Covering everything from the latest social media news and digital trends to tech reviews, The Digital Bakery team works hard each week to bring our readers a range of fresh, exciting and engaging content. So, whether they’ve been getting the most love on social, caught our eye in the email, or are #trending online, we’ve rounded up the top stories from the past week, in case you missed any…
1) China Just Built a 250-Acre Solar Farm Shaped Like a Giant Panda
Most solar farms align their solar arrays in rows and columns to form a grid.
A new solar power plant in Datong, China, however, decided to have a little fun with its design. China Merchants New Energy Group, one of the country’s largest clean energy operators, built a 248-acre solar farm in the shape of a giant panda. The first phase, which includes one 50-megawatt plant, was completed on June 30, according to PV magazine.
The project just began delivering power to a grid in northwestern China, and a second panda is planned for later this year. Called the Panda Power Plant, it will be able to produce 3.2 billion kilowatt-hours of solar energy in 25 years, according to the company. That will eliminate approximately million tons of coal that would have been used to produce electricity, reducing carbon emissions by 2.74 million tons.
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2) High-Def Camera Maker Red Announces 3D Smartphone
Red Digital Cinema Camera Co has revealed what it described as the “world’s first holographic media machine,” a smartphone with 3D image capabilities – neither of which will come cheap.
Red, known for its professional high-definition cameras used for filming movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and The Hobbit, said its new Hydrogen One Media Machine smartphone will go on release in the first quarter of 2018.
The Hydrogen One Media Machine has a 5.7″ ‘retina-riveting’ holographic display, runs Google’s Android OS and incorporates a new high-speed data bus and an “ever-expanding modular component system”. What the company called ‘nanotechnology’ will allow the smartphone to seamlessly switch between traditional 2D content, holographic multiview content, 3D content and games, which can be viewed in both landscape and portrait modes.
Red said it has also created its own file type, called Hydrogen 4-View content. Like Apple’s iCloud service, video and photos will automatically be stored via the company’s Red Channel, which also users to stream holographic games and movies.
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3) Juno Returns Incredible Close-Up Shots Of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot
After its historic flyby earlier this week, NASA’s Juno spacecraft has sent us our closest images ever of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. On 10 July, after five tours of Jupiter’s cloud tops, Juno was finally able to make its much-awaited flyby of Jupiter where it could finally catch a glimpse of the 16,000km-wide Great Red Spot, up close and personal.
By far the gas giant’s most distinctive feature, the spot is believed to be a storm that has raged on the planet for centuries and has remained relatively mysterious in terms of what lies beneath. However, now that Juno has made close contact with the Great Red Spot, the first few stunning images have returned.
To capture these images, Juno had to fly as close as 9,000km to the spot and at its closest approach to the planet, as little as 3,500km.
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4) Dundalk Start-Up Nova Leah Secures Deal With Global Medical Player
Born of Irish research, fast-growing start-up Nova Leah’s technology will now be used to aid dialysis patients worldwide.
Dundalk-based start-up Nova Leah has won its first major international customer, Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s largest provider of dialysis products and services. The news comes on the heels of Nova Leah announcing 78 new jobs, 50 of which will be based in Dundalk.
Founded by CEO Anita Finnegan, Nova Leah, specialises in developing expert cybersecurity risk management systems specifically for medical devices. Protecting medical equipment from cyberattacks has risen in importance, especially since the WannaCry ransomware attack recently shut down the systems of NHS hospitals across the UK recently.
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5) Google Not Liable For Back Taxes In France
Google will not have to pay 1.1bn euros (£970m) in back taxes, after the technology giant won a legal case brought by the French authorities. A court in Paris ruled that the internet search firm’s Irish subsidiary was not liable for tax in France.
Google employs 700 people in France, but advertising contracts sold for display in France are booked through its subsidiary in low-tax Ireland. In 2015 the company paid just 6.7m euros in corporate taxes in France. The court was advised that Google did not have a “permanent establishment” or sufficient taxable presence in France to justify the bill.
“Google Ireland Ltd isn’t taxable in France over the period 2005-2010” the court said in a statement.
European authorities have become increasingly tough on American technology giants including Google and its parent company Alphabet.
In June the EU fined Google a record 2.4bn euro for abusing its dominant position in the search engine business.
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6) Wiz Khalifa’s See You Again Is Now The Most-Viewed Video On YouTube
Although Psy’s Gangam Style has reigned supreme as the most-viewed video on YouTube for a number of years, it’s now been dethroned – by a tie-in song for Fast and Furious 7 released two years ago.
Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s radio-friendly hit, See You Again, crossed over 2.896 BILLION views earlier today and narrowly passed Psy’s 2.895. It’s likely that Wiz Khalifa will hold the title for some time, as that video was only uploaded in 2015 whereas Psy’s video has been up since 2012.
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