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Automakers face chip shortages and TSMC pledges to prioritize these products

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The Taiwan Ministry of Economy told Reuters that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) will prioritize automotive chip manufacturing. This topic was discussed yesterday by the minister and the company’s management.

Although the largest contract chip manufacturer is fully utilized, there is a chance to improve performance through optimization. TSMC management promised the government that if it succeeds, the priority will be given to products for the automotive industry.

Germany recently asked Taiwan to convince local manufacturers to help address the chip shortage in the automotive sector, which is hampering its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The ministry said similar requests have already been received through “diplomatic channels” from other European Union, as well as from the United States and Japan.

Automakers all over the world are closing assembly lines due to semiconductor supply issues. The shortage affected Volkswagen, Ford Motor, Subaru, Toyota Motor, Nissan Motor, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and other car manufacturers. Having reduced orders for chips when demand for machines was low amid the pandemic, they are now unable to ramp up production. The situation was exacerbated by the actions of the Trump administration against key Chinese chip manufacturers.

Note that in 2020, automotive chips made up only 3% of TSMC’s sales, while, say, smartphones’ chips – 48%.

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Fiat opened a store in the metaverse, but there is only a model

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Fiat opened a store in the metaverse but there is

Fiat has opened the first store in the metaverse called the Fiat Metaverse Store. The store was developed jointly with Touchcast and Microsoft, so for now only the Fiat 500 La Prima electric car is on sale, but by the end of the year the entire Fiat 500 series will appear. And in early 2023, the entire range of cars will be available there.

Fiat opened a store in the metaverse, but there is only a model

Access to the store does not require VR headsets or other equipment. This was made possible by the Metaverse-as-a-Service Touchcast platform, which runs on the Microsoft Cloud.

The store also has a virtual employee who will show the electric car and talk about all its features.

Fiat opened a store in the metaverse, but there is only a model

With it, customers can learn about the operation of the infotainment system, driving modes, charging. They can also choose the body type, color, car interior and so on. Finally, in the metaverse, you can take the car for a test drive on the virtual track La Pista 500. This is the track on the roof of the Lingotto building in Turin.

The Fiat Metaverse Store itself is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 20:00, and on Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00.

At the same time, earlier European youth did not appreciate the metaverse created by the European Commission.

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AppStore Blocked Coinbase Wallet App Update

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AppStore Blocked Coinbase Wallet App Update

Bitcoin exchange Coinbase has disabled the ability to send NFTs in its Coinbase Wallet iOS app following Apple’s demand for a 30% gas fee.

AppStore Blocked Coinbase Wallet App Update

You might have noticed you can’t send NFTs on Coinbase Wallet iOS anymore. This is because Apple blocked our last app release until we disabled the feature. ????

— Coinbase Wallet (@CoinbaseWallet) December 1, 2022

The developers of Coinbase Wallet have stated that a new version of their application will not be released until they agree to pay 30% transaction fees through the Apple payment system.

“Apple claims that the gas required to send NFTs must be paid through their In-App Purchase system so they can receive 30% [комиссии] from the commission,” wrote Coinbase.

Coinbase representatives tried to convey to Apple that this is technically impossible, since such operations take place on the basis of the blockchain, the technology of which is not supported by the App Store payment system.

“The biggest impact of this change is on iPhone users who own NFTs. […] Apple just made it much more difficult to transfer them to other wallets and give them to friends or family,” the statement said.

Coinbase admitted that this was a mistake on Apple’s part and called for negotiations.

MetaMask co-founder and former Apple employee Dan Finley has criticized the tech giant for “abusing its monopoly.” Moreover, he stated that his company is ready to abandon the Apple ecosystem if the AppStore does not change its mind.

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The world’s first smartphone in Pantone Color of the Year 2023. Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Viva Magenta unveiled

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The worlds first smartphone in Pantone Color of the Year

Motorola decided to be in trend and introduced the Edge 30 Fusion smartphone in Viva Magenta color.

Viva Magenta has been named Pantone’s Color of the Year 2023. The company’s specialists explained their choice by the fact that it is “an unusual red for an unusual time.”

The world's first smartphone in Pantone Color of the Year 2023.  Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Viva Magenta unveiled

It is worth noting that the Viva Magenta color has never been seen in smartphones before. Motorola’s novelty in this color, unfortunately, will be exclusive to the US market, but the company may well release its new flagship in the same color. It is also worth noting that the specified version of the smartphone will come with Moto Buds 600 ANC TWS headphones. True, the headphones will be of a different color, but even here Motorola decided to approach the issue from an unusual angle. The fact is that the headphones will be painted in Winetasting color, which was chosen by Pantone as an addition to Viva Magenta.

The world's first smartphone in Pantone Color of the Year 2023.  Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Viva Magenta unveiled

The Edge 30 Fusion Viva Magenta will be released in the US for $800. Technically, the smartphone does not differ from the original version, that is, it offers a Snapdragon 888 Plus, a 50-megapixel main camera, 68-watt charging and a 144-Hz screen.

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