24 Mar, 2020

News digest for 03/23/2020

Amendments to the Russian Constitution have already been adopted and are legitimate, and the upcoming April 22 vote is just Putin’s” political will”, which is” worthy of great respect”, said CEC Chairman Ella Pamfilova.

“This law has already been adopted, amendments have been adopted, and this process is legal in itself. And we can only treat with great respect the fact that the President did not stop there, and his political will and desire is to hear the opinion of the people in this case, which is not provided for by the current Constitution. Additionally, [this is] a key phrase, he went for it, it is worthy of great respect, ” Pamfilova said.

Government instruction: create a system for tracking the location of citizens

The Kremlin believes that the government’s order to create a system for tracking the location of citizens who are in contact with patients with coronavirus does not run counter to the rights of Russian citizens.

The corresponding instruction was given by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin to the Ministry of communications. By March 27, such a system should be created based on information from mobile operators about the geolocation of mobile phones of specific individuals.

Children of Voronezh officials went to the sea instead of disabled children

In the Voronezh region, social protection employees were caught assigning vouchers intended for sick children. The Scam was discovered in the Department’s office in Vorobyovsky district, according to the Prosecutor’s office of the region.

The Prosecutor’s office also found out that the family of one of the social protection employees was recognized as poor without proper verification of income information. On this basis, the daughter of this employee received a ticket to Yalta. And the family was assigned payments.

Moscow courts have started testing speech and facial recognition systems.

“In the future, we want to use a system of biometric data, for example, to establish personal data based on fingerprints, “- said in an interview with” Rossiyskaya Gazeta ” told the Chairman of the Moscow city court Olga Egorova.

She added that the Tver and Meshchansky courts already have a facial recognition system, which was used to detain 6 people who were wanted and just came to listen to the meeting.


While Russia is sending 9 aircraft to Italy with help in fighting the virus, two heavy An-124 airborne 82013 and 82038 arrived from China with anti-coronavirus equipment for Russia itself.


Traffic police will install cameras to record the use of phones by drivers

Traffic police, found out “Kommersant”, plans to start using cameras that can record the use of the driver’s phone while driving. The neural network-based software is being tested and will soon be used in Moscow. You can’t use such technologies until the driver has a way to prove that the camera was wrong, experts warn. The state Duma is already calling for raising the fine for using the phone at the wheel from 1.5 thousand to 5 thousand rubles. and tighten traffic regulations.

Bank of America stated the decline in the country’s economy

Analysts who compiled the report under the leadership of the Bank’s leading economist, Michelle Meyer, officially announced a decline in the economy. This has happened, as in the rest of the world, and it is a big drop, the document says. The Bank forecasts an inevitable increase in unemployment and a decline in household income.

The cost of gasoline and water is equal in the United States

According to Motor1, at gas stations in the us state of Kentucky, you can now buy a gallon of gasoline for less than one us dollar. To make it clearer, the American gallon is 3.8 liters. That is, one liter of gasoline at the current rate in terms of our money costs about 26 rubles. About the same price as regular drinking bottled water in a local supermarket.

However, the situation varies greatly from one state to another. For example, in San Francisco, drivers on average pay $ 3.39 per gallon, and in Los Angeles – $ 3.32 (in terms of our reality – 70 and 68 rubles per liter, respectively). Not much, considering the average income level of the population.

Italy, which received assistance from Russia, turned to the Pentagon

The Italian government has asked US Secretary of defense Mark Esper to provide military assistance in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. This is reported by CNN with reference to a representative of the Pentagon. In particular, the head of the Italian defense Ministry, Lorenzo Guerini, asked Esper for medical masks and artificial ventilation devices. Also, the Italian authorities are counting on the help of American military medics who are in Italy.

CNN clarifies that Guerini turned to the United States after sending several Russian military aircraft to Italy with virologists and medical equipment.

