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Xiaomi announced the Mi Laptop Pro laptops

In addition to the new smartphones, Xiaomi has also prepared for the release of a couple of laptops of the Mi Laptop Pro series. They are available as models with 14-and 15-inch displays.

The Xiaomi Mi Laptop Pro 15 “ laptop contains an E4 OLED. Panels of the same type are also used in the company’s flagship smartphones. The display is characterized by a resolution of 3.5, an aspect ratio of 16: 10, and a pixel density of 261 PPI. The panel provides a maximum image brightness of 600 nits, provides 10-bit color reproduction, and 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. In addition, the panel is factory calibrated before shipment. Among other features of the display, support for DC Dimming and the presence of a Gorilla Glass protective glass is mentioned.

The 15-inch version of the Xiaomi Mi Laptop Pro comes with an 11th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. In both cases, in addition to the integrated graphics core, a discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics card with 2 GB of memory is offered. The amount of RAM is 16 GB, and the capacity of the built-in storage is 512 GB. A cooler with two fans is used to cool the system components. The device contains a 66WH battery and supports 100W fast charging. For connecting external devices, there are two USB-C ports and one Thunderbolt 4 connector. The package also includes an adapter with HDMI and USB-A connectors. The novelty is made in an aluminum case and has a thickness of 15.6 mm. The device is certified in accordance with the requirements of the Intel Evo Platform. The price of the Xiaomi Mi Laptop Pro 15” with an Intel Core i5 processor is about $990, and for the version with a Core i7 chip, you will have to pay about $1215. In May, a configuration with an AMD Ryzen 5000H processor (45 W) is also expected, but its price is not yet reported.

The Xiaomi Mi Laptop Pro 14 “ laptop received an LCD display with a resolution of 2.5 K, an aspect ratio of 16: 10, and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. As in the case of the older brother, the configuration includes Intel Core i5 or i7 processors of the 11th generation, 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB solid-state drive, a discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX450 video card with 2 GB of memory. The case of this model is also made of aluminum, supports fast charging with a power of 100 W, but the battery capacity is reduced to 56 Wh. Of the wired interfaces, only one Thunderbolt 4 port is available. The device has a thickness of 15.6 mm and a weight of 1.5 kg. The price of the Xiaomi Mi Laptop Pro 14” is $805 or $1065, depending on the processor used. Pre-orders will begin to be accepted from April 26, and actual sales will start on May 1.

20 thousand euros paid for a German nuclear bunker

In Germany, a plot of land in a forest with a bunker built in the GDR for the leadership of the local branch of the Socialist United Party of Germany was auctioned. The property cost the buyer 20.5 thousand euros.

We are talking about a facility built in the 1960s and 1970s north of Berlin in the event of “military emergencies”, in a particular nuclear war. The bunker area is 280 square meters. It is accompanied by a forest plot of 5 thousand square meters, fenced with barbed wire. However, there are holes in the fence for a long time, vandals and lovers of abandoned places have visited the bunker, so it is now in a rather deplorable state and needs major repairs. That’s why the initial bid was so low — only 7 thousand euros (for comparison: at the same auction, parking space for a motorcycle in an underground garage in Berlin’s Pankow district was put up for auction for 9900 euros).

SpaceX will launch a new batch of Starlink satellites into orbit on March 14

The Falcon 9 launch vehicle will launch a batch of 60 Starlink Internet satellites into orbit on Sunday, March 14. This is stated in a message published on March 13 on the SpaceX company’s Twitter page.

The launch is scheduled to take place from Launch Complex 39A of the Kennedy Space Center in the US state of Florida at 06:01 East Coast time.

In 8.5 minutes after the launch, the first reusable stage of the rocket will have to make a controlled vertical landing on the automatic marine platform, Of Course, I Still Love You, which is located in the Atlantic about 630 km from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral.

Since May 2019, 21 launches have been carried out. The previous launch took place on March 11. The launch was originally scheduled for March 9. However, due to additional checks, the start was postponed a few hours before the scheduled time.

Earlier, on February 28, it canceled the launch of a Falcon 9 launch vehicle with 60 Starlink microsatellites 1 minute 24 seconds before the scheduled launch.

EU outraged by London’s decision on Northern Ireland

The British government, in an attempt to tackle the Brexit-created Northern Ireland problem, took a step that Irish and Brussels politicians reacted unusually sharply, claiming that London was an unreliable partner that was breaking treaties.

On Wednesday, the government of Boris Johnson unilaterally, without waiting for the consent of the European Union, decided to extend the simplified inspection regime at the customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom created under the terms of Brexit for six months.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Clowney said Thursday that “the European Union is negotiating with a partner who simply cannot be trusted.”

