The extreme heat blocks nuclear power plants in France and Switzerland

Nuclear power plants need the continuous cooling of the reactors, which usually takes place through water drawn from rivers, lakes or seas that are close to the power plants themselves. The record temperatures we are witnessing these days, among other things, are also posing serious obstacles to the cooling process of nuclear power plants, especially in France.

According to Bloomberg, France’s nuclear reactors were brought to 46% of their capacity on Friday, after another contraction in operating regimes was introduced earlier in the week. Not without repercussions for the French economy, which usually benefits from the export of energy abroad and which in this case, for the first time, is forced to import.

Bloomberg prices in France

The reduction of the energy output of the French plants is wanted by the local authorities. Normally, in fact, the water used to cool the reactors, which has now risen to considerable temperatures, is sent back to the rivers or streams from which it was originally drawn. This can create a further rise in temperatures, and unpleasant consequences for the fauna and flora.

The rise in temperatures on the Garonne will force to further reduce the output of two power plants on the Rhone River in the coming days, when a further increase in temperatures is expected, or in any case a maintenance compared to the levels of the last few days. EDF, the largest French energy company, has in fact announced further cuts for the next few weeks.

The rise in temperatures is only one of the factors that is leading to the increase in the cost of energy, already high due to the war in Ukraine and the blocking of supplies from Russia. In the last week alone, the cost of energy has increased by 18% to around 500 € / MWh (in 2021 the cost was less than 100 € per MWh). We are at an all-time high while, according to the EDF style, 2022 will be the worst year in terms of energy produced compared to the last 30 years.

The French reactors already had corrosion problems in the first part of the year, which led to the temporary closure of a large number of them, and the consequent reduction in electricity production. Corrosion problems are increasing and increasingly require a large-scale plan lasting several years to ensure normal nuclear power generation schemes in France.

In addition, local authorities are also taking similar decisions in Switzerland. In particular, the Beznau plant uses the Aare river as it is done in France on the Garonne and, for the same reasons, it was decided to limit the production capacity of the two reactors, which normally produce around 6000 gigawatt hours of electricity per year. Production at the Beznau plant was “adjusted throughout the day to the current Aare temperature so that the requirements are always met,” a plant spokesperson said according to CNBC.

France and Switzerland are not the only countries that have suffered consequences for energy production due to temperatures: something very similar is happening in Texas.

Emoji: Here are all the new smilies coming soon.

The emojis are updated more and more often and the latest update coming in the coming months will allow users to use new smileys that are more and more fun but also unique and original. The 15.0 update of the Unicode consortium foresees up to 31 new smileys arriving on all platforms within the year. Compared to past years, the number of new images is much smaller but there are some smilies and drawings that are already going viral such as the smiley shaking his head.

Not only because there are also new colors for the heart and the outstretched hand to the right or left which in the original idea should be used to possibly give a virtual five during a conversation, but which could also represent an invitation to remain calm. There is no shortage of animals, plants and symbols of various kinds, let’s make a summary of the possible new emojis.

Probably not all 31 could actually be active later in 2023. Yes, because these have actually passed the penultimate skimming but we know that before actually arriving on the smartphones and user platforms they will still have to pass the grand final. Usually the process is to make them appear in the summer and then make their debut at the turn of the new year on Android or iPhone smartphones, but also on computers with Windows, macOS and Linux and in various applications.

Last year, the 14.0 update had always arrived in mid-July with smilies used today as the one that melts or the dotted one without forgetting the famous pregnant man or the lips that bite. For the record, last year the finalist emojis were 112 while in 2020 they were even 334. This year, however, they are only 31.

Among the new emojis, therefore, we have said that we find a smiley that shakes the head but also a part of the body with color variations or the hand extended to the right or left. There are three colored hearts of blue, gray and pink, animals like the elk, the crow and the jellyfish, but also foods like ginger and the pod with peas and the hyacinth flower. Also nice are other objects such as the comb, the fan and musical instruments such as the maracas and the flute to close with the symbol of wi-fi and the Khanda, the symbol of Sikhism.

When will we be able to use the new emojis in Update 15.0? The latest finalist selection will be announced in September by the Unicode Consortium and we do not know if this number of new emojis could still decrease as well as some graphics or colors could have changed.

Nikon will stop making SLR cameras

On Wednesday, many international newspapers reported the news that the famous Japanese camera brand Nikon will stop producing single-lens reflex cameras, the ones that for decades have made the company a vanguard in professional photography and beyond. The news was given by the reliable Japanese newspaper Nikkei, but a few hours later Nikon published a hasty denial, according to which the company “is continuing the production, sale and service of digital SLRs”. A phrase that does not contain reassurances on the development of new models, and which therefore could literally mean that the company will only produce and sell the old ones.