The us Treasury chief declined to answer a question about the recession

Us Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did not answer a question about whether the recession in the United States economy began because of the world’s declared coronavirus pandemic.

“This is a technical, not relevant issue,” Mnuchin said in an interview with Fox Business, RIA Novosti reports.

Xiaomi will allow smartphones without NFC to pay with Mi Pay

The Chinese company Xiaomi does not exclude the possibility of using the Mi Pay payment service without the built-in NFC module. In turn, it is already possible to try out this service in several models of the Chinese brand

McDonald’s closes restaurants in the UK and Ireland

McDonald’s management decided to close all its fast food restaurants in the UK and Ireland on Monday, March 23, in the evening for an indefinite period.

Chinese “Mountain eagle” adapted for aircraft carriers

The JL-9/JJ-7B UTS named “Mountain eagle” was adopted by the PLA in 2011. The development of the same aircraft began in 2001 by Guizhou Aircraft Factory and Nanchang Aircraft Factory. The main tasks that were set for the developers were to create a training aircraft, modern, but at the same time inexpensive, suitable for training pilots for the 3rd generation fighters

New Borey nuclear submarines to be sent to the far East

The far Eastern underwater nuclear Arsenal, almost lost 30 years ago, will be restored thanks to the strategic missile carriers of the Borey project. Five of the eight submarines already laid down will be transferred to the Pacific fleet (top). Sources in the defense Ministry told Izvestia about this

Turkey urged to speed up the process of its accession to the EU

The EU should speed up the process of Turkey’s accession to the community, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. He criticized the EU, which on the background of Brexit “pushes away the only major European state still seeking” to join the community.

Perm rally against amendments to the Constitution

In Perm, a rally was held against amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the “reset” of Vladimir Putin’s presidential terms. Mikhail Kasimov, the Chairman of THE Parnas party’s regional Department, told Kommersant-Prikamye that the rally was “very tolerant and without conflicts.”

He added that the number of participants in the protest action did not exceed the permitted 50 people. In addition to the PARNAS party, representatives of the civil activist Organization and the unregistered Other Russia party participated in the rally.

Deep Purple have unveiled the first video from the new album Whoosh!

The legendary band premiered the first single from their 21st Studio album. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Deep Purple are also preparing for a world tour.

Yandex has opened a platform for video bloggers

Yandex has opened a platform for creators and consumers of professional video content. Previously, this video service produced mostly traditional video content for TV. Namely: programs, movies, TV series, cartoons, music videos, sports events.

Now all those who create high-quality content will be able to offer videos for viewers of the platform. The best video will be broadcast in the service’s thematic channels. It can also be displayed on the Yandex home page. All bloggers ‘ videos will be moderated.

Merchants on Amazon faced difficulties

Amazon has decided to focus on the supply of essential products. This has significantly affected independent merchants who display their own products on the Internet platform.

In Russia, the number of phishing mailings has increased four times

In Russia, the number of phishing mailings has increased significantly due to the transition of a large number of companies to remote mode of operation, according to the newspaper “Izvestia”. This is due to the fact that employees ‘ personal computers are much less protected from phishing and spam attacks.

Sony presented the PlayStation 5

The new generation console was presented online. According to the Verge portal, the fifth Sony PlayStation was equipped with an eight-core AMD Zen 2 processor with a frequency of 3.5 GHz and an AMD RDNA 2 video card with a capacity of 10.28 teraflops. The console will also have a 4K UHD Blu-Ray drive.

There is evidence of the existence of a new Windows operating system

In preparation for the Build 2020 conference, the Geekbench test package database demonstrated the fact that Windows Core was mentioned. The announcement of the appearance of the operating system has already been provided by insiders, although Microsoft itself did not give confirmation of the appearance of the new product.

