The Ministry of Infrastructure has prepared a bill on the work of minibuses, which should improve the quantity and quality of buses, improve the regularity of the schedule, solve the problem with benefits, payment by card, etc.

After the legislative regulation of the taxi segment, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine decided to deal with the segment of route taxis (aka "minibuses"), having developed a draft law aimed at significantly improving the quality of public passenger transport. In particular, it is intended to solve problems with the lack of modern buses of medium and large passenger capacity, non-observance of the public transport schedule, etc.

The new draft law is proposed:

to make the regional state administration or the Customs Office responsible for the organization of passenger transportation within the district;

to transport passengers by automobile routes, lines, routes of city electric transport;

to implement a system to receive payment for such services and financial compensation paid to carriers;

to provide support for ecological transport.

In this way, the local government will become the customer of the transport, and cities will be able to purchase transport services and pay for the kilometre. The purchase of transport services will take place through Prozorro on the basis of the kilometre principle. In other words, the subject of the purchase is a specific route with a specific kilometre; a fair price is determined by the local municipality and as a result of a tender, but criteria for quality requirements are also prescribed.

Switching to the mileage principle should eliminate the problem of discrimination against privileged passengers, as the carrier receives payment in any case and does not care how many privileged passengers it carries. It will also be possible to require the installation of validators for payment by bank card and "Kiev Card", as it will not affect the income of the carrier. Also, if the city is the organizer, there are more opportunities to fine for failure to meet the conditions.

As a result, the authorities expect to get better quality passenger vehicles, which adhere to the schedules, do not discriminate against beneficiaries and travel in which you can pay by card.

At the moment the bill is under discussion, everyone has the opportunity to support it within a month or propose your own changes on the following link.

We would like to remind you that earlier Kiev shuttle traders asked KSCA to postpone the launch of the electronic ticket for a year, to buy validators at the expense of a third party and close the Uber Shuttle, after which Uber made a counter proposal.

Introduced gaming notebook Redmi G: 144 Hz display, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, price starting from $650

The official presentation of Redmi G game notebook took place within the brand Redmi G. This is the first game system released in the framework of this brand. Like other Redmi products, the novelty offers good balance of characteristics and price.

Redmi G gaming notebook is equipped with 16.1-inch display with Full HD resolution and 144 Hz image refresh rate. The top configuration features a 6-core Intel Core i7-10750H processor, capable of reaching 5 GHz in Turbo mode. Also available are more affordable configurations with Intel Core i5-10200H and Core i5-10300 chips. Regardless of the processor model, 16GB of DDR4 memory at 2933 MHz is available in all configurations. The data storage subsystem is represented by a 512 GB NVMe SSD. Users have a choice of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 or GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics cards.

The Hurricane Cooling 2.0 cooling system with two fans is used to remove heat from system components. It also has a gigabit network port, WiFi 6 wireless module, HDMI video output and backlit keyboard (with digital unit). The device has dimensions 373x264x24.4 mm and weighs 2.5 kg.

The price of Redmi G game notebook in basic configuration (Core i5-10200H and GeForce GTX 1650) is about $646. For the version with Core i5-10300 processor and GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics card you will pay about $768. The top configuration with the Core i7-10750H chip and GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics card is about $853.

Daimler agreed to settle the diesel scandal by paying $3 billion to the company.

Daimler will have to pay a penalty in the U.S. of about $3 billion to deal with the diesel engine under-emission scandal.

The German carmaker said it expects its recent agreement with U.S. authorities, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), to cost about $1.5 billion. The company will also pay about $700 million as part of the settlement with the owners and another "three-digit million euros" to meet the requirements of the agreements.

A CARB spokesman told Reuters that the settlement "will reach $1.5 billion and affect 250,000 vehicles across the country". More detailed information will be published after the U.S. authorities submit to court a decision on the agreement. This should happen around mid-September.

In addition to this deal, Daimler has already paid about $960 million last year as part of the settlement of the scandal over allegations that the carmaker sold at least 684 thousand cars with software that allowed these cars to cheat emissions tests. As it turned out, the fraud with the tests began in 2008, when Daimler began using the appropriate software in various cars, from Vito vans to C-class sedans and GLC coupe. Since the beginning of the scandal, Daimler has recalled about 800 thousand cars around the world. Since then, the company has also stopped selling diesel cars in the United States.

For comparison, a similar scandal of dieselgate, which affected the company Volkswagen, has cost the car manufacturer $35 billion in fines and payments.

