Microsoft wants to create “Android” cars

The company seriously considers open source projects and even partnered with Baidu

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Microsoft announced that it will partner with its Asian rival, Baidu, to collaborate on the development of an open operating system that allows the rapid advancement of autonomous vehicles.

While Microsoft had already worked with some manufacturers to create software to connect vehicles to the internet, it is the company’s first bet in the field of cars that are handled alone.

In early July, Baidu announced Apollo, an open source operating system for stand-alone vehicles that any company can use without paying a peso. Among the companies that will contribute to the project are Nvidia, Intel, Ford and Microsoft. This would allow them, if massively, to have thousands of employees and huge amounts of data to work with. It is a completely different approach to that of Uber or Waymo, who continue to dispute their patents, than to seek to create an autonomous vehicle behind closed doors.

The company founded by Bill Gates and now led by Satya Nadella, its CEO, has changed course over the last few years, leaving aside its habit of producing strictly proprietary software and starting to incorporate projects with free software. In 2012 added the possibility of mounting virtual machines with Linux distributions to its Azure platform, last year announced that it is working on a version of SQL Server for Linux and recently added the ability to download and install Ubuntu from the Windows Store.

Baidu wants to do the same thing Google did with Android. Its president, Ya-Qin Zhang said that the goal is to promote openness and thereby accelerate innovation.

Microsoft is solving a specific problem: to process the data generated by the Apollo operating system and take advantage of them, it is necessary to have a lot of computing power, something that Baidu has in China, but not outside the country. Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, has the necessary power and is available in more countries than the Google cloud and Amazon Web Services.

Google Glass returns to the market

Re-branded Glass Enterprise, these lenses are aimed at business use

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Google Glass was launched four years ago. And, in spite of the initial enthusiasm of this product, the fashion happened more quickly than the company would have wanted. Now the project is reformulated and reoriented, with an industrial focus.

The company gave name to this new version of Google Glass as Glass Enterprise, since they are oriented to business use and, more specifically, to assembly and maintenance lines.

The new product is not compatible with the Play Store and will not allow installing applications that are not developed by any of the commercial partners of the project. Its use will be specific to the working environment and that is why Google partners have developed several solutions that include live audio and video transmission, intelligent protocol management and systematization of geolocalized alerts in real time.

In addition to the software enhancements, Glass Enterprise also features hardware innovations. They are lighter and more comfortable to use than the previous model, which is fundamental in areas such as manufacturing, logistics or health, where the worker does not have his hands to handle the equipment. Even the lenses will be adapted to the approved standard for protective lenses.

Foreign radio signals from a star are detected

Something “peculiar” happens in Ross 128 to 11 light-years away

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“Very peculiar signals ” coming from a star just 11 light years away were observed recently, scientists in Puerto Rico reported.

The mystery has gripped internet as speculation increases about the discovery potential for extraterrestrial life in the red dwarf known as Ross 128, despite attempts by astronomers to curb those rumors.

“In case you’re wondering, the recurring hypothesis of extraterrestrials is at the end of many better explanations,” Abel Méndez, director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo, said in a blog post.

Something unusual was first noticed in April and May, when the team studied a series of small, relatively cool red dwarf stars, some of which are known to have planets around them.

Ross 128 is not known to have planets, but “we realized there were some very peculiar signals in the 10-minute dynamic spectrum we got” from this star, Mendez said.

The signals were observed May 13 at 00H53 GMT and “consisted of non-polarized broadband quasi-periodic pulses with very strong scattering characteristics,” he wrote.

There are three main explanations for these bursts: they may be emissions similar to solar flares, they may be emissions from another object in the Ross 128 field of vision, or they could come from a high-orbiting satellite, Mendez wrote.

Scientists at the Arecibo Observatory, along with astronomers at the SETI extraterrestrial life search institute, will use the Alien Telescope Array and the Green Bank Telescope to observe the star for the second time on Sunday.

The results of these observations should be published at the end of the week, he said.

Five personalities from the world of business and technology; Mark Zuckerberg’s friends

Five personalities from the world of business and technology who were close to the CEO of Facebook

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Dustin Moskovitz

He co-founded Facebook and held the position of chief technology officer from 2004 to 2009. He was Zuckerberg’s roommate while studying at Harvard University. He is currently the CEO of Asana and has a fortune valued at US $ 12 billion.

Chris Hughes

Facebook co-founder and first spokesman of the company. Years later he was responsible for Social Media for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. He then became the CEO of Jumo, a startup that wanted to change the world through social networks.

Eduardo Saverin

Cofounder of Facebook and first to occupy the position of director of finance. After winning a legal battle against Facebook that allowed him to retain his co-founder status, Saverin began investing in startups like Qwiki and Jumo.

Sean Parker

Creator of Napster and president of Facebook from 2004 to 2006. He invested in Spotify and Asana. His company Screening Room patented eight new anti-piracy technologies. Its assets are estimated at around US $ 2.6 billion.