The main difference between Xiaomi Mi Band 5 and its predecessor

It is known that the accessory will be equipped with a 1.2-inch OLED display with a resolution of 320×160 pixels, a 150 mAh battery with fast charging support, as well as a Bluetooth 5.1 LE module. The latter will allow you to connect to smartphones and tablets running on Android and iOS. For optimal performance of this function, the Mi Fit app is already available, which can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store. The package also includes a strap with a USB output, which allows charging from the connector in a portable battery, PC, laptop or other device. The powerful battery allows the new product to work in a moderate mode for up to 20 days on a single charge. The official presentation of Xiaomi Mi Band 5 should take place in may 2020.

Microsoft left Windows 10 without antivirus software

A recent update released by Microsoft for the Windows 10 operating system left a number of users without the “regular” Windows Defender antivirus.

Hackers announced the order of the FSB of Russia to create cyber weapons

The FSB ordered the creation of Fronton software to carry out cyber attacks using Internet of things devices. This is written by the BBC with reference to documents published by the hacker group Digital Revolution.

It follows from the documents that the security forces were interested in three versions of the SOFTWARE – “Fronton”, ” Fronton-3D “and”Fronton-18”. They are designed to infect “smart” devices (from digital assistants to smart homes), combine them into a network, then “collapse” the servers of major Internet services and Networks on the territory of individual States.

Nokia revived the iconic phone model

Nokia introduced a push-button phone from the Originals line under the number 5310. The video from the presentation is published on the company’s official YouTube channel.

OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro will be equipped with an instant translation function

Last year’s presentation of the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro was marked by a demonstration of the instant translation function during a video call. It is known that smartphones will get Instant Translation in the new beta update. Last week, OnePlus released the first open beta version of OxygenOS for OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro

A military drone was turned into an air taxi

The Israeli company Metro Skyways has developed a six-seat urban air taxi ityHawk based on a military transport drone. The cormorant military transport was taken as a basis. The taxi is fully electric.

High-speed microscope for the analysis of brain function

Science has long known that electrical and chemical signals in our brain are constantly changing. For their recording and analysis, a huge amount of precise equipment is required, including an accurate microscope and a high-speed camera. For a long time, scientists did not know how to get such a technique. Employees of the University of California at Berkeley were able to cope with this task. They developed a unique microscope with a camera that allows you to get a thousand images of the mouse brain per second.

Darkness can help you get rid of unpleasant memories

Experts have proven that darkness affects long-term memory. Scientists conducted experiments on flies. It has been determined that flies forget some of the traumatic memories after spending a long time in the dark.

A device was created to study the orientation of birds in The earth’s magnetic field

Ornithologists and physics of St. Petersburg state University together with colleagues from the Institute of evolutionary physiology and biochemistry named after I. M. Sechenov Russian Academy of Sciences and the biological station “Rybachy” of the Zoological Institute RAS held interdisciplinary study. They created a miniature device weighing just under a gram that allows them to locally ” jam ” the magnetic compass of birds, and found that magnetoreception is unlikely to be associated with the protein cryptochrome in their retina. Previously, it was attributed to the unique ability of birds to navigate The earth’s magnetic field. The results of the study are published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Astronomers from the United States discovered a cosmic “tsunami”

The Hubble space telescope recorded streams of matter that are probably the most powerful in the history of astronomical observations. We are talking about colossal jets of gas generated by supermassive black holes

Large reserves of ice discovered on Mercury

Scientists have discovered large reserves of ice on the planet closest to the Sun – mercury. This phenomenon explains the theory presented by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As it turned out, there are not only “super-hot places” on the planet, but also a lot of extremely cold ones.

The developer of the Fedor robot found it useless for the ISS

In September 2019, Roscosmos announced that Fyodor will no longer fly into space, and in November they told about the creation of a new robot, Artem, on its platform. The state Corporation claimed that he would become a pilot of the space ship “eagle”, previously known as”Federation”. In March 2020, Android tech reported that the agreement with Roscosmos on the creation of Artem has not yet been signed.

