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The stories of Apple resorting to planned obsolescence of the iPhone will never end. The association Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmetée (HOP) has filed a complaint against the company, accusing it both of the above practice and of Apple preventing its smartphones from being more easily repaired.

Apple again accused of practicing planned obsolescence

For starters, the complaint focuses on a serialization issue. We are talking about a common practice by Apple when the company links the serial numbers of various components of the device. Thus, the company limits the possibility of self-repair and repair in unauthorized service centers, because if the part is replaced with an unsuitable smartphone, it simply will not work. Moreover, the association speaks of cases when identical original parts were used in the repair, but smartphones still did not work. There have also been cases when, after repair, the device functioned normally, but after the next iOS update, the performance was disrupted. This has been the case with many iPhone XRs since updating to iOS 16.

Overall, the 60-page complaint filed by HOP contains several main points: misleading commercial practices and torts amounting to planned obsolescence. At the same time, unfortunately, there is no specific data on planned obsolescence in the public domain. But you can remember that at one time Apple already had to pay a fine for the iPhone’s performance degradation over time. Then the company explained this by the desire to maintain autonomy.

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How so, Microsoft? A third party developer has already added ChatGPT to Word

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How so Microsoft A third party developer has already added

Creative Data Studios has developed a plug-in for Microsoft Word called Ghostwriter ChatGPT that adds chatbot functionality to a text editor. The novelty was created without the participation of Microsoft.

How so, Microsoft?  A third party developer has already added ChatGPT to Word

There are currently two versions of the plugin available: $10 and $25. The first is limited to short responses of two paragraphs and uses only the ChatGPT language model. A more advanced one is devoid of such restrictions, it uses all OpenAI models. You can install the plugin through the Office Add-in Store.

In addition, the developers promise an early release of similar plug-ins for all applications from the Microsoft package: Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote. After the release of the add-on pack, users who have already purchased the plugin for Word will receive a discount.

According to Patrick Husting, who developed Ghostwriter, Microsoft will most likely disable Ghostwriter in the future when its own implementation of ChatGPT support is ready. However, this option can still be used.

Earlier it was reported that Microsoft has already added support for the GPT-3.5 model to Teams Premium, which will allow the neural network to listen to conversations, draw notes and plans based on the results. Microsoft also plans to add ChatGPT to the Bing search engine, but there, according to rumors, there will already be GPT-4.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs iPhone 14 Pro Max in a camera battle. Published a large video comparison of the two flagships

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Despite the fact that there are still two weeks before the start of sales of Samsung Galaxy S23 smartphones, full reviews of the camera of the older novelty have already been published on the Web. The author of the famous SuperSaf channel compared the Galaxy S23 Ultra camera with the iPhone 14 Pro Max camera.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs iPhone 14 Pro Max in a camera battle.  Published a large video comparison of the two flagships

Unfortunately, although the comparison is voluminous, it is far from being as informative as it happens on some other channels. However, there is still a lot of information.

As you can see, in low light, the brainchild of Samsung shows a wider dynamic range and detail. This is true for all cameras, including the ultra wide and tele cameras. But when shooting video at night, everything is not so clear. At least the Korean smartphone has a lot more noise and slower autofocus.

Of course, Samsung easily wins in the comparison of cameras, because it has two of them at once. Already at 10x zoom, the difference is very noticeable, and the iPhone cannot offer more than 15x at all.

Cinematic Mode on the iPhone clearly looks better, in addition, we can note a fairly significant difference in color reproduction, both in the photo and in the video.

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Ryzen 9 7845HX is PassMark’s most powerful processor, and it’s not even a flagship model

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Ryzen 9 7845HX is PassMarks most powerful processor and its

The first test results of the Ryzen 9 7845HX mobile processor have appeared on the Web. And it immediately became the most productive PC in the PassMark database.

Ryzen 9 7845HX is PassMark's most powerful processor, and it's not even a flagship model

The novelty scored 46,791 points, while the Core i9-12900HX, which is in second place, is gaining only 35,628 points. If we compare the new AMD product with its predecessors, then the Ryzen 9 6900HX is gaining 24,640 points, that is, the new model is almost twice as fast!

And the Ryzen 9 7845HX is not a flagship. It contains 12 cores, while the Ryzen 9 7945HX will have 16 cores, so the same benchmark should be much faster.

Ryzen 9 7845HX is PassMark's most powerful processor, and it's not even a flagship model

True, the PassMark database does not yet have the new Core i9-13xxxHX, which are also much faster than their predecessors, so it is not clear who will win this confrontation in the end.

Recall, Ryzen 7x45HX represent the most productive AMD mobile processors in the new generation. They are based on the Zen 4 architecture and are manufactured using a 5nm process. We also recently saw what the new Radeon 780M iGPU is capable of in other Ryzen 7000 APUs.

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