It is not clear what will happen, but the reasons why Nikon may have made or want to make such a choice are there and are not negligible. One of these is the spread of mirrorless camera models, that is, without the internal mirror that shows what is framed by the lens in the reflex viewfinder. They have a more practical and lighter structure and give results now comparable to those of reflex cameras, at least of the non-high-end ones, but Nikon has never managed to establish itself in this segment like other companies.

The other reason, and perhaps even more inexorable, is the sharp downsizing of the camera market due to the now widespread use of smartphones with increasingly sophisticated cameras.

Nikon began producing cameras after World War II and in 1959 released the Nikon F, which was not the first SLR in history but was considered the most sophisticated and innovative. Nikon’s first digital SLR arrived decades later, in 1999: compared to film cameras, digital ones were easier to produce and Nikon was able to intercept the potential of this technology, so much so that Nikon’s digital models had an enormous diffusion in the early 2000s. Today, the company effectively shares a large part of the digital SLR market with Canon.

In 2009 Olympus released the EP-1, the first mirrorless digital camera in history. Mirrorless cameras do not have a mirror like reflex cameras: the image is collected by the lens and shown directly on the display and, without the mirror, also in the viewfinder, which can be optical or electronic. This reduces the size of the camera and shutter speeds, and increases accuracy and durability.

In the transition from SLR to mirrorless Nikon was not as fast as it had been with the transition to digital and was anticipated by brands like Sony. Nikkei explains that the reason Nikon lagged behind was that mirrorless cameras needed an adapter to be compatible with the lenses Nikon had sold for SLRs up to that point: the company feared that this step would not be appreciated by the consumers and for this reason it took a long time to invest in this new technology.

More recently, this has been joined by a general crisis in the non-professional photography market due to the spread of smartphones with increasingly sophisticated cameras. Phones have in fact replaced compact digital cameras, products that in the early 2000s made up about 80 percent of the industry’s value. But not only: with the spread of social networks, the quality of the images has become less important in the common perception than the possibility of publishing photos instantly.

In recent years Nikon has scaled down its beginner catalog, focusing on the market for products for professionals and enthusiasts. But he still had big losses: in 2019 he had to close two factories in Japan and lay off staff in foreign branches and in 2020 he closed the fiscal year in negative.

2020 was also the year in which the sale of mirrorless cameras surpassed that of SLRs and in which Nikon unveiled its latest model of SLR, the D6 which, if what Nikkei says is true, will be the last. of its history.

♬ Francesco Gabbani – Peace & Love

LYRIC

Don’t smoke it
I fiori sopra i prati, non fumare
No woman, no cry
La donna d’altri non desiderare
Leitmotiv
Fatti non foste a viver come bruti
Uomini fatti dei
E strafottenti a fare due starnuti
Come stai? Come sto?
Non lo sai, non lo so
Cosa fai? Dove vai?
Non si può
Che tutto l’oro del mondo
Non vale neanche un secondo
Compare all’orizzonte
Nemico comandante
Che spara dritto in fronte
Urlando al “Rock & Roll”
Risponde lo sciamano
Fedele capo indiano
Non vedi che ti amo? (amo, amo)
Ti canto “Peace & Love” (oh)
Ti canto “Peace & Love”
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love
Ramadan
Non mangio intelligenza artificiale
Nuova libertà
Un po’ è natura, un po’ è stupidità
Moonwalking
È una teoria per allacciar le stringhe
Don’t let’s twist again
Vite clonate dentro alle siringhe
Come stai? Come sto?
Non lo sai, non lo so
Cosa fai? Dove vai?
Non si può
Che tutto l’oro del mondo
Non vale neanche un secondo
Compare all’orizzonte
Nemico comandante
Che spara dritto in fronte
Urlando al “Rock & Roll”
Risponde lo sciamano
Fedele capo indiano
Non vedi che ti amo? (amo, amo)
Ti canto “Peace & Love” (oh)
Ti canto “Peace & Love”
Ti canto “Peace & Love” (oh)
Ti canto “Peace & Love”
La nebbia agli irti colli
Dato il mortal sospiro
Si sta come d’autunno
Nei prati dell’emiro
Alla fine del mondo
Chi sono non lo so
So solo che ti amo
Ti canto “Peace & Love” (oh)
Ti canto “Peace & Love” (oh)
Ti canto “Peace & Love”
Love, love, love
Compare all’orizzonte
Nemico comandante
Che spara dritto in fronte
Urlando al “Rock & Roll”
Risponde lo sciamano
Fedele capo indiano
Non vedi che ti amo?
Ti canto “Peace & Love” (oh)
Ti canto “Peace & Love”
Ti canto “Peace & Love” (oh)
Ti canto “Peace & Love”
Ti canto “Peace & Love”
Love, love, love

FCC sanctioned TikTok: “Apple and Google remove it from stores”

The Federal Communications Commission of the United States of America sent a notice to Apple and Google in recent days asking them to remove the TikTok app from their stores due to its data management practices that are not exactly transparent.