Telegram Messenger turned 7, by this date the developers released a new version of Telegram 7.0 with video calls.

Yesterday, August 14, 2020, marked exactly seven years since the launch of the Telegram messenger. For the next birthday the development team prepared a major update with the symbolic number 7.0 and long-awaited video calls.

"In 2013, we launched a small secure messaging application that has since grown into a platform with over 400 million active users. Today Telegram is among the ten most popular applications in the world, and with its help you can not only stay in touch with friends and colleagues, but also learn, share news and find like-minded people.

All this became possible thanks to you: Telegram has never been advertised - its popularity is growing because millions of people recommend it to their friends. And we continue to devote all our efforts to creating high-quality applications and developing new features. Today we are happy to introduce an innovation that users have often asked us to do - fast and secure video calls", noted the Telegram team.

Video calls in Android and iOS applications have been launched in alpha version. To start a video call, click the button with the camera icon in the user's profile. The user can switch between a voice call and a video call right during the call, and can also chat without ending the call: you can roll it up in a small window in the corner of the screen.

Endpoint encryption is used to protect data in video calls. To ensure that the connection is secure, you should compare the four emossi that you and your conversation partner see on the screen - if the characters match, the call is encrypted, which is used for secret chats and voice calls. Telegram continues to work on video calls and plans to complement them with new features, as well as launch group video calls in the coming months.

The developers reminded that Telegram applications for Android and iOS support playable assemblies. This means that everyone can check the security of encryption and make sure that the application uses exactly the open source code that was published on the site after each update.

On the occasion of its birthday, Telegram has also expanded its range of animated emossi.

Live photos show up on a prospective NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080/3090 graphics card.

The Reddit service has published photos of the upcoming Ampere video card (the publication has been removed to date). The device contains 11 memory modules (most likely GDDR6X), which are located around the graphics processor. It should also be noted that the memory modules are very tightly assembled. Probably that's why the previous leaks said that the design is compact and complex.

There's another chip on the back of the board. However, the author of the publication concealed it by placing an Intel processor on top of it. It is not yet clear what the purpose of this chip is. We can also note differences in design of NVLink in comparison with Turing generation devices.

The video card captured in the pictures is most likely a non-standard design with an enlarged radiator projecting on the board. Apparently, the device is equipped with three 8-pin auxiliary power connectors at once. It is not yet clear which model is depicted in the pictures: GeForce RTX 3090 or GeForce RTX RTX 3080. The author of the leak says it's a GeForce RTX RTX 3080 model. But doubts arise because of the large number of memory modules and power connectors.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 graphics cards are expected to be officially announced on September 1.

Large screen without any cutouts/holes and a shapeshifter camera. ASUS Zenfone 7 will be introduced on August 26.

Last month ASUS introduced the third generation of its ROG Phone 3 smartphone, and now it's the turn of the main flagship series Zenfone 7. Its presentation is scheduled for August 26.

The announcement of the Zenfone 7 will be monitored during the online broadcast, which will be held on ASUS YouTube channel at 09:00 Kiev time.

Only two models are expected in the Zenfone 7 series - the base Zenfone 7 on the "usual" flagship Snapdragon 865 processor and an advanced Zenfone 7 Pro on its overclocked version Snapdragon 865+. Mentioning of both Qualcomm flagship platforms was previously found as a result of the Zenfone 7 firmware source code leak. It's still unclear whether there will be any other differences between the models.

The flagship smartphone Zenfone 7 has retained the main highlight of its predecessor ZenFone 6 - a shapeshifter camera, which can be used for selfi. Judging by the teaser, the new generation of ASUS has significantly improved the motorized rotary module, installing twice as many lenses - four instead of two.

ASUS ZenFone 7 is expected to receive a larger screen diagonally 6.7 inches vs. 6.4 inches from its predecessor. Needless to say, there will be no cuts or holes in it. The smartphone will also be assigned up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of flash memory, 5000 mAh of battery with 30-watt charge support, Wi-Fi 6, NFC and Bluetooth 5.0 modules, and Android 10 OS.

The other day, the ZenFone 7 prototype with 8GB of RAM running Android 10 was seen in the Geekbench test software database. In single-stream mode, the smartphone scored 959 points, while in multithreaded mode its result was 3345 points.

The Trump Administration has expanded the list of Huawei units that are prohibited from accessing American technology

The administration of US President Donald Trump is further tightening restrictions on Huawei. In May this year, due to another U.S. restriction, TSMC stopped accepting new orders for chip production for Huawei. Last week, a temporary license that allowed U.S. companies to cooperate and maintain trade relations with Huawei expired.

