Briefly informed: solar energy, Trojans Harly, Levante, G Cloud

Motorways could be used to generate electricity with the help of solar panels. A pilot project, in which a stretch of motorway in Germany is to be covered with photovoltaic modules, is now taking shape. The foundations for the building will be laid this year, and the steel structure, including the photovoltaic elements, is to be erected in the first and second quarters of 2023. This was announced by Autobahn GmbH when asked by heise online. The structure is to be built in the area of ​​the thoroughfare and heavy-duty lane of the “Im Hegau – Ost” service station and rest area near Singen in Baden-Württemberg, which runs parallel to the A81 motorway.

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The Trojan Harly rips off money from its victims by subscribing to paid services in the background. Kaspersky has discovered it in more than 190 apps in the Google Play Store, which together have over 4.8 million downloads. By impersonating legitimate apps, the masterminds behind the malware try to find unsuspecting victims. As a protective measure, the antivirus experts recommend also paying attention to the reviews of apps before installing them. Although they could be flooded with fakes, there were always indications in the specific examples of the Harly Trojan that malware is at work there.


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The German Climate Computing Center in Hamburg has officially inaugurated its high-performance computer called Levante. It should enable more comprehensive, higher-resolution and better climate projections, said Federal Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger at the inauguration. The calculator will consolidate Germany’s leading international position in climate research. The facility has 2,832 computer nodes, each with two processors, which together can perform 14 quadrillion mathematical operations per second. In total, the supercomputer has 370,000 cores. The hard drives are designed for 170 petabytes, the main memory has a capacity of 815 terabytes.

Logitech has introduced the G Cloud, a handheld console designed to play cloud gaming titles. The hardware of the console itself is therefore rather weak – games are not intended to be run locally, but streamed to the device. You can use the cloud gaming services GeForce Now and Xbox Game Streaming. Users can pre-order the console in the US and Canada for $300, and the handheld will be available October 17th. It is still unclear whether and when Logitech would also like to offer the G Cloud in Germany.


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