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According to the recent report, the new Microsoft browser, codenamed Spartan, will be supported by a web annotation.

Users will be able to draw and leave comments on browser’s pages. You can put your own markers, which will be visible only for you and no one else. Edited page can be shared with friends or colleagues via OneDrive.

Also, the browser will get the support of the voice assistant Cortana, which can remind the user about earlier booked tickets and parcels. Cortana will also analyze the behavior of users in the network to anticipate subsequent requests.

Spartan will be working on PC’s , smartphones and tablets .

The official announcement of the new browser is expected on January 21. This very day the new preliminary Windows 10 version will be presented too

The Fiebot robot is more like an adjustable tripod to take selfies

For Lenovo, the craze for selfies knows no bounds — the company has developed a robot that can be remotely adjusted to take pictures from a mobile device.

The Fiebot is more like a tiny four-legged tripod for mobile devices. A smartphone can be placed on top of the robot, which in turn can be adjusted to different positions via an infrared remote control to take a selfie or shoot videos.

The robot can tilt and pan, and take panoramic pictures and record videos over wider viewing angles.

In some ways, the Fiebot is good for more than selfies. Remote control in hand, you can take group pictures with a smartphone without setting up a timer.

The robot will ship with software for gesture tracking and face recognition. With those features, the robot can be used for remote monitoring, or to keep an eye on children.

Many more features will be added to the robot in future versions, said CK Lee, CEO for Glasswonder, a Chinese company that designed the robot for Lenovo.

The next version of Fiebot will feature speakers and a projector that can beam smartphone videos to a wall. More prototypes of the Fiebot are under development and it’s possible the robot will get its own built-in camera and also legs, which would make the robot truly mobile without the need of a smartphone.

Selfies are developing into an art form. HTC’s Desire 826 can take auto selfies, which can then be modified to add makeup, remove red eye or even change lighting conditions. Lenovo introduced an Xtension Selfie Flash accessory for mobile devices that can give that extra burst of light when taking selfies.

Lenovo will sell the bot first in China, though no price was provided by a Lenovo representative.

One of the ways in which the field of medical diagnostics could be developing might look as edible electronics Jell-O, produced with the help of a 3-D printer. This technology has become possible thanks to the work of one of Australian scientists, who has long been working on creating different types of sensors and electronic devices that are made of edible materials such as gelatin.

‘My technology realized in the future will enable people’s literally swallowing a medical diagnostic device,’ – Marc het Panhuis, Professor of Chemistry from the University of Wollongong, Australia, claims. ‘This electronic device, having fulfilled its function, will dissolve without a trace and be excreted naturally without doing any harm to the patient’.

The group of Professor het Panhuis is developing different hydrogel substances based on widespread edible materials. Simultaneously, sensors and electronic components are being designed, and they are made out of the very materials that can be produced with the help of a 3-D printer.

The main problem of hydrogels is that they are flexible and nondurable, yet the scientists have estimated that using two different polymers that form both lateral and medial molecular bonds can make hydrogel a lot more stable, which will enable its maintaining the initial form for a long time. One of such binding polymers is genipin, which is used as an anti-inflammatory agent and is taken out of the fruits of the plant called gardenia. Apart from that, scientists use gelatin, a thickening agent that is very widely used in confectionary industry. To form a bigger number of intermolecular bonds, salts are added to hydrogels, including common cooking salt.

Since hydrogels contain up to 97.5 per cent of water, these materials are able to conduct electric current. Yet it is possible to organize channels with higher electric conductibility in their volume by adding salts rich with sodium ions. Initial components of the hydrogel, heated and liquid, are in special containers of a 3-D printer. Yet after the printer has printed a 3-D object out of this hydrogel, the contents are mixed, polymerized, and put into a fridge for further storage.

Using materials with known electronic properties in the process of 3-D printing, one can make different electronic components in the volume of the hydrogel, which will have a considerably high level of complexity. However, the biggest problem is coming up with ways of obtaining information that has been collected by the sensors. Yet the scientists hope that during the next seven years, which is the time that has already received necessary funding, they will successfully solve all the problems, including the issue of making hydrogel devices small enough for being swallowed without substantial deformation.

In prospect, the scientists are going to develop soft hydrogel materials and electronic devices that can be used in robotics and in technologies of the so-called 4-D printing, that is, when an object printed by a 3-D printer can change its form while performing its main function.

Scientists and engineers from the Stanford University designed and produced test patterns of silicon nanodevices that are able, like a prism, to split a ray of light that falls upon them into integral parts and refract this light at a right angle. However, most interestingly, this tiny optical device was completely calculated on a computer with the use of a special algorithm that, in its turn, may be used for calculating many similar devices able to manipulate with light in different ways. Such optical nanodevices can become basic elements of nanophotonic microprocessors for computers of the next generations able to process data faster and more effective than their modern electronic counterparts.

The designed device is a silicon plate with an image on its surface that looks like a well-known UPC code. When a ray of light falls on the device, it is split into two rays with different lengths of waves, which diverge from the direction of the initial ray at a right angle. All this happens similarly to the principle of a prism with yet one difference – the form of the new device bears hardly any resemblance to the form of a classic prism.

