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Component Shortages Didn’t Stop Gaming PC Sales in EMEA

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The gaming PC market in EMEA, which includes Europe, the Middle East and Africa, continued to grow in the second quarter of 2021. 2.5 million systems were shipped during the quarter, representing an increase of 10.8% on an annualized basis. These data are presented in a report prepared by the specialists of the analytical company IDC.

Analysts note that growth is gradually slowing down. It is forecast to be 6.1% in the current quarter and 4.8% in the fourth quarter. However, growth will continue in the long term. Sales of gaming PCs in the region are expected to reach 11.4 million in 2025, with a five-year CAGR of 2.5%.

Interestingly, according to analysts, the lack of components is forcing manufacturers to temporarily reorient from laptops to desktop systems. The notebook segment recorded an increase of 4.9% and the desktop segment – 14.7%. In general, in the period from 2021 to 2025 the average annual growth in the segment of laptops is projected equal to 5.8%, while in the segment of desktop systems the indicator is projected to be -3.6%. By the end of the period, the share of laptops will increase from the current 61.6% to 69.9%, while the share of desktop PCs will decline from 38.4% to 30.1%.

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Razer Invitational – Europe, Europe’s Largest Esports Event, Opens October 14

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Razer has announced that the Razer Invitational – Europe (RI-Europe) esports event will run from October 14 to November 7, 2021. It is the largest esports series in Europe. This year it will cover both mobile and PC games, opening up the opportunity for participation for even more gamers. The company was inspired to host the event by the success of the first competition, which took place in 2020. Then almost 50,000 athletes from six countries of the region took part in it, and the number of spectators exceeded 12 million people.

This year’s program includes four weekly stages dedicated to competing in three unique games. The competition will be launched by the mobile shooter Brawl Stars, followed by the PC games Fortnite and Valorant. According to the organizers, up to 9,000 participants will take part in each tournament, who will have to compete for prizes provided by Razer and Intel. The prizes will be both cash and “iron”, and the culmination of the competition should be a grand final with a prize fund of over 20,000 euros. Every week, two days are allocated for qualifying and playoffs, and one day – Sunday – for the final fights.

Registration for RI-Europe 2021 starts on 28 September.

Full details of the event can be found on the official RI-Europe website or on the Team Razer Facebook page.

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OnePlus Buds Z2 fully wireless earbuds offer excellent autonomy and fast charging

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Wireless headphones OnePlus Buds Z2, according to recent data, will delight with autonomy and the presence of active noise cancellation.

The source speaks of support for the new Bluetooth 5.2, protection against moisture and dust (IP55), support for Dolby Atmos and autonomy within 7 hours. This is more than most of this type of headphone. Taking into account the case, the total autonomy will reach 38 hours.

There will also be fast charging, thanks to which 10 minutes will be enough for the headphones to work for 5 hours. The novelty will be available in black and white. Earlier it was said that the announcement will take place in October.

The source is insider Max Jambor, who has previously distinguished himself with accurate data on OnePlus devices.

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What’s next for Android 12.1? There was a lot of information about features and changes

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Despite the fact that Android 12 is still available only in the form of beta versions, and the final version will be released in early October, the web is already talking about the next iteration. But not about Android 13, but about the intermediate version – Android 12.1.

What's next for Android 12.1?  There was a lot of information about features and changes

We first learned about it a week ago, now we have more information. According to her, probably, Android 12.1 is needed to improve the system and interface on flexible smartphones with large screens. We will remind, now there are rumors that the Google Pixel Fold is preparing for the release.

What's next for Android 12.1?  There was a lot of information about features and changes

So what’s next for Android 12.1? XDA has already discovered a number of new features and changes. For example, a lock screen with an adjustable size, split the lock screen into two areas, a redesigned taskbar, a pin-code input field on the lock bar shifted to the side for easier one-handed input, simultaneous display of the quick settings panel and notifications, an improved split screen function, the ability to drag a pop-up notification into a full-fledged application right away in split screen mode, and more.

What's next for Android 12.1?  There was a lot of information about features and changes

On the source site you can watch short videos of how it works now. Of course, in the final version, all this will work better and more accurately.

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