FCC commissioner Brendan Carr sent the request to the two Silicon Valley giants after it emerged, thanks to a BuzzFeed News investigation, that TikTok staff in China had the ability to access US user data despite the company statements indicated otherwise.

“As you know, TikTok is an app available to millions of Americans via your app stores and collects vast amounts of sensitive data about US users. TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, a company linked to the Chinese Communist Party and which responds to Chinese law by complying with government surveillance demands, “wrote Carr in a letter addressed to Sundar Pichai and Tim Cook, the two CEOs of Google and Apple.

“It is clear that TikTok poses an unacceptable risk to national security due to the vast amount of data it collects coupled with Beijing’s seemingly uncontrolled access to that sensitive data,” the FCC commissioner specified, according to TechCrunch.

It is not new that concerns are raised about the confidentiality of information collected by TikTok, which in the past has repeatedly replied that US user data is stored in the US and not in China. However, according to BuzzFeed News, TikTok staff in China had access to US user data as late as January of this year.

BuzzFeed’s claim is in contrast to a sworn testimony a TikTok executive gave in a US Senate hearing in October last year, stating then that it is “a renowned security team. based in the United States “to decide who can gain access to US user data.

TikTok’s response to BuzzFeed’s response was not long in coming: the company said it currently uses servers located in the US and Singapore for backup, but plans to delete US users’ private data from datacenters in the future ( in China) and fully switch to Oracle’s cloud servers located in the US. The company also stated that it is working to make operational changes and to set up a US-based department that can exclusively manage US user data.

Bitcoin the worst quarter since 2011 with a 56% drop

After a 2021 in which it reached impressive peaks (all-time high of over 67,000 dollars), Bitcoin is recording the worst quarter of the last 11 years: as of June 30, 2022, the most famous cryptocurrency in the world in fact recorded a resounding -56% compared to approximately $ 45,000 recorded at the beginning of the quarter.
It is the strongest decline Bitcoin has experienced since the third quarter of 2011, when the value of BTC went from $ 15.40 to $ 5.03, and it is worse than the bear markets that occurred in 2014 and 2018, which did mark a decrease of 39% and 49% respectively. In particular, in the month of June Bitcoin recorded a loss of over 37%, the heaviest monthly negative result since September 2011.

The cryptocurrency market has experienced specific turbulence linked in particular to the TerraUSD episode, but also to the uncertainties generated by their regulation (of which the MiCA is perhaps the most striking example). It is true, however, that all financial markets as a whole are going through a particularly difficult phase due to geopolitical instability and economic uncertainties, with the growth of abandonment and the increase in interest rates.

And, perhaps also for this reason, some signs indicate that cryptocurrency investors are staying cautious (or have run out of funds) during this bearish phase. Activity on the Bitcoin blockchain is in fact slowing with a 58% drop in the total volume of coins traded in just nine days.

Less investment and speculation activity also translates into lower commission collections for exchange platforms. And this, combined with the difficulties mentioned above, led several realities to the decision to reduce the staff. A symptomatic case is that of the well-known Coinbase exchange with the hiring block on June 2, together with the revocation of the job offer to almost 350 people, and for a cut of 1000 jobs on June 14. Bitpanda, a company that offers trading tools not only in cryptocurrency markets, also reduced its workforce by 277.

Netflix breakthrough: advertising confirmed on the platform on the cheapest subscription

During the Cannes Lions International Festival, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos confirmed that the world’s most popular streaming platform is seriously considering introducing a new ad-supported plan. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, this could mean the arrival of a new subscription that is cheaper than the current one, with the only difference being the implementation of advertising while watching content.

Netflix may soon launch a separate ad-supported plan
The introduction of an adversiting-supported subscription is not a new theme within the company, and it could soon become a reality, with the aim of countering the decline in subscribers seen last quarter, the first time in the company’s history.

“We’ve left a large segment of customers off the table, namely people who say, ‘Hey, Netflix is ​​too expensive for me and I don’t mind advertising. We’re adding an advertising layer; we’re not adding ads to Netflix as you know it today. We’re adding an ad layer for people who say, “Hey, I want a lower price and I’ll watch the ads,” Sarandos said.

Sarandos said they are already in contact with potential partners such as Google and Comcast. The date, the countries and the prices of the possible new subscription have not been communicated, but for sure Netflix has taken the matter seriously and we could soon see it become a reality

The first floating city in the world will be built on the Maldives Islands, hosting 20,000 inhabitants.

It will be called Maldives Floating City will have a coral shape and will be completed by 2027, but some residents will start moving as early as 2024. The project, created by real estate developer Dutch Docklands and the Maldives government, has a much more useful and profound goal. compared to that of the simple futuristic experiment.