The structure of the optical device designed with the help of the program algorithm represents a sequence of silicon stripes and air gaps. In this device, an effect is used that occurs when light passes between two environments with different values of the refracting index. In this case, some part of the light is reflected back, whereas the other part passes further undergoing marginal changes. Moreover, the refracted light interacts with the light that passes in quite a complex way, which leads to the device generally acquiring quite specific and unique optical properties.

On the way out of the splitter device two rays of light are formed, whose wave length equals to 1550 and 1300 nanometers accordingly. The light with such wave length is widely used in fiber-optic technologies, which makes nanodevices, as well as the splitter, compatible with photoelectronic devices that are used in communications equipment.

‘For many years, researchers who work in the field of nanophotonics have been developing elements with simple forms and structure,’ – Professor of Electronics Jelena Vuckovic tells, who has been in charge of this research. ‘Our program has given us a possibility of producing nanophotonic elements of such form and structure that no scientist could think of – even the one having profound knowledge and experience in this field, and mastering even the very subtleties of all the processes that take place.’

With the help of their algorithm, the scientists have calculated the structure of one more nanophotonic optical element, whose structure resembles cheese filled with many cavities connected to each other. This device is theoretically supposed to route the ray of light directing it by certain trajectories depending on the state of several other ‘leading’ light rays that enter the device in set spots. Unfortunately, however, the equipment that is now at the scientists’ disposal does not allow to produce such an element precisely enough and try out its work.

‘Light can transfer much more data than electric current that travels in conductors. Apart from that, transference of photons needs less energy than that of electrons,’ – Jelena Vuckovic claims. ‘Unfortunately, current nanoindustry technologies do not yet allow us to put into practice all the possibilities provided by the algorithms that we developed. However, when such technologies become available, we will be ready to embrace this moment fully and immediately start developing and creating relatively simple nanophotonic communication devices and more complex processors aimed at computers of future generations.’

On the website, there has appeared information about Marmalade launching free licenses for developers of applications and games.

This license enables developing on С++ for all supported mobile platforms, such as iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Windows Store and Tizen. The drawback of this license is that the developer’s application will have a splash screen.

The creators of this solution provide actual users of Indie licenses Marmalade SDK with a possibility of porting projects for all mobile platforms, as well as for Windows and Mac desktops and Roku setup box.

As the recent ‘Cross Platform Tool Benchmarking 2013’ research from May 26, 2014 has shown, Marmalade is the best solution for cross-platform development. The questionnaire considered different parameters, such as support quality, skills necessary to start working and price, as well as the most important one – productivity of applications created with the help of cross-platform solutions.ст 1

Projects by Google and Facebook aimed at providing wireless Internet access with the help of unmanned aerial vehicles have entered the phase of preliminary testing and every necessary authorization. As the projects are in progress, new details of developing UAVs that will serve as airborne Wi-Fi access points are being revealed.

Yael Maguire, Director of Facebook Connectivity Lab, stated in his interview that their project includes launching of drones as big as a passenger aircraft Boeing 747. Judging from the current developments, giant UAVs will be able to remain airborne during several months or even years without the need to land.

‘Basically, we have to construct the vehicle in such a way that it can function properly regardless of natural factors and drastic weather changes. The drones that will fulfill that purpose need to reach the size parameters of modern passenger airliners’ – Yael Maguire shared the plans of Facebook.

However, some time later it was added that the real UAV model will be as long as six or seven Toyota Prius cars. Converted to the more understandable metrical system, this size equals 27 to 32 meters.

It is yet not known what countries will join the program of Wi-Fi drones test flights and testing of their functioning in real conditions during a long period of time. According to Mr. Maguire, Facebook is hoping to test their construction in American sky as early as in 2015. Also, India and 21 country more – in Africa, Asia and Latin America – are supposed to provide their airspace for Wi-Fi access. However, approval and regulation of drones’ flights regarding legal peculiarities of each state and their restrictions of UAV traffic remain the priority as project details are made public.

From the technical point of view, there is nothing impossible in the ultimate aim of Facebook. Yet one should not forget that some start-ups failed after facing an impassable obstacle represented by the bureaucratic mechanism and the need of authorization by the state.

It is only obvious that Facebook projects with their UAVs, as well as Google with its aerostats and drones for Wi-Fi Internet access seem to be quite interesting, promising and ambitious innovations that will encounter a lot of difficulties before they are launched.



At the latest exhibition IFA 2014 in Berlin, the Panasonic company presented a prototype of its new product – an interactive mirror. Its developers define the device as another solution for implementing the ‘smart home’ concept, as well as for using it in beauty salons and shopping malls. Apart from reflection, the mirror is able to conduct an analysis of the user’s appearance and to provide advice about improving it.