Taner Halicioglu

He was the first real employee of Facebook. He worked for the social network between 2004 and 2009 as head of software. He is currently a professor at the University of California, San Diego, and the last thing we know of him is that he donated US $ 75 million to that institution.

“Gangnam Style ” lost the throne as video more seen in YouTube

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” video surpasses South Korean artist

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again”

“Gangnam Style, ” the extravagant video of South Korean Psy that became in 2012 an Internet phenomenon , was finally ousted as the most watched on YouTube .

After four and a half years at the top, “Gangnam Style” fell to second place replaced by Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” with Charlie Puth.


The video for “See You Again ” theme song for the soundtrack of “Fast & Furious 7″ (2015), and won over 2,900 million hits on YouTube , compared with 2,896 million times he was seen ” Gangnam Style “.

The video clips scenes from the film with images of Khalifa and Puth singing. The song pays homage to Paul Walker, actor in this action saga, who died in a car accident in 2013.

“Gangnam Style ” was the first video that received 1,000 million hits on YouTube and its success forced the site engineers to make changes so that it could be seen 2.1 billion times, considered the maximum threshold.

“Gangnam Style “, considered a satirical song about the new rich of a district of Seoul with the same name, surprised by its worldwide ascent.

The singer, who could not explain the success, sang the subject in the UN headquarters before the then secretary-general of the organization, Ban Ki-moon, who is also South Korean.

A total of 68 videos have received more than one billion views on YouTube, of which only three are not musical.

Tips before Migrating from Windows to Mac

If you are thinking about moving your operating system, here are some tips to keep in mind before giving the step.

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Tips for Moving from Windows to OS X

Beyond the motives, it is never easy to move to a different operating system, but if you are determined to do so we have some useful tips before moving from Windows to Mac without feeling any remorse.

If after a long meditation with the pillow you finally decided to make the big change, we can anticipate that the Apple systems are an excellent complement to work with much comfort and ease, and although it will take a little getting used to the commands of keys and the Native programs of OS X, with these tips you can be informed with everything you should know before moving from Windows to Mac. That said, Hands on!

Getting Started to Migrate from Windows to Mac

The first step we must take is to change computers. In that sense, the Cupertino Company’s teams standout for their aesthetic and functional finish, with the characteristic stamp of the bite apple that projects an image of professionalism in the market.

The big challenge that we must face are the differences in the functionality of the software. Although Windows operating systems are characterized by their static versions (Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10), in the case of Apple the situation changes considerably. Since the first Kodiak release, launched in September 2000, Mac systems have been renewing their operating interface with new updates that are made more frequently. We are practically talking about a new version every year, so make sure you have the latest update to enjoy an optimal experience.

Be very careful if you are buying a computer with an outdated version, chances are that that computer ends up being a nuisance in terms of performance and productivity.

Some software differences between Windows and Macintosh

Another essential aspect you need to know before migrating from Windows to Mac has to do with software differences. While in Windows we are used to using the notebook to remove the formatting to the texts that we copy of Internet, or to click on the button to open the most recent programs and documents; In Mac OS X there is a substantial change over the distribution of desktop elements.

There is no Start button, there is no recent list of programs (unless you manually include them in the dock at the bottom of the screen), and media playback can be done in the background.

But possibly the most radical change is in navigation from the keyboard. For example, the command key performs the same function as the Windows Ctrl key. In the case of Mac, there is no key to activate the Start button, but we can use the command key to activate the main combinations we make to copy, cut, or paste text.

You should also forget the ALT + F4 key commands to close a window, because on Mac they perform a different function. With the full range of F keys you can change lighting levels, lower or increase system volume, among other options.

The transition from Windows to Mac does not have to be a frustrating experience. With patience and much curiosity it is possible to adapt to the style of OS X in a couple of days.

“The big challenge we must face when migrating from Windows to OS X is the differences in software functionality.”

“Beware if you’re going to buy a Mac with an OS version outdated, chances are that that computer will end up being a nuisance in terms of performance and productivity.”

Facebook Messenger will include advertising

The social network seeks to increase its revenue with more ads

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Facebook will allow the insertion of commercials on the homepage of its Messenger instant messaging service, the group said Tuesday, in a new way for the network giant to further increase its advertising revenue.

After “promising” tests in Australia and Thailand, “Messenger advertising will be widespread,” the group said in a statement, pointing out that 1.2 billion people regularly uses the service.

In particular, Facebook invites advertisers to create ads for the home page of the mobile Messenger application, which will allow them to reach more users.

Currently, advertisers can only reach Messenger users who are already in contact with them.

The company did not specify when the general public will begin to see these advertisements.

The announcement comes as Facebook looks for new ways to further increase its share of the digital advertising market, which is the bulk of its revenue.

The social network reached the level of saturation: you have no more space to place new ads. That’s why we gave the option to open Messenger to advertisers.