# high technology news 276 | flexible smartphones and a new planet for life

The new year is, of course, good, but the newshigh technology - on schedule. Today we will tell you whether last year’s Olivier is so dangerous and whether it is possible to get to Mars if you constantly dance around the Christmas tree. Actually, of course not, but are you now intrigued?

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one. Prepare money - from January 1 in Russia decreasedduty-free threshold for purchases in foreign online stores. Yes, now you have to pay if the total amount of goods ordered during the month in foreign online stores exceeds 500 euros, or the total weight of orders exceeds 31 kg.

Who will help charge fees? Of course, "Mail of Russia"! From now on, she will perform customs operations with goods purchased for personal use. To do this, the company will work with the electronic system of the Federal Customs Service (FCS): report who ordered what and how much, including taking into account the total weight and cost of goods for one month.

For the buyer, little will change - just byordering on the website of a foreign online store, he will pay not only the cost of the goods (and delivery, if it is paid), but also the fee, which is calculated automatically. The duty will be 30% of the value of the goods, but not less than 4 euros per kilogram over the limit.

2 Meanwhile, news from a parallel universe -at CES showed a working flexible smartphone! Royole brought the FlexPai, the first fully functional flexible smartphone. You all right read. A little-known company has bypassed Samsung and is demonstrating at CES a fully working gadget with a flexible, folding screen in half. And what's more, this device is already being sold.

The FlexPai device is a7.8-inch flexible smartphone, powered by Snapdragon processor 855. And since the new product is already on sale, then we may also have the first device available for purchase based on a new mobile chipset. They say the screen is capable of 200,000 bends. This is how many times you have to accidentally sit on it!

True, some decisions still raise questions. For example, the device does not have a mechanism that would block the screen when the gadget is in an expanded state. And in general, the device is very unusual, a compromise, and in some aspects is very controversial. While it all looks very coarse.

3 And Hyundai showed a rescue vehiclewith four legs. He will be able to drive on roads, step over wide cracks and even climb small walls. Yes, such a thing would be useful when driving through the Moscow courtyards uncleared of snow.

Each of the four legs of an unusual carequipped with a wheel with individual drive. Limbs are able to move in different directions - this flexibility is provided by moving mechanisms in the pelvic, knee and tibial areas of the robot. The wheels can rotate 360 ​​degrees around the vertical axis. Straight cyborg some!

Engines robotized car connectedto the battery with a capacity of 66 kWh., and while driving on ordinary roads, the Hundai Elevate is almost indistinguishable from ordinary cars, since the limbs are folded under the body. That's how Skynet hides among us!

four. Speaking of aliens - Kepler telescope helpedfind another exoplanet fit for life! Exoplanet K2-288Bb is located at a distance of 226 light years from Earth, namely in the constellation Taurus. There are two red dwarfs of different sizes, distant from each other. The exoplanet revolves around the smallest of them - it creates conditions where water can exist in a liquid form. A year on this planet is only one month away from Earth.

Kepler completed work at the end of October lastyear due to lack of fuel. Stopping his work does not mean that scientists will stop looking for exoplanets. Instead of the failed device, the search will be carried out by the TESS telescope. A similar study is being conducted by the Hubble Observatory, which will later be replaced by the James Webb telescope.

Earlier, thanks to Kepler data, astronomers foundat least 2,600 planets, 50 of which may be of the same size and temperature as the Earth. So there is much to immigrate! True, fly there quickly will not work ...

five. Would you like a quantum computer in the bedroom? IBM has it, which introduced its first commercial quantum computer to CES for use outside the laboratory. A 20-qubit system combines quantum and classical computational components in one box.

Although IBM describes it as the first fullyan integrated universal quantum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use, it is worth emphasizing that a 20-qubit machine is not yet so powerful for most commercial applications. But for Dota, there is enough power.

Of course, this box - IBM Q - is still huge,but it includes everything a company needs to start experiments with quantum computing, including all mechanisms for cooling equipment. So if you don’t have a garage yet, it’s better not to take such a thing yet. And it will cost more than the wing of the aircraft.

This is the main news from the world of high technology for the week. How do you like them? Tell us in our telegram chat. It looks like a robotic future awaits us soon, and the development of new planets is not far off.