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Blizzard releases Biggest Battle.net update

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Blizzard has announced a major update to its Battle.net gaming service, combining digital distribution and social platform features.

According to the gaming giant, this is the largest update to the Battle.net client in years. Battle.net debuted back in 1996 at the same time as the original cult game Diablo was launched. Such a big one has long been asking, because over the past eight years, the platform has hardly changed.

The interface has been redesigned to make it easier to access your favorite games. The developers have improved the social part, there is a new unified notification center for messages and download status. Also noted are improved navigation, expanded sections for news and game content in full page mode, and so on.

Users in North America will receive the updates first, and then roll out to other regions. The deadline is in the “coming weeks”.

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Apple Watch Series 8 Will Really Help Millions of People? The watch is credited with the technology of non-invasive measurement of blood sugar levels

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The Apple Watch Series 8 smartwatch can receive non-invasive blood sugar measurement technology. Simply put, they will acquire a non-invasive blood glucose meter.

Rumors of similar developments by Apple appeared several years ago, but next year they may finally be realized. At least the source says that Apple’s partners have already begun work on the production of the corresponding sensors.

The work on non-invasive blood glucose testing has been going on for a very long time, and the advent of such a consumer device will revolutionize the market. At the beginning of this year, the Japanese startup Quantum Operation at CES 2021 presented a similar device in the form of a watch, however, firstly, then there were reservations about the accuracy of measurements, and secondly, the product, apparently, has not yet appeared on the market. Plus, the popularity of Apple in general, and its smartwatches in particular, could make the technology far more widespread.

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Redmi Note 11 tested in Geekbench. It is twice as slow as flagships

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Tomorrow Xiaomi will officially unveil the Redmi Note 11 smartphones, but the base model of the line, designated with catalog number 21091116AC, has already appeared in the Geekbench benchmark today. Test results: 592 points in single-threaded and 1712 points in multi-threaded. The performance is exactly half that of the current flagships on Snapdragon 888, although the creators believe that the consumer properties of Redmi Note 11 are close to the flagships of the Redmi K40 series.

However, this is the performance of the base Redmi Note 11, and Redmi Note 11 Pro and Redmi Note 11 Pro + will be slightly faster, since they are based on SoC Dimensity 920. Also from the benchmark report it follows that the base Redmi Note 11 runs Android 11 and has 8 GB of RAM. Obviously, the top version of the model was tested, since the initial version of Redmi Note 11 will have less RAM: 4 or 6 GB.

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Capture almost 5% of the global PC market in three weeks. Windows 11 isn’t just spreading fast, it’s very fast

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AdDuplex statistics released today show that Windows 11 is spreading not just fast, but very fast. Recall that the final version of Windows 11 was released on October 4, a little over three weeks ago, and it has already captured 4.8% of the global PC market. Together with the beta version of Insiders, Windows 11 has a 5.1% share of the global PC market.

Apparently, Windows 11 will continue to be adopted very quickly on users’ PCs and by the end of the year it may well occupy more than 10% of the market. If not for the very strict requirements for the hardware platform of computers and laptops, Windows 11 would have spread much faster.

Capture almost 5% of the global PC market in three weeks.  Windows 11 isn't just spreading fast, it's very fast

As for the most popular versions of Windows, these are still the most recent versions of Windows 10 – 21H1 and 20H2. Their shares are 37.6% and 34%, respectively. For those who are not going to upgrade to Windows 11, Microsoft is preparing the 21H2 update, and it should be out very soon.

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