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Ford puts pressure on dealers to not resell 2022 F-150 Lightning

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Ford is working to stop the resale of the 2022 F-150 Lightning. The automaker recently issued an advisory to help dealers deter 2022 F-150 Lightning buyers from reselling the truck. In other words, a no-sale clause has been issued against the buyers. If this clause provided by Ford has been applied, buyers will have to undertake not to sell or transfer ownership to another. Ford has also warned dealers against any attempt to increase the prices of these trucks.

However, many people have criticized Ford’s decision to try to control how people use their property. Additionally, the release of the F-150 Lightning came when cars were hard to find. In fact, the value of used cars continues to climb. But automakers nonetheless continue to meet demand for new cars even as some potential buyers complain that they have to pay tens of thousands of dollars in additional costs on the F-150 Lightning.

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Ford and dealers are in a tough spot

According to CNet information, the Ford statement clarifies that if the down payments and additional charges for customers are not collected, dealerships may not receive Lightning in 2022.

The company says it is not strict with its customers. According to the Ford spokesperson, the decision to add this no-sale clause or not rests with the dealers. Still, screenshots from the advisory indicate that while dealers have a choice, Ford is “supporting” the supply. In other words, it is up to the dealers to negotiate with customers on the non-resale of the vehicle and the payment of down payments and additional charges demanded by Ford. Otherwise, they risk not receiving the vehicles.

Ford says it received $ 100 down payments from 200,000 customers for F-150 lightning

Indeed, the Ford company claims to have received 200,000 deposits of $ 100 from customers between May and December 2021, for the new electric pickup. The manufacturer even said it was stopping pre-orders for the truck. But it also plans to produce 150,000 F-150 Lightning by mid-2023.

Nevertheless, Ford, General Motors and other automakers have experienced several setbacks and a collapse in production due to the current shortage of chips. It remains to be seen when will the situation be definitively resolved.

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Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series 2 Smartwatches ‘Vintage’

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Apple has added three models of iMacs to its list of obsolete products: a 21.5-inch screen from 2013, a 21.5-inch screen from 2014, and a 27-inch Retina 5K screen also from 2014.

Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series 2 Smartwatches 'Vintage'

Apple typically deprecates products seven years after they were released, so it’s no surprise that the 2013 and 2014 iMacs are on the list.

As for smart watches Apple Watch Series 2, they are recognized as “vintage”. This category usually includes devices that have been released for five years. There may be problems with the official repair of the aforementioned iMacs.

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There are almost 1 billion 5G users. Ericsson report shows that operators often ask for more money for such tariffs.

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According to a report by Ericsson cited by The Verge, by the end of this year, the number of 5G subscribers in the world will reach 1 billion.

Of course, this is far from the performance of 4G networks, which are now used by about 5 billion people, but still this is a fairly significant part of the market.

There are almost 1 billion 5G users. Ericsson report shows that operators often ask for more money for such tariffs.

Of course, 5G adoption is far from uneven. In North America, about 35% of subscribers will use 5G networks by the end of this year.

At the same time, the report indicates that operators often ask for more money for the higher speeds offered by new networks. Dividing into corresponding tariffs is popular among operators in Western Europe, but overall, 25% of operators worldwide charge extra for 5G. And the average markup is 40%.

Ericsson believes that, unfortunately, this trend will continue for several more years, as operators need to compensate for the costs of developing a new network.

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Is Apple Helping the Chinese Government Fight Protests? The company cut the AirDrop function in the Middle Kingdom

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The history of protests in China is overgrown with new interesting details related to IT companies.

Is Apple Helping the Chinese Government Fight Protests?  The company cut the AirDrop function in the Middle Kingdom

Just weeks before the protests began, Apple reportedly made a major change to how AirDrop works, and only in China. After updating to iOS 16.1.1, AirDrop in the mode of receiving messages from everyone became possible only for 10 minutes, after which AirDrop simply turns off. In normal mode, AirDrop has no time limit, as there is none now and all over the world outside of China.

The fact is that AirDrop is one of the ways protesters communicate, and not only in China. AirDrop works locally in smartphone-to-smartphone mode, without relying on external networks, so it cannot simply be blocked or read data. But in this case, for some reason, Apple decided to seriously change the function, although it did not turn it off completely.

The CNBC resource also notes that the corresponding update was released a month after Chinese President Xi Jinping was re-elected for a third term.

Recall that Huawei smartphones have been noticed that they automatically delete videos that depict events related to protests in China.

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