The idea of a ‘smart’ mirror is based on the face recognition technology, which is used in the series of cameras Panasonic Lumix. The mirror analyses a person’s reflection, examines the skin condition in detail, and creates a holographic image of the face. Having this image, the user may experiment with make-up, cosmetic tricks, hairstyle change, without the need to perform all of that on their own face. The mirror will show a diagram of different parameters and will pay the user’s attention to problematic zones (an oily forehead, a pimple, dark circles under eyes, or unevenly applied make-up foundation). Apart from that, the mirror will provide cosmetic advice about removing those defects, as well as nutrition recommendations, information about cosmetic instruments, and an instruction for different procedures.

Also, the mirror can be synchronized with a smartphone calendar, so that it could select a couple of looks for a certain event in advance. For instance, for a Christmas party, the mirror will suggest make-up with elements of gloss, which suits to night-time lighting, and a hairdo for festive occasions.

Now, the mirror by Panasonic has a prototype status, and the company is still working on its improvement, yet the visitors of the exhibition have already become excited about it.

Our state is now facing very hard times. That is why, every kind of support of the Motherland has become a matter of honour for all nationally conscious citizens. The company ‘Win Interactive’ has not become an exception.

Since Maidan, we have been helping our country by joining the efforts of the company management and active employees. This help also includes supporting those in the occupied Crimea. We raise more than 70 000 UAH every month. Apart from that, our colleagues keep donating necessary things, food, medicaments, etc. for the needs of the victims.

We are helping the military commissariat of Vinnytsia in purchasing equipment, and together with the companies ‘Playtika’ and ‘Delphi’, we provided the Air Force Hospital with medical instrumentation necessary to save lives of those wounded during the counter-terrorism operation. Namely, we purchased a lung ventilator ‘Bryz T’ to the value of about 90 000 UAH, an electrocoagulator (a device for stopping bleeding) for 24 000 UAH, and an ultrasonic cleaner ‘UZM-010’ for 17 000 UAH.

For the battalion ‘Vinnytsia’, the company purchased 30 first aid kits to the value of 15 000 UAH. Also, we helped the son of our employee, who left for the counter-terrorism operation area, with protective equipment (bullet-proof vest, helmet, and load-carrying equipment) to the total value of 19 147 UAH. Moreover, some of our colleagues have been as brave as to become volunteer defenders of Ukraine.

Since recently, in accordance with a new law, 1.5 per cent from the salary of staff go to cover the army needs. The company decided that these costs are also to be donated by private entrepreneurs who cooperate with us. We believe that our help will become one more step on our way to the victory and prosperity of our sovereign state.

Hard times have come to pass in Ukraine. However, despite all the current hardship, we have people to be proud of. Our brave soldiers and defenders of Ukrainian land deserve special attention and respect.

Vitalii R., who was engaged in web-programming and developing the corporate website of Win Interactive in November 2013, could not even imagine that in March 2014 he would already be defending his Motherland in the most dangerous trouble sports of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. Vitalii is serving in Ukrainian landing troops, bravely defending us from invaders and terrorists.

The most difficult part is to come over the loss of Vitalii’s mates and companions in arms – both physically and mentally. Even now is it hard to believe in the dreadful reality of the war that has broken out on the territory of the peaceful Ukraine.

Vitalii, please accept our whole-hearted support! We are grateful for your act of bravery and your unbreakable Cossack spirit! We believe that the war will be over soon! We are waiting for your return! Let the guardian angel protect you from the enemy bullet. We are proud of your courage and hold it up as an example. Please accept the words of gratitude from the whole Win Interactive team!

Our colleague and friend Igor Z. has recently become a volunteer of the National Guard. After a short preparation that is in progress now, the boys will be sent to the counter-terrorism operation area.

Igor, you have set an example for many! In our eyes, you are a real man, a true patriot of your country! Take care of yourself!

Volodymyr G. is a talented Java programmer. He is a passionate patriot, a public activist with a proactive attitude to life.

Volodymyr has recently joined the Ukrainian army in order to defend his Motherland. Being only 25 years old, he is doing his duty with dignity. Vova, we are proud of you! All friends and colleagues are wishing you strength, courage, and patience in overcoming every obstacle and coming back home safe and sound!

Glory to Ukraine!

Glory to the heroes!

Glory to the Ukrainian army!

The newspaper ‘Izvestia’ informed about the progress of improving the video platform of ‘VKontakte’. Its users will be able to make money on their own videos by creating video blogs. Experts, however, consider such way of earning not to be available to many.

The developers of the social network ‘VKontakte’ are improving the video platform, which will enable users to make money on their videos. This was announced by ‘Izvestia’ on July 29, 2014. The information was confirmed by the executive director of the network Dmitry Sergeev, yet having refused to comment on the details of the innovations.

The sources of the periodical (those representing media market) specified that the network owners will fix the drawbacks that appear during video search, as well as repeated publications of videos by the users of the network. The platform’s interface will resemble that of YouTube. Copyright will now not be neglected – copyrighters and their representatives will be able to create their own video channel, and in order to identify the video’s uniqueness it will be required to leave the video’s digital print in the FingerPrint system. Upon reloading the video by another user, the system will deny access or replace the video with the original one provided by the author earlier.

The source of the periodical did not specify the information about making money on video blogs, however, according to experts, not many people will be able to adopt this way of earning.