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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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One of the largest retail chains in India, Reliance Retail, began accepting digital rupees as part of a pilot project.

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Major Indian retailer Reliance Retail has implemented support for digital rupee payments in one of its Freshpik stores and plans to expand this experience to all formats of the network.

One of the largest retail chains in India, Reliance Retail, began accepting digital rupees as part of a pilot project.

V Subramaniam, chief executive of Reliance Retail, noted that the adoption of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) is in line with the firm’s vision of providing “choice” to Indian consumers. The executive also emphasized that this initiative gives the firm the opportunity to offer an alternative payment method in its stores.

To make a purchase, customers only need to scan a QR code.

“Indians will get another efficient and secure alternative payment method” — said the top manager.

The deployment of CBDC was made possible through collaboration with ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Innovative Technologies.

Plans for the country’s CBDC were laid out by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on October 7, 2022. The country’s central bank has identified various factors, including the potential positive and negative impact of the digital rupee on the country. According to the RBI, one of the motivations for creating a CBDC is to reduce the operating costs of managing cash.

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Overtaken by TikTok: ChatGPT has become the fastest growing online service in the world

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Overtaken by TikTok ChatGPT has become the fastest growing online

The ChatGPT neural network turned out to be the fastest growing online service in the world. It took only 2 months to reach an audience of 100 million people a month, Reuters reported. A similar figure for TikTok was reached in 9 months. The very same public version of ChatGPT was launched on November 30, 2022, and not even in all countries.

Overtaken by TikTok: ChatGPT has become the fastest growing online service in the world

Note that other online services, social networks or platforms have reached such a figure in only a few years.

Also today, OpenAI introduced ChatGPT Plus, a paid version of the chatbot for $20 per month. However, it is only available in the US and by appointment only.

And Microsoft plans to add a new GPT-4 language model to its Bing search engine, which hasn’t even been announced yet. In addition, the ChatGPT mobile application and a neural network for generating video by text queries are expected.

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A visual comparison of the sizes of cooling systems of all three Samsung Galaxy S23 smartphones with its predecessors

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A visual comparison of the sizes of cooling systems of

It seems that Samsung took into account the problems with the Galaxy S22 line of smartphones and did not repeat them in new devices when it comes to cooling systems.

Well-known insider Ice Universe has published a visual comparison of the approximate sizes of cooling systems in each flagship of the past generation and the new one.

A visual comparison of the sizes of cooling systems of all three Samsung Galaxy S23 smartphones with its predecessors

A visual comparison of the sizes of cooling systems of all three Samsung Galaxy S23 smartphones with its predecessors

As you can see, all systems have become noticeably larger, and in the younger model, instead of a graphite film, an evaporation chamber has appeared.

Whether this is enough for the new products not to overheat and not throttling so much, tests will show, but the performance, as we can already see, is really good. Recall that today we also saw a comparison of the Galaxy S22 Ultra and S23 Ultra cameras.

Ice Universe was the first to accurately talk about the new trend for smartphones with waterfall screens, about the notch in the iPhone X, about the new design of the iPhone 14 and about Samsung’s 200-megapixel image sensor.

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