“The EU is now looking at legal options and legal steps, which will mean a much more formalized and tough negotiation process instead of a partnership where you try to solve problems together,” Coveney added, speaking on the Irish radio RTE morning program.

The vice-president of the European Commission, responsible for relations with Britain, Slovak Maros Shevchovich said that London’s decision violated the provisions of the so-called “Northern Ireland Protocol”, which is part of the general agreement on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

British government officials argue that they have not violated anything and that the protocol gives them the right to such unilateral actions.

“Such measures have precedents in other international agreements and are fully consistent with our intentions to fulfill our obligations under the protocol in good faith,” said the government spokesman David Frost, who, from the post of head of the British delegation in negotiations with the EU, moved to the post of minister for relations with the European Union.

London hinted at unilateral measures to the European Union in early February, when there was the first outbreak of emotions over the Irish border.

Under the “Northern Ireland Protocol”, following Britain’s final withdrawal from the EU earlier this year, customs checks began at ports in Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland, by the decision of the parties, actually remained in the single market and customs space of the EU, because if the EU and Britain restored control posts on the state border on the island of Ireland, a bloody conflict could again flare-up in the northern part of the island.

However, the authorities and companies of Britain were not ready for full-scale checks on the new border across the Irish Sea immediately from January 1, and therefore Brussels and London introduced a simplified regime of checks for the first three months.

This simplification lies in the fact that goods for Northern Ireland chain supermarkets and some other retailers pass through customs without unnecessary formalities. At the end of the simplified regime, they will have to receive certificates for meat, milk, and products from them.

The British government convinced that nothing will be ready by the end of March, first called on the EU to extend the simplified regime, and now announced a unilateral extension.

It is not known how the European Union will respond, but one of the members of the European Commission has already hinted at the possible consequences in the most important area of relations for Britain — financial.

“Such things do not promote trust,” said Irish Finance Minister Maria McGuinness, who answered a question from reporters about how the process of issuing permits to companies from the City of London to work in the EU market is going on.

In the agreements that Britain entered into with the EU during the exit process, trade in services, including financial services, is almost not regulated — and this is a major issue for the City and the entire British economy.

Now the parties are negotiating on the financial sphere, but in principle, all the main levers here are in the hands of the European Commission: it has the right, at its discretion, to give British financiers permission to work on the continent — or not.

Northern Ireland was the most pressing issue in Britain’s exit negotiations from the EU — and has remained so after the exit has already taken place.

The 1998 Belfast Accords, which ended years of bloody conflict between supporters and opponents of Ulster’s unification with the rest of Ireland, are largely based on the island’s virtual absence of a border.

While both Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland were both members of the European Union, the virtuality of the border was natural and did not pose a problem.

But when Britain decided to leave the EU’s single market and customs space, the parties had to face a challenge with two poorly compatible initial conditions.

On the one hand, the restoration of the real border on the island, by all accounts, was fraught with renewed conflict: supporters of a united Ireland would begin to smash customs posts.

The FBI has put on the wanted list the oligarch Prigozhin, who is close to Putin

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has announced a search for Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, known as “Putin’s chef”.

The relevant information is posted in the “Most Wanted” section on the agency’s website.

“The FBI announces a reward of up to 250 thousand US dollars for information that may lead to the arrest of Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin,” the report says.

The FBI is looking for Prigogine for allegedly engaging in a criminal conspiracy between early 2014 and February 16, 2018, in Washington, D.C., to commit fraud against the United States by creating conditions that weakened, obstructed, or undermined the legitimate activities of the Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of State.

Prigozhin was the main source of funding for the activities of the Internet Research Agency (IRA), located in St. Petersburg. The investigation also finds that Prigozhin directed the company’s operational activities to interfere in the political and electoral process of the United States, including the acquisition of American computer server space, the creation of hundreds of virtual entities that do not exist in reality, and the use of illegally appropriated identification information of persons from the United States.

“The purpose of this activity was to gain influence over the opinion of a significant number of Americans with the subsequent purpose of interfering in the US political system, including the course of the 2016 presidential election,” the FBI said on its website.

On February 16, 2018, the U.S. Federal District Court in Washington issued an arrest warrant for Prigozhin after he was charged with conspiracy to commit fraud against the United States.

Recall that in October 2020, the European Union imposed sanctions against Prigozhin in connection with his financing of the activities of the Russian private military company “Wagner” in Libya.

Prigozhin is also considered the manager and financier of the Wagner PMC, which conducts or has conducted dangerous and destabilizing operations in foreign countries such as Ukraine, Syria, Sudan, Libya, and Mozambique.

The US Treasury Department in September 2020 imposed sanctions against several Russians and Russian companies from the Prigozhin network.