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Commerce said it would allow "ongoing security research critical to maintaining the integrity and reliability of existing and currently fully operational networks and equipment," by introducing limited authorization for Huawei's divisions. The fact is that the temporary license not only allowed receiving Android updates for devices released before May 16, 2019, but also covered many telecommunications companies in agricultural areas using Huawei equipment. These companies will now have to apply for licenses for operations that were previously allowed.

At the same time, the U.S. government imposes restrictions on dozens of companies associated with Huawei.

"As we have restricted the company's access to U.S. technology, Huawei and its affiliates have worked through third parties to use U.S. technology in ways that could undermine U.S. national security and foreign policy interests," Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday.

In May 2019, the Trump administration added Huawei and its 114 affiliates to the Entity List. Thus, American companies could not transfer their technologies to companies from the Entity List without the explicit approval of the U.S. government. Now Trump's administration has announced the expansion of the list of Huawei's subdivisions. Another 38 subdivisions of the Chinese company, located in 21 countries, have been added to the list. Thus, the Entity List now includes 152 companies associated with Huawei.

Intel told about 3rd generation Xeon processors (Ice Lake-SP): 10nm+ processor, Sunny Cove kernel, 18% increase in IPC

Intel shared details about the next generation of Xeon processors, known codenamed Ice Lake-SP. These chips are expected to appear on the market later this year as part of the Whitley platform, designed to create server systems with one or two processors.

During its presentation, Intel demonstrated the 28-core Ice Lake-SP. However, she did not specify whether this chip is top-of-the-line or whether there will be models with a large number of computational cores in the line. Previous rumors had indicated that the series would receive versions of processors with large numbers of cores. Thus, the use of a 28-core chip in the presentation is due to the desire to compare the novelty with the flagship of the current Xeon series of second generation.

Intel Ice Lake-SP processors are manufactured in accordance with 10-nanometer 10nm+ technological process. Although, for Tiger Lake chips, which will appear next month, an improved 10nm++ manufacturing technology is used. Component density has increased 2.7 times due to transition from 14nm to 10nm technology.

Ice Lake-SP chips are based on Sunny Cove computing cores, which provide an 18% increase in IPC (number of instructions executed per stroke) compared to Skylake architecture used in Xeon processors manufactured using 14nm processor. The Sunny Cove architecture offers a number of improvements, such as a whiter and more advanced branching predictor, wider distribution and execution resources, improvements in TLB, single thread computing and pre-sampling, and more. It is also reported that new SIMD instructions have been added to provide performance improvements in cryptography, compression and decompression tasks. Together with improved software and algorithmic support, this allows for up to 8 times the performance per kernel compared to Cascade Lake. The new chips also feature improvements aimed at improving the efficiency of AVX-512 and AVX-256 instruction processing.

The Ice Lake-SP 28-core processor includes a new interconnection structure (an improved version of Mesh Fabric) that covers all 28 cores. It also notes the use of two 4-channel memory controllers instead of two 3-channel controllers in Cascade Lake-SP. Thus, up to 16 DDR4-3200 modules are available for each processor. The processor additionally includes 4 PCIe Gen 4 controllers, each of which supports 16 lines.

The new line of Intel Xeon Ice Lake-SP processors should compete with AMD EPYC Milan chip series, which is based on Zen 3 architecture and provides production with improved 7nm technology.

Kantar presented rating of the most popular websites in Ukraine for July 2020

Research company Kantar has published a rating of the most popular websites in Ukraine for July 2020. The three leaders remain unchanged - Google, Youtube and Facebook. The top five of the rating are the online encyclopedia Wikipedia and online store

Judging by the rating, in July Ukrainians were actively looking for updates in online stores and marketplaces. The aforementioned, as well as and maintained their positions in the top ten of the rating, while the marketplaces managed to increase their attendance and hit the Top 25.

Despite the holiday season, news continues to be in the focus of Internet users - the most popular news resources:,,,

Messengers and social networks also remain popular, and despite the ban on Russian, it takes a very high 13th place with 19% coverage. Against the background of ultra-long vacations, the educational website was included in the rating of the most popular websites of Ukraine.

It should be noted that the Kantar CMeter study uses data from desktop and mobile Internet users aged 14-70 years. The study combines data from three sources: site integrated counters; counters installed in the banner network frame; and respondents with installed Kantar browser plug-ins and applications on their phones, along with standard indicators (page views, coverage, socio-demographic indicators for all sites contacted by the respondent).

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