Hubble captures the fluffy galaxy NGC 4237

NGC 4237 is located about 60 million light-years away in the constellation of Veronica’s Hair. Discovered on December 30, 1783 by the German-born British astronomer William Herschel, this galaxy has a diameter of about 50,100 light-years.

NASA moves man’s flight to the moon

Representatives of NASA said that they had to temporarily postpone the mission of a human flight to the moon. Recall that the space Corporation was preparing for a mission called “Artemis”, which was to begin in the second half of 2021.

On the stage of The Chernozem-2020 rock festival»

This year’s festival will take place on August 14, 15 and 16 at the same venue. Tickets can be purchased online. The first 1,500 units will be sold at a price of 3,000 rubles for all three days. After the quota ends, the cost will increase by 500 rubles.

At the moment, the following members of Chernozem 2020 are known: Garik Sukachev, Operation Plasticine, Vyacheslav Butusov, Anacondaz, Brigade Row, female tik-Tok pop-punk band KIS-KIS, Splin, Affinity, Serbian folk group The No Smoking Orchestra and Epidemic, Serega.

A web series about artificial intelligence was filmed in Tatarstan

Near Kazan, Innopolis filmed a web series about artificial intelligence, which will premiere on March 23 on YouTube. The main character of the series “the Last program” is an IT specialist from Innopolis. Once faced with a developed artificial intelligence, he decides to change the world for the better. But the computer program “bright future” understands in its own way.

The premiere of “Minions 2” was postponed

Universal studios postponed the release of the animated film “Minions 2: Gruvitation” scheduled for the end of June 2020. According to Deadline, the Studio does not have time to complete the project.

Published a trailer for the horror “We call the dark»

The online premiere of the film will take place on April 10. In the center of the story are three metal girls.

Nurbek Egen shot the detective ” Sherlock in Russia»

The main roles in the series were played by Maxim Matveev and Konstantin Bogomolov. According to the original story, the detective follows the trail of Jack the Ripper in London and realizes that he has escaped to Russia.

The premiere of the third series of the walking dead universe has been postponed

The premiere of the second spin-off of the most popular zombie drama “the Walking dead: World Beyond” (the Walking dead: World Beyond) has been indefinitely postponed. The series was scheduled to air on AMC on April 12.

Robot Shimon released its first music album

The robot Shimon, designed by Gil Weinberg, created its own music album. In the near future, the mechanism is expected to be sent on a special tour to promote its work. Initially, the inventor trained his robot to dance to the rhythm of music.

Russian arms exports in 2019 exceeded $15 billion

Russia in 2019 exported weapons worth more than $ 15.2 billion to 50 countries, Izvestia writes. This was reported by Deputy head of the Russian defense Ministry Alexander Fomin during a conversation with the newspaper’s correspondents.

The latest Japanese destroyer was included in the US missile DEFENSE system

The newest Japanese destroyer ” May ” is included in the US missile defense system. According to the Yomiuri newspaper, this was facilitated by the latest information exchange system installed on the destroyer with US ships and aircraft

Pompeo accused Iran of firing at the Iraqi base of Al-Taji

Responsibility for the attack Iraqi base at al-Taji, where were the US military and the UK government bears Iran, assisting the group “Kataib Hezbollah”, says us Secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

A rally against Vladimir Putin’s reset of terms was held in Krasnoyarsk

A rally was held in Krasnoyarsk territory against the President’s term being reset and the usurpation of power. The organizer was the local regional branch of the libertarian party together with activists of the Civil society and Union of Krasnoyarsk region movements. Last weekend, about 200 people gathered in the Cosmonauts square, according to the correspondent of Kommersant-Siberia. Participants chanted: “the Best amendment is Putin’s resignation”, some of them called for refusing to participate in the vote for the amendments on April 22.

