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Camera sales are again lower than last year

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The Japanese CIPA Association, uniting Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Ricoh, Sony and other manufacturers of photographic equipment, has published data on sales of digital cameras and interchangeable lenses for August this year. Published data show that sales have slightly decreased compared to July and in the first few months were lower in annual terms.

To be more precise, 654 746 digital cameras were sold during the month, while in July – 659 427. But if the July figure is equal to 100.4% of the indicator for July last year, then the August figure is 95.7% of the indicator for August last year.

Camera sales are again lower than last year

Camera sales are again lower than last year

A closer look shows that sales of interchangeable lens cameras increased over the month – from 380,829 to 404,942 units, and the second figure is 101.7% of the figure for August last year. On the other hand, sales of compact cameras have declined markedly both monthly and in annual terms. Compared to July, they decreased from 278,598 to 249,804, which is 87.4% compared to August last year.

If you go deeper one level, it becomes clear that compared to August 2020, SLR cameras were sold 11.9% less, and mirrorless cameras – 12.3% more. If we compare the proceeds with this amount, DSLRs brought in 3.5% more than a year ago, and mirrorless – by 24.8%. The increase in revenue with a decrease in the number of sold SLR cameras indicates a change in the sales structure: an increase in the share of more expensive models in the professional segment and a decrease in the share of entry-level consumer models.

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Trump’s social network developers accused of illegal use of program code

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The Software Freedom Conservancy claims Trump Media and Technology Group copied the open source code of the decentralized social network Mastodon, created a new social network based on it.

The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), a not-for-profit organization that enforces the rights of open source software developers and the rules for using open licenses, accused in violation of the AGPLv3 license of the Trump social network developers Truth Social.

The Software Freedom Conservancy says that the developers of the service used the open source code of the decentralized social network Mastodon in violation of the license agreement.

Although the Mastodon code is free and free, the projects using it must comply with the terms of the Affero General Public License (or AGPLv3), among which is the mandatory availability of the project source code for all its users. Trump’s media company does not yet provide such an opportunity to TRUTH Social users and calls the social network a proprietary development.

The Software Freedom Conservancy gave Trump Media and Technology Group 30 days to improve, writes The Verge. Otherwise, the use of open source Mastodon will be prohibited for the company.

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Facebook end-to-end encryption will give foreign intelligence services surveillance capabilities

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Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen criticized the company’s decision to transfer correspondence in its services to end-to-end encryption.

The introduction of end-to-end encryption in Facebook messengers could negatively affect the privacy of users and lead to increased surveillance by intelligence agencies. This opinion was expressed by a former employee of Mark Zuckerberg’s company, Frances Haugen, reports TASS.

According to her, after the launch of encryption in the Messenger application and the social network Instagram, which are owned by Facebook, the company will lose the ability to track possible “malicious operations of special services representatives.” “End-to-End Encryption Will Allow Facebook to Eliminate [от модерирования контента] and serve as an excuse for inaction, “Haugen said ahead of her October 25 speech in the British Parliament as part of discussions on online security bill.

The social network itself does not agree with this point of view. In their opinion, the introduction of end-to-end encryption in Facebook Messenger and Instagram applications, on the contrary, is aimed primarily at protecting the privacy of users and will protect them not only from foreign surveillance, but also from hackers.

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There are data on the performance of the mobile processor Intel Core i9-12900HK

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A screenshot of a closed laptop test on a 12th generation Intel Core processor has appeared on the network. This is the Core i9-12900HK processor, which will presumably lead the Alder Lake-P lineup. Its configuration includes 14 cores, which are capable of executing up to 20 threads simultaneously. The base frequency of the Core i9-12900H processor is 2.9 GHz.

The processor has the highest performance of any known mobile processor released this year, including Intel Tiger Lake-H45, AMD Zen3 Mobile, and even the Apple M1 Max. Intel’s Alder Lake-P mobile processor series is expected to be unveiled alongside Arc Alchemist graphics cards, possibly at CES 2022.

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