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IC Insights reveals the real reason for the lack of microchips in the automotive industry



After several years of modest growth, semiconductor suppliers have been stunned by the surge in demand for automotive ICs in 2021. There was a shortage, because of which, in some cases, manufacturers had to stop the production of cars.

The vast majority of explanations for the shortages revolve around the fact that in March 2020, in the very early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, demand for cars around the world plummeted, automakers began closing factories and stopped ordering chips from their suppliers. While this was happening, there was a surge in demand for smartphones, TVs, computers, game consoles, and home appliances. As a result, semiconductor suppliers have shifted their production capacity from automotive chips to chips for other products in higher demand.

When automakers returned to work in the second half of 2020, they found semiconductor suppliers unable to keep up with renewed demand. As a result, there was a deficit.

Analysts at IC Insights believe that the above scenario is not the main reason for the chip shortage still felt by the automotive industry. In their opinion, the real reason for the shortage lies in the sharp increase in demand for them in 2021, and not the inability of suppliers to increase production. In fact, suppliers shipped 30% more chips to the automotive industry in 2021 compared to 2020. This is much more than the 22% increase in total chip shipments last year. Moreover, 27% more chips were shipped to the automotive sector in 2021 compared to pre-pandemic 2019.

IC Insights reveals the real reason for the lack of microchips in the automotive industry

The jump in automotive chip shipments in 2021 was the highest since 2011, easily surpassing the 20% growth recorded in 2017. Analysts note that total global shipments of chips in 2021 (394 billion pieces) were about twice as large as in 2011 (194 billion).

According to IC Insights, when the demand for microchips changes in steps, as happened in the automotive industry in 2021, there will inevitably be a temporary mismatch in the supply and demand situation, which in fact caused the shortage.

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Apple has released a major update for Mac computers – more than fifty fixes and the long-awaited release of “Universal Control”



Apple has released a major update for Mac computers

Apple has released an update to the macOS Monterey operating system, the fourth major update since its release in October 2021.

Apple has released a major update for Mac computers - more than fifty fixes and the long-awaited release of

macOS Monterey‌ 12.4 comes out two months after the launch of macOS Monterey 12.3. One of the important innovations was the Universal Control function.

The initial announcement of Universal Control took place almost a year ago – in June 2021. In March, with the release of macOS Monterey 12.3, it began to work in beta mode, and now there has been an official release, which Apple considers hassle-free. Universal Control lets you use one keyboard and mouse to work on your Mac and iPad.

For Studio Display, ‌macOS Monterey‌ 12.4 adds support for firmware 15.5, which is designed to improve the quality of the webcam. There’s also an update to the Podcasts app that lets you limit the number of episodes you keep on your Mac and automatically delete old podcast episodes.

Apple has also added more than fifty fixes for security vulnerabilities in macOS 12.4. The ‌‌‌‌‌‌macOS Monterey‌‌‌ 12.4 update can be downloaded from the Software Update section of System Preferences.

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El Salvador’s default risk has increased significantly due to the fall in the price of Bitcoin



El Salvadors default risk has increased significantly due to the

The sharp decline in the value of most cryptocurrencies in the market has increased the likelihood of a default by El Salvador, writes The Wall Street Journal. The national debt of the country exceeds $24 billion, while the assets of El Salvador, denominated in Bitcoin and amounting to $100 million, fell by a third ($38 million today) before the price decline on the cryptocurrency market. In addition, El Salvador will have to pay $800 million in bonds in January 2023. In early May, Moody’s downgraded El Salvador’s debt rating to Caa3, which means “high risk of default.”

El Salvador's default risk has increased significantly due to the fall in the price of Bitcoin

Salvadoran Finance Minister Alejandro Celaya said that the issuance of Bitcoin bonds was postponed due to the fall in the value of the cryptocurrency. Despite the unstable situation in the crypto market, on May 9, President Nayib Bukele announced the purchase of 500 BTC ($15.3 million at the time of the transaction).

Negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a $1.3 billion loan last year stalled over Bukele’s decision to make Bitcoin legal tender in El Salvador. Both sides are still negotiating to reduce the country’s budget deficit and debt, as well as to minimize the risks associated with the country’s transition to a virtual currency. Earlier this year, the IMF called on El Salvador to strip Bitcoin of its legal tender status due to financial stability risks.

As of March 2022, 14% of businesses in El Salvador used Bitcoin to transact. According to a study by the state-run Chamber of Commerce, more than 90% of companies said that the recognition of Bitcoin as a means of payment did not affect their income in any way. Of the 337 companies surveyed, 71% were classified as small businesses, 13% medium-sized and 16% large.