A record $1.4 billion was withdrawn from funds investing in Russia over the week

From funds involved in investing in Russian assets and bonds, for the week to March 18, investors withdrew $1.4 billion against $590 million a week earlier, thus, the outflow reached a historic high, according to a review by BCS Global Markets, March 20, reports the Agency Prime

In Russia, prices for iPhones have started to rise

Apple sellers in Russia after the weakening of the ruble began to raise prices for new iPhones. This was told to Forbes by employees of three authorized partners of the company. The site also writes about the rise in price of phones appleinsider.ru.

Sharm El-Sheikh and other cities in South Sinai closed

The resort of Sharm El-Sheikh and other cities in southern Sinai are forced to close for two weeks and do not accept guests during this period. Earlier, local officials said that they are doing everything possible to ensure that tourists can continue to rest in safety

A new way of deceiving drivers on the roads has become popular in Russia

“On the road, yellow signs are installed at 40 kilometers per hour, and the normal speed limit on this highway is 80,” he said in an interview with URA.RU coordinator of the movement “Blue buckets”, defender of the rights of motorists Peter Shkumatov — at the same time, no repairs are being carried out on the road, and drivers see no reason to slow down.”

He explained that traffic cameras on this section of road are reconfigured in advance, and as a result, drivers receive fines for allegedly speeding. If a year ago this scheme of deceiving drivers was not widely used, now it comes across tens of thousands of drivers across Russia, says an automotive expert

A court in the Netherlands has postponed hearings on the case of MH17

The district court of the Hague decided to postpone the hearing in the case of the crash of flight MH17 until 10: 00 on June 8, said today, March 23, at the meeting, the presiding judge Hendrik Steenhuis. These hearings will consider the materials of four defendants-Russians Igor Girkin (strelkov), Sergei Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko.

Mishustin’s son-in-law is suspected of money laundering

The Prosecutor’s office of Koblenz in Germany is investigating a criminal case of money laundering against the son-in-law of Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, businessman Alexander Udodov. Investigations have been underway since 2013.

Business in Britain began to issue loans under state guarantees

Small and medium-sized businesses in the UK on Monday began to issue Bank loans in the amount of up to 5 million pounds, secured by state guarantees as part of a package of support measures for 330 billion pounds, according to the British government.

A number of us senators sold their shares before the collapse of the exchanges

According to the laws of the United States, senators are not allowed to buy or sell securities based on nonpublic information. Nevertheless, before the stock exchanges collapsed, a number of us senators managed to sell their shares quite profitably.

Russia agrees to increase oil discount for Minsk

Russia agreed to increase the discount on oil supplied to Belarus to $15.7 per ton, which is $12 more than previously proposed, Reuters reported, citing three sources in the oil industry. A RBC source close to one of the oil companies confirmed the discount procedure to RBC.

Reducing the budget for forest conservation

Rosleskhoz this year will spend a third less on forest conservation than last year, this is due to the fact that in 2019, additional money was urgently allocated in connection with large-scale fires.

“In total, more than 6.6 billion rubles are provided for the implementation of the project’s activities in 2020 at the expense of the Federal budget,” Deputy head of the Department Mikhail Klinov said at a press conference dedicated to the International day of forests.

Sales in Russian pharmacies increased by 50%

Sales in pharmacies in Russia increased by 50% instead of the typical 10% for this time. This is reported by Kommersant, referring to the results of a survey conducted among major pharmaceutical retailers. A sharp increase in sales was observed from March 16 to March 20

In Europe, gas prices have fallen record

This year Gazprom may get the lowest gas price in 15 years in its main export market — in Europe. Already, spot quotes have fallen to the level of $100 per 1 thousand cubic meters, and prices linked to oil are approaching this level. Demand for gas is also under attack due to quarantine measures, as a result of which Gazprom is threatened with force majeure on a number of contracts. So far, according to the monopoly, there are no such statements from clients and it is not going to review major investment projects.