Maldives: a floating city to combat rising waters
In detail, the area where the Maldives archipelago rises – made up of 1,190 low islands – is among the most exposed and vulnerable to climate change. Consequently, the construction of a large floating city is conceived as a “must-have” and practical solution to combat rising ocean water levels.

“This project can demonstrate that there are affordable housing, large communities and normal cities on the water that are also safe. They (the Maldivians) will move from climate refugees to climate innovators,” Koen Olthuis, founder of Waterstudio, told CNN. .

Inside the floating island will be built houses, schools and shops that will be fixed by stabilizers that support it against the waves while keeping the buildings and structures safe against the current.

Amazon Prime Day 2022 will be July 12 and 13

Amazon Prime Day 2022 is set for the days of 12 and 13 July. As every year, there will be many products on offer, with significant discounts: the 48 hours of offers will begin at midnight on July 12th and will last until July 13th for. In order to take advantage of the Amazon Prime Day discounts it will be necessary to subscribe to an Amazon Prime subscription.

As usual, we will follow all the offers in real time, both through our website and through our Telegram channel dedicated to offers, in which you can participate immediately to subscribe.

Attention, because the offers will start before 12 July. Amazon Prime customers don’t wait for Prime Day to start shopping. Early offers for Amazon Prime customers only starts June 21.

– Amazon Fresh: From June 21, Amazon Prime customers will get € 5 discount with the purchase of five products included in a special selection that includes dairy products, meat, fish, gastronomy and ready meals, desserts and snacks, pantry, personal care , household products, soft drinks and baby items.
– Amazon Music Unlimited: Starting June 21, and for a limited time, Amazon Prime customers who have never tried Amazon Music Unlimited will be able to access 4 months at no additional cost – with 90 million ad-free songs in HD and millions of podcasts.
– Audible: from 21 June, for Amazon Prime customers who have never tried Audible (or have canceled their subscription for at least 6 months), it will be possible to subscribe to the service for only € 2.95 per month for 6 months and have unlimited access to a catalog of thousands of audiobooks, podcasts and audio series, to listen to wherever and whenever you want, even offline, from the app or website (it will not be possible to use the 30-day free trial, after the 6 months l subscription is automatically renewed for € 9.99 per month).
– Kindle Unlimited: Starting June 21, Amazon Prime customers will be able to enjoy three months of Kindle Unlimited for € 0.00, thus taking advantage of the benefits of unlimited access to over 1 million eBooks on any device.
– Amazon devices: from 1 July you can save up to 40% on the purchase of the eero mesh WiFi router. In addition, additional offers will be available from 8 to save up to 60% Amazon select, including Echo Dot (3rd and 4th generation), Echo Show 5 (2nd generation), Fire TV Cube, Blink cameras, Ring Video Doorbell and many more.

The European Parliament has expressed itself: we are moving towards a ban on the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles starting from 2035

From 2035 it will no longer be possible to sell new endothermic cars. It is on this premise that the European Parliament expressed itself on 8 June. A result that did not come easily, and which led to a split in the majority, and which will have to be confirmed in the EU Council. Now, in fact, there is a negotiation phase, with the document that will be passed on to the Commission for the interinstitutional negotiations envisaged by the European regulations with the EU Council. It is therefore a new series of negotiations between Parliament, the Council and the Commission.

Beyond the frictions, however, this is an epochal moment, with the part dedicated to 4 wheels which was welcomed with 339 votes in favor, 249 against and 24 abstentions. The document follows the Fit for 55 plan strongly desired by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen with the aim of drastically reducing CO2 emissions.

Ursula von der Leyen

Rejected the amendments proposed by the EPP, with which it was asked to apply the obligation of zero emissions to 90% of the entire car fleet, instead of 100%. This may allow for the introduction of 10% of new thermal vehicles from 2035 onwards, making the provision less restrictive. However, the fact that the amendments did not provide for a deadline for this derogation ran counter to the climate neutrality target already set for 2050. The two amendments were rejected with 264 votes in favor, 328 against and 10 abstentions.

The amendment that passed, however, is the so-called “save Motor Valley”, expressly addressed to Italy with an exemption on CO2 emissions standards up to 2036 reserved for those houses that produce a maximum of 10 thousand vehicles per year . This is obviously a proposal aimed at protecting the car companies of the Italian Motor Valley that focus on quality rather than quantity.

The majority in Parliament was not cohesive, in the vote on the controversial trading system for emissions quotas (Ets) with which the aim is to tax CO2 emissions is suitable for road transport and boilers, including domestic ones. The reform was blocked by the Socialists after an EPP amendment was passed in the classroom which postponed the elimination of the free emission allowances enjoyed by large European industry to the period between 2028 and 2034 (originally scheduled for 2026-32). The chapters Ets, Social Fund for the Climate and carbon tax at the borders thus return to the Environment Committee.