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Germany considers blocking Telegram throughout its territory

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Telegram, the popular messaging service run by Pavel Durov, could find itself in the not too distant future with the possibility that your service will be blocked throughout the German territory.

This is the last option considered by the German Ministry of the Interior once they have exhausted other possibilities. The reason is that the government of that country understands that this messaging platform violates the legislation of that country.

In particular, they understand that this communication platform it is harboring extremist groups dedicated to spreading hate and organizing many of the demonstrations against the measures being taken there to combat the coronavirus pandemic, some of which have ended up leading to violent incidents.

To combat hate messages from extremist groups

In addition, there are also serious concerns that these groups are also targeting certain political leaders. In this regard, there have also been cases of threats against politicians such as Manuela Schwesig, president of the state of Western Pomerania.

For now the German Ministry of the Interior is evaluating the legal and technical framework that would make it possible to block said application in that country. They are also in talks with European partners in the search for a community regulatory framework for Telegram more demanding.

In the words of Interior Minister Nancy Faeser in an interview with the German newspaper Die Zeit on Wednesday:

A total closure would be something very serious and clearly the last resort (..) Before we get to that we will exhaust all options, but we cannot exclude this one.

It is not the first time that Telegram has had to face the demands of certain markets, the best known being the one that occurred in the past in Russia, where the justice of that country, at the request of the communications control body, came to block Telegram by not wanting to give up the required encryption keys that would make it easier for the justice system to carry out its investigations against users who have committed some illegality.

This coming summer will mark two years since Telegram and the Russian government reached an agreement that made it possible to lift the blockade.

In this new chapter we do not know what could happen, so we will have to be attentive to everything that this new situation happens.

Source: Reuters

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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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