The Cabinet of Ministers of Russia, begin to revise budget due to low oil prices

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin instructed the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of economic development to submit proposals “on prioritizing Federal budget expenditures for anti-crisis purposes”by March 26. This decision was made following a meeting on economic issues.

The Bank of Lithuania reported the results of the investigation of money laundering by Swedbank

The Bank of Lithuania does not believe that the Lithuanian branch of Swedbank could participate in large-scale money laundering operations, the press service of the Central Bank reports. Experts noted that Swedbank has a very conservative policy towards clients and non-residents with high risk in the Republic.

NATO ships entered the Black sea

Warships of the second permanent naval group of NATO (SNMG-2) are being sent to the black sea, Istanbul information portals reported. According to reports, the ships have already passed through the Dardanelles Strait, the sea of Marmara in the direction of the Bosphorus. The ship’s group will be engaged in surveillance, as well as conduct exercises with the fleets of partner countries of the North Atlantic Alliance.

Tank and motorized rifle regiments will be created in Primorye

Motor rifle and tank regiments will be formed in Primorye, and a total of 42 organizational events are planned for this year. This was announced by Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at the Board of the Department. He stressed that measures are being taken in the Eastern military district to respond adequately to the growing threats.

In Star wars: Skywalker. Sunrise ” starred the granddaughter of screen Obi-WAN Kenobi

The release of the film “Star wars: Skywalker. Sunrise “on digital platforms and in home video format contains a bonus in the form of the documentary “Legacy of Skywalker”, in which viewers will be able to look behind the scenes of the ninth episode of the film franchise. For example, it turned out that Sally Guinness appears in the film — none other than the granddaughter of Alec Guinness, who played Obi-WAN Kenobi in the original star wars film trilogy»

Apple has acknowledged a problem with Mac displays on Windows 10

According to the above information, the right side of the Mac display can flicker or even distort when it is running on Windows 10. The corresponding situation is observed in the presence of AMD Radeon graphics, while on external screens, the corresponding distortions can be recorded over the entire surface. Apple has not yet been able to offer users a clear solution to the problem.

A Chinese company has developed a fire-fighting drone-helicopter

The Chinese company QilingUAV has announced the development of an unmanned aerial vehicle of the JS260 helicopter type, which can be used to extinguish forest fires. The creators say that the device is able to carry two containers filled with liquid.

MSI introduced Optix MAG273 and MAG273R gaming monitors

Both monitors support HDR, feature an IPS panel, and provide a 1 MS response time and a 144hz refresh rate. They also come with the Gaming OSD app, which allows you to control the display. MSI Optix MAG273 and MSI MAG273R are almost identical. Each of them has a 27-inch IPS panel with FHD resolution (1920 x 1080). Covers 139% of sRGB and 98% of DCI-P3 color space, and the contrast ratio is 1000: 1. Both monitors support AMD FreeSync with a refresh rate of up to 144hz. Each model is equipped with a USB 2.0 Type-B port, two USB Type-A 2.0 output ports, DisplayPort 1.2 a, two HDMI 2.0 b inputs, and a 3.5 mm headphone Jack. The monitor offers tilt adjustment from -5 ° to 20 °.

The iPhone detected a failure in modem mode

Apple representatives have officially acknowledged that there are problems with the modem mode for iPhone and iPad users. Presumably, the bug will be fixed in upcoming updates.

The new supercapacitor can be stretched eight times

American physicists have created a unique supercapacitor that after 10,000 charge-discharge cycles loses only a few percent of energy performance and retains full functionality after repeated stretching. The results are published in the journal Matter.

Intel will create a chip that can “smell” smells like people

In fact, an artificial neural network will mimic the work of the brain. According to the publication Ubergizmo, Intel specialists are developing a computer chip that could detect odors the way a person does

Scientists from Brazil have developed an ultrasound-proof material

A group of scientists from Brazil (Pará state University) created a sample of innovative material that does not pass ultrasonic waves using computer modeling