In February, Nayib Bukele said he would make it easier for crypto investors to obtain citizenship. He added that this step should improve the economic situation in the country.

El Salvador's default risk has increased significantly due to the fall in the price of Bitcoin

At the same time, on May 17, the President of El Salvador is expecting a visit from representatives of thirty-two global central banks and twelve financial authorities (44 countries in total) to discuss financial inclusion, the digital economy, serving the unbanked population, the introduction of Bitcoin and the benefits of using cryptocurrency. in the financial system of El Salvador.

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Ghost Of Tsushima, God of War, The Last of Us, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and more. Sony has announced the list of games for the updated PS Plus subscription



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Sony has finally revealed the list of games that will be available as part of the new PlayStation Plus subscription in Extra and Premium plans.

Ghost Of Tsushima, God of War, The Last of Us, Assassin's Creed Valhalla and more.  Sony has announced the list of games for the updated PS Plus subscription

At the time of the announcement, Sony was talking about 400 games, but so far the list is much more modest. The company will probably replenish it over time. However, this list includes former Sony exclusives and even a few games that are still not available on any other platforms. For example, these are the cult Bloodborne and The Last of Us or Demon’s Souls and Returnal, which are completely exclusive only to PS5.

In general, the list includes the following games from internal PlayStation studios:

  • alienation
  • bloodborne
  • Concrete Genie
  • Days Gone
  • Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition
  • Death Stranding and Death Stranding Director’s Cut
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Destruction AllStars
  • Everybody’s Golf
  • Ghost Of Tsushima Director’s Cut
  • God of War
  • Gravity Rush 2
  • Gravity Rush Remastered
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Infamous First Light
  • Infamous Second Son
  • Knack
  • Little Big Planet 3
  • LocoRoco Remastered
  • LocoRoco 2 Remastered
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Matterfall
  • MediEvil
  • Patapon Remastered
  • Patapon 2 Remastered
  • Resogun
  • returnal
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Tearaway Unfolded
  • The Last Guardian
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • The Last of Us: Left Behind
  • Until Dawn
  • Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • WipEout Omega Collection

Also on the list are games from third-party studios:

  • Ashen
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Celeste
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Control: Ultimate Edition
  • Dead Cells
  • Far Cry 3 Remaster
  • Far Cry 4
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
  • For Honor
  • Hollow Knight
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Narutoshippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
  • NBA 2K22
  • Outer Wilds
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • resident evil
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole
  • The Artful Escape
  • The Crew 2
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division

But that’s not all. As part of the Premium plan, users will have access to classic PlayStation games:

  • Ape Escape
  • Hot Shots Golf
  • IQ Intelligent Qube
  • Jump Flash!
  • Siphon Filter
  • Super Stardust Portable
  • Mr. Driller
  • Tekken 2
  • Worms World Party
  • Worms Armageddon

In the same Premium plan, there will be remasters of classic games:

  • Ape Escape 2
  • Arc The Lad: Twilight of the Spirits
  • dark cloud
  • Dark Cloud 2
  • fantavision
  • Hot Shots Tennis
  • Jack II
  • Jack 3
  • Jak X: Combat Racing
  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
  • Rogue Galaxy
  • Siren
  • Wild Arms 3
  • Bioshock Remastered
  • Borderlands The Handsome Collection
  • Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning
  • LEGO Harry Potter Collection

In addition, there will be promised games from the PlayStation 3, but only from the PlayStation Now cloud, so they will only be available in a number of countries. The list of games includes the following projects:

  • Crash Commando
  • Demon’s Souls
  • echochrome
  • Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
  • Ico
  • Infamous
  • Infamous 2
  • Infamous: Festival of Blood
  • LocoRoco Cocoreccho!
  • MotorStorm Apocalypse
  • MotorStorm RC
  • Puppeteer
  • rain
  • Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty
  • Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
  • Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
  • Resistance 3
  • Super Stardust HD
  • tokyo jungle
  • When Vikings Attack
  • Asura’s Wrath
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
  • Devil May Cry HD Collection
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • FEAR
  • Lost Planet 2
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
  • Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

And finally, in the same senior tariff plan, there will be time-limited (three hours) trial versions of games. Now the list of projects is rather modest, but later new exclusives should appear in it.

  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Farming Simulator 22
  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderland
  • WWE 2K22

Sony promises monthly replenishment of the list of free games. As you can see, comparing such a PS Plus to Xbox Game Pass, the latter benefits from the release of Microsoft exclusives on their launch day, but the Sony subscription offers more iconic and highly regarded titles, including PlayStation exclusives that are not available on PC.

The launch of the new PS Plus will take place on May 24 in Asia, then it will be available in Japan on June 2, after June 13 North and South America will be connected, and in other markets the service will become available on June 27.

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