking features are disabled.…


Premiere ipad 3 for 3

DigiTimes claims that the launch of iPad 3, another hit of one of the most popular tablets in the market, will take place in three or four months.

Recently, the media seems to have come to a close on the iPad 3, and they do not provide the approximate date of its release. However, we always have reliable DigiTimes, which claims that the launch of the latest tablet is approaching big steps and the device will hit the market in three to four months maximum.

DigiTimes, in its projections, cites its own sources similar to Apple’s supply chain, which claims that iPad 2 production is slowing down and that in the coming months it should start manufacturing components for the iPad 3. Apparently early next year, the factory will start full steam.

The new iPad is expected to be seriously redesigned and equipped with a 9.7-inch Retina Display, offering a high resolution of the projected image. These changes may, however, entail an increase in price, which would thus cover the installation of a much more expensive screen.…


DDR4 memory already sold in Japanese shop

Although the latest Intel X99 chipset supporting DDR4 memory will not be available before September this year, memory chips are already available. The bones produced by SanMax are sold by a Japanese trader.

Technological advances in the field of personal computers are so fast that we can soon expect another evolution, this time on RAM. Soon, our PCs will appear on the latest DDR4 memory chips, and the first platform to support them is the Intel X99 chipset.

It is true that the stores will not be available until the fall of the year, but the memory itself can be bought right now. SanMax systems have just appeared in one of the Japanese computer stores and are available in 16 and 32 GB, priced at $ 350 and $ 685, respectively.

The price is very shocking, but of course it must be taken into consideration that it is affected by the fact that DDR4 systems are only coming to market. In a few months when mass production will start and demand grows, the price should drop to a more decent level.…


New York fights with ticket bots

New York State authorities have decided to release a bourgeois war on online stores selling concert tickets and immediately take out all their stock. Such tools have just been deemed illegal and their use will be punishable by financial penalties and even deprivation of liberty.

New Yorkers wanting to buy tickets to a favorite artist’s concert online often do not have the chance, as they are all redeemable by bots used by dealers who then resell them for a higher price. For residents of the city, this situation is undoubtedly very frustrating, because it involves the need to issue a higher amount for the same product.

The New York state government has decided to put an end to this and officially recognize the bots as illegal. Although bots of this type were banned before, but for their use was not threatened by any card.…


New technology will improve battery safety?

More and more devices are working with batteries, but currently produced batteries are unreliable and unreliable technologies that are no longer able to keep pace with ever-increasing market demands. Toyota engineers have developed a completely new battery technology that is not only safer, but also more powerful.

Most modern lithium batteries use lithium but are far from ideal because they are dangerous and unstable, which often leads to the explosion of the battery. Manufacturers are striving to use graphite, which makes the battery become less explosive, but at the same time it limits its full potential.

Scientists have been trying to replace magnesium for some time, which would increase the efficiency of such batteries and increase their stability. The problem, however, is the electrolyte, because there are very few electrolyte materials that can be used to work with magnesium.

Perhaps, however, there is a solution to this problem, as a team of Toyota engineers working under Rany Mohtadi has recently examined the materials used to make hydrogen tanks for fuel cell vehicles and came to the conclusion that the same technology could be used for magnesium batteries.…


DJI has created new cameras for their drones

The Chinese company DJI, the leader in unmanned production, responded to GoPro’s plans to release its own dron and announced two brand new cameras for the flagship Inspire 1. The Zenmuse X5 and X5R are the first drones equipped with Micro 4/3 sensors.

Annoyances are becoming more and more popular every year, and are especially used to record movies and take pictures from the air. Their manufacturers are supplying increasingly modern equipment, offering even better quality material.

The Chinese company DJI, one of the world’s largest dron manufacturers, has just announced two brand new cameras for its Inspire 1 flagship, the Zenmuse X5 and the X5R. These are the first cameras built for flying devices that have been equipped with the latest Micro 4/3 sensors.

Each of them can take pictures at 16 megapixels and record video at 4K / 30 fps. In addition, the X5R, which also records lossless 4K CinemaDNG format, can record it on a microSD memory card or on a 512 GB SSD. It also has four removable focal length lenses of 12 to 17 mm, while the remote control while the dron is in the air also has the ability to adjust the shutter and focus.

While other drones can also carry professional camcorders, their capabilities are far less powerful than the Inspire 1, which has significantly more flight modes and more advanced controls. The user of this machine has complete control over the camera, which makes it much easier to work with.…


Samsung doubles the battery capacity using graphene

Increasingly efficient smartphones require better power, which would allow them to work at least for a full day without charging. Samsung engineers have developed a new lithium battery technology, using graphene, which doubles their capacity.

The modern smartphone is a practically pocketable PC that is very similar to what is offered by a home PC. Unlike the computer on our desk, it is not powered by electricity, but a battery that must be large enough to last for hours. Unfortunately, this is not the case and the batteries installed in modern smartphones are not capable of meeting high energy demands, so they need to be recharged during the day.

Perhaps we will soon be doing it a little bit less, because Samsung Electronics engineers have developed a new technology to produce battery cathodes using graphene, which should double the capacity of such a battery. The company has created a new coating that significantly increases cathode performance and slightly reduces the capacity of the cathode.

The use of graphene has increased their capacity by up to 1.8 times compared to standard lithium-ion batteries. It is also important that the process has no effect on the battery life, that is, a more capacious battery can be charged, which can be charged as many times as the batteries currently being sold.…