Mobile payments increase profits from vending machines

Recent research conducted by US technology specialists shows that Apple Pay brings great benefits to vending machines. The mobile payment system significantly raises their profits.

Vending machines stand practically everywhere and offer a very wide range of products, from coffee and food to electronics and gold. However, their drawback is the issue of payment, as they usually do not accept large denominations. We do not always have enough small ones to make a purchase, so we often give up.

However, the situation has changed the appearance of mobile payment systems, such as Apple Pay, which are supported by such machines. According to a six-month study conducted by USA Technologies, Apple's technology has contributed to a significant increase in the revenue of such sales vending machines.

The report shows that customers spend more money on it if they can make a phone payment. Total revenue growth was as much as 135 percent, which is sure to be enjoyed by owners of such devices. The researchers also found that Apple Pay is the most used payment system in vending machines and accounts for 36.5 percent of total sales.…

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The Russians launched the quietest submarine

The Kremlin has just taken another step towards modernizing its navy, which has aged slightly in recent years. The Russian defense company Admiralty Shipyards has just launched yet another copy of the world's quietest submarine, the Warsaw.

The ship called Krasnodar is equipped with an electric-powered propulsion system, which makes the unit the quietest underwater boat currently available, which provides a significant advantage over the enemy during wartime operations.

The new ship is part of the Russian Navy's modernization plan, assuming that by 2016, the Black Sea fleet will receive a total of six such units. The Warszawianka class is an upgraded Kilo class, although it is not able to match the level of atomic propulsion in the immersion level and the length under the water. It has a significant advantage over them, because with proper construction, its acoustic detection is practically impossible.

Initially, the Warsaw War Class was formed to combat ships and submarines operating in shallow waters. Its range is 640 km and can be on patrol for up to 45 days. Its armament is very versatile and it can attack targets on land, on water and under water.…

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Nikon will help diabetics

The Japanese Nikon company, working with Verili, is working on early detection technology for diabetes. These conditions can lead to total blindness if the patient is not adequately treated.

Diabetes is an extremely serious disease which, in the absence of proper treatment, can lead to death. However, not only is diabetes itself a high risk, but also related diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and macular edema, which can lead to blindness.

Nikon, along with Verily engineers, is working on a technology that will help prevent such diseases by early detection. Nikon intends to use its expertise in the manufacture of optical equipment, while its partner will provide machine learning technology.

A common effort will be to develop a device that will examine the eyes of patients and then look for signs of diseases caused by diabetes. Usually they are difficult to detect, but thanks to artificial intelligence, this task should become much easier.…

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Intel is working on a faster generation of Thunderbolt interface

Thunderbolt is one of the basic options for data transfer on Apple computers, an alternative to PC USB 3.0. So far, the interface has offered 20 Gbps, but the need for more efficient technology has prompted Intel to start working on its new generation.

The Thunderbolt 2 media, now known under the working name of Alpine Ridge, will be twice as fast as the current version and deliver data at 40 Gbps. It is also important that the interface becomes much more versatile and users will be able to send data via various ports such as DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.0 and HDMI 2.0.

Another important advantage of Alpine Ridge is energy consumption. Despite the double increase in data transfer rates, not only does the interface not require more power, but it will also satisfy less of it. Intel claims that its consumption has been reduced by at least half.…

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Spotify with Touch Bar support

Spotify is another company supporting the Touch Bar, the new MacBook Pro. The updated music app takes full advantage of the extra display that comes with these laptops.

The Touch Bar is one of the most unusual features of the new MacBook Pro. This is a slim touch screen display in OLED technology that replaced the traditional function buttons. With this solution, you can create buttons that are ideally suited to your specific application, making it easy to handle various types of programs.

The Touch Bar is a relatively new element. So its use is limited so far, though it is changing more and more. Another company supporting the additional display is Spotify. The well-known music service has updated its client for MacOS, allowing you to control your music with the Touch Bar.

MacBook users can turn on or stop music playback, jump songs, skip track, turn random play, and even search for favorite songs with the touch of a button.…

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Facebook will improve the stability of spherical films

Facebook intends to streamline spherical films. Programmers working for Marek Zuckerberg will focus primarily on providing them with greater stability. Thanks to this, viewers who watch poorly recorded content will no longer suffer from nausea.

Movies recorded at 360 degrees are increasingly gaining in popularity and appear not only on YouTube, but also recently on Facebook. Special-purpose video cameras are designed for viewing on VR goggles, allowing you to look around the movie you've created in this way.

Unfortunately, most of the cameras do not have image stabilization systems, so the recorded material often shakes and the whole looks very chaotic. If it is not recorded correctly, it can cause nausea and can not be seen by the viewer. Facebook draws a helping hand to authors of such content and launches a new algorithm that will stabilize spherical recording.

The company explains that the algorithm developed by its programmers uses the new deformation model of motion rotation, developed specifically for 360-degree movies. By optimizing the specified parameters, the recording becomes much smoother, as you can see in the sample video

Technology still requires a lot of work before it is publicly available, but the first effects are very promising.…

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NASA wants to detect and explore asteroids

The explosion of meteorite over Russian Chelyabinsk has shown everyone how vulnerable our planet is to the threat of cosmic rock. NASA has decided to remedy this, and together with Planetary Resources' startup, is preparing a solution that should minimize the risk of asteroid strikes in the future.

This summer, a project called the Asteroid Grand Challenge was launched to develop solutions to not only identify asteroids flying close to our planet, but also to study them, redirecting them to the moon's orbit, where they could be addressed later.

The project is co-ordinated by Planetary Resources, which previously favored Kickstarter funding to fund a space telescope. Asteroids are the main focus of the group and their goal is to create an automated mine that will extract resources from them and then make money selling them. This is why cooperation with the space agency has been established, as the objectives of both entities are in this case convergent.

The first stage of the challenge will begin next year, and more information on this subject will be obtained directly from the source, which is on the NASA website.…

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Mega diagonal

Sharp launches big screen TVs. BIG AQUOS - official Sharpa team for UEFA EURO 2012 has expanded two new AQUOS LED 3D LE740E models with 60 and 70 inch diagonal. One and a half meters diagonally - in the 60-inch and almost 180-centimeter models of the 70-inch model, you can display nearly natural-sized images.

Fine Motion technology in the 100 Hz UV2A panel improves motion smoothness and sharpness. The LE740E comes with a triple tuner (DVB-T / DVB-C / DVB-S2) and a media player that gives users access to photos, videos and music stored on a USB stick or DLNA server on a home network.

LE740E series TVs convert 2D to 3D and the recorded material can also be played back in memory when the channel is viewed or the TV is turned off after a recording session. As long as Time Shift + is connected to the receiver, the saved program can be played back - even multiple times. The TV allows you to surf the web via the open browser AQUOS Net +.…

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