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Italy plans to allocate more than 4 billion euros to stimulate the production of chips

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Reuters has obtained a draft law that would provide Italy with more than 4 billion euros by 2030 as an incentive to boost domestic chip production. With these funds, the country’s leadership is seeking to attract more investment from technology companies such as Intel.

In particular, the government is trying to persuade an American company to build a cutting-edge chip manufacturing plant in Italy. Earlier it was reported that Rome is ready to offer Intel state funds and favorable conditions for joint investments, which are expected to amount to about 8 billion euros over 10 years.

Italy plans to allocate more than 4 billion euros to stimulate the production of chips

To stimulate domestic chip production, Italy is also in talks with French-Italian company STMicroelectronics, Taiwanese company MEMC Electronic Materials and Israel’s Tower Semiconductor, which Intel is considering buying.

A government source involved in the talks told Reuters that the talks are difficult because the American company has made very stringent demands.

Rome is also relying on new rules for financing innovative semiconductor manufacturing, passed last month by the European Commission under the so-called “Chips Act”, to secure the deal with Intel. In short, Brussels intends to allocate 15 billion euros of additional public and private investment by 2030 on top of the 30 billion euros of public investment already planned from NextGenerationEU, Horizon Europe and national budgets.

Intel itself announced back in September that it could invest up to $95 billion in Europe over the next decade. According to the latest data, the German city of Magdeburg has been chosen as the site for the construction of a new plant in Europe.

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Mini PC for those who want to stand out. Chatreey AMR5 offers an unusual design and mode switch

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Mini PC for those who want to stand out Chatreey

On Aliexpress, an unusual type of mini-PC with a fairly powerful processor appeared on sale. The Chatreey AMR5 model is based on the Ryzen 5 5600U, which offers six cores and a Vega 7 GPU.

Mini PC for those who want to stand out.  Chatreey AMR5 offers an unusual design and mode switch

The barebone kit is priced at $415, but you can also buy a PC preloaded with 8GB to 64GB of RAM and a 512GB to 2TB SSD. The top version will cost about $1,150.

The novelty stands out, of course, primarily for its design. Moreover, this very design is still associated with one of the functions of the PC. The ring at the top serves as a mode switch. It appears to toggle Windows power modes: Silent, Balance, and Performance Mode.

Mini PC for those who want to stand out.  Chatreey AMR5 offers an unusual design and mode switch

You can also note support for Wi-Fi 6, backlight, HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C, USB 3.0 (x4), RJ45 ports and dimensions of 156 x 133 x 71.8 mm.

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Brand new tablet for only $60. Updated Amazon Fire 7 unveiled

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1652907100 Brand new tablet for only 60 Updated Amazon Fire 7

Amazon has quietly updated its budget Fire 7 tablets. To be more precise, the Fire 7 and Fire 7 Kids have been updated.

Brand new tablet for only $60.  Updated Amazon Fire 7 unveiled

There are no cardinal changes – these are all the same ultra-affordable devices with the appropriate parameters. Since technically the novelties are almost identical, we will talk about them as a single product.

So, the tablet still has a seven-inch screen with a resolution of only 1024 x 600 pixels. This is a very low resolution for 2022, but the price of the tablet is only $60 ($110 for the Kids version).

Brand new tablet for only $60.  Updated Amazon Fire 7 unveiled

It is based on an unnamed 2 GHz quad-core processor, which is 30% faster than the solution in the previous generation of the tablet. RAM has doubled, but it’s only 2 GB. Flash memory is available 16 or 32 GB, since there is a slot for microSD. Also autonomy increased by 40%, and now Amazon promises up to 10 hours of work. From the rest, we can note the appeared USB-C port, a 2 megapixel camera and three colors.

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Apple AirPods Pro ruptured a 12-year-old boy’s eardrums, leaving him disabled. The company was sued

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Apple AirPods Pro ruptured a 12 year old boys eardrums leaving him

Apple is facing legal action over AirPods.

According to sources, the company was sued due to the fact that a 12-year-old child was injured due to the use of Apple headphones. One would think that the headphones exploded, as this sometimes happens, but in this case the reason is completely different.

Apple AirPods Pro ruptured a 12-year-old boy's eardrums, leaving him disabled.  The company was sued

The child was watching a movie on Netflix using an iPhone and AirPods Pro. At some point, the Amber Alert system (child abduction alert system) went off. Initially, the headphones worked at a low volume, but the sound of Amber Alert was so loud that it ruptured the child’s eardrums and damaged the cochlea. After the incident, the boy suffered from hearing loss, nausea, dizziness and tinnitus. He is now required to wear a hearing aid.

In fact, this happened back in 2020, but, as is often the case, the general public will learn about such incidents much later.

The lawsuit alleges that Apple is aware of “defective” AirPods that do not mute Amber Alerts. What’s more, Apple also didn’t include a warning about a potential issue that users might encounter.

The lawsuit against Apple seeks damages for the boy and his parents, who are under enormous emotional stress due to the situation. The lawsuit seeks “punitive damages in an amount that will punish defendants for their conduct and deter other technology companies from engaging in such misconduct in the future.”

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